Saturday, June 28, 2008


Check OUT some of our NEWEST books about, for, and of interest to LGBTeens:

Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne

Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby

The God Box by Alex Sanchez

Hero by Perry Moore

Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan

Freak Show by James St. James

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List: A Novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Split Screen by Brent Hartinger

7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman

What If Someone I Know is Gay?: Answers to Questions about What It Means to be Gay and Lesbian by Eric Marcus

Map of Ireland: A Novel by Stephanie Grant

The Rules for Hearts: A Family Drama by Sara Ryan

Grl2grl: Short Fictions by Julie Anne Peters

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing edited by Michelle Tea

For more recommendations check out SFPL’s “Find Out” booklists!

Find information about local community services for LGBT youth here!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Teens are in the Running

Last Saturday, I ran 6.2 miles from AT & T Park to Candlestick/Monster Park with 930 participants, including many youth, in the 3rd annual Mayor Newsom's Stadium to Stadium 10K Challenge . It was ferociously hot.

Luckily, Fiorella, the Vice President of Speak Up! (aka the Bayview library's Teen Advisory Council) headed up an extra water table in front of the library, with an encouraging poster that read "Go Runners!" With the kind assistance of library staff member Jessie Whiley and Kid Power volunteer AJ, Fiorella kept the cups of water coming for demanding, thirsty runners. I was especially grateful and inspired to see her and AJ there at Third and Revere, around 3 miles into the race. AJ was yelling "free water" through a megaphone. People were crowded around the table.

After feeling briefly rejuvenated from the encouragement of Fiorella and AJ, I hit rock bottom on Gilman St., a couple of miles from the Monster Park stadium. It was hot, it was flat, and the water left in my bottle was warm. There was no end in sight. Then I saw a teenager I knew from the Portola branch library. "Hannah!" I called. She was dead tired too. I gave her the dregs from my water bottle, and we ran the last couple of miles together. Hannah's on the track team at her school, so I figured if she was 16 and tired and on the track team, I shouldn't be embarrassed to be 39 and ready to cry. Running together helped ups both get through to the end. She even sprinted at the end (well, so did I, but I "sprinted" more slowly). Thanks Hannah, for being there on the road with me, and with your team. Thanks Fiorella and AJ, and Speak Up!, for the H2O!

Here's the link to the race results:
Stadium to Stadium Final Race Results

Scroll down to Team -- SFPL, towards the bottom of the page, to see the results of the two SFPL staff members who registered to run.

Sorry I didn't take pictures. I didn't carry my phone!


Thursday, June 05, 2008

South East District Teen Services Newsletter

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

Teen Summer Reading Program 2008
June 13th to July 25th
For teens age 13 to 18

How Teen Summer Read 2008 works:
Sign up at any of the participating branches. Keep track of what you read and time spent reading.
Fill out a Comment Card for each 10 hours of reading you do. Review your favorite book for a chance to be published in a review collection.
Place a check in the box on your book log for every hour of reading you do.
Complete a Comment Card with your contact information for every 10 hours of reading to win fabulous prize:
10 hours – triliter
20 hours – personal journal
30 hours – usb flash drive
You must complete a comment card for every 10 hours of reading. Detach the raffle ticket and give the card and ticket to a librarian.
You may read books, magazines, graphic novels, newspapers (e-mail or text messages are not eligible).
You may read aloud.
You may participate at only ONE library branch.
Prizes may be limited.

Raffle and Party:
When you finish 30 hours of reading, you will receive an invitation to the
Grand Finale Party
(invitation required)
Friday August 1st – 3:30 to 5:30 PM
For TEENS only!

RAFFLE for prizes:
Zune Media Players
iPod shuffle
iTunes gift cards
Gift cards for Kamikaze Pop, Eggettes, and Target
Pizza certificates
Free classes at Mission Cliffs and Acrosports
Jamba certificates
Golden State Warrior t-shirts

Kidpower, Summer Volunteer Program, starts this month!

Kidpower is an exciting way for young people to get involved in their community and make a difference! To join you must be 10 to 16 years old, be able to commit at least ten hours to work in the library, and sign up for Summer Reading. Volunteers will help Librarians with the Summer Reading Program, from signing up other young readers to setting up for programs and parties. Talk to your friendly Librarian for more information.

June 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)

Speak Up! Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 4th, 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.

Teen Book Club Saturday, June 3rd, 3:30 pm to 4:30 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, June 28th, 2 pm to 3 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.

Excelsior Branch:
Contact- Marla Bergman, Teen Librarian
4400 Mission St. (at Cotter)

Design a T-shirt Wednesday, June 11th, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Using a wide variety of colorful paint pens, fabric paints, ricrac, and faux jewels, have fun creating your own one-of-a-kink t-shirt that expresses exactly who you are! All materials provided. Ages 11 to 18. Space limited to 15 participants.

The Magic of Chin-Chin Saturday, June 21st, 2 pm to 2:45 pm
Chin-Chin’s magic show is like no other. It’s filled with incredible illusions and special messages that make you think (but not too hard). He might even inspire you to laugh. Chin-Chin is an international award-winning magician from the Bay Area who has been featured in over a dozen newspapers, radio, and television shows. Ages 10 to 18.

Glen Park Branch:
Contact- Marla Bergman, Teen Librarian
2825 Diamond St. (near Bosworth)

Ghost Hunting for Teens Thursday, June 18, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Ever wonder if ghosts are real? Want to learn how to capture ghosts on audio and video? A real ghost hunter from SF Ghost Society, Tommy Netzband, will talk about his experiences investigating ghosts and haunting. He will also share some ghostly images and sounds he has caught on DVD. (But he won’t bring any ghosts with him). Get the info, then info, and then decide what to believe! Ages 12 to 18.

Portola Branch:
Contact- Abby Harwood, Teen Librarian
2450 San Bruno Ave. (at Silliman)

The Click- Digital Photo Club Tuesday, June 10th, 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.

Teen Summer Read Kick Off Party Tuesday, June 17th, 2 pm to 3 pm
Start summer off right by signing up for Teen Summer Read 2008! Learn how to make ice cream, win cool prizes, and hang out with new and old friends!

Portola and Visitacion Valley: Teen Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 24th, 1 pm to 2 pm
We’ll be meeting at the Portola Branch (2450 San Bruno Ave.) at 1 pm sharp. From there we will be walking one block to a neighborhood pizza parlor. We will be dining on a pizza lunch while we get down to business! All food is free to participants. Contact Abby at to join our T.A.C.

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!