Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Main Library

Twenty years have passed since the San Francisco Main Library first opened its doors to great acclaim on April 18, 1996, and the anniversary is being celebrated with more than 20 lively programs, events and exhibits! In 1988 Friends championed Proposition A, a bond issue that funded $109.5 million to build the new Main Library. The […]

A Portrait of the Artist: Meet our Poster Designer!

Wayne Shellabarger is one of our favorite artists living in the Bay Area, and we’re thrilled to debut his 3rd poster design for our upcoming Big Book Sale. Wayne has illustrated numerous covers and articles for the San Francisco Bay Guardian (RIP) and has illustrated and designed the promotional posters for the 20th Anniversary of […]

Letters to Myself: Alan Blackman

Alan Blackman has had a long and storied career, as an artist, calligrapher, typeface designer for Adobe, lettering arts instructor, and three years working for the U.S. Post Office at San Francisco’s Rincon Annex. By his own account, however, his most significant work isLetters to Myself. Letters to Myself was a personal project first undertaken […]

The Mix at SFPL: Now Open!

Teens now have a dedicated space to make and learn with technology! Last month, the San Francisco Public Library unveiled The Mix at SFPL, a new learning space for teens. We are so proud to support this amazing new teen digital learning center and are excited to continue working with the Library to bridge the […]

Exhibition Opening: California’s Wild Edge – The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History

Renowned Woodcut artist Tom Killion will have his prints showcased at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery from May 9 through July 5, 2015. These  prints combine exquisite color with dynamic composition to portray the coast’s ever-changing moods and diverse formations: storm tides crashing at Point Lobos, serene moonlit coves at Mendocino, and fog encircling the Golden […]

Upcoming Library Branch Celebrations!

We had a blast celebrating the success of the Neighborhood Library Campaign  last month, but we’re not done partying! Join us as we continue to celebrate our amazing branch libraries during upcoming anniversary parties and open houses. You can view a complete schedule here. MAY EVENTS North Beach One Year Anniversary Celebrate the beautiful new […]

How to Save Nature

By Mary Ellen Hannibal The subtitle of my book, The Spine of the Continent, is:  “The most ambitious wildlife conservation project ever undertaken.” Now that the book has been out for a few months, and I’ve given a bunch of radio show interviews (most recently on KQED with Michael Krasny), slide presentations, and readings about the […]

President Obama Appoints Luis Herrera to Serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board

For those who haven’t been paying attention, the San Francisco Public Library is killing it right now! Specifically, our City Librarian. This week, President Obama appointed our amazing City Librarian Luis Herrera To Serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. This appointment is in addition to being Library Journal‘s 2012 Librarian of the […]

Bayview Essay Contest-College Winner

Bayview Essay Contest Winner:  Timothy B., Sophomore at San Jose State University As a community of residents of the city of San Francisco, we must realize that we are getting equipped with the tools for success, now it is just time that we utilize this resource. The community of Bayview/Hunters Point is often referred to […]

Bayview Essay Contest-Middle School Winner

Bayview Essay Contest Winner: Isaiah T.,  Seventh Grade The New Bayview Library: A land of Opportunity Picture thirteen year-old John at the old Bayview library. Everyday, he came to the library because he felt he had nowhere else to go. He tried to get on the computers to do some homework and maybe even play […]