SF library celebrates Pride

From The Bay Area Reporter

“The San Francisco Public Library kicks off Pride Month in a big way with book and author talks, rainbow crafts, exhibits, and its beloved Drag Queen Story Hour.”There is no better place to celebrate Pride than at the public library,” said Tom Fortin, a gay man who is chief of the main library. “The public library has often been the singular place where many in the queer community first found acceptance, whether through literature or programming. The Hormel center exemplifies the best public libraries have to offer and we celebrate being the queerest library ever.”The library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center starts Pride month Thursday (June 1) with RADAR Superstars, the annual birthday bash for superstar and emerging writers.”

http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=72652

SF’s branch libraries to expand hours, all to remain open 7 days a week

From The San Francisco Examiner

” Readers have reason to rejoice. So do those who rely on public computers.That’s because all of San Francisco’s 27 library branches will remain open seven days a week come June.While 18 branches are currently opened seven days a week, nine are not. Hours of service will also expand at six other branches currently open seven days a week.The staffing needed to expand the hours was approved as part of the current budget beginning in January, but an acknowledged time-consuming hiring process contributed to the delay.Library officials said last week that they now plan to have the staff hired and the service hours at the branches expanded in June.Seven library branches are currently open six days a week but close on Sundays. These branches — Anza, Bernal Heights, Eureka Valley, Golden Gate Valley, North Beach, Ocean View and Parkside — will soon open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.“I am excited to see the seven branches that are going to be open on Sundays now,” Library Commissioner Zoe Dunning said. “I often get comments from parents who really value weekends to bring their children in, working parents.”Two branches are currently opened six days a week but closed on Mondays. Potrero and Presidio branches will soon be opened on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.Six other branches, already open seven days a week, will see service hours expanded.Head Librarian Luis Herrera said the seven-day a week opening of all branches was a vision sought for many years by the Library Commission, underscoring the significance of the milestone.”

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfs-branch-libraries-expand-hours-remain-open-7-days-week/

10,000-book giveaway leaves SF teachers with feel-good ending

From SF Gate

” The long gray Potrero Hill warehouse that houses the donation center of the nonprofit Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is usually filled with old books, stacks and stacks of dog-eared tomes, thousands of pounds worth.But thanks to a generous donor, the building was recently filled with brand-new books — more than 10,000 of them, to be given away to public school teachers such as Liana Koehler, who know exactly what to do with them.Koehler, 32, a fourth-grade teacher at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in Chinatown, said that for her students, reading is vital because many are English language learners and school is an important environment for practicing their language skills.“My school has a lot of newcomer students and students who are learning English as a second language. School is where they’re practicing their English, so it’s great to have books that support that,” she said as she perused the thousands of titles stacked on tables.Teachers from elementary schools across San Francisco lined up down the block one day last week for the giveaway, an opportunity to secure new books for students who have little access to printed material at home.”

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/10-000-book-giveaway-leaves-SF-teachers-with-11029034.php

San Francisco: Homeless people have found safety in a library – but locals want them gone

From The Guardian

” The architect presented the landscaping plans for the library at a meeting in December. “It’s really going to be a defensive type of landscape,” she said to community members gathered at the library in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood.She enumerated the features that would make the outside of the library a harder place to spend time: railings on walls to prevent sitting, undulating rock formations to prevent encampments, benches with armrests to prevent people from lying down.A local resident, addressing the room, said tough measures were crucial, complaining that the library is the “destination of choice for the transients that are causing so much trouble in our neighborhood”.Of all the places associated in the popular imagination with homelessness – park benches, skid rows, the undersides of freeways – libraries are probably low on the list. Yet the Castro branch, like others across California and elsewhere in the western US, is treated by many homeless people as a sanctuary from streets that can be cold, wet and dangerous.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/libraries-homelessness-deter-landscape-designs-san-francisco

Overdue Book Returned To SF Library 100 Years Late

From SFist

The San Francisco Public Library’s Fine Forgiveness Period is waiving late fees right now on all overdue items returned before February 14, 2017. But nothing you’ll return will be as overdue as a 1906 volume returned to the Library’s Park Branch on Friday afternoon. Webb Johnson of Fairfield, California returned an outrageously overdue copy of a book (ironically titled Forty Minutes Late) that his great-grandmother had checked out perhaps as long ago as 1917, and was now more than 36,000 days overdue.Do not blame Ms. Phoebe Marsh Dickinson Webb for failing to return this book she checked out from the library in 1917. She died two weeks before the book was due.”

http://sfist.com/2017/01/16/100_years_overdue_book_returned_to.php

San Francisco: Comic book fans and collectors turn out for library sale

From SF Gate

” Fredrick Jackson and Rebecca Hauser are admittedly huge comic book nerds. They rejoice at the sight of illustrated pages in the form of action-packed stories.Jackson, 45, has collected the books since he was just a boy and currently has a collection of over 500 comics. Hauser, 33, has also been a fan for years and confesses to having well over 1,000.That’s why the two friends were excited Saturday morning to make the hour-long drive from San Pablo to a San Francisco Public Library donation warehouse on the edge of the city’s Potrero Hill district, where over 30,000 comic books — including vintage copies of Archer, Spiderman and Judge Dredd — would be sold for just 25 cents each.“The price alone was well worth the drive out,” Jackson said.He arrived with Hauser and other friends shortly before 9 a.m. to claim a spot at the front of the line. Dozens of people from around the Bay Area joined the line that wrapped down the block and around the corner.”

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Comic-book-fans-and-collectors-turn-out-for-8350007.php

San Francisco: Library Connects Homeless Patrons With Mental Health Treatment –With Great Success

From Good News Network

” People can check out a lot more than books at the San Francisco Public Library — they can find housing and mental health care, too. The California library became the first in the U.S. to hire a social worker with a mental health care background–and since 2009 she’s provided services for 800 homeless patrons. Best of all, social worker Leah Esguerra has found permanent housing for more than 150.”

Library Connects Homeless Patrons With Mental Health Treatment –With Great Success