For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2019
Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org
Library summer program offers 1,000 ways to learn and have fun
Author events, 400+ STEM programs and extensive partnerships for all to enjoy
June 1 – Aug. 18, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, CA– This summer, the Library offers more than 1,000 inventive programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at each branch and every week this summer, June 1 – August 18. Learn the secret science of ice cream, how to tend backyard chickens, meet environmental writer Jason M. Wirth and attend the book launch of We Are Everywhere by authors Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer, the creators of Instagram’s @lgbt_history.
Exciting city-wide partnerships power this year’s Summer Stride programming. In one of its most widely-subscribed programs, the Library works with the National Park Service to arrange free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Marin Headlands. StoryWalks® have been installed in the Presidio featuring children’s books to increase the enjoyment of our beautiful parks.
Additionally, Oakland’s Scraper Bike Team will be joining award-winning artist Zachariah OHora on June 8 for a live StoryWalk® along the Presidio. Attendees will be treated to an interactive program about bikes, parks, art and community impact.
Summer Stride successfully motivates children, teens and adults to record time spent at library programs and reading throughout the summer by offering finishers a prize tote bag designed by OHora. Graphics for this year’s vibrant, inclusive campaign was inspired by the book OHora illustrated, Bikes for Sale, written by Carter Higgins and published by Chronicle Books. OHora’s original Summer Stride artwork will be on display outside the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center throughout the summer.
The Library also offers popular summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants tickets, concert tickets and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library and the Main Library.
San Francisco libraries are open seven days a week. Find storytimes for babies, engineering and maker programs for teens, magic shows, crafts, musical performances and summer films for families at 28 welcoming neighborhood libraries.
SUMMER STRIDE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Summer Stride includes more than 1,000 programs. View the complete Stride Guide here.
Zachariah OHora & Scraper Bikes LIVE in the Presidio – June 8, 2 p.m., Presidio Main Post
Make Coded Jewelry with ASCII Code – June 11, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library
Book Release of We Are Everywhere and Author Event – June 19, 7 p.m.,Oasis Nightclub
Author Doug Meyer – June 25, 6 p.m., Main Library
Backyard Chickens with Fog City Gardener – June 29, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch Library
Author Jason M. Wirth – June 29, 11 a.m., Main Library
Chain Reactions with Hot Wheels – July 1, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch Library
Beach Day on the Patio – July 3, 1 p.m., Main Children’s Center
Discover Coretta Scott King – July 17, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library
Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras – July 17, 6 p.m., Main Library
Fort of July – July 29, 3 p.m., The Mix at the Main Library
The Secret Science of Ice Cream – July 31, 4 p.m., North Beach Branch Library
Building Scraper Bikes with the Scraper Bike Team – July 27, 1 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Bookmobile visits at the SF Botanical Garden – June 3, July 1, 29, 12, 15, 17, 1199 9thAve. at Lincoln Way
Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke – June 8, 19, 22, 26 at multiple library locations
Summer Stride is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Summer Stride Video PSA: 45 seconds
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About San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.