More About The Mix

The Mix at SFPL is an innovative, teen-designed, 21st century Connected Learning space that provides 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 can 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.

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. The Mix at SFPL is part of the YOUmedia Network, a national collaboration of informal learning spaces for youth that share the following hallmarks:

  • Provide a balance of opportunities for hanging out, messing around, and geeking out (HOMAGO);
  • Provide multiple ways for a diversity of youth to engage within the program space;
  • Prioritize a culture of equity, inclusion, and youth leadership;
  • Give access to tools, technology, and people who support learning, self-expression, creativity, critical thinking, and innovation;
  • Employ mentors who are dedicated to the YOUmedia approach;
  • Design clear pathways and opportunities that enable youth to apply skills in meaningful ways.

All activities and services at The Mix are free. For more information, please contact Cathy Cormier, Teen Center Manager, (415) 437-4857 or catherine.cormier@sfpl.org.

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The Mix CORE

The Mix CORE is a stipended 10-week program for teens aged 13-18 at The Mix at SFPL, the free space and digital media lab for teens at San Francisco’s Public Library Main Branch, where you will work together, learn about libraries, and share The Mix experience with teens around the Bay Area.

In The Mix CORE program you will explore the space and try out new activities; share ideas for future activities and the improvement of The Mix; embody The Mix COR values of Collaboration, Open-mindedness, and Respect in the space and in the world; and spread the word about The Mix to fellow teens.

For more information, please contact themix@sfpl.org.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library