Summer Stride 2019 - Library Summer Program Offers 1,000 Ways to Learn and Have Fun

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2019
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Library summer program offers 1,000 ways to learn and have fun

Author events, 400+ STEM programs and extensive partnerships for all to enjoy

June 1 – Aug. 18, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, CAThis summer, the Library offers more than 1,000 inventive programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at each branch and every week this summer, June 1 August 18. Learn the secret science of ice cream, how to tend backyard chickens, meet environmental writer Jason M. Wirth and attend the book launch of We Are Everywhere by authors Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer, the creators of Instagram’s @lgbt_history.

Exciting city-wide partnerships power this year’s Summer Stride programming. In one of its most widely-subscribed programs, the Library works with the National Park Service to arrange free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Marin Headlands. StoryWalks® have been installed in the Presidio featuring children’s books to increase the enjoyment of our beautiful parks.

Additionally, Oakland’s Scraper Bike Team will be joining award-winning artist Zachariah OHora on June 8 for a live StoryWalk® along the Presidio. Attendees will be treated to an interactive program about bikes, parks, art and community impact.

Summer Stride successfully motivates children, teens and adults to record time spent at library programs and reading throughout the summer by offering finishers a prize tote bag designed by OHora. Graphics for this year’s vibrant, inclusive campaign was inspired by the book OHora illustrated, Bikes for Sale, written by Carter Higgins and published by Chronicle Books. OHora’s original Summer Stride artwork will be on display outside the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center throughout the summer.

The Library also offers popular summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants tickets, concert tickets and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library and the Main Library.

San Francisco libraries are open seven days a week. Find 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 1,000 programs. View the complete Stride Guide here.

Zachariah OHora & Scraper Bikes LIVE in the Presidio – June 8, 2 p.m., Presidio Main Post 

Harry Potter Potions – June 8, June 17, June 25, June 27, various library locations

Make Coded Jewelry with ASCII Code – June 11, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Book Release of We Are Everywhere and Author Event – June 19, 7 p.m.,Oasis Nightclub

Author Doug Meyer – June 25, 6 p.m., Main Library

Backyard Chickens with Fog City Gardener – June 29, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch Library

Author Jason M. Wirth – June 29, 11 a.m., Main Library

Chain Reactions with Hot Wheels – July 1, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

Beach Day on the Patio – July 3, 1 p.m., Main Children’s Center

Discover Coretta Scott King – July 17, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras – July 17, 6 p.m., Main Library

Fort of July – July 29, 3 p.m., The Mix at the Main Library

The Secret Science of Ice Cream – July 31, 4 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Building Scraper Bikes with the Scraper Bike Team – July 27, 1 p.m., Bayview Branch Library

Bookmobile visits at the SF Botanical Garden – June 3, July 1, 29, 12, 15, 17, 1199 9thAve. at Lincoln Way

Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke – June 8, 19, 22, 26 at multiple library locations

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

Summer Stride Video PSA: 45 seconds

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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.

May 21, 2019