ALA Annual 2015

San Francisco Welcomes You!

Ready for a long weekend in San Francisco? We know you’re planning your schedule and pondering where to eat and what to do, how to celebrate Pride, and how to navigate the Bay Area. In addition to all the recommendations from the Locals Committee, our partners at Chronicle Books created a great list of SF resources. Here are three final tips to help you prepare for the conference.

  • Bring layers. “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain  A scarf, light jacket, sometimes both will do the trick. Locals joke about their summer cashmere and winter cashmere. Check the weather and pack layers.
  • Enjoy SF Pride On Sunday, the Pride Parade will take over Market Street and Civic Center. Walking is recommended as taxi and public transport will be congested. To cross Market Street, find a Muni/BART station entrance, descend and cross underground to the other side.
  • Show your library pride. Find one of the many transit shelters, take a selfie, and tag #summerstride and #ilovemylibrary on the social media channel of your choosing.
San Francisco
Photo credit: San Francisco Public Library

Beyond all the ALA offerings, we’re excited to share our libraries with you! You are invited to explore any of our 27 branches and the Main Library. Check out The Mix, the new digital media lab for teens, Play to Learn Installation designed by the Burgeon Group in the Fisher Children’s Center at the Main Library.

If you’re skipping ALA, take tour of some of our favorite SFPL programs from the past year. Chris Raschka delivered the annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, Herve Tullet made art with kids, and Latin Grammy Winner Lucky Diaz kicked off the 6th annual Tricycle Music Fest with a dance party.

Safe travels,



Christy Estrovitz is the ALSC Local Arrangements Chair and Youth Services Manager for the San Francisco Public Library.

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