Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the new North Beach Library. On May 9, fro 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the North Beach Library’s one year anniversary. The day-long celebration will be full of events, entertainment, and activities for children and adults. Located at 850 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco, the North Beach Library.
Included in the event will include poet, Jennifer Barone who will be presenting her latest book of poetry, Saporoso between 3 and 4 p.m.. Also meet the book’s illustrator, Lam Khong, and discuss Napoletane culture and “cochina povera” which highlight the Italian heritage of the North Beach neighborhood.
From 10:30 a.m. until 11, you won’t want to miss the FOGG (Focus on Golden Gate) Theater Company’s cast performing songs from this year’s musical, The Noble Gnarble. FOGG is a collaborative venture building a locally based, self-reliant theatre system—one in which the creation of work, the production of work, and the consumption of work enhances the economic, environmental and social health of the San Francisco Bay Area. By telling locally relevant stories, and by using Bay Area artists, we are creating a theatre system that gives our audience a personalized, consequential and vital entertainment alternative. Fogg together with the Telegraph Hill Community Center (Tel-Hi) are presenting songs from this year’s Youth Conservancy Spring Musical, The Noble Gnarble. Children from Tel-Hi and local schools and neighborhoods will be performing songs from this musical, and you will find it a delightful way to celebrate the birthday of the new North Beach Library.
Next, the Salesian Theater group will be performing. The Salesian Theatre Program is the performing arts program for the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club in San Francisco.
The party will also include arts, crafts, and storytelling, and I would be surprised if there wasn’t a cake involved. After all, it’s a celebration, and the North Beach Library is at the heart of the neighborhood. Come join in on the celebration. The new North Beach Library takes the place of the older building which was deconstructed once the new branch building was opened. The original branch was located at the site of the Chinatown Branch. That branch was renamed in 1958, and a new North Beach Branch was erected at 2000 Mason Street next to Joe DiMaggio Playground. The new North Beach Branch located at 850 Columbus Avenue opened on May 10, 2014. The architectural firm of Leddy Maytum Stacy designed the branch. Funding was provided by the citizens of San Francisco passing Proposition D in November 2007.