Summer program begins tomorrow, delivers parks, performances and perks

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Summer program begins tomorrow, delivers parks, performances and perks

This summer, enjoy life, liberty and libraries at a location near you
May 19 – Aug. 19, 2018



libertySAN FRANCISCO, CA This summer, the Library offers more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer May 19 – Aug. 19. Strong and unique partnerships elevate this year’s Summer Stride programming. The Library, for a third year, has joined forces with the National Park Service to provide free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Alcatraz. A StoryWalk® at Crissy Field includes beautiful children’s book illustrations on signage along the trails, and families are invited to meet park rangers in their branch library to learn about local flora and fauna.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’s Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

This summer visit the library’s newest branch, Public Knowledge, located inside SFMOMA and attend engaging free events in the museum all summer long. Stop by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Mission for the Kids Camp film series, programmed and hosted by librarians; Wednesday matinee screenings are free and include themed crafts pre-show.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library.

San Francisco libraries are now open seven days a week. This means more storytimes for babies, engineering and maker programs for teens, magic shows, crafts, musical performances and summer films for families at 28 welcoming neighborhood libraries.


Summer Stride includes more than 900 programs.
View the complete Stride Guide here.

Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris: The Storyteller and the Artist – June 9, 11 a.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Studio Workshop with Shawn Harris – June 9, 3 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Park and Art with the National Park Rangers – July 13, 2 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Drag Queen Story Hour –  June 19, 2:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Let’s Dye! with Peopleologie – June 9, 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library

Cheese and Wine Tasting with Rainbow Grocery Coop – June 13, 5:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Author Kevin Killian – June 23, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Author Cara Black – July 17, 7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library

SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck – June 4, 2:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library

Cooking Dorm Food – Aug 17, 2 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Hip Hop Dance with Destiny Arts – July 18, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch Library

Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke – June 6, 7, 29, July 6, 16 and Aug. 16, 18 at multiple library locations

Puppy Dog Tales – June 6, July 26, Aug 11 at multiple Library locations

Zoomobile – June 8, 4 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Harvesting Honey – July 17, 3:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Cranky Contraptions with the Exploratorium – June 29, July 18, 28, Aug. 2, 8 at multiple library locations

Designing Inventions with The CJM – June 7, 12, 19, 20, 22 at multiple library locations


Summer Stride is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Summer Stride Video PSA

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About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.