Comic-Con International 2016

Photo of attendees at Comic-Con San Diego 2013. Source: Pat Loika, Flickr.

San Diego Comic-Con International is not only a gathering for thousands of fans eager to share their love of comics, anime, movies, television shows, and video games, but a symbol of pop culture itself! As a Comic-Con newbie, going to SDCC was massive and amazing and slightly overwhelming. I was terrified of the famed Hall H, while […]

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Poster for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Can you believe it's been nine years since the last book in the Harry Potter series came out? Since then fans have had to make do with eight movies, two theme parks, and a stage play. But on Saturday, July 31st there will be a new Harry Potter book out in the world. ...Well technically, it's the […]

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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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Stubborn Pens and Nervous Schools

Photo of child kissing his teddy bear. Source: Leonid Mamchenkov, Flickr.

Does your child have a favorite blanket or toy that they love more than anything, even an identical, newer, cleaner version of the same object? Anyone familiar with Owen by Kevin Henkes or Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems knows that this phenomenon is quite real and experienced by many young ones. But how about taking it a […]

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman 2017 Movie Poster

Have you seen the trailer for next year's Wonder Woman movie yet? Wonder Woman has been kicking butt in comics for 75 years. She has been in cartoons, TV shows, and video games but never a solo feature film. Her movie is scheduled to be released June 2, 2017. Can’t wait for the movie? Try these comics with cool, complex […]

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Groundbreaking for the New Half Moon Bay Library!

San Mateo County Libraries and our partners - the City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County - are pleased to announce that after years of hard work and thoughtful effort, ground is about to be broken for the new Half Moon Bay Library! The entire Coastside community is invited to join the celebration […]

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The Legendary Iggy Pop

Musician Iggy Pop. Source: Don Hanover, Flickr

The new Iggy Pop album, Post Pop Depression, has been playing nonstop in my car for weeks. I've loved him since childhood, when I first heard his punk band the Stooges. His wild stage performances, the mischievous glint in his eyes, the way he practically howls when he sings--Iggy Pop is a legend. Forever young at […]

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Pokémon Go: Catch’em at the Library!

Photo of Pokémon GO on iPhone. Source: Eduardo Woo, Flickr.

Pokémon Go! It's the new gaming app that's sweeping the nation. Whether you're trying to catch them all or get your Pokémon fix with books, comics, and DVDs then the library has you covered. Did you know that some of our branches are Pokéstops? And some are even Gyms! Check out some of our library […]

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July is National Ice Cream Month

Photo of chocolate pecan ice cream. Source: gordonramsaysubmissions, Flickr

Not only is July famous for Independence Day, but it's also National Ice Cream Month. What better way to celebrate than to indulge in an American favorite! Sunday, July 17 is National Ice Cream Day; check out your local ice cream shop, sometimes you can find great deals and freebies. Check out These Books for […]

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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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