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?

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!

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

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

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

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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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, a time-honored and revered holiday in the Mexican and Mexican-American community, commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The holiday celebrates a victory over the French forces that invaded and occupied parts of Mexico. The History When two previous wars left the Mexican […]

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Iron Fist and The Defenders

Move over Avengers, the Defenders are here! View the San Diego Comic-Con teaser: Based in New York city after the wake of the "Incident" (as seen in Marvel's the Avengers!), we met Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage as they battled the crime, the Hand, and numerous super-villains.  This year, we were introduced to the final […]

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What’s With That Giant Chicken?

Have you seen this video of what looks like an enormous chicken? It’s been making the rounds on the internet since mid March. Is it a hoax? An alien mutant chicken come to enslave humanity? WHAT!!?! Well, according to snopes.com it’s a real video. Believe it or not. Most people are familiar with small breeds […]

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Thor: Ragnarok

Have you seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok yet? It’s already Marvel and Disney’s most viewed trailer in 24 hours. The trailer is our first look at footage from the new Thor film and it looks amazing! The film is directed by New Zealander Taika Watiti, mostly known for his indie comedies. Thor: Ragnarok will be his […]

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