Change of Date! Excelsior Branch Youth Chess Club Tournament on Saturday, December 17, 1-3pm (check-in 12:45pm)
All level of chess players are welcome. Play, learn and meet new friends!
Two sections: Open and Beginner
Awards: Medals, chess set, chess pins to all new participants who complete all their rounds.
Space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, December 7 for a guaranteed spot. To register, please email Vincent Ng (Tournament Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org, with participating youth's full name, school/chess club, age, grade, and with parent/guardian's name & phone number. Subject line: Excelsior Library Tournament.
This tournament is hosted by the Bright Knights Chess Club.
For chess lessons: The Excelsior Branch offers a free chess program every Saturday from 1-3pm.
|San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection|
Reproduced with the permission of the
San Francisco History Center, SFPL.
Las bibliotecas públicas de San Francisco cerrarán a las 5 p.m. el miércoles, 23 de noviembre y estarán cerradas el jueves 24 y el viernes 25 de noviembre del 2011 en celebración del Día de Acción de Gracias. Vamos a continuar nuestro horario habitual el Sábado, 26 de noviembre 2011. Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!
Addressing a suffrage meeting, Sara Bard Field tells stories of her eighty-eight day cross-country automobile trip in 1915, carrying a petition to Congress for the immediate adoption of the Susan B Anthony amendment giving the right to vote to all women of the United States. Sara and two other feminists departed from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco with 500,000 signatures of California women, who had already won the vote in 1911, and enfranchised women from 11 other western states. In the months prior to this journey, the National Women’s Party had maintained a booth in the Education building to collect the signatures. To help reach the goal of universal suffrage, the three women endured the rough drive to Washington, D.C., on the brand-new Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental road in the U.S., a road that was mostly unpaved, largely unmarked, and always without the amenities of rest stops or motels.
Please join actor Bonda Lewis for the live performance and a question-and-answer session to follow.
San Francisco Public Library Free Day at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Sunday, November 13, 11am-5pm
Just present your San Francisco Public Library Card for free entry. In addition to the current exhibitions including Houdini: Art and Magic, enjoy a full day of magical and mysterious story-telling from San Francisco’s very own children’s librarians, hands-on art-making, a story-telling session with local author Lewis Buzbee, and performances by Brian Scott, master magician and mind reader.
Las bibliotecas públicas de San Francisco estarán cerradas el viernes 11 de noviembre del 2011 Día de los Veteranos.
Local rock historian Richie Unterberger will present this curated video-program of Latino performers from the 1950s through the 1980s focusing particularly on Latino music from New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, and San Francisco. Included will be clips by artists such as Santana, Malo, Ritchie Valens, the Sir Douglas Quintet, Linda Ronstadt, Jose Feliciano, and Los Lobos, among others.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music currently on view in the Skylight Gallery of the Main Library. American Sabor was created by Experience Music Project and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
This program is part of the city-wide Women's Suffrage Centenial celebration. For other programs related to this celebration, please visit the SFPL website or click here.
This popular drop-in workshop has started again! Adults of all ages can drop in to receive individual attention from tech-savvy high school students. Get help with your particular computing and technology questions and problems. No appointment or reservation necessary. Potential volunteers and prospective students can contact Marla Bergman at the Excelsior Branch on 415-355-2868.
Saturdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
November 5, 12, 19, 26
Continuing the 2010-2011 theme of film noir:
A Double Life (1947, 104min.) Broadway actor Anthony John (Ronald Colman) has a habit of becoming the characters he plays. He’s easy to get along with when doing a comedy, but he can be a real pain when he's involved in a tragedy. He'd like to get back together with his co-star and ex-wife Brita (Signe Hasso), but she's sick of the emotional roller coaster. Coleman’s journey into psychosis is a foregone conclusion after he takes on the lead role in the longest running Othello in history. Also starring Shelley Winters and Edmond O’Brien. Directed by George Cukor.Monday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 - note that this is the SECOND Monday due to the holiday on July 4.
Please come enjoy a fun program of magic, comedy, audience participation, and instant costume changes. For ages 4 and older. Space limited; call for reservations.
Wednesday, July 6, 11:00 - 11:30 am
Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.
Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars:Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan and Cassie Ventura
Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Free movies for teens every first Tuesday. Refreshments provided. Ages 10-18 welcomed. For more information, please contact Marla at email@example.com or 415-355-2868.
Wednesday, June 22, 4:00-5:30 pm
The Excelsior Arts & Culture Salon and the Adult Summer Reading Program present Classical Chinese Dance. Cecilia Xiong of the Fei Tian Academy of the Arts California teaches classical Chinese dance, a dance that expresses inner feeling and grace. Chinese dance has developed over the course of the 5,000 year history of Chinese civilization. By learning this ancient art form, one can become familiar with this profound culture, a culture based on the philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The class size may be limited to 15 adults.
To get a free ticket, speak to a librarian at the branch.
Wednesday, June 22, 7:00-8:00 pm
Monday May 30, 2011, all branches of San Francisco Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Excelsior Branch will be open as usual on Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm and Tuesday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Continuing the 2010-2011 theme of film noir:
The Big Heat (1953/90 mins.) - When homicide sergeant Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) is assigned to investigate the apparent suicide of a fellow police officer, he uncovers a sinister relationship between the local syndicate boss and the corrupt city government. Bannion’s cozy suburban life is destroyed when the big city gangsters mistakenly kill his wife with a car bomb intended for him. After he is suspended from the police force, Bannion embarks on a crusade of revenge in this classic police drama. Also starring Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame. Directed by Fritz Lang.
Join enthusiastic and talented teacher Miss Nicole for hula hoop fun! Great for beginners. Hoops provided. For ages 6 and older.
Space is very limited, so please call (415) 355-2836.
If you are having problems with a federal agency or obtaining your Social Security, Medicare, veterans or other federal benefits, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office may be able to help. Congresswoman Pelosi’s office will hold Community Office Hours on Wednesday June 8th from 4pm to 7pm at the Excelsior Branch, Wednesday June 22nd from 4pm to 7pm at the Main Library – Stong Meeting Room (1st Floor) and Friday July 8th from 2pm to 5pm at the Glen Park Branch.
Staff will be available to answer questions about federal agencies, programs and benefits, and to offer any possible assistance. For more information about Congresswoman Pelosi’s constituent services, please visit www.house.gov/pelosi.
Tuesday, June 7, 4:00-6:00 pm
Today is Bike to Work Day in San Francisco.
To search for all things bicycles and bicycling, make a KEYWORD search for words in the SUBJECT HEADING using tag s: for subject, like this:
The asterisk is a wildcard representing the end letters in bicycle, bicycling, bicycles
(you can also use d: for "descriptor")
Click here for results of that search.
To find the list of Subjects available at SFPL in this area, make a SUBJECT search for bicycle:
SUBJECT bicycleClick here for the resultant list of subjects.
You can limit your search by location by changing from View Entire Collection to the name of a branch. You can limit your results to only items available by checking that box. By clicking on the "Limit/Sort Search" or "Modify Search" button you can narrow your search by language or by media type (book or DVD etc).
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page
Tuesday, May 10, 3:30-6:00 pm
A favorite of library audiences for his uplifting renditions of popular American folksongs, Tim Holt performs and discusses our heritage of sea chanteys, whaling songs, traditional songs ("Shenandoah" and "The Erie Canal"), and Woody Guthrie's Columbia River songs promoting public power. He also includes an original song, "Sailing Down My Mountain Stream," adapted from a Pete Seeger song about cleaning up the Hudson River. Holt's version focuses on a more recent effort to restore wild salmon to the upper reaches of the Sacramento River.
Note that, in a break with the usual pattern, this Excelsior Arts and Culture Salon offering will be on the second, instead of the fourth Wednesday of the month.
A hop skip and a jump! - for young children
Encourage literacy in this interactive and fun musical program. Join Pam Donkin as she leads songs, chants and fingerplays that help with reading-readiness.
Tuesday, May 3, 11:00 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, May 4 and 18, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) falls under the spell of spoiled rich girl Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons) when he’s called to her home following a near fatal “accident.” Frank soon becomes the Tremayne chauffeur, and he dreams of opening his own sports-car garage with the help of Diane’s money. But Diane's got a few quirks - especially her hostility toward her stepmother. Frank begins to feel danger under Diane’s surface sweetness as she slowly pulls him into her world of lies and deceit. Directed by Otto Preminger (1952/91 mins.)
Join Director Justin Dillon at this screening of Call + Response, a pioneering documentary that exposes the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before. Call + Response goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving, from the child brothels of Cambodia to the brick kilns of rural India, revealing that in 2009, slave traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks together. Prominent political and cultural figures such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof offer firsthand accounts of this 21st century trade. The film features performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Talib Kweli and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Dillon will answer questions and discuss the film with the audience following the screening.
Wednesday, April 27 @ 7:00 pm
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
Keep an eye out for Poem in Your Pocket Day at Excelsior Branch Library on April 14!
Check out some “poetry generator” sites:
Think Zone Poem Generator
Will produce poems like this:
Sails endure like sunny gulls.
Why does the shark die?
Misty, rough clouds swiftly love a small, old shore.
Clear, dead winds roughly view a lively, misty lad.
The breeze travels like a warm captain.
Shrink calmly like a misty slum.
Love, work, and life.
Life, life, and action.
The car gabs like a big street.
The big girl quickly buys the hood.
These are from Language is a Virus:
So comely in the fog
Strangely green beyond the shadows
You cavort with cold faces in the air
Take cover! The sin is done
Very quiet below the spirits
We poke evil flames over the tomb
God! The day has vanished
So comely in the fog
You conjure dark delusions about the rain
Alass! The Knave is vanishing
no words left
From what country
in the late light
Strange and colorful about the clouds
So murky in the air
You prod dry teeth about the spirits
Can you dig it? The sin must continue
Dark and black below the shadows
I smell luminous fragments over the light
Ahhh! The Queen is going
Strange and colorful about the clouds
I swallow dark hooks over the fire
I reach! The day felt good
sun on his face
In how many places
in the late light
Or try this: Poetry Generator
This one from the Educational Technology Training Center is more interactive.
Dewey Classifications for Poetry
800s for literature generally
808 for materials about the craft of writing
808.1 for materials about the craft of writing poetry
Poetry class numbers tend to end in 1
Poetry collections begin at 808.81
American poetry in English begins at 811
English poetry begins at 821
Some examples of numbers for poetry in other languages:
831 German poetry
839.71 Swedish poetry
841 French poetry
851 Italian poetry
861 Spanish poetry
869.1 Portuguese poetry
871 Latin poetry
881 Classical Greek poetry
889.1 Modern Greek poetry
891.86 Czech poetry
891.71 Russian poetry
895.61 Japanese poetry
April is Earth Day, all month long! Join us in making journals and more from a variety of recycled papers.
This is a WritersCorps event led by Aracely Gonzalez. For more information, contact Marla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-355-2868.
Wednesdays, April 4 and April 18, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 108 min
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Director: Michel Gondry
Writers: Charlie Kaufman (story & screenplay), Michel Gondry (story), Pierre Bismuth (story)
Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Tom Wilkinson
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Free movies for teens every first Tuesday. Refreshments provided. Ages 12-18. For more information, contact Marla at email@example.com or (415) 355-2868.
Bart Tare (John Dall) has always loved guns. He’s fresh out of the army when his friends take him to a carnival. There he meets the perfect girl, Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins), a sharp-shooting sideshow performer. The couple begins a cross-country string of daring robberies, in this variation on the Bonnie and Clyde story. This brilliantly filmed noir film includes an amazing sequence - shot in one long take - of a bank robbery seen from the backseat of the getaway car. Directed by Joseph Lewis.
Monday, April 4, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Chess Club at Excelsior Branch is canceled this afternoon! We apologize for the late notice. It is also canceled on April 2 because the team will be away at a tournament. Chess club should be back the week after, on April 9.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. This crime and tragedy was an important event in labor history in the United States. 146 workers, the vast majority young immigrant women, died in the fire. The flimsy fire escape collapsed, the fire brigade's ladders were too short, and many jumped to their deaths from the 8th, 9th and 10th floor windows. Most importantly, the doors were locked to prevent the sweatshop workers from leaving during working hours and the heaps of rubbish everywhere were a fire hazard. The owners of the factory were prosecuted, but acquitted of manslaughter charges. However, the direct result was to strengthen labor safety laws and the cause of the labor unions, particularly the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).
Remember the Triangle Fire website
Items in the library catalog about the fire and the history surrounding it include books for children and adults, with several works of fiction.
Labor History in the United States in the library catalog
Wednesday, March 23
The Excelsior Branch Library regrets to announce that this event has been postponed.
Please watch this space for a future event with San Francisco Poet Laureate Diane di Prima.
For Women's History Month - we like Arundhati Roy.
Best known for her Booker-winning novel The God of Small Things, she is a writer of essays and a political activist in her native India, where she supports the causes of the poor.
Arundhati Roy in the SFPL catalog.
An interview in the Guardian this January (UK)
An interview on Democracy Now last year
A recent article written by Roy
Hey, You! With the nimble fingers! Just how fast/accurate are you? Think you’re TXT MSG savvy? In celebration of Teen Tech Week at the library, compete in our texting contest for prizes. Ages 12-18.
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
This is a book that has stayed with me for decades. I first read it when I was just finding my feminist feet. It is not a perfect book. Few descriptions of utopian visions are. However, the story of Connie Ramos, a poor Chicana forced into a mental institution by her niece’s lying pimp, is compelling. Each dreadful chapter describing Connie’s grim circumstances is followed by the relief offered by a chapter describing Connie’s travel through time and space to an ideal community. This community is Piercy’s feminist vision of what the future could be. The book made me think differently about people with mental illness (is Connie mad or gifted?), and also imagine what my own feminist utopia might be. I reread it recently and it still pulled me in.
Woman on the Edge of Time was a best seller and is a classic of its genre, both for its feminist and for its science fiction elements. There is a lot of material about it on the web.
In 1869 British MP John Stuart Mill was the first person in Parliament to call for women's right to vote. On 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Women in other countries did not enjoy this equality and campaigned for justice for many years.
At the second International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen in 1910, Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result.
The very first International Women's Day was launched in 2011 on 19 March (not 8 March). The date was chosen because on 19 March in the year of the 1848 revolution, the Prussian king recognized for the first time the strength of the armed people and gave way before the threat of a proletarian uprising. Among the many promise he made, which he later failed to keep, was the introduction of votes for women.
In 1913 International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen's Day ever since.
During International Women's Year in 1975, IWD was given official recognition by the United Nations and was taken up by many governments. International Women's Day is marked by a national holiday in China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
And the Library of Congress site for Women's History Month.
Ms. magazine has a blog.
You can try searching the Internet. Often the author's website, or that of a fan will tell you. You could try looking for publishing dates, but what if you're looking at dates of reprints and new editions? Another way would be to use one of the library's databases. One I like to use is called NoveList.
Go to our home page: sfpl.org
Under eLibrary there is a link for Articles & Databases
To get to Novelist you can click on N, or choose Books &Literature from the drop-down.
Once you have Novelist open you can see that one of the options to search on is Series. You can type a keyword from the name of the series, or you can type the title of one book in the series, or just type the author's name. When you click on the name of the series, or on the title of one of the books in the series, you will get the list of all titles in the series in order. Each title has a link to the catalog of SFPL so you can check availablity and reserve (hold) a copy.
Here is a video to show how:
If you cannot see the video, please let us know.
Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series, the film stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman.
Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.
Tuesday March 15, 2011
March 7, 2011 6:30 pm
Jack has traded his cow for magic wishing beans much to his mother's dismay. In frustration, Jack's mom tosses the beans out the window where they grow into a huge beanstalk. Up the beanstalk goes Jack and the adventure begins!
Tuesday March 15, 2011
2:00 - 2:45 pm
"The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian, and Latino descent their own voices, histories, and tradiitons."
Manning Marable (1950- )