Join us for the Northern California Book Awards!

Celebrate the Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene this month with the 35th Annual Northern California Book Awards, co-sponsored by Friends! This event recognizes the best published works of 2015 and celebrates Northern California authors. Berkeley eco-feminist author Susan Griffin will be honored with the Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement and service. The NCBR Recognition […]

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 […]

Lovin’ Our Library Laureates: Colin Winnette

  Last month we brought back the Library Laureates Gala and celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Main Library  with 35 of our favorite authors. This month we had the pleasure of catching up with Library Laureate Colin Winnette! Colin is the author of Revelation, Animal Collection, Fondly, Coyote, and Haints Stay. Coyote won Les Figues Press’s NOS Book Contest, and […]

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 […]

Coming Up: 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale!

The countdown begins: we’re only 3 weeks away from the biggest book selling event of the season! Join us March 30th – April 3rd from 10 AM – 6 PM in Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture: Festival Pavilion and dig into 250,000 books & media in over 75 categories, priced at $3 and […]

Thursdays at Readers: Mauro Aprile Zanett & Peter Yamamoto

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine 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 […]

Thursdays at Readers: Tamsin Smith & Greg Pond

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine 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 […]

This Weekend: OPEN HOUSE!

Join us this Saturday, November 14th for our Donation Center Open House party. Come tour the new space and enjoy pizza & drink specials on us! What: Donation Center Open House Where: 1630 17th Street When: Saturday, November 14 2015, 2 – 4 p.m. What’s our Donation Center all about? Our Donation Center accepts your […]

Coming Up: Readers Bookstore Member Sales

 We recommend getting your holiday shopping done at Readers Bookstores this season because we have some great member sales coming up: Thanksgiving Sale: 35% off November 21st – 29th (please note that both stores closed 26th and 27th) December Holiday Sale: items are 20% off all month long! Our Readers Bookstores have something for everyone: […]