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Dad & Me @ The Library Returns!

We're gearing up for another round of Dad & Me @ The Library programs! From November 2018-August 2019, you can visit your favorite…

San Mateo County Libraries Go Fine-Free!

Love your library, but not the late fines? We understand life happens, and that it can be difficult to return items on time to the…

2019 Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest

The Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest is coming soon in February 2019! We’re celebrating the importance of comics, both as an art form…

Automatic Renewals Now Available

Still haven't found out who the murderer is in your favorite new suspense thriller? Had to postpone movie night and need to return that...

Young Adult Novelist Convention…

Our 4th annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is just around the corner and will be held at the Millbrae Library. YANovCon is…

Teens

Sixteen Again: RIP Pete Shelley Sixteen Again: RIP Pete Shelley

By Karen
Pete Shelley, lead singer of the '70s British punk band, the Buzzcocks has passed away. And it makes me feel sixteen again. Okay, so…
Pete Shelley, lead singer of the '70s British punk band, the Buzzcocks has passed away. And it makes me feel sixteen again. Okay, so…

Learn to Code Learn to Code

You decide what coding you want to work on and we'll provide a learning environment, and community support; bring your own device or use...
You decide what coding you want to work on and we'll provide a learning environment, and community support; bring your own device or use...

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina… The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina…

By Ginny
Like many kids in the 1990s, I was a huge fan of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch live-action TV show, starring Melissa Joan Hart. Sabrina,…
Like many kids in the 1990s, I was a huge fan of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch live-action TV show, starring Melissa Joan Hart. Sabrina,…

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…

Kids & Families

Celebrate the Splendor of Unicorns! Celebrate the Splendor of Unicorns!

By Ginny
With the resurgence of Lisa Frank, the abundance of “Unicorn”-flavored foods and beverages, and the incorporation of unicorns into pop…
With the resurgence of Lisa Frank, the abundance of “Unicorn”-flavored foods and beverages, and the incorporation of unicorns into pop…

Ordinary Kids, Super Adventures Ordinary Kids, Super Adventures

By Karen
There's a lot of great new children's novels of late, and here are four published in 2018! The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy...
There's a lot of great new children's novels of late, and here are four published in 2018! The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy...

Noon Year’s Eve at the Library Noon Year’s Eve at the Library

By Ming
Come celebrate the New Year with our family-friendly celebrations across the county! Select libraries will be having parties at…
Come celebrate the New Year with our family-friendly celebrations across the county! Select libraries will be having parties at…

Hair-Braiders and Motel-Runners Hair-Braiders and Motel-Runners

By Karen
As a child, I spent many summer afternoons tagging along with my dad as he put the roofs on homes all over Los Angeles. We couldn't…
As a child, I spent many summer afternoons tagging along with my dad as he put the roofs on homes all over Los Angeles. We couldn't…

Storytime at the Library Storytime at the Library

San Mateo County Libraries provide a variety of educational and themed storytimes for different ages. See what is offered near you.
San Mateo County Libraries provide a variety of educational and themed storytimes for different ages. See what is offered near you.

Adults

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 is Here! Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 is Here!

There was a Lil’ Sebastian sized void left in my life when Parks and Recreation ended in 2015. After we said goodbye to Leslie Knope, Ron…
There was a Lil’ Sebastian sized void left in my life when Parks and Recreation ended in 2015. After we said goodbye to Leslie Knope, Ron…

Green Clean: Do-It-Yourself Non-Toxic… Green Clean: Do-It-Yourself Non-Toxic…

Got lemons? Got Baking soda? Then you’re on your way to a healthy home. Breathe Easy! Reduce your use of chemicals to protect you and…
Got lemons? Got Baking soda? Then you’re on your way to a healthy home. Breathe Easy! Reduce your use of chemicals to protect you and…

Do You Love Bacon? Do You Love Bacon?

If you enjoy eating bacon, then by all means you should take your foodie passions to the next level! Enjoy National Bacon Day, December…
If you enjoy eating bacon, then by all means you should take your foodie passions to the next level! Enjoy National Bacon Day, December…

Create Art at Your Library Create Art at Your Library

By Carmen
Start the New Year With Art! We have a lot of activities for you to try! Join us for our adult winter/spring arts and crafts events. We…
Start the New Year With Art! We have a lot of activities for you to try! Join us for our adult winter/spring arts and crafts events. We…

Books That Make GREAT Gifts! Books That Make GREAT Gifts!

Living in the Bay Area affords us all types of perks like having many high-quality bookstores sprinkled along the Peninsula. So what do…
Living in the Bay Area affords us all types of perks like having many high-quality bookstores sprinkled along the Peninsula. So what do…

Digital Content

Library News

Closing the Word Gap With “Talk, Read,… Closing the Word Gap With “Talk, Read,…

By Silvia
In spring of 2015, we began our partnership with the LENA Research Foundation through the "Talk, Read, Sing" program, to help us reach…
In spring of 2015, we began our partnership with the LENA Research Foundation through the "Talk, Read, Sing" program, to help us reach...

Reading Just Got Even More Fun With… Reading Just Got Even More Fun With…

By Ginny
San Mateo County Libraries has a new addition to our collection: VOX Books! These books are a hybrid between an audiobook and picture…
San Mateo County Libraries has a new addition to our collection: VOX Books! These books are a hybrid between an audiobook and picture…

Atherton Library Moves to Temporary… Atherton Library Moves to Temporary…

By Kwoods
Exciting plans are underway for the much-anticipated new Atherton Library Project! On August 17, Atherton Town Council approved city staff…
Exciting plans are underway for the much-anticipated new Atherton Library Project! On August 17, Atherton Town Council approved city staff…

Big Lift Inspiring Summers Big Lift Inspiring Summers

By Lorie
Over a thousand eager students are now ready to tackle the new school year with some extra confidence thanks to an uplifting summer with…
Over a thousand eager students are now ready to tackle the new school year with some extra confidence thanks to an uplifting summer with…

Summer Learning Challenge Instagram… Summer Learning Challenge Instagram…

By Lorie
To close out our Summer Learning Challenge 2018, we asked our Instagram followers to share their favorite Summer Learning Challenge…
To close out our Summer Learning Challenge 2018, we asked our Instagram followers to share their favorite Summer Learning Challenge…
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