Masterful Storytelling from Expert Explorers

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2017 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;

San Francisco, CA -- This summer, the Library is going from tales to trails with a twist on the traditional summer reading program. SFPL has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) for a second year to expand the notion of learning to include active exploration, both inside and outside of library walls. Summer Stride: Read.Explore.Connect. includes more than 1,000 free learning and exploration programs such as free shuttle rides to local national parks, bioblitzes, StoryWalks, Ranger Talks and more. Ranger Talks are occurring in 11 locations throughout July and in early August. All ages will delight in learning about the flora, fauna and tales of San Francisco through masterful storytelling about the National Park Service’s protected park lands from those who know it best, the rangers themselves. PARK RANGER SCHEDULE (PDF version here) Tuesday, July 11               2 p.m.                   West Portal Wednesday, July 12        2 p.m.                   Merced Thursday, July 13              2 p.m.                  Ocean View Tuesday, July 18               2 p.m.                   North Beach Wednesday, July 19        2 p.m.                   Marina Thursday, July 20              2 p.m.                  Chinatown Tuesday, July 25               2 p.m.                   Eureka Valley Wednesday, July 26        2 p.m.                   Potrero Thursday, July 27              12 p.m.                Presidio Thursday, July 27              2 p.m.                  Presidio Tuesday, Aug. 8                2 p.m.                   Mission Bay Wednesday, Aug. 9         2 p.m.                   Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center About Summer Stride Summer Stride encourages all ages and abilities to have fun reading and learning during the summer months. Patrons are encouraged to check out books, comics, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and more and choose 1,000+ free programs to deepen reading enjoyment, spark STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) passions, and learn through active, outside exploration. Summer Stride is funded in large part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, whose generous members and donors advocate, champion and invest in our premier public Library system accessible to all. Tracking Guides are available at all locations for patrons to record reading, listening, and learning time, and work their way to a coveted finishing prize: a special 2017 Library tote bag featuring artwork by Lizi Boyd, author of I Wrote You a Note. All ages are eligible to receive the prize after completing 20 hours of reading, listening, learning, and library time. Library visitors can also enter a weekly raffle at their neighborhood library location. Raffle prizes include free passes to local museums, sporting events and attractions. Visit for more information. View the Summer Stride Guide here.

July 7, 2017