South San Francisco, CA September 9, 2016 Submitted by SSF Library
Providing library services to the residents of South San Francisco for 100 years!
On Saturday, October 15, 2016, celebrate 100 years of libraries in South San Francisco and the re-opening of the Grand Avenue Library. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m., and will feature a ribbon-cutting, entertainment, refreshments, collection and history room highlights, and family-friendly activities.
A century ago, local school teacher Rue Randall Clifford, affectionately known as “Cliffie,” rode horseback collecting the necessary signatures needed to obtain an Andrew Carnegie grant of $10,000 to build South San Francisco’s first library, located on historic Grand Avenue. One hundred years later, the Grand Avenue Library will reopen after an extensive renovation. The newly remodeled branch will feature expanded collections, updated technology, a new quiet study room, a teen area, and an outdoor patio.
In the 100 years that have passed since Cliffie rode the street of South San Francisco, the city has changed while staying true to its roots. Back then the city was a home to many recent immigrants, and that remains true today. The Grand Avenue Branch Library serves a diverse by the Grand Avenue Library; storytimes will continue to be offered in Spanish; and an population: many are recent immigrants to the United States, with young families, who speak a variety of languages. Bilingual staff will be available to meet the needs of the community served attractive, popular collection of Spanish language materials will be available for library users.
The renovated library will include mobile shelving for greater space flexibility, more power outlets and computers, increased wireless bandwidth, an outdoor patio reading area, the addition of a second ADA accessible public restroom and accessible exit from the adult area.
The library staff, the Library Board members, along with our Friends of the Library are looking forward to bringing our diverse community the best library services and programming for another 100 years.