Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: Chun Yu & Kevin Simmonds

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is  curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more […]

Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia & Trang Cao

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is  curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more […]

Open Houses & Anniversaries: Bayview, North Beach & Mission!

Our Neighborhood Library Campaign (NLC) may be over, but we’re still celebrating our beautiful branch libraries! Coming up this weekend: two NLC anniversaries and right around the corner is Mission Branch’s Open House & Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mark your calendars and join us! These events are proudly funded by Friends: North Beach Branch: 2 Year Anniversary […]

Potrero Hill Arts Exhibition: Reception Saturday!

What a busy week ahead! We suggest that after checking out Summer Stride’s kick-off event at Crissy Fields this Saturday, you head on over to the Potrero Branch for the Potrero Hills Arts Exhibition Opening Reception! The Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition is funded by Friends and is the oldest annual art show in San Francisco, owing its longevity to Potrero Hill artists and community. […]

Summer Stride – Kick Off Event This Saturday!

Coming up: fun, adventure, and amazing new worlds —all for free! Brace yourself for one of our favorite annual Library programs: Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore. Summer Stride is SFPL’s all-ages summer learning program, funded in part by Friends. This is a particularly special Summer Stride because the Library is celebrating the National Park Service’s […]

Spring Big Book Sale: Success!

 Thank you to all of our volunteers, members, book donors, sponsors and shoppers for making our 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale a slammin’ success. The sale brought in over $200,000 for the San Francisco Public Library! Our favorite thing about putting on the West Coast’s largest used book sale is that proceeds support learning […]

The Artist is Present: Big Book Sale Poster Signing with Illustrator Wayne Shellabarger!

Wayne Shellabarger is one of our favorite Bay Area artists, and we’re thrilled to have him join us this Sunday, April 3rd during our 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale to sign posters! Over the last two years, Wayne has illustrated & designed 4 posters for our Annual Spring and Fall Big Book Sales and the […]

2016 Library Laureates: Amazing Auction Items!

A luxury suite to watch the San Francisco Giants! Tickets to the Golden State Warriors! A weekend get-a-way in Tomales Bay! Lunch with Robert Mailer Anderson & Willie L. Brown, Jr.! These are just a few of the fantastic ‪‎2016 Library Laureates auction items that we have on deck and guess what? Due to an […]

Best Things of the Week, 5/19/15

Best Things of the Week   by Byron Spooner   May 18, 2015   Best Thing I Saw All Week: Modern Times, written, starring and directed by Charlie Chaplin (1936): I saw this about fifty years ago sitting on the couch with my old man watching a disintegrating black-and-white TV. He was always a hardcore […]

Best Things of the Week 5/7/15

Best Things of the Week by Byron Spooner May 6, 2015   Best Thing I Saw All Week: Sons of Anarchy, Final Season: This looks at first glance like a  dystopian Biblical parable of some sort—son named Abel, town named Charming (Paradise?) overrun by heathens, protagonist as misunderstood peacemaker, the final scene a crucifixion—but those […]