Silicon Valley Is Back for Season 4!

Silicon Valley scene. Source: HBO

In a previous life, I was a tech journalist in San Francisco and covered the success and excess of the Bay Area technology industry. There have been a few different fictionalized accounts of the tech start-up scene, but none have been more accurate – and cringingly hilarious – as HBO’s Silicon Valley.  The show kicked off […]

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How Sesame Street Stays Cutting Edge

Sesame Street might have turned 47 last November, but the kids hit TV show has stayed fresh and relevant over the years. Sesame Street has hosted celebrity guests like Neil Patrick Harris, who sung about all the different kinds of shoes you can wear. Popular all-female music group Fifth Harmony was recently on to teach […]

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Spring Into Health and Wellness With eBooks

"Eat Real Food" eBook on tablet.

Whether you’re a yoga junkie or looking to try something new, San Mateo County Libraries has an assortment of yoga as well as other health and wellness eBooks to help you stay on track.  Total Boox, one of our eBook providers, has partnered with some of the leading publishers in the subject. You can find […]

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Be Our Guest: Celebrate Beauty and the Beast With the Library

Poster for Disney's film Beauty and the Beast.

It might be “a tale as old as time,” but Beauty and the Beast is getting retold in a new Disney live action movie coming out this month! The movie stars Emma Watson (the actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies) as Belle and Dan Stevens (better known as “Cousin Matthew” in […]

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Pro-Tips for Waiting on eBook and eAudiobook Holds

Woman reading eBook. Source: Pexels, Pixabay/CC0.

You’re all set to check out the next highly anticipated eBook in your favorite series and then you see it: “Not Currently Available." You resign to the fact that you might need to wait a bit for a copy to become available but then you see there are 96 holds on 20 copies. But don’t freak […]

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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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Get an Early Listen to Grammy Award Nominees

Ted Jensen's 2002 Grammy Award. Source: Obra derivada, Wikimedia CC BY 4.0.

Are you planning to watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017? Many of the nominees are on Freegal, a free music streaming service at San Mateo County Libraries. With your library card (requires "29041" library card.), you get access to five hours per day of streaming time and five songs to download […]

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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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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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Explore the World of LEGO With This New Pop-Up Book

Lego Pop-Up book.

When was the last time you spent a good hour reading a pop-up book? One of the great perks of working at Access Services is that we get to see – and play with – all of the new books that come in. We certainly had a great time with this intricately-designed pop-up book on […]

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