Community Conversations

A year of listening, learning and discovering shared values. In September of 2017, San Mateo County Libraries will launch our “Community Conversations” program which brings community members – of different walks of life and with differing views – to listen, learn, and discover common connections with one another in a safe space. Every month, we’ll bring…
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Even G-Dragons Have Birthdays

Happy Birthday Kwon Ji-yong! Fans of K-Pop will know G-Dragon as the breakout megastar of Korea's superstar boy band Big Bang. Born August 18, 1988, Korea's biggest pop star will turn 29 this month, marking a new era of a life lived in the limelight. Currently appearing in this second world tour, Act III: M.O.T.T.E, is…
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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Eclipse Across America For the first time in 99 years, a solar eclipse will be visible throughout all of North America. Anyone within the path of totality - a term which describes the phenomenon where the moon blocks out the sun completely, and only the sun's corona can be seen - will see a rare total eclipse of the sun…
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August is Read a Romance Month!

As the season winds down, why not add some romance novels to your summer reading list? Read a Romance Month (RARM) is a fun way to check out a new-to-you (or not!) genre and find some fresh favorite authors. Founded and organized by romance book reviewer and advocate Bobbi Dumas, RARM highlights authors and books…
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2017 Mid-Autumn Festival

Happy Mid-Autumn!  With a rich tradition of celebrating family, harvest, and the full moon, the Mid-Autumn Festival is honored throughout Asia.  This year, it falls on Wednesday, October 4 and San Mateo County Libraries are celebrating with storytelling, music, dance, lots of children's activities, and your favorite moon cakes! We're bringing in Chinese Brush painter Pauline…
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The Book Bikes Are Coming!

What Is a Book Bike? Think of a book bike as a mini mobile library on three wheels. The wheels are essential; we ride out with books, WiFi and programs, on a mission to spread the love of reading, learning and literacy. At San Mateo County Libraries, we have a fleet of six book bikes…
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It’s Always Midnight in Texas

I’m a big fan of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries, or as it's more famously known HBO’s True Blood. It somehow slipped past me that NBC was giving another of Harris’s books the television treatment in its new show Midnight, Texas. The show focuses on a small town with an unusual population. Its residents include…
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Summer Recipes to Beat the Heat!

We’ve still got one more month of summer so now is the time to start really honing your culinary skills for cool treats and delicious eats before Labor Day. San Mateo County Libraries has an array of cookbooks, magazines, and videos to help you cool off during those hot days (and nights). Cookbooks From refreshing…
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