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Ten Free Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at the Library

It is for the public, after all.


This is part of "Live Large, Spend Less," a comprehensive guide to surviving (and even flourishing) in America's most expensive city. See all of the stories here.

1. Check out free passes to otherwise expensive attractions (the California Academy of Sciences, the S.F. Zoo, the Exploratorium) as if they were books.

2. Build a robot or learn about the periodic table using iPad animation during Imaginuity days in November.

3. Push a button to control Thomas the Tank Engine and the Polar Express at the model train display on the Main Library’s second floor in December.

4. Play around with a 3-D printer in the Main Library’s new fifth-floor Literacy and Learning Center.

5. Download e-books through OverDrive and Axis 360 (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available).

6. Type your letter to Santa (or Bieber, or whomever) with an electric typewriter on the Main Library’s fifth floor.

7. Build and program a Lego robot during a two-hour class on November 22 at the Parkside Branch.

8. Read to an SPCA dog at the Puppy Dog Tales program on November 5 at the Eureka Valley Harvey Milk Branch.

9. Belt along to Opera à la Carte’s kid version of La Bohème on November 15.

10. Call the Story Line hotline to hear nursery rhymes in Chinese, English, and Spanish.


Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco

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