Second Reading Program

Studies show that children who grow up with books in the home do better in literacy, numeracy, and technology than their peers who lack books. In middle income neighborhoods, there are thirteen books per child; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Our Second Reading Program is yet another way we’re closing the equity gap by giving books to children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life.
Second Reading — the original name of the Children’s Book Project, now brought back for this direct access program for kids — delivers high-interest books that are a bit too well-loved for our Book Bank shelves to selected, publicly accessible locations in underserved neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, so kids can choose free books of their own — for keeps!

In San Francisco, children can browse books for keeps at:

Holly Park

Knowledge Up Library, Holly Park Circle at Park Street, outside Junipero Serra Elementary School

    New Farm, 10 Cargo Way, near Heron’s Head Park