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February 2017 - In This Issue:
Lego Club

Glovette Craft Night
Tech Time
Join us for a quick training in setting up email, typing a paper, using the internet and so much more. A different topic or concept will be covered in each session
February 3 at 12:00 p.m.: Transportation Apps
Google Maps? Uber? Lyft? Ahh! There are so many transportation apps for your smart device but what do they do? We can help you understand what these are and how to use the apps to meet your transportation needs.
February 10 at 12:00 p.m.: Marketing with Canva
Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. 
February 17 at 12:00 p.m.: iPhone Basics
Did you get a new iPhone or iPad over the holidays? Have you upgraded your device and everything looks different? Don't fret, we can help! Learn the basics of Apple devices, including how to adjust your settings, managing email accounts, storing and sharing photos, and where to turn when you need more help. 
English: The Easy Way
Are you learning or improving your spoken English? Come and practice with us Monday, February 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Grand Avenue Library! This workshop will feature casual conversation and friendly company. English the easy way is designed for non-native speakers who are not able to speak fluent English. Participants will discuss daily activities, while improving their knowledge of the English language. Everyone is welcome. No registration required.
Está aprendiendo a hablar ingles? Venga y practique con nosotros. Contaremos con conversaciones y agradable compañía. Si usted no sabe hablar inglés, reunase en la Librería de South San Francisco para charlar de temas cotidianos. Así al mismo tiempo, usted podrá incrementar sus conocimientos en inglés. Todos son bienvenidos. No registración requerida.
Video Games
Come one, come all to our open gaming tournament! We have Mario 3D World, Mario Party 10, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., and Pokken Tournament for Wii U. If these games aren't for you, come find out what other great ones we have!  Believe me, you've never gamed like this. Show your friends and family how it's done by facing off against the very best.  All are welcome. Snacks provided.
Friday, February 17 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Grand Library.
TV Club: My Little Pony
It's the most romantic holiday of the year, and you learn that your beloved teacher doesn't have a Very Special Somepony. What should you do? Hopefully not what the Cutie Mark Crusaders does in "Hearts and Hooves Day," which we'll watch and discuss, followed by a light craft. Seating is almost as limited as the space in the Crusaders' secret treehouse, so be sure to sign up in advance at the Children's desk. For fillies and colts 4-8 years old. Monday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Crafts @ the Library
Kids Craft  with Sophie's World
Sophie and her amazing crafters are back for our monthly tween crafts.   In February, we will make Valentine's Day theme projects.
Tuesday, February 7at 4:00 p.m.: Valentine's Day Craft
Tuesday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.: Make Your Games Craft
Tuesday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m.: Spring Craft

Amigurumi Program
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures.  Join us at Main every T uesday from February 14 through March 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to learn how to crochet and make these cute little creatures.  No need to sign up or have any skills; feel free to drop in and we'll teach you!  Supplies, tools and patterns are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Drawing Circle
Do you enjoy drawing? If so, you should make a line straight to the Drawing Circle on Monday, February 6 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.
Movies at the Library
Movies @ Main
Spend your Thursday evenings with us! Come in to the library to enjoy a different film every week. All ages are welcome, though some films may not be appropriate for all audiences. All movies begin Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.
February 2: Groundhog Day [PG]
February 9: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution [TV-14]
February 16: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [PG-13]
February 23: Malcolm X [PG-13]
Anime Club
It's our second ever Anime Club at Grand Ave! Winter releases continue with new episodes of Masamune-kun's Revenge, Akiba's Trip the Animation, and Blue Exorcist. On Friday, February 3 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Grand Avenue Library we will be discussing horror manga and the works of Junji Ito and other terrifying authors. Embrace your inner otaku and share your fan sketches or writings related to the great world of manga. Snacks will be provided.  

Teen Writing Group
Teen Writing Group is an open writing collective with the first session on Tuesday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. It starts with a reflective writing exercise, followed by sample readings, and concludes with free write. This is not your English class! We highly encourage you to create and embrace any and all styles, interests, and forms that appeal to you in a safe, encouraging environment. Share your work with the group only when you want to! Reading aloud is never mandatory. Snacks will be provided. 
African & African American Storytelling
In celebration of National Black History Month, join us for a storytelling session unlike any other with music, movement and mythical tales. With a lifelong love of stories, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller has been sharing these art forms with children and adults for over 20 years.  He summons all of his talents and masterfully fuses them together -  spoken word, rhythm, music and movement to create an unforgettable experience. This event, Saturday, February 25 at 3:30 p.m. is a memorable event for all ages. 

Financial Fitness 101
In this workshop on Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Avenue Library, Brad Hamada will be testing our financial fitness and sharing 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. Workbooks will be provided for attendees to take home.
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. 
Book Clubs
Monthly Book Club
The South San Francisco Public Library Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at South San Francisco Main Library, in our auditorium. Come discuss this month's selection! No advance registration required.T uesday,  February 21 at 6:00 p.m. 

Book Munchers Book Club
Stop by the library to register for the book club and to pick up your free copy of the book (while supplies last). Read the book throughout the month, then we'll meet at the end of the month for discussion and activities!
Book Munchers (for kids ages 5-8) will meet on Thursdays from January to April at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.

Thursday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m.: Whales: The Gentle Giants by Joyce Milton
Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m.: Salsa Stories b y Lulu Delacre

Page Turners Book Club
Stop by the library to register for the book club and pick up your free copy of this month's book (while supplies last). Read the book throughout the month, then we'll meet at the end of the month for discussion and activities!
Page Turners (for kids ages 9-12) will meet on Thursday from January to April at 6:00 PM at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.

Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.: Drawing From Memory b y Allen Say

Spanish Book Club
Sábado 18 de Febrero a las 11 a.m. hasta 12:00 p.m.  Este mes el club se reunirá para discutir el libro La Casa en Mango Street de Sandra Cisneros.  Sandra Cisneros narra la historia de una niña latina, Esperanza Cordero, y su adolescencia en los arrabales de Chicago .

What's Happening at the Library
Did you know the library has toys, wearable technology, handicraft tools, services or databases available to you for free? Every Saturday we will demonstrate how to use an item like Cubelets, a GoPro camera, a 3-D Printer or how you can research your family history or access your favorite magazines for free on your computer, tablet or smartphone. These are only a few of the items we have to share with you. Please come by and see what is available for you at the library.
February 4, 2017 11:00 a.m.  (Main and Grand) - - Overdrive - eBook & eAudioBooks
February 11, 2017 11:00 a.m. (Main and Grand) - Zinio for Libraries - Digital Magazines for tablet or phone
February 18, 2017 11:00 a.m.  (Main and Grand) - iPad Premium Apps - Netflix, HBO Now, NY Times
February 25, 2017 11:00 a.m.  (Main and Grand) - Ancestry Library Edition - Genealogy Tool

San Mateo Comic Arts Fest
During the month of February, San Mateo Libraries will offer an extravaganza of author visits, workshops, and comics-related programs. The goal is to enable aspiring artists and readers of all ages and to celebrate the importance of comics both as an art form and as valid literature.
The first Comic Arts Fest took place in October 2015 and was a great success. This year CAF 2017 will feature Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez of Love and Rockets,  Raina Telgemeier of Smile and Drama, Thien Pham, Kazu Kibuishi, Tyler Cohen, Shaenon Garrity, T. Edward Bak, and many more.  We are also collaborating with the Cartoon Art Museum to offer fantastic workshops to kids and teens. Meet our lineup of amazing artists/authors  and events !  To find out more, and get a complete lineup of all the events, visit the San Mateo County Library website .
Thanks to the SSF Friends of the Public Library for their generous support in making the following programs possible.

Artist Workshop: Aubrey Vora
Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m., at Grand LibraryAubrey Vora, Illustrator, will conduct an artist workshop designed to get those creative juices flowing. Since 2010 Aubrey Vora has been exploring the impact coloring has on personal development and mental health, sharing her coloring pages and supporting kids and adults around the world as they (re) connect with their creative power. She will begin with a few drawing exercises to strengthen your confidence in your artistic abilities, and motivate you to harness your creative spirit. No drawing experience required and all ages are welcome.  

Superhero Storytime
Monday, February 6 at  6:00 p.m. 

Cartoon Art Museum: Design Your Own Superhero
Saturday, February 11 11:00 a.m., ages 6-11, registration required, (kids only, sorry parents)

Author Talk: Thien Pham, "Sumo"
A comic book, visual artist, and a high school teacher based in the Bay Area, Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang's Level Up and his own food review comic strip, I Like Eating, which was syndicated in the East Bay Express. His first solo work, Sumo, is a poetic tale of a washed-up football player turned sumo wrestler.  Saturday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m at Grand Ave. Library.

Author Talk: T. Edward Kat, Island of Memory 
Meet the author and illustrator, learn about the process of creating a feature length graphic novel, and the research Bak puts into his writing and art on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. ISLAND OF MEMORY, Bak's first volume of WILD MAN - The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller, examines the human condition within the natural order at the extremes of the unknown. Part natural history, part adventure yarn and part experimental narrative, this 72-page full-color fever dream is the artistic realization of Bak's inquiry into the socio-ecological consequences of empire.

Bak's work has been featured in various critically-acclaimed anthologies, including The Graphic Canon, The Best American Comics, MOME, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, Studygroup 12 and Orchid.  For further information, visit the San Mateo Comic Arts Fest 2017 at the county website.
Kidz ZINES: Comic Zines
Create your own comics!  Through simple processes, kids of all ages can make their first comic zines Wednesday , February 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Grand Avenue Library.  We'll photocopy your creation to share with your friends and family.   For more information, visit the San Mateo Comic Arts Fest 2017 at the county website

Movies @ Main
Thursday, February 16  at 5:00 p.m. Movies@Main: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [PG-13]

Family Trivia Night: Comic Books
Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. families and friends will compete in groups to test their knowledge of comic book history, characters, and miscellaneous trivia. Questions will be balanced to ensure all members and age groups have a great time. Rounds will include alter-ego / superhero matchup, identify the superhero symbol, and a non-superhero round that asks, "Who wrote Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts?"This once in a lifetime event is complete with pizza, snacks, and refreshments.
For further information, visit the San Mateo Comic Arts Fest 2017 at the county website

Cosplay Day
Do you cosplay? Have you always wanted to cosplay, but haven't had the opportunity?  Celebrate Comic Arts Fest by coming to the library dressed as your favorite character on Saturday, February 18 all day ! Whether your costume of choice is from a comic or from a movie or television show, come in to show it off and share it with us. 

Don't have a costume?  Join us at 11:00 a.m. to create a costume of your favorite character!  Use fabrics and paper wot highlight our character's superpowers and tell us their backstory. 

A Cosplay Cafe will be held at 2:00 p.m. where cosplayers can get to know each other and enjoy light refreshments.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Tech Time: Online Comic Making
In this hour long workshop Friday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. participants will learn about several free resources available to help you create online comic creations, and some of the tools available to make you online comics come alive. 

Superhero Training Camp
Create your own superhero and enroll in our Super Hero Training Camp where we will  test your speed, agility, and intelligence. Train your mind and learn the skills to defeat evil.  Your hard work will be rewarded with capes, masks, and badges.  Saturday, February 25 at Noon , at Grand Ave. Library.

All programs held at SSF Main Library, unless otherwise noted. 

Kids Coding
Make a simple computer game to share with friends and family with Scratch Programming.   For February, we will coding Cheese Chase in a Maze.  Design your own maze through paint editor.  Recommended for 7 years old and above.  Anyone below 7 years old may require adult assistance in navigating Scratch Platform.  Come for a game jam at the library.

Thursday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. at Main Library
Wednesday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. at Grand Avenue Library
Kidz in Motion
Safe and fun movement activities for children and their caregivers will take place at the library Fridays February 2 and 27 at 10:15 a.m.  Through dance, games, and activities, movements are explored to build a developing child's motor skills.   Recommended age 2 - 5 years old.  
Health and Beauty
Essential Oil for Health & Wellness 
Ally, a nurse of 21 years and a doTerra Essential Oil Advocate, will deliver a workshop on the use of essential oil for health and well being. At this workshop on Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Avenue Library, you will learn what essential oils are, how to use them, sample, discuss quality and purity, and make a simple DIY nasal inhalers to take home.  E ssential oils such as lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil added to your daily health routine can offer support for:
  • a restful Sleep
  • a healthy Digestive track
  • a healthy Respiratory system
  • promote a positive uplifted mood
  • soothe muscles
  • promote healthy skin
  • energizing 
Get Cozy - DIY Series
Soothe your winter skin with these homemade concoctions. We will discuss the benefits of making your own bath products, and you will get basic recipes that can be endlessly customized to your own tastes. We will go through the making process step by step, and you will have your own item to take home at the end of the program.   Space is limited to the first 20 attendees and take place at Grand Avenue Library.

Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. - Sugar Scrubs
Lego Club will be held  Thursday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.  and the theme is: Trucks. That includes: monster trucks, dump trucks, semi- trailer trucks, pretty much any large vehicle you can think of. All creations will be put on display in the children's area. We have Duplo bricks for younger children. Themes are suggestions. Free design is always encouraged so make what you want! Through the use of basic structural techniques and highly creative engagement, Lego provides children with a chance to explore 3D creation.
LibLab MakerSpace Events 
Lunchtime Knitting 
Knitters of all levels are welcome to bring their projects and enjoy chatting with the group. Swap tips, share techniques and enjoy tea and biscuits.  
Experienced staff will be on hand to help get you started or answer any knitting questions you might have. Please bring a knitting project to work on. For beginners, limited supplies of yarn are on hand, but please provide your own needles, size 7 or 8. If you wish to bring your own yarn we recommend worsted weight, lighter colored yarn. 
  • Friday, February 3 at Noon   
  • Friday, February 17 at Noon

Make & Take: Playful Geometry
Make and Take is a monthly kids makerspace where engineering topics are explored.  Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m. we are building geometrical shapes.  With simple paper plates and straws, we will be assembling Polyhedron, Sphere, Tetrahedron, Octahedron, and Icosahedron models.    

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 will make Valentine's Day inspired cotton underwear.
Supply List :  ½ yard each of jersey fabric with a ½ yard contrasting jersey fabric  (up to 1 yard for larger sizes) - It is really hard to find cute jersey, so feel free to repurpose old t-shirts, pajamas or whatever jersey you can find! T hread to match.
  • Tuesday, February 7 at 1:00 p.m. - Cotton Underwear
  • Tuesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. - Open Sew 

Craft Technology 101: Cameo Silhouette
Fall in love with the library's paper cutting machine on Wednesday February 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Grand Avenue Library.  Cameo Silhouette is an amazing craft tool to assist your creative work.  This class will teach tweens to adults the basic use of silhouette Studio software, Cameo Silhouette machine, and how to reserve the equipment for future creative projects.  An easy Valentine's Day craft will be designed, cut, assembled and ready to send to your favorite person.  


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.  

Main Library Storytimes

Family Storytime - Mondays 6:00 p.m. 
Stories, songs, and action rhymes for children of all ages and parents or caregivers, followed by a simple craft.

Toddler Storytime - Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  Stories, songs, and fun for children aged 18 months-3 years and parents or caregivers.

Bouncing Babies Storytime - Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. 
Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies from birth to 18-months and parents or caregivers. Playtime to follow the program.

Chinese & Japanese Storytime - Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. 
Enjoy hearing old favorites in a new language, classic Japanese and Chinese folktales, and new stories from different cultures. Stories will be told primarily in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese. Jump in at this chance to learn children's games and songs from other countries. Some will be familiar, some will be quite different, but all of it will be fun! All ages are welcome.
Grand Library Storytimes 

Leer y Aprender - Mondays 10:30 a.m., Cuentos y artesanias!  In Spanish.  This storytime is followed by a simple craft.

Portuguese Storytime, all ages
Tuesdays, 10:30 am at the Grand Avenue Library
Stories, songs, and action rhymes in Portuguese for children of all ages and parents or caregivers, followed by stay-and-play.
Histórias em Português - todas as idades
Terças-feiras, às 10h30 na biblioteca da Grand Avenue
Histórias, cantigas e parlendas em português para crianças de todas as idades e pais ou responsáveis. Socialização logo em seguida. 

Family Storytime - Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. - Stories, songs, and action rhymes for children of all ages and parents or caregivers. Cuentos en español para niños de 3-5 de edad y padres o cuidadores, despues sigue una actividad de arte.

Baby Bounce - Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Wiggle, stretch and squeak! It is Grand Library's new bouncing baby storytime! Come and read colorful board books, sing songs, bounce on a lap and do fingerplays f or ages 3 - 18 months. Older siblings welcome; bring a doll or stuffed animal to be their "baby".
Parks & Recreation Events 
Program Registration Software Replacement Project
We Need Your Input - Take Our  Quick Survey Today!
The SSF Parks and Recreation Department is upgrading the class registration and facility management software and needs your feedback! After 20 years of using the current registration software, staff have launched a two-year project to replace it with a more intuitive and user friendly system. Staff is calling on all residents and customers to complete a short survey to provide critical information that will help select a product that works best for you! Click here to take the survey: Paper copies of the survey will also be available at Parks and Recreation Offices.
Free Income Tax Assistance from SSF Parks and Recreation and AARP
S SF Parks and Recreation in partnership with AARP will be offering free income tax assistance by trained volunteers at the Magnolia Center, 601 Grand Avenue, 1st Floor. Simple tax returns only.
Appointments are required. Days and times are as follows:
Mondays 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (February 6 - April 10)
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (February 7 - April 11)
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. (February 18 - April 15)
To schedule an appointment, call our AARP tax line at (650) 534-2224.
Cultural Arts Commission Photo Show
The Cultural Arts Commission's 2017 Photography Exhibit takes place on February 10 and 11. The gallery exhibit features artistic photography taken by local and Bay Area artists. Selected works will be available for purchase. An extended exhibit of award-winning works in the Municipal Services Building atrium display window follows the event. Entries are invited. Delivery deadline is Wednesday, February 8, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. On that date, completed applications, artwork and fees should be hand-delivered to the Betty Weber Gallery at 33 Arroyo Drive. For complete entry requirements and application visit the Current Opportunities for Artists webpage or send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to Cultural Arts Show c/o SSF Parks & Recreation Department, P.O. Box 711 South San Francisco, CA 94083-0711. The exhibit opens on Friday, February 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. It continues on Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The location is at the SSF Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Cultural Arts webpage at or contact the South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800
Parks and Recreation Drop In Fitness Classes

Are you hoping to exercise a bit more in 2017, but are unsure about finding enough time to commit?  Check out the Drop-In Fitness classes offered this Winter Session.  Classes are just $5.00, no prior registration is required, simply drop-in when convenient with your schedule.  Choose from Pickleball, Pilates or Zumba.  Each class is taught by an enthusiastic instructor ready to help keep you moving in 2017.

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