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Winter Challenge 2018-2019

School is out for winter break, but don't get the winter blues! Register now and take part in our Winter Challenge! The program is open...

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...

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 Appoints Aileen…

Join us in congratulating Aileen Cassinetto on her appointment to the honorary post of Poet Laureate. As our county's next Poet Laureate,...

Food for Fines 2018

Forget to return that library book or DVD on time? Now is your chance to clear your overdue fines while helping those in need this holiday…

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…

Teens Mobilize to VOTE! Teens Mobilize to VOTE!

By Nicole
Did you know that 22 million teens will turn 18 by the 2020 presidential elections? While youth have been advocating for their voices to be…
Did you know that 22 million teens will turn 18 by the 2020 presidential elections? While youth have been advocating for their voices to be…

Kids & Families

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.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of… Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of…

I was a little skeptical back when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first announced. How do you make a movie about a fictional…
I was a little skeptical back when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first announced. How do you make a movie about a fictional…

Día de los Muertos at the Library Día de los Muertos at the Library

By Carmen
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated in many Latin American countries between October 31st - November 2nd. As fans of the…
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated in many Latin American countries between October 31st - November 2nd. As fans of the…

Black Cats Are the Best Cats! Black Cats Are the Best Cats!

By Karen
October 27 is National Black Cat Day! Here are some great new and classic children's picture books that feature black cats.
October 27 is National Black Cat Day! Here are some great new and classic children's picture books that feature black cats.

Adults

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…

Folksongs of the Winter Holidays With… Folksongs of the Winter Holidays With…

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. His sing-along...
One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. His sing-along...

National French Toast Day National French Toast Day

French toast is just another long way to say yummy! Show your love for this delicious sweet treat on November 28th, National French Toast…
French toast is just another long way to say yummy! Show your love for this delicious sweet treat on November 28th, National French Toast…

CLA Conference 2018 CLA Conference 2018

By Carmen
I finally checked off an item from my librarian bucket list, attend a CLA Conference. What is CLA and why would I want to attend their…
I finally checked off an item from my librarian bucket list, attend a CLA Conference. What is CLA and why would I want to attend their…

Creed II - This Fight Is Personal! Creed II - This Fight Is Personal!

Rocky was released on November 21, 1976, which is more than 40 years ago. When you include both Creed movies, Sylvester Stallone has…
Rocky was released on November 21, 1976, which is more than 40 years ago. When you include both Creed movies, Sylvester Stallone has…

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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