February 2013

Library News

Lynne Barnes

The San Francisco Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 18, for Presidents’ Day.

Programs for Adults

Women’s Voices. Join best-selling authors Pam Houston, Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, Mara Purl, Alison Bartlett, Barbara Graham, and Victoria Zackheim as they read from their fiction and nonfiction work. February 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

25 Great Apps for Students, Parents, and Teachers. An interactive program that explores 25 educational apps for iOS/Android devices. Learn how to find the best apps to stay organized, be productive, juggle multiple tasks, and quickly find information. At the end, attendees may share their favorite apps with others. February 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Book-a-Librarian: Family History Research Assistance. Need help researching your family history? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for research assistance or personalized training on how to use the library’s genealogy resources. Call 355.2822 to request a 30-minute appointment up to two weeks in advance. February 3, 10, 24, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

eBook and eAudiobook Help Sessions. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPod, or other eReader device with you and learn how to download books and other materials from the library website for free. For adults, 18+. February 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30 p.m.

Programs for Children

Akeelah and the Bee. A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically acclaimed, family-friendly drama. For school-age children. February 2, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Musical Storytelling. Sally sparks imaginations using physical theater, dance, music, and colorful props and costumes. She promotes self-confidence, creativity, and language skills using drum, flute, accordion, and other instruments. For children and their families. February 16, 4 to 5 p.m.

Baby Rhyme and Play Time. For infants up to 18 months old and their caregiver. February 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. 

Family Storytime. Storytime features stories, songs, and rhymes. For children up to five years and their caregiver. February 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. 

Fun Flicks. This film program is offered every second Wednesday of the month, and includes short films based on children’s books and stories. February’s film will be Four Seasons in the Life of Ludovic. For children ages three to eight years. February 13, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. 

Homework Help. A library volunteer will be available to help Kindergarten through sixth grade students with homework. February 5, 12, 19, 26, 4 to 6 p.m.

Library-Sponsored Community Partnerships

Steel to Wheels Exhibit. The Potrero Branch, in partnership with a guest curator, will host an exhibition dedicated to one of Potrero Hill’s few remaining examples of industrial architecture: the Cor-O-Van moving company’s structures on 16th Street, between 17th and Mississippi streets. Metal and brick structures occupied by Cor-O-Van once housed the West Coast’s largest steel-producing factory  and are significant examples of turn-of-the-century and early 20th-century construction. This art exhibition sheds light on important, underexamined aspects of Potrero Hill’s industrial past and envisions the possibilities of its future. Opening reception: February 23, 6 p.m. Exhibit runs February 23 to April 25. 

The Potrero Hill Book Club meets at the library every third Wednesday evening. February’s selection is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. February 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Creative Writing Workshop. Join writer, filmmaker, journalist Shevi Rosenfeld Loewinger for a free class to help you write stories, develop characters, and find your own unique voice, all in a supportive and creative environment. February 7, 14, 21, 28, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Information:sheviros@gmail.com or 415.602.7961. 

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