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April 2017 - In This Issue:
Teen Tech Week
Prom Program
National Library Week
Open House
Celebrate National Library week with us! We will be providing a variety of crafts appropriate for the entire family and lots of refreshments at Main and Grand Avenue Libraries on Saturday, April 15.  You'll also have the opportunity to pick up a Library BINGO card to win a prize.

Coffee Talk: Get to Know Your Librarians
Join us during National Library Week for an opportunity to get to know the librarians at the South San Francisco Public Library. Ask us all of things you always wanted to know about librarianship, or simply stop by for a chat and a cup of coffee. We look forward to spending our afternoons with you! 

Monday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.

Kidz in Motion
Safe and fun movement activities for children and their caregivers will take place at the library  Fridays April 14 and 28 at 10:15 a.m.  Through dance, games, and activities, movements are explored to build a developing child's motor skills. Recommended age 2 - 4 years old. 
Lego Club
Explore the stars, your imagination, and beyond with this month's Lego Club theme: space stations. Thursday, April 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. make a model of the International Space Station or a fantastic futuristic one, the choice is yours. Designs 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. 

TV Club: My Little Pony
Rarity is out collecting gems for her new Elvis-in-Vegas-style outfit when she's ponynapped and enslaved by the jewel-obsessed Diamond Dogs. When her friends are unable to rescue her, can she escape using just her wits? It's only her career AND her freedom that hangs in the balance in "A Dog and Pony Show." Haven't seen it? No problem!  We'll watch and discuss the episode together on Monday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m., followed by a light craft.  For fillies and colts of all ages.
Crafts @ the Library
Drawing Circle
Do you enjoy drawing? If so, you should make a line straight to the Drawing Circle on  Mondays, April 3 and 17 at 4:00 p.m. where we will provide blank paper, pencils of many colors, and fancy erasers. (There will be oh so many hoity-toity erasers.)  You're welcome to freehand it, and we'll also dig out the library's many how-to-draw books for inspiration and guidance. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Kids Craft  with Sophie's World
Spring is near, nurture your inner creativity with Sophie's World.   For April, we will be exploring spring theme crafts.  Bring friends and family for a crafty afternoon with Sophie. 
Tuesday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m. : Spring Craft
Teen Advisory Board
Make your voice heard at our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) on Friday, April 12 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.TAB is a teen-driven community group focused on consulting with library staff to improve library atmosphere, events, book and DVD selections, and youth engagement. This is an opportunity for teenagers to be involved in the decision making process of the library and to develop essential skills for the future, like planning and public speaking.  All teens are invited to participate. Volunteer credit will be given to all who attend TAB meetings.
Final Friday Family Dance Party

Has it been a long month? Week? Day? Or do you and your kids just have some energy you need to get out of your system? Then come shake your tail to the best in sick (but family-friendly) beats at our Final Fridays Family Dance Party on  Friday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m.! 
Free Income Tax Assistance
Project Read provides free tax service for low income families ($54,000 or less) at the South San Francisco Main Library Project Read Office, 840 West Orange Avenue. All tax preparers are certified and trained by the IRS. Taxes preparers are available on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. through April 12. To arrange an appointment, call 650-829-3871. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated at this time.
Financial Literacy Month
Things You Should Know Before Filing Your Taxes
Tax season is in full swing and every piece of information you can get to file your taxes successfully is important. A representative from  H&R Block  will be joining us to talk about everything you need to know about filing your taxes on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. Already done for 2016? The information shared in this presentation will make you fully prepared for filing your 2017 tax returns. Come in to learn about  the PATH Act, the different forms to use and what to know about ITIN applications.

Project Read, a program of the South San Francisco Library, is offering qualifying candidates a chance to earn $2 for every dollar up to $500 they save through the non-profit Opportunity Fund Program.

Orientation is Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Mandatory Financial Education class is Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am.

Clients save $500 over one year and take one financial education class, then receive $1,000 for an emergency fund.  Clients must be low-income to moderate income (according to 2016 tax return) and residents of either San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Alameda County.  Call 650-829-3871 to see if you qualify!

Kids Money Smart Storytime and Piggy Bank Dress-Up
In observance of Financial Literacy Month, for Monday evening Family Storytime on Monday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m., we will be reading books about the importance of saving and wise investing.  This will be followed by a fun craft, Piggy Bank Dress-Up.  Each child will be given a ceramic piggy bank to dress up, take home, and start saving.   

Author Talk: Diane Lovegrove Bader
"Setting Donegal on Fire"
In Setting Donegal on Fire author Diane Lovegrove Bader tells the story of her great-grandfather Daniel Sweeney, a wealthy Irish immigrant who left San Francisco to return to his homeland with his wife and children. Appalled at the miserable conditions in which he finds the peasants of his native land, he challenges what he believes is a policy of neglect by both landlords and the authorities. Find out what happens to him and his family as a result on Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m.
Two of Daniel's sons, Ambrose and Daniel Joseph moved to South San Francisco in 1895 and became deeply involved with business and local government, with Daniel Joseph serving as mayor from 1910-1912.
Dia De Los Ninos
Chiquy Boom the clown will perform a Bilingual (English and Spanish) silly magic show on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Grand Avenue Library! She offers loads of energetic activities, which include, silly magic, music and movement games. After the show stay for a fun open craft activity. 
English Conversation

Non-native English speakers are welcome to join the conversation at Grand Library! Practice your English skills and gain confidence every Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand Avenue Library

Join Kevin McAllister on his fun filled solo adventures as his family forgot him not one, but twice for a family holiday vacation. Beverages and popcorn will be served while supplies last. 
Book Clubs

Spanish Book Club
Sábado 15 de abril a las 11 a.m. hasta 12:00 p.m.  Este mes el club se reunirá para discutir el libro La Casa De Los Espiritus, por Isabel Allende. Isabel Allende narra u na simbólica saga familiar, y el relato de la historia turbulenta de un anónimo país latinoamericano. Isabel Allende construye un mundo plagado de espíritus, lleno de habitantes coloridos y muy humanos. 
Pase por la Biblioteca Grand Avenue para obtener una copia gratuita del libro.

Monthly Book Club
April's book club selection is another first novel, The Girls by author Emma Cline. She creates a fictional account of what could have been the reasons and motives behind the horrendous actions of the women in Charles Manson 's violent and vicious murdering clan. Cline paints a picture of a teenager, unmoored, floating free-form through adolescent looking for something to anchor her hopes, desires and dreams.  She finds it in a member of "Russell's" (the Manson lookalike) cult followers, another woman who she is ready to follow, into a life of crime and even murder, if that is what is demanded in order to belong, to be accepted, to be loved by the group.  Join us for a lively discussion Tuesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Tech Time Fridays
Travel Apps
Booking travel isn't the same as it used to be. These days you are your own travel agent booking your trips in the palm of your hand. Come and learn about how to book a flight or hotel room using just your phone or tablet on Friday, April 14 at 12:00 noon.

Money Saving Apps
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 on Friday, April 28 at 12:00 noon
Hack the Future
Get ready for the library's first-ever all-day Hackathon on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.! Hack the Future is for 10-19 year olds who love technology and want to explore in an informal environment, guided by tech industry professionals. Learn about Unity game development tools, 3D modeling and printing, computer programming, Minecraft mods, website development, soldering and more! To guarantee a productive day of instruction, please bring personal laptops with software pre-installed. The library will provide additional laptops if needed. Free lunch and snacks provided. Activities subject to change.
Registration is required; visit for more information and a list of recommend software to pre-install.
This program is funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the South San Francisco Public Library.
4Cs Speaker Series: Sensory Needs
A representative of 4Cs of San Mateo will conduct a series discussion on four specific topics for parents and caregivers. Join us for the first discussion on Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about sensory needs. They will provide strategies to support children with sensory needs. They will also discuss a variety of strategies and tools to help children feel comfortable exploring as well as learning about the environment around them!

Kids Coding
Learn to use scratch programming tool to convert your computer into a musical instrument.  For April, we will explore Scratch's sound database to make a fun interactive sound game.  Kids Coding teaches kids simple coding techniques to create computer games and interactive digital art.  Recommended for ages 6 to 8-years old.  Tuesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. at Main Library and Wednesday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Grand Library.

Adobe Illustrator Study Group
Do you want to learn Illustrator but don't know where to start? This is the program for you! The study group will be held in conjunction with a six-week online course "Introduction to Illustrator CS6" (sign up at that begins on March 15th. Each week you'll be able to discuss the course content and get help if you need it from our Illustrator expert who can guide you through examples step by step.
The study group will meet on the following dates:
Friday April 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday April 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Poetry Month
Poetry Workshop: Dadaist/Collage
Ever dream of becoming a writer? Develop your poetry skills with an introductory workshop on Dadaist/collage poetry Friday, April 7 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in celebration of Poetry Month. Collage poetry is a style of poetry that repurposes previously printed content from newspapers and magzines to create an imaginitive work of art. Following the methods of Dadaist poet, Tristan Tzara, you will become, "a writer, infinitely original." Recommended ages 13+. 

Can You Haiku?
Susan Antolin, a published Haiku poet and the co-editor of the Haiku Poets of Northern California newsletter, will give a reading and a demonstration on the art of creating Haiku poetry on Saturday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. Susan's poems cover everything from the mudane to the esoteric in the 5-7-5 meter of Haiku.  Bring a pad and pencil and write your own haiku poem about your family, your friends, your home or just a lovely spring day. Susan makes it fun and creative.
High-Voltage: Engineering and Computer Science Club
Join us on Saturdays, April 8 and 15 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Avenue Library  to participate in the new Engineering and Computer Science Club: High-Voltage. Be part of the bi-weekly meetings to develop your computer skills, learn practical new technologies, introduce to electronics components. In addition, children will be involved in creating fun  projects. All ages are welcome.
Stuff You Should Know: Meal Planning, Shopping Lists, and Simple Recipes 
We are pleased to announce a new program series called "Stuff You Should Know" which addresses topics that we are all expected to know, but were never taught in school. Our first program, Sunday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m. will cover shopping lists and easy meal planning.
Do you find yourself buying things at the store that go to waste because you're not quite sure what to do with them? Or maybe you buy something for a recipe and don't use it up, leaving it to be forgotten in the far corners of your cabinets? Do you struggle with finding the right balance of tasty and nutritious? If so, this is the program for you! Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Samantha Finkelstein will show you how to make simple meal plans, shopping lists, and quick and easy recipes that will take the stress out of preparation and cooking.
Samantha Finkelstein is the founder of Nerdy Girl Nutrition, a local practice that provides factual, evidence-based information about food and nutrition.
Have a suggestion for a Stuff You Should Know program? Contact us at
Dad & Me Puppet Show: The Three Little Pigs
Dads, kids and all family members are invited to join us for a fun performance by the Puppet Art Theater Co. on Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Main Library.

The three pigs strike out on their own looking to have fun and adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, sticks, bricks, and a huffing and puffing Big Bad Wolf add up to hilarity and mayhem in this adaptation of the classic story, "The Three Little Pigs."
Listen & Lunch: Storytime for Adults
Join us at the Grand Avenue Library for a lunch time short story and brief discussion on Thursday, April 12 at 12:00 p.m. This month's selection will be from In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. This anthology of stories range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy.
Author Talk: Sherilyn Connelly
Ponyville Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016
Beloved by young girls around the world, Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise has been mired in controversy since its debut in the early 1980s. Critics dismissed the cartoons as toy  advertisements, and derided their embrace of femininity. The 2010 debut of the openly feminist My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic renewed the backlash, as its broad appeal challenged entrenched notions about gendered entertainment.
Ponyville Confidential : The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016 is the first comprehensive study of My Little Pony. It explores the history and cultural significance of the franchise through Season 5 of Friendship Is Magic and the first three Equestria Girls films. The brand has continued to be on the receiving end of a sexist double standard regarding commercialism in children's entertainment, while masculine cartoons such as the Transformers have been spared similar criticism. The high-profile fans known as Bronies are also discussed, covering the media's problematic reaction to them and the Bronies' response when the My Little Pony cartoons didn't conform to their expectations.
Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer and librarian, and a film critic for the Village Voice and SF Weekly. Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.
BALANCE Housing Workshop
On Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m., learn everything first time home buyers need to know about the basics of credit and credit reporting, understanding your credit scores and establishing or re-establishing credit so that you can become a homeowner. BALANCE, a non-profit organization, provides counseling and educational services to help people achieve financial independence. 
Homemade Cleaning Products
Looking to cut down on expenses? Want to know what is in the products that you are using to clean your home? Join us for a presentation on homemade cleaning 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 on Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m.    
LibLab MakerSpace Events 
Textile Tuesday 
Textile Tuesday is held twice a month. During the first workshop, a specific project is tackled. The next workshop is an open sew lab where participants can finish up past Textile Tuesday projects or bring in projects from home. Make new friends, learn something new, and share your knowledge and experience with the group!
This month we celebrate travel and adventure, with this in mind, we will sew beautiful creative luggage tags. The supply list includes fabric and matching thread.  

  • Tuesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. - Luggage Tags
  • Tuesday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. - Open Sew 
Make and Take: Playful Geometry With Strawbees
Enjoy your first day of spring break at the library making 3D sculptures with straws and strawbees.  Strawbees are connectors to build artistic, functional, or free form objects.  Make and take is a dedicated space to explore and play with engineering topics.  Unleash your visual-spatial abilities and create amazing sculptures to take home on Saturday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Main Library and Wednesday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Grand Avenue Library.  Recommended for ages 3+.  

Storytimes engage children of all ages through interactive play and performance. Through fingerplays, flannel storyboards, books, and songs, we are able to cultivate an environment that builds foundational literacy and social skills necessary for children to begin reading and develop model behaviors for learning.  

Special Bilingual Storytime
Children of all ages are invited to listen to Spanish and English stories on  Saturday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. at Grand Avenue Library.  Learn Spanish songs and play games that exercise listening and communication skills.

Main Library Storytimes

Family Storytime - Mondays 6:00 p.m.
Toddler Storytime - Tuesdays 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. 
Bouncing Babies Storytime - Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. 
Chinese & Japanese Storytime - Thursday April 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Grand Library Storytimes 

Leer y Aprender (Spanish Storytime) - Mondays 10:30 a.m.
Portuguese Storytime, all ages -  Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
Histórias em Português - todas as idades -  Terças-feiras, às 10h30 
Family Storytime - Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Baby Bounce - Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Parks & Recreation Events 
Youth Art Show
Friday, March 31, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate youth artistry at this wildly colorful event! The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission in partnership with the Unified School District announces the 17th presentation of the Youth Art Show where visitors will be treated to hundreds of art exhibits, in a variety of media, created by youth from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The event will be held at the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, on Friday, March 31, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is open to the public. Admission is free! Visit the Cultural Arts-News & Events webpage at or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800 for updated information on this program and other upcoming art gallery events.
SSF Parks and Recreation Department's 86th Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8, 9:00 a.m.
Kick off your weekend with South San Francisco Parks and Recreation's festive annual Egg Hunt! The Egg Hunt will take place at Orange Memorial Park in the picnic shelter area. There are three hunt areas: children 2 and under, ages 3 to 5; and for children ages 6 to 8 years old.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to listen to instructions. You can take pictures with the Easter Bunny from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Children should bring their own bag or basket to carry their eggs. Refreshments and snacks will be sold by the SSF Friends of Parks and Recreation, raising funds for parks and recreation programs and scholarships. This event will take place rain or shine. For more information, please call the Recreation office at (650) 829-3800.
SSF Parks and Recreation Department's Junior Giants Program
Registration Begins April 15!
Junior Giants is a great opportunity for boys and girls 8-13 years old to learn the skills of baseball in a noncompetitive and fun format. Participants attend one practice per week and play games on Saturdays. The Junior Giants program runs June 13 - August 5. Best of all, the program is free, but space is limited. The South San Francisco Junior Giants is also looking for volunteers to help run the program. Volunteer positions available include Head Coaches (18 years and older) and Assistant Coaches and Umpires (15 years and older). More volunteers means more children can participate. The time commitment is about 1 ½ hours for one weekly practice and another 1 ½ for games on Saturdays. For those interested in volunteering and for more information about the Junior Giants program, please call your league commissioner, Bill Stridbeck at (650) 829-4683.
Online Registration begins April 15, 2017 (Highly Recommended)
Walk-In Registration (open until filled):
April 24, 2017 at Terrabay Gymnasium, 1121 South San Francisco Drive

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