Pancakes From Distant Lands

Gluten-free pancakes with blueberry, banana and honey. Source:

"Someone who eats pancakes and jam can't be so awfully dangerous. You can talk to him." - Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll Dublin I recently had a quick 24 hours in Dublin, Ireland. Having been there before, I knew a couple of very important things I had to accomplish during my short stay: buy an […]

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Young Adult Picks for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Where we celebrate the contributions of women to history and society. Here are some nonfiction, fiction, and graphic novels to help you celebrate the fabulous ladies of history and the modern day. Nonfiction: Real Stories of Women Who Made (or Are Still Making) a Difference We Should All Be Feminists […]

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Pro-Tips for Waiting on eBook and eAudiobook Holds

Woman reading eBook. Source: Pexels, Pixabay/CC0.

You’re all set to check out the next highly anticipated eBook in your favorite series and then you see it: “Not Currently Available." You resign to the fact that you might need to wait a bit for a copy to become available but then you see there are 96 holds on 20 copies. But don’t freak […]

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Searching for a Fun Read? Alex Has Just the Thing

I love stories where Things Happen. With all due respect to those introspective novels that plumb the human psyche, sometimes I need a good fight scene or car chase to go with that. So for that, among many other reasons, I am very lucky to have served on last year's ALEX Award Committee for the Young […]

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Make It March

Have you ever had that moment where you see something for sale and think, “Hey, I could make that at home!” Throughout the month of March, San Mateo County Libraries is encouraging kids of all ages to drop in, roll up their sleeves, and make stuff. Unplug, DIY and STEAM These days, it’s so easy […]

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A Nod to Diversity: Oscars 2017

Mahershala Ali in Moonlight, Viola Davis in Fences, and Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures.

Ten years ago, I went on my first date with my husband; the film minor. It was an epic long date topped off with a night of watching the Oscars, while being introduced to his team trivia group. Our team won that night of movie related trivia, and my husband won my heart. A few […]

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An Interview With Comic Arts Fest Author Kazu Kibuishi

Author Kazu Kibuishi. Source: Gordon Luk, Scholastic.

The Comic Arts Fest is wrapping up. Our final author visit will be on Saturday, February 25, 2:00 PM at the Foster City Library. The Library will be hosting author Kazu Kibuishi. Author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet graphic novel series for children, the webcomic Copper, and the action-packed series Daisy Kutter. Kazu is also […]

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Have You Ever Wanted to Learn More About Photography?

Man taking photo. Source: jarmoluk, Pixabay / CC0. allows you take classes for free on photography and a variety of other subjects. Learn about such topics as cameras and gear, techniques, Photoshop, iPhoto, or mobile photography. There is something for everyone, from beginners to more advanced users. Visit our online resources where you can get access to (requires "29041" library card) as well […]

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Visit Our Lookmobile!

San Mateo County Libraries's Lookmobile, a new interactive mobile library.

Visit our Lookmobile, an interactive mobile library designed to activate outdoor spaces and increase hands-on learning opportunities in San Mateo County communities. The Lookmobile offers visitors the opportunity to explore new ways of seeing their surroundings through interactive exhibits, fun experiments, and reflective activities. We invite the public to step inside and take a first […]

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Now Recruiting for the Spring and Fall 2017 Cohorts for CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS small business development workshop. Source: CO.STARTERS.

San Mateo County Libraries has successfully graduated two CO.STARTERS cohorts of inspiring entrepreneurs and is now recruiting for the Spring and Fall 2017 cohorts at the San Carlos Library. CO.STARTERS is a nationally renowned platform that helps communities grow local business. The nine-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to […]

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