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 […]

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 […]

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: Judith Ayn Bernhard & Charles Curtis Blackwell

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: 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: Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis & John Curl

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 […]

Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: Jennifer Barone & Micah Ballard

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 Friends’ Resident Poet Jack […]