Summer Stride 2020

Tea garden with kids


Thank you for completing Summer Stride 2020, the Library’s annual summer learning, reading and exploration program for all ages.

You can now pick up your book tote prize along with your Reading Ranger badge at any of our libraries offering SFPL To Go service. Just let library staff know you have completed Summer Stride. There is no deadline to pick up your prize, items will be available as long as supplies last.

Additional questions? Contact us at or (415) 557-4277.

Summer Stride Finishers Information

  • Resources

Downloadable Cut-and-Fold Bookmarks

Summer Stride Bookmark Back to SchoolKey to School Success

Summer Stride Bookmark Recommended ReadsRecommended Reads

Give yourself a nature boost with our partner!

SFPL is proud to partner for a fifth straight year with the very best of San Francisco’s natural resources—our National Parks! Explore the exclusive National Park Service (NPS) activity guide, and visit to find our exciting archive of family friendly Nature Boost programs, including virtual nature tours of Lands End with NPS park rangers, introduction to bats, StoryWalks, nature crafts and more.


  • What to Read

Note: Each list links titles to just one format, usually the eBook. For many books in other formats are also available, get in touch with SFPL at (415) 557-4400 for help finding what you need.

Get to know Alison Farrell, artist of 2020 Summer Stride

Alison Farrell photo at drawing desk

"I think the most authentic way for me to make a book is to first consider experiences I am interested in, or that bring me joy. Next, I think about books that I would have wanted to read as a kid, or that I would have wanted for my son, Finn. Then, I combine these ideas."--Alison Farrell

A Conversation with Alison 

How did your experience living in SF inspire your illustrations for Summer Stride?   

I have many fond memories of San Francisco, especially of Golden Gate Park!  When I lived there, I rode my bike through the park and The Wiggle on a daily basis.  Just thinking about it makes me miss the smell of eucalyptus trees! There are so many iconic locations in the park and in the city, it was difficult, but fun to narrow it down.   

How have public libraries had an impact on your life?  

My first memories of a public library is in the small New England town where I grew up.  The original library was built in the late 1800’s and was made of granite, sandstone, and slate.  I remember feeling a real sense of reverence for the quiet old building and the books it contained.  I also felt comfort and belonging there, like it was a very safe place that suited me.   

As an adult, I am amazed and proud of how libraries have grown from places that contain books to beautiful community gathering spaces.  When my son was very young, we were frequent visitors of the Ortega Library in the Outer Sunset. Not only did this library nurture my son, but it also gave me hundreds of picture books to read as I was building my career as an illustrator and author. 

Check out your own copy of The Hike, or find out where you can buy it on!

Virtual Events Schedule

Visit our Summer Stride playlist on our YouTube channel to experience the fun of our 2020 virtual events for adults, families and youth.

To experience the fun we have every summer, check out #SummerStride on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.