Urban Libraries Council Recognizes San Mateo County Libraries for Library Innovation

We're proud to share that the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) named us as one of 10 Top Innovators in the country in the category of Learning: Birth through Teens. A panel of expert judges selected our Talk Read Sing program from nearly 300 submissions in 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service. We partnered with…
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National Novel Writing Month

It's that time again! November is National Novel Writing Month, where writers worldwide pick up their pens, pencils, styli, keyboards, tablets, quills, basically a writing implement of their choice, and crank out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Will you take the challenge and join us for a writing extravaganza? We've got lots of awesome activities…
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Banned Books Week

This September 25 - October 1, 2016, we’re celebrating Banned Books Week and the freedom to read. Every year, hundreds of books are either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States. This annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information and aims to raise awareness about the harm…
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National Voter Registration Day

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, San Mateo County Libraries joins thousands of volunteers, celebrities, organizations, businesses, and elected officials from all over the country in celebrating National Voter Registration Day. Together, we are striving to Create an awareness of voter registration opportunities Ensure every American is registered to vote at their current address in time for the next…
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One of those days

One of the perks of working in technical services at a library is you get to see lots of new materials come through. Sometimes a book will jump out at us and we have to stop and take a second look. Amy Krouse Rosenthal's One of Those Days is exactly that kind of book. With just a…
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New YA Fiction for September 2016

Get ready for the most anticipated and exciting young adult releases of the year! September 6 Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas Assassin-turned-queen Aelin Galathynius is challenged to forge dubious alliances in order to protect the fracturing kingdoms of Erilea from warmongering conquerors. September 20 Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes…
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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Have you ever noticed that almost all mariachi songs end the same way? "Tan-tan!" That doesn't keep me from tearing up every time I hear "Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra," my grandmother's favorite that reminds me of Sunday dinners and carne asadas with the whole family. Whether mariachi, tríos, ranchera or norteña is your thing, it's…
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Outside the Lines

When’s the last time you said hello to your library? It’s time we reintroduced ourselves. San Mateo County Libraries joins more than 200 libraries and organizations worldwide to participate in Outside the Lines, a week-long grassroots initiative – September 11-17, 2016 – celebrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Together we're working towards shifting perceptions of…
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