California Library Association PRExcellence Award Winner 2016

South San Francisco Public Library’s promotion “Rad American Women A-Z: The Countdown to Rad,” has been selected as the winner in the “Less than $5 Million: Event or Campaign.” category by theCalifornia Library Association‘s PRExcellence Awards Committee. The  library was chosen based on their creative use of social media and online connecting with other local organizations.

The PRExcellence Awards honor the highest quality efforts of California libraries in promoting and communicating their message to their customers. The library’s campaign will be featured in a special panel session, called “Become a Marketing Superstar,” featuring this and other  PRExcellence Award projects. Librarian Anissa Malady  will discuss the project to an audience of fellow librarians and conference attendees.

California Library Association PRExcellance  Award 2016 submission

Rad American Women A-Z: The Countdown to Rad

On June 16th, 2015 the South San Francisco Public Library was fortunate to have the opportunity to host Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, author and illustrator respectively of  Rad American Women A-Z Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future! This New York Times bestselling book for kids of all ages documents America’s famed and unsung heroines. Rad American Women A-Z is a traditional A-Z  primer, but instead of A is for Apple, in this book A is for Angela Davis, B is for Billie Jean King, C is for Carol Burnett,  D is for Dolores Huerta, and E is for Ella Baker. The women featured include Civil Rights fighters, poets, singers, doctors, scientists, farmers, and many more important female figures. This book is an empowering primer for all genders and all ages.  

Our social media campaign consisted of a 26 day countdown to the appearance of author, Kate   Schatz and illustrator, Miriam Klein. Our countdown started with A for Angela Davis and ended on the day of the program with Z for Zora Neale Hurston. Each day leading up to the event we posted on one or all of our social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the image and information about the Rad Woman of the day, and linked back to our library holdings and other information related to that day’s person.  One of our most successful days in the “Countdown to Rad campaign,” was E is for Ella Baker, which we connected and linked to the Ella Baker Center in Oakland. We were able to let people know not only about our collection of material about the brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement, Ella Baker, but also about the great work the Ella Baker Center is doing in our neighboring city of Oakland. The Ella Baker center strives to work locally, statewide, and nationally to end mass incarceration and criminalization by mobilizing everyday people to build power and prosperity in their communities, and it was our pleasure to help spread the word about their work.

The goal of our project was to promote the Rad American Women A-Z program, to promote our library system’s material holdings, to promote the author and artist, to reach community partners, and most significantly to highlight these important famous women while empowering women of all ages to be rad and radical. Our Countdown to Rad campaign was intended to reach our social media followers, community partners and organizations, and individuals who are featured in the book. Our success was measured by how many connections, comments, likes, and reblogs or retweets we received. Our largest connection was with the Ella Baker Center and their 14.1K Twitter followers. It resulted in many retweets and a lasting connection with the organization and their followers.

FaceBook  : Ursula Le Guin

FaceBook : Patti Smith

Twitter : #RadWomen



Radical Librarianism

What does “Radical Reference” mean to you?

Recently I had the opportunity to explore this question in a Radical Librarianism class at Simmons CollegRadicale taught by Laura Saunders. The discussion revolved around the challenges and obstacles we may face when attempting to serve within a “radical” framework. Myself, along with Brian Flaherty, reference librarian at New England Law, and Alana Kumbier– librarian at Hampshire College and author of Queering the Archivegathered to talk to a class of MLIS students on what it means to serve radical. The session was focused on human sexuality in academic or specialized libraries, but there was it turns out there much cross over into a public library setting when it come to serving in a “radical” manner. Flaherty, the Sex Law Librarian, sent me a list of topics and questions with issues such as controlled vocabulary, language, censorship, and internal biases. My library partner at the Center for Sex and Culture discussed these topics and more, and what it means for us to serve radical. Our answers to Brian’s questions can be seen here.

Connect with the panelists:

Laura Saunders

Brian Flaherty-Sex Law Librarian

Alana Kumbier

Connect with the Digital Transgender Archive


Internet Archive



Guess who booked February’s programs

Just your local sex librarian, educating the public on love, health, respect and sexual pleasure! It’s a dirty job…

The lineup features the one and only, infamous and brilliant Carol Queen Phd., Tara Fields Phd., Robin Rinaldi, and a good ol’ fashioned Love in the Library Month Book Swap Social.

Cult Classic Valentine and Barry Gifford

On Valentine’s Day at 2PM, the South San Francisco Public library is showing a screening of Wild at Heart.                A great V-Day date movie. 

As part of Love in the Library month, and in anticipation of Barry Gifford’s Author Talk, taking place Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.,we are excited to screen the action packed romance film, Wild at Heart. In 1990, director, David Lynch based this, now cult classic film, on the Barry Gifford novel of the same name- it’s the gritty love story of Sailor and Lulu.

Bring a date! I’ll make the popcorn!


This free event will take place Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the South San Francisco Main Public Library in our Auditorium.

The History of Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco

December 20, 2014

South San Francisco, CA December 20, 2014  Submitted by Anissa Malady SSF Library

The South San Francisco Library is hosting a series on Health and Wellness and this FREE event will be the first in this series. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers, 33 Arroyo Dr. FREE parking is available in the underground parking lot.

Kaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will present a slideshow about the origins of the health plan that opened to the public in 1945. Learn about how industrialist Henry J. Kaiser paired up with physician Sidney Garfield to build a system of health care and hospitals that now serves as a model for the nation. This presentation will explore the evolution from early service to workers in the Mojave Desert, the Grand Coulee Dam, the seven World War II shipyards, and the Fontana steel mill, to post-war care for union members and their families that resulted in massive California expansion – including facilities in South San Francisco.

Lincoln Cushing is the lead archivist at Kaiser Permanente. Cushing has worked as an archival consultant at the Oakland Museum of California and Clorox, and as a Spanish-language cataloger and electronic outreach librarian at UC Berkeley. He has authored numerous books on social justice poster art of the late twentieth century.

P.S. Lincoln Cushing is a Rock Star Librarian/Archivist