San Rafael Public Library

Library Updates

Volunteer at the Library this summer!

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The San Rafael Public Library is looking for middle school and high school volunteers to help out with our Summer Reading Challenge this summer! If you’re a teen or tween who will have completed 6th grade by June, loves working with kids, and wants to give back to your community, we’d love to hear from you!

Pick-up a paper application from the Children’s Reference Desk, or fill-out an application online.

 

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Stream movies now with Kanopy

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The Library is proud to launch a new video streaming service, Kanopy! Log in with your library card & stream classic cinema, independent films, & top documentaries. Watch films like I Am Not Your Negro, Donnie Darko, Happy Valley, Anita, and a good portion of the Criterion Collection.

P.S. Their collection is bigger than Netflix. Yes, really!

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OBOM – Discussion and Workshop

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One Book One Marin (OBOM) continues this month with two great activities at the San Rafael Public Library.

First, join us for an in-depth book discussion of “Strangers in Their Own Land” on Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-7:45. Ethan Annis, librarian at Dominican University of California will lead a discussion, focusing mainly on Chapter 9, The Deep Story (p.135-152) and Chapter 15, Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise (p.221-230).

Then, in a workshop led by Marissa Wertheimer take part in interactive exercises designed to help us cross “empathy walls,” and have compassion and understanding in our conversation with others. As author Arlie Russell Hochschild encouraged us in the OBOM kick-off, practice turning your alarm system off and really listening to people. Wednesday, March 28 from 6:30-7:45.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Stream movies, music, and more: free with your library card!

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The San Rafael Public Library gives cardholders access to Hoopla! You can log into Hoopla with your San Rafael Public Library Card and get access to thousands of streaming movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks! No holds, no waiting!

Paying for Netflix, Spotify, or Audible? Check this service out because it could provide you with what you need–courtesy of your local public library! Just make sure you have a library card! Don’t have one? Sign up online and we’ll mail you your card.

You can also moves seamlessly between different devices – you can listen to or watch something at home and then pick it up later on your smartphone. You can also broadcast Hoopla’s content to Chromecast and Apple TV.

The collection in Hoopla changes from time to time, but here’s a sampling of what’s available to give you a taste of the awesomeness:

  • Disney movies
  • Substantial collections from BBC and PBS
  • Ken Burns specials
  • Comics from Dark Horse, Vertigo, Marvel, and more
  • Award-winning albums
  • Digital box sets of music

If you have any questions about using Hoopla, just pop us a chat (using the little chat widget in the lower right of your screen) or email us at library@cityofsanrafael.org.

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Family Fun – free and cheap with your library card!

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Discover and Go museum passesWondering what to do with the kids that doesn’t break the bank? Go to museums and other cultural institutions, with free and discounted passes thanks to your library card!

Really? Yes!

The libraries in Marin provide all library cardholders with access to an amazing service — Discover & Go, which offers free and discounted passes to local museums, aquariums, science centers, and other cultural institutions.  Just pick one of the many museums and other cultural institutions, log in with your library card and PIN (password), and print your pass at home (or access it on your smartphone)! You must be 16 or older to reserve a pass and reside in Marin County.

Get passes to the California Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco, and many more! Log in now and start saving!

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Too chilly to leave home? You don’t have to!

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There is no need to leave the warmth of your fluffy blankets and comfy sofa to get new music, movies, and books from your library. Just visit our eBooks central page and discover tons of new things to keep you entertained while you stay warm. Download and stream to your heart’s content (just use your library card to log in). Happy New Year!

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Guess Who’s Back at the Library in 2018?

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We are very pleased to be welcoming back one of Marin County’s most beloved performers to the San Rafael Public Library in 2018. Can you guess who it is? Figure out the person’s name using the following rebus:

(Can’t solve the puzzle? Don’t worry, we won’t keep you in suspense. Check out our kids events page for the answer!)

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Library Closures for the Holidays

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Both San Rafael Libraries will be closed for the holidays on December 24th and 25th and December 31st and January 1st.

Other than that we’re open all other days with our regular hours, so come on by and pick up some holiday reading, listening, or viewing! It’s a great time to browse our cookbooks for some inspiration for holiday meals, get some audiobooks for long road trips, and pick up some DVDs to catch up on those movies you missed this past year.

And our digital branch is always open at https://srpubliclibrary.org. Stream movies, music, audiobooks or download eBooks to your heart’s content!

Happy holidays from all of us at your local libraries!

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Math Club

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Join us for Math Club at the Library! Math club provides students the opportunity to practice and train their math skills in a fun and non-competitive environment. Students work on level-appropriate assigned work to strengthen their foundation and learn useful tricks.

Math Club is on-going on a weekly basis beginning 1/31 and ending 6/6*. Students choose the appropriate class for them, and enroll in the full series.

  • 3rd & 4th grade: Wednesdays @ 3-4pm
  • 4th & 5th grade: Wednesdays @ 4-5pm
  • 5th-7th grade: Thursdays @ 3:45-4:45pm

Reserve your space by visiting us at the Children’s Reference Desk, or by calling us at (415)485-3322.

*No club on February 22-23 and April 11-12

 

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