SSF Public Library Updates and Online Library Services

South San Francisco, CA   October 23, 2020 Submitted by SSF Library

Both South San Francisco Public Library locations have suspended walk-in services to minimize in-person contact due to COVID-19.
The County’s Shelter-in-Place order has been extended until further notice – our buildings continue to be closed to the public until this order has been lifted.
We are now offering curbside services at the Library by appointment only.
Make an appointment online here:
Curbside Updates – Modifies Services Beginning 10/05

Beginning 10/5 through 11/3, the Main Library will modify curbside operations due to the Vote Center. Library staff will place items in a bag, labeled with patron’s initials in reverse followed by the last 4 digits of the phone number, on a table outside the front door. This is the door furthest from the parking lot and will be marked with signage.
Have more questions or need additional assistance when you arrive? Please call us at 650.829.3860.
Virtual Tech Tuesday – Learn to Zoom

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 PM, via Zoom
Have you been wanting to set-up a Zoom session to talk with friends and family? Maybe you’re trying to participate in a meeting but are nervous about sharing your camera or mic at the wrong time? We will teach you the basics of Zoom to be a presenter or attendee. Registration is required.
Toddler Storytime

Tuesday, October 22, 2020, 10:30 AM
Toddler Storytime is back! Join us on Facebook Live for Halloween stories, rhymes, and fun!

Book Talk with July Westhale, Author of “Occasionally Accurate Science”

Friday, October 23, 2020, 2:00 PM, Via Zoom
Meet July Westhale, author of Occasionally Accurate Science and listen to a talk about their fun book of poetry. We will also hear J.K. Fowler, founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, talk about poetry and independent publishing industry in the Bay Area. This event is for all ages and registration is required.
The poems and illustrations in Occasionally Accurate Science “investigate, play with, and push the envelope of collective nouns in fantastical and ordinary ways. With off-the-wall forms and the occasional scientific accuracy, Occasionally Accurate Science seeks to help children (and quirky adults!) explore the blurry lines between fact and fiction, poetry and taxonomy. Occasionally Accurate Science allows readers to explore the fantastical world of groupings of animals with one eye turned toward the truth. It is a delightful book that can be used for fancy and education in equal measure”–from the publisher.
July Westhale is a poet, translator, and essayist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Via Negativa, Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award),  The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), Quantifiable Data (Alley Cat Books), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her essays, poems, fiction, and translations are published in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies.
J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He currently sits on City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, acts as the Co-chair on the board of North Atlantic Books, acts as Secretary on the board of the Oakland Peace Center, and sits on Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board. He has taught anthropology and sociology at Rutgers University Newark and has guest lectured at Mills College. He has been published in a wide range of publications and has been featured in several radio shows and online podcasts. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.
Cookbook Club
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:00 PM
During stressful times, cooking and baking can help us be mindful and provide a small escape by forcing us to focus on the recipe in front of us, rather than a to-do list or any number of things we might need a distraction from. This special anxiety baking edition of Cookbook Club meets virtually on the last Wednesday of each month to talk about recipes, share tips and experiences, and enjoy each other’s company.
Each month we have a theme, and October’s theme is Halloween! You can interpret this however you’d like- treats you’d give out to trick or treaters, something you’d serve at a Halloween party, or just something festive for this time of year! The only thing we ask is that you make something you find soothing or comforting to make and/or eat. Find a recipe, bake it, and come to our meeting ready to talk about it.
We’ve created a list of cookbooks to inspire you  here.
Registration is required. Register here.
Harry Potter Trivia Challenge: Virtual Edition

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 PM
Don’t have plans for Halloween? No worries, the Grand Ave Library have you covered. Join us in this special virtual Trivia challenge: Harry Potter Edition. Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards!
Join us for a good time, and test your knowledge of all-thing Harry Potter and the Wizarding World (books & movies) in our special Halloween-edition Trivia event. Grab your loved one, family, Potterhead squad, or your furry buddy, and let’s have a wicked good time! Registration is required. If you have a question, please call us to (650) 877-8530.
Sean’s Music Factory: City Hall Birthday Family Virtual Event
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 4:00 PM
Celebrate the centennial (100th birthday!) of our beautiful City Hall with a medley of songs performed by the fun and creative Sean Mendelson and his family band, live! Safely sing and dance with your little ones through our Zoom Webinar.
Please register on Eventbrite.
Note: You must register using a valid first and last name to receive a Zoom link. The link to join will be sent to your email address a few days before the event.
Kids Build the Future: City Hall Birthday Celebration
Library Resources

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow
Get FREE live online assistance for job seekers, veterans and their families. Tools include live job coaching, resume help, live veteran benefit navigator, live online tutoring with access to an extensive library of lessons for school-age children to adults and practice test for SAT, ACT, GRE, GED and more. All you need is your SSF library card!
Positive Postcards

Through the month of October, while supplies last!
Connect with friends and family by sending them a postcard with your own design and a positive message. Packs of three pre-stamped postcards will be available in the Main library’s curbside pickup area, during curbside hours, while supplies last. Grab a pack and make someone’s day!

In case you missed it…
A recording of League of Women Voters Pros & Cons of the November Ballot Measure presentation is available on our website to view anytime up until election day.

Get Your Vote in Safely at the Library
Monday, October 5th – Tuesday, November 3rd
The November 3rd, 2020 Presidential Election is coming, and our Main Library will open as a 30-Day Vote Center! Cast your vote from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or submit your ballot at our drop box! Please remember that your ballot will automatically be sent to your house this year if you are a registered voter.
Here are also some important dates to keep in mind to ensure that your vote gets counted:
October 5th
  • Drop boxes will go up and ballots will start being mailed out
  • 30-Day Vote Centers will open for in-person voting. This means that they will be open until November 3rd, Election Day. The earlier you come in to vote, the better!
October 19th
November 3rd
  • Election Day! Mail-in-ballots must be postmarked by this date
For more information, visit  or call (650) 312-5222
Haga contar su voto de Manera Segura en la biblioteca 
Lunes, 5 de Octubre – Martes, 3 de Noviembre 
La eleccion presidencial esta ya a la puerta, el 3 de noviembre, y a la biblioteca principal abrira como un Centro de Votacion por 30 dias! Emite su voto desde las 9 de la mañana hasta las 5:00 pm, o tambien puede enviar su papeleta de votacion en el buzon de correo! Por favor recuerde que su papeleta sera enviado directamente a su casa este año si usted esta registrado para votar!
Aquí tenemos algunos datos importantes  para que su voto cuente:
5 de octubre
  • Los buzones de correo estarán habilitados y sus papeletas empezarán a ser enviadas
  • Los centros de votación abrirán sus puertas para el voto presencial. Esto significa que estos centros estarán abiertos hasta el 3 de noviembre, el día de la elección. Lo más temprano que venga a votar, lo mejor!
19 de octubre
  • Ultimo día para registrarse para votar! Para registrarse, visite
  • Ya esta registrado? Chequee para asegurarse que todo esta listo:
  • Si vas a tener 18 años para el día de la elección, te puedes  pre-registrar!
3 de noviembre
  •  Día de la elección! Papeletas de votación necesitan ser marcadas con esta fecha.
Para mayor información, visite  o llame (650) 312-5222
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