All posts by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto

Let our Furriends for Finals assist you

Have a study break with San Francisco SPCA therapy dogs and their awesome humans! They will be visiting Gleeson next week and the week after, so get your puppy cuddles in. Endless tail wags and belly rubs to get you through those “ruff” finals.

Furriends for Finals has you covered.

Brixton, Owen Meany, Benga!, Callie, Prancer, Ollie, Patsy Cline, and Scout will take turns visiting the library on:

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2-3:30pm
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2-3:30pm
  • Monday, May 14th, 1-2:30pm
  • and Tuesday, May 15th, 1-2:30pm

Stop by the first floor lobby of Gleeson to say hi and hang out with these amazing pups!

GoWrite Kick Off and Go Write Letter Workshop

Join Gleeson Library |Geschke Center and GoUSF on Tuesday, May 1st as we host two concurrent events to kick off GoUSF’s GoWrite campaign. May’s GoUSF wellness theme focuses on writing as a practice that can help us slow down, reflect, and practice gratitude.

We will give you instruction on how to write letters to different populations, providing addresses and prompts, and supply inspiration for decorating your letters to maximize aesthetic pleasure.

We’ll have drop-in letter writing on the library’s 2nd floor from 11-2pm with plenty of stationery, pens, and wax seals. Then from 12-1pm we’re hosting a letter writing workshop where participants will be introduced to Braid Mission’s Cards of Hope program, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, and the More Love Letters website.

Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate!

There will be prizes!

GoWrite kick-off
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Group Study Area (2nd Fl)
Drop in anytime to engage your (lost) skill of analog letter writing. We will provide stationery, pens, postage, and prompts for getting started

Go Write Letter Writing Workshop
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Group Study Area (2nd Fl)

Gleeson April Action

On Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 27th Gleeson Library participated in its second community outreach event. Staff from different departments joined to take part in Gleeson’s April Action at St. Anthony’s. There were a few hiccups along the way but the staff at St. Anthony’s were very accommodating and kind with everyone who participated.

St. Anthony’s is located in the heart of the Tenderloin, neighboring the hustle and bustle of Market Street. Opening its doors to the St. Anthony’s Dining Room on October 4, 1950 by Franciscan Friar Fr. Alfred Boeddeker, the dining room was expected to serve 150 meals to low-income and homeless guest. On its first day, St. Anthony’s Dining Room ended up serving 400 meals.

“Today, we continue to thrive on serving hope daily and providing essential support to our Guests in need. We bring people together in this work because we know it takes a community to break down barriers and create a society where all people flourish. Find out how you can help.” —

Franciscan Friars continue to play a vital role in the organization to promote justice, peace, and helping those in poverty. A lot of the work that St. Anthony’s provides runs on the help of volunteers and donations. The organization has expanded to include Health Care services, a Free Clothing Program, Addiction Recovery assistance, Technology Access & Training, and even Social Work.

Our Gleeson volunteer groups participated in their Free Clothing Program. Clothing donations are dropped off daily, 10 AM – 2 PM. Everything goes through three sorting processes, before garments and accessories are place in the store front. The second floor of the 150 Golden Gate Avenue building houses the store front and the back room where the sorting takes place.

Volunteers go through all donated material, sorting each piece into bins with labels such as “Women,” “Men,” “Children,” and “Outer Wear.” They are then sorted into more general categories, before being prepped on hangers to make a debut.  Anything that doesn’t make these selections are tossed into a green bin for recycling. The great part about St. Anthony’s is that nothing goes to waste. All recycled items are re-purposed giving it a new life perhaps as a kitchen towel. The best way of deciding whether something is store worthy was nicely put by our staff guide, Sophie, stating that “If it is something that you wouldn’t want to give to a friend or loved one, it doesn’t go out to the store for our guests.”

Both Gleeson Library groups helped out front in the store, assisting guests in finding sizes, styles or certain garments that weren’t on the clothing racks. Guest arrive based on their time appointment. During their appointment guests shop and choose the items that they want. There is a daily board that lists how the number of certain garments that guests are allotted. The Free Clothing Program provides each guests with 30 outfits. As volunteers we provide each guest with the “shopper experience” that will give a positive and dignified shopping experience to all guests, regardless of where they come from.

Anxious with the familiar feeling of knots in my stomach, I found myself on the store floor relying on my previous retail experience to calm my nerves. My first interaction was with a woman looking for a pair of shorts. I inquired if she preferred a certain color, cut or style before I dashed off to the back where the extra clothes were kept. As I searched I was unable to find any women’s shorts among the racks. I return with the bad news and although I wasn’t able to fulfill the customers request they were very understanding and grateful that I tried. She continued to browse through the clothes and find something else. Another customer who I remember more vividly was looking through the assortment of dresses. She asked for my opinion on whether to choose a solid color dress or a floral pattern. That day I was wearing a floral shirt myself, so I mentioned that perhaps I would be biased but ask what were her typical wardrobe choices and built worked from there. She was very happy to find so many options in her size.

Not only are we making a difference in their lives but we are changing our own through our compassion and our actions. Change can begin with one person. We may not always know what a person may be going through or how they got to where they are in their life, but no matter what we are all people.

“St. Anthony’s provides fantastic services that place an emphasis on the dignity of individuals. Volunteering with them is a truly rewarding experience.” – Anders

“I really loved the personal interactions with the people I was helping.  I was really moved when I was given a big hug for finding a woman a comb that would work for her hair and I felt joy with the fellow who yelled “I love these!” when I brought out a pair of very bright green tennis shoes.” – Matt

“I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with each customer as an individual. Beyond the basic necessities, their unique needs were instructive — for example, reading glasses or a bathrobe — and trying to meet them was enlightening.” – Justine


Furriends For Finals Begins This Week!

Four days of puppy love, because one day is not enough. Each session runs from 1 PM – 3 PM here at Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, 1st Floor Lobby. In between studying and final exams take a breather with us. Our SPCA friends will be here with their trained therapy dogs just for you.

If you’d like to learn more about SPCA AAT or how to volunteer, click here.

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What is your Vision?

Forget about those resolutions that never stick! This year put into motion your goals with the help of  a vision board! Vision boards are a great tool to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on what you want to achieve.

You’ve never created a vision board before? No problem! We have provided quick instructions on how to visualize your vision.

Your goals can be on any of the following: career, personal growth, relationships, travel, health, or what ever else you want to change, build, or grow. Visualize, plan, and implement but above all never falter in positivity.

Add to the collective Vision Board or create your own. We’ve got the supplies, you take the first step.