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  • 2017 featured a bounty of fantastic picture books. As I thought about last year's treasures, I started to think in categories -- historical stories, humorous tales, poetic books, and books with gorgeous illustrations. Within the illustration category, there were three books about water that really stood out. A River by Marc Martin A child imagines…

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  • Who Isn't? Arm knitting is a hot knitting trend gaining popularity in the past few years, and for good reason. Arm knitting uses adorable super chunky yarns, allowing you to create your own oversized scarves, hats and throws. What's more, arm knitting fast! Most projects can be completed in around an hour, so there is…

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  • There's nothing like sitting on a comfy couch with a toasty beverage and turning the pages of a good book. But if you're like me and have a long commute, audiobooks are pretty great too! And in my opinion, the production caliber of audiobooks keep getting better and better. Celebrity narrators, special sound effects, and […]

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  • I don't know about you, but when I hear an album that I really like, I can listen to that same record on repeat over and over, day after day, for an absurd amount of time. I of course make sure that I am wearing headphones or that I'm alone in my car so no […]

San Mateo County Library
San Mateo County Library
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  • San Mateo County patrons now have access to more than 30,000 films for free through Kanopy! All you need is your library card to watch award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, cinema classics, and movies from around the world. Kanopy offers a “Netflix-like” experience for streaming movies. You can watch Kanopy movies from any computer, […]

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  • Mark your calendars on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 PM for San Carlos Library's first ever STEAM fair! STEAM stands for Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. You might have already participated in a STEAM based activity before, but come by our fair to see all […]

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  • Lucky #13 This month, the Half Moon Bay Library celebrated its first year of its new Senior Mystery Book Club with our 13th book: Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery, a gritty, atmospheric novel tracking a string of unsolved murders in Botswana. Despite its ominous description, we all agreed that the book still […]

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  • Starting January 1, 2018, San Mateo County Libraries are waiving any late fines on county library materials for individuals age 62 and older. The Senior Library Card program is available to patrons that live in the San Mateo County Libraries service area (Atherton, Brisbane, East Palo, Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola […]

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  • The arrival of the new year often generates feelings for renewal and starting fresh with celebrations and New Year’s resolutions. New year celebrations date as far back as ancient Babylon around 4,000 years ago. Now, there are various ways to ring in the new year from attending parties to resolving to achieve personal goals in […]

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  • Wow! 2017 delivered many wonderful picture books and chapter books for our young readers to tuck into. Some are beautiful new gems and others are continuations (or culminations!) of old favorites that will delight, inspire, and introduce you and your young readers to the amazing world around and to the limitless possibilities of imagination! Here […]

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Best YA Books of 2017

  • There have been so many great young adult books published in 2017. Whether you like action, romance, science fiction, serious issues or nonfiction, we have something for you. Check out these recommendations from San Mateo County Librarians. The Hate U Give After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's […]

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  • We all love the magical feeling in the air when the holidays approach: The twinkling lights; that pine needle smell; hot cocoa on the stove; a chance to ice skate (if you're lucky enough to live near an ice rink). But the Winter Solstice is coming up this Thursday, which means we'll have the fewest […]

San Mateo County Library
San Mateo County Library
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  • It’s the most wonderful time of year: Festive lights are up, cookies are bountiful, and carols seem to follow you wherever you go. But wait, Christmas is how many days away? And, whoa, Hanukkah has already started? Kwanzaa starts when? And you haven’t bought gifts for anyone yet? If this scenario sounds relatable, don’t stress […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • Teen Guest Blogger: Jay One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel is a short novel told from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy, but in contrast the subject matter is dark, intense, and mature. The boy, who remains nameless along with the other major characters, describes how his family is ripped apart by divorce and […]

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Noon Year’s Eve

  • It’s time to ring in the new year! Come celebrate with fun and food at the library. Select libraries will be having family friendly parties at noon, complete with a new year’s eve countdown! This allows parents with young children to celebrate the New Year without staying up until midnight. Check our events to see […]

San Mateo County Library
San Mateo County Library
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  • In the age of Spotify and similar music services, it's pretty easy to find that one song you've been searching for. An added benefit is the ability to easily find the whole album and experience it in its entirety as the artist intended (most of the time, that is). This year, we've had standout whole […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • Pacifica Library Assistant, Chris Vance, is the recipient of KPIX's Jefferson Award for Public Service. He has been recognized for his work with the Sanchez Library Garden, and his relationship with the Pacifica Resource Center. The produce from the Sanchez Library Garden is donated to the Resource Center and distributed to their clientele. An annual […]

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  • YANovCon 2018 is right around the corner, and we’re hosting another Short Story Contest. Submit your story by Sunday, January 14, 2018 and you could win a one-on-one lunch and feedback with a published YA author. This year we're asking you to create a short story that shines light on our theme of social justice […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • School is out for winter break, but don't get the winter blues! Come by any one of your favorite San Mateo County Libraries starting Monday, December 11th to pick up your reading and activity log and join our Winter Learning Challenge. For children - including babies and families - read (or listen to) 10 books, […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • Get the high school diploma you’ve always dreamed of with Career Online High School. Career Online High School (COHS) is an innovative online high school program that enables out-of-school youth and adults to earn an accredited high school diploma while gaining real-world career skills. The program delivers competency-based instruction, 100% online, in a highly supportive […]

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National Cookie Day

  • Are you ready for the holidays? It's National Cookie Day, and a perfect holiday gift is a delicious batch of homemade cookies. National Cookie Day was created in 1987 by Matt Nader of the San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company, who said: “It’s just like having National Secretaries Day… It will just be a fun […]

San Mateo County Library
San Mateo County Library
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  • On Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Half Moon Bay Library, we invite you to come see local high school poets showcase their original work during Teen Poetry Night. The event is hosted by Half Moon Bay High School's Creative Writing Club. Snacks will be provided along with the poetry of young Coastside […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • Thank you to all the teens who participated in the San Mateo County Libraries’ 72 Hour Movie Making Challenge. The screening was awesome! We had 45 teens and adults show up! Our Winners Are Honorable Mentions "The Coin" by Sophie Nyholm-Goncalves "The Last Gold Miner" by Lucas Immanuel "The Shady Shovel" by CJ Ward Winners […]

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  • Have you ever wanted to fly along the California coastline, skimming across tidepools and sand dunes? Do you wonder what it might be like to lift your paintbrush off the canvas and paint the air, literally stepping into the artwork? What would it feel like to walk through a museum and realize the exhibits have […]

San Mateo County Library
San Mateo County Library
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  • What’s your superpower? Is it speed or agility? Strength or endurance? Or maybe just sheer brainpower? According to supermodel Karlie Kloss, her secret superpower is computer science. Maybe computer science could be your superpower, too! Join us as we celebrate Computer Science Education Week with fun tech activities at San Mateo County Libraries near you. […]

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San Mateo County Library
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  • Teen Guest Blogger: Becky Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake, is about an island where each generation, a set of royal triplets are born. When they turn sixteen, the fight begins. The last queen standing is crowned. In addition, each queen has a different type of magic; elemental, poisoner or naturalist. In this generation, Mirabella, […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • On Thursday, November 30, you are invited to the Foster City Library for a special community event where we want to hear from you! Brad Cox, Architect, Inc. will lead a public community input session to ensure we understand your ideas, needs, and priorities for a makerspace at the Foster City Library. Come ready to […]

San Mateo County Library
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  • San Mateo County Libraries will be hosting conversations about housing, titled “Home for All Exchange.” The topics covered and presentation will all be the same but held at various locations on different days throughout the county. Although the presentation will be the same, the discussion and conversations will vary based on your community. We want […]

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