Sunday - Apr 18, 2021

At SFPL stories and songs for children and their families

Compiled by the El Reportero’s news service


¡VIVA! Continues with Author Talks for All Ages


In October, the Library hosts author Aida Salazar in conversation with Natalia Sylvester. Salazar is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. Her newest title, Land of the Cranes, is a searing middle grade novel in verse about a young girl and her family in a detention center for migrants and refugees. Sylvester is the author of Running, a novel for young adults that explores the timely topic of youth activism, political families and what happens when 15-year-old Cuban-American, Mariana Ruiz, discovers surprising truths about her presidential-hopeful father.

The City’s sixth Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía brings together poet, interdisciplinary artist and educator Leticia Hernández-Linares and Jose Hector Cadena, co-founder of Vos Sin Tinta, for a reading series at Alley Cat Books. Celia Stahr will discuss her book Frida In America: The Creative Awakening, the first in-depth biography of these formative years spent in Gringolandia.

Tune in on the Library’s Facebook page:

Tip: You do not need a Facebook account to view a presentation when using the link, you can close the pop-up windows.

Books, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages unless noted.

Questions about the program or problems registering? Contact For accommodations (such as ASL interpretation or captioning), call (415) 557-4557 or contact Requesting at least 72 hours in advance will help ensure availability.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, 11 – 11:15 a.m.

Craft: Cempasúchil Flowers for Dia de los Muertos

Create easy and beautiful marigold flowers from tissue paper for your Dia de los Muertos celebration. Design and make a flower crown or a bouquet for your altar.

Gather the following supplies and tools ahead of time:

  • 2 sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” (orange or yellow) construction paper
  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2” x 11” (green) construction paper
  • Tissue Paper in citrus colors (1 flower = 5 sheets of 2” x 2” tissue paper)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Optional tools:

  • Hot Glue Gun

Register ahead of time for this Zoom program: Cempasuchil Flowers for Dia de Los Muertos Craft

Alejandra G Ramirez is a Salinas & Bay Area artist, museum educator and Co-Director of The Marigold Project. Follow her work on IG: @aleimina

San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102.


Be Earthquake Prepared: Join the Great California ShakeOut

Join nearly 6 million (and counting) fellow Californians next Thursday, October 15 at 10:15 a.m. for the Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake preparedness drill in California. Anyone can participate — individuals, families, organizations, and workplaces can register here to be counted.

You can also download the MyShake Earthquake Early Warning app. Stay informed on earthquake and other emergency preparedness resources by visiting our Stay Informed page. The Earthquake Country Alliance also has seven steps to earthquake safety. You can learn more about natural hazards in your area by going to the California MyHazards website.


The de Young Open exhibition and my upcoming Open Studio

This painting “The New Mission # 2” will be on exhibition from Oct 10, 2020 to Jan 3, 2021 in the de Young Open” exhibition. This juried exhibition features 700 works selected from 11,000 submissions by Bay Area artists.

De Young museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415.750.3600, Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:15 pm

Apart from this ongoing Series I will be exhibiting recent paintings of Oakland, San Francisco, Italy and Mexico.

I will be admitting guests one or two at a time for twenty minute visits. The spacious studio will be well ventilated and masks must be worn at all times.

Schedule a visit on


County commercial eviction moratorium updates

With the countywide moratorium on commercial evictions extended through Nov. 30, 2020, the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing has updated its resource page for small business tenants and commercial landlords. The statewide moratorium on residential evictions extends through Jan. 31, 2021, and resources and guidance for residential tenants and landlords can be found here.