SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday May 25, the San Francisco Public Library announced via Twitter that the summer learning program, Summer Stride will return on Monday, June 1. The program will be run thru August 16.

Summer Stride is the library’s annual summer reading, learning and exploration program for all ages and abilities. The program aims to encourage people to learn, read and listen with the library during the summer. There is also the 20-hour reading challenge, and participants can download the “Activity Tracker” from the library’s website to track their reading progress.

Activity Tracker

“Color each square for every 20 minutes of participation. Once you complete 20-hour of reading, you will get a canvas book tote as a finishing prize,” reads a statement by the San Francisco Public Library regarding the activity tracker.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the library is working on a plan for the winners to pick up  prizes safely when they reopen.

Participants can contact the library at or (415) 557-4277.

On June 5, at 11 a.m., picture book author Alison Farrell will join the program for a virtual kickoff. Farrell is an illustrator-author and hiker living in Portland, Oregon. She was the winner of the “Portfolio Award” at the national Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators conference in Los Angeles in 2016. Farrell’s notable works include “The Hike” and “Cycle City”.

For more details on the program, visit the San Francisco Public Library website.