San Francisco Public Library Gets into the Election Season Spirit (It’s Going to Be Great!) with New Power to the People Program Series


Media Contact: Kate Patterson  

Programs include citizenship workshops, voter registration help, a bi-partisan ballot measure breakdown and a lesson on how to decipher fake news + the Library will host 17 polling sites throughout the City

San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Library is here to restore some faith in our democracy this election season with Power to the People, a new series of meaningful civic-minded programs that empower people to effectively use their voice. The Library will also host 17 polling sites throughout the City.

“To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, libraries are ‘essential to the functioning of a democratic society.’” says City Librarian Michael Lambert, “Our Power to the People series gets us back in touch with what matters in a healthy democracy. Education is a key component, and that’s where San Francisco Public Library comes in. For anyone who has big questions on how to become a citizen or how to vote this year, we’ve got answers and more.”  

Upcoming Power to the People programs include:

Get Help with Your Citizenship Application – Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Are you ready to apply for citizenship? Make an appointment with a volunteer immigration attorney or expert and get your questions answered. You’ll also get help filling out the citizenship application form on Appointments are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please plan on spending 3 hours at the virtual workshop, which will take place online via Zoom. This event is presented in partnership with the SF Pathways to Citizenship Initiative and law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.

To schedule an appointment, call 415-662-8901 and leave a message. Attendees should have had a green card for at least 4 years and 9 months, (or at least 2 years and 9 months, if married to a U.S. citizen). Visit:

Fake News - Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1-2 p.m.

Intentionally misleading 'news' is all over the Internet. Learn how to spot the signs of a less-than-credible story, and resources for fact checking what you see online. Please register here for a link to join the class on Zoom:

Your Vote Matters! – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. and Oct. 4, 11 a.m.

Presented in partnership with San Francisco Department of Elections, this program allows participants to find out everything you need to know to ensure your vote counts. Learn how to register, find out all the ways to vote and be aware of the deadlines. A Q & A session will follow the presentation.

The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 19, 2020. Connect with San Francisco Department of Elections - Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Sept. 23, 6 p.m. – Oct. 4, 11 a.m. –

League of Women Voters of San Francisco – Oct. 7, 6 p.m.

Trained representatives will provide an unbiased nonpartisan analysis of the ballot measures for San Francisco and California State elections. Get the information needed to make up your own mind.

SFPL YouTube Live:


Tune into SFGov TV in October to meet the candidates for the Board of Supervisors. Episodes were filmed at the Main Library and will be available online in SFGov TV’s video-on-demand archive.


September 9, 2020