Summer Stride 2022

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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!

Canvas tote with READ printed on it

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 2022 Summer Stride Library book tote, featuring art by Bay Area illustrator Minnie Phan.

Track your progress virtually on Beanstack.

You can register individual participants as well as groups (families, classes).

Or, track your progress on our printable tracker! Color each square for every 20 minutes of participation. (3 squares = 1 hour.)

Recommended Summer Reading

SFUSD logoStudents, Families and Educators, the annual SFUSD Recommended Summer Reading Lists are your source for great, diverse and newly-published reads for Pre-K to Grade 12. All SFUSD students receive the Summer Reading List right in their home mailboxes. Start reading now!

Pro tip: Visit our Reading Resources for more fun free downloadable activities to enhance your reading experience.

Adults, we have tons of great recommendations to get you to the Summer Stride finish line as well. Check out these fresh picks!

Fantastic Free Programs for All Ages

Alphabet rockersEvery summer, the Library offers a bevy of quality programs for all ages—free of cost, both in-person and virtual. From programs that teach kids about nature, to music performances by award-winning artists, to expert presenters on topics ranging from the legacy of the Black Arts movement, to Bay Area food co-ops past, present and future, to valuable how-to programs on gardening and cooking, you will find something to love at the Library. 

See all of our youth programs.

See all of our adult programs.

STEM ChallengeChalk drawing of box with green sprouts

Have fun and experiment with our summer STEM Challenge, a webseries packaged for the budding scientist and engineer to practice the scientific method using common household items. The Library offers materials you see in these videos at all library locations, while supplies last. New STEM Challenge how-to videos arrive every other week, hosted by SFPL youth librarians. Visit our STEM Challenge page for resources and videos.

Get to Know Minnie Phan, 2022 Summer Stride Artist

Minnie Phan is an illustrator based in Oakland, California. She is passionate about storytelling and inclusive image-making. With a unique focus on diversity, her work ranges from editorial illustrations to comics, animation and posters. When she isn’t illustrating, she teaches Bay Area youth how to create comics; plays with her adopted bunny, Momo; and advocates for safer streets for bicyclists—and cats. Follow her on Instagram @minnie_phan.

Artist Minnie Phan. Photo by Kathy Phan