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March 2017 - In This Issue:
Kids Craft with Sophie's World
Cat Hat Crafts
Kidz in Motion
Safe and fun movement activities for children and their caregivers will take place at the library  Fridays March 3 and 17 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. 
Lego Club
Design your own library! Recreate a model of your favorite library or make an entirely new one on  Thursday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.  Libraries come in all shapes and sizes. They can have Makerspaces and computer labs, some can even have their own Lego room! It's up to you to decide. Duplo bricks provided for younger children. Themes are suggestions. Free design is always encouraged. Through the use of basic structural techniques and highly creative engagement, Lego provides children with a chance to explore 3D creation. 
Video Games
Friday, March 17th at 3:30 p.m. at Grand Library c ome 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.
TV Club: My Little Pony
Fashion designer Rarity has offered to make her friends' dresses for the Grand Galloping Gala because she's the best, but unfortunately, her fashion-backwards friends have their own ideas about how those dresses should look. What's the worst that could happen? It's only Rarity's career that hangs in the balance in "Suited for Success," which we'll watch together and discuss, followed by a light craft.  For fillies and colts 4-8 years old,  Monday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.
Crafts @ the Library
Drawing Circle
Do you enjoy drawing? If so, you should make a line straight to the Drawing Circle on  Mondays, March 6 and 20 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 March, make your own games from our provided materials.  Bring friends and family for a crafty afternoon with Sophie.  
Tuesday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.: Make Your Games Craft
Tuesday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m. : Spring Craft

Crafternoon: DIY Jewelry Dish
Join us Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. to design and create a colorful dish to put your rings and things. Learn the simple technique for making a marbled, imprinted, or painted jewelry dish. Your finished creation will be pretty enough to give as a gift and easy enough that you'll find yourself wanting to make them for everything! Supplies for making one dish in the design of your choice will be provided.

Kite Making
Learn to make a basic diamond shape and Chinese kites made with bamboo and fiber papers.  Bring friends and family Saturday, March 25 from 1:30 to 3:00  p.m. for a crafty afternoon in the library.  Flying kites outdoor is a great way to enjoy the spring season.  

Anime Club
Anime returns to Grand Library on  Friday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m.  Kickback and watch the newest episodes of your favorite anime as they are being released in Japan. During the program we will be making perler bead designs for you to take home. Embrace your inner otaku and share your fan sketches or writings related to the great world of manga. Snacks will be provided. 
English: The Easy Way
Are you learning or improving your spoken English? Come and practice with us Saturday, March 11 at 12:00 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.
Marionette Play: Cinderella
Join us for a magical fairy tale storytime
Monday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. Jan Dymond will be performing the classic story of Cinderella.  After being inspired by the magic of marionettes, you will create your own simple animal puppets. 
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, March 31 at 4:00 p.m.! 
Watercolor Poetry
Create poems with watercolors  Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.  Using photocopied pages, we will be selecting keywords and painting around them, leaving a masterfully colored page and unique poem. Bring in your favorite books or find an interesting one in the library. Materials provided. This is a family program so parents don't forget your books!
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.
March 2: The Young Victoria [PG]
March 9: The Help [PG-13]
March 16: All the President's Men [PG]
March 23: Fried Green Tomatoes [PG-13]
March 30: A League of Their Own [PG]

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

Cookbook Club
meets on the first Tuesday of every other month to talk about cookbooks, recipes, and share new tips and techniques we've learned along the way. We'll provide the drinks and dinnerware, you provide one completed recipe and contributions to our discussion. Here's how it works:  Each meeting has a theme, and you are welcome to choose any cookbook you'd like from our collection. Make a dish related to that meeting's theme and bring both your dish and cookbook to the meeting to share with the group. Cookbook Club is your chance to check out that new book you've had your eye on or share an old favorite with new friends. This month, the club meets on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. with the theme of Light, Fresh, Healthy.

Need some inspiration? You can find a list of suggested books here .

Spanish Book Club
Sábado 18 de Marzo a las 11 a.m. hasta 12:00 p.m.  This month the club will meet to discuss the book Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada by Gabriel García Márquez. Márquez tells, in the form of a pseudo-journalistic reconstruction, the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers.
Este mes, el club discutira el libro Cronica de una Muerte anunciada de Gabriel Garcia Marquez. La historia es narrada en la forma de un seudo- periodista en la que relata la historia de la muerte de Santiago Nassar por los dos hermanos Vicario.
Pase por la Biblioteca Grand Avenue para obtener una copia gratuita del libro.

Monthly Book Club
South San Francisco Public Library Book Club meets on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Sympathizer is set during and just after the war in Vietnam. The story is told in the form of a forced confession written by a spy for the North Vietnamese who worked undercover as an aide to a South Vietnamese general.  Author Viet Thanh Nguyen left Vietnam with his parents when he was 7 years old finally settling in San Jose, California.  He has written several other books including a collection of short stories along with several nonfiction works. 

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, March 23 at 4:00 p.m.: Dear Dumb Diary, Live Each Day To The Dumbest by Jim Benton

Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.: Voyage to the Valcano by Judith Stamper

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, March 30 at 6:00 p.m.: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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.
Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m.  (Main and Grand) - iPads in the Library
Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. (Main and Grand) - Ancestry Library Edition - genealogy research tool
Lawyer in the Library
Join us Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation from attorney Christopher F. Morales on cleaning up a criminal record. Depending on the situation, you may be able to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, have your conviction expunged, have your arrest record sealed, or even receive a pardon from the Governor or President.  

Christopher Morales is a certified criminal law specialist. He practices criminal defense in every county in California, handling misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile cases. Throughout his years as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Morales has been interviewed numerous times on television while defending high-profile clients and was an expert commentator for Fox News on the Scott Peterson murder trial.
Free Prom Dresses & Makeovers
The SSF Library has partnered with the East Bay Dress Day, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes prom dresses to girls that cannot afford them. They've been assisting girls with free prom dresses for over 6 years. They help over 100 girls a year, and want to help more. Almost all of the dresses are brand new or have only been worn once.  They are always looking for donations of dresses, shoes, and accessories. The library will also have several volunteers on hand that will be doing hair, makeup, and nail makeovers for the girls receiving prom dresses so they can practice looks for their prom night.  Registration is required for this event.  Participants must register by calling 650-829-3860 or going on to ( Main Library, Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m.) or ( Grand Library, Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m.).

Asian Art Museum: Tomb Treasures
A representative from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum will introduce the ancient tombs and the treasures unearthed from the graves of China's Han Dynasty on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. As one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, the Han Dynasty achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might. Two thousand years later, the discovery of royal tombs allows us to glimpse these extraordinary accomplishments firsthand. The collection of over 160 rare selections from recent excavations - including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and much more -  will be featured at the presentation. 
Teen Tech Week
CD Loom Weaving
As part of teen tech week we are making beautiful loom art with used cd's/dvd's/Blu-rays on  Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Main Library.  Bring your old cd's if you need to get rid of any and make beautiful yarn artwork with them!  All ages welcome.  (Old cd's will also be provided.)

Graphic Design with Canva
Have you used Canva yet? It makes graphic design fast, easy, and fun! In this Teen Tech Week program on  Wednesday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Grand Library. Y ou'll learn the basics of Canva and see how you can use it to design signs, flyers, posters, and even your resume.

Virtual Reality Film Fest
Did you know that you (probably) have a Virtual Reality player in your pocket? If your Android phone has at least 4.1 or your iPhone has at least iOS 8.0, and your screen is between 4"-6", download Google Cardboard and/or Google Spotlight Stories and come use our VR Viewers! Be sure to bring your headphones, and if at all possible download Justin Lin's "Help" on Spotlight Stories beforehand, because it's awesome. This program is part of Teen Tech Week and takes place at
Grand Library on Thursday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Bad Movie Day: Hackers (Pg-13)
The Internet has been around for a long time, but back in the mid-1990s - before Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, or even Google--nobody was quite sure what it even was. To celebrate Teen Tech Week, join us in heckling MST3K-style the 1995 non-classic of cybersilliness, Hackers! Two professional riffers will be on microphones, and the audience -- hey, that's you! -- will be encouraged to talk back to the screen.  We'll bring the movie and the snacks, and you can bring the snark Monday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Main Library. Hack the Planet!

Retro Gaming
Teen Tech Week comes to an end with our final program, retro gaming, on  Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Grand Library . Play the classic consoles that started it all, Atari and Nintendo. See what gaming was like before Playstation 4, smartphones, and virtual reality. Other consoles will be available, like Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis. Bring games and other older consoles to share.

Volunteer Orientation
Are you interested in giving back to your community? Do you LOVE your library? Come to our Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation Friday, March 10 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.!
Staff will present information on such topics as:
* How to get started volunteering with the library
* Options for teens, adults and tweens
* Time commitments and requirements
* Service options and variety of volunteering positions available
Presentation will be followed by a Q & A session and the option to apply for volunteer service that day. Make a New Year's Resolution to get involved!
SSF Historical Photo Drive
The City of South San Francisco and the Library seek your photographs depicting people, places, and events of local historical significance. During the entire month of March, leading up to National Historic Preservation Month in May, trained library staff can digitize your photographs for possible inclusion in the South San Francisco Historical Society and Library History Room Digital Archives.  We will treat your photos with care and respect, and return them along with a flash drive of high quality digital images that you can share with friends and family, post on social media, or upload to a genealogy website for future generations. You may also consider donating your photographs to the SSF Public Library's History Room.
Photos may be dropped off  any day during the month of March or participate in one of our two, All Day Scan-a-Thons, Saturday, March 11 at Main Library, or Saturday, March 25 at Grand Library, and have them scanned while you wait.
Please be prepared to talk to us about your photos, and/or provide any information regarding the content of the photograph, such as year, location, business name, family names, and any other information pertaining to the photograph and its connection to South San Francisco.
We look forward to meeting you, seeing and hearing about your photographs, and learning more about the City of South San Francisco.
SamTrans Mobility Ambassador Program
Join us for an informational presentation on the SamTrans Mobility Ambassadors program Tuesday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.  at Grand Library. Mobility Ambassadors are volunteers who help older adults and people with disabilities with many transportation-related issues, including planning a trip using public transit, finding a driver safety class, and learning about alternatives to driving, such as community shuttles. Ambassadors can also give educational presentations, conduct group and one-on-one rider training, and organize group trips on transit to interesting destinations.
The Mobility Ambassador program was created to help older adults and people with disabilities stay safe and connected to their communities, thereby reducing isolation and depression which can be caused by limited mobility. This program can benefit older adults and people with disabilities at all levels of varying mobility.
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:
Saturday March 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Friday March 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday March 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday April 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday April 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Author Talk: Robert Cherny
"Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art"
Robert Cherny, author of Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art, is the featured presenter at the Historical Society of South San Francisco's next quarterly program and general meeting on Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Senior Center, 601 Grand Avenue. Please join the Societyat an interactive author talk with Cherny as he discusses his forthcoming biography on a leading West Coast modernist, Victor Arnautoff, who reigned as San Francisco's leading mural painter during the New Deal era. "Delving into sources on Russian émigrés and San Francisco's arts communities, Cherny traces Arnautoff's life from refugee art student and assistant to Diego Rivera to prominence in the New Deal's art projects and a faculty position at Stanford University." Arnautoff's work can be seen throughout the Bay Area including the South San Francisco Post Office at 322 Linden Avenue.  Mr. Cherny is Professor Emeritus of History, San Francisco State University.   This program is co-sponsored by the South San Francisco Public Library and is free and open to all.
Homemade desserts, coffee and sherbet punch will be served at a reception after the program.
Documentary Film Screening & Discussion: Painted Nails
Painted Nails  is the  award-winning film documentary detailing the health and safety concerns of the immigrant Vietnamese women who work in the nail industry. The film tells the behind the scenes story of the U.S. government's failure to regulate safe working conditions. You will meet and fall in love with Van Hoang, nail salon owner turned activist, who became the first person to testify before Congress for safe cosmetics in over 30 years.
The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with nail salon owner turned activist Van Hoang, Co-Producer/Director Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin, and associate produce and interpreter Nhung Pham.
This film screening will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building , 33 Arroyo Dr.
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, March 3 at Noon   
  • Friday, March 17 at Noon

Introduction to Soldering
Soldering is a useful skill to have and we'll teach you how to do it on Monday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. To kick off Teen Tech Week, we're holding a soldering workshop at the Grand Avenue library. You'll make a simple button with a blinking LED while learning how to solder safely and correctly. Once you learn how to solder, you'll be ready to take on all kinds of other projects like making and repairing all kinds of electronics, making jewelry, and more.

Make and Take: Paper Automaton
Discover your inner engineer on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.  Learn basic mechanical engineering with simple paper machine.  You will learn about cams, axle, and shaft to move your own self-operating toy. With this knowledge, you may design and create automatons.  For simple projects, prepared models are ready to be assembled and take home.  Recommended for age 7 years old and above or with adult supervision. 

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 work together on a commmunity quilting project. Each of us will make squares to contribute to a larger quilt.
Supply list: t wo fat quarters of different fabrics and matching thread.
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. - Community Quilt
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. - Open Sew 

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.
Toddler Storytime - Tuesdays 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. 
Bouncing Babies Storytime - Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. 
Chinese & Japanese Storytime - Wednesdays 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 
Parks and Recreation Spring Class & Aquatics Registration has Begun!
Spring 2017 Class and Aquatics registration has begun, but it's not too late to sign up! The Spring 2017 Activity Guide was mailed out to residents in February, and is available on Registration for residents began February 27. Non-residents can register beginning March 13. There are tons of exciting classes to choose from, so register before classes fill up! For assistance, registration help, or more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.
Recreation Registration Software Replacement Project - Take our Quick Survey
We are upgrading our class registration and facility management software and we need your feedback! After 20 years of using our current registration software, we have launched a two-year project to replace it with a more intuitive and user friendly system. We are calling on all residents and customers to complete a short survey to provide us with critical information that will help us select a product that works best for you! You can find the online survey here: Paper copies of the survey will also be available at our Recreation Centers and in the Spring Activity Guide.
Free Tax Prep from SSF Parks and Recreation & AARP
SSF 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/Parks and Recreation Department Youth Art Show
Mark your calendars for the seventeenth presentation of the Youth Art Show, on March 31 and April 1. Celebrating youth artistry, the program features hundreds of visual art exhibits created by students from the SSF Unified School District. Youth performing artists also participate in this joyous and colorful show. The event is open to the public and takes place at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive. Admission is free. For updated information on this and other SSF Cultural Arts activities, visit the Cultural Arts webpage or phone the Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.
Drop in Parks and Recreation Fitness Classes
Keep healthy and stay moving with drop-in fitness classes. No prior registration is required, simply drop-in when convenient with your schedule. Choose from Pickleball, Pilates or Zumba. Each class is just $5.00 and is taught by an enthusiastic instructor. For more information, please call (650) 829-3800.
Parks and Recreation/Senior Services Health Fair
On Friday, March 10, 2017, South San Francisco Senior Services together with Kaiser Permanente-South San Francisco will host its 20th Annual Senior Health & Fitness Fair.  From 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Municipal Services Building.  Participants will be able to take part in an array of health services including Cholesterol, Eye Glass Cleaning, Podiatry & Blood Pressure screenings.  There will also be various City and County resource tables with information.  Representatives from Senator Jerry Hill's Office, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier's Office and Congresswomen Jackie Speier's Office will also be present. 
Summer Camp Registration
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering four exciting and fun filled camp options that will provide a full range of activities that will make this a summer a safe, fun, and active learning time for your child. Public Registration will take place on Saturday March 11 starting at 6:00 AM.  Numbers for both residents and non-residents will be issued beginning at 5:00 a.m. for people in line.  Residents (must physically live within the South San Francisco Unified School District's Boundaries) must show proof of residency (current driver's license or utility bill) to get a resident number.  Once a number ticket has been issued, the ticket holder may wait in the Social Hall until 6:00 a.m. or leave and return by 6:00 a.m. to register for camp.  Staff will be available to assist with the registration process and answer any questions. Residents arriving after the beginning of non-resident registration will need to register with the non-residents. For more information about the registration process, please call Childcare staff at (650) 875-6900.
Youth Baseball Opening Day Parade
Join the Parks and Recreation Department and SSF Youth Baseball League for the Youth Baseball Opening Day Parade! The event will be held on Saturday, March 18 at Alta Loma Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m. League games begin after the parade. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.

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