San Mateo County Reads

San Mateo County Reads, opens a new window fosters community and discussion through literacy by inviting people to share a reading experience. The program is designed to inspire enthusiasm for reading and spark conversations that promote understanding of important social issues and topics. Research shows that when families and communities are involved, students' educational opportunities are increased as well as their academic achievement. Reading widely and often is a fundamental practice that is happening less often in our digital age but has a large effect on student achievement. A shared reading experience can promote conversations, create connections, and deepen the motivation to continue reading for other purposes.

Our 2021 theme is "Good Trouble." Transformative change requires grit, perseverance, and hope. With the non-violent principles of Martin Luther King Jr. in his heart, John Lewis led the fight for voting rights, believing them to be a precious commodity.

"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something, you have to do something." — John Lewis

We hope that this slate of selections from Good Trouble, opens a new window will open dialogue and create opportunities for students and families to reflect on issues meaningful to them and provide inspiration to act, in ways big or small.

Join us for special storytimes in honor of San Mateo County Reads!

We will be giving away copies of Hair Love by Matthew Cherry and Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes to families attending these events. Make sure to join us!