Thursdays at Readers: Judith Ayn Bernhard & Charles Curtis Blackwell

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series!

Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman.

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

This week’s featured poets: Judith Ayn Bernhard & Charles Curtis Blackwell  

Photo - Judy in ParisJudith Ayn Bernhard is a former Berlitz School of Languages instructor and translator. She is a founding member and past chair of the Marin Poetry Center and a current member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Byron Spooner, where she teaches writing and occasionally gives public readings of her work.

 

 

 

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Thursdays at Readers: Mauro Aprile Zanett & Peter Yamamoto

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series!

Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman.

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

This week’s featured poet(s): Mauro Aprile Zanett & Peter Yamamoto

Peter Yamamoto is still a new poet after just a few years. He writes from the life around him. Falling together without too much premeditation. And sometimes he remembers that the point is to create a little disruption/spark/empathetic moment/association in the mind of his reader and/or audience. And that it is time to speak about other people and how they make their lives and struggle in this world. Whether it be a snapshot(s) of life or a diatribe(!). And that his own life takes place in RELATION to others and that RELATIONSHIP and those conditions are important. Basically he feels that his writing, like his life, is a search, and a journey, from one set of circumstances and moment, to another. And he is constantly growing and coming to new and better awareness and expression. Pete makes his home in Chinatown San Francisco. He is a dialysis patient and volunteers at the National Japanese American Historical Society. He is a young 61 years old. Pete is a mixed race Japanese American. His claim to fame is that he lived for 3 years at the International Hotel in Manilatown/Chinatown and was evicted with the Manongs in 1977.

Zanetti-Mauro.jpg.250x300_q85_cropMauro Aprile Zanetti is a San Francisco-based storyteller, filmmaker and writer—stringer for the Italian national newspaper, La Stampa. Born in Sicily (Italy, 1974). Thanks to his film critic paper on Martin Scorsese’s remake, Cape Fear, he is selected to join the national jury at the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia. He writes the master thesis of his Italian Laurea degree on Gilles Deleuze philosophy, and his experimental docudrama, The Joy. Carnations and Siesta (2002). In 2004, Mille Piani publishes his homonym book-catalog. He writes and directs a docudrama on people with disabilities, DiversabilMente Uguali, editing a monologue after poet, Dario Tumino. In 2006, he collaborates with Italian singer-song writer, Vinicio Capossela for the creation of a video-clip series, Ovunque proteggi, and later directing the live-drama, Nel Niente Sotto il Sole. He writes La Natura Morta de La Dolce Vita—A Mysterious Morandi in the Matrix of Fellini’s Vision (NYC, 2008). In 2013 he moves to San Francisco, where he interviews poet and activist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti for the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in US. He creates and directs a short video series, Cultural Ambassadors Circle, dedicating one to Mr. Ferlinghetti. On 2015 he curates Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s painting exhibition: Fluxare – The European Connexion, editing the booklet, Il Verbo Fluxare.

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Thursdays at Readers: Tamsin Smith & Greg Pond

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series!

Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman.

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

This week’s featured poet(s): Tamsin Smith & Greg Pond

picture-41608Tamsin Smith  is a San Francisco poet, essayist, cultural entrepreneur, and social impact innovator. She uses the power of words and ideas to create movements like (RED), which empowered regular people to help generate over $300 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Her poetry has appeared in the verse collection Everything Indicates (Heyday Press) and Lightening Strikes (Dolby Chadwick Gallery). She is a fellow at the Aspen Institute and gives an annual poetry talk at the Action Forum each summer. Her essays on poetry, literature, rock & roll, and the beastliness and beauty of life can be found on the Huffington Post and www.slipstreamstrategy.com. She studied english literature at Kenyon College, and was awarded highest honors for her thesis on Vladimir Nabokov.

 

 

 

tumblr_inline_nqw53n6eZn1rzzdht_500Gregory Pond was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents born in Panama and moved to San Francisco in the late 1970’s.  He’s a single dad and grandfather.  Author and publisher of two books of poetry, aftermoon and Blackened Blue, both available now on Amazon.  He’s read his poetry all over the Bay Area and was a featured poet at the My First Love Poetry Festival organized by Guy Writers and SFQueerOpenMic and was a featured writer in the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal.  He is a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, as well as a volunteer reader and facilitator of Poetically Speaking, a conference-call program for seniors featuring classic and contemporary poetry.

Click below to read poetry by Tamsin and Gregory!

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New Interim Executive Director: Welcome, Marie!

Marie_2We’re happy to introduce Marie Ciepiela, our new Interim Executive Director. Marie is a life-long social sector leader in community change and advocacy. For over 20 years, she has worked exclusively in nonprofit agencies dedicated to education, youth, and families, and foremost, to expanding access, inclusion, and equity for all people to gain the qualities in life we deserve – housing, education, health care, resourced neighborhoods, and a belief in the unlimited possibilities of the future.

Marie’s career began in Boston working with newly arrived families from Central America seeking asylum in the late 1980s.  Since arriving in San Francisco in 1990, she has served as executive leader of three nonprofit organizations, including: the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco; the OMIE (Oceanview, Merced, Ingleside, Excelsior) Beacon Center; and, the Youth Service Bureaus, the mental health department of the YMCA of San Francisco.

Marie’s history at these organizations has been to significantly increase revenue, design innovative programs for diverse communities, inspire and lead large staff teams, and cultivate public-private partnerships, most notably with school districts and City/County departments. Internally and externally, Marie is a person who impacts and persuades influential community leaders and decision-makers; whose opinion is sought after; and whose judgment is respected and trusted.

Marie’s childhood growing up in the Philippines and Panama frames her perspective and dedication to community work. After retuning to the US to finish high school, she went on to Harvard to complete her undergraduate degree in Latin American History, and later obtained a masters degree in International Development from UC Davis.  Mid-way through her nonprofit career, and motivated her own children beginning school, Marie also obtained a Spanish Bilingual and Bicultural Teaching Credential (BCLAD). Ultimately, she was recruited back into nonprofit leadership, and is now content to use her teaching tools to facilitate dialogue, teach, coach and mentor at the service of a great cause!

Welcome to Friends, Marie!

To contact Marie, you can either send her an email at Marie.Ciepiela@friendssfpl.org or call her at (415) 477-5220.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Last year was a busy one for Friends: Over 61 book sales, 1,374 volunteers, 52 weekly Thursdays at Readers poetry readings and over $1.7 million dollars of support given to the San Francisco Public Library. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, community partners and supporters for contributing to a successful and fun year! Check out some of the annual highlights:

IMBIBE_ATLBest Party of the Year: IMBIBE

Last February we took over the Portola Branch Library for a Valentine themed cocktail party, and in the fall we threw a spooktacular Halloween party in the Golden Gate Valley Branch! Don’t miss out on this year’s best books & booze event: Become a member today and receive your exclusive invitation to our special cocktail parties! Sign up online at www.friendssfpl.org or in-person in our Readers Bookstores.

Proudest Moment: Opening of The Mix at SFPL
The Mix at SFPL opened last spring and we’re so proud to support this new youth-designed, 21st centuryThe Mix_ATL teen digital learning center. We’re excited to continue working with the library to bridge the digital divide in San Francisco. Want to help us in our efforts? Donate today at www.friendssfpl.org or call (415) 626-7500 to find out how you can become involved.

 

NLC Celebration_ATLBest Neighborhood Library Celebration: Friends’ successful campaign provided the furniture and equipment for 24 renovated or rebuilt branch libraries. We threw a party at our Spring Big Book Sale last year to celebrate! As part of the festivities, the library rolled out its new Techmobile, a computer lab on wheels partially sponsored by Friends that brings digital training into the community.

 

 

Donation Center_ATLGrand Opening of our new Donation Center: After calling The Mission our home for almost a decade we moved into a larger facility in the beautiful Potrero neighborhood at 1630 17th Street to continue expanding our growing book operations. We celebrated our new space with an Open House in November. Have items you’d like to donate? Come on by! We’re open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Stellar New Staff: Meet Kristina Kearns, our new Manager of Volunteer Services & Outreach. Kristina is working hard to get shifts filled for our Readers Bookstores, Book Donation Center, many book sales, mailings and special events. Last year volunteers donated over 21,000 hours of their time! Interested in joining the fun and helping out? Kristina would love to hear from you. You can email her at Kristina.Kearns@Friendssfpl.org or call her at (415) 477-5223.

Coming up…

Laureates_ATLFriends is bringing back its Library Laureates gala reception and dinner on March 18 in time to celebrate the Library’s 20th Anniversary of the “new” Main! We will honor inspirational community leader Cissie Swig, a former Library Commissioner who helped create the Library Laureates event and is a champion of San Francisco library branches in underserved neighborhoods. Featuring a one-of-a-kind evening with authors, cocktails, fine wine and delectable food at the Main, this event serves Friends’ mission to support the San Francisco Public Library. Join us! Please visit www.friendssfpl.org for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available; Deadlines Approaching. Please contact Laurie Berk at laurie.berk@friendssfpl.org for more information.

Thursdays at Readers: Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis & John Curl

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series!

Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman.

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

Thursday, January 7th Lineup: Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis & John Curl

facebookLorene Zarou-Zouzoun  is a Palestinian-American born in Ramallah Palestine where she lived for her first five years. Zarou-Zouzounis is a business owner, poet, writer and human rights and peace activist working with dozens of San Francisco Bay Area Organizations since the early 90’s. Zarou-Zouzounis writes poetry for all ages, prose and historical fiction for adults and children. One of several works in progress is a collection of stories that weaves her mother’s life in Palestine with historic events spanning over three decades.

In 1987 Zarou-Zouzounis self published a poetry chapbook entitled Inquire Within, and her forthcoming poetry anthology is entitled Faces-the Nine Stations of Pain and Joy. Her poems are published in nine anthologies–some notable are The Poetry of Arab Women-a Contemporary Anthology; Food for Our Grandmothers-Writings by Arab-American & Arab Canadian Feminists; The Space Between our Footsteps-Poems & Paintings from the Middle East; War After War-City Lights Review #5; and Heartfire-Second Revolutionary Poets Brigade Anthology, Kallatumba Press, SF.
Zarou-Zouzounis graduated from City College of SF and began writing and publishing in creative writing classes, before attending SFSU renowned Creative Writing Department. It was at SFSU where she had her debut in publishing when three poems about the first Palestinian Intifada of 1987 were included in an anthology by the Humanities & Women’s Studies Departments, entitled Out of the Maze-Ink #5. She also developed and taught poetry workshops for children in a local Bay Area elementary school for many years.

6__john-curl002John Curl is the author of twelve books of poetry, as well as volumes of history, memoir and fiction.  His latest poetry books are Yoga Sutras of Fidel Castro and Revolutionary Alchemy. His recent novel is The Co-op Conspiracy. His translations and biographies of three Inca, Yucatec Maya, and Aztec poets along with the poems in the original languages are in Ancient American Poets. He represented the USA at the World Poetry Festival of 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela. He is chair of PEN Oakland and a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. Jack Hirschman writes, “John Curl has earned a place among the foremost revolutionary American poets since the end of WW2.”

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Library Laureates Gala is Back!

Facebook_LaureatesOn March 18, 2016, join friends, authors, and philanthropists for a stunning dinner and celebration at the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library, which will be celebrating 20 years at 100 Larkin Street. This exclusive event raises funds to support the free public library in San Francisco including programs, exhibitions, lectures, resources, events and innovative projects made available only because of the supplement of funds provided beyond those which are available through the city budget. We will honor inspirational community leader Roselyne Chroman Swig, a former Library Commissioner who helped create the Library Laureates event and is a champion of San Francisco library branches in underserved neighborhoods.

This event, with over 300 philanthropists, community leaders and corporate partners expected to be in attendance, is a one-of-a-kind evening with our favorite authors, cocktails, fine wine and delectable food within intimate salons at the Main.

Sponsorship opportunities available now; individual tickets, subject to availability, on sale after January 15, 2016. For additional information please call 415-477-5240 or email celebrate@friendssfpl.org.

This Weekend: OPEN HOUSE!

Open House_Pizza GraphicJoin us this Saturday, November 14th for our Donation Center Open House party. Come tour the new space and enjoy pizza & drink specials on us!

What: Donation Center Open House
Where: 1630 17th Street
When: Saturday, November 14 2015, 2 – 4 p.m.

What’s our Donation Center all about?
Our Donation Center accepts your books, CDs, DVDs and LPs.  Have some items you’d like to donate towards a good cause? Come on by! We’re open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please check out our website or give us a call for a complete list of items we accept and for more information about your donation: www.friendssfpl.org or (415) 522-8600.

donation centerWhere do the donations go?
After our stellar volunteers sort the items and our pricing specialist lends his keen eye, we sell the books and media in our bookstores, our Semi Annual Big Book Sales, our seasonal Steps Sales, our $1 Donation Center Sales, specialty book fairs and online. The proceeds support learning and literacy at the San Francisco Public Library.

How can I become a volunteer?
Volunteers are truly the heart & soul of our Book Operations. They are instrumental in donation intake, sorting, organizing and selling. Interested in this fun volunteer opportunity? Please contact our new Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Kristina Kearns (Welcome, Kristina!) at kristina.kearns@friendssfpl.org or (415) 477-5223 or learn more about volunteering at www.friendssfpl.org.

Coming Up: Readers Bookstore Member Sales

 Member Sale PhotoWe recommend getting your holiday shopping done at Readers Bookstores this season because we have some great member sales coming up:

Thanksgiving Sale: 35% off November 21st – 29th
(please note that both stores closed 26th and 27th)
December Holiday Sale: items are 20% off all month long!

Our Readers Bookstores have something for everyone: DVDs, CDs, LPs, hand-made holiday cards, unique gifts and more. Oh, and books! Lots and lots of fiction, nonfiction, rare and collectibles. Want to leave the choice up to the chosen? Pick up a gift card from one of our friendly shopkeepers!

“How does one become a member and take advantage of this and other great benefits?”

Easy!

You can join in our stores, online, or over the phone at (415) 626-7500. Have questions about membership? Contact Steven Peno at (415) 477-5231 or email him at steven.peno@friendssfpl.org

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason
Building C, Room 165
Fort Mason Center
(415) 771-1076
We’re open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (except holidays).

Readers Bookstore at the Main
30 Grove Street
Main Library, Grove Street Entrance
(415) 557-4238
We keep SFPL hours.

Book Donation Center
1630 17th Street
(415) 522-8600
Drop Off Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mixer at The Mix

Mixer SignatureOn Monday, November 16th, celebrate the launch of San Francisco Public Library’s new teen digital media center, The Mix at SFPL, with cocktails and bites and learn how you can get involved with programming that directly impacts San Francisco’s youth.

The Mix at SFPL is a new center where teens ages 13-18 can explore books, music making, video production, robotics and much more in a welcoming and creative space. Now’s your chance to view the space and learn how to become involved!

Date: Monday, November 16th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
To attend: Please make a tax-deductible donation: https://www.tilt.com/campaigns/mixer-the-mix

Questions about this event? Please contact Steven Peno at (415) 477-5231 or email him at steven.peno@friendssfpl.org.