Tuesday, April 01, 2008

South East Teen Newsletter- April 2008

San Francisco Public Library Teen Services Newsletter
Keeping you up to date on what’s going down in the South East District!

Hello Everyone!

Spring time means more to Librarians than just beautiful weather. Every April for the past fifty years, we celebrate National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities. At the San Francisco Public Library, people of all ages and backgrounds can come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get a job or to find homework help. Come to the library and see for yourself!

For more information about the American Library Association and National Library week visit their website:


Visit SFPL online for more information about Teen Services:



Teen Summer Reading Program begins soon!
According to a 2001 study by the Evaluation and Training Institute, young people who participate in library sponsored Summer Reading Programs are more likely to read at their grade level or above. The study also found that participants reading above grade level are more likely to retain those skills into the next school year.

Every summer SFPL sponsors a Teen Summer Reading program which includes events, programming, and incentives to get teens reading and visiting the library. This year prizes for teen participation include Zune MP3 players, an iPod shuffle, gift certificates, books, jump drives, and much more!

Encourage the teens you know to visit their local branch and sign up. Or better yet, invite the Teen Librarian in your neighborhood to visit your organization to promote Teen Summer Reading 2008.

Teen Advisory Council is looking for members- Portola Branch and Visitacion Valley Branch Libraries

Want to make a difference? Want to be heard? Join the T.A.C. and have a say in what goes on @ the library!

Help choose new books, DVDs, and CDs!
Plan cool programs, events, and parties!
Make new friends!
Get free stuff!
Eat snacks!
Looks great on college and job applications!

For more information, call or stop by either library & ask for Abby, or email aharwood@sfpl.org.

April is National Poetry Month! Find out how the San Francisco Public Library is celebrating:

The Bernal Heights Branch Library is closed for renovation. To learn more about temporary services available in the neighborhood visit this link:


April Teen Events @ the Library
Funding for programs is provided through the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, along with other contributions. All programs are free to the public.

Bayview Branch:
Contact- Wendy Kramer, Teen Librarian
5075 Third Street (at Revere)
415-355-2860 wkramer@sfpl.org

Speak Up! Monthly Meeting Wednesday, April 2nd, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Bayview Teen Advisory Council (B-TAC) has a new name! Teens ages 12-18 meet monthly to plan activities and speak up for themselves to get books, music, movies and teen spaces that suit them at the library. Snacks provided. Please call the Teen Librarian to sign up. For teens, ages 12-18.

Studio 101 Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 5:30 to 7:30 p
Create and record your own music in the 10 week class. Learn beat making, keyboarding, production, songwriting, and other skills using MacBooks, M-Audio Firewire 410s, studio microphones, instruments and midi controllers. Instruction and equipment provided. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance! For teens, ages 12-18.

Teen Book Club Saturday, April 5th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Love books? Join our small group that meets to talk about a different book each month. Those who attend choose the next book to read. The library provides a free copy of the book for you to keep. Limited space, so please call to sign up. For teens, ages 13-18.

Comics Club Saturday, April 26th, 3 pm to 4 pm
Whether you like manga, superheros, strips, graphic novels, indie comics, or webcomics, this club is the place for you. Come hang out with other teens who read and/or draw comics. Free stuff and snacks provided.

Portola Branch:
Contact- Abby Harwood, Teen Librarian
2450 San Bruno Ave. (at Silliman)
415-355-5660 aharwood@sfpl.org

The Click- Digital Photo Club Tuesday, April 8, 4 pm to 5 pm
Do you want to learn the ins and outs of digital photography? Join us for monthly activities including: photo scavenger hunts, photo mock ups of UFOs and Bigfoot, digital storytelling, mystery pictures, online photo gallery, snacks, and fun! For teens, ages 12-18.

Visitacion Valley Branch:
Contact- Abby Harwood, Teen Librarian
45 Leland Ave. (at Desmond)
415-355-2848 aharwood@sfpl.org

What’s in your stars? Saturday, April 26, 3 pm to 4 pm
What does the future have in store for you? Teens age 13 to 18 are invited to munch on fortune cookies while we learn about palm reading, tarot, astrology, numerology, I-Ching, and dream interpretation.

Click here to learn more about SFPL’s Teen Events all over the city:


1 comment:

Robin said...

Regarding the "What’s in your stars?" It appears that the public library is endorsing a biased and stereotypical view of tarot cards. Fortune telling is not the only purpose for tarot cards. The tarot wasn't really intended for fortune telling. The tarot was really made for a card game which is still enjoyed today in Europe and there has recently been a growing following in the US and UK. I also like to play tarot and your program may be promoting stereotypes which might be bad for game players. We try to teach people our card games and they think it is about the occult. I am not against fortune telling but it is not right for them to monpolize this part of culture or for public education intitutions to endorse this monopoly. I am not a Christian so I'm not saying to get rid of the fortune telling, but to better promote real cultural diversity why not also tell the teens about the use of the tarot cards for playing real card games?