Spring Book Sale & NLC Celebration a Smashing Success!

(Pictured: Deputy City Librarian Michael Lambert with Literary Director Byron Spooner during the NLC Celebration in front of the Spring Book Sale.) Thank you to all of our members, donors, volunteers, library supporters and book-buying enthusiasts for a super successful 5th Annual Spring Book Sale! The numbers are in and they’re eye-popping: we raised almost […]

Big Book Sale Brings in $225,000 for the SF Public Library

Hundreds of book lovers, community members and Friends flocked to Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion for the 48th Annual Big Book Sale. The six day extravaganza brought in $225,000 supporting  the San Francisco Public Library’s education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults. A special thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and everyone who […]

Readers Bookstore Labor Day Sale!

Ah, Labor Day–the federally recognized holiday that honors the working people of America, and Canada too! Not only do you get a day off work to lounge around or enjoy the final hours of summer with a cookout or vacation, but Members of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library also receive 35% off at […]

Library Steps Sales Start Today!

They’re BAACCKKK! On the heels of the Spring Book Sale, come the return of the fabulous Library Steps Sales! Held every Wednesday, April through October, the sales feature books and media all $1 or less. It’s the perfect lunch time cheap shopping fix!   Not to mention that all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public […]

SF Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair

This weekend, Friends of the SFPL is hauling some of the most interesting, unusual, rare and collectible books from Readers Bookstores and the online stores on an adventure to the 2012 San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair. Over 200 dealers from all across the globe will be hawking wares including first editions, modern […]

Pop Up Bookstores

By Katie Sue Ambellan At Friends, we know these people really well.  Many of them are our Members and they come to our Annual Big Book Sale and our Spring Book Sale.  They are book dealers with scanners who are using new technologies to stock their book stores, online stores and more. We know the […]

The Rare Stuff

By Byron Spooner Every year the Friends’ Book Sales Operation comes up with some really cool, rare stuff.  A great deal of that rare stuff we donate to the Library for their collections or sell on various on-line venues or at auction to benefit the Library.  And there’s always a bunch of stuff that we […]

50th Anniversary Book Sale Starts Today!

By Katie Sue Ambellan Today, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library unleashes over 250,000 books and media to the public at the 50th Anniversary Book Sale! Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion,the sale runs April 21-24th from 10 AM-6 PM. EVERYTHING is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3-hard cover books; $2-paperback […]

Steps Sales Start Tomorrow!

By Katie Sue Ambellan Spring has finally sprung here in San Francisco and you know what that means? Friends’ Steps Sales are back! Held every Wednesday, April-October, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (weather permitting) on the Larkin Street steps of the Main Library, all books at the Steps Sale are $1 or less and proceeds benefit the […]

Books and Serendipity

By Marcia Schneider Year after year, Shirley and Byron were the first buyers in line on the last day of the Friends of the Library’s annual Big Book Sale, when all the books are sold for a mere one dollar each. Their motivation? To purchase large quantities of quality hardcover fiction, which they used in […]