San Mateo County Libraries will be closed Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Monday, December 25, 2017 for Christmas and Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018 for New Year's.

To offer you better service, we are moving to a new mobile app. Our current mobile app will not be available after January 3, 2018. Projected launch for the new mobile app is February 1, 2018. You can still connect with us on our mobile friendly site, smcl.org. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Computer Science Education Week

Join us as we celebrate Computer Science Education Week with fun tech activities at San Mateo County Libraries near you. Whether you’d like …

Winter Learning Challenge

School is out for winter break, but don't get the winter blues! Come by any one of your favorite San Mateo County Libraries starting Monday…

Experience Virtual Reality at SMCL Libra…

Have you ever wanted to fly along the California coastline, skimming across tidepools and sand dunes? Do you wonder what it might be like t…

Food for Fines 2017

During the months of November and December bring non-perishable food items into one of the participating libraries below and fines/fees will…

Teens

YANovCon Short Story: The Ship Breaker YANovCon Short Story: The Ship Breaker

By Nicole
YANovCon 2018 is right around the corner, and we’re hosting another Short Story Contest. Submit your story by Sunday, January 14, 2018 and …
YANovCon 2018 is right around the corner, and we’re hosting another Short Story Contest. Submit your story by Sunday, January 14, 2018 and …

Teen School Poetry Night in Half Moon Ba… Teen School Poetry Night in Half Moon Ba…

By Karen
On Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Half Moon Bay Library, we invite you to come see local high school poets showcase their origina…
On Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Half Moon Bay Library, we invite you to come see local high school poets showcase their origina…

72 Hours Movie Making Challenge Winners! 72 Hours Movie Making Challenge Winners!

Thank you to all the teens who participated in the San Mateo County Libraries’ 72 Hour Movie Making Challenge. The screening was awesome! W…
Thank you to all the teens who participated in the San Mateo County Libraries’ 72 Hour Movie Making Challenge. The screening was awesome! W…

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Bla… Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Bla…

By Cris
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake, is about an island where each generation, a set of royal triplets are born. When they turn sixteen, the…
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake, is about an island where each generation, a set of royal triplets are born. When they turn sixteen, the…

Review: The School for Good and Evil by… Review: The School for Good and Evil by…

The School for Good and Evil is the perfect twist of a fairy-tale and wonderful novel for anyone seeking adventure and surprise. It has many…
The School for Good and Evil is the perfect twist of a fairy-tale and wonderful novel for anyone seeking adventure and surprise. It has many…

Kids & Families

Noon Year's Eve Noon Year's Eve

It’s time to ring in the new year! Come celebrate with fun and food at the library. Select libraries will be having family friendly parties…
It’s time to ring in the new year! Come celebrate with fun and food at the library. Select libraries will be having family friendly parties…

National Cookie Day National Cookie Day

By Nicole
Are you ready for the holidays? It's National Cookie Day, and a perfect holiday gift is a delicious batch of homemade cookies. National Coo…
Are you ready for the holidays? It's National Cookie Day, and a perfect holiday gift is a delicious batch of homemade cookies. National Coo…

Celebrate Thanksgiving Celebrate Thanksgiving

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming up fast! If your Thanksgiving is anything like mine that means lots of cooking, family, and ma…
Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming up fast! If your Thanksgiving is anything like mine that means lots of cooking, family, and ma…

Dad & Me Puppet Show Returns to the Libr… Dad & Me Puppet Show Returns to the Libr…

By Elena
Who doesn’t love puppets? Back by popular demand is the Dad & Me @ the Library Puppet Show series, brought to us by The Puppet Art Theater …
Who doesn’t love puppets? Back by popular demand is the Dad & Me @ the Library Puppet Show series, brought to us by The Puppet Art Theater …

Must Read Latinx Picture Books Must Read Latinx Picture Books

By Karen
Share the life stories of inspiring Latinx historical figures with your little ones. These colorful, informative, and engaging picture book…
Share the life stories of inspiring Latinx historical figures with your little ones. These colorful, informative, and engaging picture book…

Adults

21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - Wi… 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - Wi…

The album, entitled Without Warning, is one of my favorite albums of the year and has been in my rotation since it released. It is littered …
The album, entitled Without Warning, is one of my favorite albums of the year and has been in my rotation since it released. It is littered …

Finish High School at the Library! Finish High School at the Library!

By Nicole
Get the high school diploma you’ve always dreamed of with Career Online High School. Career Online High School (COHS) is an innovative onli…
Get the high school diploma you’ve always dreamed of with Career Online High School. Career Online High School (COHS) is an innovative onli…

Paint Like Kandinsky, Monet, O'keeffe,..… Paint Like Kandinsky, Monet, O'keeffe,..…

Jump into the mind of an influential artist and learn to paint like them with our "Paint Like" fall series.
Jump into the mind of an influential artist and learn to paint like them with our "Paint Like" fall series.

National Sandwich Day National Sandwich Day

It’s November! We are officially knee deep in the food heavy holiday season. But there’s one food themed holiday you may not know about. No…
It’s November! We are officially knee deep in the food heavy holiday season. But there’s one food themed holiday you may not know about. No…

Are You Ready for Stranger Things Season… Are You Ready for Stranger Things Season…

Season 2 Is Finally in Sight! The 80s were an interesting time in popular culture. We got things like Pac-Man, cellphones, and Back to the …
Season 2 Is Finally in Sight! The 80s were an interesting time in popular culture. We got things like Pac-Man, cellphones, and Back to the …

Digital Content

Library News

SMCL Staff Recipient of KPIX Jefferson A… SMCL Staff Recipient of KPIX Jefferson A…

By Sharon
Pacifica Library Assistant, Chris Vance, is the recipient of KPIX's Jefferson Award for Public Service. He has been recognized for his work…
Pacifica Library Assistant, Chris Vance, is the recipient of KPIX's Jefferson Award for Public Service. He has been recognized for his work…

San Mateo County Libraries Receives Inno… San Mateo County Libraries Receives Inno…

By Cris
On October 12, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced that we are one of the twenty most innovative libraries in the nation. The 2017 …
On October 12, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced that we are one of the twenty most innovative libraries in the nation. The 2017 …

San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame Tr… San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame Tr…

By Amanda
A multimedia display of the extraordinary women inducted in the Hall of Fame is now traveling throughout the San Mateo County Libraries.
A multimedia display of the extraordinary women inducted in the Hall of Fame is now traveling throughout the San Mateo County Libraries.

Everyone Is a Maker Everyone Is a Maker

By JC
Everyone is a Maker is the title of our new roadmap for a systemwide network of makerspaces throughout San Mateo County. We aim to encourage…
Everyone is a Maker is the title of our new roadmap for a systemwide network of makerspaces throughout San Mateo County. We aim to encourage…

New Bookmobile Stops! Is one near you? New Bookmobile Stops! Is one near you?

By Ame
Check us out! We are introducing new Bookmobile stops that will expand our reach, support discovery, enrich lives, and create inspiring exp…
Check us out! We are introducing new Bookmobile stops that will expand our reach, support discovery, enrich lives, and create inspiring exp…
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