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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Best YA Books of 2017

There have been so many great young adult books published in 2017. Whether you like action, romance, science fiction, serious issues or nonfiction, we have something for you. Check out these recommendations from San Mateo County Librarians. The Hate U Give After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's…
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Movies for the Winter Solstice

We all love the magical feeling in the air when the holidays approach: The twinkling lights; that pine needle smell; hot cocoa on the stove; a chance to ice skate (if you're lucky enough to live near an ice rink). But the Winter Solstice is coming up this Thursday, which means we'll have the fewest…
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eMagazines Are Your Holiday Helper

It’s the most wonderful time of year: Festive lights are up, cookies are bountiful, and carols seem to follow you wherever you go. But wait, Christmas is how many days away? And, whoa, Hanukkah has already started? Kwanzaa starts when? And you haven’t bought gifts for anyone yet? If this scenario sounds relatable, don’t stress…
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