Thursday, September 23, 2010

2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West - October 2010

Not-so-Gentle Reader,
The San Francisco Public Library will be the place for families to rock out, for free, this October. Please click this link ( for more information on the 5 big events coming your way. The first event will be on Sunday, October 9, 2010 at the 3pm in the Bernal Heights Branch Library Meeting Room. The 5th and final event will be Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 11am - 2:30pm in Civic Center on the Larkin Street Steps outside of the Main Library.
Shine on you crazy diamonds, Brian

Read for the Record October 7, 2010


Thursday, October 7, 2010 will be Jumpstart Read for the Record Day! People all across the nation will read and share the same fabulous children's book - The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Please click on this link (Jumpstart Read for the Record) for more information on this world-record-shattering event.

All the best, Brian

Monday, September 13, 2010

Early Childhood Education Workshops - SF Public Library

Dear Early Literacy Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that the Fall 2010 ECE Workshop Series provided by the San Francisco Public Library is in full swing! Due to high demand and limited space, the workshops are limited to early childhood educators currently working with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in San Francisco. The Fall series focuses on  infant/toddler circle times, music and movement, and creative dramatics.

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen kicks-off the series with “Mother Goose on the Loose: Circle Times for Infants and Toddlers” scheduled Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10:30am- 1:30pm at the Main Library’s Creative Center. It is specifically designed for teachers working with infants, toddlers, and family day care environments.

For more information
about these free professional development opportunities for San Francisco’s early childhood community please call (415) 557-4272.

Warmest regards,
Early Literacy Specialist - San Francisco Public Library

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ELN Mixer June 8, 2010

Gentle Reader, 
On June 8, 2010 The San Francisco Early Literacy Network hosted our first mixer in order to showcase our partnerships and build new relationships. We met at the beautifully renovated Potrero Branch Library and were fortunate to have Luis Herrera, San Francisco City Librarian; Margaret Brodkin, Director of New Day for Learning Initiative; Mardi Lucich, DCYF Citywide Child Care Administrator; and Lisa Lee, First 5 Training and Technical Assistance Director as honored guest speakers. We also benefited from the participation of many friends and colleagues who provide service to San Francisco Bay Area families. Below are photos of this meaningful and inspiring event. No photos of Brian, though - he took all of the shots.
All the best,
Christy Estrovitz and Brian Castagne
(San Francisco Public Library)

Our Mission Statement above some tasty treats
Betsy Keever and Luis Herrera
Luis Herrera and Margaret Brodkin
Marco Berger, Kristal Brister, and Jude Deckenbach
Tanner and a scrumptious cookie
Saeed Mirfattah, Betsy Keever, and Nancy Yamamoto
Mardi Lucich and Molly Wertz
Lisa Lee and Zoobi Waqar
Hosts Christy Estrovitz and Betsy Keever with Molly Wertz, Mardi Lucich, Saeed Mirfattah, and Kristal Brister
ELN members and guests including Kathy Katz, Dana Goldberg, Katrin Reimuller. Lynne Maes, Michael Andolina, Nancy Yamamoto, Margaret Brodkin, and JoAnne Hubbard
Cindy Lopez Chastain, Marco Berger, Luis Herrera, Katrin Reimuller, and Lynne Maes
Lisa Lee addresses the group
Michael Andolina and Nancy Yamamoto
Melissa Castillo and Cindy Lopez Chastain
Mardi Lucich and Chris Padula
 Janell Bolte, Tera, and a nourishing book
(All photos by Brian Castagne)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Nation Bookmobile Day Celebration in San Francisco

Gentle Readers,
Wednesday April 14, 2010 was the first ever National Bookmobile Day. If you click the image below you will be transported to an article in SF Gate about the San Francisco Public Library's Bookmobile event hosted by SF Early Literacy Network Member and SFPL Children's Bookmobile Librarian Katrin Reimuller and featuring hands on participation by City Librarian Luis Herrera, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and author Tom Corwin. Frenzied frolicking was facilitated by Boswick the Clown.
All the best, Brian

(Click the image above to see the full article at