Best Books of the Decade

'Tis the season for year-end "Best of" lists, and with the end of 2019, many "Best of the Decade" booklists. I compiled a number of these popular lists together to help you find your next great read. Many of these titles are available at SMCL, so cozy up with a terrific title. Best of 2019…
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The Man Behind Big Bird

Remembering Caroll Spinney, Sesame Street puppeteer. I first heard of Caroll Spinney while reading Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street. It's a fascinating tell-all that describes the beginnings of Sesame Street and its evolution. Spinney, who recently passed away at age 85, was the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and…
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Forever My Idol

We all remember important or influential moments in our lives. The first time I remember being inspired and having that “girl power” moment was going to the movies to see Princess Diaries 2. About halfway through, Princess Mia, the main character, is having trouble adjusting to her new royal life. She starts to find herself…
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Home Internet Access

While San Mateo County Libraries can be your go-to resource to use a computer or a laptop, access WiFi, and even bring WiFi home for a week, having reliable home internet access can make a significant difference when it comes to bridging the digital divide. That’s why San Mateo County Libraries is proud to partner…
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World Violin Day

Music lovers, celebrate World Violin Day on December 13! Violins are the mainstays of the classical music world, but did you know they've only been around for about 500 years and originated in Italy? It takes over 70 pieces of wood to make a violin and they can be quite expensive: currently, the most expensive…
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YANovCon Short Story Contest

YANovCon 2020 is right around the corner, and we’re hosting another Short Story Contest. Submit your story by Friday, December 20, 2019, and you could win a one-on-one lunch and feedback with a published YA author and other goodies. This year we are asking you to create a short story where a character's academics or…
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