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!)
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!
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
Monday January 22nd through Thursday May 24th Reading Buddies will be available for appointments after school Monday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Please stop by the Children’s Desk, call us at 415-485-3322, or email email@example.com for specific dates and times and to make an appointment.
Reading Buddies pairs adult and teen volunteers with elementary school aged youth (grades 1-3) for 20 minute appointments. During the appointment, the child will practice reading with their Reading Buddy one-on-one, and receive help and guidance with difficult words, comprehension, and other reading skills.
Check out a new recommended book list for youth, Stories of Immigration: Perspectives from Pura Belpré Medal and Honor Books. The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA’s 2018 Pura Belpré Award Committee has compiled a list of past Belpré medal and honor books that address the Latino/a immigration experience and provide young readers with insight into the very real struggles and choices faced by families every day.
The Pura Belpré Award is given annually to latino/a children’s authors and illustrators whose work best represents and celebrates latino cultural experiences.
We at the San Rafael Public Library are so pleased that our neighbors continue to use the library’s services so heavily. That’s what we’re here for, after all! The library was used more than ever over the last year.
Take a look at our annual report highlighting the most interesting numbers from the last year!
We had a 23% increase in event attendance for youth and an amazing 183% increase in event attendance for adults! Part of that is our focus on offering more, and more different kinds of, events that our neighbors are asking for.
Over the last year we’ve added 14,004 new items to our shelves. Whoa!
And our digital branch is thriving–the number of eBooks and eAudioBooks you all downloaded went up by 23%–in one year!
Finally, you’re asking us more research questions. We saw a 13% bump in the number of times our librarians were able to help you with your research and technology needs. Keep those questions coming!
Have questions? Ideas? Other numbers you’d like to see? Leave a comment here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We heard you may have gotten free eclipse glasses from the Library. If so, can we have them?
In all seriousness, the Library is collecting used eclipse glasses for redistribution to schools in South America and Asia for use during eclipses that will cross countries in those regions in 2019. This redistribution effort is being done by Astronomers Without Borders, and you can find out more about the program here.
You can drop off your used eclipse glasses at any public desk at the Downtown San Rafael Public Library through Friday September 8th, and we will send them to Astronomers Without Borders. Let’s put these glasses to further good use!
We’re happy to announce the inaugural Marin Comics Fest, taking place at libraries and local venues throughout Marin County from September 9 to 16.
Discover new comics, books, and graphic novels and meet the illustrators and authors behind them! This festival is intended for all ages so bring the entire family.
Check out the complete schedule for details.
**Update: We have no more safety glasses to distribute before the eclipse! The American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of reputable vendors.***
**We will be distributing a small number of safety glasses at our Sun Party on the day of the eclipse. They will be distributed beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, 8/21 on a first come, first served basis, limit 2 per family, while supplies last.** These glasses were provided to us by the Space Science Institute thanks to a grant from the Moore Foundation. They are certified safe by the International Organization for Standardization.
Just about everyone is excited about the upcoming Solar Eclipse on August 21st! The Library is so excited, that we’re hosting a Sun Party in partnership with the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and Johnny Doughnuts (yes, there will be doughnuts!). The Sun Party will be held on the Downtown Library’s front lawn and the City Hall driveway on August 21st, 9am-12pm.
There is a flood of “counterfeit” viewing glasses on the market in anticipation of the eclipse. Even companies that claim their glasses are approved by NASA or the ISO may, in fact, not meet the safety standards of those organizations, and could cause eye damage. For more information about counterfeit glasses, check out this article from Life Hacker. Happy viewing!
The City of San Rafael and the San Rafael Public Library are accepting proposals to establish a range and prioritization of options for the City to consider when establishing goals for new library facilities. We are looking for a partner or partner(s) to create top view building plans (a bird’s eye view of what a footprint would look like for a building, grounds, and parking) along with cost models including, but not limited to land acquisition, capital, FF&E estimates , and any operational cost increases for all three of the following:
- Three potential new Downtown Library sites
- A Pickleweed branch library expansion
- Three potential sites for a new Terra Linda branch library
A letter of intent to submit must be received by August 10, 2017 and the proposal must be received by August 24, 2017.
The Request for Proposals and the City’s standard professional services agreement are linked below.
- Request for Proposals – San Rafael Public Library Facilities Project
- City’s standard Professional Services Agreement contract