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 12-18 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.

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For more information, please contact

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library