South San Francisco Only City in Bay Area Chosen to Offer Spanish Literacy Program

From South San Francisco Patch

” The South San Francisco Public Library was selected as one of twenty libraries across California to join a pilot program – Leamos @ the Library. Leamos, translated as Let’s Read @ The Library, is a literacy program aimed at helping native Spanish speakers improve their reading and writing in Spanish.”When native Spanish speakers are taking English classes, they encounter difficulty when their primary language skills are minimal,” said Marta Bookbinder, South San Francisco Literary Services Coordinator. “By offering this program to our residents, it will increase their native language literacy, which will reduce the difficulty of learning English in the long run.”The pilot program is supported by a grant awarded by the James Irvine Foundation to Centro Latino to explore partnerships with public libraries.””

South San Francisco: South City to celebrate renovated Grand Library during grand opening

From San Mateo Daily Journal

“Inclement weather is unlikely to dampen the spirits of the South San Francisco community during a celebration recognizing the grand opening of the city’s recently renovated downtown library.Residents, officials and others are set to come together Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Grand Avenue library, 306 Walnut Ave., to honor the reopening of the facility under construction for roughly the past year.The $3.1 million project included building a 1,171-square-foot patio, an outdoor seating area and new bathrooms, adding improved technology, as well as a variety of structural fixes, according to library director Valerie Sommer.”

San Francisco: Officials to plot future of library

From The Daily Journal

” Officials are checking out ways the South San Francisco Public Library can better address the evolving needs of residents, which may result in offering new services some may feel are long overdue.The South San Francisco City Council is set to consider during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17, a strategic plan which could chart a new course over the next five years for the library.The library is one of the community facilities officials have considered upgrading through use of revenue expected to be generated by Measure W, the new half-cent sales tax increase recently approved by voters.”

San Francisco: Library sheds problematic image; incidents down nearly 50 percent

From The San Francisco Examiner

” The San Francisco Main Branch library has dealt with a troubled reputation stemming from well-publicized incidents of violence and deplorable bathroom conditions. In January 2014, Mayor Ed Lee called for a zero–tolerance policy targeting patrons who behave badly as he toured the facility with Police Chief Greg Suhr and top-ranking members of his administration, including his homeless czar and chief of staff.”

Technology improvements planned for historic South San Francisco library building

from the San Francisco Examiner

“A nearly century-old library building in South San Francisco is planned to undergo renovations to improve its accessibility and update its technology. A variety of upgrades have been proposed for the Grand Avenue Branch Library at the historic Andrew Carnegie building, built in 1917, with funding from the city and San Mateo County’s Measure A.”