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June 2017 - In This Issue:
Citizen Scientist Cloud Teller Program
Bouncing Babies Storytime
Sophie's World Craft
Thinking Like a Special Education Teacher
How do I help my  child/student with special needs, become a more effective learner? Is there an effective way of dealing with children/students who have special needs? Enjoy a free course by Kevin Westberry, Education Specialist. Everyone is welcome. Caregivers of learners with special needs and new special education teachers are especially encouraged to attend. This is a two part workshop. The first part, on May 3, introduces you to the techniques to apply and practice. The second part, to be held on June 14 at 6:30 p.m., will be a follow-up and suggestions to improve effectiveness. Coffee is generously provided by Starbucks. Let's meet and learn at the Grand Avenue Library!
Board Games
Do you have plans on Thursday? Join us at Grand Ave Library Thursday,  June 15, 3:00 p.m. We will enjoy Thursday evening playing boad games. Not into sports games? No problem! We have games for all kinds of gamers. 
Soldering Basics
Soldering is a useful skill to have and we'll teach you how to do it Thursday, June 15 at 4:00 p.m. In this workshop, 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 electronics, making your own jewelry, and much more.
Make & Take

Make and Take a tensegrity structure with straws and rubber bands Saturday, June 17th, 11 a.m.  Connect your spheres with Little Bits to make a vibrating robot.   Little Bits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks for your awesome invention.  
Financial Fitness: Building Wealth & Asset Accumulation
As confusing as the financial landscape may seem, there is a formula to wealth. Master this formula and you can be supremely confident in your ability to make good financial decisions to build wealth effectively for your family. Learn about how money works, how to make it work best for you by maximizing each wealth component and simple strategies to help you systematically build long term wealth to further secure your retirement.  Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m. at Grand Ave. Library , Brad Hamada will introduce methods to get you on your way to becoming your own money manager!
Miniature Gaming
Battle of Bunker Hill

Re-fight the June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill with Historical Game Master Nick Stern Saturday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m. One of the earliest battles of the American War of Independence, the the battle proved that inexperienced militia could stand up to British regular army troops and was the origin of the famous order: "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes". Play the patriots or the redcoats and see if you can change history.
Volunteer Orientation
Are you interested in giving back to your community? Do you LOVE your library? Come to our Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation Monday June 19, 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 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 on the spot.    
LEGO Club: Futuristic Cities
The future is what you make it! Create a high tech city complete with robots, hover cars, and advanced buildings that reach beyond the clouds on Wednesday, June 21, 4:00 p.m. Construct a world filled with imagination. Everything built 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. 
Movies @ the Library
Finding Dory
Amnesiac blue tang Dory searches for her long-lost parents with the help of pals Nemo and Marlin. She eventually heads for California and the Monterey Marine Life Institute, evading predators along the way as she hopes to find a place she can call home. Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m. Rated PG, 103 minutes. - Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

Monster Trucks
A teen befriends an otherworldly creature that's able to possess his pickup truck. Soon enough, the duo must stop an oil company from wreaking havoc on their town. Saturday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. at Grand Ave. LibraryRated PG, 104 minutes. 
Teen Advisory Board
Make your voice heard at Friday, June 30, 4:00 p.m. our Teen Advisory Board (TAB).TAB is a teen-driven community group focused on advising library staff in library atmosphere, program development, 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.  You do not have to be a volunteer to participate. All teens are encouraged to participate. Volunteer credit will be given to all who attend TAB meetings. 
Chalk Drawing
A fun summer at the library begins today with sidewalk chalk drawing!  Our parking lot will be your canvas for creativity.   Bring family and friends to celebrate summer learning Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m.  For comfort, rugs and mats will be available.  All ages are welcome.

Textile Tuesday
Textile Tuesday is held twice a month.  At the first meeting we work on a specific project.  The next workshop is an open sewing lab where participants can finish up past Textile Tuesday projects or bring in their individual sewing projects.  Make new friends, learn some new shortcuts and tricks, or just share your knowledge and experience with the group!
In June we make cat toys! Do you have a pampered kitty at home who needs a constant supply of new toys? Join us in making handmade catnip-filled mice! These super cute mice are just the thing for a finicky feline but they make fun beanbag toys for your human children as well!

Supplies:  ¼ yard or scraps of wool felt, embroidery floss, catnip or other suitable stuffing (small beans or lentils)

Tuesday, June 13, 1-3 p.m.: Cat toys
Tuesday, June 27, 1-3 p.m.: Open sew
Saturday Morning Yarn
Saturday, June 3rd, 10:30 a.m. - Yarn Dyeing in the Parking Lot
Saturday, June 17th, 10:30 a.m. - Learn to Knit of Crochet
Welcome to our new series of summer yarn art programs! For our kick-off event we will feature yarn dying in the parking lot. From mild to wild colorways, we invite you to start your summer off creatively with hand yarn dying. Supplies are limited so feel free to bring your own natural wool yarn to dye.

Drawing Circle
Do you enjoy drawing? Or do you find it terrifying, but would like a safe place to give it a try? Either way, you should make a line straight to the Drawing Circle, 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.

Monday, June 5, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 4:00 p.m.

Craft the Summer of Love: Macrame
Take a step back in time with this craft series, and help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

In the first session, Friday, June 9, 2:00 p.m.we will learn about macrame, which is textile-craft that utilizes a series of knots to produce a finished product. We will discuss common knots and braiding techniques.     
Kids Art: Screen Print
Spend your summer making art at the Grand Ave. Library Wednesday, June 13, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For June, we begin with silk-screen print workshop.   Learn a simple printing technique and start creating art.  We will explore and be inspired by Pop Art.  Recommended age of 3+.  
Kids Craft with Sophie's World
We are fortunate to have Sophie and her amazing crew for a creative season at the library.  Celebrate the Summer of Love with Sophie's World.  We'll be making beads, peace signs, and other groovy crafts Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 p.m. 

Butterfly Stained Glass
Enjoy the summer sun with this handmade stained glass butterfly craft on Friday, June 16, 3 p.m.  Come to the library and have fun with colored tissue paper and butterfly cutouts!  Open to all ages!

Zine Making
Zines are self published little magazines made with creative and expressive energy. The zine workshop involves cut and paste, prints, embossing, collages, the use of the library's vintage typewriter and black and white photo copier for a black and white zines. Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Grand Ave. Library.  Recommended for any 4+  or with adult supervision.  
Craft the Summer of Love: Painted Rock Mandalas  
We are continuing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love by highlighting the many crafts that grew out of that creative period. The second in this series, Friday, June 30, 2 p.m.will feature mandala painted rocks.  
In this session, we will create colorfully dotted stone mandalas that you can use to decorate your home, and create an inner sense of balance and calm.  We'll supply the paint and rocks, you bring your unique vision. 
Book Clubs

Adult Spanish Book Club
Este mes, el club se reúnira para discutir  El Gringo Lenca escrito por Arturo Oqueli .El Gringo Lenca, personaje personaje central de la narración, hijo de gringo y de india de Guajiquiro, relata una serie de anecdotas que ponen envidencia distintas parcelas de la realidad hondureña por medio de las agudas y originales observaciones del entrevistado.

Sábado, 17  de junio a las 11 a.m. hasta 12:00 p.m.

Monthly Book Club: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
In this dynamic new novel, Colson Whitehead takes the Underground Railroad - the loosely interlocking network of black and white activists who helped slaves escape to freedom in the decades before the Civil War - and turns it from a metaphor into an actual train that ferries fugitives northward.

"The Underground Railroad," chronicles the life of a teenage slave named Cora, who flees the Georgia plantation where she was born, risking everything in pursuit of freedom, much the way her mother, Mabel, did years before. Cora and her friend Caesar are pursued by a fanatical, Javert-like slave catcher named Ridgeway, whose failure to find Mabel has made him all the more determined to hunt down her daughter and destroy the abolitionist network that has aided her. Tuesday, June 20 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 Thursday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.

4:00 p.m. Anansi The Spider by Gerald McDermott
6:00 p.m. The Ninth Nugget by Ron Roy

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, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco. For more information, please call (650) 829-3860.

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 Storytimes
Tagalog/English Family Storytime
Our evening storytime Monday, June 12, 6:00 p.m. will celebrate Philippine Independence Day.  Your Pinoy Librarians will share Filipino culture in stories, songs, craft, games, and food!  Learn children's literature with Pinoy importance. 
Teddy Bear Sleepover
Bring your favorite teddy bear with you for family storytime Monday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.  Listen, sing, dance, read, and craft with them.  Afterwards, find a cozy sleeping space for stuffed animals' night at the library. 
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. 
Grand Library Storytimes 
Spanish Storytime - Mondays 10:30 a.m.
Leer y Aprender - lunes a las 10:30 a.m.
Portuguese Storytime, all ages - Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
Histórias em Português - todas as idades - Terças-feiras, às 10:30 
Family Storytime - Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Baby Bounce - Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Summer Learning Challenge Kickoff
Sign up for the Summer Learning Challenge, Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m. and receive a free book! There will be games and activities for children of all ages. Then, at 2:00 p.m.enjoy our Summer Learning Kickoff performance: Cowgirl Tricks! Wear your best cowgirl and cowboy duds, and get ready for some rootin' tootin' fun! Cowgirl Tricks is a unique and captivating performance where you will see real charro rope tricks, whip cracking, and enjoy music, magic, and comedy! Perfect for families, and fun for all ages. 

Molloy's Chili Cookoff
Join us at Molloy's Tavern , 1655 Mission Road, Colma,  Sunday, June 4, 12 - 4 p.m. for the 38th Annual Chili Cookoff! This is a family fun event, all ages are welcome to attend, there will be music, prizes and, of course, plenty of CHILI! Proceeds will benefit the Library's Community Learning Center.

Reader Leader Orientation
Teens, make a difference in someone's life by volunteering for Reader Leader! Reader Leader is a summer volunteer program that aids struggling readers (1st-5th grade) develop essential literacy skills through guided mentorship and literacy games. June 12th-August 5th, volunteers (6th-12th grade) meet with one reader for one hour a week. Applications are available at the Main Library and Grand Ave. Branch. Please email or attend the orientation on Monday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. for more information. 

During these events, we will explore different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) hands-on learning experiences. 

Tuesday, June 6, 5:00 p.m.,  we will explore SCIENCE, where the whole family can have a good time being junior scientists! Enjoy learning through play by trying out different fun activities:
  • Cornflower and water play, including bubbles and floatation
  • Homemade playdough to take home
  • Testing the senses, such as smell and taste
  • Exploring magnetism
  • And more! Come join us!
On Friday, June 23 at 5:00 p.m.we will explore ART, where the whole family can have a good time being little artists! Enjoy learning through play by trying out different fun activities:
  • Musical instruments
  • Collage making and origami
  • Dot painting and stamp art
  • Nail polish paper and kaleidoscopes
  • And more! See you there!
Science Club: Optical Illusions
Explore the mesmerizing world of optics Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m.! Learn about the human eye, senses, and perception as we construct color wheel spinners very similar to the popular fidget spinners. Through the use of the scientific method, children will predict, test, observe, and share their results. It's fun! It's interesting! It's science! Suggested ages 4+ or with adult supervision. 
Author Talk: Dick Evans, The Mission
The South San Francisco Public Library (Grand Ave. Location) cordially invites you and your family  to a special presentation and reception Wednesday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. at Grand Ave. Library for the new book, " The Mission" by Dick Evans, with comments and a slideshow by the author. Learn the fascinating stories behind the dynamic murals that line the streets of this culturally rich San Francisco neighborhood.
This book of photos by Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture-and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnival dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and its namesake, Mission Dolores (here juxtaposed against portraits of Native people and indigenous cultural objects). Poetry and quotations from Mission residents are interspersed throughout, deepening viewers' immersion into this community. But at the heart of the book is the Mission's famous public art: works that depict Latin American culture, resistance to political oppression, passion for environmental justice, and outrage at gentrification. Evans's photos highlight the growing threat to the neighborhood's character, but they also reveal the many changes that have shaped the neighborhood into its vivacious present-day identity.
Books will be available for sale. 

Listen & Lunch: Storytime for Adults
Join us at the Grand Avenue Library Thursday, June 8, 12:00 p.m. for a lunch time short story and brief discussion. Monthly story selections will span all genres and may include essays, memoirs or non-fiction materials.
Kidz In Motion
Join us twice a month for fun movement and literacy activities at the library.    Friday, June 9 and June 23,  10:15 a.m., kids will move, play games, sing, stretch, and balance to foster gross motor skills.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  
Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll
The  Saturday, June 10, 12:00 p.m. de Young Museum presentation on the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll is an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, and avant-garde films. It is a 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counter -culture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967.
The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll commemorates an "only in San Francisco" social and aesthetic movement, and will remind attendees that in a time of international upheaval, the city played a vital role in changing society and amplifying the pulse of the nation.
Kirk Waller: African American Music Appreciation Month
With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller has been immersed in these art forms 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 storytelling experience. Experience his wonderful and one of a kind storytelling through music and movement in celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m. at Grand Ave. Library
TV Club: My Little Pony
Friendship is Magic, "Party of One"
Pinkie Pie throws the best parties, but she begins to suspect that maybe her friends have had enough when they seem to be planning a No-Pinkies-Allowed party behind her back.  Can she adjust to this horrifying new reality?  It's only her sanity that hangs in the balance in "Party of One." If you haven't seen it, that's okay -- we'll watch and discuss the episode together Monday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m., followed by a light craft.  For fillies and colts of all ages.
English Conversation
Non-native English speakers are welcome to join the conversation at the Grand Avenue Branch Library! Practice your English skills and gain confidence each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand Avenue Library

MED-Project Take Back Event
The Medication Education & Disposal Project (MED-Project), a consumer education campaign dedicated to responsible medication use and disposal, will be supporting a medication take-back event supervised by a local law enforcement agency for consumers.  Residents are invited to bring their expired or unwanted medications for disposal Wednesday, June 14, 12p.m.-4 p.m. The service is free. To protect privacy, consumers are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on labels or materials that are brought to this take-back event.

BRING: Medications in any dosage form, in their original container or sealed bag,

DO NOT BRING: herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, sharps, illicit drugs and iodine containing medications.

For more information about disposal options for expired or Unwanted Medicine, visit
Puppet Art Theater: Tommy's Space Adventure
Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little did Tommy know his wish was about to come true. Zeenon the Alien travels millions of light years to visit earth and to meet interesting earthlings like Tommy. Mad scientist, Dr. Lost N. Space is also interested in Space Aliens...interested in selling them for millions of dollars! Will Tommy be able to save his new found friend from the evil Dr. Lost N. Space? Find out on  Saturday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.  in "Tommy's Space Adventure!"-Puppet Art Theater Co.
Free Computer Classes at the Library
Technology can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! This summer, learn the skills you need to use a computer safely and effectively, with free computer classes from the library.  As you gain new skills, you will earn digital badges, or online certifications, that you can add to your resume.   
Laptops and/or iPads will be available. Classes taught at the Grand Avenue Branch Library will be presented in English and Spanish.  All classes are free.
Going Digital - How to Reserve the Library's Newest Books and Movies
This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, you will learn how to use the library's catalog to place holds on new movies and books. Be one the of the first in line to read and watch the latest and greatest! Laptops and iPads will be available.
  • Monday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. - Main
  • Monday, June 12, 2pm - Grand
  • Friday, June 16, 10am - Main
Going Digital - How to Download Books and Audiobooks to Your Phone or Tablet
This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, you will learn how to download books and audiobooks for free, using the library's Overdrive collection. Laptops and iPads will be available.
  • Monday, June 19, 10am - Main
  • Monday, June 19, 2pm - Grand
Going Digital - How to Download Magazines to Your Phone or Tablet
This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library.  In this session, you will learn how to download magazines for free, using the library's subscription to Zinio. Laptops and iPads will be available.
  • Monday, June 26, 10am - Main
  • Monday, June 26, 2pm - Grand
  • Friday, June 30, 10am - Main
True or Fake News? How to Tell the Difference
Is what you are reading on Facebook and Twitter true? Bring your questions to this interactive workshop and learn techniques for uncovering the truth.
  • Thursday, June 29, 6pm - Main
3D Design: Tinkercad
This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, part of the 3D Designer Series, you will learn how to create your own 3D design using Tinkercad, which can be used on one of the library's 3D printers. Laptops and iPads will be available.
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2pm - Main
  • Friday, June 16, 2pm - Grand
3D Design: 3D Printers
This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, part of the 3D Designer Series, you will learn how to use the library's new Ultimaker 3 3D printer. Laptops and iPads will be available.
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2pm - Main
  • Friday, June 23, 2pm - Grand
3D Design: Cameo
This summer, learn new skills with free computer classes from the library. In this session, part of the 3D Designer Series, you will learn how to use the library's Silhouette Cameo printer to create your own 2D designs. Laptops and iPads will be available.
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2pm - Main
  • Friday, June 30, 2pm - Grand
Junior Engineers
Kids learn basic engineering concepts using GoldieBlox, Roominate, and KEVA Planks. Basic engineering skills covered include wheels and axles, hinges and levers, pulleys, gears, animation and more.
  • Wednesday, June 21, 10am - Main
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2pm - Grand
Junior Librarians: Scavenger Hunt
Dewey love the library? Yes we do! Join us for a scavenger hunt and build your bones as a Junior Librarian! Explore our catalog and hunt down specific titles using the Dewey Decimal System. Other activities include learning how to create an account and book/movie lists, rating library items and using our databases to find what you need. Official Junior Librarian Badges will be given out!
  • Wednesday, June 14, 10am - Main
Movie Night in the Park: Sing
Join us on our first movie night in the summer at Orange Memorial Park on Friday, June 16th for a free screening of Universal Pictures, Sing! The movie will promptly start at 8:30 PM on the lawn behind the Joseph A. Fernekes Recreation Building. A concession stand will be provided by the Friends of the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation were you can purchase snacks and beverages. Proceeds from food and drink sales will support class and summer camp scholarships, trips, and recreation programs.
Frequently asked questions regarding our movie nights can be found here . Call our Recreation Office at (650) 829-3800 for more information.   

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