A River, the Sea, an Island

2017 featured a bounty of fantastic picture books. As I thought about last year's treasures, I started to think in categories -- historical stories, humorous tales, poetic books, and books with gorgeous illustrations. Within the illustration category, there were three books about water that really stood out. A River by Marc Martin A child imagines…
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Curious About Arm Knitting?

Who Isn't? Arm knitting is a hot knitting trend gaining popularity in the past few years, and for good reason. Arm knitting uses adorable super chunky yarns, allowing you to create your own oversized scarves, hats and throws. What's more, arm knitting fast! Most projects can be completed in around an hour, so there is…
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Top 5 Records of 2017

I don't know about you, but when I hear an album that I really like, I can listen to that same record on repeat over and over, day after day, for an absurd amount of time. I of course make sure that I am wearing headphones or that I'm alone in my car so no…
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Best Audiobooks of 2017

There's nothing like sitting on a comfy couch with a toasty beverage and turning the pages of a good book. But if you're like me and have a long commute, audiobooks are pretty great too! And in my opinion, the production caliber of audiobooks keep getting better and better. Celebrity narrators, special sound effects, and…
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Stream Award-Winning Movies With Your Library Card

San Mateo County patrons now have access to more than 30,000 films for free through Kanopy! All you need is your library card to watch award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, cinema classics, and movies from around the world. Kanopy offers a “Netflix-like” experience for streaming movies. You can watch Kanopy movies from any computer…
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No More Late Fees for 62+

Starting January 1, 2018, San Mateo County Libraries are waiving any late fines on county library materials for individuals age 62 and older. The Senior Library Card program is available to patrons that live in the San Mateo County Libraries service area (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica…
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New Year’s Resolution

The arrival of the new year often generates feelings for renewal and starting fresh with celebrations and New Year’s resolutions. New year celebrations date as far back as ancient Babylon around 4,000 years ago. Now, there are various ways to ring in the new year from attending parties to resolving to achieve personal goals in…
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