St. Patrick's Day Luncheon


Daly City Public Library Associates raised nearly $15,000 at its complimentary St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon that was enjoyed by nearly 140 guests on March 13 at the Colma Community Center in Colma.


The DCPLA also presented a $10,000 check to the Daly City libraries.

“The $10,000 presented was our first donation this year in the first quarter –- it is separate from the almost $15,000 raised at the lunch,” wrote Executive Director Susan Brissenden-Smith in an email. “DCPLA has the goal of donating $10,000 each quarter to our four libraries (Bayshore, John Daly, Serramonte, and Westlake) this year. The $10,000 is from membership dues and donations, and a $1,500 donation from the Italian Catholic Federation’s Gifts of Love program.”


President John Zirelli, of the DCPLA board of directors, welcomed everyone to the event, which began with bagpiper Joe Sheridan, of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Daly City Mayor David Canepa briefly talked about the importance of the libraries in the community.


Joseph Curran, Daly City library and recreation services director, announced that, as planned last year, 100 computers were replaced in the libraries, which enhanced technology capabilities for library patrons.


“Daly City’s Department of Library and Recreation Services has pledged to support a countywide initiative -- known as ‘The Big Lift’ -- to improve the literacy rate among 3rd graders,” said Curran. “Studies show that 42 percent of San Mateo County children are not reading proficiently (the percentage is 60 percent for Latino, African American, and Pacific Islander children). This is unacceptable for one of the most prosperous counties (top 1 percent) in the country. Programs and activities at our libraries support the goals of The Big Lift – including summer learning programs.”


San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier, DCPLA board member; Mayor Canepa; and Daly City Councilman Ray Buenaventura conducted a three-part Fund the Need to raise money to reupholster the 15-year old, well-worn chairs at the Westlake branch library, purchase needed electronic reference books, and buy steel book displays and three new flat wall panels for the Serramonte library.


“The chairs are a modest representation of the much greater capital needs at the Westlake branch,” said Curran. “The building needs a new roof and a heating and ventilation system – projects that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.”


Outgoing DCPLA board members, President Paula Stillman and Secretary Stan Gustavson, were recognized for their support and hard work.


Teresa Proana, Daly City Recreation Commission chairwoman, sang “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and Michael Cooney, retired Daly City employee, shared some Irish humor and read the Irish blessing.


Tim O’Hara and Dennis Fisicaro were the chefs, and DCPLA board members and Recology employees were the food servers and bartenders.


Allied Waste Services; First National Bank of Northern California; KB Home; Peninsula del Rey; Recology South Bay; San Mateo Credit Union; and Serramonte Shopping Center were major contributors to the luncheon.


To donate to the Daly City Public Library Associates, visit: or call 650-224-2356.



Written by:

Carolyn Livengood

San Mateo County Times Livengood