2020 Vision

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

michael lambert2019 was a banner year for the San Francisco Public Library. We went Fine Free, received the highest grade for any department ever in the annual City Survey, extended our hours so that all branches are now open seven days a week, launched the Lucky Day Collection of highly popular books available for immediate check-out and experienced record turnouts for our One City One Book programs.

Looking ahead at 2020, we are excited to build on this momentum with you, our beloved patrons. You motivate us every day to strive to be the premier public library in the nation.

And we hope always to be a source of inspiration for you! The Library’s comprehensive free resources can be a catalyst for positive transformation. Our programming, classes and workshops cover virtually every topic at every learning level and, often, in multiple languages. Whether it’s connecting with community through a book group or achieving a high school diploma or seeing your child’s face light up during a story hour, the Library’s breadth of services and opportunities to improve one’s well-being are staggering. At a time when so many of us feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, the Library is here to help make life a little easier and more enjoyable.

With that in mind, here are a few exciting things to inspire you this winter:

  • If any of your 2020 resolutions include eating better, exercising more, changing careers or making time to relax, we’ve got you covered. Here is a round-up of programs and activities to jump start a new you in the new year.

  • Meet members from the Bay Area’s disability community who are making the world better for all of us. Opening on January 11 at the Main, Changemakers: Bay Area Disability Pride is an exuberant exhibition of portraits of leaders in the disability community by artists with disabilities.  Accompanying this exhibition is a rich series of free public programs featuring some incredible artists from our local disability community.

  • Come hear San Francisco-born and Harvard-trained geriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson discuss her new book Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life on Jan 22, 6:00-7:30 PM at Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Drawing on stories of patient care from her quarter-century of practice, along with lessons from history, science, literature, popular culture and her own life, Aronson will share insight on the opportunities and challenges specific to one’s 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond.

  • Don’t miss our biggest night of the year! On Feb 1, the Main Library will host the second Night of Ideas in partnership with the French Consulate in San Francisco, KQED and SFMOMA. This year’s after-hours marathon will engage speakers and participants around the idea of “living on the edge.” Venues throughout the Main Library will feature different approaches to this theme and various means of expressions, from keynote speeches to panel discussions to more intimate dialogues. Music, art and performances will be interspersed in the program to energize participants and break social barriers. Visit nightofideassf.com.

Let’s make 2020 our best year yet!

michael lambert

Michael Lambert

City Librarian