About Our Programs

Autumn Gem film poster

The CCSF Library Programs Committee collaborates with other City College departments and centers, as well as student organizations, to create events that reflect and enrich the creative, intellectual and cultural diversity of the City College community.

We bring writers, poets, artists, musicians, filmmakers and others to the City College Centers to give students the opportunity to meet and interact first-hand, to recognize African-American History, Children’s Literature, Latino/a American Heritage, and Lunar New Year, to name a few.

Library Exhibitions often parallel the theme of the current program series. The Exhibitions blog covers current and past exhibitions.

Please contact Suzanne Lo at (415) 267-6505 or Yi Liang at (415) 452-5469 to get involved or suggest an event .


Fall 2015

Latino Latina Heritage Month 2015

October Calendar 2015
[PDF Flyer with calendar and details]

10/13 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Rita Moran
She Is Everything: Mayan Women in the Art of Pedro Rafael Gonzalez Chavajay
Chinatown/North Beach Center, Room 201

10/13 from 12:30 – 2 PM
Naomi Torres
On the Anza Trail: Afro-Latino Presence in Early California 
Rosenberg LLRC, Multimedia Room R305

10/13 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Claudia Puig
Life in Journalism: Reflective Experiences of Claudia Puig
Mission Center, Valencia Building, Room 107

10/14 from 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Jacob Martinez
Digital Nest: Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology
Downtown Center, Room 821

10/14 from 11:45 AM – 1 PM
Jacob Martinez
Digital Nest: Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology
John Adams Center Auditorium

10/17 from 7 – 9:30 pm
Will Maynez + Jean Franco

Frida Celebrates Diego: Frida Interview and ¡Que Viva México!
Ocean Campus, Diego Rivera Theater [See flyer for free ticket info]


Spring 2015

African American History Month 2015
Soundtrack for a Revolution


Soundtrack for a Revolution
David Wong Chinese New Year Celebration

Fall 2014

Latina/o Heritage Month 2014

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Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez

OCT. 16, 2014, 10:00-11:30 a.m. , Room 821

Drawing on his own experience as a first-generation student from a mixed status family, Canedo specializes in giving educational motivational speeches which looks to increase the graduation & representation of historically underrepresented students, faculty, and administrators.

View the flyer.  

Photos from the program:

Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez: photos from his program



Star Walk Business Smarts speaker series

Photos by Kelly Armstrong 

Suzanne Lo, Charleson Pierce, Kelly Armstrong,, Natalie Smith, and Bouchra Simmons (left to right)

Suzanne Lo, Charleson Pierce, Kelly Armstrong,, Natalie Smith, and Bouchra Simmons (left to right)

 Charleston Pierce and 4 models (left to right)

 Charleston Pierce and 4 models (left to right)

The Downtown Center Library and the Associated Students Council
Present Business Smart—Speaker Series:

Charleston Pierce
“Star Walk: Embrace Your Inner Power and
Find Success on the Runway of Life”
Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Room 718—CCSF Downtown Center, 88 Fourth Street/Mission

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Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 10:15-11:30am,
City College of San Francisco
Downtown Center, Room 821
88 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 

Slide-Lecture about Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers and Chinese Family Restaurants by John Jung.  Mr. Jung was born in 1937 in Macon, Georgia, where his parents, the only Chinese in town, lived above their laundry.  Earning a Ph.D. in 1962, he was a professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach for 40 years.

John Jung signs copies of his book
Mr. Jung with Suzanne Lo and unidentified individual

Spring 2014


East Meets West 2014

Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde
Transnationalizing Vietnam:
Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora

May-lee Chai | Tiger Girl

Dawn Mabalon
Little Manila is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o
American Community in Stockton, CA

Chef Martin Yan | Martin Yan’s China

Our American Stories:
Asian American Artists Illuminate History, Culture and Identity
Guest Curator: Judy Shintani



Martin Yan Thurs. MAY 8, 2014 10:15-11:30 a.m. Room 821

View the Flyer
Lecture/demo and Book Signing
Thurs. MAY 8, 2014, 10:15-11:30 a.m.,Room 821
City College of San Francisco, Downtown Center

Martin Yan is best known as the host of the award-winning PBS cooking show  Yan Can Cook . A world-renowned chef and author of more than 30 cookbooks — his latest is Martin Yan’s China  — Yan has been teaching and sharing his love of Chinese cuisine for over 30 years. M.Y. China is his most recent restaurant and the gracious speaker of the event. All events are free and open to the public.       

For more information, contact Suzanne Lo,  415-267-6505

Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact Leilani Battiste,
31 Gough Street, 415-241-2294, no later than 12 working days prior to the date of the event.

Six Roses Musical Performance, Spring 2014

Musical Performance by
David Boyce Six Roses Jazz Duo

Saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis) and Guitarist Michael Cavaseno (Orixa) will perform Jazz renditions representative of the African American experience

Monday, February 10 – 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, Creative Arts 133
Monday, February 24 – 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Center, 8th Floor, 821

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Six Roses Jazz Duo , Downtown Center:

Six Roses Jazz Duo images, Downtown Program
African American History Month

Black History Month: San Francisco Public Library:

Black History Month



Fall 2013 Programs


Latino Heritage Month, Fall 2013

Sept. 26 through Oct. 9, 2013


Spring 2013 Programs


East Meets West 2013

2013 Presenter Series

Thien Pham | Sumo
Andrew Lam | Birds of Paradise Lost
Ying Lee | From Shanghai to Berkeley
Kenneth Kokka | Blossoms and Thorns



African American History Month 2013 flyer
Spencer Coggs at the Downtown Center Library

From left to right:
front row:  Suzanne Lo, Librarian; Pearl Dreher, Library and Learning Resources;
back row: Atilla Gabor, DTN Center Business Office; Lori Brown, librarian; Spencer Coggs, former Wiscounsin State Senator and newly elected Milwaukee City Treasurer, and wife Mrs. Coggs.

Event:  African American Heritage Month, "Personal Journey from labor to politics of the civil rights movement," Feb. 6, 2013, 10:30 -12 noon, CCSF Downtown Center, San Francisco

San Francisco Chinatown History

San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to its History & Architecture by Philip P. Choy, Wed., Feb. 27 , 2013, 11am-Noon, MUB 140

Photos of the Philip Choy Program, Spring 2013


Uncommon Journey: the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto

Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, co-authors of the book “An Uncommon Journey”, will speak at City College of San Francisco’s Chinatown-North Beach Center auditorium at 628 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Kearny) on Thursday, February 21st, 2013, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.


Gwen Mazer: Personal Branding, creating your image & style for business success
Gwen Mazer and gyests

Mon. Feb. 25, 2013 - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Educated Palate Restaurant—CCSF Downtown Center, 88 Fourth Street
For more information, contact Suzanne Lo, 415-267-6505,
Gwen Mazer is an author, personal style consultant, speaker and workshop leader. She has been featured in a wide variety of media including The New Yorker, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, ABC- Affiliate KGO, View From the Bay, The San Francisco Chronicle, Comcast CNN and the Tavis Smiley Show. She was honored as a Literary Laureate by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library.


Fall 2012 Programs

Latina/o Heritage Month Programs Fall 2012

Business Smart—Speaker Series, Oct. 2012

 Patricia Seid, ESL faculty, Syndi Seid, speaker, David Dore, Campus Dean, Suzanne Lo, Campus librarian, Chau Nguyen, ESL faculty

Patricia Seid, ESL faculty, Syndi Seid, speaker, David Dore, Center Dean, Suzanne Lo, Downtown Center librarian, Chau Nguyen, ESL faculty.

Syndi Seid posed with Suzanne Lo

Syndi Seid posed with Suzanne Lo



a quote from Lao Tzu

Quote from Lao Tzu:
Watch your thoughts;they become words;
Watch your words;they come actions;
Watch your actions;they become habits.
Watch your habits;they become character;
Watch your character;it becomes your DESTINY!

Spring 2012 Programs

East meets west 2012

Catherine Chung | Forgotten Country
Angie Chau | Quiet As They Come
Flo Oy Wong | Seventy Years of Living, Thirty Years of Art
Dennis Ubungen | Filipinos in San Francisco

African American History Month Programs

A variety of events are being offered in celebration of this year's African American History Month.

Coloring Outside the Lines: Black Cartoonists As Social Commentators Feb. 7, 2012, Kheven LaGrone:

Kheven LaGrone, Morrie Turner & Suzanne Lo

Kheven LaGrone, Morrie Turner (Wee Pals creator), and Suzanne Lo

Morrie Turner speaking at the Southeast Campus

Morrie Turner at the Southeast Center.  Additional photos:

Various pictures from Coloring Outside the Lines: Black Cartoonists As Social Commentators


Van-Ahn Vo: Vietnamese Traditional Music & Culture

In celebration of the Tet Nguyen Dan
Vietnamese New Year The Downtown Center Library and Associated Students Council Present

THURS. FEB. 16, 2012
10:30 AM – 12 Noon
RM. 821

Van-Ahn performs at the Downtown Campus

Photo by Rodolpho Padilla

See more photos of Van-Ahn Vo's Program.


Fall 2011 Programs

Latino/a Heritage Month Celebration, Fall 2011

City College of San Francisco, the Rosenberg Library & Learning Resource Center and Concert & Lecture Series Celebrate:


There will be a variety of program topics. For a complete listing:  View the flyer.


SFSU professor and multi-instrumentalist John Calloway

Latino/a Heritage Month Celebration Downtown Speaker Series
A Slide Lecture Presentation:
SFSU professor and multi-instrumentalist John Calloway will discuss the origins of how Afro-Latin cultural forces created jazz music. 
Wed. October 5, 2011
CCSF—Downtown Center—Room 821 10:30-12:00 Noon
88 4th Street (Corner @ Mission) ● San Francisco Call for information ● 415-267-6505 or View the Flyer.

JOHN CALLOWAY: Filosofia Caribeña Project

John Calloway Program at the Downtown Campus

David Dore, Downtown Center Dean.  Photo by Suzanne Lo.

John Calloway Program at the Downtown Campus

John Calloway.  Photo by Suzanne Lo.

John Calloway Program at the Downtown Campus

John Calloway and musicians.  Photo by Suzanne Lo.

John Calloway Program at the Downtown Campus

From left to right, David Dore, Downtown Center Dean; Kea Ngor, Associated Students VP; Suzanne Lo, librarian; guest musician, John Calloway, guest lecturer, musician, Mandi lam, Associated Sudents President.  Photo by Joan Vitorelo

Summer 2011 Programs

Mystery writers, Penny Warner and Rhys Bowen

Mystery writer, Penny Warner (left) looked on as Rhys Bowen (right), author of the Royal Spyness mysteries series, shared her writing tips with the audience. Photo taken by Suzanne Lo, Librarian.

Group photo, complete description is in the text below.

Group photo:  (left to right) Penny Warner, author; Patricia Costello, ESL faculty; Suzanne Lo, Librarian; and Rhys Bowen, author.  Photo by: unknown.

Student Ena Chen, designed the poster, "Mystery in the Library," for the Downtown Library's summer reading program

Standing on the left, student Ena Chen, designed the poster, "Mystery in the Library," for the Downtown Library's summer reading program.  Standing on the right, ESL faculty advisor Patricia Costello is holding a couple of new mystery books.  Photo taken by Suzanne Lo, Librarian.

First prize winning entry, submitted by Ms. Agnes Ko, was posted on the library's bulletin board

For the culmination of the summer reading program, we held a raffle drawing for all entries of book reviews submitted during the period.  The first prize winning entry, submitted by Ms. Agnes Ko, was posted on the library's bulletin board along with the two other winners.  Ms. Ko had written out her book reviews of the four mystery books read.  Photo taken by Suzanne Lo, Librarian.

Spring 2011 Programs

East Meets West

East Meets West Photo of Andrew Lam, Li Miao Lovett and others

May 4, 2011 at the Rosenberg Library:  From Left to right:
Li Miao Lovett (author), Mo Shuet-Tam, Andrew Lam (seated, author),
Victor Turks, Suzanne Lo, James Lim

East Meets West Spring 2011

African American History Month

African American History Month February 2011


Fall 2010 Programs

A Village Called Versailles

Asian American Film Series
A Documentary Film Screening and filmmaker Discussion
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @ 11am - 12:30pm

Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave., Rosenberg Library, Room 305


Children's Literature Series

Children's Literature Series, Fall 2010


Authors, Gianna Marino and Dorina Lazo Gilmore

Authors, Gianna Marino and Dorina Lazo Gilmore

Children's Literature Series, Fall 2010

Author, Gianna Marino; faculty Delores Eggers-Williams; librarian, Suzanne Lo; and author, Dorina Lazo Gilmore.


Latina/o Heritage Month

Latino/a Heritage Month Fall 2010

Photos from:
Activism and Community Organizing: The Experience of an Urban Muralist Juana Alicia-Montoya
Lecture + Slide Presentation
Oct. 6, 2010, 10:30–12pm, Downtown Center Room 821

Faculty Member, Patricia Costello, Juana Alicia and student

From Left: Patricia Costello (CCSF Faculty), Juana Alicia, and student.

Suzanne Lo, Downtown Campus Librarian, and Juana Alicia

From left: Suzanne Lo (Downtown Center Librarian) and Juana Alicia.

SPRING 2010 Programs

East Meets West, April-May 2010

East Meets West Programs

Suzanne Lo, Downtown Center Librarian and Marissa Aroy, Director of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW:

Marissa Aroy, director of Delano Manongs


Little Manila, May 12, 2010

Little Manila: the Delano Manongs-in-Progress

In celebration of the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, come and meet Filmmaker Marissa Aroy. She is currently working on the “Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW.” She produced “Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland ,”which aired nationally on PBS. When she’s not making or watching movies, she is teaching digital filmmaking at Berkeley City College.

Downtown Center
88 4th St. @ Mission St. San Francisco, CA
Call 415.267.6505 for more info
Sponsored by the Downtown Center Associated Students Council

Dim Sum: Art of Chinese Tea Lunch, 3/17/2010

The Art of Dim Sum, Mar. 17, 2010

WED. MARCH 17, 2010
2 PM – 5 PM

The Rosenberg Library and Learning Resource Center &
The Culinary Arts Department Proudly Present
What is dim sum? How many different types of dim sum are there? How are they made? What are the ingredients and how are they prepared? Are special tools needed? Learn all this and more from author Ellen Blonder in the City College of San Francisco Culinary Arts Department Demonstration Lecture Hall.

Bonnie Tsui: American Chinatown, Feb. 23, 2010

Bonnie Tsui presents American Chinatown, Downtown Campus, Tues. 2/23, 10:30am-Noon, Room 821

In celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Tiger, come and meet Harvard grad Bonnie Tsui, who is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. A former editor at Travel & Leisure, she has written for National Geographic Adventure, Salon, and conde Nast Traveller.
Bonnie visits the country’s four most famous Chinatowns— San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu — and makes her fascinating stop in Las Vegas. In her explorations, she focuses on the remarkable experiences of ordinary people, and captures their vivid stories. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
CCSF —Downtown Center
88 4th St./Mission St. San Francisco, CA
Call 415.267.6505 for more info
Sponsored by the Downtown Center Associated Students Council

February 23, 1010
10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Room 821

Bonnie Tsui speaking at the Downtown Center:

Bonnie Tsui speaking at the Downtown Campus


African American History Month, February 2010

African American History Month Programs 2010

The official national theme for Black History Month 2010 is The History of Black Economic Empowerment. In honor of this theme, our events this year focus on green economics and communities of color. Click on the image above to see a schedule of this month's events.

The concurrent exhibit, The Portraits of Vincent Jackson, in the 4th floor Reference case in the library, is part of the Library's 10X10 Exhibition series, celebrating the Library's 100th exhibition in 10 years.

Also, until February 20, 2010, we have access on a trial basis, to the African American Biographical Database, Black Studies Center, and Proquest Civil War Era, all from ProQuest. Access and more information is available on the Articles & Databases page.

Bryant Terry, Eco-Chef, Feb. 10, 2010

Bryant Terry, Eco-Chef, Author of Vegan Soul Kitchen Downtown Campus, Room 821 Wed. Feb. 10, 2010 11:00-Noon


Bryant Terry, eco-chef, speaks at the Downtown Campus, Feb. 10, 2010

Bryant Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009). For the past nine years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food.