The Library and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library hosted a grand celebration on June 7, 2004 on the steps of the Main Library in honor of 125 years of library service. Library users, neighbors, local officials and staff filled the Larkin Street steps to watch performances by Archbishop Riordan Jazz Ensemble, Kei-Lun Lion Dancers and Project Bandaloop. Sydnie Kohara, morning news anchor from KPIX Channel 5 was the emcee for the event and introduced notable speakers such as Mayor Gavin Newsom, State Librarian Emeritus Dr. Kevin Star, Library Commission President Charles Higueras, City Librarian Susan Hildreth and Executive Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Martín Gómez. The Library received local and state recognition for its service; Mayor Newsom officially proclaimed June 7, 2004 as San Francisco Public Library Day and the offices of Senator Burton and Assemblyman Leno also jointly presented the Library with a congratulatory accolade. Senator Boxer and Congresswoman Pelosi were unable to personally attend the celebration but sent representatives on their behalf.
The Library would like to thank the generous support of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, whose contribution made the 125th Anniversary event possible. The Library also remains grateful to The San Francisco Chronicle and KPIX, the official media sponsors of the 125th Anniversary, for their continued community support and help with notifying the public about the historical event.
The San Francisco Public Library has been here for 125 years and we anticipate serving you for at least another 125 more. Thank you, library users and friends, for making our library system a priority and the treasure it is today!
In addition, please see our calendar for the many programs and events in the Main and Branch Libraries celebrating the anniversary.