Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

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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

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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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eMagazines to Help You Prepare for the Holidays

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It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are quickly approaching! Get a head start on gift buying with The Great Gift Guide December issue from Consumer Reports. All you need is your San Mateo County Libraries card to find the perfect gift for your family and friends. Consumer Reports smartly divides the gift guides up […]

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Get Online Help with Your November Novel

Quote on wall at the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, CA. Source: Joe Flood, Flickr

National Novel Writing Month is moving right along! Hopefully you’re making good progress on your writing project and have attended some of our workshops, write-ins, and author talks at our branches. If you’re looking for extra feedback or have that middle-of-the-night writer’s block, your San Mateo County Libraries card can help! Brainfuse HelpNow’s 24-Hour Writing […]

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Your Very Own Thanksgiving E-Helper: Cookbooks, Crafts, and More!

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If you’re like me and put off any and all holiday planning to the last second, e-books and e-magazines are a lifesaver. Best of all, there’s no leaving the kitchen! All you need is a San Mateo County Libraries card to plan your perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Find a tried and tested idea in Let's Talk Turkey […]

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