Feb 24
3PM
See Your Neighborhood Through Historic MapsPortrero Branch Library
1616 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
February 24th, 2019 3-4PM
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Join Peter Linenthal and Abby Johnston of the Potrero Hill Archives Project as they share historic maps of Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. This program will highlight the WPA era model of San Francisco, a portion of which will be hosted at the Potrero Library through March 2019.
Feb 25
6PM
Community Building Blocks: The Past and Future of OrganizingSFMOMA, Public Knowledge Library, Floor 2
151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103
February 25th, 2019 6-7PM
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While enormous federal feats like the Works Progress Administration or the Public Library System may seem utopic in 2019, they were the results of mass organization. What can we learn from the New Deal and from the grassroots progressive movements that have historically thrived in San Francisco? Where is this work being done today by activist groups, labor unions, and small business organizations? What can we look to in San Francisco’s past to inform the future and build better communities?
Feb 26
4:30PM
Mapping Our MemoriesPortrero Branch Library
1616 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
February 26th, 2019 4:30-5:30PM
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San Francisco is more than just a place—it is a collection of memories and experiences. Come to the library and help create a very special map—a map of our San Francisco memories— and share with our library community what San Francisco means to you.
Feb 26
7PM
Reading the Model at Eureka ValleyEureka Valley Branch Library
1 Jose Sarria Court, San Francisco, CA 94114
February 26th, 2019 7-8:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Feb 27
6:30PM
Mapping ChangePark Branch Library
1833 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
February 27th, 2019 6:30-7:30PM
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During the New Deal, the San Francisco Planning Department commissioned a large-scale model of the city, complete with buildings, trees and roads. The model was kept in crates for decades, like a time capsule of San Francisco in the late 1930s. The model is filled with detail, but how can we evaluate it as a historical record? Luckily, we have data and tools we can use to compare the model to the living city. During this program, we will use 1938 aerial photographs of The Haight, The Panhandle and Alamo Square to analyze the model for completeness, accuracy and detail. Then, using modern satellite imagery, we will investigate how the city has changed over the past 80 years.
Feb 27
6:30PM
Invisible Bridges, Invisible Borders: Hidden Dynamics in San FranciscoOrtega Branch Library
3223 Ortega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
February 27th, 2019 6:30-7:30PM
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Some of our bridges are golden, some are gray, but perhaps the most interesting ones are invisible. San Francisco’s infrastructures, both physical and social, enable and inhibit movement across and around the city. How are the Presidio and Bayview-Hunters Point connected? Why do some people feel uncomfortable crossing Van Ness Avenue? Join us as we explore the invisible connections and barriers created by people, as well as geography.
Feb 27
6:30PM
Reading the Model at AnzaAnza Branch Library
550 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
February 27th, 2019 6:30-8PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Feb 27
7PM
Reading the Model at BernalBernal Heights Branch Library
500 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110
February 27th, 2019 7-8:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Feb 27
7PM
Reading the Model at Noe ValleyNoe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library
451 Jersey Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
February 27th, 2019 7-8:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Feb 28
5PM
Visitacion Valley History NightsVisitacion Valley Branch Library
201 Leland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134
February 28th, 2019 5-6PM
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Map viewing, Visitacion Valley History experts, and sharing of collective memories of the neighborhood.
Mar 1
2:30PM
Freestyle Watercolor PaintingPortola Branch Library
380 Bacon Street, San Francisco, CA 94134
March 1st, 2019 2:30-3:30PM
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Join us for a freestyle watercolor painting event without an instructor. All materials will be provided. All levels of experience welcome. Limited space. Please call (415)355-5660 to register.
Mar 1
4PM
SF LEGO ChallengeParkside Branch Library
1200 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116
March 1st, 2019 4-5PM
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What’s your ideal San Francisco? Using LEGOs, let’s build the best playground, school, or house of tomorrow. Try recreating your favorite SF landmarks. LEGOs will be supplied.
Mar 1
3PM
Light Up Paper HousesSunset Branch Library
1305 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
March 1st, 2019 3-4PM
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Create, color, and fold your own paper house that will glow from the inside using LED lights.
Mar 2
12PM
Special 20th Anniversary Screening: The FillmoreWestern Addition Branch Library
1550 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
March 2nd, 2019 12-2PM
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"The Fillmore (1999), an Emmy-winning PBS documentary, tells the dramatic story -- the rise and fall (and rise again?) of San Francisco's premier Black community, as it faced urban renewal. The film chronicles neighborhood history, including the 1906 earthquake, the World War II removal of Japanese citizens, & the tumultuous 1960's. A discussion with film maker Peter L. Stein to follow.
Mar 2
2PM
Reading the Model at MissionMission Branch Library
300 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
March 2nd, 2019 2-3:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 3
2PM
Reading the Model at Visitacion ValleyVisitacion Valley Branch Library
201 Leland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
March 3rd, 2019 2-3:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 6
7PM
Adult Craft Night: San Francisco Cork Map CoastersNoe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library
451 Jersey Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
March 6th, 2019 7-8PM
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Come celebrate our display of the SF Model by making San Francisco Neighborhood cork coasters using recycled maps. All materials are provided. You can sign up by calling 415-355-5707 or asking at the info desk.
Mar 6
7PM
SF's 49 Mile Scenic Drive: A Virtual TourOrtega Branch Library
3223 Ortega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
March 6th, 2019 7-8PM
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SF’s famous loop trail has been broken down into 17 neighborhood walks. Come learn about the famous sites and quirky history in this lively, virtual tour with the authors of Walking San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive.
Mar 6
6:30PM
Reading the Model at Golden GateGolden Gate Valley Library
1801 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
March 6th, 2019 6:30-8PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 7
4PM
Geocaching 101Richmond Branch Library
351 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
March 7th, 2019 4-5PM
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Geocaching is an in-real-life (irl) treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as a smart phone. Participants navigate to GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. See geocaching.com for all the information you need to get started! Learn how to participate in SFPL's treasure hunt at Richmond Branch!
Mar 8
3:30PM
Build It LEGO CityChinatown Branch Library
1135 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
March 8th, 2019 3:30-4:30PM
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Build a LEGO city inspired by the San Francisco Urban Model. Brick by brick, we will create urban blocks and neighborhoods.
Mar 9
1PM
The Sunset with Lori UngarettiSunset Branch Library
1305 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
March 9th, 2019 1-2PM
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Inspired by the San Francisco city model pieces on display at libraries, author Lorri Ungaretti shares her expertise on the history of the Sunset District, inspired by our neighborhood's part of the 1938 wooden model of San Francisco that is on display at San Francisco libraries this winter. Her 4 books about the Sunset include Stories in the Sand: San Francisco's Sunset District, 1847-1964, and most recently, Legendary Locals of San Francisco's Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park. Join us for a wonderful evocation of western San Francisco history!
Mar 9
2PM
On My BlockMission Branch Library
300 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
March 9th, 2019 2-3PM
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To continue the discussions around the Mission District block of the scale model of San Francisco the Mission Branch will host Mission District historian, activist, organizer and community member Roberto Hernandez to share his thoughts, memories and stories about The Mission. Following Roberto's talk community members will be invited to share their stories about their block of the Mission.
Mar 9
2PM
Fairy HousesOrtega Branch Library
3223 Ortega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
March 9th, 2019 2-3PM
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Build a fairy house and see if you can attract some fairy folk to the neighborhood! Tools and supplies provided -- all you need to bring is your imagination. Ages 3 and up.
Mar 9
1PM
My Place in the WorldVisitacion Valley Branch Library
201 Leland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134
March 9th, 2019 1-2PM
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Create your own little diorama of your place in the world! Learn more about geography and the world around you. Best for grades K-3.
Mar 9
4PM
Reading the Model at ParksideParkside Branch Library
1200 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116
March 9th, 2019 4-5:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 12
6PM
Hands on History: WPA in the Archives and a Trip to the FairMain Branch Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
March 12th, 2019 6-7PM
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Join us in a close-up show-and-tell with San Francisco history through original documents and photographs which document San Francisco's New Deal. Collections on view will include the original hand-drawn block profiles used to create the WPA San Francisco wood model.
Mar 13
6PM
Reading the Model at Glen ParkGlen Park Branch Library
2825 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
March 13th, 2019 6-7:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 13
5:30PM
Reading the Model at Ocean ViewOcean View Branch Library
345 Randolph Street, San Francisco, CA 94132
March 13th, 2019 5:30-7PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 13
6PM
Reading the Model at Western AdditionWestern Addition Branch Library
1550 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
March 13th, 2019 6-7:30PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 14
5PM
Visitacion Valley History NightsVisitacion Valley Branch Library
201 Leland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134
March 14th, 2019 5-6PM
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Map viewing, Visitacion Valley History experts, and sharing of collective memories of the neighborhood.
Mar 16
2PM
Yes, I Live Here!Portola Branch Library
380 Bacon Street, San Francisco, CA 94134
March 16th, 2019 2-3PM
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What do you like about your neighborhood? What would you like to add to it? Come make a map with your own ideas! You’ll have paint, glitter, markers, fabric and more! Tell us your thoughts. Do you like to shop with your family on San Bruno Avenue? What do you see when you walk to school? There’s an old movie theater there, what movies would you like to see? Do you like music? Would you like to listen to it in McLaren Park? How do you like to dance? Can you sing a song of you? Would you like to float a boat in McNab Lake? How does a parade of your neighborhood look? You can add your ideas to an even bigger map and take your picture in front of the whole thing.
Mar 17
2:30PM
Reading the Model at PotreroPotrero Branch Library
1616 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
March 17th, 2019 2:30-4PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 20
7PM
Bernal History ProjectBernal Heights Branch Library
500 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110
March 20th, 2019 7-8PM
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Join us to discuss and share information about the history of the neighborhood.
Mar 21
4PM
Rad Women Live at SFMOMASFMOMA, Public Knowledge Library, Floor 2
151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103
March 21st, 2019 4-5:30PM
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Meet author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl, the awe-inspiring women behind the New York Times best-selling books Rad American Women A to Z, Rad Women Worldwide and Rad Girls Can. Come for a lively event filled with real stories of amazing women and make art celebrating the rad women in your life. Book sale and signing hosted by the Friends of San Francisco Public Library. This program is part of Culture for Community: Free Day. For free tickets and more information, click event for link.
Mar 23
3:30PM
Reading the Model at ChinatownChinatown Branch Library
1135 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
March 23rd, 2019 3:30-5PM
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How might a 3-D map change the way you look at where you live? Join us in conversation while taking a bird’s-eye view of your neighborhood. Gather around a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco with fellow residents and special guests, and reflect on the city’s past and explore new possibilities for its future.
Mar 23
3PM
Bound by Hxstory: Insurrecto and Other StoriesSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Public Spaces
151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
March 23rd, 2019 3-5PM
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Join us for a reading in celebration of Gina Apostol’s critically-acclaimed new novel Insurrecto - one of Publisher Weekly’s best books of 2018, “witty and stylish” according to NPR, and a “bravura performance” proclaimed the NY Times and Asian Review of books - following the journey of two women, an American filmmaker and Filipino translator, and their dueling accounts of a dark and forgotten massacre in Samar during the Philippine-American War. This special afternoon highlights stories located in the heart of the Philippines and the United States, illustrating the often untold and intertwined histories of both nations. Gina Apostol will be joined by Bay Area-based Elaine Castillo who will read from her novel America is Not the Heart. Apostol and Castillo will be in conversation following the readings. 
Mar 23
3PM
San Francisco Model of 1938 and the HaightPark Branch Library
1833 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
March 23rd, 2019 3-4:30PM
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Woody LaBounty will give a presentation on the massive, 3-D scale model of San Francisco created by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. Described by someone recently as "a pre-Internet Google Street View," the mostly-wood 37' x 40' model depicts every structure standing in the city at the time. Parks, lakes, theatres, schools, and even the color schemes of individual houses are accurately represented. Today, the model provides a fascinating historical viewpoint of a San Francisco both familiar and alien at the same time. Woody will explain the purpose and creation of the model as well as point out highlights, changes, and the development of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood using sections of the model on display in the branch.