San Mateo County Libraries will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 for Presidents‘ Day

To offer you better service, we are moving to a new mobile app. Our current mobile app will not be available after January 3, 2018. Projected launch for the new mobile app is February 2018. You can still connect with us on our mobile friendly site, smcl.org. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Usher in the Year of the Dog With San…

San Mateo County Libraries are honoring this colorful and important Asian festival by taking part in the celebration. Your local libraries…

2018 Comic Arts Fest

We’re celebrating the importance of comics, both as an art form and as valid literature, and enabling aspiring artists and readers of all…

Every Entrepreneur Starts Somewhere

Now recruiting for our 9-week program to help aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs examine assumptions and turn business ideas into action.

Teen Social Justice Poster Contest

We invite area youth in 5th to 12th grade to submit posters that promote social justice and inclusion.

Celebrate Black History Month

We celebrate Black History this February with several exciting events including a visit from chef, author and TED Talk alumnus Bryant Terry.

Teens

Microphone Mechanics Microphone Mechanics

By Nicole
Oakland based Hip Hop artist Jahi, from Microphone Mechanics, will present contributions African Americans and Africans have made on the…
Oakland based Hip Hop artist Jahi, from Microphone Mechanics, will present contributions African Americans and Africans have made on the…

10th Annual Teen Film Festival 10th Annual Teen Film Festival

Ever wanted to make a movie? Now’s your chance! Create a film of any genre to submit to our Annual SMCL Teen Film Festival!
Ever wanted to make a movie? Now’s your chance! Create a film of any genre to submit to our Annual SMCL Teen Film Festival!

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,…

Kids & Families

Book to Action at Pacifica Libraries Book to Action at Pacifica Libraries

Book to Action is an exciting program based on the classic book club concept with community service elements. This year Pacifica Libraries…
Book to Action is an exciting program based on the classic book club concept with community service elements. This year Pacifica Libraries…

New Tool to Find Spanish Books / Una… New Tool to Find Spanish Books / Una…

Are you a middle grade (3rd to 8th grade) student who needs Spanish books to read? I’ve got a solution for you! My name is Cassandra and I…
Are you a middle grade (3rd to 8th grade) student who needs Spanish books to read? I’ve got a solution for you! My name is Cassandra and I…

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…

Adults

Review: Twin Peaks - The Limited Series… Review: Twin Peaks - The Limited Series…

Nearly keeping Laura Palmer's promise of a return, 26 years after the last episode aired on ABC, David Lynch and Mark Frost have brought...
Nearly keeping Laura Palmer's promise of a return, 26 years after the last episode aired on ABC, David Lynch and Mark Frost have brought...

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 …

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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