Summer Stride 2018
Summer Reading is Coming!

Summer Stride May 19 – August 19, 2018

Summer Program Guide (PDF 6M) Summer Weekly Raffle Schedule (PDF)


Summer Stride (YouTube) encourages all ages and abilities to have fun reading and learning this summer. Stop by a neighborhood library and check out books, comics, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Plus, choose from more than 800 programs (all free!) to deepen reading enjoyment, spark STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) passions and learn through active, outside exploration.

Beginning May 19, pick up a tracking guide to record your reading, listening and learning time, and work your way to a coveted finishing prize that will help you contain all your new interests! Time spent at the Library counts towards your goal, so be sure to check out the Stride Guide, which lists all our free summer events, activities and programs.

Check out San Francisco Unified School District's robust SFUSD Summer Reading List (PDF)


Back by popular demand, our partner-in-fun the National Park Service will provide ranger talks and free shuttles from neighborhood branch libraries to local national parks, as well as trailheads in select library locations that offer maps, directions, reading suggestions, and resources to enrich and expand your experience of visiting our area National Parks. These programs are also supported by the National Parks Conservancy and Presidio Trust.


Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Rising 8th to 12th graders may apply to join Summer Squad, which provides support to the library’s Summer Stride learning program. Application period opens May 1.

Apply to volunteer here.

Visit Your Library

  • Borrow books, CDs, DVDs and more
  • Attend free events for all ages
  • Hop online for hundreds of eResources

Summer Prize

Summer learners can receive a special 2018 Library tote bag as their finishing prize, featuring artwork by Shawn Harris, illustrator of the new Dave Eggers picture book Her Right Foot.  All ages are eligible to receive the prize after completing 20 hours of reading, listening, learning, and library time.

Weekly Raffle

All library visitors can enter a weekly raffle at their neighborhood library location, beginning May 19. Raffle prizes include free passes to local museums, sporting events, and attractions. There is a limit of one raffle ticket per person, per day. There are separate raffles for youth and adults at each location. Visit your local library for details


For a fifth year, SFPL has partnered with Chronicle Books on the beautiful artwork for the Summer Stride. The artwork this year is by Shawn Harris, illustrator of the new Dave Eggers picture book Her Right Foot.

We are also thrilled to partner once again with National Park Service, National Parks Conservancy and Presidio Trust.

Summer Stride is funded in large part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, whose generous members and donors advocate, champion and invest in our premier public Library system accessible to all.

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