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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…

Bring in the Lunar New Year With San…

There are a wide range of Asian cultures that have Lunar New Year. For example, Chinese call it “Chun Jie” (Spring Festival), Koreans call…

Come and Celebrate Black History Month!

Black History Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the role of African American's in U.S. history. Since the 1970s, Black…

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…

East Palo Alto Library Community…

Exciting progress continues around a new East Palo Alto Library as conceptual design plans become the topic of conversation for library…

Teens

11th Annual Teen Film Festival 11th Annual Teen Film Festival

Ever wanted to make a movie? Now’s your chance! Create a film of any genre to submit to the SMCL 11th Annual Teen Film Festival!
Ever wanted to make a movie? Now’s your chance! Create a film of any genre to submit to the SMCL 11th Annual Teen Film Festival!

Manga Mania/Intro to Manga With Karen… Manga Mania/Intro to Manga With Karen…

Feb 26th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Celebrate Comic Arts Fest with us and acclaimed artists, Karen Luk as she teaches you how to draw chibis: cute and small character types.…
Celebrate Comic Arts Fest with us and acclaimed artists, Karen Luk as she teaches you how to draw chibis: cute and small character types.…

Jason Derulo x David Guetta - Goodbye… Jason Derulo x David Guetta - Goodbye…

Holy Smokes! The song is called "Goodbye" but I think it’s meant as an oxymoron! Hee hee, the song makes every cell in your body want to...
Holy Smokes! The song is called "Goodbye" but I think it’s meant as an oxymoron! Hee hee, the song makes every cell in your body want to...

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...

Kids & Families

Glitter, Glitter, Glitter! Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!

By Karen
Who doesn't like glitter? Okay, maybe it can be a little messy, but many kids can't resist the allure of the sparkly stuff. There's...
Who doesn't like glitter? Okay, maybe it can be a little messy, but many kids can't resist the allure of the sparkly stuff. There's...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019

By Carmen
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929, and every year we celebrate his life and achievements on the third Monday of…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929, and every year we celebrate his life and achievements on the third Monday of…

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…

Adults

Author Visits With Congresswoman Jackie… Author Visits With Congresswoman Jackie…

By Lorie
Congresswoman Jackie Speier Author Visit and Book Signing Saturday, February 9th Belmont Library at 10:00 AM Half Moon Bay Library at 3:00…
Congresswoman Jackie Speier Author Visit and Book Signing Saturday, February 9th Belmont Library at 10:00 AM Half Moon Bay Library at 3:00…

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…

Digital Content

Library News

Portable Battery Chargers Now Available Portable Battery Chargers Now Available

By JC
Who’s got the power? The power to charge two phones at the same time? The power to fully charge 4 devices on a single charge? The power to…
Who’s got the power? The power to charge two phones at the same time? The power to fully charge 4 devices on a single charge? The power to…

San Francisco Chronicle Online… San Francisco Chronicle Online…

By Ginny
Library users now have access to the full image version of the San Francisco Chronicle online. All you need is your library card to access…
Library users now have access to the full image version of the San Francisco Chronicle online. All you need is your library card to access…

Automatic Renewals Now Available Automatic Renewals Now Available

By Lorie
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...
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...

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…
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