Friday, May 02, 2008

SFPL South East District Teen Services Newletter

Keeping you up to date on what’s going down in the South East District!

Teen Summer Reading Program begins soon!

Summer is just around the corner and participation in the San Francisco Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading program an excellent way to kick off the season! According to a 2001 study by the Evaluation and Training Institute, young people who participate in library sponsored Summer Reading Programs are more likely to read at their grade level or above. The study also found that participants reading above grade level are more likely to retain those skills into the next school year.

The Teen Summer Reading program is free and fun. Teens can sign up at any library in San Francisco and earn prizes for hours spent reading. Plus, participants will be eligible to win grand prizes such as gift certificates, an iPod shuffle, and Zune MP3 players.

Please help us spread the news to the teens you work with by encouraging them to visit their local branch and sign up. Or better yet, invite the Teen Librarian in your neighborhood to visit your organization to promote Teen Summer Reading 2008. Contact us to schedule a meeting or to answer any questions you may have regarding Teen Summer Read 2008.


San Francisco Public Library, along with other Bay Area libraries, kicked a public awareness campaign aimed at reconnecting communities with their local libraries. The “Free2” campaign encourages library users and supporters to think about all the ways libraries have empowered them. Libraries have helped give users the freedom to connect, create, imagine, explore, succeed, and much more.An online Free2 contest asks the public to describe, in 25 words or less, what they are free to do—or be—thanks to their local library. Contestants will have a chance to win one of 10 grand prizes, which includes a FLIP video camera and an iPod Shuffle. Information about the contest can be found at:

The entry deadline is May 15.
Teen Advisory Council is looking for members- Portola Branch and Visitacion Valley Branch Libraries

Want to make a difference? Want to be heard? Join the T.A.C. and have a say in what goes on @ the library!

Help choose new books, DVDs, and CDs!
Plan cool programs, events, and parties!
Make new friends!
Get free stuff!
Eat snacks!
Looks great on college and job applications!

For more information, call or stop by either library & ask for Abby, or email

The Bernal Heights Branch Library is closed for renovation. To learn more about temporary services available in the neighborhood visit this link:

May Teen Events @ the Library
Funding for programs is provided through the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, along with other contributions. All programs are free to the public.

Bayview Branch:
Contact- Wendy Kramer, Teen Librarian
5075 Third Street (at Revere)

Teen Book Club Saturday, April 3rd, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Love books? Join our small group that meets to talk about a different book each month. Those who attend choose the next book to read. The library provides a free copy of the book for you to keep. Limited space, so please call to sign up. For teens, ages 13-18.

Speak Up! Monthly Meeting Wednesday, May 7th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Bayview Teen Advisory Council (B-TAC) has a new name! Teens ages 12-18 meet monthly to plan activities and speak up for themselves to get books, music, movies and teen spaces that suit them at the library. Snacks provided. Please call the Teen Librarian to sign up. For teens, ages 12-18.

Video Game Swap Meet Friday, May 9th, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Do you own a video game that you don’t want anymore? Is there a video game you wish you had? Come swap your old PS2 or PS3, Xbox, Nintendo DS, and other console or handheld games. Trade for keeps! Ages 10 to 18.

Comics Club Saturday, May 31st, 2 pm to 3 pm
Whether you like manga, superheros, strips, graphic novels, indie comics, or webcomics, this club is the place for you. Come hang out with other teens who read and/or draw comics. Free stuff and snacks provided.

Excelsior Branch:
4400 Mission St. (at Cotter)

Teen Gaming Tuesday, May 20th, 4 pm to 5:45 pm
A gaming day for youth ages 12 to 18 with Dance Dance Revolution, Wii, Playstation and Xbox!

Click here to learn more about SFPL’s Teen Events all over the city.
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