San Rafael Public Library

Storytimes and Other Events

Downtown Library

In the Meeting Room at 1100 E Street, San Rafael, unless otherwise noted.

Jelly Jam Time

Wednesday, July 12 @ 10:30am

Enjoy an interactive table top puppet show about a young girl with magical gardening powers whose neighbor, Greedy Gus, tries to take it all away. Through some exciting transformations and the help of the audience, she discovers her courage to stand up to him, and ultimately gets her powers back and teaches an important lesson. This show was co-written by 6 and 7 year olds, and characters and sets were designed by preschool and kindergartners, brought to life with puppeteer Risa Lenore’s crafting skills.



Measurement & Me

Saturday, July 15 @ 11am

Join our friends from the Bay Area Discovery Museum to learn about measurement! Mathematicians compare, contrast, count and measure as they investigate how tall, long, wide and heavy things are in the world around them. Come learn how to measure like a mathematician!

This program is for children ages 3-7 and their caregivers. Register by calling us at (415)485-3322 or visit us at the Children’s Reference Desk.



Circus of Smiles

Thursday, July 20 @ 2pm

Join Andrew Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. These incredible performers defy the very laws of nature as they juggle, flip, compete for your attention, transform into a variety of characters, and make some unbelievable catches. This action-packed romp into a world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches. You’ll walk away thinking “is there anything they can’t juggle!?”

This performance is great for all ages. Free! No registration required.



Think. Make.  Try!

Saturday, July 22 @ 11am

Join our friends from the Bay Area Discovery Museum for this fun engineering program! Engineers engage directly with the design thinking process, as they work collaboratively and
independently, to build and create designs and then make them even better.

This program is for children ages 3-9 and their caregivers. Register by calling us at (415)485-3322 or visit us at the Children’s Reference Desk.



Photo of an adult caregiver with a young child.

Baby Time!

Tuesday Mornings @ 10:30-11am
June 27, July 11, 18 & 25

Baby Time! uses material from Mother Goose on the Loose, a fun-filled, thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Designed for children birth to 18 months. Families must have at least one child aged 18 months or younger to participate.



play, discovery, early literacy, storytimes, parent engagement, familiesFamily Storytime

Wednesday Mornings @ 10:30-11am
June 28, July 5, 12, 19 & 26 

**Please note that staring in April we will no longer offer a Thursday morning Family Storytime. In lieu of this, we will offer a full hour of Stay & Play on Thursday mornings at 10:30am.**

An action-packed storytime with stories, songs, fingerplays, puppets, flannelboard stories and Mother Goose. Perfect for children from birth to 5 years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


stay-and-playStay and Play

Now after every Baby Time and Family Storytime we are offering 30 minutes of Stay and Play for children and their caregivers! Additionally, on Thursday mornings at 10:30am we will now offer a full hour of Stay & Play in lieu of our Family Storytime.  All toys are brought to us with funds from the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library.

More about Stay and Play



Eventos en la Biblioteca Pickleweed/Family Events at the Pickleweed Branch

Located at 50 Canal Street, San Rafael

Caregiver reading to a childLectura de Cuentos para Familias / Family Storytime

los Miercoles a las 6pm. Cuentos, cantos, rimas y bailes para toda la familia.

Wednesdays at 6pm An active bilingual storytime for the whole family.


Child reading a bookLectura de cuentos para niños de 1 a 3 años / Toddler Storytime

los jueves a las 11:30a.m.  Lectura de cuentos bilingües específicamente para niños de 1 a 3 años con mucho baile, movimiento y diversión.

Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. An active storytime program for children from 1 to 3 years old.