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PARK BRANCH, SFPL 1909 - present. The Unique History of Branch No. 5 The Harrison Branch, 720 Harrison Street The Phelan Branch, 4 th and Clara Streets.

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1 PARK BRANCH, SFPL 1909 - present

2 The Unique History of Branch No. 5 The Harrison Branch, 720 Harrison Street The Phelan Branch, 4 th and Clara Streets The Phelan Branch was destroyed in the earthquake of 1906.

3 Funded by a gift of $30,000 from James D. Phelan, Mayor of San Francisco 1896-1906 Opened October 29, 1909 Designed by McDougal Brothers Neo-Classical style 8,825 square feet Expansive Reading Room with two oval skylights Park Branch, The New #5

4 The Park Branch Library 1910-1911 115,775 Volumes Circulated 15 Circulations per item 2,044 Patrons library cards issued

5 Park Branchs Near Misses In April 1953 the San Francisco Department of City Planning published the Report On a Plan For the Location of Public Libraries in San Francisco. The Park Branch building was deemed obsolete and out-of-the-way. The City Planning Department recommended closing the building at 1833 Page Street and relocating it to the corner of Haight and Masonic Streets. The new building was to be named The Buena Vista Branch. In 1982 the Park Branch was slated for closure when an attempt was made to consolidate resources and create supermarket libraries. Public outcry saved 10 branch libraries, including Park Branch.

6 The History of the Haight-Asbury District 1800 - 1900 1800s: Farmland 1883: Completion of the Haight Street Cable Railroad

7 1880s: Day-trip and vacation destination for the middle-class 1890s: Development and sale of residential homes marketed to middle-class families with children The History of the Haight-Asbury District 1800 – 1900 (contd)

8 The History of the Haight-Asbury District 1890 – 1910: The Boom Years 1890-1910: Further residential development. 1900: Census indicates that most dwellings in the Haight were occupied by middle class married couples with children. By 1910: Almost every piece of land in the Haight was developed.

9 The Great Depression: Many families lost their homes or did not have money for repairs. Affluent families left the Haight for newer, up- and-coming areas of the city. By 1939: The Citys Planning Department had deemed 15% of the buildings substandard. 1939 – 1945: Single-family homes subdivided, dwellings doubled 1950s: The Beatniks arrive The History of the Haight-Asbury District 1920 – 1960: Years of Decline

10 The History of the Haight-Asbury District 1960 – present: Resurgence 1960s: Students come to the Haight 1964: The hippies have landed 1967: Summer of Love 1980s: Revitalization as the counter-culture became a draw to tourists and homeowners 1990s: Gentrification

11 The counter-culture lifestyle continues to attract tourists. Housing and rental prices remain high. Many young families with one or two children live in the neighborhood. Families tend to move out as the children grow and need more space. The streets and parks are home to many residents of the Haight. The Haight-Asbury District Today Many residents who settled here in the 1960s continue to live here, others have been priced out by climbing rental rates.

12 The Park Branch Service Population Demographics Population 29,696 in 2000 32,000 projected by 2010 Age of Population 57% Ages 30-64 27.8% Ages 20-29 7.5%Age 65 or older 3.4% Ages 5-14 2.5%Age 5 or younger 1.8%Ages 15-19 Ethnic Make-up 76% Caucasion 7% Asian 7% Hispanic 7% Other -Based on 2000 Census Data

13 The Park Branch Service Population Demographics (continued) Languages Spoken English 82.6% Spanish 4.4% French 2.6% Chinese1.7% German1.3% Russian1.2%

14 Family Finances Median Family Income $66,554 3% Unemployment* 10% of Families are Below the Poverty Line* Largest Employers University of San Francisco – 1,805 jobs University of California San Francisco – 1,400 jobs St. Marys Medical Center – 2,000 jobs University of California San Francisco Medical Center – data unavailable *Data may not include homeless population, which is difficult to survey -Based on 2000 Census Data The Park Branch Service Population Economic Data

15 The Park Branch Service Area Haight Street, the Business District The Upper and Lower Haights Businesses Include: Clothing StoresTattoo Parlors Shoe StoresPiercing Salons Record StoresJewelry Stores Liquor StoresRestaurants Head ShopsBookstores Coffee ShopsHotels Bike ShopsBars Small Groceries Boutiques Hair Salons

16 Belvedere Montessori Preschool Haight Ashbury Cooperative Nursery School Whitney Young Child Development Center University Childcare Center (UCSF Preschool) Grattan Elementary School John Muir Elementary School New Traditions Elementary School Lycée Français La Perouse (Middle and High School) Urban High School Ida B. Wells High School The Park Branch Service Area Schools

17 The Park Branch Service Area Service Organizations Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, Ernest Ingold Clubhouse Food Not Bombs Haight Ashbury Free Clinic Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center, Native Plant Nursery, & Garden for the Environment Haight Ashbury Psychological Services Huckleberry House Larkin Street Youth Services (LSYS) Referal Center Talk Line Family Support Center

18 The Park Branch Service Population Community Groups Alamo Square Neighborhood Association Cole Valley Improvement Association (CVIA) Cross Cultural Family Center District 5 Dog Owners and Guardians Grattan Playground Haight Ashbury Improvement Association Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Haight Ashbury Street Fair & Haight-Divisidero Neighbors and Merchants Association Hamilton Family Center North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA) Panhandle Residents Organization Stanyan Fulton (PROSF) Waller Street Associaion

19 The Park Branch Service Population Hospitals and Universities Hospitals University of California San Francisco Medical Center Saint Marys Medical Center Universities University of San Francisco (USF) University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

20 The Park Branch Today 2007 – 2008 By the Numbers 124,379 Volumes Circulated Circulation up 14.83% from 2006 - 2007 5,703 Active Patrons Registered at Park Branch 30,370 Items In the Collection 26,547 Questions Answered 94,646 Reading Room Visits 10,223 Attendees at Storytimes and Lapsits (September 07 – June 08) 672 Attendees at 19 Summer Events for Children (Summer 08) 1,172 Attendees at 19 Programs for Adults

21 Programs For Children and Teens Two Family Storytimes for children each week One Infant Lapsit for children each week Outreach services to Preschools Extensive programs for children in the summer months including: Yoga Cooking Crafts and Stories Visits from animals Magic Shows Writers Corps Teen Poetry Open Mic The Park Branch Today

22 Programs For Adults Second Tuesday Open Mic with host Diamond Dave Whitaker Rock history programs with author Richie Unterberger six times a year Recent Special Events for Adults Photo display and visit by photographer Lisa Law, author of Flashing on the Sixties, Fall 2007 40 Summers of Love n Haight art and print media exhibit, August – November 2007 SF Tape and Music Center panel and discussion, Spring 2008

23 The Park Branch of the Future Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) Remodel the Park Branch Librarys interior while maintaining its historic appearance Update the Librarys spaces and furniture to provide accessibility for all patrons Expand the number of computers for children, teens, and adults Create staff work areas Refinish and reupholster historic furniture Refurbish community meeting / program room

24 The Park Branch Team Jennifer Ambrulevich, Page Rachel Brooks, Page Claressa Mazzetti, Page Megan Peto, Page Amelia Torres, Page Jerry Ha, Library Assistant Earvin Holden, Jr., Library Technician Aileen Mendez, Library Technician Darice Murray-McKay, Librarian Anne Vannucchi, Youth Services Librarian Cathy Delneo, Youth Services Librarian & Branch Manager


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