More about the Mix

The Mix at SFPL is an innovative, youth-designed, 21st century teen learning space that will provide 4,770-square feet of space and equipment for youth ages 13-18 to explore, create and develop digital media and computer skills as well as discover and engage with the Library’s traditional books and materials. Outfitted with state-of-the-art digital media, video/sound recording, computer and creative maker equipment, teens will be able to expand their imaginations as well as their technology and literacy skills and engage in individual and team projects that promote critical thinking, inventiveness and skill building. In addition to a physical location at the San Francisco Main Library, other youth-focused digital media programs will take place throughout SFPL’s 27 branch libraries in a program called The Mix on the Move.

Initiated with a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the MacArthur Foundation, with additional financial support provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Mix is a collaboration with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), California Academy of Sciences, and KQED. As with all programs and events at San Francisco Public Library, all activities and services at The Mix will be free.

The Mix at SFPL will serve as a hub of out-of-school learning for youth from the City and the Bay Area. The space will provide connected learning experiences to not only engage youth and promote learning that aligns with youth-led interests, but will also support youth as they develop necessary 21st century skills. For more information, please contact Cathy Cormier, Teen Center Manager, (415) 437-4857 or

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Board of Advising Youth (BAY)

The San Francisco Public Library Board of Advising Youth (BAY) is a unique leadership opportunity for high school and early college-age individuals. Being a BAY member gives a diverse set of teens first hand experience as part of an advisory board that consults on the programmatic components of The Mix at SFPL, which encompases all teen services components of the San Francisco Public Library. Members are expected to attend weekly board meetings as well as take ownership of different elements of the board, including marketing, finance, and project management. Not only do BAY members get a jumpstart on their resumes by learning how to operate many facets of a business, they also get to have a lot of fun by attending programs they've helped design at The Mix at Main, the teen digital media lab and makerspace in The Main Library.

Board of Advising Youth applicants should be in 9th or 10th grade. Placement in the BAY is arranged via a formal application process as positions become available. For more information, please contact Cathy Cormier at

“” The Mix Waiver Form