I’m Thankful for My Library

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to reunite with family and friends and to reflect on the things that we are thankful for. At San Mateo County Libraries, like so many, we're celebrating Thanksgiving virtually.

I've been using this season to learn how to say thank you in as many languages as possible with the help of our online resource, Pronunciator! So far I've learned ᏩᏙ (wa do) in Cherokee, hvala vam in Croatian, and ขอบคุณ (khop khun) in Thai.

I'm also having a blast experimenting with cooking new dishes, and there are so many to choose from! I can spend hours looking through the scrumptious pictures inside cooking eMagazines on RBdigital trying to decide which take on those Thanksgiving classics will be the most delicious. Personally, I'm intrigued by the sour cream and chive rolls from Bon Appétit and the cranberry tart from Cooks Illustrated. I may have to prolong my Thanksgiving celebration just so I can cook all the recipes I've been bookmarking! 😉

Thanksgiving is also a great reminder to pause and think about the things we are grateful for. Even with the challenges this year has brought, these books have helped me find those bright spots.

The Thankful Book
One of my favorites for children. Todd Parr is a master at capturing the essence of emotion in simple words and images.

100 Ways to Be Thankful
If you're looking for ways to slow down and appreciate the little gifts in your life, this is a great book full of helpful, practical tips!

This collection of essays on the brightness of life, even in the face of the unknown, is typical of Oliver Sacks' thoughtful, witty tone.

The Gratitude Diaries
This is a fascinating read on the psychology of gratitude and its positive influence on our lives. Full of interesting research and personal anecdotes, this book is an inspiration and reminder to live with more gratitude.

We hope you and your family stay safe and enjoy your holiday!

For information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this season, take a look at these guidelines, opens a new window from San Mateo County Health.