Sept 2019 SSf Library Events

South San Francisco, CA  August 26, 2019



Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Museum Heist: An After-hours Free Escape Room Game

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

Moving day is fast approaching which presents the perfect opportunity to steal the West Orange museum’s greatest treasures. You and your team have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and clues in order to extract the treasures.

2 sessions daily, 6 players per session. 13+, register at or call 650-829-3860


How to Start Your Online Business with Etsy & eBay

Saturday, September 7th at 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

Learn the basics of Etsy and eBay, plus learn how to take better photos for your online shop! This workshop is appropriate for beginners or new sellers, best for ages 18+. Please email if you have questions.


Saturday Morning Yarn

Saturday, September 7th at 10:30am

Saturday, September 21st at 10:30am

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

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!


Kaiser Knit For a Cause Outreach

Monday, September 9th, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Monday, September 23rd, 1:30pm-2:30pm

220 Oyster Point Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080

Knit for a cause! The Kaiser Permanente Knitting Group meets twice a month at Kaiser Permanente Cancer Treatment Center and is open to all knitters. We chat, knit and have fun! Knitters are welcome to join in knitting hats, blankets, scarves and other warm things for donation to radiation and chemotherapy patients, but any project you wish to work on is great. Experienced knitters will be on hand to help with questions you might have.


Doodle Club

Mondays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 6:30 p.m. 

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

Don’t doodle alone! Join our evening drawing group and get creative.

Pens, pencils, and paper will be provided!

All ages are welcome.


Textile Tuesday

Tuesday, September 10th & 24th at 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

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

Sew up this quick and easy bucket tote using scraps from your stash or ours.  Carry your stuff in style!


Meditación con Pablo Gonzalez

Jueves 12 de Septiembre a las 6:00 pm

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

Nos enfocaremos en la meditación de la atención plena, que es una práctica basada en estar consciente y experimentar el momento presente. Después de proporcionar la instrucción básica, habrá una sesión de meditación silenciosa de 20 minutos que será seguida por una discusión sobre meditación. Se recomienda a los participantes que lleven ropa cómoda y traigan un cojín o almohada. Los participantes que no traigan su propio cojín o almohada pueden utilizar una silla o una estera de yoga proporcionadas por la biblioteca.


Friday, September 13th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Adult Crafternoon: Stenciled Watercolor Greeting Card

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

Using die-cut adhesive material and watercolor paints, make a custom card for a friend.


Adult Crafternoon occurs one Friday a month.


Friday, September 13th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Linked Together: Open Community Craft and Meet-up

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

Linked Together is a week-long paper chain crafting session that celebrates belonging to a community and reminds us that we are all connected.  Throughout the week drop in and write a motivational slogan, phrase, or sentence and add it to the chain. As part of Suicide Prevention Week the library will host a gathering for community members to share their stories on Friday, from 2-5pm. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Suitable for all ages.


Saturday, September 14th, 11:00 a.m.

Author Talk: Erica Layne – The Minimalist Way: Minimalism Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy

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

If you’re overwhelmed with your life and are ready to pare back, refocus, and finally find peace, think of The Minimalist Way as your guidebook. You’ll learn how to apply a minimalist’s mindset to every area of your life—from your home and family to your work, money, relationships, and use of time. Most importantly, you’ll discover the peace and joy of living with less. Erica Layne is a Bay Area resident, mom of three, founder of The Life On Purpose Movement, and author of The Minimalist Way. Her writing encourages women, in particular, to give up the frantic life and trade it in for a focused one.


Connect with Erica Layne

Website: and on

Instagram: @thelifeonpurposemovement.


Saturday, September 14th, 2:00 p.m. 

Financial Fitness: Retirement and Wealth Preservation w/ Brad Hamada CFEd

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

Brad Hamada, CFEd, will teach the concepts behind retirement, health care, and estate planning, which are often difficult to understand but are mounting concerns for individuals reaching retirement age. Learn the concepts behind retirement savings vehicles, how health care supports people in retirement and participate in an eye opening discussion on estate planning and how it can affect generations of a person’s family.


Connect with Brad Hamada



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

Sustainable Food Talk presented by Jordan Bow, Founder and President of Royal Hawaiian Seafood 

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

“…we must take sustainability seriously and protect the resources you depend on if you want to have a business that is sustainable for years to come.” – Jordan Bow, Founder and President of Royal Hawaiian Seafood.


In the early 1980’s, Jordan Bow researched developing aquaculture programs in Hawaii. Enthused by his findings, Jordan began to market Hawaiian Blue prawns to fine dining establishments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1985, Royal Hawaiian Seafood was born. It was not until chefs were asking for a variety of seafood products from Hawaii and other South Pacific regions. Jordan soon had the Royal Hawaiian Seafood team sourcing many exotic products to match that growing demand. From its’ beginnings, Royal Hawaiian Seafood had supported local and regional sources by purchasing directly from fishermen and farmers. For 30 years, Jordan has been inspired to work directly with fishermen and farmers all over the world. The desire to develop and promote sustainable fisheries led Jordan to hire a sustainability director to help Royal Hawaiian Seafood create a safety and sustainability program. Royal Hawaiian Seafood is committed to not only providing seafood that is safe, sustainable, traceable, and tested by an independent third party, but also going beyond its own business to create positive change. As a past teacher, Jordan believes that education is the most important component of the sustainability movement. As such, Royal Hawaiian Seafood’s Sustainability Program is all about “education ourselves, the fishing community, and consumers.”


Tuesday, September 17th, 6:00 pm

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 September is Educated by Tara Westover.

“A girl claws her way out of a claustrophobic, violent fundamentalist family into an elite academic career in this searing debut memoir. Westover recounts her upbringing with six siblings on an Idaho farm dominated by her father Gene (a pseudonym), a devout Mormon with a paranoid streak who tried to live off the grid, kept four children (including the author) out of school, refused to countenance doctors (Westover’s mother, Faye, was an unlicensed midwife who sold homeopathic medicines), and stockpiled supplies and guns for the end-time. Westover was forced to work from the age of 11 in Gene’s scrap and construction businesses under incredibly dangerous conditions; the grisly narrative includes lost fingers, several cases of severe brain trauma, and two horrible burns that Faye treated with herbal remedies. Thickening the dysfunction was the author’s bullying brother, who physically brutalized her for wearing makeup and other immodest behaviors. When she finally escaped the toxic atmosphere of dogma, suspicion, and patriarchy to attend college and then grad school at Cambridge, her identity crisis precipitated a heartbreaking rupture. Westover’s vivid prose makes this saga of the pressures of conformity and self-assertion that warp a family seem both terrifying and ordinary.” -Publisher’s Weekly


Friday, September 20, 2019, 2-5:00 p.m.

Table Talk: Board, Card and RPG Gaming at the Library

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

We’re back for another session of tabletop, board and card games at the Library– featuring fantastic games and even better company! Learn how to play games like Ticket to Ride, Takenoko, Superfight, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and more. Play with the library’s collection of games, or bring your own to share.


Friday, September 20th 3:00pm-5:00pm


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

Pick up a needle and thread and try your hand at making these cute stuffed toys. They make great gifts and can be customized in many different ways. Supervised children are welcome at this program and there will be adapted designs for younger kids to make. Limited amounts of supplies will be provided.      


Saturday, September 21st , 10:30am-11:47am

Writers’ Salon

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

Aspiring or established writers of fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry can convene to discuss the great and ancient craft of writing, proffer advice and support, share their work, or simply mingle. Paper will be available, and feel free to bring a laptop.


Sunday, September 22nd 2:15p.m.

Walgreens: Quit Smoking Now

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

Do you want some advice on how to curb your smoking habit? Learn about quitting smoking now to prevent more serious illnesses happening to you or someone you know. A Walgreens representative will be at the library to present information on quitting smoking now.


Thursday, September 26th, 6:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability presents What you Should Know About Climate Change

SSF Main Library 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA

There is a lot to think about when it comes to climate change. What do you need to know and how can you think and act constructively about this complex and challenging topic? The San Mateo County Office of Sustainability’s climate change team will discuss some of the primary drivers behind climate change, what this means for California, San Mateo County, and your town. We will also discuss what current efforts are underway regionally and locally to stop climate change and help communities prepare for and adapt to climatic changes already underway.


Connect with San Mateo County Office of Sustainability



Thursday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m.

Full Pages, Empty Glasses Book Club

47 Hills Brewing Company, 137 S. Linden Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

This month, we’re reading Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin:

“From a masterful writer of myth and fantasy, a beautiful reimagining of one of the most pivotal characters in Virgil’s Aeneid . . . As the story goes, Virgil’s hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to build an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy. Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom until her suitors arrive. Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus. But omens and prophecies spoken by the sacred springs say she must marry a foreigner, that she will be the cause of a bitter war, and that her husband will not live long. When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands and tells us the story of her life—and her life’s greatest love.” -from the publisher


You can place a hold on this title here:

Meet us at the brewery for a drink and a chat!


Please note that location is subject to change due to venue bookings. Contact the library for updates. For the most up-to-date info, join our Meetup!


Saturday, September 28th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

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

Support the Friends of the Library by purchasing some fabulous used books at the Fall Book Sale! You can acquire those novels you never got around to reading, pick up some of your old favorites to reread, or buy books for your favorite young reader. South San Francisco Friends of the Library provides financial support that helps make special  programs and collections possible.  Join us on Saturday, September 28th, 2019  from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.


The South San Francisco Friends of the Library funds youth, adult, and literacy programs and contributes to the library’s ongoing collection.

Email or call (650) 829-3860 for information.


Connect with the SSF Friends of the Library



Sunday, September 29th, 3:00p.m.

Author Talk: The Shaping of Us by Lily Bernheimer

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

The spaces we inhabit– from homes and workspaces to city streets―mediate community, creativity, and our very identity. Using insights from environmental psychology, design, and architecture, The Shaping of Us shows how the built and natural worlds subtly influence our behavior, health, and personality. Exploring ideas such as “ninja-proof seating,” mysteries of how we interact with the physical spaces around us are revealed. From caves and cathedrals to our current housing crisis and the dreaded open-plan office, Lily Bernheimer demonstrates that, for our well-being, we must reconnect with the power to shape our spaces. Have you ever wondered why we adorn our doorframes with moldings? What does Wikipedia’s open-source technology have to teach us about the history and future of urban housing? What does your desk say about your personality? From savannahs and skyscrapers to co-working spaces, The Shaping of Us shows that the built environment supports our well-being best when it echoes our natural habitats in some way. In attempting to restore this natural quality to human environments, we often look to other species for inspiration. The real secret to building for well-being, Bernheimer argues, is to reconnect humans with the power to shape our surroundings. When people are involved in forming and nurturing their environments, they feel a greater sense of agency, community, and pride, or “collective efficacy.” And when communities have high rates of collective efficacy, they tend to have less litter, vandalism, and violent crime. Playful and accessible, The Shaping of Us is a delightful read for designers, professionals, and anyone wanting to understand how spaces make us tick and how to fix the broken bits of our world.


Lily is an environmental psychology consultant, writer, and researcher who sees the transition to more sustainable lifestyles as an opportunity to create spaces that truly work for people. She has led human-centered design projects across the workspace, urban, residential, and incarceration sectors since 2007. At Space Works, Lily has specialized in developing evidence-based design strategy and metrics for workplaces and other complex environments. Outside of Space Works, you can find Lily cycling, watching sci fi films, and discussing the difference between British and American jumpers.




Kidz in Motion

Friday, September 6th, 10:15 a.m.

Friday, September 13th, 10:15 a.m.

Friday, September 20th, 10:15 a.m.

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

Kids will move, play games, sing, stretch, and balance to foster gross motor skills.  The program includes Animal Action, Alphabet Poses, Bean Bag Balance, Freeze Dance,  and surprise game activities. Recommended for ages 2 to 5.


reCreation Wednesdays

Wednesday, September 4, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 p.m.

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

After school in the library is a busy time – our students work hard! We’re always here to help you find the homework resources you need, and we want you to learn in a relaxing environment. Take a study break and recharge with us every Wednesday, when we’ll set up light craft activities for our students.


Cantonese Storytime

Saturday, September 7th & 21st 10:30am-11:30am

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

Children of all ages can enhance their communication skills by listening to stories and singing songs in Cantonese and English, followed by a craft.


STEAM: Science

Saturday September 14th, 3:00 p.m.

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

The “S” in STEAM is for Science! Make that 2 S’s for Sound Science, because we’ll be making popsicle stick harmonicas this month. Play around with pitch and make different sounds by putting together a harmonica with popsicle sticks, rubber bands, straws, and scissors. If that “sounds” like a good time, hurry over to SSF Main Library!


Book Munchers Book Club

Thursday, September 19, 4:00 p.m. – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Showdown, Joshua Sternin

Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. – Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required, Brian Lynch

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

Kids ages 5-8 can stop by the library to register for one of our book club sessions and pick up a free copy of this month’s book (while supplies last). Read the book throughout the month, then we’ll meet for discussion and an activity.


DIY: Make Your Own Wildflower Seed Bombs

Tuesday, September 24TH, 4:00 p.m.

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

Autumn is a great time to get outside and get your hands dirty. Take some mud, clay and seeds and you’ve got the ingredients for a “seed bomb”– small balls that will explode with beautiful flowers when planted or thrown into dirt areas. Give it as a gift, throw it in your yard, or find an empty lot to toss it into. In a few weeks you will have a native flower garden growing.


Learning with Ozobots

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

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

Learn about Ozobots, our newest makerspace addition! Ozobots emphasize learning code with colors. We’ll create color-coded maps for the Ozobots to navigate; whether you’re a new or experienced maker, there’s fun for everyone!


Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah!

Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 p.m.

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

The Jewish New Year is close!  Stop by to make a Rosh Hashanah card, learn how to make stamps from apples, and learn a little bit about the holiday. Enjoy dates, honey and other sweet snacks for a sweet and joyous new year.





BTS KPop Party

Friday, September 6th, 4:00 p.m.

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

Having a hard time getting back into the routine of classes and extracurriculars? Spend some time listening to your favorite music, meeting new friends, dancing, and de-stressing. We’ll even have a craft station where you can make a keychain or backpack charm featuring your favorite idols.



Short Reads for People with No Time

September, September 7th, 4:00 p.m.

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

Teen book club focused on short stories, novellas, and other brief works. This month we will discuss Rashōmon by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Request a copy, or read online at There will be a quick writing prompt after a small discussion. Suggested ages 13+. Snacks Provided.





How to Have a Calm & Confident Birth

Wednesday, September 4 from 6pm – 7:30pm

South San Francisco Grand Library, 306 Walnut Avenue, SSF, CA 94080


Unfortunately, we have a culture of fear surrounding birth. Are you worried about what it will be like? Are you afraid of the pain? Worried you can’t handle it? Does just thinking about birth give you anxiety? You are not alone and it isn’t your fault.


It also doesn’t have to be this way. Birth is one of the most amazing journeys a woman can go on and I am excited to show you just how it can be that for you too. You will leave class knowing what you need to learn and do in order to birth calmly and confidently.


Taught by Erin Acharya, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist & HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator and founder of The Nest Hypnotherapy and Buddha Birth, located in SSF. She has three young children and is passionate about helping parents have a birth experience that fills them with love and joy so that they can be a family filled with love and joy.


All who attend will be entered in a raffle to win the book “Hypnobirthing: The Marie Mongan Method: A Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing” by Marie Mongan.


Thrilling Tales: A Lunchtime Storytime for Grownups

Friday, September 6th, 12:00 pm. – 1:00 p.m.

South San Francisco Grand Library, 306 Walnut Avenue, SSF, CA 94080


Join us for Thrilling Tales, a lunchtime story time for adults, which features exciting short stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The stories, written by notable authors, are read aloud by people who know how to draw suspense from every word. No registration is required, so drop by for some spine-tingling fun.


September’s Thrilling Tales will be “The City Born Great”, by N.K. Jemisin and “Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride”, by Saladin Ahmed


Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Aprendiendo nuestras raices

Saturday, September 14th 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m

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

This event is design for children to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! We will have a variety of activities from storytime, music, movies and crafts.  Come and celebrate Hispanic culture!


Este evento esta diseñado para que los niños celebren el mes del orgullo Hispano! Contaremos con una variedad de actividades desde cuentos, música, peliculas y artesanías! Acompañanos a celebrar nuestra cultura Hispana!


Spanish Book Club: Cafecito con Pan 

Saturday, September 21th 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m

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

El Club de Lectura en español ha regresado! Nos reúnimos el tercer sábado de cada mes para discutir y descubrir la cultura Latino Americana con autores renombrados y sus historias que nos embarcan. Este mes discutiremos “Antes de Ser Libres”, por Julia Alvarez. Recoja su copia gratis en el mostrador de la biblioteca de la Grand Avenida.


Children’s Chess Club

Tuesdays 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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

Our volunteer Basco teaches kids the fundamentals of chess and provides them with winning strategies! No registration is required, and kids can come by anytime during the mentioned hours. Every few months, a chess tournament is held for kids who have attended the club to compete in and win prizes. The chess club is a great way to have a good time while sharpening your mind and making new friends.




Tuesday, September 3rd, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dash Robot Races

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

Enjoy another round of competitive fun with Dash Robot Races at South San Francisco Main Library on Tuesday, September 3rd at 4 p.m.!  If you’d like a chance to win a special prize, come and participate! See you at the races!


Monday, September 9th, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Laptop Optimization and Maintenance

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

Regularly maintaining and optimizing your laptop or computer is very important. It is good to make sure that your device is in tip-top shape since almost every part of our lives is integrated with internet technology. In this program, you will learn some of the steps to speed up your laptop and improve your device’s performance.  We will be focusing on Windows and PC.


Tuesday, September 10th and 17th 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Reaction and Motion Science

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

Kids will get hands-on experience with two fun and cool science projects!  Come and see what these experiments are all about.  All supplies to be provided free of charge.


Friday, September 27th, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Technology: A Senior’s Friend

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

We are inviting seniors to discover or rediscover the positives of modern technology!  We will share our tech experiences. Trained staff will help seniors facing barriers in harnessing the benefits of tech.




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