June Events at our SSF Library

South San Francisco, CA   May 26, 2017  Submitted by Jon, SSF Public Library 

June 2017 Press Release

Main Library

This month marks  the 50th Anniversary of the  “Summer of Love”, a movement that many believe began in the City of San Francisco.  To celebrate the occasion, the city will host a number of events including an ongoing exhibit of the exuberant graphics and other ephemera  at the de Young Museum highlighting the spirit of the 60’s. The South San Francisco library will feature several special events  including a presentation from the de Young exhibit detailing the movement and the city where “Flower Power” began.


Sunday, June 4, 12 – 4 p.m.

Molloy’s Chili Cookoff

Join us at Molloy’s Tavern for the 38th Annual Chili Cookoff! This is a family fun event, all ages are welcome to attend, there will be music, prizes and, of course, plenty of  CHILI!


Proceeds benefit the SSF Community Learning Center.

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Saturday Morning Yarn

Saturday, June 3rd, 10:30 a.m. – Yarn Dyeing in the Parking Lot

Saturday, June 17th, 10:30 a.m. – Learn to Knit of Crochet

Welcome to our new series of summer yarn art programs! For our kick-off event we will feature yarn dying in the parking lot. From mild to wild colorways, we invite you to start your summer off creatively with hand yarn dying. Supplies are limited so feel free to bring your own natural wool yarn to dye.



Friday, June 9, 2:00 p.m.

Craft the Summer of Love: Macrame

Take a step back in time with this craft series, and help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

In the first session, we will learn about macrame, which is textile-craft that utilizes a series of knots to produce a finished product. We will discuss common knots and braiding techniques.     




Saturday, June 10, 12:00 p.m.

de Young Museum presents the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll  

The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll is an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, and avant-garde films. It is a 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counter -culture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967.


The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll commemorates an “only in San Francisco” social and aesthetic movement, and will remind attendees that in a time of international upheaval, the city played a vital role in changing society and amplifying the pulse of the nation.


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Textile Tuesday

June 13th: Cat toys

June 27th: Open sew


Textile Tuesday is held twice a month.  At the first meeting we work on a specific project.  The next workshop is an open sewing 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!


In June we make cat toys! Do you have a pampered kitty at home who needs a constant supply of new toys? Join us in making handmade catnip-filled mice! These super cute mice are just the thing for a finicky feline but they make fun beanbag toys for your human children as well!

Supplies:  ¼ yard or scraps of wool felt, embroidery floss, catnip or other suitable stuffing (small beans or lentils)


Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MED-Project Take Back Event

The Medication Education & Disposal Project (MED-Project), a consumer education campaign dedicated to responsible medication use and disposal, will be supporting a medication take-back event supervised by a local law enforcement agency for consumers.  Residents are invited to bring their expired or unwanted medications for disposal. The service is free. To protect privacy, consumers are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on labels or materials that are brought to this take-back event.

BRING: Medications in any dosage form, in their original container or sealed bag,

DO NOT BRING: herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, sharps, illicit drugs and iodine containing medications.

For more information about disposal options for expired or unwanted medicine, visit www.med-project.org.



Thursday June 15, 4:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                 Soldering Basics

Soldering is a useful skill to have and we’ll teach you how to do it. In this workshop, 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 electronics, making your own jewelry, and much more.


Monday June 19, 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  

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 on the spot.  


Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                 Monthly Book Club selection:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead  


In this dynamic new novel, Colson Whitehead takes the Underground Railroad — the loosely interlocking network of black and white activists who helped slaves escape to freedom in the decades before the Civil War — and turns it from a metaphor into an actual train that ferries fugitives northward.

“The Underground Railroad,” chronicles the life of a teenage slave named Cora, who flees the Georgia plantation where she was born, risking everything in pursuit of freedom, much the way her mother, Mabel, did years before. Cora and her friend Caesar are pursued by a fanatical, Javert-like slave catcher named Ridgeway, whose failure to find Mabel has made him all the more determined to hunt down her daughter and destroy the abolitionist network that has aided her.

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Friday, June 30, 2 p.m.

Craft the Summer of Love: Painted Rock Mandalas  

We are continuing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love by highlighting the many crafts that grew out of that creative period. The second in this series will feature mandala painted rocks.


In this session, we will create colorfully dotted stone mandalas that you can use to decorate your home, and create an inner sense of balance and calm.  We’ll supply the paint and rocks, you bring your unique vision.


Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.

Chalk Drawing

A fun summer at the library begins today with sidewalk chalk drawing!  Our parking lot will be your canvas for creativity.   Bring family and friends to celebrate summer learning.  For comfort, rugs and mats will be available.  All ages are welcome.


Saturday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.

Summer Learning Challenge Kickoff

Sign up for the Summer Learning Challenge, and receive a free book! There will be games and activities for children of all ages.


Saturday, June 3, 2:00 p.m.

Karen Quest: Cowgirl Tricks

Join us at our Summer Learning Kickoff performance: Cowgirl Tricks! Wear your best cowgirl and cowboy duds, and get ready for some rootin’ tootin’ fun! Cowgirl Tricks is a unique and captivating performance where you will see real charro rope tricks, whip cracking, and enjoy music, magic, and comedy! Perfect for families, and fun for all ages.


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Monday, June 5, 3:00 p.m.

Reader Leader Orientation

Teens, make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering for Reader Leader! Reader Leader is a summer volunteer program that aids struggling readers (1st-5th grade) develop essential literacy skills through guided mentorship and literacy games. Through June 12th-August 5th, volunteers (6th-12th grade) meet with one reader for one hour a week. Applications are available at the Main Library and Grand Ave. Branch. Please email pinol@plsinfo.org or attend the orientation for more information.


Monday, June 5, 4:00 p.m.

Monday, June 19, 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 freehand 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.

Tuesday, June 6, 5:00 p.m.

STEAM: Science

Every month, we will host a different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) hands-on learning experience.This month, we will explore SCIENCE, where the whole family can have a good time being junior scientists! Enjoy learning through play by trying out different fun activities:

  • Cornflower and water play, including bubbles and floatation
  • Homemade playdough to take home
  • Testing the senses, such as smell and taste
  • Exploring magnetism
  • And more! Come join us!


Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m.

Science Club: Optical Illusions

Explore the mesmerizing world of optics! Learn about the human eye, senses, and perception as we construct color wheel spinners very similar to the popular fidget spinners. Through the use of the scientific method, children will predict, test, observe, and share their results. It’s fun! It’s interesting! It’s science! Suggested ages 4+ or with adult supervision.


Friday, June 9 and June 23,  10:15 a.m.

Kidz in Motion

Join us twice a month for fun movement and literacy activities at the library.   Kids will move, play games, sing, stretch, and balance to foster gross motor skills.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.


Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.

Movies @ the Library: Finding Dory

Amnesiac blue tang Dory searches for her long-lost parents with the help of pals Nemo and Marlin. She eventually heads for California and the Monterey Marine Life Institute, evading predators along the way as she hopes to find a place she can call home. Rated PG, 103 minutes. – Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.


Monday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m.

TV Club: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, “Party of One”

Pinkie Pie throws the best parties, but she begins to suspect that maybe her friends have had enough when they seem to be planning a No-Pinkies-Allowed party behind her back.  Can she adjust to this horrifying new reality?  It’s only her sanity that hangs in the balance in “Party of One.” If you haven’t seen it, that’s okay — we’ll watch and discuss the episode together, followed by a light craft.  For fillies and colts of all ages.



Monday, June 12, 6:00 p.m.

Tagalog English Family Storytime

Our evening storytime will celebrate the Philippine Independence Day.  Your Pinoy Librarians will share Filipino culture in stories, songs, craft, games, and food!  Learn children’s literature with Pinoy importance.


Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 p.m.

Kids Craft with Sophie’s World

We are fortunate to have Sophie and her amazing crew for a creative season at the library.  Celebrate the Summer of Love with Sophie’s World.  We’ll be making beads, peace signs, and other groovy crafts.


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Friday, June 16, 3 p.m.

Butterfly Stained Glass

Enjoy the summer sun with this handmade stained glass butterfly.  Come to the library and have fun with colored tissue paper and butterfly cutouts!  Open to all ages!


Saturday, June 17th, 12 p.m.

Make and Take

Make and Take a tensegrity structure with straws and rubber bands.  Connect your spheres with Little Bits to make a vibrating robot.   Little Bits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks for your awesome invention.


Saturday, June 17, 3:30 p.m.

Miniature Gaming: Battle of Bunker Hill

Historical Miniature Game With Historical Game Master Nick Stern


Re-fight the Battle of Bunker which took place on June 17, 1775. One of the earliest battles of the American War of Independence, the the battle proved that inexperienced militia could stand up to British regular army troops and was the origin of the famous order: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes”. Play the patriots or the redcoats and see if you can change history.


Wednesday, June 21, 4:00 p.m.

Lego Club: Futuristic Cities

The future is what you make it! Create a high tech city complete with robots, hover cars, and advanced buildings that reach beyond the clouds. Construct a world filled with imagination. Everything built will be displayed in the children’s area until next Lego Club. Themes are suggestions. Free design is always encouraged. Duplo bricks provided for younger children. Through the use of basic structural techniques and highly creative engagement, Lego provides children with a chance to explore 3D creation.


Thursday, June 22,  Book Munchers Book Club

4:00 p.m. Anansi The Spider by Gerald McDermott

6:00 p.m. The Ninth Nugget by Ron Roy

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 May through August at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.


Friday, June 23, 3:00 p.m.


Every month, we will host a different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) hands-on learning experience.This month, we will explore ART, where the whole family can have a good time being little artists! Enjoy learning through play by trying out different fun activities:

  • Musical instruments
  • Collage making and origami
  • Dot painting and stamp art
  • Nail polish paper and kaleidoscopes
  • And more! See you there!




Saturday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.

Puppet Art Theater: Tommy’s Space Adventure

Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little did Tommy know his wish was about to come true. Zeenon the Alien travels millions of light years to visit earth and to meet interesting earthlings like Tommy. Mad scientist, Dr. Lost N. Space is also interested in Space Aliens…interested in selling them for millions of dollars! Will Tommy be able to save his new found friend from the evil Dr. Lost N. Space? Find out in “Tommy’s Space Adventure!”-Puppet Art Theater Co.


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Monday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Bring your favorite teddy bear with you for family storytime.  Listen, sing, dance, read, and craft with them.  Afterwards, find a cozy sleeping space for stuffed animals’ night at the library.

Thursday, June 29 at 6:00 pm

Page Turners Book Club: My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian


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 May through August at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.


Friday, June 30, 4:00 p.m.

Teen Advisory Board

Make your voice heard at our Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB is a teen-driven community group focused on advising library staff in library atmosphere, program development, book and DVD selections, and youth engagement. This is an opportunity for teenagers to be involved in the decision making process of the library and to develop essential skills for the future.  You do not have to be a volunteer to participate. All teens are encouraged to participate. Volunteer credit will be given to all who attend TAB meetings.








Wednesday, June 7, 6:00 p.m.

Author/Artist Talk: Dick Evans, The Mission


The South San Francisco Public Library (Grand Ave. Location) cordially invites you and your family  to a special presentation and reception for the new book, “The Mission” by Dick Evans, with comments and a slideshow by the author. Learn the fascinating stories behind the dynamic murals that line the streets of this culturally rich San Francisco neighborhood.


This book of photos by Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnival dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and its namesake, Mission Dolores (here juxtaposed against portraits of Native people and indigenous cultural objects). Poetry and quotations from Mission residents are interspersed throughout, deepening viewers’ immersion into this community. But at the heart of the book is the Mission’s famous public art: works that depict Latin American culture, resistance to political oppression, passion for environmental justice, and outrage at gentrification. Evans’s photos highlight the growing threat to the neighborhood’s character, but they also reveal the many changes that have shaped the neighborhood into its vivacious present-day identity.


Books will be available for sale.


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Thursday, June 8, 12:00 p.m.

Listen & Lunch: Storytime for Adults

Join us at the Grand Avenue Library for a lunch time short story and brief discussion. Monthly story selections will span all genres and may include essays, memoirs or non-fiction materials.


Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.

Kirk Waller: African American Music Appreciation Month

With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller has been immersed in these art forms for over 20 years.  He summons all of his God-given talents and masterfully fuses them together –  spoken word, rhythm, music and movement to create an unforgettable storytelling experience. Experience his wonderful and one of a kind storytelling through music and movement in celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month.

Wednesday, June 21, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kids Art: Screen Print

Spend your summer making art at the library.  For June, we begin with silk-screen print workshop.   Learn a simple printing technique and start creating art.  We will explore and be inspired by Pop Art.  Recommended age of 3+.




Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                    Thinking Like A Special Education Teacher                                                                                        Special Help For Special Needs                                                                                                        Workshop with Kevin Westberry (Grand Meeting Room)                                                                    How do I help my  child/student with special needs, become a more effective learner? Is there an effective way of dealing with children/students who have special needs? Enjoy a free course by Kevin Westberry, Education Specialist. Everyone is welcome. Caregivers of learners with special needs and new special education teachers are especially encouraged to attend. This is a two part workshop. The first part, on May 3, introduces you to the techniques to apply and practice. The second part, to be held on June 14, will be a follow-up and suggestions to improve effectiveness. Coffee is generously provided by Starbucks. Let’s meet and learn at the Grand Avenue Library!





Thursday,  June 15, 3:00 p.m.

Board Games

Do you have plans on Thursday? Join us at Grand AveLibrary. We will enjoy Thursday evening playing boad games. Not into sports games? No problem! We have games for all kinds of gamers.


Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.

Financial Fitness: Building Wealth and Asset Accumulation

As confusing as the financial landscape may seem, there is a formula to wealth. Master this formula and you can be supremely confident in your ability to make good financial decisions to build wealth effectively for your family. Learn about how money works, how to make it work best for you by maximizing each wealth component and simple strategies to help you systematically build long term wealth to further secure your retirement. Brad Hamada will introduce methods to get you on your way to becoming your own money manager!



Fridays-3 PM

High Voltage: Engineering and Computer Science Club

The Grand Avenue Library is excited to present its new engineering and computer science club: High Voltage! You can learn to develop your computer skills, learn new and practical technologies, and learn about electronic components. All ages are welcome!


Saturday, June 24, 2:00 p.m.

Movies @ the Library: Monster Trucks

A teen befriends an otherworldly creature that’s able to possess his pickup truck. Soon enough, the duo must stop an oil company from wreaking havoc on their town. Rated PG, 104 minutes.



Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Zine Making

Zines are self published little magazines made with creative and expressive energy. The zine workshop involves cut and paste, prints, embossing, collages, the use of the library’s vintage typewriter and black and white photo copier for a black and white zines.  Recommended for any 4+  or with adult supervision.


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



Free Computer Classes at the Library

Technology can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! This summer, learn the skills you need to use a computer safely and effectively, with free computer classes from the library.  As you gain new skills, you will earn digital badges, or online certifications, that you can add to your resume.

Laptops and/or iPads will be available. Classes taught at the Grand Avenue Branch Library will be presented in English and Spanish.  All classes are free.






Going Digital – How to Reserve the Library’s Newest Books and Movies

This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, you will learn how to use the library’s catalog to place holds on new movies and books. Be one of the first in line to read and watch the latest and greatest! Laptops and iPads will be available.

  • Monday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. – Main
  • Monday, June 12, 2pm – Grand
  • Friday, June 16, 10am – Main



Going Digital – How to Download Books and Audiobooks to Your Phone or Tablet

This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, you will learn how to download books and audiobooks for free, using the library’s Overdrive collection. Laptops and iPads will be available.

  • Monday, June 19, 10am – Main
  • Monday, June 19, 2pm – Grand




Going Digital – How to Download Magazines to Your Phone or Tablet

This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library.  In this session, you will learn how to download magazines for free, using the library’s subscription to Zinio. Laptops and iPads will be available.

  • Monday, June 26, 10am – Main
  • Monday, June 26, 2pm – Grand
  • Friday, June 30, 10am – Main






True or Fake News? How to Tell the Difference

Is what you are reading on Facebook and Twitter true? Bring your questions to this interactive workshop and learn techniques for uncovering the truth.

  • Thursday, June 29, 6pm – Main





3D Design: Tinkercad

This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, part of the 3D Designer Series, you will learn how to create your own 3D design using Tinkercad, which can be used on one of the library’s 3D printers. Laptops and iPads will be available.

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2pm – Main
  • Friday, June 16, 2pm – Grand



3D Design: 3D Printers

This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, part of the 3D Designer Series, you will learn how to use the library’s new Ultimaker 3 3D printer. Laptops and iPads will be available.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2pm – Main
  • Friday, June 23, 2pm – Grand





3D Design: Cameo

This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, part of the 3D Designer Series, you will learn how to use the library’s Silhouette Cameo printer to create your own 2D designs. Laptops and iPads will be available.

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2pm – Main
  • Friday, June 30, 2pm – Grand



Junior Engineers

Kids learn basic engineering concepts using GoldieBlox, Roominate, and KEVA Planks. Basic engineering skills covered include wheels and axles, hinges and levers, pulleys, gears, animation and more.

  • Wednesday, June 21, 10am – Main
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2pm – Grand




Junior Librarians: Scavenger Hunt

Dewey love the library? Yes we do! Join us for a scavenger hunt and build your bones as a Junior Librarian! Explore our catalog and hunt down specific titles using the Dewey Decimal System. Other activities include learning how to create an account and book/movie lists, rating library items and using our databases to find what you need. Official Junior Librarian Badges will be given out!

  • Wednesday, June 14, 10am – Main
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2pm – Grand




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