Summer Stride 2023

Parade of people

Summer Stride is the Library’s annual summer learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. 

From June through August, we promote: 

  • Author talks, reading lists and book giveaways 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning 
  • Mindful experiences in nature 
  • Workforce development opportunities for teens 
  • Meaningful connections for all ages for our diverse community 

Challenge yourself and others to read, learn and listen with the Library this summer!


Begin your journey towards 20 hours of summer reading, exploration, learning and fun.

After you finish your 20 hours, come pick up your finishing prize, our 2023 Summer Stride Library book tote!


If you are a community-based organization, we’d like to partner with you to bring Summer Stride to your community. Please contact

Students, families and educators, the annual Summer Reading List for great recommended reads for Pre-K to Grade 12 is on the way. All SFUSD students will receive the Summer Reading List in their home mailboxes this spring.  Explore the Everybody Reads Summer Guide for book inspired activities to bring into your home or classroom.   

Every summer, the Library brings a bevy of fantastic programs for all ages—free of cost. From programs that teach kids about nature, hands-on STEM activities, to music performances and lectures, to authors who speak on topics ranging from SF Bay Area history to racial justice, to valuable how-to programs on gardening and cooking, you will find something to love at the Library.

Teens, if you will be in Grade 8-12 next school year, can contribute at least 10 hours of helpful, kind service, and would like to gain experience for school and job applications, come join the Summer Youth Volunteer program, and help deliver an excellent Summer Stride for all of San Francisco!

The Summer Youth Application will be available in mid-April, and participating locations will be accepting applications by May 1, and then on a rolling basis as capacity allows.

Download and save the application, type in your answers, and print (Free computers and printing available at any library location.) You and your parent or guardian must sign the application. Bring it in along with your paper or digital Covid vaccination document to the library location where you want to volunteer. (You may want to call first to see if there are spots available.)

For older teens, the Library offers valuable job and career development opportunities through its YELL (Youth Engaged in Library Leadership) cohort. This opportunity is offered in partnership with YouthWorks. Find out more.

Adults, you can get in on the fun too! Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting lineup of author talks, gardening tutorials, craft workshops and other programs.

And fun for all ages: Back by popular demand, we will reintroduce field trips to the majestic natural wonders of the Presidio.

To experience the fun we have every summer, check out #SummerStride on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter