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Slow down and read a book

We’re lucky in San Francisco to have one of the best library systems in the country; 27 branch libraries, plus the main library, which together offer more than 2.5 million items – books, DVDs, CDs and more – FREE to anyone with a library card. Today’s libraries are the ultimate recycler of items and ideas, thriving community centers, and amazing places to slow down and enjoy a good book.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, a member-supported nonprofit organization that advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library, is dedicated to supporting these community treasures. All profits from our Bookstores, including Book Bay at Fort Mason, go directly to the San Francisco Public Library. Every year, our book operations program keeps over a half a million pounds of paper out of landfills, and in the hands of dedicated readers!

Friends of the SFPL is thrilled to partner with Slow Food Nation in helping get the word out about sustainability and the Slow Food events. Interested in reading material? Check out some of these from your local library or one of our two book stores:

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  • American Chestnut, The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, by Susan Frienkel

  • Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide, Peter Barnes

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    Katie Ambellan is Communications and Advocacy Associate for the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Read more >

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    1. Fred Bove
      Heck yeah~! I love that Freinds of the SF Public Library are supporting Slow Food.

      Slowin' down today...


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