The Mix at the Main
Over 10,000 teens dropped into the media center 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 the furniture, equipment and specialized youth service providers.
“The Mix helped me graduate from high school with honors, supporting me and helping me study.” Transgender and formerly homeless teen.
• 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 mobile computer lab/makerspace to bring digital technology experiences 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, and specialized teaching support for the Techmobile to visit 28 branches and after school programs, with special emphasis at Treasure Island and in Bayview Hunters Point. Popular classes included basic computer use, circuitry and robotics, coding camp and Minecraft classes. A 12-year old at Parkside commented 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.