Supervisor Carmen Chu: Library Closing, Events

As the Parkside Branch Library prepares to undergo a renovation to bring the facility in compliance with ADA rules and seismic safety standards, our office invites you to join neighbors, friends and library staff for a celebratory closing party on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 - 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to appreciate the original structure of the Parkside Branch Library, which was designed by architects Abraham Appleton and Harold Wolfard. Appleton and Wolfard designed eight modern libraries in the '50s and '60s for the San Francisco Public Library, and the Parkside Branch set the pattern for the rest of the libraries they designed throughout the City.

Users of the Parkside Branch will have undoubtedly noticed the signature details of Appleton and Wolfard libraries, which include exposed brick or masonry walls, wood beams, large areas of glass, patios, fireplaces and reading lounges. Following the Parkside design, many libraries took on the look and feel of suburban homes rather than institutional buildings.

While the branch is closed during construction, there will be alternative programming at the Taraval Police Station's community room (Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for pre-school storytime) and there will be Bookmobile service at 24th Avenue and Santiago Street (Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 - 5 p.m.). The Bookmobile will offer books for adults, teens and children, CDs, DVDs, audio books and magazines. You will also be able to obtain or renew a library card, borrow and return materials, and reserve or pick up materials from other branch collections. For any questions or updates on hours and status of the Bookmobile, please call (415) 557-4353 or visit www.sfpl.org.

Other upcoming events in February
On Feb. 11 (Wednesday), from 6 to 8 p.m., The Ocean Beach Vision Council will be hosting another public meeting, this time focusing on sustainability and renewable energy potential in the Ocean Beach Master Plan, at the SF Zoo's Great Hall.

On Feb. 14 (Saturday), from 9 a.m. to noon, start your Valentines' Day off doing something good for the city you love at our second volunteer clean up day at Stern Grove. The SF Recreation and Park Department will supply gloves, garbage bags and pick-up sticks. We just need residents to provide the elbow grease. Meet at the Vale Street parking lot.

On Feb. 26 (Thursday), from 7 to 8:30 p.m., we invite you to a meeting on emergency planning at the Sunset Recreation Center. Representatives from the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) and the Office of Emergency Management will speak about preparing for an emergency. For additional questions on any of these events, please contact our office at (415) 554-7460 or e-mail chustaff@sfgov.org.

San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu represents District 4.