Roadmapping Our Libraries’ Makerspaces

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Calling all makers, learners, tinkerers, and builders! We invite the public to join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7pm at the Belmont Library to help us plan for future makerspaces and digital media labs in our libraries. As the Maker Movement grows, San Mateo County Libraries continually strive to develop innovative programs for makers of all ages. Our […]

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What Does Your Dream Library Look Like?

A board of post-it note ideas from East Palo Alto Library patrons about their dream library

TAKE OUR QUICK ONLINE SURVEY — FOR EAST PALO ALTO RESIDENTS ONLY You’ve given us great feedback in our library community meetings about how to create your dream library. Now, we want to continue the conversation and ensure we understand your ideas, needs, and priorities for the East Palo Alto Library. Please help shape the […]

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Announcing Our New Lookmobile!

San Mateo County Libraries's Lookmobile, a new interactive mobile library.

We're excited to announce the launch of our new Lookmobile, an interactive mobile library designed to activate outdoor spaces and increase hands-on learning opportunities in San Mateo County communities. The Lookmobile offers visitors the opportunity to explore new ways of seeing their surroundings through interactive exhibits, fun experiments, and reflective activities. We invite the public […]

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Shaping the Future of the East Palo Alto Library

Community Meeting at East Palo Alto Library Source:Sereptha Strong

East Palo Altans of all ages are exploring ideas for their dream library at several community meetings. Over 50 participants came together on October 11th to imagine their perfect library, fully equipped with all the features that would describe their ideal space. Representatives from the architectural firm, Fog Studio, sparked people’s imagination with a visual […]

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Progress on the New Half Moon Bay Library

Rendering of the new Half Moon Bay Library.

We are delighted to report that Phase 1 of the New Half Moon Bay Library Project is underway! The old Half Moon Bay Library building has been demolished. Construction is anticipated to begin this fall with the new library expected to open in 2018. For more information, visit the project website. While demolition and construction are going on, we […]

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week Poster

This September 25 - October 1, 2016, we’re celebrating Banned Books Week and the freedom to read. Every year, hundreds of books are either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States. This annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information and aims to raise awareness about the harm […]

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National Voter Registration Day

Register to Vote

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, San Mateo County Libraries joins thousands of volunteers, celebrities, organizations, businesses, and elected officials from all over the country in celebrating National Voter Registration Day. Together, we are striving to Create an awareness of voter registration opportunities Ensure every American is registered to vote at their current address in time for the next […]

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Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines banner.

When’s the last time you said hello to your library? It’s time we reintroduced ourselves. San Mateo County Libraries joins more than 200 libraries and organizations worldwide to participate in Outside the Lines, a week-long grassroots initiative – September 11-17, 2016 – celebrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Together we're working towards shifting perceptions of […]

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New Youth Library Cards

New Youth Library cards.

San Mateo County Libraries provides creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. We also offer opportunities for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. Students can turn to our libraries for programs, classes, Makerspaces, resources, and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. “Peninsula libraries offer an incredible array of collections, […]

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