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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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Reading Buddies in 2018!

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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 library@cityofsanrafael.org 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.

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Stories of Immigration

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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.

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How much does your library get used?

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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!

SuccessWe 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 library@cityofsanrafael.org.

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We Heard You Have Eclipse Glasses…?

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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!

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