FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2012
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San Francisco Public Library Adding Sunday and Monday Service at Three Branch Libraries
Provides More Library Service for Annual SF Summer Reading Program
Just in time for summer, San Francisco Public Library is adding an additional, permanent, day of service at three branch libraries: Mission Bay, Portola and Visitacion Valley branch libraries.
Starting June 2, Visitation Valley Branch will now be open on Sundays and starting June 3, Mission Bay and Portola branches will be open on Mondays, making all three libraries seven-day-per-week operations.
“As libraries across our State are reducing library hours and closing their libraries, San Francisco continues to invest in libraries and expanding library access,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Extending access to our libraries is vital to ensuring that youth maintain their reading and learning skills over the summer months. I’m pleased that three of our City’s libraries will be able to add additional days of service that will strengthen educational opportunities this summer and provide safe welcoming spaces for youth all year round.”
Visitacion Valley’s Sunday hours will be 1-5 p.m., matching Sunday hours at other San Francisco Public Library branches. Mission Bay and Portola will be open Mondays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., also providing consistency with other San Francisco library branches’ Monday hours.
“This expansion of service will ensure that youth who participate in Summer Reading will have more opportunities and days to take part in the Library’s free science and entertainment programs offered at every branch,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.
The additional days of service at the Mission Bay, Portola and Visitacion Valley libraries will continue even after the summer is over. Pick up bookmarks with the new hours at each of these libraries. More information can be found at sfpl.org.
San Francisco Summer Read 2013
San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading program provides opportunities for children, teen and adults to read all summer, record their time and earn prizes including books or passes to more than 18 San Francisco museums and attractions. Children (birth to 12 years) can earn a prize for reading 10 hours or more; Teens 13-18 each prizes for reading 30 hours or more; and adults each prizes for reading 40 hours or more over the length of the program, June 1 through August 11.
In addition, every San Francisco Public Library will offer free classes, workshops, entertainment and storytimes every week of the summer. Sign up for Summer Read SF online at sfpl.org/summerread.
Supervisor Farrell Reading Scholarships
As an added bonus for teens who participate in San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading program, Supervisor Mark Farrell is sponsoring four (4) $5,000 scholarships for teens (13-18 years) who meet the basic requirements of the SFPL Summer Reading program to read 30 hours over the summer and also publish five (5) book reviews in the online Summer Reading system. Every teen fulfilling these requirements will be entered into a random drawing to receive a scholarship. The drawing will take place after Summer Reading ends in August. For more information, go to sfpl.org/summerread or ask your youth librarian. Scholarships with be administered as 529 accounts through ScholarShare.