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All San Mateo Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 19th for President’s Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, February 20th.
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Next we moved onto these big trucks with lots of books that just came back to the library.  You guys read SO MUCH stuff that these things were backed all the way down the hallway!  We couldn’t even count how many books there were, but that might just be because we can’t count.
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Come check out some of the amazing children’s art we have on display at our libraries through our partnership with the Art In Action program!  To learn about how Art In Action makes art accessible to 74,000+ K-8 students, go to https://artinaction.org.
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In celebration of Black History Month, our African American Advisory Committee presents George Palmer of the California Railroad Museum, who will give a presentation on the history of African Americans on the American Railroad tomorrow Saturday, February 17th.  The program is free and open to the public, and starts at 2:00 pm in the Oak Room.  No registration necessary.
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Happy Chinese New Year—and Happy Friday!
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Just a little memento in our Children’s staff room of Cleopatra In Space author Mike Maihack’s visit last week. ☺️
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Some highlights from our Valentine’s Day crafternoon at the Main Library. ❤️
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Happy Valentine’s Day….or Anti-Valentine’s Day, depending on where you stand on today’s holiday. The first two pictures are from yesterday’s Valentine’s Day crafternoon at the Hillsdale Library; the rest are from Monday’s Tween Valentine Afternoon and as you can see our participants ran the gamut when it came to their opinions.  Regardless of your feelings about the day, we hope you’re enjoying it! .
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and while romantic love gets the most attention, we tend to forget the importance of self-love, self-acceptance and appreciation.  Girls and young women in our society are challenged on a daily basis in ways that can be very damaging towards their self-image.  To help combat this, the National Charity League Crystal Springs chapter worked with our teen program coordinator, Chelsea, in setting up this incredible display in the Main Library’s Teen Lounge.  It features books intended to empower young women, as well as inspirational bookmarks and flower pens for them to take home. What a powerful and thoughtful gesture! ❤️
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Did you know our lovely third floor terrace has re-opened after some construction?  On a day like today it makes the perfect place to study, have a chat with friends, enjoy a snack from 3 Bees Cafe or just relax and take in some amazing views.  Go check it out!
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“The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books. I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. Slowly, I was discovering myself.”
—Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
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In some ways this could be perceived as a provocative statement. Clearly, schools play incredibly important roles in shaping the minds of young students.  But Coates clearly feels they have failed black children and libraries are filling in the gaps.  Do you agree or disagree?  Share your thoughts in the comments.
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Don't forget--the Peninsula Libraries Comics Art Fest's Small Press Comics Expo is TOMORROW Saturday, February 10th! Over 30 comics creators will display and sell their works. Svetlana Chmakova, creator of "Brave," and Paul Madonna, creator of "On to the Next Dream," will be among the artists in all three of the library's community rooms from 12:00 pm to 4 p.m. This event is FREE and no registration is necessary! .
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