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Family Book Fair

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dive into a World of Wonder at our Family Book Fair! Join us at Mechanics’ Institute on July 13th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, for a literary celebration perfect for the whole family!

Visit the SFPL Bookmobile: Kick off the literary adventure at 11:00 am with the San Francisco Public Library Bookmobile, stationed outside of Mechanics’ Institute on 57 Post Street in downtown San Francisco. They have great books you can borrow, and you can also sign up for an SFPL library card!

Crafty Fun for All Ages: Come explore our 3rd Floor Library starting at 11:00, and let your creativity flourish with our artful activities! Practice writing “HELLO” and “RAINBOW” in different languages, take-apart and put-back-together the colorful flora of LEGO botanicals, or try making an origami butterfly at our hands-on crafting tables. Origami butterfly lessons are scheduled at 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.

Explore Diverse Reads: From noon to 3:00 pm, explore a world of translated, bilingual, and multicultural books. From timeless classics to contemporary gems, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy. Explore our curated selections from our universal library section (done in partnership with Center for the Art of Translation), and find a space in our library to read. Books will be available for sale from ImmediumTransit Children’s Editions, and Two Lines Press). Our free books section, donated by Asiapac Books, is limited to one book per family.

Family Story Hour: From 12:15 to 1:00 pm, immerse yourself in the magic of storytelling with our captivating lineup of storytellers, featuring Shook, who will read Giant On the Shore (Transit Children’s Editions) and Oliver Chin, who will read Year of the Dragon (Immedium). Lose yourself in tales that will spark imaginations and create unforgettable memories for the whole family.

Don’t miss out on this enchanting literary journey! Mark your calendars for July 13th and join us at Mechanics’ Institute for an afternoon filled with books, stories, and fun for the whole family. See you there!

This Family Book Fair is part of Mechanics’ Institute’s 170th Anniversary Open House celebration.