Monthly Archives: May 2012

Summer Reading for All Ages

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

May 21, 2012

Summer Reading for All Ages

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Read SF Offers Events, Book Lists, Prizes and Volunteering

Summer Read 2012 posterSan Francisco Public Library is encouraging all readers in San Francisco to pick up, tune in, or log on to a new book this summer. Summer Read SF, which runs from June 1 through August 4, 2012, features selected reading lists, special events and activities, prizes, and more for all ages. Sign up now at Participants also can sign up for the summer reading programs at any library location in San Francisco.

Launch Party

To kickoff Summer Read SF, the Library’s Green Bookmobile will be hosting a launch party in front of the California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park on Sunday, June 3.

This will be a fun-filled day in the park, featuring sidewalk chalk art, face painting and entertainment. Plus, it’s the quarterly free day at California Academy of Sciences, so you’ll get a chance to see the Academy’s new exhibit, Earthquake!, which will include a walk-through model of the Earth, an earthquake simulator, and an interactive space designed to teach earthquake preparedness.


All ages can also win a prize for participating in Summer Read SF. Children, 0-12, who read for 10 or more hours this summer can record their time online and choose from one of our grand prizes: a book, a free pass to a fun San Francisco attraction or a Summer Read SF cotton book bag and journal notebook. Teens, 13-18, can win prizes too for reading for 30 hours or more. Adults who read for 40 hours or more can win a book bag. Branch libraries will also be raffling off special prizes over the summer. Need a good book to read this summer, check out book lists for each age group and interest once you register at

Special Summer Events

Every library in San Francisco will be offering special events all summer long. Children can visit the Zoomobile or be entertained by jugglers, magicians, clowns and bubble artists. Teens can play video games, make crafts, and participate in cartooning workshops led by San Francisco artist Sirron Norris who designed the Summer Read SF poster this year. Adults can learn how to make their own sourdough or sauerkraut, or come to other fun crafting and gardening programs. Find a full list of summer events and activities at

KidPower Volunteers

Want to help with summer reading. Middle and high school students can become KidPower volunteers and help with the summer reading program at their neighborhood library. KidPower volunteers help sign people up for summer reading, assist with summer reading programs, and gain valuable work experience. We couldn’t run Summer Reading without them. Contact the librarian at your branch to sign up to volunteer.

Thanks to our sponsors

Summer Read SF 2012 is underwritten by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library with support from: Aquarium of the Bay; Bay Area Discovery Museum; California Academy of Science; Children’s Creativity Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Japanese Tea Garden; Pump It Up; Presidio Bowl; Ripley’s Believe It or Not; San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers; San Francisco Giants/Oracle; San Francisco Zoo; Sirron Norris; and The Stocker Foundation.

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

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Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibit

May 2, 2012

Contact: Steve Goldman
(415) 356-2464;

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and the Japan Foundation, in cooperation with the San Francisco Public Library present…

Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibit

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2012 through Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WHERE: San Francisco Public Library
International Center, 3rd Floor
100 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

ABOUT: Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibit:

Picture of Japanese craftAn exhibit featuring examples of original works by contemporary Japanese artists displaying a wide variety of crafts including ceramics, dyed fabrics and lacquer ware. Although many of the pieces display a creative fusion of Japanese and Western artistic traditions, the theme and sensibility underlying these works is Japanese.

For more information on this exhibit please contact Steve Goldman at the Consulate General of Japan at: 415-356-2464.