Merced Branch Library - Feb 2017 events

February 2017 

Children’s Programs: 

Baby Rhyme & Playtime – Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23 at 10:15 a.m. Rhyme, rhythm, and song. For infants up to 18 months and their caregivers.  

Toddler Tales & Playtime – Mondays, February 6, 13 & 27 at 10:15 a.m. Rhymes, songs, and books. For ages 16 months to 2 years and their caregivers.   

Monthly Lego Club – Tuesday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. Come to the Merced Branch and build some wild and crazy creations. Family participation is encouraged. LEGO Club is the first Tuesday of every month. 

Lego Free Play – Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. Come to the Merced Branch and build some wild and crazy creations. Family participation is encouraged. 

Musician Rado with Kids Music SF – Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. Using chants, traditional rhymes and original songs, Rado and participants will have an interactive, fun session of music-making. For children ages 5 and younger with parent/caregiver. 

Marble Machine Tinkering – Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. Roll a marble down a contraption of your own design, built with everyday materials and your imagination. For kids who already like to build with Legos, or anyone with curiosity. 

Teen Program: 

Teen Button Making - Friday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. Use our button-making machine to create your own button designs. Any two-dimensional image can be turned into a wearable 2 1/4 inch canvas. 

Children’s and Teen Program: 

Valentine Cards – Tuesday, February 14 at 3:30 p.m. Make your own Valentine's Day cards! All materials supplied. 

Teen and Adult Program: 

College Funding – Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. Michael Kayhan, founder of MAHAK College Planning and a registered investment advisor, will discuss strategies on how parents can minimize their out-of-pocket cost of college. Please RSVP by phone 415355-2825 or email 

Adult Programs: 

Scandinavian Crime Thrillers Today – Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. Dr.  Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Knight of the Order of the Polar Star, discusses the Scandinavian crime novels that are enjoying world-wide popularity.  Huge successes as books, movies, and TV shows, they feature internationally-recognized main characters. Kaplan’s lecture will include film clips based on these works.  Crime thrillers enable readers to learn about the real lives of Scandinavian people today. 

Merced Branch Library Book Club – Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a lively discussion of Helen Macdonald's memoir, H is for Hawk.  The Merced Library Book Club meets bimonthly, and new members are always welcome. 

A Question of Color: John Harris vs. Sutro Baths – Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. In observance of Black History Month, Ranger Rik Penn discusses a landmark 1897 case when John Harris, an African American, sued Adolph Sutro, the former mayor of San Francisco.  This story illuminates a pivotal moment in the evolution of Civil Rights law that would influence California, the nation and the world of human rights. 

Knitting Circle – Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m.  All levels of knitters, please join us with your knit projects and spread the inspiration! Practice supplies provided, but bring your own if you have a special project in mind. For ages 13 and up. 

Grafton Tyler Brown: San Francisco Lithographer – Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918) lived for art.  Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 176 years ago today, into a free African American family, Brown reinvented himself in California, passing into white society in San Francisco in 1861.  Talented, self-confident, and aggressive, Brown seized all opportunities during 20 years to advance his career as a commercial artist and outshine his competitors.  G.T. Brown & Co. Lithographers produced an incredible amount of top-notch work: city views, maps, sheet music, advertising posters, mining stock certificates, and billheads (invoices) of great variety and consistent artistic excellence.  Dr. Robert J. Chandler will introduce us to Grafton Tyler Brown, depict his lithographic work, and compare it with that of his rivals.  A few words and slides will cover Brown’s skill as an oil painter from 1882-1891 in the Pacific Northwest. 

Book-A-Librarian: Learn Basic Computer Skills Choose a topic - searching library databases, setting up an email account, or surfing the Internet. Basic mouse and typing skills required. Sign up in-person or call to make a one hour one-on-one appointment.   


Merced Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library 155 Winston Drive (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 355-2825, 

The library will be closed all day on Monday, February 20th, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

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