Tuesday, November 20, 2012

          Winter Jazz at the Library!

Don't miss a free jazz performance featuring Clifford Brown III & the Brewing Co.

Does the name sounds familiar? Well, Bay Area resident Clifford Brown III is the grandson of the famed jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, one of the most influential trumpeters in the history of jazz.

Brown's emsemble, The Brewing Co., is firmly rooted in the post-bop jazz of the 50’s and 60’s with branches reaching today’s soul-jazz and nu-jazz movements. The band is currently showcasing the musical compositions of tenor saxophone sensation Dayna Stephens.

So, please come join us to and let the library warm up your winter with some hot jazz!

Winter Jazz Concert
Saturday, December 1st, 2:00 p.m.
Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Calavera for Carlos Fuentes

Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgía and Radio Bilingüe/KPOO FM Announcer Chelis Lopez, for a Día de los Muertos tribute to legendary Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. Fuentes died last May at the age of 83.

Along with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortázar and Mario Vargas Llosa, Fuentes is considered one of the main representatives of the Latin American Boom literary movement of the 1960s. His novel, The Death of Artemio Cruz is considered a seminal work in contemporary Spanish Literature and it earned him international recognition as Mexico’s most important novelist of the 20th century. A prolific author, Fuentes wrote novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, and numerous essays about literature, art, politics, and history. He served as Mexico’s Ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977 and won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 1987 for his overall literary achievements. His works have been translated into 24 languages.

Special guests for the tribute include University of San Francisco's Director of Chicano/Latino Studies Dr. Karina Hodoyan, San Francisco State University’s Spanish Professor Dr. Gustavo Calderon and Yvette Fuentes, a close friend of the Fuentes family. A book sale hosted by Modern Times Bookstore will follow the event.

A Calavera for Carlos Fuentes
Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 pm.
Adult Reading Room
Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett Street, San Francisco.

En Español:

Una Calavera para Carlos Fuentes

Únase a el Poeta Laureado de San Francisco Alejandro Murgía y a la locutora de KPOO FM y Radio Bilingüe Chelis López, en un tributo al legendario escrito Mexicano Carlos Fuentes. Los invitados al evento incluyen el Profesor de Español de San Francisco State University Dr. Gustavo Calderón, e Yvette Fuentes, una amiga cercana de la familia Fuentes.

El evento incluirá historias, anécdotas, y videos acerca de la vida y obra de Fuentes y concluirá con una venta de libros en Inglés y Español organizada por la librería Modern Times.
Todos los programas de la Biblioteca son gratis.
Patrocinado por los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública de San Francisco

Friday, September 21, 2012

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mission Branch on Saturday, October 13!

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

1: 00 p.m. Papel Picado Workshop* Conducted by Carmen Lomas Garza, visual artist, author, and teacher

This is a hands-on workshop on the techniques for cutting tissue paper to make “banderitas de papel picado” (paper banners) used in Mexico and the Southwestern United States as decorations for celebrations. The participants will learn to fold and cut tissue paper to make 3 cutout designs and then attach the cutouts to a string to make a set ready to hang at their next celebration.

*PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is for both adults and children. Children must be 6 years old and older and accompanied by an adult who will also participate. Children younger than 6 years may not attend. Adults must bring your own scissors. The library will have a limited number of scissors for adults on hand, and it will provide appropriate scissors for children.

4:15 p.m. Free Performance by The San Francisco Quitar Quartet

The SFGQ features Mark Simons, Patrick O’Connell, Jon Mendle, and Roberto Granados performing an expansive and vibrant repertoire of Classical, Spanish, Jazz, and World music. Form by veteran performers of newly composed music as well as time-tested classics, SFGQ’s programs offer a concert experience that is balanced, engaging, and delightfully diverse. Founded in 1997, the quartet has established itself as an enduring presence in the guitar world through its ground-breaking concerts and recording. The SFGQ was chosen by Chamber Music America as featured performer at the Western Arts Alliance Showcase. For more information visit www.sfgq.com

All programs will be at the Adult Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett Street, San Francisco.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tricycle Music Fest West 2012

Kids and families, Tricycle Music Fest at the library returns for a fourth year in August! Join us for the kickoff event on Sunday August 5th at the Mission Branch in partnership with Sunday Streets. Check the schedule and mark your calendar for 3 months of kindie-rock music fun.

  • Alison Faith Levy's Big Time Tot Rock, The Corner Laughers, The Monkeybutts, San Francisco Rock Project 
    •  August 5th, 11:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. @ Mission Branch, Sunday Streets stage
  •  Recess Monkey
    • August 19th, 3:00 P.M. @ Main Library
  • Charity Kahn
    • September 15th, 3:00 P.M. @ Ortega Branch Library
  • Alison Faith Levy's Big Time Tot Rock 
    • September 29th, 1:30 P.M. @ Mission Bay Branch Library
  • Frances England
    • October 6th, at 3:00 P.M. @ Parkside Branch Library
  • The Monkeybutts
    • October 13th, 3:00 P.M. @ Visitacion Valley Branch Library
  • The Hipwaders
    • October 20th, 3:00 P.M. @ Bernal Heights Branch Library
  • Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
    • October 28th, 2:00 P.M. @ Main Library, Finale Costume Event

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

August Teen Programs

Mission Branch August Teen Programs


Wednesday, August 1st
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ages 12 - 18

 Thinking 'bout getting inked? Come join us at the Mission Branch Library for a free, temporary, organic tattoo! Unravel the mystery of henna and its ancient, traditional uses, learn how to apply it, and have all your questions answered by San Francisco'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 free gift after the workshop! Don't miss out! Space is limited.

For participants under 18, a signed parent/guardian permission form must be returned prior to the workshop.

Contact Nicole at (415) 355-5738 or ntermini@sfpl.org.


Tuesday, August 14th
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Ages 8 -18

Come in and game with us at lunchtime! We will have video games here, but feel free to bring your own PS2 and Wii games (rated E or T only). Munch on snacks provided as you wait your turn, and cheer your friends on!

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

August Children's Programs

Mission Branch August Children's Programs


Friday, August 3rd
2:00 p.m.

Children of all ages

Celebrate the end of summer with a party in the Mission Branch garden. Music, games, and much more!

Children's special programs at the library

The Children's Room has an exciting line-up of performers and activities for the Summer/ El salon de niños de la biblioteca de la Misión presenta durante el verano:

Origami for Children
Thursday, June 15th @ 3pm
Ages/edades 5+

Eco-tainment Show with Doug Nolan
Tuesday, June 19th @ 1:30pm
Ages/edades 5+

Fire and Ice
Wednesday, June 27th @ 4pm
Ages/edades 5+

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Announcing: The 2012 Mission Branch Open House



Don't miss a whole afternoon of free programs for all ages!



Saturday, May 12, 2012, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

1:00 pm Children's art workshop hosted by Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center. The activity will involve a pastel drawing mural session on Tyvek (fiber glass woven paper). The theme will be "images from your favorite book."

2:00 pm The Latino Comics Expo presents La Raza Comica: Comic Book Art in the 21st Century. Join us for a panel discussion about this great Art Exhibition now at the Cartoon Museum of San Francisco. The panel will be moderated by Liz Mayorga, local comic book artist and will include Jaime Crespo, publisher of Tortilla Press and Mario Hernandez, creator of the legendary Los Bro Hernandez (Love & Rockets). The discussion will be preceded by a Comic Book giveaway to celebrate Free Comic Book Day and courtesy of local bookstore Mission: Comics & Art.

3:15 pm Music by Gaucho, San Francisco's only gypsy jazz sextet. While originally based on the repertoire of Django Reinhart and the gypsy jazz of 1930's Europe, Gaucho finds inspiration in the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music and the “gut bucket” sound. Let by Dave Ricketts on guitar, Gaucho won the Best Jazz and Blues Band SFweekly Reader's Poll in 2009.


¡No se pierda una tarde completa de programas gratis para toda la familia!

1:00 p.m. Clase de arte para los niños con Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center. La actividad va a ser cómo dibujar un mural usando Tyvek (papel de fibra sintética). Tema: Imágenes de libros favoritos.

2:00 p.m. Latino Comics Expo presenta La Raza Cómica: Comic Book Art in the 21stCentury. Se regalarán libros de comics para celebrar Free Comic Book Day, cortesía de la librería Mission: Comics & Art. A continuación habrá una mesa redonda sobre la exposición de la Raza Cómica en el Cartoon Museum de San Francisco. El panel estará moderado por Liz Mayorga, autora de comics, Jaime Crespo, editor de Tortilla Press y Mario Hernandez, creador legendario de Los Bro Hernandez (Love & Rockets).

3:15 p.m. Gaucho. Musica en vivo con este sexteto de jazz de San Francisco, el único grupo de su tipo influenciado por la musica gitana. Su repertorio original se apoyaba en Django Reinhart y el jazz gitano de la década de 1930 de Europa. Ahora, Gaucho encuentra su inspiración en el ritmo y espíritu de improvisación de la música swing de Nueva Orleans y en el sonido “gut bucket”.

Para mas información llame a Ricardo Antoni, Bibliotecario de Adultos de la Biblioteca Misión, al (415) 355-5735.

Come to the Mission Children's Room in May! ¡Venga al cuarto de niños en mayo!

Spring is warming up, and so is the Mission Children's Room! ¡La primavera esta calentando el cuarto de niños en la biblioteca de la Misión!

Come hula some hoops and float some bubbles on May 6th during Sunday Streets. Our table will be set up at 1pm to 4pm outside of the library on Bartlett St. I hear there will be a music stage on Bartlett as well, so be ready to dance! Venga a celebrar "Sunday Streets," donde las calles de Valencia y la 24 estan cerrados a los carros y abiertos para las bicicletas y gente caminando. La biblioteca va a tener una mesa con juegos para niños empesando a la 1 p.m.

Information on Sunday Streets: http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/

Save the date: May 12th at 1 p.m. Precita Eyes Muralists will help children create a small mural for the library as part of the larger Mission Branch Open House celebration, running  until 4 p.m.

El dia 12 de Mayo los muralistas de Precita Eyes van a tener una progama en el cuarto de niños a las 1 p.m. Es parte de nuestro dia de "Casa Abierta" con eventos hasta las 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Celebrate/celebra Día de los Niños Día de los Libros Abril/April 28th

Para/for children of all ages: April/abril 28th, 11am

Mission Library Children's Room will host a special Southwest Native America program on Saturday, Apr. 28th at 11 a.m. with the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Children will use the ancient coil-and-scrape method to create their own clay pots.

El cuarto de niños de la biblioteca de la Misión va a presentar con el Museo de Artesanía un programa el 28 de abril, a las 11 am, en celebración del Día de los Niños Día de los Libros. Los niños van a usar un método antiguo para crear ollas de barro.

More information about the Museum of Craft and Folk Art/mas información sobre el Museo de Artesanía de San Francisco:


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Mission Branch!

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, the Mission Branch Library will host a Crossing Borders poetry reading event featuring readings in English and Spanish by Oscar Bermeo, Maya Chinchilla, Melissa Lozano, Mariano Zaroan, and Latin American guitar music performed by Theresa Calpotura.

Crossing Borders: Contemporary Poetry in Spanish from the San Francisco Bay Area is curated by Vickie Vértiz and Edwin Lozada.

A community poetry open mic will precede the event.

¡Celebre el Mes Nacional de la Poesia en la Biblioteca Mission!

No se pierda esta celebración del Mes Nacional de la Poesía con un evento de la serie Cruzando Fronteras: Poesía español del Área de la Bahía de San Francisco. Con la participación de Oscar Bermeo, Maya Chinchilla, Melissa Lozano y Mariano Zaroan. Theresa Calpotura interpretará música de Latino América para guitarra. Esta serie está organizada por Vickie Vértiz y Edwin Lozada e incluirá poemas en Inglés y Español. El evento comenzará con un micrófono abierto para poetas de la comunidad.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Mission Branch
Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Adult Reading Room
Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
For more information, please call (415) 355-5738

Ricardo Antoni
Adult Services Librarian
Mission Branch Library

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tertulias Literarias Comienzan en la Misión

Queridos Amigos de la Biblioteca Misión,

Tenemos el placer de anunciar Tertulias Literarias, un nuevo club de lectores en Español. Esta es una colaboración entre la Biblioteca Misión y el Centro Cultural de la Misión.

El grupo se reunirá el tercer Lunes de cada mes. Sol, Piedra, y Sombras: Viente Cuentistas Mexicanos de la Primera mitad del Siglo XX editado por Jorge F. Hernandez, es el libro seleccionado para inaugurar la lectura del grupo.

Los invitamos cordialmente a la primera reunion:
Lunes 23 de Abril, 2012 a las 7:00 p.m.
La Salita (sala de reuniones) 2nd Piso
Centro Cultural de la Misión
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Un número limitado de copias de Sol, Piedra, y Sombras serán
obsequiados gratis en la reunión.

¡Los esperamos!
Ricardo Antoni
Bibliotecario de Adultos
Biblioteca Misión

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

California Puppet's Jungle Joe

Jungle Joe will present his Animal Trainer Puppet Show this Sat., March 17th at 11a.m. in the Children's Room.

Show is full of interaction and lots of variety.

Wonderful activity for the kids on this expected-to-rain weekend!

For more information on Jungle Joe (aka Naceur Boujja) visit him at his website: http://www.californiapuppets.com/Bay_Area_Kids_Party_Family-Fun.html

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saturday storytime with craft activity!

The children's room at the Mission Public Library invites you to our new Saturday family storytime! Storytime starts at 11am, and right after the storytime we will be doing a craft activity.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fight back with Advice from the Experts!

Introductory Street/Personal Safety Workshop for Women

This two hour self-defense workshop presented by Impact Bay Area focuses on street safety & awareness, verbal and physical boundary setting and hands-on self-defense techniques.

Why Self-Defense? Verbal boundary setting, in addition to physical defense training, enables participants to avoid or handle uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations.In this course, participants will practice using verbal self-defense and boundary setting and learn some basic physical self-defense techniques proven to work.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Posted by Ricardo Antoni, Adult Services Librarian

Saturday, February 11, 2012

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Mission League Gaming!

Welcome to Monday Night Mission League Gaming! Come in and game with us any time between 6:30pm to 8:30pm on February 13th at the Mission library in the children’s room. We will have video games here, but feel free to bring your own PS2 & Wii games. (rated E or T only, please!) Ages 8-18 For more information contact Nicole at (415) 355-5738 or ntermini@sfpl.org.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Get Inked...Naturally! Henna for Teens on Thursday, January 12!

Are you interested in unraveling the mysteries of one of the oldest most traditional arts of the ancient world? Come join us and kick off the New Year with San Francisco’s Organic body artist Charitie Bolling for an exciting afternoon of fun learning and hands on activities. Secrets and truths of the origins of henna will be unraveled and mysteries revealed. Learn how to mix, apply and adorn with this beautiful and delicate fine art. All workshop participants will be able to choose from a plethora of designs and be painted with henna the traditional safe and organic way. For attending you’ll be entered into a mini raffle for your chance to win a personalized gift after the workshop!! Refreshments will be provided don’t miss out!! Bring a friend! Ages 12-18. For participants under 18, a signed parent/guardian permission form must be returned prior to the workshop.
To reserve your space and/or request a form, contact Nicole at 415.355.5738 or ntermini@sfpl.org