Welcome to Summer READ SF 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 20, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Welcome to Summer READ SF 2014

The Library’s annual summer reading program, Summer Read SF 2014, open to readers and pre-readers of all ages, officially opens on May 31 and will run through Aug. 11, offering prizes, special free weekly programs at every neighborhood library, and even college scholarships.  Signing up has never been easier, through a neighborhood library, bookmobile service or online at sfpl.org/summerread.

All reading counts toward the goal, including books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and online reading. Children through age 12 who read for 10 hours (or are read to) are eligible to receive a durable Summer Read SF Book Bag. Adults and teens who sign up, track their time and read 30 hours or more are winners, and also will receive the Summer Read SF Book Bag. In addition, all participants are eligible to enter a weekly raffle, to win prizes including passes to San Francisco museums, sporting events and attractions.

This year’s Summer Read promotion includes interactive game boards for children, teens and adults that encourage reading and allow readers to track their prize progress via stickers and stars. The beautiful artwork featured on all Summer Read promotional materials was supported by Chronicle Books and designed by Shane Prigmore, an award-winning design professional in animation, film and illustration. Prigmore’s Summer Read SF illustrations are a takeoff from his book, Planet Kindergarten, written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and published by Chronicle Books.

Summer Read programs and activities will be held throughout the San Francisco Public Library system. To kick off Summer Read 2014, Yuyi Morales, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will offer a reading on Saturday, May 31, at a 12 noon appearance in the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center. On Wednesday, June 4, 10:15 – 11 a.m., she will lead a read-aloud of her book, Niño Wrestles the World, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Award. This event will be held for children and families at the Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St.

Watch for details about July’s Scavenger Hunt and other activities. Special thanks to Supervisor Mark Farrell, who will be awarding four college scholarships of $5,000 each for teens, ages 13 – 18. To be eligible for the drawing, teens need to sign up, read for 30 hours and submit five book reviews.

This year, five San Francisco public libraries will also be Summer Lunch locations, offering free summer lunch for all youth 18 and under. The locations are: the Main Library Children’s Center, and the Bayview, Ocean View, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley branch libraries.

Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library for details, or go to sfpl.org/summerread.

Summer Read 2014 is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Lazlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Inc.