Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Back by popular demand for their third sensational summer tour...

Harry and the Potters!

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Opening band...Draco and the Malfoys

If you missed the last performance of Harry and the Potters at SFPL, be sure to make it to this show. This band performs some of the best Indie sounds known to man. And, you get to be loud in the library!

Check out their website for more info or look for them on myspace.

Have you heard the great sounds of Harry and Potters? Let us know what you think.

Friday, June 09, 2006


As I was browsing through the DVD collection, on the hunt for a movie to watch this weekend, I stumbled across a FANTASTIC find. The DVD of SPEAK, the movie version of the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen. Have you read SPEAK? Share your thoughts. And please (I know a librarian should not say this) check out the DVD, though you may have to wait until I return it.

-Laurie Halse Anderson


Booklists: This Just In.....

Hot off the presses; the latest additions to the SFPL teen collection. Check them out today.

Black Powder
-Robin Staton
Travel back in time, from L.A. to England as Lanston attepmts to change history and prevent the murder of his best friend.

The Radioactive Boyscout
-Ken Silverstein
A true account of boy who makes a nuclear reactor. (thats a fun project for summer, LOL)

The Hip Handbag Book: 25 easy-to-make totes, purses and bags.
-Sherri Haab
A cure for summer boredom, make a bag that is one of kind!

S.A.S.S (Students Across Seven Seas)
-Follow the stories of love, highjinks and adventure of students studying in foreign lands.

Getting the Boot
Pardon My French
Spain or Shine
Westminster Abbey

Events--June 13th at Portola

You're never too old to hear a good yarn! Come hear storyteller David Ponkey tell heroic tales on Tues. June 13th at 4:00 pm at:

Portola Branch Library
2450 San Bruno Ave.
San Francisco CA 94110

Booklists:GLBTQ Pride Month

GLBTQ Pride Month. Stop by the San Francisco Public Library for some great GLBTQ fiction and non-fiction. Here is a list of some of my favorites. Be sure to post your favorites!

Baby Be-Bop
-Francesca Lia Block

A Really Nice Prom Mess
-Brian Sloan

Geography Club
-Brent hartinger

What I Know Now
-Roger Larson

Gravel Queen
-Tea Benduhn

Orphea Proud
-Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Absolutely, Positively Not...
-David Larochelle

Boy Girl Boy
-Ron Koertge

What I know Now
-Roger Larson

Clay's Way
-Blair Mastbaum

-Julie Ann Peters

Rainbow Boys
-Alex Sanchez

My Hearbeat
-Garret Freymann-Weyr

M or F
-Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts

Becoming Visible
-Kevin Jennings

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens

Friday, June 02, 2006

Booklists: The Inside Scoop- Sizzling Summer Read

Summer is almost upon us. Gone are the days of assigned school books and before us are the days of fun and lighthearted reading.

My suggestion for a Sizzling Summer Read? My Pick for the perfect beach book? My choice for the comatose days before us?

The Insiders
-J. Minter

Jonathan is the glue that keeps his friends together. Through break-ups, wild parties, shopping sprees and a cousin who sets her sights on his friends, Jonathan is there to make sure his group stays together. Join this eclectic crew in an exciting romp through New York City as they test the definitions of friendship and love.

Continue the excitement with these Insiders novels:

Pass It On: An Insiders Novel

Take It Off: An Insiders Novel

Break Every Rule: An Insiders Novel

Hold On Tight

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Booklists: The Coldest Winter Ever

Every month I perform a sort of ritual. This ritual is as certain as the orbit of the planets in the Milky Way galaxy. The ritual is ordering new copies of The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. The Coldest Winter Ever may in fact be the most stolen book in the TEEN collection. And those copies that are not secreted away are checked out and never returned! So, month after month I order more copies of this TEEN favorite. I know, I know I could just order 40 copies a year and be done with it, but there is a certain satisfaction of ordering the book every month. It means that the book is popular, that some TEEN out there likes this book; wants to read this book. So dutifully I purchase more copies.

Books like The Coldest Winter Ever are sometimes referred to as "Urban Fiction". In the past few months I have been getting more and more requests for Urban Fiction and happily I do my best to provide TEENS with as many books as they can read.

Have you read The Coldest Winter Ever? Tell us what you think and make a recommendation, right here for other TEENS to read.

In the mean time here are some of my picks:


Imani All Mine
-Connie Porter

-Walter Dean Myers

-Sharon Flake

Ballad of a Ghetto Poet
-AJ White

The Dying Ground
-Nichelle Tramble

Living for the City
-Jervy Tervalon

Too Beautiful for Words
-Monique Morris

Autobiography of My Dead Brother
-Walter Dean Myers

Money Hungry
-Sharon Flake

-Kalisha Buckhanon

Coming Soon to a Library Near You........

Bluford series
Hip-Hop High School
Teenage Bluez