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Comic Arts Fest 2017

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

Prom Dress Drive

Donate your gently used formal dress and make dreams come true for a girl in need. All dresses will be distributed by the San Mateo County H…

The San Carlos Eclectic Music Festival

Come be inspired by the music of five highly diverse local Bay Area performers—all blessed with an abundance of talent and creativity.

2017 Teen Film Festival

Ever wanted to make a movie? Now’s your chance! Submit a film of any genre and win!

Teens
An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Bay Ar… An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Bay Ar…
By Jenna
Let's find out more about these Bay Area Webcomic Artists and what inspires them through a series of questions.
Let's find out more about these Bay Area Webcomic Artists and what inspires them through a series of questions.
Teen Librarians Pick Their 2016 Top Teen… Teen Librarians Pick Their 2016 Top Teen…
By Jessica
A bunch of San Mateo County Libraries’ Teen Librarians got together in January and picked their top teen book of 2016 (AKA last year). And …
A bunch of San Mateo County Libraries’ Teen Librarians got together in January and picked their top teen book of 2016 (AKA last year). And …
An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Artist… An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Artist…
By Jenna
Let's find out more about comic artist, Thien Pham, and what inspires him through a series of questions.
Let's find out more about comic artist, Thien Pham, and what inspires him through a series of questions.
Teen Mental Health Poster Contest Teen Mental Health Poster Contest
Submit an eye-catching poster design to promote Teen Mental Health Awareness by midnight, February 25th, 2017 and win $70 worth of merchandi…
Submit an eye-catching poster design to promote Teen Mental Health Awareness by midnight, February 25th, 2017 and win $70 worth of merchandi…
2017 Teen Comic Contest 2017 Teen Comic Contest
As part of the Comic Arts Fest SMCL is holding a teen comic/graphic novel contest. Submit your entry by Februa…
As part of the Comic Arts Fest SMCL is holding a teen comic/graphic novel contest. Submit your entry by Februa…
Kids & Families
An Interview With Belmont Libraries' Mic… An Interview With Belmont Libraries' Mic…
By Cris
The San Mateo County Libraries' staff LOVE engaging our youngest visitors with fun storytimes and active learning programs! So who are thes…
The San Mateo County Libraries' staff LOVE engaging our youngest visitors with fun storytimes and active learning programs! So who are thes…
The History of Love: Mildred and Richard… The History of Love: Mildred and Richard…
By Karen
Growing up, my dad would sometimes ask me, "How do you feel being half Asian? Do kids tease you?" His question mystified me, yet as I grew …
Growing up, my dad would sometimes ask me, "How do you feel being half Asian? Do kids tease you?" His question mystified me, yet as I grew …
One Disagreement at a Time One Disagreement at a Time
By Karen
There have been a number of wonderful new books highlighting women's achievements all over the world. Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women …
There have been a number of wonderful new books highlighting women's achievements all over the world. Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women …
Explore 3D Printing at the San Mateo Cou… Explore 3D Printing at the San Mateo Cou…
By Jhedstrom
Our focus on bridging the technology gap is one of our strongest missions, and we’re super excited to announce that we now have 3D printers …
Our focus on bridging the technology gap is one of our strongest missions, and we’re super excited to announce that we now have 3D printers …
Best Middle Grade Books of 2016
recommended by SMCLKidsnFamilyPicks
Best Middle Grade Books of 2016 as selected by San Mateo County Libraries staff.
Best Middle Grade Books of 2016 as selected by San Mateo County Libraries staff.
Adults
Now Recruiting for the Spring and Fall 2… Now Recruiting for the Spring and Fall 2…
By Bitian
San Mateo County Libraries has successfully graduated two CO.STARTERS cohorts of inspiring entrepreneurs and is now recruiting for the Spri…
San Mateo County Libraries has successfully graduated two CO.STARTERS cohorts of inspiring entrepreneurs and is now recruiting for the Spri…
Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day
By Ginny
What’s better than chocolate, roses, and cheesy cards? Curling up at home with a good romance novel! San Mateo County Libraries has you cov…
What’s better than chocolate, roses, and cheesy cards? Curling up at home with a good romance novel! San Mateo County Libraries has you cov…
An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Author… An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Author…
By Jenna
Let's find out more about author-artist, Tyler Cohen, and what inspires her through a series of questions.
Let's find out more about author-artist, Tyler Cohen, and what inspires her through a series of questions.
An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Author… An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Author…
By Jenna
Let's find out more about author-artist, T. Edward Bak, and what inspires him through a series of questions.
Let's find out more about author-artist, T. Edward Bak, and what inspires him through a series of questions.
Get an Early Listen to Grammy Award Nomi… Get an Early Listen to Grammy Award Nomi…
By Ginny
Are you planning to watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017? Many of the nominees are on Freegal, a free music streaming s…
Are you planning to watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017? Many of the nominees are on Freegal, a free music streaming s…
Digital Content
Library News
Visit Our Lookmobile! Visit Our Lookmobile!
By Maria
Visit our Lookmobile, an interactive mobile library designed to activate outdoor spaces and increase hands-on learning opportunities in San…
Visit our Lookmobile, an interactive mobile library designed to activate outdoor spaces and increase hands-on learning opportunities in San…
What Does Your Dream Library Look Like? What Does Your Dream Library Look Like?
By Maria
(FOR EAST PALO ALTO RESIDENTS ONLY) Help shape the future of the library by completing our quick online survey and earn a chance to win an A…
(FOR EAST PALO ALTO RESIDENTS ONLY) Help shape the future of the library by completing our quick online survey and earn a chance to win an A…
ULC Recognizes San Mateo County Librarie… ULC Recognizes San Mateo County Librarie…
By Maria
We're proud to share that the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) named us as one of 10 Top Innovators in the country in the category of Learning…
We're proud to share that the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) named us as one of 10 Top Innovators in the country in the category of Learning…
Progress on the New Half Moon Bay Librar… Progress on the New Half Moon Bay Librar…
By Maria
We are delighted to report that Phase 1 of the New Half Moon Bay Library Project is underway! The old Half Moon Bay Library building has be…
We are delighted to report that Phase 1 of the New Half Moon Bay Library Project is underway! The old Half Moon Bay Library building has be…
Half Moon Bay Library Groundbreaking Half Moon Bay Library Groundbreaking
By Maria
San Mateo County Libraries and our partners - the City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County - are pleased to announce that after years of …
San Mateo County Libraries and our partners - the City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County - are pleased to announce that after years of …
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