Bayview Essay Contest-Selected Entries!

A new Bayview Branch Library is currently under construction at the corner of 3rd Street and Revere and earlier in 2012, Friends’ Bayview Branch Library Campaign Committee hosted an essay contest, asking: “How can the new Bayview Branch Library help to build a stronger Bayview community?” Students who live in the area, or have a […]

Thank You to our Service Men & Women

The Readers Review thanks all who have served and protected our country today on Veterans Day.  The San Francisco Public Library will be closed in observance of this holiday on Monday, November 12, 2012.  Check out some more amazing images of veterans in the library’s Historical Photograph collection here.

Poets 11 Branch Readings

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to Poets 11 2012! Now in its fourth year, Poets 11 is a citywide poetry contest and reading series that collects poems from every neighborhood in San Francisco. Join us and hear featured poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts.   Selected […]

Digging Deep

Did you know that the San Francisco Public Library actually sits on top of an ancient Gold Rush era cemetery and the original City Hall, destroyed by the 1906 earthquake? Discover what else you may be standing above as the San Francisco Public Library presents an exhibit of the archeological remains from our city’s rich […]

Back to School Time!

Drop the beach ball and pick up your freshly sharpened pencils, because the first day of school is just around of the corner! As the leaves begin to turn red and the weather cools (well, heats up here in the city), we know that the first day of school is quickly approaching. In an anticipation […]

CALLING ALL POETS

San Francisco poets, get your pens and submit  your work to Poets 11—a citywide poetry contest and reading series that collects poems from every neighborhood in San Francisco and features poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts. Submissions will be accepted August 8—September 8, 2012. All types of poetry are […]

Books and Bread

“There are two things you don’t throw out in France — bread and books,” says french bookstore owner and publisher Bernard Fixot. Oh, to be French…Or at least live in France where the most revered creator is a writer. The recent New York Times article, The French Still Flock to Bookstores, explains that the country’s […]

Thank You, Dolorous Knight, for Supporting SF’s Libraries

By Rebecca Alcalá, Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada, and Terry Gwiazdowski Dolorous Knight, an avid reader, lifelong learner, and Excelsior Branch benefactor, passed away on June 5, 2012 at the age of 98.  A resident of the Excelsior District for seven decades, Mrs. Knight continuously borrowed books from the branch, and a log she kept beginning in 1976 […]

Librarians Do Gaga

This is too cute!

Without Libraries

Everyone has a story about being saved by literature and at a recent Friends of the San Francisco Public Library event, author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) shared his tale, saying that he “can’t imagine a world without libraries.” His library love began as a child, where there was hardly a day he wasn’t visiting the […]