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On Friday, we will celebrate the 79th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed on May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has long been an important symbol of San Francisco and an unmistakable sight with its iconic “international orange” color.

Constructed over the course of four years, building the bridge was a massive team effort. It was by no means an easy task; the people who dedicated these years to the project risked high wind, fog, and of course treacherous heights every day. Some even lost their lives. Though the Golden Gate Bridge is used by thousands of cars and pedestrians every day as a commute path or a tourist destination, it is important to think about its history and remember the people who brought it to life.

Aside from seeing the Golden Gate Bridge up close, there are a million and one things to do in San Francisco. Log into our Discover & Go page to find discounted admission prices to a variety of museums and places of interest. To learn more about the Golden Gate Bridge itself, visit

Above and below are some books at our library that are about or take place in San Francisco. Click the images for availability!



Pop’s Bridge

By Eve Bunting

Robert is very proud of his dad, who is a high-iron man building the “impossible bridge.” He learns an important lesson while watching his dad work.



Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective

By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great and his partner Sludge arrive in San Francisco to solve a case involving a morose young man, pancakes, and a lost book.



Earthquake, San Francisco, 1906
By Kathleen Duey and Karen A. Bale

Two young strangers  struggle to survive the terror of crumbling buildings, fire, looting, and chaos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.



This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
By Dave Eggers

Ever wonder how the Golden Gate Bridge got its iconic look?