International Coffee Day

#InternationalCoffeeDay or ICD is October 1st and will mark the 4th annual celebration. Past the jitters, social media post, and the long lines at Starbucks. This year's theme is "Women in Coffee" which makes a lot of sense in an industry with a large gender gap. Like in many industries the women's role has been…
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Silicon Valley Start-Up Story That Reads Like a Thriller!

The best book I've read lately is the non-fiction book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Taking place in our own backyard here in Palo Alto, it’s about the biotech company Theranos and its overly confident and ambitious founder, Elizabeth Holmes. Extremely well written and researched by investigative reporter John Carreyrou…
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San Mateo County Libraries Recognized for Library Innovation

The Urban Libraries Council announced San Mateo County Libraries as one of 10 Top Innovators during the 2018 ULC Annual Forum earlier this month. The ULC Innovations initiative spotlights libraries that use inventive approaches to further their mission and purpose. A panel of expert judges selected San Mateo County Libraries from 220 submissions in 10…
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Big Lift Inspiring Summers

Over a thousand eager students are now ready to tackle the new school year with some extra confidence thanks to an uplifting summer with San Mateo County Libraries and The Big Lift. In partnership with the County of San Mateo, San Mateo County Office of Education, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for…
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Must Read Latinx Books 2018

Have you exhausted your summer reading list? If you’re like me and not sure where to turn to next for fall reading, browse through our list of Must Read Latinx Books, 2018 edition! You can also check out our list from last year. Made up of some oldies (but goodies), as well as more recent…
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Summer Learning Challenge Instagram Giveaway: August Winners

To close out our Summer Learning Challenge 2018, we asked our Instagram followers to share their favorite Summer Learning Challenge activity. From exploring one of the oldest research libraries in Europe at Oxford University (!), dissecting owl pellets and building robots at our community libraries, to spending quality time with family, our followers filled their…
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2018 Emmy Awards

We are gearing up for the 2018 Primetime Emmy nominations coming up on Monday, September 17th! Every year the Television Academy honors their peers by recognizing the excellent programs created over the last year in areas of craftsmanship for television and the emerging media industry. Will your favorite television show or actor take home the…
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