October 2019 South San Francisco Library Events

South San Francisco, CA  October 3, 2019 Submitted by Jon Tamayo Valle, SSF Library


How to Have a Calm & Confident Birth

Tuesday, October 1 from 6pm – 7:30pm

South San Francisco Main Library, 840 West Orange 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.


Thursday, October 3rd, 6:00pm

Movie Night: Stonewall Uprising

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

Join us for a showing of the documentary Stonewall Uprising. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.


Friday, October 4th 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 Morning Yarn

Saturday, October 5th at 10:30am

Saturday, October 19th 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!


Saturday, October 5th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Electric Vehicle Workshop – Everything You Need to Know to “Go EV”

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

Want to love the planet AND your car? Acterra invites you to attend a FREE EV workshop. The following topics will be covered:

  • The benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars
  • Government rebates (up to $10,800) for “going EV”
  • Additional rebates for low income consumers
  • Battery range and charging basics
  • Leasing versus buying
  • Current makes/models and what’s in store for the future!


2:00 pm  EVs on display for the public

2:30 pm  Presentation and Q&A session by an Acterra representative


Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2NplFly or call (650) 829-3875.


Connect with Acterra

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The following topics will be covered:

Kaiser Knit For a Cause Outreach

Monday, October 7th, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Monday, October 21st, 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, October 7th, 21st, & 28th 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.


Tuesday, October 8th, 6:00 p.m.

South San Francisco Friends of the 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 public quarterly meeting and help support children’s programming, adult literacy tutoring, summer learning and many other library programs


Become a Friend!


Meditation with Pablo Gonzalez

Meditación con Pablo Gonzalez

Thursday, October 10th at 4:00 p.m.

Jueves 10 de Octubre a las 6:00 p.m.

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

We will focus on mindfulness meditation, which is a practice based on being conscious and experiencing the present moment. After providing basic instruction, there will be a silent 20-minute meditation session that will be followed by a discussion on meditation. Participants are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and bring a cushion or pillow. Participants who do not bring their own cushion or pillow may use a chair or a yoga mat provided by the library.


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.


Financial Fitness: Cash Flow and Debt Management

Saturday, October 12th, 12:00-1:30 PM

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

In this workshop, Brad Hamada, CFEd, will be testing our financial fitness and share 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



Waves of Beans: Coffee’s Journey to the Bay Area

An Author Talk with Monika Trobits

Saturday, October 12th, 2:00-3:30 PM

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

Coffee hopscotched across four continents and two oceans before landing on the Pacific coast of North America. Fueled by the gold rush, ship after ship sailed through Golden Gate Straits carrying energized passengers and cargo of all kinds, including countless sacks of green coffee beans. San Francisco became the third largest coffee port in the United States. This led to the rise of the “big three” coffee roasters, the emergence of specialty coffee roasteries and the current renaissance of artisan coffee. From the 19th century to the 21st, San Francisco and the Bay Area has attracted waves of coffee entrepreneurs, coffee innovators and coffee drinkers. Told against the backdrop of local history, Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History tells their story.


Monika Trobits has lived in San Francisco for more than 37 years. A New York City native, she has been studying local history since the mid-1980s. In addition to her work in the corporate world, Monika was a docent/tour guide for historically-based organizations and local tour operators for more than 25 years. Nowadays, she teaches walking history classes for OLLI, based at SF State; her website is www.sanfranciscojourneys.com


Tuesday, October 15th, 3:00 pm

A Whole Food Plant Based Diet and its Effect on Cancer

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

A whole food plant-based diet (WFPBD) emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods. In particular, it avoids animal products and minimizes added oils. The focus of this diet is on plants, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, which make up the majority of what you eat. In this talk, we discuss in more detail what constitutes a WFPBD and give specific examples of dietary components that help our bodies stay healthy. In addition, we will review the evidence that some common cancers including those of the colon, breast and prostate are linked to diet and how a WFPBD can help decrease our risk of these specific cancers.


Tuesday, October 15th, 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 October is There There by Tommy Orange.

“Orange’s commanding debut chronicles contemporary Native Americans in Oakland, as their lives collide in the days leading up to the city’s inaugural Big Oakland Powwow. Bouncing between voices and points of view, Orange introduces 12 characters, their plotlines hinging on things like 3-D–printed handguns and VR-controlled drones. Tony Loneman and Octavio Gomez see the powwow as an opportunity to pay off drug debts via a brazen robbery. Others, like Edwin Black and Orvil Red Feather, view the gathering as a way to connect with ancestry and, in Edwin’s case, to meet his father for the first time. Blue, who was given up for adoption, travels to Oklahoma in an attempt to learn about her family, only to return to Oakland as the powwow’s coordinator. Orvil’s grandmother, Jacquie, who abandoned her family years earlier, reappears in the city with powwow emcee Harvey, whom she briefly dated when the duo lived on Alcatraz Island as adolescents. Time and again, the city is a magnet for these individuals. The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present, resulting in a haunting and gripping story”–Publishers Weekly.


Author Talk with Dietrich Kalteis, Call Down the Thunder

Thursday, October 17th, 6:00 p.m.

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

The library is pleased to welcome back Vancouver author Dietrich Kalteis. With Kalteis’s new novel Call Down the Thunder, desperate times call for desperate measures in this lightning fast crime caper story. Sonny and Clara Myers struggle on their Kansas farm in the late 1930s, a time the Lord gave up on. The land’s gone dry, barren and worthless. And the bankers, greedy and hungry, make life even more impossible, squeezing farmers out of their homes. The couple can wither along with the land, or surrender to the bankers and hightail it to California like most of the other farmers. But Sonny comes up with a way for them to stay on their land and prosper while giving the banks a taste of their own misery.


“Immensely readable, tough but beguiling, Call Down the Thunder is a highly original novel: a pacy caper set in ugly times as the dust bowl, the depression, and the Klan gang up on a ragbag of dirt farmers, circus folk, and one indomitable woman, all hoping to scrape by till the rains come. Laugh-out-loud funny, lump-in-the-throat moving, and packed with surprises. I loved it.” ― Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning and national best-selling author of Strangers at the Gate


Dietrich Kalteis is the award-winning author of Ride the Lightning (bronze medal, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best regional fiction), The Deadbeat Club, Triggerfish, House of Blazes (silver medal, 2017 IPPY, for best historical fiction), Zero Avenue, and Poughkeepsie Shuffle. He lives with his family on Canada’s west coast.


Friday, October 18, 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.


Saturday, October 19th, 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.


See the World with Road Scholar  presented by Ona Rotenberg

Saturday, October 26th, 12:00 p.m.

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

Founded in 1975, Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Their learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.


Learn about Road Scholar with Ona Rotenberg, who has taken dozens of Road Scholar trips.


Connect With Road Scholar



Walgreens: Safe Medication Disposal

Sunday, October 27th, 2:15 p.m.

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

Do you have old, expired medications laying around your house? Learn about safe medication disposal to ensure the safety of you, others, and the planet. A Walgreens representative will be at the library to present information on safe medication disposal.



reCreation Wednesdays

Wednesday, October 2, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30, 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.


Kidz in Motion

Friday, October 4th, 10:15 a.m.

Friday, October 11th, 10:15 a.m.

Friday, October 18th, 10:15 a.m.

Friday, October 25th, 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.


Metal Builds

Friday, October 11th, 3:00 pm

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

Are you looking for the next step in engineering after plastic legos? In this workshop for ages 10 and up, we’ll be using real metal parts and tools to construct mini models of motorcycles, a vehicle, and maybe even a robot!


Cantonese Storytime

Saturday, October 5th & 19th 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.


Book Munchers Book Club

Thursday, October 17, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.

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.


Movie @ Main: Toy Story 4

Thursday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.

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

It seems that everyone in town is waiting to check out a copy of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4, so let’s have a movie party and watch it all together! Join family, friends, and neighbors at the Main Library for our “premier showing” of this newly-released hit film, then browse our DVD collection for more family favorites!


Colors and Lights: Diwali Crafts

Friday, October 25, 3:30 p.m.

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

From lighting tiny lamps – called “diyas” – to sending gifts, the Hindu holiday Diwali is full of fun traditions. Celebrate this fall “Festival of Lights” by making your own diya and experimenting with the vivid colors of “rangoli” (artistic patterns)


STEAM: Technology and Engineering

Saturday, October 26, 3:00 p.m.

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

The “T” and “E” in STEAM are for Technology and Engineering! Throw some physics into the mix and you’ll end up with this month’s project: mini catapults. We’ll build them with popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and plastic spoons, and then we’ll test them in a safe space with different soft projectiles. Long story short: make a catapult, launch stuff. If you’re down, then come on down to SSF Main Library!





Tuesday, October 1st, 4:00 p.m.

Kid’s Craft with Sophie’s World

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

Enjoy an afternoon of crafting with Sophie’s World! Let your imagination soar and your creativity take root.  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.

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.


Thrilling Tales: A Lunchtime Storytime for Grownups

Friday, October 4th, 12:00 p.m. – 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.


October’s Thrilling Tales will be “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong and “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu.


Reúnase para nuestras Emocionantes leyendas, un tiempo de almuerzo e historias para adultos, en la cual presentamos emocionantes historias que te mantiene en el borde de tu asiento. Estas historias están escritas por autores notables, y leídas por personas que conocen como mantener el suspenso a lo largo de la narración. La registración no es necesaria, solo acompañanos para pasar un tiempo divertido.


El mes de octubre trae “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, por Alyssa Wong y “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” por E. Lily Yu.



Pumpkin Slime Mason Jars

Crea tu frasco con Slime!

Saturday, October 5th, 12 p.m.

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

How can you resist a Frankenstein Jar? Join us to fill the color of the mason Jar with Slime! Supplies will be provided until they last.


Como te puedes resistir a Frankenstein? Reúnase en la biblioteca de la Grand Avenida  para llenar tu tarro con Slime!


Spanish Book Club: Cafecito con Pan

Club de Español: Cafecito con Pan

Saturday, October 19th, 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

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

El Club de Lectura en Español ha regresado! Nos reuniremos el tercer Sábado de cada mes para discutir y tomar un cafecito con pan desde Junio hasta diciembre. Cada mes leeremos autores Latino Americanos e Hispano Hablantes para poder aprender de nuestra cultura y porque no charlar de temas de importancia.


El libro de Septiembre es  “Historia de dos almas”, por Lorena Franco. Lorena Franco trae una historia de amor que trata el tema de la reencarnación desde una perspectiva única y especial.  Recoja su copia gratis en el mostrador de la Biblioteca de La Grand Avenida.


September’s Book is “Historia de dos almas”, by Lorena Franco. Cafecito con Pan will discull Hispanic and Latin American authors from June through December the third saturday of each month at 11 am.


123 Andrés: Interactive Musical Presentation

Presentación Musical Interactica con 123 Andrés!

Monday, October 28th , 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

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


Let’s celebrate Latin and Hispanic Heritage month with family-friendly music and entertainment! Andrés and Christina are a Latin Grammy-winning duo known as 123 Andrés. They are the new face of LatinX music and known for their passion and high-energy singing and dancing in Spanish and English.


To learn more about the group visit their website, 123 Andres


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Celebremos el mes de apreciación de los Latinos e Hispanos con música y entretenimiento para nuestras familias! Andrés y Christina son ganadores de los premios Grammy quienes son conocidos como 123 Andrés. Andrés y Christina son la nueva cara de la música Latina y son conocidos por la pasión y energía cantando en inglés y español.


Para conocer más de este grupo visite su página 123 Andres


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Wednesday, October 2nd, 4:00 p.m.

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

Together we will explore the pocket-sized Ozobot robots and learn how to code with color.  Participants will learn basic programming and train their robots to follow patterns.


Lego Building Competition

Wednesday, October 9th, 4:00 p.m.

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

Young Lego fans will get the chance to show off their skill in constructing a Lego structure using Makerspace Lego bricks and mini figures.  Details of structure to be revealed on the day of the contest. A gift prize will be raffled off among participants.


Screen Printing Workshop: Fil-Am Tote Bags

Saturday, October 12th, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 

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

Celebrate Filipino-American History Month by joining us in a screen printing workshop! Design your own tote, using templates created with our Silhouette Cameo. Resources are limited so make sure you claim your spot! Recommended for ages 13 and up.


Kids Computer Skills: Typing

Wednesday, October 16th, 4:00 p.m.

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

One is never too young to learn computer typing.  This typing program is guaranteed 100% fun.  Come join us!  (Recommended for ages 7 and up)


Prefabricated Cardboard Toy Cottages

Tuesday, October 22nd, 4:00 p.m.

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

In this cardboard art series, we will assemble charming cottage toy homes using prefabricated parts and glue guns.  We will finish up construction by painting these homes with acrylic.  First come first served.  All supplies are free.


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