Libros Nuevos en Español

Para nosotros los bibliófilos, siempre es emocionante descubrir un libro nuevo. ¡Ahora imagínese estar viendo libros nuevos todos los días! Trabajando en las Bibliotecas del Condado de San Mateo, me toca verlos constantemente. Pero no es privilegio especial: usted también puede experimentar los libros recién llegados a nuestras bibliotecas. En nuestro sitio Internet tenemos un […]

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Searching for a Fun Read? Alex Has Just the Thing

I love stories where Things Happen. With all due respect to those introspective novels that plumb the human psyche, sometimes I need a good fight scene or car chase to go with that. So for that, among many other reasons, I am very lucky to have served on last year's ALEX Award Committee for the Young […]

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One of those days

Illustration from "One of Those Days" book.

One of the perks of working in technical services at a library is you get to see lots of new materials come through. Sometimes a book will jump out at us and we have to stop and take a second look. Amy Krouse Rosenthal's One of Those Days is exactly that kind of book. With just a […]

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day decorations. Source: TJ DeGroat, Flickr.

Have you ever noticed that almost all mariachi songs end the same way? "Tan-tan!" That doesn't keep me from tearing up every time I hear "Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra," my grandmother's favorite that reminds me of Sunday dinners and carne asadas with the whole family. Whether mariachi, tríos, ranchera or norteña is your thing, it's […]

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The Power of Story

Photo of Ryan Gattis with teens from Firebaugh High School. Source:

The Short Version Author wins award: Ryan Gattis, All Involved, 2016 ALEX Award. Author graciously agrees to appear at award presentation during library convention. Author delivers incredibly moving speech. Audience member (aka: me) compelled to share speech and books with world! The Slightly Longer Version I am very lucky to serve on the ALEX Award […]

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Explore the Cosmos

Color photograph of stars, earth, and partial view of International Space Station. Source: NASAl M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State U., Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC and Mark Matney, NASA-JSC

Nothing ignites a sense of wonder like the vastness of Space. The stars and worlds that surround us--unseen to most of us most of the time--are things of mystery, wonder, beauty and, above all, possibility. Throughout history and across disciplines, curious humans have explored the universe and found a limitless field of play. Join their […]

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California Presidential Primary: Tuesday, June 7th

Find your polling place so you can cast your vote! The 2016 California Presidential Primary is Tuesday, June 7th. Polls are open on Election Day from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The Secretary of State offers three ways to locate your polling place: By calling 800-345-VOTE (8683) Online By texting Vote to GOVOTE (468683) For complete […]

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Summer Learning is here!

Graphic of children seated around a campfire reading together with text overlaid that says 2016 Summer Learning Challenge.

Make this your... BEST.SUMMER.EVER. The Summer Learning Challenge is here! This means reading, playing, doing, and lots of chances for prizes through it all. Sign up at your local library or online at to be part of this exploring, discovering, playing, experimenting, reading, talking, singing, smiling, laughing, can't-do-it-wrong program that combines the fun of […]

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