SSF Library Events Feb 2018

South San Francisco, CA    January 18, 2018  Submitted by SSF Library


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Saturday, February 3rd, 12:00 p.m.

Roaming Readers

Oyster Point Marina 95 Harbor Master Road, SSF, CA 94080

Get moving in the New Year and exercise your health literacy. Meet with other readers to discuss your favorite books while walking local trails. A variety of routes will be mapped out with various distances. We will also have some of the library’s wearables available to check-out for you to track your fitness progress. Club will meet in front of the fishing pier at the Oyster Point Marina.


Saturday, February 3rd, 2:00 p.m.

Author Talk: Squid Empire by Danna Staaf@SSF Main Library

Squid Empire The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods is an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. Anyone who enjoys the undersea world—along with all those obsessed with things prehistoric—will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs. Books will be available for purchase.

Danna Staaf earned a PhD in invertebrate biology from Stanford University. She lives in Northern California and has contributed to KQED, San Francisco, and wrote “Squid a Day” for the blog Science 2.0.


Connect with Danna Staaf

Website | Facebook | Twitter




Every Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.

Creative Cafe-Coloring for Adults@SSF Main Library

Take a break from your everyday routine and join us in coloring at the library! Choosing different colors and patterns will help you de-stress from your daily lives while stimulating your creative brain. Color a page or two and enjoy some friendly conversation. We will have some supplies but please feel free to bring your own projects.


Saturday Morning Yarn@SSF Main Library

Every other Saturday at 10:30 am

Saturday, February 10th, 10:30 am

Saturday, February 24th, 10:30 am

Are you interested in learning to knit and crochet? Try your hand at these ever popular crafts! Experienced staff will be on hand to help you learn the basics. Supplies are limited so feel free to bring a skein of worsted weight yarn and size 8 knitting needles or size “J” crochet hook. For experienced knitters, bring a project and any questions you might have to this social knitting circle!


Saturday, February 10th, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 3rd, 11:00 a.m.

Family Heritage with the San Mateo Genealogical Society@SSF Main Library


Get to the roots of your family tree! Let the San Mateo Genealogical Society be your guide to discovering your ancestry. Topics for discussion will include DNA testing, and interpreting DNA results. You’ll also have the opportunity to start your search using Ancestry Library Edition.


Connect with San Mateo Genealogical Society

Website | Facebook


Monday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Author Talk: Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive@SSF Main Library

In 2013, Kristine Poggioli and coauthor Carolyn Eidson became the first people known to have walked San Francisco’s historic 49 Mile Scenic Drive. The new walking adventure launched them into a new healthy lifestyle and resulted in a combined 75-pound weight loss. Authors Kristine & Carolyn will take us on a visual tour of the entire 49-mile drive—in under 45 minutes. Get ready to hear about their adventure and learn some of the quirky, unknown, and most-likely-true history they discovered along the historic route.


Connect with the authors

Website | Facebook


Tuesday, February 13th and 27th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Textile Tuesday:  Custom Pillow Case@SSF Main Library

Stitch up a new custom pillow case! Take advantage of the huge assortment of fun fabrics at your local craft store. These make great gifts for kids and adults.


Supply List (for best results buy 100% cotton fabric):

  •  Main color: ¾ yard
  • Trim: ¼ yard
  • Contrast band: ¼ yard


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!


Tuesday, February 20th, 6:00 p.m.

SSF Library Book Club:  Arthur and George by Julian Barnes@SSF Main Library


Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. from January through November.
The book selection for February is Arthur and George by Julian Barnes.
“As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife–their fates become inextricably connected.” – Goodreads

Friday, February 23rd, 1:00 p.m.

Adult Crafternoon: Paper Quilling @SSF Main Library

Paper quilling is a craft that utilizes strips of paper that have been shaped and manipulated to create a decorative design. These designs are then used to decorate greeting cards and to make jewelry. In this session, we will learn about the tools and techniques used in quilling, and will practice making basic shapes.


Saturday, February 24th, 10:15 a.m.

Kid-Proof Your iPad@SSF Main Library

So you bought your kid an iPad–now what do you do? The first steps should be securing your child from accessing questionable pictures and shows and securing yourself from unwanted purchases. We will go over some tips to protect your information and insure your kids are using their new “toy” for fun and learning. Feel free to bring your own iPad.


Saturday, February 24th 1:00 p.m.

Author Talk: Inside Job: How American Elections Are Still Rigged Against Voters by Steven Rosenfeld


An impassioned takedown of the undemocratic features of American electoral politics and their role in the 2016 election. Americans are taught to cherish our democracy, especially our right to vote. But after the 2016 presidential election, we are confronted, yet again, with the reality that our system is neither free nor fair. Almost every step along the way is filled with intentional and unintentional pitfalls, barriers, and dysfunction. The results disadvantage, discourage, and ultimately disenfranchise, but a myth persists that our elections and democracy are exemplary. Our system is adept at pre-empting the very citizens whose participation would upend governing classes and economic elites.

Steven Rosenfeld is a national political reporter at Alternet, and the author and editor of several books on campaigns and elections, including What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election and Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting. In 2010, he worked with Pew’s Election Initiatives division to draft a registration modernization plan and report. This led to the tcreation of, which is now helping 21 states update their voter registration files and identify eligible but unregistered voters. He is a former reporter for NPR and a former executive producer at Air America Radio. He lives in San Francisco, CA.


Connect with Steven Rosenfeld



Sunday, February 25th 3:00 p.m.

Walgreens Talk: Pain Management@@SSF Main Library


  Do you have aches and pains? Learn how to manage your pain with over-the-counter and prescription pain meds. Talks are led by Walgreens representatives.




Thursday, February 1st, 4:00 p.m.

Kids Coding: Junior Swift Language@SSF Main Library

At Kids Coding, we program simple to complex computer games, create video animations, and other cool tech activities. For February, we will learn Swift programming language with IOS playground. Learn computing skills through interactive and fun activities.


Friday, February 2nd, 4:00 p.m.  

Kids Craft with Sophie’s World@SSF Main Library


We Love Sophie!   In February we will make Valentine’s Day theme projects.


Connect with Sophie

Website | FaceBook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube


Saturday, February 3rd, 10:30 a.m.

ABC Mouse – Bring Learning Home @SSF Main Library

You can now check out an ABCmouse account using your library card to use at home with your child! Come to the library for a demonstration of ABCmouse – Take Learning Home with more than 8,500 activities that teach reading, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. ABCmouse makes learning fun and exciting, and it teaches children through books, games, songs, puzzles, videos, and more! Recommended for children 2 years and up.


Saturday, February 3rd, 12:00 p.m.

Escape Room@SSF Main Library

Session 1: 12pm-1:30pm, Session 2: 2:30pm-4pm

South San Francisco Main Library – Auditorium

Online registration – Ages 11 and older

Super-villains have a device that will be devastating if unleashed! You and your team of up to 10 people will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and riddles to extract the device. Are you up for the challenge? Please call or visit to register for participation.


Tuesday, February 6th, 4:00 p.m.

HTML Coding@SSF Main Library

Explore the world of HTML & CSS coding language and how it is relevant in today’s world.  Learn some basic techniques in developing code, creating a simple game and/or a web page user interface.


Wednesday, February 7th, 4:00 p.m.

Dash & Dot@SSF Main Library

Come check out Dash and Dot! These are real programmable robots, charged and ready to play. We can practice coding and explore, do a robot challenge, or using Blockly to create and run Dash through a maze! Recommended for ages 8 and up.


Thursday, February 8th, 4:00 p.m.

Science in Context@SSF Main Library

Students can come to the library to get help with their research papers and reports. Library staff can help you find the information you are looking for by using our databases and other sources. This workshop will cover the database Science in Context.


Friday,  February 9th, 3:30 p.m.

Make Your Own Valentine@SSF Main Library

Create professional looking Valentine’s Day cards using the Silhouette Cameo! Once you learn how easy the Cameo machine is to use, feel free to reserve the equipment online at anytime during library hours to continue working on paper crafting projects!


Saturday, February 10th, 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Make and Take: Audio Valentine Greeting Cards

Record your love in sound modules for a personalized audio greeting cards.  We will demonstrate how to use CAMEO Silhouette and 30 seconds record-able sound chips to craft a unique expression of love and gratitude.


Saturday, February 10th, 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Trading Card Games@SSF Main Library

Interested in playing Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Games? Whether or not you’re just starting out or have plenty of experience already, we’ll have both at SSF Main Library! Beginners will learn the basics: rules, setup, scoring, and strategies. Starter packs provided or bring your own trading cards to share with others. Suggested ages 6+ for Yu-Gi-Oh! and 15+ for Magic the Gathering.


Monday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Sidekick Storytime@SSF Main Library

Every hero needs a sidekick.  Our Monday Family Storytime will celebrate the importance of sidekicks in superhero children stories.  We’ll have songs, games, and crafts.  Dress up your favorite sidekick heroes for a costume competition and photo shoot.  Craft includes design your own sidekick capes.


Tuesday, February 13th, 4:00 p.m.

Heart Collar Pins@SSF Main Library

Look cool and chic for Valentines Day with handmade Heart Collar Pins.  We will demonstrate simple jewelry techniques.


Wednesday Feburary 14th, 4:00pm

Lego Club: Robots@SSF Main Library

Legos and Cubelets collide with our robot challenge! Create cool machines, while exploring the world of robotics. 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, February 15th, 4:00 p.m.

History in Context@SSF Main Library

Students can come to the library to get help with their research papers and reports. Library staff can help you find the information you are looking for by using our databases and other sources. This workshop will cover the database History in Context.


Saturday, February 17th, 1:00-3:00pm

Digital Comics Workshop@SSF Main Library

Want to create your own comic book? Look no further. In our digital comics workshop we will explore the basics of drafting, planning, and design. Learn how to use Adobe Ink and Slides, while creating fantastic works of art. From manga to Garfield, superheroes to Persepolis, we encourage you to develop your unique style, digitally, that everyone can enjoy. All are welcome to participate.


Saturday, February 17th, 3:00 p.m.

STEAM: Technology and Engineering@SSF Main Library

Have you ever been interested in making paper airplanes and trying creative iPad apps, all in the same day? This month’s STEAM program has you covered! We’ll be focusing on Technology and Engineering, so all ages are welcome to stop by and learn.


Tuesday, February 20th, 4:00 p.m.

Othermill and Inkscape@SSF Main Library

Come and learn how to create and manipulate your own designs in Inkscape.  We will also go through the step by step process of milling your design on the Othermill machine.


Wednesday, February 21st, 4:00 p.m.

Opposing Viewpoints@SSF Main Library

There are always multiple sides to a single story! In this workshop, learn to use this online database to help write persuasive essays and build stronger debates. Creating needed citations and reference lists will also be covered.


Teen Advisory Board@SSF Main Library

Friday, February 23rd, 4:00 p.m.

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.


Saturday, February 24th,  12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Toy Hack@SSF Main Library

Calling all makers, young and old, join us for a toy hack at the library.  We will transform toys into interesting sculptures.  We will demonstrate how to make a LEGO Snow Gloves, insect magnets, blinking narwhals, marble pendulums, and marionette dolls or let your imagination create a unique deconstructed object.  Circuitry, soldering, and programming for cool cyborg is optional.


Monday, February 26, 4:00 p.m.

Basic Electronics: Soldering@SSF Main Library

This is part two in a series of workshops where students can learn the basics of electronics. We will be soldering LEDs to our circuit boards created in the first session. Bring your own custom projects to work on or practice with our starter series! Recommended for ages 12 and up.


Adult DigiLit Classes

Searching the Internet

Thursday, February 1st @ Main 6:00 p.m.


Find reliable websites with these tips for using search engines like Google.  Laptops and iPads will be available but feel free to bring your own.

Google Drive

Tues. Feb 6th @ Main, 10:15 a.m.

Wed. Feb 7th @ Grand, 2:00 p.m. Hablamos español.

Thur. Feb 8th @ Main, 6:00 p.m.


Learn about cloud storage and other features offered in Google Drive. We will go over the basics: create, edit and share documents, upload files (including digital photos), and organize folders for easy access. We will also review tools such as Google Slides and Google Forms to demonstrate how to create professional presentations and surveys. Laptops and iPads will be available but feel free to bring your own.


*It is recommended that participants have an active Google account, so they can follow along during the workshop.

Intro to Email

Tues. Feb 13th @ Main, 10:15 a.m.

Wed. Feb 14th @ Grand, 2:00 p.m. Hablamos español.

Thur. Feb 15th @ Main, 6:00 p.m.


Catch up with correspondence through an easier method! Learn about the commonly used platforms for email such as Yahoo and Gmail. We will discuss how to set up an account and the basics of using emails. Laptops will be provided, however, feel free to bring your own!

Privacy on the Internet: Google Chrome and Firefox

Tues. Feb 20th @ Main, 10:15 a.m.

Wed. Feb 21st @ Grand, 2:00 p.m. Hablamos español.

Thur. Feb 22nd @ Main, 6:00 p.m.


Learn how to keep your computer safe from hackers, identity thieves and online scammers. Get hands-on help adjusting privacy settings on Firefox and take control of your personal information. Laptops and iPads will be available but feel free to bring your own.

Online Scams

Tues. Feb 27th @ Main, 10:15 a.m.

Wed. Feb 28th @ Grand, 2:00 p.m. Hablamos español.


Protect yourself and your personal information from hackers and scammers. Millions of people use the internet everyday which can put you in a very vulnerable situation. Learn what there is to know regarding scams, be aware of what’s lurking out there and waiting for you to fall into their trap!


Grand Adult


Thursday, February 8th at 11:30 a.m.

Second Thursday of Every Month at 11:30am

Listen & Lunch: Story time for Adults@Grand Avenue Library

It’s storytime for adults! Bring your lunch, enjoy a short story and brief discussion. Monthly story selections will span all genres and may include essays, memoirs or non-fiction materials


Saturday, February 17th, 2:00 p.m.

Financial Fitness 101: Cash Flow and Debt Management with Brad Hamada, CFEd@Grand Avenue Library

In this workshop, Brad Hamada will be testing our financial fitness and sharing methods to identify bad habits that hold us back financially. Also, he will share with us how to find the money in our daily lives that we already have, how we can save it properly, and use our savings to build a stronger financial future for our families.


Connect with Brad Hamada



Saturday, February 17th, 11:00 a.m.

Spanish Book Club: Retrato en Sepia by Isbelle Allende @Grand Avenue Library


En Retrato en Sepia by Isabel Allende, este entrega viajaremos a Chile, Europa y Estados Unidos para conocer la historia de Aurora del Valle quien sufre un trauma de niña y tiene que vivir con las consecuencias.  El libro forma parte de la coleccion de novelas sobre las familias Sommers y Del Valle. Recoja el libro en el mostrador de la biblioteca de la Grand Avenida.


In Retrato en Sepia by Isabel Allende, we will travel to Chile, Europe, and United States to meet Aurora del Valle. Aurora del Valle is raised by her imposing grandmother, but despite growing up in a rich and privileged environment, Aurora is unhappy. Haunted by terrible nightmares and the inexplicable absence of many of her childhood memories, and finding herself alone at the end of a love affair, she decides to travel to Chile to discover what it was, exactly, all those years ago, that had such a devastating effect on her young life. Grab your free copy at the Grand Avenue Library.


Grand Family

Saturday, February 3rd, 1:00-3:00pm

Superhero Training Camp@Grand Avenue Library

Superheroes constantly train their minds and bodies. Create your own superhero and learn how to defeat evil at our Superhero Training Camp, where you will test your knowledge, agility, and problem solving skills. It’s fun for the whole family.


Wednesday, February 7th at 3:30 p.m.  to 5:30 p.m.  

Light-Up Valentine Circuits Cards@Grand Avenue Library

Express your love with lights.  Join us for another not- quite-STEM craft activity.  This week we are making light- up Valentine circuit cards with electric conductive ink, copper wires, copper tapes, LEDS, and other sparkly things to make special greeting cards.


Wednesday, February 14th at 3:30 p.m.  to 6:30 p.m.  

Lunar New Year Craft Celebration@Grand Avenue Library

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with crafts and snacks.  We will have various activities for all ages; including: red envelope lanterns, make your own unique red envelopes with Silhouette Cameo, hand fan decoration, Gourd Charms, Lunar New Year crackers, and prayer flags.  Bring friends and family for a cultural celebration at the library.


Thursday, February 15th, 4:00pm

Worst. Book. Club. Ever. @Grand Avenue Library

Join us as we discuss Nimona: “an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy”, who teams up with Lord Ballister Blackheart as they try to reveal the nefarious actions of the Institution of Law Enforcement. Filled with explosions and dragons and all sorts of science and magic, you won’t be able to put this graphic novel down. Reserve a copy here or call 650-829-3860 to have a librarian assist you. Snacks provided. Suggested ages 13+.


Wednesday, February 21st at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Superhero Cuffs@Grand Avenue Library

Create an awesome light-up Superhero Cuffs with electric conductive thread, copper tapes, LEDS, felts, and other craft materials!.  Sticky felts will be available to create a personalized superhero cuffs.  Otherwise, prepared cuffs are ready for simple circuitry.

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