Pick up a Ukulele at Your Local Library!

San Mateo County Libraries are happy to announce that we are now offering 65 ukuleles for checkout throughout our 12 locations! Every ukulele comes with a tuner and travel bag. Visit your local library to borrow one. Why Learn to Play the Ukulele? They're fun to play and easy to learn. You'll be able to […]

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Spider-Man Homecoming

Scene from the upcoming Marvel Movie, Spider-Man Homecoming.

Spidey's back!  Coming out 7.7.17, the webbed wall-crawler returns to the big screen after his team-effort in Captain America: Civil War. I loved their rebooted Vulture (dubbed "Flying Monster Guy" by Tony Stark), the homage to Miles Morales's buddy Ganke Lee, and the redesigned suit, which nods towards the comic's original webbed underarm wings.  Here's […]

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Bookmobile at the County Fair

Everyone finishes a winner at the San Mateo County Fair!

Spring Into Summer! The San Mateo County Libraries Bookmobile has tons of fun activities waiting for you at the San Mateo County Fair, June 10th -18th. This is one or our favorite events of the year, and we are pulling out all the stops for our County Fair visitors. We are working hard to make […]

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San Mateo County Libraries Celebrate Pride Month

Gay Pride flag.

Library Pride! Join San Mateo County Libraries at the 2017 San Mateo County Pride event on Saturday, June 10. Many of us are used to traveling to Pride events in bigger cities, but if keeping it local is your jam, then this is the pride party for you! Still We Rise, San Mateo County’s 5th Annual […]

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Pura Belpré Award Books for Summer Reading

Pura Belpré Award Books for Summer Reading

Summer Learning is here and we at San Mateo County Libraries would like to help you grow your Summer Reading List! San Mateo County Libraries, along with the Peninsula Library System, offers our patrons many award winning children and adult titles. Some awards are more well known than others. Everyone has heard of the Newbery […]

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Are You Ready to Take the Summer Learning Challenge?

Summer Learning Challenge banner.

The Summer Learning Challenge is a fun -- and free -- way to engage children, families and even adults by challenging them to read books, explore new activities and learn new skills. All 32 public libraries in San Mateo County, from Brisbane to Woodside, are participating. Young children and students can sign up at summerlearners.org, […]

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Wait For It!

The Schuyler Sisters in the San Francisco production of Hamilton.

My Shot! On the day of the Hamilton lottery last January, I tried my luck. As luck would have it, history had its eyes on me: I secured a ticket, and five months later to the day, I saw the show from the seventh row. I felt so lucky to watch history in the making. […]

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Mental Health Month Is for Everyone

Mental Health graphic.

While mental illness and mental health are rarely dinnertime conversation topics, these issues affect almost all of us in some way. Did you know that nearly 20% of American teens and adults demonstrate mental health issues? That's right, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2015 there were approximately 43.4 million adults in the United States […]

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Justice League

Publicity image for the Justice League Movie.

I've been on a DC kick, following the New 52 and Rebirth sagas of Harley Quinn, along with rereading the entire run of Injustice on our Hoopla service (AKA find out how exactly Superman could become a tyrannical despot by trying keep everyone "safe"). Recent movie-wise, I wasn't the hugest fan of the rebooted Superman movie, Man of […]

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Coco

A still from the Disney Pixar movie Coco.

Do you like animated movies? Have you seen the trailer for Coco, Disney and Pixar’s newest animated movie? According to Disney’s website Coco is about a boy, named Miguel (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who “despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la […]

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