Happy New Year, everyone! Last year was a busy one for Friends: Over 61 book sales, 1,374 volunteers, 52 weekly Thursdays at Readers poetry readings and over $1.7 million dollars of support given to the San Francisco Public Library. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, community partners and supporters for contributing to a successful and fun year! Check out some of the annual highlights:
Best Party of the Year: IMBIBE
Last February we took over the Portola Branch Library for a Valentine themed cocktail party, and in the fall we threw a spooktacular Halloween party in the Golden Gate Valley Branch! Don’t miss out on this year’s best books & booze event: Become a member today and receive your exclusive invitation to our special cocktail parties! Sign up online at www.friendssfpl.org or in-person in our Readers Bookstores.
Proudest Moment: Opening of The Mix at SFPL
The Mix at SFPL opened last spring and we’re so proud to support this new youth-designed, 21st century teen digital learning center. We’re excited to continue working with the library to bridge the digital divide in San Francisco. Want to help us in our efforts? Donate today at www.friendssfpl.org or call (415) 626-7500 to find out how you can become involved.
Best Neighborhood Library Celebration: Friends’ successful campaign provided the furniture and equipment for 24 renovated or rebuilt branch libraries. We threw a party at our Spring Big Book Sale last year to celebrate! As part of the festivities, the library rolled out its new Techmobile, a computer lab on wheels partially sponsored by Friends that brings digital training into the community.
Grand Opening of our new Donation Center: After calling The Mission our home for almost a decade we moved into a larger facility in the beautiful Potrero neighborhood at 1630 17th Street to continue expanding our growing book operations. We celebrated our new space with an Open House in November. Have items you’d like to donate? Come on by! We’re open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Stellar New Staff: Meet Kristina Kearns, our new Manager of Volunteer Services & Outreach. Kristina is working hard to get shifts filled for our Readers Bookstores, Book Donation Center, many book sales, mailings and special events. Last year volunteers donated over 21,000 hours of their time! Interested in joining the fun and helping out? Kristina would love to hear from you. You can email her at Kristina.Kearns@Friendssfpl.org or call her at (415) 477-5223.
Friends is bringing back its Library Laureates gala reception and dinner on March 18 in time to celebrate the Library’s 20th Anniversary of the “new” Main! We will honor inspirational community leader Cissie Swig, a former Library Commissioner who helped create the Library Laureates event and is a champion of San Francisco library branches in underserved neighborhoods. Featuring a one-of-a-kind evening with authors, cocktails, fine wine and delectable food at the Main, this event serves Friends’ mission to support the San Francisco Public Library. Join us! Please visit www.friendssfpl.org for more information.