Check Out San Francisco

By Michelle Jeffers

Despite forecasts of drizzly weather all week, the signs are all there–the first long weekend that essentially kicks off the summer season. The Memorial Day holiday is always enjoyable, perhaps because I never plan anything except rejoicing in the luxury of a three day weekend. If the nice weather returns, or even if it doesn’t, it could be a perfect weekend to go exploring the city, maybe a Bay Cruise, a trip to the zoo, or a visit to a museum.

At the Library, we’re seeing a lot of explorers these days, ever since we launched the Check Out San Francisco Family Pass. Thanks to a partnership with the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, all the open library branches including the Main have free passes for San Francisco families with children to check out which give them free admission to 18 local attractions and activities.

All you need is a Library card, (you have one of those, right?) and a child under the age of 18. We’re not the first library system to offer a museum pass program, but we’re definitely starting with one of the largest offerings, from scientific explorations to cartoon art.

Here are the details: each library has one pass per week for each of the attractions (the Main has two). You check one out with your library card, visit the selected attraction within seven days, hand over the pass and voila, you’re in! Free admission applies to one and up to two adults and one and up to four children. The passes automatically expire, so you don’t need to return anything to the library.

The family pass is a pilot project that lasts through the end of 2010, so hurry on into your branch to check one out before they’re all gone. And while you’re there, sign up for a summer reading program (this year it’s not just for kids) but more on that next week.

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