Thursday, December 22, 2011

eReader Open Houses at the Mission Branch Tuesdays, Dec. 27, Jan. 3, and Jan. 10, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Did you get a Kindle, Nook or other eReader this holiday season? Want to learn how to use it and download library ebooks?

Come to a Mission Branch eReader Open House...

Tues., Dec. 27
Tues., Jan. 3
Tues., Jan. 10
any time between 6:30 - 8:30pm.

A librarian will help you on the 2nd floor at the reference desk. (Feel free to bring a laptop so you can download and transfer library ebooks to your device.)

Monday, November 28, 2011

U.S. Congress on your Corner!

If you are having problems with a federal agency or obtaining your Social Security, Medicare, veterans or other federal benefits, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office may be able to help. Staff from her office will visit the Mission Branch to answer questions about federal agencies, programs and benefits, and to offer any possible assistance.

Please note that Congresswoman Pelosi will not be at this event. Only staff from her office will be present.

En Español:
Si tiene alguna pregunta o problema con una agencia federal o obteniendo su Seguro Social, beneficios de veterano, o de otro tipo, la oficina de la Congresista Nancy Pelosi podría ayudarle. Representates de su oficina estaran visitando la Biblioteca de la Mission para contestar sus preguntas.

Aclaración: por favor note que la Congresista Pelosi no estará presente en este evento. Solo representates de su oficina estarán disponibles.

Congress On Your Corner
Monday, December 5, 2011
6:15-8:30 p.m.
Mission Branch Library

Ricardo Antoni, Adult Services Librarian/Bibliotecario

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

eBooks Anyone?

Did you know that the SFPL public library has downloadable
ebooks you can borrow and transfer to ebook readers like the
Kindle for free?

Let Joseph Trent Garcia, SFPL's eResources Specialist, show you
how you can borrow ebooks from your public library and learn
what devices are compatible in this free, hourlong

This is a perfect workshop for those giving or getting an
eBook reader for the holidays! Don't miss!

eBooks Workshop
Monday, November 28, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Mission Branch Library Children's Room

Friday, October 7, 2011

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mission Branch on Saturday, October 15!

Please join us to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mission Branch Library with a wonderful afternoon of programs:

1:00 p.m. in the Adult Reading Room:
Venezuelan Cooking Demonstration with Adriana Lopez Vermut

Chef and Co-Owner of local Mission eatery Pica Pica Maize Kitchen,
will visit the Mission Branch Library to present a cooking demonstration using recipes from Venezuelan cuisine. Don’t miss this gastronomic tour of the most characteristic and flavorful tastes of Venezuelan cuisine. All ages are welcomed!

2:00 p.m. in the Adult Reading Room:
Argentinean Music Performance by Tengo Tango Tengo Tango features Marcelo Puig(Guitar & Vocal) and Seth Asarnow(bandoneon). Marcelo is one of the most in-demand and popular performers of authentic Argentine Tango music in the Bay Area. A
native of the Bay Area, Seth is musical director of the Los Angeles Tango Festival as well as Nora’s Tango Week, a Bay Area international conference celebrating tango. All ages welcome and tango dancers too!

3:00 p.m in the Children's Room:
Music and Dance from Mexico with Maria Luna
This workshop is based on integrating Mexican folk dance and creative movement. Children will become exposed to Latin-American culture, history, geography, and traditions as they learn dances from different regions in Mexico including structured footwork and partner dancing.

See you at the Mission Branch on October 14!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición Live at the Mission Branch!!

From the first note, you'll want to jump out of your seat! Since 1996, the San Francisco-based Orquesta La Moderna Tradición has thrilled audiences across the country with a mix of contemporary timba-infused arrangements of Danzón music. Originating in the late 1800s, Danzón still remains one of the most important musical styles in Cuba, and it was the music of choice at the Havana social clubs of the 1950s.

La Moderna Tradición has performed at Lincoln Center in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the Telluride Jazz Festival. Don’t miss this rare free concert by Orquesta La Moderna Tradición as part of the American Sabor Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición Live!
Mission Branch Library - Adult Reading Room
Saturday, October 1, 2011
2:00 p.m.

Presented as part of American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian at the San Francisco Public Library.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bring on the Buttons! (for Teens)

Do you have any idea how fun it is to make your own buttons?

Join us on Monday, September 19, from 3:30-5:30 and find out!

Draw a picture, cut one out, or bring one in! Bring on the buttons!

Ages 11-18 welcome

For more information contact Nicole at 415.355.5738 or

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Comic Book Guide to the Mission Program

Over 60 patrons attended yet another "happening" event at the Mission Branch!

Lauren Davies and over 10 of the anthology's contributors were on hand to discuss and read from newly published "The Comic Book Guide to the Mission". Lauren herself projected pages on a screen from the anthology as each contributor read from their piece. It was an evening to remember.

There are lots of more Adult programs and events coming to your Mission Branch. On Monday, August 1, we will offer a "Write your Will" workshop. Stuart Bronstein, an estate planning and probate lawyer in San Francisco for more than 30 years, will help participants create fully functional wills. Space is limited so please call us at (415) 355-5734 to sign up. As with all of our programs, the workshop is free!

See you at our next event!

Ricardo Antoni
Adult Services Librarian
Mission Branch Library

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Workshop: Jewelry Making for Teens

In this fun, hands - on workshop, local designer Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your own beautiful bracelet, necklace, or earrings. Come for the fun, leave with a skill! Materials will be provided.

Ages 12 - 18.
Pre - registration is required.

Mission Branch * 300 Bartlett Street
Monday, August 1st * 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Nicole at (415) - 355 - 5738 or email her at

All programs at the library are free. Supported by friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Just Published! The Comic Book Guide to the Mission

Join us right here at the Mission Branch Library when Lauren Davis, Collector & Editor of The Comic Book Guide to the Mission, discusses this funny, raw, and vivid anthology of comics based on San Francisco's Mission District.

Contributors to the guide Justin Hall, Matt Stewart, Dan V., Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Nomi Kane, Chuck Whelon, Jamaica Dyer, Sean Chiki and Mario Hernandez will also be on hand.

A book sale by local bookstore Mission: Comics & Art follows the event.

The Comic Book Guide to the Mission Author Event
Mission Branch Library - Adult Reading Room
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Omnifarious Origami: An Exciting Paper Folding Workshop

Origami [折り紙] has been part of the Japanese culture since the Heian Period, as early as 794 b.c.e. In this fun, hands-on workshop, you too can take part in this ages-old tradition! Learn to fold just about anything, including boxes, decorations, cranes, and more! For youth ages 8-12, this is an event you DON'T want to miss out on.


Who: Our skilled instructor Shinta Arifin and youth ages 8 - 18
When: Thursday, July 21st @ 3:00 - 5:00p.m.
Where: Mission Branch Library @ 300 Bartlett St.

For more information, call Nicole at (415) 355 - 5738 or email her at

In association with Shinta Arifin.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Power Your Mind with a Mystery!

Join the Mission Branch Book Club!
Our first discussion will focus on the bold Swedish thriller: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson.
When: Monday, July 11, at 6:30pm
Where: We'll meet at the Mission Branch Children's Room (1st floor).

Sign up at the 2nd floor Information Desk for the Mission Branch Book Club & pick up a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (bring your library card!). See you July 11th! And, don't forget: There's still time to log your hours for Summer Read SF 2011.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

¿Busca una buena novela de Mario Vargas Llosa?

Mario Vargas Llosa ganó el Premio Nobel de Literatura en el 2010. Si busca leer una de sus mejores libros le recomendamos “La Fiesta del Chivo” (2000). Esta obra es una extraordinaria ventana con vista a una de las dictaduras más largas y crueles que se han dado en la historia de Latinoamérica: la del General Rafael Trujillo en la Republica Dominicana. Mezclando personajes históricos e imaginarios y usando su genio narrativo, Vargas Llosa ha creado una novela histórica como ninguna otra.

Los hechos comienzan con la visita de Urania Cabral a la Republica Dominicana, su tierra natal, después de treinta y cinco años en el exilio en los Estados Unidos. La razón de su larga ausencia es lentamente revelada a través de dos narrativas que se desarrollan en los tiempos de la dictadura. Una de ellas sigue con detalle extraordinario los últimos días del dictador Trujillo describiendo la crueldad y los excesos que fueron característicos de su mandato. La otra narrativa sigue las acciones de un grupo de militares rebeldes que, después de treinta años de opresión y terror, planean asesinarlo.

A pesar de una excelente narrativa que trasporta al lector a la “Ciudad Trujillo” de los años sesenta, Vargas Llosa nos mantiene adivinando la triste razón del exilio de Urania. Cuando por fin se revela, la razón hace entender las repercusiones que una dictadura brutal, aun después de muchos años, puede tener sobre los que la han sobrevivido.

Tenemos copias de este libro en nuestra sucursal de la Mission. ¡Visitenos!

Ricardo Antoni, Bibliotecario de Adultos
Biblioteca de la Misión

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Button Magic!

Do you have any idea how much fun it is to make a button? Join us and find out! It's magical! Draw a picture, cut one out, or bring one in. Think small because the buttons are less than 2 inches around...

Monday, May 23, from 4-6pm
Mission Branch Library 300 Bartlett Street

ages 11-18

For information or to register, contact Nicole at 415.355.5738 or

The Mission Branch's Cinco de Mayo and Open House Event

Once again a great time was had at our annual Cinco de Mayo and Open House celebration on Saturday, May 7. If you missed it, well, our sympathies to you ;) But here are some photos from the event to cheer you up...

Local youth jazz band Futuro Picante playing Latin rhythms old and new...

Traditional Mayan embroidery demonstration and workshop...

Francisco Herrera playing songs and rhymes for all ages...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Manga Drawing Workshop!

Become a manga artist!! Professional teaching artist Karen Luk will help you get there in this FREE drawing class.

For anyone ages 12-18 who loves manga and anime!

Sunday, May 15th, 2-3:30p.m.

For more information contact Nicole at (415) 355-5738 or

Monday, April 25, 2011

What is a Poet Laureate?

Each year, when National Poetry Month arrives, we see news about the Poets Laureate of California and San Francisco. The appointing of a laureate is a tradition that many people have heard of, but perhaps you're interested in how it all started?

The concept of a Poet Laureate originated in England in the 1600s. The laureate description refers to the ancient Greek tradition of placing a laurel wreath or crown as recognition for significant achievements, from military accomplishments to literary triumphs.

Early lawmakers in California recognized the importance of a statewide Poet Laureate at the beginning of the twentieth century. Ina Donna Coolbrith was appointed the first honorary California Poet Laureate by Governor Hiram Johnson in 1915 and served until her death in 1928.

The position was an honorary lifetime appointment until 2001, when it was made into an official government appointment. The California Arts Council is designated to recommend individuals to the Governor for the position, the governor chooses the Poet Laureate, and Senate approves the appointment. The state Poet Laureate serves a two-year term and is limited to two terms. Quincy T. Troupe was appointed California's first official Poet Laureate in 2002. The current appointee is Carol Muskie Dukes who will serve until 2012. Many California poets have received notable honors including such awards as the Nobel Prize, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. A few have served as United States' Poet Laureate, like Robert Haas, a San Francisco native. Which leads us now, of course, to the Poet Laureate of San Francisco...

The San Francisco program was initiated by former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown. He was on a visit to Seoul, Korea, when he gave the surprise announcement that he would like San Francisco to have a poet laureate. He stated: "More than any historical facts or empirical data, literature is where we truly gain an understanding of other human beings."

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was San Francisco’s first Poet Laureate (1998-2000). He was chosen by a committee including notable authors, teachers, a representive from the Mayor's office and the City Librarian. Many think of Ferlinghetti as one of the fathers of modern poetry in the city. During his tenure he wrote a newspaper column, Poetry as News, in the San Francisco Chronicle. As publisher of City Lights Books he initiated a series of commemorative books of poems by successive SF Poets Laureate including Janice Mirikitani, devorah major, and Jack Hirschman.

The current Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Diane di Prima, was appointed in 2009, by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Librarian Luis Herrera. Ms. Di Prima has done a variety of programs with city youth and the public library. Her book, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: the New York Years: a Memoir, was the Jan. 2010 selection of San Francisco's Bi-monthly Book Club On the Same Page. Her works (and the efforts of all the city's laureates) embody the spirit that Mayor Brown was envisioning -- they aim to "broaden the world's appreciation of literature and its crucial function in society."

Historical information located at the California Arts Council website: California Poet Laureate

"Brown Wants Poet Laureate For S.F.'s Soul / Surprise announcement at University of Seoul," October 25, 1997By Edward Epstein, Chronicle Staff Writer

Press release: "Mayor Newsom Names Diane Di Prima as 5th Poet Laureate."

Check the SFPL calendar for poetry events year 'round:

The Friends of the San Franciso Public Library hosts a weekly series at the Readers Cafe:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Origami-O-Rama! Monday, April 11, from 4-6pm

Wanna pick up a new skill and have tons of fun in the process? Join us in this hands-on workshop and learn how to fold paper into just about anything, including boxes, decorations, you name it! Celebrate spring with Origami! Ages 12-18 Monday, April 11 from 4-6pm For more information contact Nicole at (415) 355-5738 or

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Staff recommended reading: Indian Givers: how the Indians of the Americas transformed the world

Here the Western Hemisphere natives, usually treated as a footnote to world history, take center stage as anthropologist Jack Weatherford draws connections showing how nation-making and -breaking shifts in worldwide patterns of wealth, power, trade, population, health, and thought resulted from the gifts or theft of American indigenous knowledge, resources, and labor. Minerals; foods; medicines; technologies of agriculture, architecture, and transportation; templates of democracy and revolution – the fruits of contact, to non-Indians, were further-reaching than most people imagine, making the injustices of cultural and physical genocide perpetrated on the givers that much more heinous. Having done his spadework in the myriad relevant geographic and academic areas, Weatherford lays these effects out, from the obvious to the highly extrapolative, engaging our sympathy, gratitude, indignation, and awe with a network of revelatory anecdotes, facts, and causalities.

See if Mission Branch's copy of Indian Givers is available.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jewelry-Making with Chelsee Robinson!

In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer and entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your own beautiful bracelet, necklace, or earrings. Come for the fun, leave with a skill! Materials provided. Ages 12-18.
Monday, March 21st

                         For more information or to register contact
                         Nicole at (415)355-5738 or

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Question of the week: "Do you have tax forms?"

Every year around tax time, we get lots of questions about filing income taxes, most of which are in regards to whether we have the forms and instruction booklets for people to take home with them. The quick answer to this is, yes, here at the Mission Branch we do have some of the forms. However, our stockpile is dwindling.

Now here is the long answer: Every year we request the federal 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets from the IRS, and the state 540 EZ and 540 2EZ booklets (which contain the forms) from the California Franchise Tax Board. As mentioned, we currently still have most of the forms and booklets, but they're going fast. Once they're gone we always keep some reference copies which you can use to make your own copies. (We do have a copy machine here at the branch).

Additionally, you can download all the federal forms and instructions from the IRS Web site and state forms and instructions from the California Franchise Tax Board Web site. Here are some direct links to those Web pages...

Federal Income Tax forms and instructions:
IRS home page
IRS forms and publications
Have IRS forms and publications sent to you

State Income Tax forms and instructions:
California Franchise Tax Board (CFTB) home page
CFTB forms and publications
Have CFTB forms sent to you

For more tax information, please have a look at the Web page set up by the staff at SFPL's Government Information Center. Here you will find information about where to pick up free tax booklets, where to file your returns and where you can get free help preparing your income tax returns. Our reference librarians can also help find the answers to some of those questions and help you locate the nearest post office.

Don't forget: Federal and state forms are no longer mailed to most residents --- except by request. And remember, this year Tax Day is April 17, 2011!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Get Inked...Naturally!!

Henna for Teens
February 28, 2011
Thinking 'bout getting inked? Come join us at the Mission Branch Library for a free organic temporary tattoo! Unravel the mystery of henna and its ancient/traditional uses, learn how to apply it, and have all your questions answered by SF's natural henna artist, Charitie Bolling. All participants will receive a free design for participating. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend and get entered into a raffle for a chance to win a gift after the workshop! Space is limited! Don't miss out!!
Ages 12-18~For participants under 18, a signed parent/guardian form must be returned prior to the workshop. To reserve your space and/or request a form contact Nicole at 415.355.5738 or

Monday, February 7, 2011

Show Your Love with Buttons on Valentine's Day!

Who wants to get crafty with buttons on Valentine's Day?
February 14th, 2011 @ 4:00

Draw a picture, cut one out ,or bring one in.
Make a button for your LOVE or yourSELF!
FYI: The buttons are less than 2" around, so think small.

Ages 12-18

For more information contact Nicole at 415.355.5738 or

Friday, January 28, 2011

Write Your Will Workshop Follow-up

The Write Your Will workshop went really well, and was well attended. However, we had a number of people who couldn't make the workshop call to ask when we might be doing it again. As of now, we haven't scheduled anything, but we do intend to have Mr. Bronstein back for another workshop maybe during the summer. It's also possible that he will do the workshop at other library branches (he's already done it at Richmond and Mission Bay branches). You can check the library's events schedule here. Or you can contact Mr. Bronstein directly through his Web site (go to the "Contact" page) to ask him when he might be doing the workshop again either at the library or somewhere else.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Write Your Will Workshop

Participants will write their own wills under supervision of a California estate lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. You will have it completed at the end of the session. Bring non-erasable pen, preferably blue-colored.

Monday Jan. 24, 2011
6:30 - 8:00pm
(meet in the Children's Room)
here at the Mission Branch
300 Bartlett Street

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Felt Pin Fun for Teens!

January 24, 2011 @ 4:00
Fashion a felt pin for yourself or a friend!!
Make one based on your favorite Lucha Libre wrestler,Day of the Dead image,or create your own unique design.
All materials provided.
Ages 12-18

For more information contact Nicole at
415.355.5738 or