Searching for a Fun Read? Alex Has Just the Thing

I love stories where Things Happen. With all due respect to those introspective novels that plumb the human psyche, sometimes I need a good fight scene or car chase to go with that. So for that, among many other reasons, I am very lucky to have served on last year's ALEX Award Committee for the Young […]

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Make It March

Have you ever had that moment where you see something for sale and think, “Hey, I could make that at home!” Throughout the month of March, San Mateo County Libraries is encouraging kids of all ages to drop in, roll up their sleeves, and make stuff. Unplug, DIY and STEAM These days, it’s so easy […]

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A Nod to Diversity: Oscars 2017

Mahershala Ali in Moonlight, Viola Davis in Fences, and Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures.

Ten years ago, I went on my first date with my husband; the film minor. It was an epic long date topped off with a night of watching the Oscars, while being introduced to his team trivia group. Our team won that night of movie related trivia, and my husband won my heart. A few […]

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An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Author Kazu Kibuishi

Author Kazu Kibuishi. Source: Gordon Luk, Scholastic.

The Comic Arts Fest is wrapping up. Our final author visit will be on Saturday, February 25, 2:00 PM at the Foster City Library. The Library will be hosting author Kazu Kibuishi. Author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet graphic novel series for children, the webcomic Copper, and the action-packed series Daisy Kutter. Kazu is also […]

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Have You Ever Wanted to Learn More About Photography?

Man taking photo. Source: jarmoluk, Pixabay / CC0. allows you take classes for free on photography and a variety of other subjects. Learn about such topics as cameras and gear, techniques, Photoshop, iPhoto, or mobile photography. There is something for everyone, from beginners to more advanced users. Visit our online resources where you can get access to (requires "29041" library card) as well […]

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Visit Our Lookmobile!

San Mateo County Libraries's Lookmobile, a new interactive mobile library.

Visit our Lookmobile, an interactive mobile library designed to activate outdoor spaces and increase hands-on learning opportunities in San Mateo County communities. The Lookmobile offers visitors the opportunity to explore new ways of seeing their surroundings through interactive exhibits, fun experiments, and reflective activities. We invite the public to step inside and take a first […]

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Now Recruiting for the Spring and Fall 2017 Cohorts for CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS small business development workshop. Source: CO.STARTERS.

San Mateo County Libraries has successfully graduated two CO.STARTERS cohorts of inspiring entrepreneurs and is now recruiting for the Spring and Fall 2017 cohorts at the San Carlos Library. CO.STARTERS is a nationally renowned platform that helps communities grow local business. The nine-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to […]

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An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Bay Area Webcomic Artists

There is no stopping the Comic Arts Fest. Our next event will be on Saturday, February 18, starting at 10:00 AM at the Millbrae Library. The Millbrae Library will be hosting a Comics Workshop with Ellis Kim and a Bay Area Webcomic Artists panel with Ellis Kim, Spencer Bingham, and Maia Kobabe. Ellis Kim is an Alameda-based illustrator who […]

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Teen Librarians Pick Their 2016 Top Teen Book

San Mateo County Libraries Teen Librarians.

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 drum-roll please... Our Top Teen Book of 2016 Is... Salt to the Sea Our Runners Up Are March: Book Three Highly Illogical Behavior The Female of the Species What do you think? What […]

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Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

Photo of Valentine's Day heart candies. Source: Laura Ockel, Unsplash/CC0

What’s better than chocolate, roses, and cheesy cards? Curling up at home with a good romance novel! San Mateo County Libraries has you covered when it comes to new romance reads – from Danielle Steel favorites to vengeful dukes to action love stories. And if you’re not feeling the love, we’ve got some good anti-Valentine’s Day reads […]

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