Library Impact
​Children,  Youth  & 
​ Family  Services 
Friends helps the Library bring over 12,000 free programs to more than 440,000 children and their families at all branches every year.
“Friends’ members come from all corners of the city. Every gift at every level makes a difference. Thank you!”
​Marie Ciepiela, Executive Director
​The  Mix  at  the  Main 
Over 10,000 teens drop into the media center annually for educational programs in video and audio production, coding, game design, college preparation, makerspace, Youth Speaks, and the Board of Advising Youth leadership activities. Friends funds furniture, equipment and specialized youth service providers at The Mix.

“The Mix helped me graduate from high school with honors, supporting me and helping me study.” Transgender and formerly homeless teen.
​Community  Programming  &  Exhibitions
Friends funds over 5,000 free programs at the Library for patrons of all ages. 
Summer  Stride 
The annual summer reading program, aimed at reinforcing reading skills over the summer, is a Friends’ favorite! Funded every summer, it has grown over more than 20 years to include a partnership with Chronicle Books, Inc. and the National Park Service. During the summer of 2017 alone:  
  • 26,731 children and adults tracked their weekly reading, totaling 14,362,444 minutes! 
  • 32,325 attended 1,135 free programs including STEM activities, film series, and 28 Ranger-lead talks at branches 
  • 9 free shuttles brought patrons to local national parks, including the two Story Walks featuring two children’s titles installed at Mountain Lake and Land’s End. 
  • 63% were first time participants 
  • 84% were children and teenagers 
  • 90% read more 
  • 82% visited a park
​“I enrolled my kids in camp this summer but after looking through the Summer Stride Program Guide, I wish I could just send them to the Library all summer!” —Parent
​Special  Collections  &  Affinity  Centers 
​Digital  Inclusion
Friends supports the Library’s continuing efforts to expand its free technology offerings, including seeding the new Digital Inclusion week, held in May, which attracted over 800 patrons to participate in , hands-on trainings, panel discussions, tech expos and device giveaways. 
Grants  to  Branches 
With Friends’ help, all twenty-seven branches host annual neighborhood festivals and programs in health, wellness, dance crafts and cooking, reflecting the rich cultural communities of each neighborhood. 
​Service  Excellence  & 
​Professional  Development
 Public  Relations  &  Marketing 
The  Wiley  Innovation  Fund 
Courtesy of Peter Booth Wiley, this fund grants financial support to librarians for exploratory projects through research, piloting concepts and implementation. The 2017 recipients are Kelly Trahan for Citizen Science bioblitzes in neighborhood branches; Eleana Pulu for refurbishing a “paletero” ice cream vendor cart into a rolling street-level library; Brian Weaver for developing a plan for a Genealogy Center at the Main Library; and Yael Shwartz for the second year of a User Experience Design initiative training Library staff in the UX service design approach for systems changes with increased perspective of patrons.
IMPACT WHERE IT’S NEEDED Innovation and Rapid Response

In 2015, Friends established an innovation fund as part of its annual gift to the Library enabling quicker responses to creatively enhancing the role of libraries in our communities today. In 2015-2017:
 The Library opened the Online High School program at The Bridge at the Main, a web-based curriculum for adults to gain their high school diploma. Friends funded the Mobile Hotspot Lending pilot program providing mobile hot spots so that participants can work on coursework at home with free connectivity.  “I love this program. It makes it so easy for me to do my school and the Wi-Fi box is the best thing to have in the house. Me and my kids are able to access the internet without any worry.”  – Online High School Student

The Library created the TechMobile, a mobilecomputer lab/makerspace to bring digital technologyexperiences directly to 1,000 users, both youth and seniors, throughout the City.  Friends joined the Library to launch Tech on-the-Go funding equipment,curriculum development for STEM literacies, andspecialized teaching support for the Techmobile tovisit 28 branches and after school programs, withspecial emphasis at Treasure Island and in BayviewHunters Point. Popular classes included basiccomputer use, circuitry and robotics, coding campand Minecraft classes. A 12-year old at Parksidecommented after an iPad animation class, “I found today was really difficult because it takes a long time to create a 30 second video!”

 SFPL Librarian Lia Hillman, used Friends’ innovation funds to create Biblio Bistro, the Library’s moveable kitchen, where she applies her experience as a chef to hands-on cooking classes at farmers markets, street festival and neighborhood libraries, promoting nutrition, highlighting library resources and increasing health and wellness literacy.  Biblio Bistro was awarded a 2016 Top Innovator honor from the Urban Library Council. 
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