What’s New at Our SSF Public Library

South San Francisco, CA   January 2, 2017  Submitted by SSF Public Library

All library programs are free and take place at South San Francisco Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, unless otherwise noted.

Holiday Closures
Library Facilities

Main and Grand Avenue libraries will be closed on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2 in honor of New Years.

The Community Learning Center will be closed Friday, December 23 through Sunday, January 8, reopening on Monday, January 9.


Video Games
Open Gaming Tournament

Come one, come all to our open gaming tournament! We have Minecraft, Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., and Pokken Tournament for Wii U. If these games aren’t for you, come find out what other great ones we have! Believe me, you’ve never gamed like this. Show your friends and family how it’s done by facing off against the very best. All are welcome. Snacks provided. Tuesday, January 3 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Main Library

Cookbook Club
New Book Club!

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our brand new cookbook club! We’ll meet on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. to talk about cookbooks, recipes, and share new tips and techniques we’ve learned along the way. We’ll provide the drinks and dinnerware, you provide one completed recipe and contributions to our discussion. Here’s how it works: Each meeting has a theme, and you are welcome to choose any cookbook you’d like from our collection. Make a dish related to that meeting’s theme and bring both your dish and cookbook to the meeting to share with the group. Cookbook Club is your chance to check out that new book you’ve had your eye on or share an old favorite with new friends.

January 3: Vegetarian or Vegan
March 7: Light, Fresh, and Healthy
May 2: Celebrity Chefs
September 5: Put Some Cheese On It
November 7: One Pot/One Pan Wonders

English Conversation
Practice Your English Skills

Non-native English speakers are welcome to join the conversation at Grand Library! Practice your English skills and gain confidence every Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand Avenue Library.

Movies @ Main
The Birds

Spend your Thursday evenings with us! Come in to the library to enjoy a different film every week. All ages are welcome, though some films may not be appropriate for all audiences. Thursday, January 5 at 5:00 p.m. join us to watch The Birds [PG-13].

Kids in Motion
Movement Activities

Safe and fun movement activities for children and their caregivers will take place at the library Fridays January 6 and 20 at 10:15 a.m. Through dance, games, and activities, movements are explored to build a developing child’s motor skills. Recommended age 2 – 5 years old.

Lunchtime Knitting
Informal Knitting Circle

Knitters of all levels are welcome to bring their projects and enjoy chatting with the group. Swap tips, share techniques and enjoy tea and biscuits Friday, January 5 at Noon .
Experienced staff will be on hand to help get you started or answer any knitting questions you might have. Please bring a knitting project to work on. For beginners, limited supplies of yarn are on hand, but please provide your own needles, size 7 or 8. If you wish to bring your own yarn we recommend worsted weight, lighter colored yarn.


Anime Club
Teens & Tweens

The winter season is here and with it comes a whole new season of anime. Friday, January 6 at 3:30 p.m. we will be watching the most recent episodes of your favorite shows, while discussing the return of Blue Exorcist, our favorite slice of life series, and fantastic new releases. Embrace your inner otaku and share your fan sketches or writings related to the great world of manga. Snacks will be provided.

Author Talk: Diane Lovegrove Bader
“Setting Donegal on Fire”

In “Setting Donegal on Fire” author Diane Lovegrove Bader tells the story of her great grandfather Daniel Sweeney, a wealthy Irish immigrant who left San Francisco to return to his homeland with his wife and children. Appalled at the miserable conditions in which he finds the peasants of his native land, he challenges what he believes is a policy of neglect by both landlords and the authorities. Find out what happens to him and his family as a result.

Two of Daniel’s sons, Ambrose and Daniel Joseph moved to South San Francisco in 1895 and became deeply involved with business and local government, with Daniel Joseph serving as Mayor from 1910-1912. Saturday, January 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Family Craft Night

Design and make your own cozy glovettes to keep your hands and arms warm during the winter months at the
Grand Avenue Library, Wednesday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Fall Schedule

Main Library Storytimes

840 West Orange Avenue
(650) 829-3860
Family Storytime (3 and up) – Mondays 6:00 p.m.
Toddler Storytime (18mo to 3 years) – Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Bouncing Babies Storytime (birth to 18 mo) – Wednesdays 10:15 a.m.
New! Chinese & Japanese Storytime – Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Grand Avenue Branch Storytimes
306 Walnut Avenue
(650) 877-8530 se habla español
Leer y Aprender – Is on break until January 9
New! Portuguese Storytime – Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
stories, songs, and action rhymes in Portuguese for children of all ages and parents or caregivers, followed by stay-and-play.
Family Storytime – Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
New! Baby Bounce – Fridays 10:30 a.m.

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