What Do You Want in Your Library Makerspace?

Thinkery makerspace in Austin, TX.

Calling all makers, learners, tinkerers, and builders! San Mateo County Libraries want to hear from you as we plan for makerspaces and digital media labs in our libraries. Take our short survey before Friday, February 3 to provide input for all upcoming makerspaces. As the Maker Movement grows, San Mateo County Libraries continue to develop […]

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One Disagreement at a Time

Illustration from the book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy.

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 Worldwide are two recent favorites. Another excellent book, for younger readers, is I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley. Released last year, I Dissent is […]

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Hidden Figures

Poster of the movie Hidden Figures.

Recently released, this film depicts the historic contributions made by three extraordinary African-American women working behind the scenes of the NASA space flight programs. Known as computers, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson calculated by hand the mathematical equations that ensured the success of Alan Shepard's, John Glenn's and Neil Armstrong's space missions. The movie is […]

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Learn a New Language in the New Year

"Welcome" in different languages.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, but haven’t had the time, motivation, or resources? San Mateo County Libraries can help! Mango Languages, available with your SMCL card (Requires "29041" card.), is a free online language learning program. You can learn up to 17 languages (including Pirate!) if you’re feeling really ambitious – […]

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Explore 3D Printing at the San Mateo County Libraries

Staff and Interns using 3D printer.

Learning new skills and technology is what makes San Mateo County Libraries so amazing! Our focus on bridging the technology gap is one of our strongest missions, and we’re super excited to announce that as an added service to our patrons we now have 3D printers in all of the San Mateo County Libraries. We know […]

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Hamilton Comes to San Francisco!

Playbill for Hamilton The Musical. Source: Travis Wise, Flickr.

The musical that became a national phenomenon has hit San Francisco's Orpheum Theater! While it turns out tickets for the San Francisco Hamilton are just as hard to get as they were in New York, there are plenty of articles, albums, documentaries, and books about Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical Hamilton to tide you over while you wait. Hamilton chronicles the […]

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Young Adult Novelist Convention

YANovCon button.

It’s almost time for the 2nd ever Young Adult Novelist Convention (or YANovCon for short.) It’s happening Saturday, January 28 from 1-5 PM at the Millbrae Library. What is YANovCon? It’s a chance to meet authors of books for middle and high school youth (and anyone else who enjoys their writing). The half day convention features: panel discussions, […]

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Make Smart Shopping One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Photo of piggy bank. Source: Fabian Blank, Unsplash / CC0

New year, new...? Whatever you plan on buying, upgrading, or fixing this year shouldn’t be a waste of your time or money. Try Consumers’ Checkbook first. You can unlock unbiased advice, ratings, and reviews for Bay Area businesses with your San Mateo County Libraries card! Consumers’ Checkbook is an independent nonprofit consumer organization that helps consumers […]

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Roadmapping Our Libraries’ Makerspaces

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Calling all makers, learners, tinkerers, and builders! We invite the public to join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7pm at the Belmont Library to help us plan for future makerspaces and digital media labs in our libraries. As the Maker Movement grows, San Mateo County Libraries continually strive to develop innovative programs for makers of all ages. Our […]

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What Does Your Dream Library Look Like?

A board of post-it note ideas from East Palo Alto Library patrons about their dream library

TAKE OUR QUICK ONLINE SURVEY — FOR EAST PALO ALTO RESIDENTS ONLY You’ve given us great feedback in our library community meetings about how to create your dream library. Now, we want to continue the conversation and ensure we understand your ideas, needs, and priorities for the East Palo Alto Library. Please help shape the […]

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