Black Bird Bookstore

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

  • 8/31
    Storytime w/ Frances England
  • 8/02
    Art Show Opening w/ Jeane Loraine
  • 7/27
    Author Storytime w/ Faith Kazmi
  • 6/30
    Cake Pop-Up w/ Sesame the Tiny Bakery
  • 6/28
    Art Show Opening w/ Charles Fabbiani III
  • 6/23
    Parenting Community Book Group w/ Aaron Neimark
  • 6/21
    Art Show Closing Party w/ Anna Beurskens for 'Park Culture'
  • 6/05
    Author Reading w/ Julia Hotz
  • 8/10
    Storytime w/ Mimi & Friends
  • 8/03
    Storytime w/ Olive the Storyteller
  • 7/06
    Storytime w/ Olive the Storyteller
  • 6/12
    Poetry + Prose Open Mic Night
  • 6/01
    Storytime w/ Olive the Storyteller
  • 6/14
    Black Bird Bookstore + Cafe Birthday Party!
  • 7/20
    Author Storytime w/ Kellie Menendez
  • 6/08
    Pride Month Storytime w/ Out & About Bookshop
  • 7/13
    Storytime w/ Mimi & Friends
  • 6/22
    Storytime w/ Mimi & Friends
  • 6/15
    Pride Month Storytime w/ Michael Genhart
  • 6/01
    Author Reading w/ Malcolm Harris
  • 6/29
    Author Storytime w/ Bo Lu
  • 6/01
    Pop-Up w/ Batik and Baker
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Storytime w/ Frances England

Aug 31, 2024 | 9:30am

Local musician will be singing her family music, indie style.

Frances England fell into the kids' music world by accident. In 2007, she wrote and recorded a little homespun cd called Fascinating Creatures as a fundraiser for her son's preschool. She had no intention of anyone outside her own circle of family and friends hearing it, but word got out, and within a couple of years Frances went from playing at nursery schools and libraries, to Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

With a gift for capturing the wonders, simple pleasures, and beauty of childhood, Frances frames her music in ways both children and parents can appreciate. Her sparkly, acoustic pop songs are both catchy and heartfelt. In a Parents Choice Gold Award review, Lynne Heffley enthused, "England is an original, an exceptionally creative and musically astute children's artist whose unique musical vision was apparent in her debut album. With the authenticity of her alt-rock and acoustic folk rhythms, her expressive vocals and gentle, slightly offbeat approach to what it means to be a child - and a parent - England proves she again and again, she is the real deal."

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Art Show Opening w/ Jeane Loraine

Aug 2, 2024 | 6–9pm
 

Author Storytime w/ Faith Kazmi

Jul 27, 2024 | 9:30am

About Box of Dreams: A little girl watches as her mama fills up a big box, but this is no ordinary package. It has a special name: the balikbayan box.

Together, they pack all sorts of gifts and treats for their family in the Philippines, but the girl has a secret wish to send along inside. A wish to fly with the box to meet her cousins and Lola and their family and to see and experience all the places where Mama grew up. A wish she hopes will one day come true.

Faith Kazmi and Christine Almeda take readers on a moving journey in this lyrical and poignant picture book that celebrates the dreams that are shared with loved ones back home and the power of love to connect families across oceans and lands.

Faith Kazmi is an educator and author who loved to daydream as a kid (and continues to as an adult). Deeply inspired by her Filipino heritage, she writes stores that celebrate family, culture, and love. By day, Faith works with college students around issues of equity, liberation, and care. She enjoys living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and their mini Goldendoodle Coco. 

 

Cake Pop-Up w/ Sesame the Tiny Bakery

Jun 30, 2024 | 12–3pm

Bay Area beloved Sesame Tiny Bakery returns to Black Bird for another seasonal cake pop-up in the garden. Sold by the slice.

Sesame Tiny Bakery is a pocket sized bakery at 2533 Seventh Street in Berkeley offering a rotating selection of unique treats and cakes showcasing delicious seasonal fruit and using all organic ingredients.

 

Art Show Opening w/ Charles Fabbiani III

Jun 28, 2024 | 6–9pm

Opening night for San Francisco-native film photographer Charles “Chuck” Fabbiani III’'s solo art show, giving light to the city locals.

Charles Fabbiani III (known in the photography world as 35mmpelicula) is a San Francisco native that finds beauty in everyday surroundings; cars, the urban landscape, and the people of San Francisco. As a film photographer, he is able to capture the moments in the city that are looked over and/or lost in time. In 2018, 35mmpelicula started to see his city change in a way that was unfamiliar and began using an SLR film camera to document not only the city but also his life. Over time the camera and eye has developed to a more precise method but his ideals have remained the same: to give light to the locals of San Francisco.

Show on the walls from June 28 - July 28.

 

Parenting Community Book Group w/ Aaron Neimark

Jun 23, 2024 | 10–11:30am

Spend a morning with a supportive parenting community, discussing The Power of Showing Up. Facilitated by Aaron Neimark. Reading the whole book is not required to join! 20% off the book in-store.

Email Neimarka@sfusd.edu to sign up or for more information

Aaron Neimark has been teaching young children for more than 20 years. He currently teaches Transitional Kindergarten at a public school in San Francisco and lives in the Outer Sunset with his wife and two children (7 and 1). He is interested in reflective teaching and parenting and appreciates the chance to build community with others, while working together to achieve a common goal.

About The Power of Showing Up: One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out—in terms of happiness, academic success, leadership skills, and meaningful relationships—is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them. In an age of scheduling demands and digital distractions, showing up for your child might sound like a tall order. But as bestselling authors Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson reassuringly explain, it doesn’t take a lot of time, energy, or money. Instead, showing up means offering a quality of presence. And it’s simple to provide once you understand the four building blocks of a child’s healthy development. Every child needs to feel what Siegel and Bryson call the Four S’s:

Safe: We can’t always insulate a child from injury or avoid doing something that leads to hurt feelings. But when we give a child a sense of safe harbor, she will be able to take the needed risks for growth and change.
Seen: Truly seeing a child means we pay attention to his emotions—both positive and negative—and strive to attune to what’s happening in his mind beneath his behavior.
Soothed: Soothing isn’t about providing a life of ease; it’s about teaching your child how to cope when life gets hard, and showing him that you’ll be there with him along the way. A soothed child knows that he’ll never have to suffer alone.
Secure: When a child knows she can count on you, time and again, to show up—when you reliably provide safety, focus on seeing her, and soothe her in times of need, she will trust in a feeling of secure attachment. And thrive!

Based on the latest brain and attachment research, The Power of Showing Up shares stories, scripts, simple strategies, illustrations, and tips for honoring the Four S’s effectively in all kinds of situations—when our kids are struggling or when they are enjoying success; when we are consoling, disciplining, or arguing with them; and even when we are apologizing for the times we don’t show up for them. Demonstrating that mistakes and missteps are repairable and that it’s never too late to mend broken trust, this book is a powerful guide to cultivating your child’s healthy emotional landscape.

 

Art Show Closing Party w/ Anna Beurskens for 'Park Culture'

Jun 21, 2024 | 6–9pm

Local artist Anna Beurskens wraps up her solo art show Park Culture: A Series of Wrapped Panels at Black Bird.

At the intersection of art, design & craft, Anna is an experienced interior designer & maker. Her interior design experience in large-scale retail, boutique eatery, and transformative healthcare spaces highlights her understanding of form & space. With formal training in both the fine arts & architectural design, she holds a diverse set of skills & has a passion for exploring all kinds of natural & reclaimed mediums - from fibers to hardwoods.

Show on the walls from June 1 - 23.

 

Author Reading w/ Julia Hotz

Jun 5, 2024 | 7pm

The San Francisco book launch for journalist Julia Hotz's The Connection Cure, researching the scientific effects of 'social prescribing' and its positive impact on health and wellness.

About The Connection Cure: Traditionally, when we get sick, health care professionals ask, “What’s the matter with you?” But around the world, teams of doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers have started to flip the script, asking “What matters to you?” Instead of solely pharmaceutical prescriptions, they offer ‘social prescriptions’—referrals to community activities and resources, like photography classes, gardening groups, and volunteering gigs. 

The results speak for themselves. Science shows that social prescribing is effective for treating symptoms of the modern world’s most common ailments—depression, ADHD, addiction, trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, and loneliness. And as health care’s de facto cycle of “diagnose-treat-repeat” reaches a breaking point, social prescribing has proven to reduce patient wait times, lower hospitalization rates, save money, and reverse health worker burnout, too. 

Praised as “provocative” (Adam Grant), “hopeful” (Dr. Andrew Weil), and “filled with humor and great storytelling” (Dr. Michael Dixon), THE CONNECTION CURE brings these life-changing benefits to life. Through diligent science reporting, moving patient success stories, and surprising self-discovery, journalist Julia Hotz helps readers rediscover a time-proven truth: if we can change our environment, we can change our health. By reconnecting to what matters to us, we can all start to feel better. 

About the author: Julia Hotz is a solutions-focused journalist based in New York. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Scientific American, The Boston Globe, Time, and more. She helps other journalists report on the big new ideas changing the world at the Solutions
 

Storytime w/ Mimi & Friends

Aug 10, 2024 | 9:30am

Puppets, songs and stories for children.

Free

 

Storytime w/ Olive the Storyteller

Aug 3, 2024 | 9:30am

The Outer Sunset’s beloved storyteller will be sharing tales from around the world.

Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy is a storyteller, writer, workshop leader and curriculum consultant in San Francisco, where she has been an artist-in-residence in public and private schools since 1986. She has brought the joy and magic of storytelling to countless children and grown-ups over the past three decades, preserving and transmitting this ancient yet relevant art form through transformative and engaging live performances and high-quality recordings.

Free

 

Storytime w/ Olive the Storyteller

Jul 6, 2024 | 9:30am

The Outer Sunset’s beloved storyteller will be sharing tales from around the world.

Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy is a storyteller, writer, workshop leader and curriculum consultant in San Francisco, where she has been an artist-in-residence in public and private schools since 1986. She has brought the joy and magic of storytelling to countless children and grown-ups over the past three decades, preserving and transmitting this ancient yet relevant art form through transformative and engaging live performances and high-quality recordings.

Free

 

Poetry + Prose Open Mic Night

Jun 12, 2024 | 7–9pm

Share the mic and your words with fellow writers and poets in this monthly night here are Black Bird.

 

Storytime w/ Olive the Storyteller

Jun 1, 2024 | 9:30am

The Outer Sunset’s beloved storyteller will be sharing tales from around the world.

Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy is a storyteller, writer, workshop leader and curriculum consultant in San Francisco, where she has been an artist-in-residence in public and private schools since 1986. She has brought the joy and magic of storytelling to countless children and grown-ups over the past three decades, preserving and transmitting this ancient yet relevant art form through transformative and engaging live performances and high-quality recordings.

Free

 

Black Bird Bookstore + Cafe Birthday Party!

Jun 14, 2024 | 6pm

Black Bird Turns 7! An evening of celebration, featuring drinks, locally made pizza, 16mm film screenings, and more.

Free

 

Author Storytime w/ Kellie Menendez

Jul 20, 2024 | 9:30am

***Publication day is June 25th, 2024

 

About Patterns Patterns Everywhere: I see patterns everywhere, patterns big and small.
They fill the pages of this book, can you find them all?


Identifying patterns is an essential part of childhood development. They help children learn how to sequence, use reasoning skills and make logical connections and predictions.

Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere draws attention to the patterns that exist all around us, from the ocean’s coral reefs to the jungle to our dinner table. Children are invited to look for the patterns hidden in the layered illustrations and encouraged to find not just the patterns they can see, but also patterns they can hear, feel, and create.

Kellie Menendez is an award-winning artist, designer and creative writer. Her decor studio, Half Full, produces patterns for the home inspired by wildlife and wild places. Kellie's work has been featured in California Home + Design, Business of Home, Domino and Aldea Home — and her poems published in an anthology for CCSF’s Poetry for the People. Kellie loves looking for patterns in San Francisco with her husband, son, and dog, Raya.

 

Pride Month Storytime w/ Out & About Bookshop

Jun 8, 2024 | 9:30am

Out & About is back with their purple bus to host a special Pride Storytime reading books, singing and lots of rainbow fun!

Founded in 2022, Out & About is an organization dedicated to nurturing children’s literary lives and developing their curiosity. They aim to engage children using diverse literature that provides “windows” into new perspectives, and “mirrors”, or stories that affirm and reflect the daily reality of LGBTQ+ youth. They aspire to uplift the work of LGBTQ+ authors, amplifying stories that are often underrepresented in children’s literature.

Join us as they read some of their favorite storybooks in our back garden, then shop their mobile bookshop in the purple bus.

Free

 

Storytime w/ Mimi & Friends

Jul 13, 2024 | 9:30am

Puppets, songs and stories for children.

Free

 

Storytime w/ Mimi & Friends

Jun 22, 2024 | 9:30am

Puppets, songs and stories for children.

Free

 

Pride Month Storytime w/ Michael Genhart

Jun 15, 2024 | 9:30am

Celebrate Pride Month with local author/illustrator Michael Genhart, reading from his storybooks They're So Flamboyant and A First Book of Pride.

About They're So Flamboyant: flam·boy·ant – (of a person–or bird!–or their behavior) tending to attract attention because of their confidence, exuberance, and stylishness

This fun and funny bird's-eye tome to individuality, community, and harmony follows the reactions of a neighborhood full of birds when a “flamboyance” of flamingos moves in. Each band of birds—a gaggle of geese, a dole of doves, a charm of finches, a brood of chickens, a scream of swifts, and an unkindness of ravens—all have their feathers ruffled and express their apprehension about the new and different arrivals. Bright pink colors, long legs, how dare they!

Even a watch of nightingales patrols after dark. When the band of jays decides it is time to settle down the neighborhood, the pride of peacocks takes the lead, with support from a waddle of penguins, a venue of vultures, a mob of emus, and a gulp of cormorants. Finally, they all land at the flamingos’ welcome party only to realize that they had all been birdbrained. Their new neighbors are actually quite charming, and not so scary and different after all. Includes a note from the author on helping children to learn about acceptance, avoid stereotyping, and model welcoming behavior.

About Rainbow: A First Book of Pride: This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent's love for their child and a child's love for their parents. With bright colors and joyful families, this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe in a simple and engaging format for young readers. Readers will celebrate the life, healing, light, nature, harmony, and spirit that the rainbows in this book will bring.

Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He lives with his family in Marin County.He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of several picture books.

Free

 

Author Reading w/ Malcolm Harris

Jun 1, 2024 | 1–3pm

An afternoon with Malcolm Harris, celebrating the paperback release of Palo Alto, the first comprehensive, global history of Silicon Valley.

About Palo Alto:Palo Alto’s weather is temperate, its people are educated and enterprising, its corporations are spiritually and materially ambitious and demonstrably world-changing. Palo Alto is also a haunted toxic waste dump built on stolen Indian burial grounds, and an integral part of the capitalist world system.


In PALO ALTO, the first comprehensive, global history of Silicon Valley, Malcolm Harris examines how and why Northern California evolved in the particular, consequential way it did, tracing the ideologies, technologies, and policies that have been engineered there over the course of 150 years of Anglo settler colonialism, from IQ tests to the "tragedy of the commons," racial genetics, and "broken windows" theory. The Internet and computers, too. It's a story about how a small American suburb became a powerful engine for economic growth and war, and how it came to lead the world into a surprisingly disastrous 21st century. PALO ALTO is an urgent and visionary history of the way we live now, one that ends with a clear-eyed, radical proposition for how we might begin to change course.

Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and the author of Kids These Days: The Making of Millennials and Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History Since the End of History. He was born in Santa Cruz, CA and graduated from the University of Maryland.

Free

 

Author Storytime w/ Bo Lu

Jun 29, 2024 | 9:30am

****PUBLICATION DAY IS JUNE 18TH, 2024. 

 A morning with local author and illustrator Bo Lu, reading from her dubut storybook Bao's Doll.

About Bao's Doll: Whenever Mama says, “when I was a little girl in Taiwan, we had nothing,” Bao stops listening. Mama does not understand Bao, and Bao certainly does not understand Mama.
 
So when Bao desperately wants a doll—specifically, the beautiful, blonde All-American Artist Amanda doll that everyone else has—Bao takes matters into her own hands and steals Amanda from the store. After getting caught, Bao’s chest feels heavy like a giant rock. But gradually, the awkward silence between Bao and Mama shifts to honesty, and eventually, a deeper understanding of what binds them.
 
Inspired by the childhood of debut talent Bo Lu, this poignant picture book brings emotional layers to the story of a parent and child learning to connect with their heritage and each other.

 

Bo Lu moved from bustling Taipei to suburban Kansas as a little girl. Before English words made sense, the world of picture books welcomed her in. It was in those pictures that she found comfort in her new beginning. As an author and illustrator, she hopes to create a safe space to explore big feelings through images and stories. Bo also finds comfort in slurping noodle soups, exploring the Bay Area Redwoods, and dancing with her girls around their dad at the dinner table. Bao’s Doll is her debut picture book.

Free

 

Pop-Up w/ Batik and Baker

Jun 1, 2024 | 12–4pm

Pastry pop-up with Audrey of Batik and Baker, featuring Seri Muka and other Malaysian and Asian-inspired treats.

Batik And Baker is a pastry pop-up serving sweets and snacks inspired by Malaysian and Asian flavors. Batik & Baker was born from owner Audrey Tang’s craving for familiar flavors of her childhood in Penang, her love for California’s seasonal produce and fascination with new foods. Comfort and curiosity is what feeds Batik & Baker; it is a celebration of classic treats and an invitation to try something new and unexpected. All bakes are small-batch and scratchmade.

The menu will feature Seri Muka, a Malaysian dessert of sticky rice with butterfly pea flower, fresh pandan coconut custard (gluten-free, dairy-free), alongside other treats.

Audrey is a professionally-trained pastry person practicing a craft and a graduate of San Francisco Cooking School. She's had the good fortune to work with and learn from the amazing chefs & craftspeople at Craftsman And Wolves, Mister Jiu’s, Cotogna and Quince.

Batik And Baker was a craving for the familiar flavors that Audrey grew up with in Penang, Malaysia, and of weekends baking with her mom from photocopies of cake and tart recipes from British cookbooks.

Pronounced as bah-teak, batik is patterned cloth made using a wax-resist dyeing technique that originated from the island of Java, Indonesia. Audrey's maternal grandma — Poh Poh — was a Nyonya, of Peranakan descent, and always wore an ankle-length wraparound batik sarong. She is who Audrey takes inspiration from, for this space, for nourishment and for quiet strength.