Whether you’re playing tourist for the day or regularly walk down Columbus Avenue, the newly remodeled North Beach Library is one destination you’ll want to make. Located on the corner of Columbus and Lombard, the just opened destination for little book worms boasts a modern sleek design with cozy reading corners and book galore. Read on to find out what makes this literary spot perfect for kids.
Before You Even Enter Check This Out
Books aren’t the only reason to stop by the North Beach Library. In fact, before you enter through the library doors, you’ll hear ambient sounds of city life coming from the hidden speakers located right above your head. These resonating sounds compose Sonic Dreamscape, a public and permanent art installation that plays noises of chirping seagulls, chattering café patrons, chiming church bells, a poem read by famed beat artist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who co-founded the famous City Lights Bookstore, and more.
Created by Bill Fontana, an internationally acclaimed sound artist, Sonic Dreamscape runs from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and never repeats the same mix of sounds twice. The mix of sounds come from over 15 years of recording and contribute to a dreamy experience of classic San Francisco. Just sitting outside North Beach Library will have you listening to all of the Bay, from the cable car rumbles to the sea lion laughter.
Next Stop: The Children’s Room
You can’t miss the Children’s Room, which is on the first floor, to the left. Once inside, you’ll see computers, tiny chairs and various stuffed animals on the shelves, guarding the beloved books. The decor from ceiling to floor is colorful and exciting to little eyes.
The reading nook for kiddos is packed with soft chairs right by a tall window. Kids with short attention spans will have a blast staring at the lively city outside.
Story time and Crafts
The North Beach Library has family story time at 10:15-10:45a.m., and Preschool Story time at 11-11:30 a.m. every Thursday. There’s also other exciting activities for kids like Shadow Puppets theatre (ages 5 and up), LEGO building workshops and even a Cowgirl demonstration of rope tricks, whip cracking and more silly fun! Check out the library calendar to see what events your kid will love.
There’s metered parking all around the library, but on the weekends, we suggest taking public transportation. Take Muni’s 30 bus, which stops right in front of the library.
Mon. 1-6 p.m.; Tues. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wed. 1-9 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 1-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed on Sundays
850 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, Ca 94133
What are you doing this weekend? Why not share this with your friends and check out the North Beach Library together!
— Christal Yuen
All photos by Christal Yuen.