Gifts that Keep on Giving at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Gifts that Keep on Giving at the San Francisco Public Library


San Francisco, CA – This holiday season, add a personal, handmade touch to gift-giving by upcycling with the Library. SFPL is excited to be offering free workshops and events about green ideas and environmentally sustainable practices during the month of December. Transform old books and magazines, T-shirts and sweaters, and bottles and jars into cup cozies, mixed media wreaths, sugar scrubs and more.

Libraries throughout the City are hosting Green Gifts workshops for kids, teens and adults, focusing on crafting seasonal presents and decorations using repurposed materials. The workshops help patrons learn to create less waste by providing innovative and fun ways to utilize the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Patrons can try their hand at weaving newspaper baskets, folding origami trees, creating paper ornaments, fabric flowers, T-shirt tote bags and much more. For more information, view the complete program guide, and visit

For additional, and year-round, eco-friendly resources and programs at the Library, visit the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the Main Library.

Green Gifts – Program Highlights:

Crafting with Recycled Books – Dec. 2 & 3, West Portal

Mixed Media Wreaths – Dec. 5, Anza

Adult Craft Night: Sugar Scrubs and Holiday Cards – Dec. 6, Noe Valley

Holiday Upcycling – Dec. 7, Excelsior

Children’s Craft: Calming Jars – Dec. 9, Western Addition

Fingerless Gloves with GoGo Craft – Dec. 13, Portola

TAY Day in the Hormel Center – Dec. 18, Main Library, Hormel Center

Craft Night: Snow Globes & Gift Tags – Dec. 20, Ortega