Instructions for Winter Craft

Some of you have asked for the instructions for the winter craft program at Excelsior Branch in December.

Cut the cover off an old book. 

Start folding each page in half.

Keep doing this until all the pages are folded. The book will naturally open up into a fan shape. You can just do this and use it to display postcards or other small paper items by sticking them between 2 pages.

Use a paint brush to dab white paint (we used acryclic paint) on the top of the folded pages. Think light sprinkling of snow not blizzard – otherwise your pages will all stick together and you’ll have trouble inserting your figures. Sprinkle glitter on top while the paint is still wet.


Cut out trees and images of small animals. We used old natural history illustrations but you can use images cut from old magazines, wrapping paper or even stamp your own images. Unless the images are printed to card stock, glue them to another piece of paper to make them sturdier. Remember to cut a little tab at the bottom of the image to glue the image into your book.

Just stick the images into the pages first to decide how you want to set up your scene. Once you have it set up the way you like it, use white craft glue or glue stick to glue them in place.


And here is a link to the pdf if you want to download the instructions:

First Monday Movies @ Excelsior, January 6, 6:30-8:30pm

We start off the year with Singin' in the Rain (1952, 103 mins) with Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds; directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.

This musical comedy satirizes the early days of talking motion pictures. The famous dancing in the rain scene took all day to set up but was filmed in only on take.

New Year Holiday Closures

The Excelsior Branch and all San Francisco Public Libraries will be CLOSED starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and all day Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for New Year. Happy New Year!

2014年1月1日(星期三)為"新年假日"全部舊金山市立圖書館休息, 2013年12月31日(星期二)提前於下午五時休息. 新年快樂!

Las bibliotecas públicas de San Francisco cerrarán a las 5 p.m. el martes 31 de diciembre del 2013 y estarán cerradas el miercoles 1ro de enero del 2014. Feliz año nuevo!

Our Computer Classes for Seniors and Adults Start Again in January

Is your New Year's resolution to work on your computer skills? Our popular computer classes for seniors and adults start again in January and we still have space available on the sign-up sheets.

Here is what we are offering:

Tuesday, January 7, 7-8:30pm
Computer Basics
Learn how to use a mouse, the keyboard and other basic computer functions.

Tuesday, January 21, 7-8:30pm
Word Processing Basics
Learn how to use the computer to write letters, essays and other text documents. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required.

Tuesday, February 4, 7-8:30pm
Searching the Internet
Learn how to navigate and search the Internet. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required.

Tuesday, February 19, 7-8:30pm
Basic Email
Learn how to set up an Email account and basic Email functions. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required.

Attendance limited to 10 people. Please contact Excelsior Branch to sign up.

Christmas Holiday Closures

The Excelsior Branch and all San Francisco Public Libraries will be closed for Christmas starting at 5pm on Tuesday, December 24 and all day Wednesday, December 25.
Happy holidays from all of us at Excelsior Branch!

十二月二十五日(星期三)為"聖誕假日"全部舊金山市立圖書館休息. 十二月二十四(日星期二)提前於下午五時休息.

Las bibliotecas públicas de San Francisco cerrarán a las 5 p.m. el  martes 24 de diciembre y estarán cerradas el miércoles 25 de diciembre del 2013 Día de Navidad.

Winter Craft Program for Teens and Adults, Tuesday, December 17, 7-8:30pm

Take a break from your holiday preparations and make a winter landscape out of an old book. All materials provided. Limited to 10 participants, first come first served.

Join us, we have glitter!

Divas, Dames, and Daredevils: A talk and slideshow by author Mike Madrid

Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s, but many other heroines of the WWII era have been forgotten. Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds. His book reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women—superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who protected America and the world with wit and guile. The book introduces us to heroines with striking similarities to more modern superheroes, including The Spider Queen, who deployed web shooters20 years before Spider Man, and Marga the Panther Woman, whose feral instincts and sharp claws tore up the bad guys long before Wolverine. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but their influence on popular culture, and the heroes we’re passionate about today, is unmistakable.

Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics and The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, an NPR “Best Book To Share With Your Friends” and American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Notable Book. Madrid, a San Francisco native and lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture, also appears in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

eReader Drop-In, Tuesday, December 10, 7-8:30pm

Did you buy an eReader or tablet on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Come by on Tuesday and learn how to download eBooks onto your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other device.

No reservation needed.