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Community Conversations

In September of 2017, San Mateo County Libraries will launch our “Community Conversations” program which brings community members – of…

No More Late Fees for 62+

Starting January 1, 2018, San Mateo County Libraries are waiving any late fines on county library materials for individuals age 62 and olde…

Young Adult Novelist Convention…

Our third annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is just around the corner on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM at…

Stream Award-Winning Movies With Your Li…

San Mateo County patrons now have access to more than 30,000 films for free through Kanopy! All you need is your library card to watch awar…

Experience Virtual Reality at SMCL Libra…

Have you ever wanted to fly along the California coastline, skimming across tidepools and sand dunes? Do you wonder what it might be like t…

Teens

Science Action Club Science Action Club

Through games, projects and hands-on activities, you'll use science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to…
Through games, projects and hands-on activities, you'll use science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to…

Best YA Books of 2017 Best YA Books of 2017

There have been so many great young adult books published in 2017. Whether you like action, romance, science fiction, serious issues or non…
There have been so many great young adult books published in 2017. Whether you like action, romance, science fiction, serious issues or non…

Review: One of the Boys by Daniel Magari… Review: One of the Boys by Daniel Magari…

A short novel told from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy, but in contrast the subject matter is dark, intense, and mature. The boy,…
A short novel told from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy, but in contrast the subject matter is dark, intense, and mature. The boy,…

Teen School Poetry Night in Half Moon Ba… Teen School Poetry Night in Half Moon Ba…

By Karen
On Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Half Moon Bay Library, we invite you to come see local high school poets showcase their origina…
On Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Half Moon Bay Library, we invite you to come see local high school poets showcase their origina…

Kids & Families

A River, the Sea, an Island A River, the Sea, an Island

By Karen
2017 featured a bounty of fantastic picture books. As I thought about last year's treasures, I started to think in categories --…
2017 featured a bounty of fantastic picture books. As I thought about last year's treasures, I started to think in categories --…

Best Audiobooks of 2017 Best Audiobooks of 2017

By Ginny
The best adult, children's, young adult, and popular audiobooks of 2017.
The best adult, children's, young adult, and popular audiobooks of 2017.

Best Picture Books and Chapter Books of… Best Picture Books and Chapter Books of…

By Ame
Wow! 2017 delivered many wonderful picture books and chapter books for our young readers to tuck into. Some are beautiful new gems and othe…
Wow! 2017 delivered many wonderful picture books and chapter books for our young readers to tuck into. Some are beautiful new gems and othe…

Noon Year's Eve Noon Year's Eve

It’s time to ring in the new year! Come celebrate with fun and food at the library. Select libraries will be having family friendly parties…
It’s time to ring in the new year! Come celebrate with fun and food at the library. Select libraries will be having family friendly parties…

Adults

Curious About Arm Knitting? Curious About Arm Knitting?

By Nicole
Who Isn't? Arm knitting is a hot knitting trend gaining popularity in the past few years, and for good reason. Arm knitting uses adorable...
Who Isn't? Arm knitting is a hot knitting trend gaining popularity in the past few years, and for good reason. Arm knitting uses adorable...

Top 5 Records of 2017 Top 5 Records of 2017

By Kenny
I don't know about you, but when I hear an album that I really like, I can listen to that same record on repeat over and over, day after…
I don't know about you, but when I hear an album that I really like, I can listen to that same record on repeat over and over, day after...

A Mysterious Year in Half Moon Bay A Mysterious Year in Half Moon Bay

By Karen
This month, the Half Moon Bay Library celebrated its first year of its new Senior Mystery Book Club with our 13th book: Death of …
This month, the Half Moon Bay Library celebrated its first year of its new Senior Mystery Book Club with our 13th book: Death of …

New Year’s Resolution New Year’s Resolution

By Nicole
The arrival of the new year often generates feelings for renewal and starting fresh with celebrations and New Year’s resolutions. New year …
The arrival of the new year often generates feelings for renewal and starting fresh with celebrations and New Year’s resolutions. New year …

Movies for the Winter Solstice Movies for the Winter Solstice

By Lorie
We all love the magical feeling in the air when the holidays approach: The twinkling lights; that pine needle smell; hot cocoa on the stove…
We all love the magical feeling in the air when the holidays approach: The twinkling lights; that pine needle smell; hot cocoa on the stove…

Digital Content

Library News

SMCL Staff Recipient of KPIX Jefferson A… SMCL Staff Recipient of KPIX Jefferson A…

By Sharon
Pacifica Library Assistant, Chris Vance, is the recipient of KPIX's Jefferson Award for Public Service. He has been recognized for his…
Pacifica Library Assistant, Chris Vance, is the recipient of KPIX's Jefferson Award for Public Service. He has been recognized for his…

San Mateo County Libraries Receives Inno… San Mateo County Libraries Receives Inno…

By Cris
On October 12, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced that we are one of the twenty most innovative libraries in the nation. The 2017 …
On October 12, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced that we are one of the twenty most innovative libraries in the nation. The 2017 …

San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame Tr… San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame Tr…

By Amanda
A multimedia display of the extraordinary women inducted in the Hall of Fame is now traveling throughout the San Mateo County Libraries.
A multimedia display of the extraordinary women inducted in the Hall of Fame is now traveling throughout the San Mateo County Libraries.

Everyone Is a Maker Everyone Is a Maker

By JC
Everyone is a Maker is the title of our new roadmap for a systemwide network of makerspaces throughout San Mateo County. We aim to…
Everyone is a Maker is the title of our new roadmap for a systemwide network of makerspaces throughout San Mateo County. We aim to…

New Bookmobile Stops! Is one near you? New Bookmobile Stops! Is one near you?

By Ame
Check us out! We are introducing new Bookmobile stops that will expand our reach, support discovery, enrich lives, and create inspiring exp…
Check us out! We are introducing new Bookmobile stops that will expand our reach, support discovery, enrich lives, and create inspiring exp…
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