Upcycled T-shirt Totes!

Image taken from Tealou and Sweetpea's blog. A wonderful tutorial can be found there as well! Click to jump  
The new paper bag fee got you down? Cheer up and join us in turning old t-shirts into handy tote bags. Bring in a old t-shirt and we'll show you how to transform it into a bag without even sewing! Program will be in English. Good for all ages. Bring an old t-shirt.

Location: Chinatown Branch Library at 1135 Powell St. (between Washington and Jackson)San Francisco, CA. 94108
Date: January 19th, 2013
Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Crafting Party!

We had a fantastic turn-out for last week's glass pebble magnet party and everyone was busy cutting, gluing, and pasting. Check out some of the wonderful magnets that people made!

Brilliant action pieces with such an unique vibe!
Aren't these adorable?
Amazing color choices. They really pop!
Thank you everyone for coming and making this one of the best crafting events of the year! If you missed the class, but want to make some too, I'll be planning another one of these soon, so keep an eye out!

Also there are many online tutorials on making these magnets, just simply type in "DIY pebble magnets" into Google and you'll find a plethora of tutorials like this one: Click here for tutorial  



Library Closed on Jan. 1st, 2013

Please note that the Chinatown Branch and all other San Francisco Public Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1st, and will close early on Monday, December 31st at 5 pm. We will resume our regular opening hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd.



Library closed on Tuesday, December 25th

Please note that the Chinatown Branch and all other San Francisco Public Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th, and will close early on Monday, December 24th at 5 pm.  We will resume our regular opening hours on Wednesday, December 26th.



華埠/麥禮謙圖書館, 一樓會議室
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Glass Pebble Magnets

Join us in making personalized magnets and paperweights out of scrap paper and fabric. These will look adorable on your refrigerator or as a gift, and you can rest assured that no one else in the world has magnets like it! All materials will be provided. Craft is for everyone ages 5 and up. Instruction will be in English and Mandarin.

Location: Chinatown Branch at 1135 Powell St. (Between Washington and Jackson)
Date: Thursday, December 20th
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Link to Library Website


This past saturday, we had a blast at the kusudama making program and I must say everyone did a fantastic job! Here are a few completed kusudamas that I saw on the tables.

Very beautifully done using old maps of LA! Where do you want to go?

Super colorful and eye-catching!

Expertly put together!
Thank you everyone for coming! If you wish to make more, but can't remember all the folds, here's the website I first learned to make it at. http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-flower-coaster.html

Chrysanthemum Kusudama

Come in and learn how to make a chrysanthemum kusudama out of just six sheets of paper. Literally translated as "medicine ball," Kusudamas are paper spheres that are made by sewing or gluing folded pieces of paper together. All materials will be provided. Everyone is invited to attend. Instructions will only be in English.

Location: Chinatown Branch at 1135 Powell st. (between Washington and Jackson st.)
Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Link to Library's website


請來參加本地獲獎詩人和作家Nellie Wong的新書座談會,她將為讀者介紹她的第四本詩《早餐午餐晚餐》。她充滿活力的詩作見證了她令人難以置信的經歷—從她父母移民經天使島來美,到第二次世界大戰,民權運動,乃至各地為團結而奮鬥等等。

Nellie Wong的詩作石刻在舊金山的Market街和Embarcadero大道上。最近,她的母校東灣奧克蘭高中的一幢新樓也以她的名字命名。


2012年11月17日 (週六)
跑華街 1135號 (近Jackson 街)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 Please join award-winning local poet and author Nellie Wong as she reads from Breakfast Lunch Dinner, her fourth book of poetry. Her vibrant poetry bears witness to the incredible times through which she lived—from the immigration of her parents via Angel Island, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the struggle for solidarity everywhere.

Nellie Wong’s poetry in stone engravings graces upper Market Street and the Embarcadero Roadway in San Francisco. Recently, a new building on the campus of Oakland High School, her alma mater, was named after her.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. This author event will be in English only.

Date: Saturday, November 17th
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Location: Chinatown Branch Library at 1135 Powell St. (Between Washington and Jackson st.)

Bird Brained Origami

Birds of a feather flock together at the library! Join us at Chinatown and learn how to fold a paper crane and other feathered creatures. We'll attempt to fold Senbazuru--a thousand origami cranes. According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant good luck and health. A worthy goal, let's see if we can do it! Instructions will be in English. All materials will be provided. Program is open to everyone.

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: 3:30-5:00pm

DIY Book Clutch pt. 1

Did you see our Do-It-Yourself Book Clutch event on our blog? Pretty cool huh?

Oh wait, you can't go?

Don't worry! Right after the jump, I'll be posting the step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own clutch right at home! So grab your book, needle, and string, and get crafting!

DIY Book Clutch Pt. 2

Part three of the instructions to make your own book clutch.
Click here for part two.

DIY Book Clutch

Join us in turning old books into artsy book clutches out of felt, glue, and string! A word of warning, we will be using hot glue and needles, so this program is only for patrons 13 and up. Instructions will only be in English. All materials will be provided. Space is limited, please talk to a librarian at the Chinatown reference desk or call 415-355-2888.
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 3-5pm


華埠/麥禮謙圖書館將於10月13日(週六)上午10:30時舉辦專為長者而設的電腦班, 教授如何操作滑鼠及鍵盤. 歡迎60歲或以上長者參加. 粵語講解. 9月29日(週六)開始報名. 名額有限, 額滿即止. 必需親臨報名. 詳情請電355-2888查詢.

耆英電腦班: 互聯網101

華埠圖書館將於9月15日(星期六) 上午10:30 至下午12:30舉辦專為長者而設的電腦班, 教授如何使用互聯網搜尋資料. 粵語講解. 歡迎60歲或以上已懂如何使用鍵盤及滑鼠的長者參加. 9月1日(星期六)上午10時起接受報名.  名額有限, 額滿即止. 必需親臨華埠圖書館報名.  詳情請致電355-2888查詢.

The Shojo in Shojo Manga

Viz Media editor Amy Yu will discuss different types of female characters that appear in shojo manga (Japanese comics for girls). Cultural context and ideas of femininity will be explored, as well as what components make the stories in shojo manga so addicting! From what makes a shojo heroine worth rooting for to what makes a successful shojo series, this editor will give her perspective on the fun medium. Whether you're unfamiliar with shojo manga or a diehard fan, there will be something for everyone if you’re interested in Japanese culture, comics, and romance.

Program will be on Saturday, September 15, from 2-3pm. For all ages. Program will only be in English.

eBook Workshop in Cantonese

Do you have an eReader? Did you know that you can check out electronic editions of library books for free? Learn how to enjoy San Francisco Public Library’s collection of ebooks on August 30 (Thu) 2:30-3:30 pm. Bring your laptop,  Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader device with you and we'll show you how to use it to download ebooks from the Library website.  This workshop will be conducted in Cantonese, supplemented by English.

借閱電子書 (粵語主講)

您擁有一部電子閱讀器嗎?您知道圖書館有電子書供免費借閱嗎?如果您想認識如何借用圖書館的電子書, 8月30日(星期四)下午2:30至3:30, 攜帶您的手提電腦, Kindle, Nook, iPad 或其他電子閱讀裝置到此講座,我們將為您示範如何從圖書館網站下載電子書籍。粵語主講,附英語。


圖書館將於823(週四)上午10:00時舉辦圖書館資源電腦班, 教授如何搜尋館藏目錄, 預訂及續借書籍, 下載電子書, 以及使用Mango Languages於網上學英文適合對電腦操作有基本認識的人士參加. 無需報名.中文講解.免費參加.  

Library Resources Workshop

Come in and learn how to use the library catalog, request and renew library materials, download ebooks and use Mango Languages to learn English on Thursday, August 23 at 10 am . Basic computer skills would be helpful. This workshop will be conducted in Chinese. Registration is not required.

竹女人: 加州明光孤兒院的故事

人道主義傑出女性得獎者莫金銀將於7月28日下午3-4:30時蒞臨華埠圖書館, 討論她的最新著作《竹女人: 加州明光孤兒院的故事》。在1935, 兩歲的莫金銀被遺棄在位於加州Los Gatos的明光孤兒院   作者將為大家分享女孩在明光孤兒院成長的故事, 以及她們之間的愛和友誼如何帶領她們面對生命中的挑戰 此項目將以英語進行,不設翻譯。會後將有新書簽售 。

Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California

Women of Distinction for Humanitarianism winner Nona Mock Wyman will discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California on Saturday, July 28 from 3:00-4:30 pm.  In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos, California.  Nona will share stories of coming-of-age from the women of Ming Quong and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life’s challenges.  This program will be conducted in English.

Fold a Lotus Flower!

Come in and learn how to fold a delicate paper lotus flower out of paper. All materials will be provided. For all ages. Program will only be in English.

Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Time: 3:30-5pm
Place: Chinatown Branch Library Meeting Room

7月4日(星期三) 圖書館為"美國國慶日"休息一天


Library closed on Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day

Please note that the Chinatown Branch and all San Francisco Public Libraries will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. The library will reopen on Thursday, July 5, at 10am.

Library’s Annual Open House

Come join us for our Annual Open House Celebration on Tuesday, June 12th and Saturday, June 16th at 2:30 pm  There'll be photo displays, digital scrapbook, and video documenting the branch’s long history through the 1996 reopening after major expansion and renovations to the present. Light refreshments will be served.  On Saturday, June 16th, there will a live music performance by the San Francisco Gu-Zheng Music Society. 


圖書館將於612(週二)616(週六)下午2:30舉行重建16周年慶典 ,請來與我們一道慶祝及享受茶點,屆時將有相片、電子剪貼簿及短片,介紹圖書館自1996年擴建重開至今的歷史。舊金山古箏樂團更將於616(週六)現場演奏,萬勿錯過!

100 Years at the Chinatown Y

For over a century, the Chinatown Y has served the community by enriching the lives of all people in spirit, mind, and body.  Ford Lee and Allyson Wong, co-authors of the book The Chinatown Y: Honoring the Legacy, Building for the Future will take you on a nostalgic trip back in time and present the history of the Chinatown YMCA through stories and photographs on Saturday, June 2nd from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  A book sale and signing will follow this program.   The presentation will be in English.

Internet 101 for Seniors

Learn how to use the internet to access a world of information.  Come join us on May 12th, 2012 (Sat) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The class will be taught in Mandarin.  Seniors over the age of 60 who already know how to use the mouse and keyboard are welcome to register.  Registration begins 10:00 a.m. on April 28th (Sat).  Limited to 12 participants.  Must register in person.  For more information, please call 355-2888.

耆英電腦班: 互聯網101

華埠圖書館將於5月12日(星期六) 上午10:30 至下午12:30舉辦專為長者而設的電腦班, 教授如何使用互聯網搜尋資料. 國語講解. 歡迎60歲或以上已懂如何使用鍵盤及滑鼠的長者參加. 4月28日(星期六)上午10時起接受報名.  名額有限, 額滿即止. 必需親臨華埠圖書館報名.  詳情請致電355-2888查詢.

May 5, 2012 (10:30-12:30)--An introductory computer workshop for seniors

May 5, 2012 (10:30-12:30):
Basic Mouse and Keyboarding Skills (Instruction in Mandarin) 
For patrons 60 years or older. 
Registration begins 10:00 a.m. on April 21st (Sat). 
Limited to 12 participants‧Must register in person. 
For more information, please call 355-2888


華埠/麥禮謙圖書館將於5月5日(週六)上午10:30時舉辦專為長者而設的電腦班, 教授如何操作滑鼠及鍵盤. 歡迎60歲或以上長者參加. 國語講解. 4月21日(週六)開始報名. 名額有限, 額滿即止. 必需親臨報名. 詳情請電355-2888查詢.

Teen Essay Contest in May 2012

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2012, you are invited to
join a Teen Essay Contest
Topic: "Energy Saving"
Deadline: Saturday, May 26, 2012
For information, please contact Jewel Chen at Chinatown Branch Library, Tel: (415)355-2888 or jewelchen@sfpl.org

Judging will be based on originality, grammar, coherence to the topic and more.
The rules:
* Age: 12-18

* Text should be written in English only, at least 1,000 words
* One entry per person
* Submission by email to: chinatowntz@gmail.com
* Submission in person or by mail to: Jewel Chen, Chinatown Branch Library, 1135 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
* Include your name, address, school, grade, phone number and email address
* Essays will be divided into two age groups, middle school (Grade 6-8) and high school (Grade 9-12)
* Prizes for winners of each group: First place winners will receive a Best Buy gift card ($50). Second place winners will receive a Best Buy gift card ($25).
* The winner's essay will be posted on the San Francisco Public Library's Teen web pages (Chinatown Teen'Zine Blog)
* All programs at the Library are free. Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

二零一二年五月青少年徵文比賽 (中文組)

為慶祝二零一二年五月美國亞太裔傳統月, 舊金山市立圖書館華埠/麥禮謙分館舉辦青少年徵文比賽 (中文組)
題目: 節約能源
收件截止日期: 二零一二年五月二十六日 (星期六)
詳情請洽華埠圖書館青少年組館員 Jewel Chen, Tel:(415)355-2888 or jewelchen@sfpl.org
評審將依原創性, 文法, 題旨相符等觀點評分
* 邀請十二至十八歲青少年參加
* 限以中文書寫, 至少一千字以上
* 每人限交一篇文章
* 如以email交件, 請寄至: chinatowntz@gmail.com
* 如以郵件寄送或遞交, 請寄至: Jewel Chen, Chinatown Branch Library, 1135 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
* 每位參加者須註明其姓名, 年齡, 學校, 年級, 聯絡電話及個人email帳號
* 得獎者限一名, 獎品是Best Buy $50元禮品卡
* 得獎文章將刊登於舊金山市立圖書館青少年網頁(華埠青少年網誌, Chinatown Teen'Zine Blog)
* 本活動由圖書館之友贊助