Books That Make GREAT Gifts!

Living in the Bay Area affords us all types of perks like having many high-quality bookstores sprinkled along the Peninsula. So what do you say if this holiday season you gift a GREAT book as opposed to that Nintendo Switch or tablet/device? Here are some great 2018 book recommendations in different formats. Audio Book Calypso…
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National French Toast Day

French toast is just another long way to say yummy! Show your love for this delicious sweet treat on November 28th, National French Toast Day. It's no surprise that one of my favorite breakfast dishes has its own national day of celebration. I have absolutely loved french toast since I was a child. The warm…
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Native American Heritage Month

Here at San Mateo County Libraries we honor the richly diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of indigenous peoples. We will be hosting several fun and educational Native American workshops and events for children and teens throughout the month of November. Activities for Children Southwest Clay Pot Workshop Learn about the rituals, ceremonies, and everyday life…
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Black Cats Are the Best Cats!

A holiday honoring the coolest cats: October 27 is National Black Cat Day. A Chicago Love Story Many years ago, I lived in Chicago and volunteered for the Anti-Cruelty Society. My job ruled! I went in after hours to pet cats in order to help "socialize" them. I loved it so much that I couldn't…
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National Apple Day

Apples are my favorite fruit. They are so versatile! I can eat them raw or bake them. I can eat them plain or dip them in caramel, peanut butter, or even with my favorite chili powder. I've also eaten more varieties of apples than I can count with both hands; Fuji, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady…
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International Sloth Day 2018

October 20th celebrates International Sloth Day. There are many ways to participate in International Sloth Day (or ISD for short). You can move very slowly like a sloth and take hours to get out of bed in the morning, eat salad for most of the day (having a protein-lacking diet will certainly help you move…
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World Vegetarian Day

As of this writing, if you Google "Vegetarians are" you'll find that the top 3 answers are: Healthier, Smarter and Evil. This really highlights the love–hate relationship we have with our diets, conscience and food. According to WorldAtlas in 2018 the most commonly eaten vegetable is actually a fruit, the tomato! Even scientist can't agree…
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International Coffee Day

#InternationalCoffeeDay or ICD is October 1st and will mark the 4th annual celebration. Past the jitters, social media post, and the long lines at Starbucks. This year's theme is "Women in Coffee" which makes a lot of sense in an industry with a large gender gap. Like in many industries the women's role has been…
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