The World of Anthony Bourdain

The world was shocked by the passing of Anthony Bourdain last week. Anthony Michael Bourdain was a celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. I read his book, Kitchen Confidential several years ago and it brought back many…
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Library Pride!

Many of us are used to traveling to Pride events in bigger cities, but if you are staying local this year, then the San Mateo County 2018 LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration is the pride party for you. Music, entertainment, food trucks, and lots of activities for the whole family. San Mateo County Libraries will be there…
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The 2018 World Cup is Here

  2018 FIFA World Cup Begins This Thursday in Russia The Super Bowl may be arguably the biggest American television event, but nothing compares to the global zeitgeist domination of the FIFA World Cup. Played every four years, the World Cup brings the best soccer (or football if you live pretty much anywhere but here…
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Golden State Thriller

A new bestselling investigative search for a serial killer that will keep you transfixed. Scared on a Plane I was recently on a flight for 10 hours and I spent the entire time completely frightened. I don't have a fear of flying...it was scary because of what I was reading. I'll Be Gone in the…
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World Oceans Day

Friday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. Now's the time to celebrate the ocean and learn to care for it! History Since 2002, World Oceans Day has served as a day to appreciate and honor the ocean that connects everyone around the world. It's also a great opportunity to learn about ocean life, think about…
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Summer Learning Challenge 2018

It's back! Summer Learning Challenge 2018 begins June 1st, 2018. The Summer Learning Challenge is a fun -- and free -- way to engage children, families and even adults by challenging them to read books, explore new activities and learn new skills. This year we are going digital with the launch of an innovative site…
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Goths Just Wanna Have Fun

Tuesday, May 22 is World Goth Day, a time to take pleasure (or pain) in all things dark: music, movies, clothes. Sometimes people don't get it: why dress in black, listen to depressing music, and spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about coffins? However, to anyone who's of this nature, it's a desirable state…
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World Turtle Day

May 23rd is World Turtle Day, and the nonprofit American Tortoise Rescue is encouraging everyone to "shellebrate" our fine reptile friends. What a great time to eat a turtle sundae and listen to The Turtles' classic hit, "Happy Together"! The American Tortoise Rescue formed in 2000 to advocate for the survival of turtles and tortoises…
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Review: Good Time

For some people, it’s a bit hard to become invested in movies or TV shows with unrelatable or unlikeable characters, more so when those characters commit heinous crimes. The characters can only murder so many times before the audience starts to question whether their investment in the character is justified. Walter White, Tony Soprano, Don…
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Ditch Your Device Week 2018!

Do you think you could go a day without using your phone? How about a week? From April 30th to May 6th, 2018, San Mateo County Libraries challenge community members to limit their screen time and device usage through our celebration of Ditch Your Device Week! I’m sure many of us would find it difficult…
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