March 2017 SSF Library Events

South San Francisco, CA   February 12, 2017 Submitted by Jon SSF Library

Special Documentary Film
March is a transitional month, cold winds one day, bright sunny skies the next. During March, we will be offering enough variety to meet the many interest of all our patrons. Among the special events planned this month are, a Community Photo Drive, a talk on the Tomb Treasures resting in the Asian Art Museum, a special jewelry making class, free prom dresses with makeovers for teens, and a chance to discuss the Politics of Art with authors Robert Cherny and Victor Arautoff.

Join us for a very special viewing of the award-winning documentary, Painted Nails, the behind the scenes tale of the women who work in the nail industry and the failure of the U.S. government to regulate their working conditions. The Vietnamese owner of one of these salons, Van Hoang, who is featured in the film, will be at the screening to answer questions and discuss her fears concerning the environmental contamination caused by the chemicals used.


Friday, March 10th, 11:00 – 11:30am and 5:00 -5:30pm
Volunteer Orientation

Are you interested in giving back to your community? Do you LOVE your library? Come to our Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation!

Staff will present information on such topics as:
* How to get started volunteering with the library
* Options for teens, adults and tweens
* Time commitments and requirements
* Service options and variety of volunteering positions available

Presentation will be followed by a Q & A session and the option to apply for volunteer service that day. Make a New Year’s Resolution to get involved!


(info on the tax preparation program?)


Month of March
The South San Francisco Historical Photo Drive
The City of South San Francisco and the Library seek your photographs depicting people, places, and events of local historical significance. During the entire month of March, leading up to National Historic Preservation Month in May, trained library staff can digitize your photographs for possible inclusion in the South San Francisco Historical Society and Library History Room Digital Archives. We will treat your photos with care and respect, and return them along with a flash drive of high quality digital images that you can share with friends and family, post on social media, or upload to a genealogy website for future generations. You may also consider donating your photographs to the South San Francisco Public Library’s History Room.

Photos may drop off any day during the month of March or participate in one of our two, All Day Scan-a-Thons, and have them scanned while you wait.

Please be prepared to talk to us about your photos, and/or provide any information regarding the content of the photograph, such as year, location, business name, family names, and any other information pertaining to the photograph and its connection to South San Francisco.

We look forward to meeting you, seeing and hearing about your photographs, and learning more about the City of South San Francisco.

For more information call the main library at 650-829-3860, the Grand Avenue branch at 650-877-8530, or email

Saturday, March 11th at the Main Library, all day
Saturday, March 25th at Grand, all day

Thursday, March 2 at 6pm
Lawyer in the Library w/ Christopher F. Morales
Join us at the library for a presentation from attorney Christopher F. Morales on cleaning up a criminal record. Depending on the situation, you may be able to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, have your conviction expunged, have your arrest record sealed, or even receive a pardon from the Governor or President.

Christopher Morales is a certified criminal law specialist. He practices criminal defense in every county in California, handling misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile cases. Throughout his years as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Morales has been interviewed numerous times on television while defending high-profile clients and was an expert commentator for Fox News on the Scott Peterson murder trial.

Connect with Christopher Morales
Website | Email |Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, March 4th at 2pm
Asian Art Museum: Tomb Treasures
A representative from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum will introduce the ancient tombs and the treasures unearthed from the graves of China’s Han Dynasty. As one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, the Han Dynasty achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might. Two thousand years later, the discovery of royal tombs allows us to glimpse these extraordinary accomplishments firsthand. The collection of over 160 rare selections from recent excavations — including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and much more — will be featured at the presentation.

Connect with the Asian Art Museum
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tuesday, March 7th at 6 PM
Cookbook Club
Cookbook Club meets on the first Tuesday of every other month 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.

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

Need some inspiration? You can find a list of suggested books here.

March 2017
Adobe Illustrator Study Group
Do you want to learn Illustrator but don’t know where to start? This is the program for you! The study group will be held in conjunction with a six-week online course “Introduction to Illustrator CS6” (sign up at that begins on March 15th. Each week you’ll be able to discuss the course content and get help if you need it from our Illustrator expert who can guide you through examples step by step.

The study group will meet on the following dates:
Saturday March 18th at 3:00 PM
Friday March 24th at 1 PM
Friday March 31st at 1 PM
Friday April 7th at 1 PM
Friday April 14th at 1 PM
Saturday, April 22 at 1pm

Saturday, March 18th at 1pm
Crafternoon: DIY Jewelry Dish
Join us to design and create a colorful dish to put your rings and things. Learn the simple technique for making a marbled, imprinted, or painted jewelry dish. Your finished creation will be pretty enough to give as a gift and easy enough that you’ll find yourself wanting to make them for everything! Supplies for making one dish in the design of your choice will be provided.

Monday, March 20th at 7pm
Author Talk- SSF Historical Society presents – Robert Cherny: “Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art”
Robert Cherny, author of Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art, is the featured presenter at the Historical Society of South San Francisco’s next quarterly program and general meeting on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Senior Center, 601 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco. Please join the Society at an interactive author talk with Cherny as he discusses his forthcoming biography on a leading West Coast modernist, Victor Arnautoff, who reigned as San Francisco’s leading mural painter during the New Deal era. “Delving into sources on Russian émigrés and San Francisco’s arts communities, Cherny traces Arnautoff’s life from refugee art student and assistant to Diego Rivera to prominence in the New Deal’s art projects and a faculty position at Stanford University.” Arnautoff’s work can be seen throughout the Bay Area including the South San Francisco Post Office at 322 Linden Avenue. Mr. Cherny is Professor Emeritus of History, San Francisco State University. This program is co-sponsored by the South San Francisco Public Library and is free and open to all.

Homemade desserts, coffee and sherbet punch will be served at a reception after the program.

Connect with Robert Cherny

What’s Happening at the Library-Public Workshop: workshops take place at Main and Grand Ave locations
Did you know that the library has toys, wearable technology, handicraft tools, services or databases available to you for free? Every Saturday we will demonstrate how to use an item like Cubelets, a GoPro camera, a 3-D Printer or how you can research your family history or access your favorite magazines for free on your computer, tablet or smartphone. These are only a few of the items we have to share with you. Please come by and see what is available for you at the library.

Saturday, March 11 at 11am
What’s Happening at the Library- iPad
Did you know you could use iPads at the library? We have supscriptions to preimium apps such as…

Saturday, March 25 at 11am
What’s Happening at the Library-Ancestry
Starting genealogy research can be very daunting and it is difficult to know where to begin. Ancestry Library Edition is a great place to start. With just a little bit of information you can kickoff your own geneaology research project. Come and find out how the free application works.

Tuesday, March 21st at 6pm
Book Club: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
South San Francisco Public Library Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Sympathizer is set during and just after the war in Vietnam. The story is told in the form of a forced confession written by a spy for the North Vietnamese who worked undercover as an aide to a South Vietnamese general. Author Viet Thanh Nguyen left Vietnam with his parents when he was 7 years old finally settling in San Jose, California. He has written several other books including a collection of short stories along with several nonfiction works.

Connect with Viet Thanh Nguyen
Website |Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm
Documentary Film Screening & Discussion: Painted Nails
Painted Nails is the award-winning film documentary detailing the health and safety concerns of the immigrant Vietnamese women who work in the nail industry. The film tells the behind the scenes story of the U.S. government’s failure to regulate safe working conditions. You will meet and fall in love with Van Hoang, nail salon owner turned activist, who became the first person to testify before Congress for safe cosmetics in over 30 years.

The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with nail salon owner turned activist Van Hoang, Co-Producer/Director Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin, and associate produce and interpreter Nhung Pham.

This film screening will be held at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco, CA 94080.

Connect with Painted Nails the Film on
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Free Prom Dresses and Makeovers
Saturday, March 25th at 11AM
The SSF Library has partnered with the East Bay Dress Day, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes prom dresses to girls that cannot afford them. They’ve been assisting girls with free prom dresses for over 6 years. They help over 100 girls a year, and want to help more. Almost all of the dresses are brand new or have only been worn once. They are always looking for donations of dresses, shoes, and accessories. The library will also have several volunteers on hand that will be doing hair, makeup, and nail makeovers for the girls receiving prom dresses so they can practice looks for their prom night. Registration is required for this event. Participants must register by calling 650-829-3860 or going on to URL (Main Library) or (Grand Library).

Every Thursday in March at 5:00 p.m.
Movies @ Main
Spend your Thursday evenings with us! Come in to the library to enjoy a different film every week. All ages are welcome, although some films may not be appropriate for all audiences.

March 2nd: The Young Victoria [PG]
March 9th: The Help [PG-13]
March 16th: All the President’s Men [PG]
March 23rd: Fried Green Tomatoes [PG-13]
March 30th: A League of Their Own [PG]

Friday, March 3rd and 17th at Noon
Lunchtime Knitters
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.

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 bring your own yarn, we recommend worsted weight, light-colored material.

Tuesday, March 14th and 28th at 1:00 p.m.
Textile Tuesday: OPEN SEWING LAB
Textile Tuesday is held twice a month. At the first meeting, you will start a project chosen by the staff. The next workshop is an open sew lab where participants can finish up past Textile Tuesday projects or bring in their individual sewing projects. Make new friends, learn some new shortcuts and tricks, or just share your knowledge and experience with the group!


Friday, March 3rd and 17th at 10:15 am
Kidz in Motion
Safe and fun movement activities for children and their caregivers. Through dance, games, and activities, movements are explored to help develop the child’s gross motor skills. Recommended age 2 – 5 years old.

Tuesday, March 7th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
CD Loom Weaving
As part of teen tech week we are making beautiful loom art with used cd’s/dvd’s/Blu-rays. Bring your old cd’s if you need to get rid of any and make beautiful yarn artwork with them! All ages welcome. (Old cd’s will also be provided.)

Thursday, March 9th at 4PM
Lego Club: Build a Library
Design your own library! Recreate a model of your favorite library or make an entirely new one. Libraries come in all shapes and sizes. They can have Makerspaces and computer labs, some can even have their own Lego room! It’s up to you to decide. Duplo bricks provided for younger children. Themes are suggestions. Free design is always encouraged. Through the use of basic structural techniques and highly creative engagement, Lego provides children with a chance to explore 3D creation.

Tuesday, March 14th at 4:00 p.m.
Kids Craft with Sophie’s World
Spring is near, nurture your inner creativity with Sophie’s World. For March, make your own games from our provided materials. Bring friends and family for a crafty afternoon with Sophie.

Tuesday, March 14th at 4:00 p.m: Make Your Games Craft
Tuesday, April 11th at 4:00 p.m: Spring Craft

Connect with Sophie
Website | FaceBook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Monday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Drawing Circle
Do you enjoy drawing? Or do you find it terrifying, but would like a safe place to give it a try? Either way, you should make a line straight to the Drawing Circle, where we will provide blank paper, pencils of many colors, and fancy erasers. (There will be oh so many hoity-toity erasers.) You’re welcome to freestyle it, and we’ll also dig out the library’s many how-to-draw books for inspiration and guidance. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Monday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Bad Movie Day: Hackers (PG-13)
The Internet has been around for a long time, but back in the mid-1990s — before Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, or even Google–nobody was quite sure what it even was. To celebrate Teen Tech Week, join us in heckling MST3K-style the 1995 non-classic of cybersilliness, Hackers! Two professional riffers will be on microphones, and the audience — hey, that’s you! — will be encouraged to talk back to the screen. We’ll bring the movie and the snacks, and you can bring the snark. Hack the Planet!

Monday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.
TV Club: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, “Suited for Success”
Fashion designer Rarity has offered to make her friends’ dresses for the Grand Galloping Gala because she’s the best, but unfortunately, her fashion-backwards friends have their own ideas about how those dresses should look. What’s the worst that could happen? It’s only Rarity’s career that hangs in the balance in “Suited for Success,” which we’ll watch together and discuss, followed by a light craft. For fillies and colts 4-8 years old.

Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00pm: (BOOK PENDING)
Thursday, March 23rd at 6:00pm: (BOOK PENDING)
Book Munchers Book Club
Stop by the library to register for the book club and to pick up your free copy of the book (while supplies last). Read the book throughout the month, then we’ll meet at the end of the month for discussion and activities!
Book Munchers (for kids ages 5-8) will meet on Thursdays from January to April at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.
Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 p.m: (BOOK PENDING)
Page Turners Book Club
Stop by the library to register for the book club and pick up your free copy of this month’s book (while supplies last). Read the book throughout the month, then we’ll meet at the end of the month for discussion and activities!
Page Turners (for kids ages 9-12) will meet on Thursday from January to April at 6:00 PM at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.
Saturday, March 11 at 1p.m.
Make and Take: Paper Automaton
Discover your inner engineer. Learn basic mechanical engineering with simple paper machine. You will learn about cams, axle, and shaft to move your own self-operating toy. With this knowledge, you may design and create automatons. For simple projects, prepared models are ready to be assembled and take home. Recommeded for age 7 years old and above or with adult supervision.

Saturday 3/25 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Kite Making
Learn to make a basic diamond shape and Chinese kites made with bamboo and fiber papers. Bring friends and family for a crafty Saturday afternoon in the library. Flying kites outdoor is a great way to enjoy the the spring season.

Monday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Marionette Play: Cinderella
Join us for a magical fairy tale storytime. Jan Dymond will be performing the classic story of Cinderella. After being inspired by the magic of marionettes, you will create your own simple animal puppets.

Friday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m.
Final Fridays Family Dance Party
Has it been a long month? Week? Day? Or do you and your kids just have some energy you need to get out of your system? Then come shake your tail to the best in sick (but family-friendly) beats at our Final Fridays Family Dance Party!

Friday, March 3rd at 3:30PM
Anime returns to Grand. Kickback and watch the newest episodes of your favorite anime as they are being released in Japan. During the program we will be making perler bead designs for you to take home. Embrace your inner otaku and share your fan sketches or writings related to the great world of manga. Snacks will be provided.

Free Prom Dresses and Makeovers
Saturday, March 4th at 11AM
The SSF Library has partnered with the East Bay Dress Day, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes prom dresses to girls that cannot afford them. They’ve been assisting girls with free prom dresses for over 6 years. They help over 100 girls a year, and want to help more. Almost all of the dresses are brand new or have only been worn once. They are always looking for donations of dresses, shoes, and accessories. The library will also have several volunteers on hand that will be doing hair, makeup, and nail makeovers for the girls receiving prom dresses so they can practice looks for their prom night. Registration is required for this event. Participants must register by calling 650-829-3860 or going on to (Main Library) or (Grand Library).

Mondays March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 12:00 PM
Computers for Beginners-Computación para principiantes.
Spanish language Basic Computer classes is a series of classes in Spanish that will go over the basic skills needed to use the computer effectively and efficiently. Each class will cover a different subject teaching skills in the basics, emails, and general use of the internet.

Monday March 6 at 4:00 PM
Introduction to Soldering
Soldering is a useful skill to have and we’ll teach you how to do it. To kick off Teen Tech Week, we’re holding a soldering workshop at the Grand Avenue library. You’ll make a simple button with a blinking LED while learning how to solder safely and correctly. Once you learn how to solder, you’ll be ready to take on all kinds of other projects like making and repairing all kinds of electronics, making jewelry, and more.

Wednesday, March 8 at 4:00 PM
Graphic Design with Canva
Have you used Canva yet? It makes graphic design fast, easy, and fun! In this Teen Tech Week program you’ll learn the basics of Canva and see how you can use it to design signs, flyers, posters, and even your resume.

Thursday, March 9 at 4:00 PM
Teen Tech Week Virtual Reality Film Fest
Did you know that you (probably) have a Virtual Reality player in your pocket? If your Android phone has at least 4.1 or your iPhone has at least iOS 8.0, and your screen is between 4″-6″, download Google Cardboard and/or Google Spotlight Stories and come use our VR Viewers! Be sure to bring your headphones, and if at all possible download Justin Lin’s “Help” on Spotlight Stories beforehand, because it’s awesome.

Saturday, March 11th at 12 PM
English the Easy Way: Part 2
Are you learning or improving your spoken English? Come and practice with us! This workshop will feature casual conversation and friendly company. English the easy way is designed for non-native speakers who speak little to no English. Participants will discuss daily activities, while improving their knowledge of the English language. Everyone is welcome. No registration required.

Está aprendiendo a hablar ingles? Venga y practique con nosotros. Contaremos con conversaciones y agradable compañía. Si usted no sabe hablar inglés, reunase en la Librería de South San Francisco para charlar de temas cotidianos. Así al mismo tiempo, usted podrá incrementar sus conocimientos en inglés. Todos son bienvenidos. No registración requerida.

Saturday, March 11th at 1PM
TTW: Retro Gaming
Teen Tech Week comes to an end with our final program, retro gaming. Play the classic consoles that started it all, Atari and Nintendo. See what gaming was like before Playstation 4, smartphones, and virtual reality. Other consoles will be available, like Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis. Bring games and other older consoles to share.

Tuesday, March 14th at 2PM
SamTrans Mobility Ambassador Program
Join us for an informational presentation on the SamTrans Mobility Ambassadors program. Mobility Ambassadors are volunteers who help older adults and people with disabilities with many transportation-related issues, including planning a trip using public transit, finding a driver safety class, and learning about alternatives to driving, such as community shuttles. Ambassadors can also give educational presentations, conduct group and one-on-one rider training, and organize group trips on transit to interesting destinations.

The Mobility Ambassador program was created to help older adults and people with disabilities stay safe and connected to their communities, thereby reducing isolation and depression which can be caused by limited mobility. This program can benefit older adults and people with disabilities at all levels of varying mobility.

Connect with the Mobility Ambassador Program website___________.

Video Games
Friday, March 17th at 3:30PM
Come one, come all to our open gaming tournament! We have Mario 3D World, Mario Party 10, 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.

Sábado 18 de Marzo a las 11 a.m. hasta 12:00 p.m.
Adult Spanish Book Club: Gabriel García Márquez, Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada

This month the club will meet to discuss the book Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada by Gabriel García Márquez. Márquez tells, in the form of a pseudo-journalistic reconstruction, the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers.

Pase por la Biblioteca Grand Avenue para obtener una copia gratuita del libro.

Saturday, March 25th at 1PM
Watercolor Poetry
Create poems with watercolors. Using photocopied pages, we will be selecting keywords and painting around them, leaving a masterfully colored page and unique poem. Bring in your favorite books or find an interesting one in the library. Materials provided. This is a family program so parents don’t forget your books!

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