Groundbreaking for the New Half Moon Bay Library!

Rendering of the new Half Moon Bay Library.

San Mateo County Libraries and our partners - the City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County - are pleased to announce that after years of hard work and thoughtful effort, ground is about to be broken for the new Half Moon Bay Library! The entire Coastside community is invited to join the celebration […]

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The Legendary Iggy Pop

Musician Iggy Pop. Source: Don Hanover, Flickr

The new Iggy Pop album, Post Pop Depression, has been playing nonstop in my car for weeks. I've loved him since childhood, when I first heard his punk band the Stooges. His wild stage performances, the mischievous glint in his eyes, the way he practically howls when he sings--Iggy Pop is a legend. Forever young at […]

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Pokémon Go: Catch’em at the Library!

Photo of Pokémon GO on iPhone. Source: Eduardo Woo, Flickr.

Pokémon Go! It's the new gaming app that's sweeping the nation. Whether you're trying to catch them all or get your Pokémon fix with books, comics, and DVDs then the library has you covered. Did you know that some of our branches are Pokéstops? And some are even Gyms! Check out some of our library […]

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July is National Ice Cream Month

Photo of chocolate pecan ice cream. Source: gordonramsaysubmissions, Flickr

Not only is July famous for Independence Day, but it's also National Ice Cream Month. What better way to celebrate than to indulge in an American favorite! Sunday, July 17 is National Ice Cream Day; check out your local ice cream shop, sometimes you can find great deals and freebies. Check out These Books for […]

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Explore the Cosmos

Color photograph of stars, earth, and partial view of International Space Station. Source: NASAl M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State U., Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC and Mark Matney, NASA-JSC

Nothing ignites a sense of wonder like the vastness of Space. The stars and worlds that surround us--unseen to most of us most of the time--are things of mystery, wonder, beauty and, above all, possibility. Throughout history and across disciplines, curious humans have explored the universe and found a limitless field of play. Join their […]

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We’re Hiring!

Photo of man at Library Service Desk.

San Mateo County Libraries are an invaluable community resource, an amazing family, a springboard for opportunities. And our staff are what makes it so special. We're champions of learning, sharing, and exploration -- of open minds, new ideas, and bright futures. It's our mission and our passion to strengthen our community by creating an inclusive […]

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Celebrate the Start of Summer With Music

Photo of Jose-Luis Orozco with child playing the guitar. Source: Jose-Luis Orozco

For many families in Half Moon Bay, summertime officially begins with a José-Luis Orozco concert. For years, Orozco, a bilingual children’s author, educator, and musician, has been visiting the Coastside to present his highly interactive Latin American musical program. He creates a fun and festive atmosphere that encourages families to sing, clap, and dance together. […]

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UKE Can Do It!

Photo of boy playing the ukulele. Source: SteveR-, Flickr.

Have you always wished you could play “Over the Rainbow” like great Hawaiian musician Iz Kamakawiwoʻole? Well, this summer you can get started with free ukulele lessons at the Millbrae Library! On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month through August at 6:30 PM, teacher Elaine will lead beginners, pre-Teen and older, step-by-step through […]

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At the Fair: Books, Bugs & a Big Blue Bus

Photo of boy on spinning cups at the San Mateo County Fair. Source: Bob n Renee, Flickr

What do carnival rides, livestock, fried Twinkies, and of course the San Mateo County Libraries have in common? They’re all things you’ll find at the San Mateo County Fair! The Bookmobile will be stationed at the fair all week long with fun activities and crafts for the whole family. Visit the SMCL booth just inside the […]

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Walk and Talk With the Library

Photo of women walking in a park. Source: Jellaluna, Flickr

The 3rd Tuesday of the month the Pacifica-Sanchez Library staff has their Walk and Talk Book Club. We leave from the Library and walk to San Pedro Valley Park. It is about a two mile walk where we pass the time  discussing our currently chosen book. We have some great discussions about our books, or […]

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