Library Leads Pride

Father and daughter at NYC Gay Pride 2013. Source: Bob Jagendorf, Flickr

We like to think that libraries are pretty cool and that people who work in libraries are especially fabulous, but did you know that the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) became the first gay professional organization in the nation way back in 1970? The San Mateo […]

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Summer Learning is here!

Graphic of children seated around a campfire reading together with text overlaid that says 2016 Summer Learning Challenge.

Make this your... BEST.SUMMER.EVER. The Summer Learning Challenge is here! This means reading, playing, doing, and lots of chances for prizes through it all. Sign up at your local library or online at to be part of this exploring, discovering, playing, experimenting, reading, talking, singing, smiling, laughing, can't-do-it-wrong program that combines the fun of […]

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An Interview With SMCL’s Jenna Varden

The San Mateo County Libraries' staff LOVE bringing exciting teen programs and services to inspire and engage you. So who are the unique and talented individuals who run these great programs? Meet Jenna Let's learn about Jenna Varden and what makes her tick. Where Are You From? "I grew up in Singapore before coming to the […]

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An Interview With SMCL’s Kelly Reinaker

Photo of Youth Services Librarian, Kelly Reinaker.

The San Mateo County Libraries' staff LOVE engaging our youngest visitors with fun storytimes and active learning programs! So who are these multi-talented and enthusiastic staff in Youth Services? Meet Kelly Let's find out about East Palo Alto Library's Kelly Reinaker and what inspires her! Where Are You From? "I was born and raised in […]

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Celebrate Harvey Milk Day

Harvey Milk Sworn in as Supervisor of San Francisco.

The life of civil rights leader Harvey Milk will be celebrated on May 22. Milk was the first openly-gay person ever elected to public office in California, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Harvey's Career During Milk’s political career, he successfully helped passed gay-right ordinances in San Francisco, and was instrumental in helping […]

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The New Woodside Library

The new children's room in the renovated Woodside Library.

On April 16, 2016, the Woodside Library opened after a nine month renovation. The opening celebration marked a full day of activities for all ages, kicked off by a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring presentations by the Mayor, Town Manager, council members, and community representatives. Fun for Everyone Entertainment included a performance by Master Magician Dan Chan, […]

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