Book Bikes & Food Trucks: A Perfect Picnic in Foster City

Eclectic meals and book giveaways: talk about an idyllic combination!

This summer, San Mateo County Libraries’ Foster City Library is gliding the Book Bike over to Leo J. Ryan Park, opens a new window for fresh meals, free reads and family fun.

Family Dinner by the Lagoon

Every Wednesday evening through August 3, from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Off the Grid, opens a new window gathers a rotating selection of Bay Area food trucks to offer an array of classic and fusion cuisine.

Craving four-cheese pizza? How about tempeh steamed buns or an adobo burrito? At this family-friendly event, you can discover something to delight adventurous and picky eaters alike.

To learn more, including which food trucks will be available when, check out Off the Grid’s Foster City schedule., opens a new window

Limited picnic tables are available to snag or share, and there’s plenty of lawn space to roll out a picnic blanket and gaze over the water. See you there!

Kick Off Summer Learning With a New Book

Our Book Bike can’t let the food trucks have all the fun! We are excited to be joining the sunny Wednesday festivities to distribute free books for kids and teens looking to pair dinner and a story—and dive into our annual Summer Learning Challenge.

We’ll be handing out Summer Learning Challenge reading logs to those aged 0-18 (or their parents). Every 20 minutes of reading is a) fun! And b) a step closer to the chance to win awesome prizes, including a $1,000 scholarship.

To help young readers complete their logs, the Book Bike is riding with books suited to a range of reading levels and interests. This year, this includes titles that can help kids understand the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on community and resilience.

So come say hello to our mini library-on-wheels. If we’re not stationed right beside the food trucks in Leo J. Ryan Park, you can likely find us zipping down the boardwalk or cooling off in the shade.

Be on the Lookout for Special Events

We’re adding even more excitement to summer days and evenings across San Mateo County Libraries with live performances and other special events.

For example, we have been thrilled to welcome Haopinaka, opens a new window for a celebration of Hawaiian music and dance. Performers Peter and Vanessa strummed the ukulele, sang in harmony and taught the basics of hula at several of our libraries.

Keep an eye on the San Mateo County Libraries event calendar to discover what else we have in store!