South San Francisco Library Events for April 2018

South San Francisco, CA   March 19, 2018  Submitted by SSF Library 


Business Insight Global

Business Insight Global details company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports.Thousands of company histories and industry essays from Gale’s core business collection. Case studies, scholarly journals, and business news for deep research coverage of global economies are available to library card holders.

Wednesday, April 4th, 12:00 p.m.

Mystery Book Club

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Read any title that fits the monthly theme and then share with fellow Sherlocks and Nancy Drews. Mystery Book Club meets the 1st Wednesday of every month.

April’s theme is reader’s choice.

Friday, April 6th, 12:00 p.m.

Table Talk: Takenoko & Hotshots

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Learn how to play the board game Takenoko, and participate in open gaming with other players! We will also have the game Hotshots available for people to play.

Read about Takenoko:


Connect with A Geek’s World Tour:


Friday, April 6th, 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 p.m.

Intro to Photoshop

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Discover the world of photo editing, and learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to open, edit and save files. You will master the basic tools and commands of the program, and find out how to touch up your photos. We will also discuss how to create effects that will make your images pop.

Monday, April 9th, 6:00 p.m.

Author Talk: Vanessa Garcia, See You at the 7: Stories from the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

In this first-ever comprehensive narrative on “The 7” as it came to be called in the 1950s, owner, Vanessa Garcia, reveals its humble beginnings, the notorious exploits of its early owners, and the heart and humanity of the people who worked, laughed, and loved in that lively shack along Bayshore Boulevard.

Established in 1858, the historic 7 Mile House is a family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue, serving up a unique mix of homestyle American and Filipino food. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area for 160 years, 7 Mile House is the only Bay Area mile house left standing in its original location. From its colorful history as a stagecoach stop in the 1800s and an infamous sports gambling joint in the 80s, to becoming an award-winning establishment, 7 Mile House boasts great food, drinks, sports via satellite and live entertainment every single night.

Connect with Vanessa Garcia and  7 Mile House

Website | Facebook

Tuesday, April 10th, 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24th, 1:00 p.m.

Textile Tuesday: Infinity Scarf

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

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!

Accessorize! Sew up a custom Infinity scarf. This sweet scarf is reversible and the perfect light wrap for spring. It sews up quickly and easily so you can make more than one! Note: we have very little suitable fabric in our “stash” so be sure to purchase your own.

Supply List:

  • 2 pieces of stretch cotton jersey 14 x 60 inches OR 1 piece of fabric 28 x 60 inches

Tuesday, April 10th, 6:00 p.m.

Friends of the South San Francisco Public Library Quarterly Meeting

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

The South San Francisco Friends of the Library is looking for a few good friends! Join us at our quarterly meetings and help support children’s programming, adult literacy tutoring, summer learning and many other library programs and collections.

Thursday, April 12th, 6:00 p.m.

The 21st Century Library in South San Francisco, presented by Adam Elsholz, Assistant Library Director

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Adam Elsholz, Assistant Library Director, provides an update on the direction of South San Francisco Public Library, including the core purpose of the library in the digital age.  At this special event, attendees will help shape the future of the library, exploring new services that build on South San Francisco’s tradition of innovation. Participate in the evolution of the library as a place of learning and culture for the 21st century.

Friday April 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

National Library Week Open House

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Celebrate National Library Week with us! Stop by the library’s makerspace area for crafts, self-guided resource stations, and good conversation! All are welcome throughout the day, or you can drop in for one of our scheduled programs:

  • 11:00 a.m. Book Chat – Meet with librarians for a casual convo about books we’re reading for this year’s Non-Fiction Book Challenge. Learn more about our themes here.

  • 1:00 p.m. Pom-Pom Bookmarks – We’ll provide the yarn, pom-pom makers, and instruction!

  • All day Technology Resources Stations – Test drive iPads to access ebooks with Libby, learn a new language with Pronunciator, start researching your family history with Ancestry, or flip through new digital magazines with RB Digital. Staff will be available to get you started.

Light refreshments and beverages will be available throughout the day.

Saturday, April 14th, 10:30 a.m.

Roaming Readers

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

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. The club meets in front of the fishing pier at the Oyster Point Marina.

Sunday, April 15th, 3:00 p.m.

Walgreens Talk : Dementia

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

What is dementia? Join us and learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as the medications that can be used to manage it.Talks are led by Walgreens representatives.

Connect with Walgreens


Tuesday, April 17th, 6:00 p.m.

Adult Book Club

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. from January through November.

The book selection for April is Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.

“Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author’s celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected and cherished authors.” – from the publisher.

Friday, April 20th, 1:00 p.m.

Adult Crafternoon: Painted Rock Photo Holders

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Not sure how to display all of those photos on your phone and computer? Looking for a meaningful gift to give? Learn how to turn a plain old rocks into unique and colorful photo holders in this craft session.

Adult Crafternoon meets one Friday a month at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, April 23rd, 6:00 p.m.

Money Saving Apps

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Need help budgeting or tracking the money you spend on food? Want to know which apps to use for coupons on food, stuff and travel? We can show you a few of the apps available for your tablet or smartphone to help you manage and save your money.

Friday, April 27th, 1:00 p.m.

Homemade Household Products

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Looking to cut down on expenses? Join us for a presentation on homemade household products using basic ingredients. We will learn various recipes for replacing store-bought products, and discuss the effect such a switch can have on your budget and your health.

Saturday, April 28th 2:00pm

Bullying In The Digital Age, And What We Can Do About It hosted by YouTube Personality Cassandra Bankson

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Cassandra was an acne-ridden, ‘ugly duckling’, bullied into hiding her cratered face in her school locker before becoming an international runway model, paid to be “beautiful” even when she didn’t feel it. Now, as a Digital/Social Media Celebrity, Anti-Bullying Activist, and still an acne sufferer, Cassandra will discuss the role of bullying in your child’s life, how it has the potential to shape their future positively or negatively, as well as what we can actually do about the bullying epidemic in the digital age. As a parent, you always want to help your child succeed, but that can feel like an uphill battle when you don’t have the tools and are completely blind to the playing field- from the physical playground to the vast digital space. On April 28 at 2pm, the South San Francisco Public Library and Cassandra will bring you an honest, informative, and even unsettling/revealing discussion on how bullying may be presenting in your child’s life- and what can actually be done about it.

Connect with Cassandra Bankson

YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook


Tuesday, April 3rd, 11:30a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Digital Play with Digital Puzzles

Come and play with digital puzzles.  Explore electronic library services with fun digital activities for 2 to 6 years olds. We will focus on ABC Mouse, AWE and Tumble Book.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 4:00 pm

Inventor’s Challenge: Keva Planks

Are you up for the challenge? Create the tallest building; a ramp to launch a ping pong ball the farthest; or use the most pieces in a gravity defying structure? This inventor’s workshop will utilize Keva Planks from our makerspace collection. All ages welcome!

Thursday, April 5th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kids Coding

At Kids Coding, we program simple to complex computer games, create video animation, light play, and other fun cool tech activities.

For the month of April, Dragon needs  your help to reach the treasure. Your super-coding power  is needed to solve the quest. Write the proper coding spells and Dragon will find more treasures. Master programming concepts and algorithmic skills.  Bring friends and family for a fun code play. There will be two activities for K to 5 graders.

✔Friday, April 6th, 4:00 pm

Arduino Demo Day

Learn all about the possibilities with Arduino! Completed projects will be on display and a few Arduino uno units will be available to code on the spot. All ages welcome!

Saturday, April 7th, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Playful Architecture: Earth Structure

A kid-focused yet adult-friendly program that involves exploration, design, and building architectural models.  Our challenge is to build an architectural model of an improbable library using clay. Participants will learn to how to use stencils to cut shapes and use clay slip for joining pieces and painting.  You will also have the opportunity to explore earth material in building models. Wear comfortable clothes for fun mud play.

Monday, April 9th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Puppet  Story Telling with Emily Butterfly

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Welcome the wonderful interstellar story teller, Emily Butterfly.  Her unique puppets and wonderful storytelling will delight audiences of all ages.  Bring friends and family for an enchanting story and magical puppetry.

Connect with Emily

Website | Facebook

Tuesday, April 10th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kids Craft With Sophie’s World

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

It’s time for after school craft with Sophie’s World.  What will Sophie make this month? Bring your friends and family for another fun filled creative adventure.

Sophie Maletsky, of Sophie’s World, uses her sixteen years of experience to come up with great new ways to entertain children! From crafts to activities and games to parties to songs and silliness, she has everything you need to have creative fun.

Connect with Sophie

Website | FaceBook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Thursday, April 12th 4:00 p.m.

Intro to Recording

SFF Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave. SSF, CA 94080

Learn the basics to digital recording. During this two hour session you will learn key steps to creating podcasts and music including using interfaces, microphones, and editing techniques like adding filters, trimming, mixing, and mastering.  We will also explore the difference between single and multitrack recording. Intended for ages 13-19. Registration required:

Saturday, April 14, 2:00 p.m.

Keyboarding for Kids

SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave., SSF, CA 94080

Can you type faster than the speed of light? Probably not. Join the army of keyboard crushers and learn the basics of typing through our keyboarding class! We will go through quick lessons and loosen up our fingers with fun typing games! How many words per minute do you think you can type?

Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.

Dad & Me Puppet Show: 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!”

The event also includes a Q & A at the  end of the show. You will also have a chance to touch and hold some of the puppets.

Sunday, April 15 10:00 a.m.

SAT Practice Test

SFF Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave. SSF, CA 94080

Be prepared for the real SAT with our practice test provided by The Princeton Review. This is a great opportunity to mark your progress. The test runs for four hours and a half hours. Online registration is required. Please sign up here:

Tuesday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.

Masterpiece T-shirts

OSMO is the latest addition to our makerspace! Various iPad applications teach coding, spelling, critical thinking, and more! In this workshop we will use the Masterpiece app to create fun and easy drawings with mascot Mo. All ages welcome!

Wednesday, April 18th 4:00 pm

Lego Club : Mini City

SFF Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave. SSF, CA 94080

This month we are making tiny cities! Create a great big, busy city that fits in the palm of your hand. 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.

Saturday, April 21st, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kites of the World

Learn and make kites from different parts of the world. We will demonstrate how to make Guatemalan kites, Korean Kono Birds, and Japanese Koi Fish.   Bring friends and family for a fun Earth Day Celebration.

Saturday, April 21st, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


SSF Main Library, 840 W Orange Ave. SSF, CA 94080

Are you ready to learn some math while creating a lovely piece of art? Then this month’s STEAM Math program is for you. If you’d like to make and take home your very own folding paper kaleidoscope, come join us at the Main library!

Wednesday, April 25th, 4:00 p.m.

Dash Robots Demo

SSF Main Library 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Come check out Dash and Dot! These are real programmable robots, charged and ready to play. We can practice coding, do a robot challenge, or use Blockly to create and run Dash through a maze! Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Thursday, April 26th 4:00pm

Algorithmic Design with P5j Part 2

SFF Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave. SSF, CA 94080

Make cool interactive sketches using p5.js, a JavaScript library that uses code to make visually stunning works of art! Precoded worksheets will be provided for beginner and intermediate coders. Suggested ages +10 and up.


Monday, April 2nd, 3:00 p.m.

Jelly Fish Craft (Family Program)

Grand Avenue Library, 306 Walnut Ave. SSF, CA 94080

Would you like to learn more about jellyfish? Discover interesting facts about these creatures, their habitats and underwater lives. We will create a jellyfish craft, while we learn all about them. También hablamos español.

Wednesday, April 4th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

DIY Mini Unicorn Piñata (Family Program)

Grand Avenue Library, 306 Walnut Ave. SSF, CA 94080

Join us for an afternoon of making a mini magical mythical

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