Bobcats, Owls, and Otters, Oh My!

Want to visit your favorite animals for free? All you need to do is head to the library. To celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month, opens a new window, San Mateo County Libraries will be offering limited-edition animal library cards this September. These fun, new library cards will also double as a free ticket to CuriOdyssey, opens a new window, a science playground and zoo, on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

The limited-edition library cards feature colorful depictions of some of CuriOdyssey’s most popular animals—Faora the , opens a new windowGreat Gray Owl, opens a new window, Gunner the River Otter, opens a new window, Wolfgang the Blue-tongued Skink, opens a new window, and Frankie the Bobcat, opens a new window. Whether you are a current or new eligible library patron, all you need to do is visit one of our 12 libraries this September to get your new animal card! Existing patrons are invited to recycle their current library card at one of our libraries.

Need a little help choosing your limited-edition animal card? Take our quiz below to find out which animal best suits you. Make sure to share the animal you got in the comments below!

Animals in Our Libraries

Zookeepers from CuriOdyssey will bring some of their favorite animals to our libraries, allowing the audience to get a close-up view of these special critters. The zookeepers will also share fun facts about their animals. For instance, do you know why the Blue-tongued skink has a colorful tongue?

Three events are planned for September and more will occur this fall!

Catch Me If You Can
Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM - East Palo Alto Library

Sensing Animals
Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM - Belmont Library

Animal Superpowers
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM - Half Moon Bay Library

Animal Superpowers
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM -  Millbrae Library

Plan Your Visit to CuriOdyssey

To visit CuriOdyssey on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, simply show your animal library card at the ticket window for free admission. One animal library card is valid for one entry, so make sure your friends and family get a new card, too. Free admission will only be granted on the two aforementioned dates; Oct. 5 and Nov. 16. CuriOdyssey will also offer a 10% discount at their Museum Store when you show your new animal library card on these dates.

CuriOdyssey has nearly 100 animals, opens a new window, four exhibits, opens a new window and countless activities, opens a new window. You can get a sneak peek of your upcoming visit by checking out CuriOdyssey’s live webcams of their bobcat, opens a new window, river otter, opens a new window, and owl exhibits, opens a new window.


Take Our Quiz


How do I get a CuriOdyssey library card?
Children and adults can come to their favorite San Mateo County Libraries location and sign up for a new card, or replace their old card with a limited-edition animal card. For new patrons, all you need is a photo I.D. and proof of your current address. If you are 13 years old or younger, you will need to register in person with a parent or guardian.


Who is eligible for a CuriOdyssey card?
Residents of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County are eligible. The cards are not available to residents served by city or community college libraries.

How is my CuriOdyssey library card different from my regular San Mateo County Libraries card?
Our new limited-edition animal library cards grant you free admission to CuriOdyssey on Saturday, October 5 and Saturday, November 16, 2019! Like all library cards, the CuriOdyssey card gives you free access to all of the resources and services available at San Mateo County Libraries locations and our online resources.