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Phone: 415-626-7500
710 Van Ness Street
San Francisco
California 94102

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Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: sort books at our Donation Center, work in our Readers Bookstores or help out at a special event.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Friends support programs and services that bring libraries to life. In just the past five years, we have provided over $8 million dollars in support of the San Francisco Public Library. We provide funding for programs for children and teens, including the Summer Reading Club, Storytime, Lapsit, and Book Buddies. We provide extra funding to the Library's Teen Services in support of programs like High School and Beyond, and Kidpower, a program where teens help young children read. We also provide funding for adult programming and exhibitions at the Main and throughout the library system including branch-specific grants that fund unique neighborhood-based projects. Currently we are focusing on revitalizing these libraries through our Neighborhood Library Campaign which will raise 16 million dollars to help refurbish 24 of our existing branch libraries, and provide fixtures and furnishings for the City's new branch library being built in Mission Bay. In addition, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provide funding for special collections including the Hormel Center, the Stegner Environmental center, and the History Center as well as grants for professional development for library staff.

The mission of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is to create, steward and support a superior, free public library system in San Francisco. We are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our libraries by funding programs and services beyond what is allocated in the City''s budget. We believe in free and equal access to information for all.

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As a volunteer, I have been very happy with my experience with Friends. I donate my time each year at the Big Book Sale and am excited to volunteer this year at the Spring Sale! My branch library, the Park Branch was recently renovated and I am happy to have been a part of making it great... more »
Having attended all meetings of the San Francisco Public Library Commission, I have seen nothing which qualifies as effective oversite. The "Freinds" come in with PowerPoint presentations which show nothing that would rise to any acceptable level under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP... more »
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