Monthly Archives: May 2015

Welcome to Summer Stride 2015: Read. Make. Learn.

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2015

Media Contact: Benjamin Ibarra

 Welcome to Summer Stride 2015:

Read. Make. Learn.

The San Francisco Public Library’s annual summer learning program, open to readers and makers of all ages, kicks off on May 30th and runs through August 9th.  With the offer of weekly prizes, activities and a custom designed tote bag people are sure to race to sign up, and luckily signing up for Summer Stride 2015 has never been easier.  Simply go to any one of the 28 libraries, roaming bookmobiles, or online at our site, for more informationImage of Summer Stride.

Summer Stride 2015 will Tip Off with a joint event between the Golden State Warriors and the Library’s Ortega Branch.  Warriors Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle will visit the Ortega Branch on Friday May 29, 2015 at 2pm to read from his children’s book, Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game, sign autographs and encourage the kids to join the Summer Stride program.

All reading counts toward the children’s goal of 10 hours of reading, thereby winning them a custom Summer Stride 2015 tote bag.  Adults and teens with 15 hours of reading will also win a tote bag.  In addition all participants can enter a weekly raffle that can win prizes such as museum passes, gift cards and much more.

All participants can track their reading time using the Summer Stride Program and Tracking Guide, available at all branches and online at  The program guide will offer up information on the more than 350 free programs available for people to read, make and learn throughout the summer.  Everything from dancing, singing, science projects, makerspaces and book groups will have programming available to participate in throughout San Francisco.

This year’s Summer Stride tracking guide allows for readers to track their progress through stickers and badges.  For a second year, the Library partnered with Chronicle Books to create the Summer Stride artwork by award winning children’s author Benjamin Chaud inspired by his latest book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School…

The Library will also have the Free Summer Lunch program available at certain locations: the Main Library’s 2nd floor children’s center, Bayview, Ocean View, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley branches.

Summer Stride is a collaboration between the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Unified School District.

The Summer Stride 2015 program is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Chronicle Books and La Boulange Café & Bakery.

Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library location for details, or go to and learn more about this great opportunity.

Library Expands Access to Deaf Services

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2015

Media Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
(415) 557-4295

Library Expands Access to Deaf Services

Starting May 9th the San Francisco Public Library’s Deaf Services Center will be expanding its level of service to the deaf community.  The Center will now increase its hours of operation at the Main Library to 60 hours per week, an increase of 21 hours, keeping it on par with the regular schedule that the Main Library operates under.

Previously, the Deaf Services Center was closed on Sundays and Mondays, so increasing its hours to match the regular operating hours of the Main Library was a priority of San Francisco Public Library system.

“Allowing our patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing to have on par access with all other library users is vital in keeping with our Library mission,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The Library’s Deaf Services Center, located on the First Floor of the Main Library, was designed, constructed and furnished to facilitate effective communication for individuals using sign language or speech reading.  The Center’s collection includes books, magazines, video materials and other items about American Sign Language, sign language study, deafness, Deaf history and culture.  Patrons also have access to a videophone booth along with laptop computers with access to video relay services.

“It’s very exciting that the unique collection the Deaf Services Center holds will now be available to all patrons, every day of the week” said Marti Goddard, Access Services Manager for The Library.

Over the past year, as part of a system wide expansion of hours, the Main Library was also able to increase hours at the Daniel E. Koshland San Francisco History Center, which is now also open 60 hours per week.  The History Center contains a research collection of books, newspapers and magazines, photographs, maps, posters, archives and manuscript collections, and ephemera, documenting all aspects of San Francisco life and history. The Center is also the archives for the City and County of San Francisco.

For more information about the Deaf Services Center visit its website, or view the San Francisco Public Library’s page at