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Take the 2019 Summer Learning Challenge

It's back! This year’s Summer Learning Challenge begins June 1st, 2019 and runs through August 31st. The Summer Learning Challenge is…

You're Invited to Celebrate the Half…

We’re thrilled to invite the community to help us celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Library on Sunday, August 18 from 1:00-5:00 PM.

We Care About Your Health!

Take part in the many health-related workshops the San Mateo County Libraries offer.

Comedian & Author Nina G Visits the…

Stand up comedy and book reading all in one! Join us for an evening of comedy, stories, and insights.

Teens

The Return of John Wick in Chapter 3… The Return of John Wick in Chapter 3…

In John Wick 3 our leading man returns with a bounty on his head and enemies around every corner, but can it live up to its predecessors?
In John Wick 3 our leading man returns with a bounty on his head and enemies around every corner, but can it live up to its predecessors?

Stranger Things Season 3 Is Coming Stranger Things Season 3 Is Coming

By Carmen
Netflix dropped the Stranger Things season three trailer on March 20th and I immediately binge-watched the first two seasons over that…
Netflix dropped the Stranger Things season three trailer on March 20th and I immediately binge-watched the first two seasons over that…

One Book • One County: Community and… One Book • One County: Community and…

By Cris
Is nonviolence more effective than other methods of protest? How is the United States different now compared to 50 years ago? How have…
Is nonviolence more effective than other methods of protest? How is the United States different now compared to 50 years ago? How have…

Kids & Families

Wild for Watermelon Wild for Watermelon

By Alana
Did you know National Watermelon Day was Saturday, August 3rd? Seems like the perfect time to learn about this much-liked summer treat.
Did you know National Watermelon Day was Saturday, August 3rd? Seems like the perfect time to learn about this much-liked summer treat.

Take a Bite out of Shark Awareness Day Take a Bite out of Shark Awareness Day

Celebrate Shark Awareness Day at the library with some shark-related events or learn some fun facts from our online databases or collection.
Celebrate Shark Awareness Day at the library with some shark-related events or learn some fun facts from our online databases or collection.

Seeing the World Through Different… Seeing the World Through Different…

By Karen
Celebrate people (and animals) with heterochromia, different colored eyes, for "Different Colored Eyes Day" with these recommended…
Celebrate people (and animals) with heterochromia, different colored eyes, for "Different Colored Eyes Day" with these recommended...

Clap Your Hands If You Believe in… Clap Your Hands If You Believe in…

By Ginny
Did you know that June 24th is International Fairy Day? Celebrate all things tiny and magical with the library! While some might associate…
Did you know that June 24th is International Fairy Day? Celebrate all things tiny and magical with the library! While some might associate…

Adults

Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931-2019 Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

By Nicole
Toni Morrison, giant of American letters, died August 5th. Remember her through her novels, available at the library.
Toni Morrison, giant of American letters, died August 5th. Remember her through her novels, available at the library.

Great Scott! Great Scott!

By Karen
Do you like Scottish bands? Here are some great ones you can find through the library.
Do you like Scottish bands? Here are some great ones you can find through the library.

Who Was Bayard Rustin? Who Was Bayard Rustin?

By Nicole
Best known as the organizer behind the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was that and more. So why is Rustin unsung?
Best known as the organizer behind the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was that and more. So why is Rustin unsung?

And Now Our Watch Has Ended? The Future… And Now Our Watch Has Ended? The Future…

By Kajah
Feeling down that Game of Thrones has officially ended? Get some post-show suggestions to help you stay connected to the land of Westeros.
Feeling down that Game of Thrones has officially ended? Get some post-show suggestions to help you stay connected to the land of Westeros.

Digital Content

Library News

Boost Your Research With New Reference… Boost Your Research With New Reference…

By Ginny
Get ready to unlock even more information with your San Mateo County Libraries card! Starting July 1, 2019, we will offer EBSCO databases.
Get ready to unlock even more information with your San Mateo County Libraries card! Starting July 1, 2019, we will offer EBSCO databases.

“Changemakers” Exhibit Debuts in San… “Changemakers” Exhibit Debuts in San…

San Mateo County Libraries is thrilled to partner with San Francisco Public Library in the creation of the “Changemakers” Exhibit to…
San Mateo County Libraries is thrilled to partner with San Francisco Public Library in the creation of the “Changemakers” Exhibit to…

Spring Into Financial Well-Being! Spring Into Financial Well-Being!

By Ginny
Just in time for Money Smart Week (March 30-April 6), San Mateo County Libraries now offers Financial Ratings Series Online by Weiss…
Just in time for Money Smart Week (March 30-April 6), San Mateo County Libraries now offers Financial Ratings Series Online by Weiss…

Extra! Extra! Read The New York Times… Extra! Extra! Read The New York Times…

By Ginny
San Mateo County Libraries patrons now have access to the full edition of The New York Times without a subscription. You can find all…
San Mateo County Libraries patrons now have access to the full edition of The New York Times without a subscription. You can find all…

Half Moon Bay Library Wins Green… Half Moon Bay Library Wins Green…

By Kwoods
San Mateo County Libraries are excited to announce that our new Half Moon Bay Library has won an award for sustainability.
San Mateo County Libraries are excited to announce that our new Half Moon Bay Library has won an award for sustainability.
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