FREE Books at our Spring Big Book Sale

Girl with bookstackHere’s an insider’s tip: items at our 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale are 100% FREE if you volunteer! That’s right – all you have to do is sign up for a shift (or two or three), help us put on the biggest used book sale on the West Coast, enjoy free pizza (sign up for set-up day!) scope out the loot before the crowds and score a $10 coupon for every 4 hours you put in.

It takes a village to raise a Big Book Sale and we need your help! Bring a friend, have some fun, and take home free books. To sign up please contact our Manager of Volunteer Services and Outreach, Kristina Kearns at Kristina.Kearns@friendssfpl.org or sign up online here.

 

 

Member Preview Sale & Reception: Wine, Treats & 1st Access!

Arial ShotThere are a host of reasons why you should join Friends and support the San Francisco Public Library. And at the top of the list? Tickets to attend the exclusive Member Preview Sale & Reception for the upcoming 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale! Members are invited to access the sale the evening before it goes public on Tuesday, March 29th from 4 – 8 PM.  You’ll get a sneak peek of all the goods (over 250,000 books & media in over 75 categories!) while enjoying a glass of wine and tasty treats. Items are priced at $3 or less and all proceeds support the San Francisco Public Library.

Check out all the awesome membership benefits and join online today, in-person in our Readers Bookstores, or at-the-door of the event on March 29th. The will-call table will be set beginning at 2 PM.

For questions about membership, please get in touch with our new Manager of Membership and Development Services, Mario Lemos (welcome, Mario!) at Mario.Lemos@friendssfpl.org or (415) 477-5231.

2016 Library Laureates: Amazing Auction Items!

4-att-park-san-francisco-giants-7-most-efficient-baseball-parks-alliance-to-save-energyA luxury suite to watch the San Francisco Giants! Tickets to the Golden State Warriors! A weekend get-a-way in Tomales Bay! Lunch with Robert Mailer Anderson & Willie L. Brown, Jr.!

These are just a few of the fantastic ‪‎2016 Library Laureates auction items that we have on deck and guess what? Due to an overwhelming response, the event is sold out but you can still support the Library through a proxy bid! Click here to check out a full list of items and review the bidding instructions.

Coming Up: 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale!

6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale PosterThe countdown begins: we’re only 3 weeks away from the biggest book selling event of the season! Join us March 30th – April 3rd from 10 AM – 6 PM in Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture: Festival Pavilion and dig into 250,000 books & media in over 75 categories, priced at $3 and under.

Don’t forget: our sale goes on sale on Sunday, April 3rd – all items are only $1! Proceeds from the sale support learning & literacy at the San Francisco Public Library. The sale accepts cards, check and cash. For inquiries please email us at info@friendssfpl.org or call us at (415) 626-7500.

Check out more information about our Spring Big Book Sale on our website here.

Help us get the word out and share the event with your fellow book lovers!

Want to help make sure we have a great stock for the sale? Donate your books & media! Stop by our Book Donation Center located at 1630 17th street Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and Saturdays 10 AM – 2 PM.

 

Thursdays at Readers: Rafael Jesus Gonzalez & Colin O’Leary

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: Rafael Jesus Gonzalez & Colin O’Leary  

Rafael-Jesus-Gonzalez_100SQ_Photo-by-Peter-St.JohnRafael Jesús González, Prof. Emeritus of literature and creative writing, was born and raised biculturally/bilingually in El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, and taught at various universities before settling at Laney College, Oakland, California where he founded the Dept. of Mexican & Latin-American Studies. His collection of poems El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker of Games, Casa Editorial, San Francisco (1977-78) had two printings; his collection La musa lunática/The Lunatic Muse was published in 2009 with a second printing in 2010. Nominated thrice for a Pushcart price, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and Annenberg CPB for his writing in 2003. He received the 2012 Dragonfly Press Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement and was honored by the City of Berkeley with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13 Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival 2015. Visit http://rjgonzalez.blogspot.com/

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Thursdays at Readers: Angelos Sakkis & Q.R. Hand

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: Angelos Sakkis & Q.R. Hand

sakkisphoto3Angelos Sakkis
was born in Greece. He immigrated to California, 1970. BFA SFAI, 1989. He has been translating Greek poetry to English and co-translating, with John Sakkis, the work of poet and multimedia artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis. His own work has appeared in Ambush Review, Try and Hellenic Voices. His chapbooks “Memory-of” and “Fictional Character” were published by Zarax Books, 2012. “Travel log with Homer on my mind 2011” was published also in 2012 by Both Both Books. He most recently co-translated with Jack Hirschman “Food Line” by Sotirios Pastakas (Forepaw Press, 2015). He lives in Oakland, California.

 

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Thursdays at Readers: devorah major & Robert Anbian

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: devorah major & Robert Anbian

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Robert Anbian writes about sex, politics, seas and oceans, city streets, deserts, war, love, music, highways, petty larceny, ecstasy, childhood, death, memories. He has published three poetry collections, WE Parts 1 & 2 (Night Horn Books 1999), Antinostalgia (Ruddy Duck Press 1992) and Bohemian Airs & Other Kêfs (Night Horn Books, 1982). Edgetone Records released the poetry and jazz CD, “Robert Anbian and the UFQ” in 2007 and the poetry and story two-CD set, “I Not I,” in 2008.  Poet Ron Sauer says, “Anbian’s ongoing and ever added-to ‘WE’ is the single greatest poem in American English of his generation.”

 

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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.

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