News Release - June 12, 2009

Children and Teens Summer Reading Turns Green

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Children and Teens Summer Reading Turns Green

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading Club Focusing on Environment in 2009 with Events, Book Lists, Prizes and Volunteering

San Francisco Public Library is encouraging its youngest readers to engage with a new world this summer. The summer reading programs for children and teens, which launch today and this weekend, have taken on a new focus – engaging young readers in the world around them and the effects of everyone’s actions on the environment.

For children up to age 13, the Read it and Green It program which begins Saturday, June 13 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 8, encourages children to learn about leading a greener life with themed programs and booklists and the chance to win weekly eco-friendly prizes such as passes to local attractions. By reading or being read to, children also can help the environment. Every hour of reading reported to the Library counts toward planting new trees in San Francisco with Friends of the Urban Forest. Children can also enter a raffle to win a grand prize such as a gift certificate for a bicycle or musical instrument, or a family membership to a local attraction. Find out more details about the program at:

For older children, the Cool It! Green Teen Summer Read, which begins today, encourages teens to learn about and lend a hand to cool the Earth and combat global warming. Teens can earn eco-prizes such as recycled paper notebooks and bamboo flash drives by reading and/or by volunteering at local environmental organizations. They can receive credit for reading books, magazines, newspapers, even online reading as well as for spending up to 15 hours with local organizations planting trees, cleaning up parks, restoring beaches or shorelines, helping sell used books, sorting through reusable art supplies or recycling materials. Teens also have a chance to enter a raffle for a grand prize including a MacBook Air, a bicycle or an iTouch. More information and a list of participating volunteer organizations can be found here:

Participants can sign up for the summer reading programs at any branch library.

"We look forward to a summer of green-powered engagement and enlightenment with our young readers," said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

About SFPL Green Stacks

San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks is a new program dedicated to helping the City go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today’s library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life. Find out more at

For more information on the Library, please call (415) 557-4277.

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