Welcome, Marie Ciepiela!

We are pleased to announce the selection of Marie Ciepiela as our new Executive Director! The selection was made after a thorough national search and selection process, during which Marie served as Interim Executive Director of Friends. “A world class library needs a world class organization to support and advocate on its behalf,” reports Luis Herrera, City […]

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 […]

Poets 11 Returns: Open Submissions!

Poets, get your pens— we’re pleased to announce Poets 11: 6th Edition!  Our citywide poetry contest and reading series collects poems from every San Francisco neighborhood and features poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts. Submissions open now through June 15th, 2016 Local poets are encouraged to submit up to […]

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 […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Last year was a busy one for Friends: Over 61 book sales, 1,374 volunteers, 52 weekly Thursdays at Readers poetry readings and over $1.7 million dollars of support given to the San Francisco Public Library. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, community partners and supporters for contributing to a […]

Mixer at The Mix

On Monday, November 16th, celebrate the launch of San Francisco Public Library’s new teen digital media center, The Mix at SFPL, with cocktails and bites and learn how you can get involved with programming that directly impacts San Francisco’s youth. The Mix at SFPL is a new center where teens ages 13-18 can explore books, […]

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 […]

The Mix at SFPL: Grand Opening!

Please join us on Thursday, June 18 for the Grand Opening of the new teen digital center, The Mix at SFPL! Ribbon cutting begins at 11 a.m. with festivities throughout the day. The Mix at SFPL is an innovative, youth-designed, 21st century teen learning space that will provide 4,770-square feet of space and equipment for […]

Spoke & Word Book Bike Hits the Streets!

We’re proud to announce the unveiling of Spoke & Word, a pedal-powered library made possible by an innovation grant by Friends!  The book bike is a combination electric pedal assist bicycle and trailer that will bring the resources of the San Francisco Public Library to the people. “The Book Bike will be a great tool […]