Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Overview
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.
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