Captain Underpants…The Movie!

Captain Underpants movie poster.

It's been 20 years since 4th graders George and Harold first hypnotized their cruel principal and turned him into the larger-than-life, silly superhero, Captain Underpants. Author Dav Pilkey's The Adventures of Captain Underpants book series has been a favorite of kids who love outrageous humor, fantastic situations, and comic books. Coming Soon... The big news: a […]

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Sunday Mornings With the Velvet Underground

Photo of The Velvet Underground and Nico.

My first year in college was not so glamorous. Night after night of crazy parties? No. Frisbee on a sunny manicured lawn with preppy guys in polo shirts? No. Long, indulgent meals at all all-you-can-eat dorm cafeteria that features a pizza station, roast carving station, and frozen yogurt machine? Well, yes, that part was actually true (so […]

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Pancakes From Distant Lands

Gluten-free pancakes with blueberry, banana and honey. Source: http://www.donalskehan.com

"Someone who eats pancakes and jam can't be so awfully dangerous. You can talk to him." - Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll Dublin I recently had a quick 24 hours in Dublin, Ireland. Having been there before, I knew a couple of very important things I had to accomplish during my short stay: buy an […]

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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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The History of Love: Mildred and Richard Loving

Richard & Mildred Loving attend a car race in the late 1950s.

Growing up, my dad would sometimes ask me, "How do you feel being half Asian? Do kids tease you?" His question mystified me, yet as I grew older, I did become more sensitive to the nature of being biracial. Never quite feeling like I fit in at school or during visits to Koreatown, confusion over what […]

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One Disagreement at a Time

Illustration from the book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy.

There have been a number of wonderful new books highlighting women's achievements all over the world. Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide are two recent favorites. Another excellent book, for younger readers, is I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley. Released last year, I Dissent is […]

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Discussing the 2016 Election With Children

Child with US flag in hand. Source: DVIDSHUB, Wikimedia Commons.

The recent election and its aftermath have stirred passionate discussion among adults--and even among kids. Many adults are wondering how to approach this topic with their children. Not Too Young You might be thinking: my child is too young to understand what's going on. Though they don't understand the details, kids are sensitive to emotions and […]

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Art Break Day

"5716 Multicolored world" via Flickr by lorisrandom

On Friday, September 2nd, San Mateo County Libraries invites you to join us for Art Break Day. Come to our libraries to “take an art break” and create art for free. Art Break Day, created by the nonprofit Art is Moving, is an annual worldwide event where people of all ages are given the supplies and […]

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Back to School Books

Child going back to school. Source: Anita Hart, Flickr.

Rev up the school buses, ring those bells! School is almost back in session. Fuel your excitement for the 2016-2017 school year with these newly acquired back to school titles. The Way to School Kids all over the world travel to school in unique ways. In Brazil, kids may ride on a cart pulled by an […]

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Children’s Authors Read to You

Children's author Faye Hanson reads "The Wonder" to children.

If you ever get the chance to see an author read their book in person, I urge you to do so--especially children's book authors. It is a delight to hear them read aloud, and to witness the amusing banter that occurs between them and their young fans. Libraries, bookstores, and book festivals are just a […]

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