San Mateo County Libraries will be closed Thursday, May 3, 2018 for Staff Development Day.

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What Do You Want in a Makerspace?

Are you curious about the whole "maker movement?" Making in the community has been around forever. Whether in classrooms, homes,…

Share Your Story

We’re asking patrons how our community libraries have affected their lives. It’s a complex question, but all we need is a one sentence…

Jazz Appreciation Month

Let this be the year that you embrace the spirit, insight, beauty of Jazz, with an array of musicians, all blessed with an abundance of…

Canon T6i Camera Kits Now Available for…

Just when you thought libraries couldn't possibly offer something more to check out...another one (DJ Khaled voice). Yup. We've done it...

Month of the Young Child

April is Month of the Young Child here at San Mateo County Libraries! Join us at our 12 branches for family-friendly activities and…

Teens

Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James is a fantasy book set in an alternate version of modern England. The community is divided into two main groups…
Gilded Cage by Vic James is a fantasy book set in an alternate version of modern England. The community is divided into two main groups…

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

By Kenny
The 10th Annual Teen Film Festival screening was held over the weekend of March 10th and 11th at the Belmont Library. During the first…
The 10th Annual Teen Film Festival screening was held over the weekend of March 10th and 11th at the Belmont Library. During the first…

Enjoy a Game at the Library Enjoy a Game at the Library

Did you know you can game at the Library? We have video games, board games, and so much more.
Did you know you can game at the Library? We have video games, board games, and so much more.

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

The Best Penguins in the World The Best Penguins in the World

By Karen
World Penguin Day is celebrated on April 25th. What a wonderful time to think about all the penguins in the world, and fond penguin…
World Penguin Day is celebrated on April 25th. What a wonderful time to think about all the penguins in the world, and fond penguin…

Potty Training Picture Books Potty Training Picture Books

By Carmen
It seemed to take forever to potty train my daughter. Every time I would get together with a relative I would always get asked, "How's…
It seemed to take forever to potty train my daughter. Every time I would get together with a relative I would always get asked, "How's...

Saving the Earth, One Kid at a Time Saving the Earth, One Kid at a Time

By Karen
Looking for a way to learn more and take action? April is a great opportunity to attend one of these family-friendly events.
Looking for a way to learn more and take action? April is a great opportunity to attend one of these family-friendly events.

An Interview With San Carlos Libraries’… An Interview With San Carlos Libraries’…

By Cris
The San Mateo County Libraries' staff LOVE engaging our youngest visitors with fun storytimes and active learning programs! So who are…
The San Mateo County Libraries' staff LOVE engaging our youngest visitors with fun storytimes and active learning programs! So who are…

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…

Adults

How Are Your 2018 Goals Going? How Are Your 2018 Goals Going?

Now is the perfect time to check in on the progress of your goals for 2018. Reviewing your goals and what you’ve done so far to accomplish…
Now is the perfect time to check in on the progress of your goals for 2018. Reviewing your goals and what you’ve done so far to accomplish…

East Palo Alto Library Now Open on… East Palo Alto Library Now Open on…

By Kenny
For the first time in 43 years, the East Palo Alto Library is now open 7 days a week!
For the first time in 43 years, the East Palo Alto Library is now open 7 days a week!

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe Casanova: The Seduction of Europe

Explore the eighteenth century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798)....
Explore the eighteenth century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798)....

Michael O'Neill Quartet Michael O'Neill Quartet

Join us for an afternoon of classical jazz with saxophonist Michael O'Neill.
Join us for an afternoon of classical jazz with saxophonist Michael O'Neill.

Two Car Shows Are Better Than One Two Car Shows Are Better Than One

Start your engines! The world's most popular motoring show has returned with Season 25 of Top Gear now airing on BBC America. Three…
Start your engines! The world's most popular motoring show has returned with Season 25 of Top Gear now airing on BBC America. Three…

Digital Content

Library News

¡Ahora Están Disponibles Más Libros… ¡Ahora Están Disponibles Más Libros…

By Ginny
Con la tarjeta de Las Bibliotecas del Condado de San Mateo, nuestros usuarios pueden disfrutar de miles de títulos nuevos en español a…
Con la tarjeta de Las Bibliotecas del Condado de San Mateo, nuestros usuarios pueden disfrutar de miles de títulos nuevos en español a…

Stream Award-Winning Movies With Your… Stream Award-Winning Movies With Your…

By Ginny
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…
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…

No More Late Fees for 62+ No More Late Fees for 62+

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