Sign Up for a Limited-Edition Animal Library Card and Receive Free Admission to CuriOdyssey


Media Contacts:
Katie Woods, Communications Manager
San Mateo County Libraries
(650) 556-5209

SAN MATEO — September is Library Card Sign-up Month and to celebrate, San Mateo County Libraries and CuriOdyssey have teamed up to create limited-edition animal library cards that double as a free ticket to CuriOdyssey on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16.

The new limited-edition cards boast colorful depictions of some of CuriOdyssey’s most popular animals— Faora the Great Gray Owl, 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. Both new, eligible residents and existing San Mateo County Libraries card holders are invited to participate. Existing card holders will be invited to recycle their old cards at any of our 12 community libraries.

Free admission to CuriOdyssey, opens a new window will be held only on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 16. Patrons can simply display their limited-edition library card at the front ticket booth to receive free entrance to the science and wildlife center. One limited-edition library card is valid for one entrance to CuriOdyssey on both days.

Library goers can also take our online quiz if they need a little help deciding which animal card best suits them. And, as an extra treat, this fall zookeepers from CuriOdyssey will also visit San Mateo County Libraries to discuss and showcase their animals! Dates will be announced on

San Mateo County Libraries strives to find innovative ways to support Library Card Sign-up Month, opens a new window, which has been held each September since 1987. During the month, libraries across the nation unite with the American Library Association to remind everyone that signing up for a library card is the first step towards discovering the treasures that await them at the library.

“We couldn’t be happier with the success and growth of this partnership. In the first week alone, we have given out over 2,600 limited-edition library cards and have signed up over 500 new library users,” said Katie Woods, Communications Manager for San Mateo County Libraries. “Teaming up with CuriOdyssey was a natural fit. Together, we can strengthen our communities and inspire a new generation of lifelong learners.”

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to visit nearly 100 animals and more at CuriOdyssey while unlocking a lifetime of exploration at San Mateo County Libraries! Limited-edition library cards are available at any of our 12 community libraries throughout September. For more information, visit

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About San Mateo County Libraries
San Mateo County Libraries is a Joint Powers Authority that comprises 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. San Mateo County Libraries ignite growth through transformative experiences. Visit for information about our extensive digital and physical collections, twelve community libraries, Bookmobile, Lookmobile and the 12,000+ workshops, classes, concerts, readings, and other activities offered annually.

About CuriOdyssey
CuriOdyssey is a serious science playground where more than 100,000 kids each year observe wild animals and experiment with real scientific phenomena. As a science and wildlife center, CuriOdyssey helps children acquire the tools to deeply understand the changing world. We are dedicated to giving more kids the superpower of science and believe that kids learn about science and animals best out in the world and not behind a desk or a screen. CuriOdyssey is located at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. For more information, visit, opens a new window.