National Novel Writing Month

Writer, motivator, and public speaker dream. Source: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr.

It's that time again! November is National Novel Writing Month, where writers worldwide pick up their pens, pencils, styli, keyboards, tablets, quills, basically a writing implement of their choice, and crank out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Will you take the challenge and join us for a writing extravaganza? We've got lots of awesome activities […]

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Scary Good! Young Adult Halloween Picks and Events

Cover of The Nest by Kenneth Oppel.

It’s October! Halloween is almost upon us. Ah, yes that wonderful spooky holiday where we dress up in costumes, eat copious amounts of candy, and partake in the scariest of entertainment. Can’t decide what scary stuff to watch/read? Don’t worry. The Library has you covered. We've got scary books, and movies galore! Lots of libraries […]

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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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One of those days

Illustration from "One of Those Days" book.

One of the perks of working in technical services at a library is you get to see lots of new materials come through. Sometimes a book will jump out at us and we have to stop and take a second look. Amy Krouse Rosenthal's One of Those Days is exactly that kind of book. With just a […]

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New YA Fiction for September 2016

Crooked Kingdom cover.

Get ready for the most anticipated and exciting young adult releases of the year! September 6 Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas Assassin-turned-queen Aelin Galathynius is challenged to forge dubious alliances in order to protect the fracturing kingdoms of Erilea from warmongering conquerors. September 20 Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes […]

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day decorations. Source: TJ DeGroat, Flickr.

Have you ever noticed that almost all mariachi songs end the same way? "Tan-tan!" That doesn't keep me from tearing up every time I hear "Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra," my grandmother's favorite that reminds me of Sunday dinners and carne asadas with the whole family. Whether mariachi, tríos, ranchera or norteña is your thing, it's […]

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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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