It makes dough rise, it's alive, it's sourdough! Saturday, July 21, 3:30-5pm

Have you ever wondered how sourdough works and how to make your own?

Teachers from Sour Flour, a Mission bakery dedicated to neighborly bread gifting and bread education, will teach the basics of how flour ferments to create bread.  They will focus on the Starter, and discuss the 5 factors of Time, Temperatures, Hydration, Ratio, and Food.  By learning how to feed and take care of the starter, we can understand how to use it to bake bread.

Library closed on July 4 for Independence Day

All San Francisco Public Libraries will be CLOSED Wednesday, July 4, 2012 for Independence Day. We will resume our regular opening hours on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m.


Las bibliotecas públicas de San Francisco estarán cerradas el miercoles 4 dejulio del 2012 Día de la Independencia. Vamos a continuar nuestro horario habitual el jueves, 5 de julio del 2012.

First Monday Movies at Excelsior, July 2, 6:30-8:30

The movie for July is The Killers (1946, 104 min.) with Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, directed by Robert Siodmak.

A thriller based on the Hemingway story about two hit men who become curious about the life and death of the man they were hired to kill.

Robert Siodmak was nominated for Best Director for The Killers in 1946 but lost out to William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives). Another director that lost to Wyler in the 1946 Oscars for Best Director was Frank Capra for It's a Wonderful Life!

Need a Summer Read?

Do you like flowcharts? Do you need a summer reading recommendation? Check out this fun summer reading flowchart with 101 book recommendations compiled by ( Click on the image to get the complete flowchart!

Also don't forget that your librarians at SFPL have compiled several lists with reading suggestions based on this years Summer Read SF theme of San Francisco. You can find a link to them on the Summer Read SF page on our website:

June is Audiobook Month!

Did you know that the library not only has lots of books but lots of audiobooks as well? And did you know that listening to audiobooks counts as reading for our Summer Read SF? We have audiobooks on CD that you can check out at the library and we also have eAudiobooks that can be downloaded through our website and played on a variety of devices like ipods, ipads, smartphones or computers.

So treat yourself to one of the many audiobooks in our collection, for example by browing our monthly list of new titles for audiobooks on CD and eAudiobooks! If you have questions, feel free to ask a reference librarian for help.

Author reading: "Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California" Monday, June 25, 7-8:30 pm

Please join us for an author reading with Women of Distinction for Humanitarianism winner Nona Mock Wyman who will discuss her new book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California.

In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos, California. In this groundbreaking book, Nona shares stories of coming-of-age from the women of Ming Quong and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life’s challenges.

This program will be in English; a book sale and signing will follow this program.