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Download more eBooks from Open Library

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Open Library logoHave you tried Open Library yet?

The San Rafael Public Library donates all of its de-accessioned books (removed from the collection due to age, condition, and space needs) to the Internet Archive’s Open Library project. What’s that, you say?

Open Library is an online library built by libraries. There are two parts:

  • The Modern eBook Lending Library: This is where most of our donated books go.  We donate a physical copy which is then scanned and warehoused, and the scanned version shows up in this online catalog free for any user of any contributing member to borrow by downloading in many different formats that are compatible with different devices.
  • Classic Books: Over 1,000,000 classic eBook titles to read online or download in a bunch of different formats.

Try it today, and tell us what you think!

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It’s Time…for the Grand Fall Book Sale!

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1521628_10152595016459498_789083071_nThe Friends of the San Rafael Public Library will hold its biggest book sale of the year Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, in Canoles Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, across the street from the library, corner of Mission and E St.

The Grand Fall Sale will feature thousands of books with a big emphasis on the arts: fine art, photography, architecture, music, design and needle arts. In addition, there will be large selections of children books, history and cooking as well as dozens of other subjects, music CDs and DVDs.

Hours are 2 to 4:30 Friday, Oct. 24, and 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.  A preview sale for members of the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday. All items will go to half price at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit media purchases and programs at the library.

For additional information, call (415) 453-1443 or (415) 485-3104 or e-mail friendssanrafael@gmail.com.

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Mad/Rad Halloween Science

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Image of a kid dressed as a mad scientist.Can you handle the weird, the mysterious, the fizzy, funny, and fabulous science experiences we have in store for you? Come to the downtown library for Mad/Rad Halloween Science on Saturday, October 18 @ 2pm and find out!

Mad/Rad Halloween Science is for school aged youth 6-9 years old. Please sign up at the Children’s Reference Desk for an awesome afternoon of Halloween fun! Thanks to the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library for making this event possible.

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Film Night Fundraiser for the Library

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American_graffiti_ver1You’ve perhaps seen American Graffiti, but have you seen it on THE BIG SCREEN? Now’s your chance to do that and to support a good cause – library services in the San Rafael community!

The Friends of the San Rafael Public Library are holding a fundraiser for the Library the evening of Thursday, October 16th at the Rafael Theater. The film will be American Graffiti, directed by local juggernaut George Lucas and filmed in San Rafael, Petaluma, and other Bay Area locations.

Tickets are on sale now at the Friends Books store, located on C Street between 4th and 5th. You can also purchase tickets at the Rafael Theater and both the Downtown Library and the Pickleweed Library.

Movie tickets are $25 apiece, and for $35 you get a ticket to the movie plus access to a special VIP reception before the movie. The reception begins at 6:30, and the film begins at 7:30.

There will be food, wine, and a raffle with some pretty amazing prizes! You can enter the raffle now at the Friends Books store or at the night of the event.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the San Rafael Public Library, both the Downtown and Pickleweed branches.

For more information call 415-453-1443.

See you there!

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It’s National Reading Group Month!

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bookclub-08-20Learn some Book Club Basics and get some handy hints on how to breathe new life into your existing book group!

From questions to ask yourself before starting a group to troubleshooting troublesome members, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find links to book lists and suggestions to add some spark to your meetings, plus logistics to help your book group run smoothly and stay vibrant.

Don’t forget, if you need help finding a book, your trusty librarians are just a phone call or visit away!

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  • Downtown Library

    Hours
    Sun: 10:00-5:00
    Mon: 9:00-7:00
    Tues: 9:00-7:00
    Weds: 9:00-7:00
    Thurs: 9:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    Contact
    (415) 485-3323

    Address
    1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Pickleweed Library

    Hours
    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: 9:00-5:00
    Weds: 9:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    Contact
    (415) 485-3483

    Address
    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Library

    Hours
    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: closed
    Weds: 11:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-5:00
    Fri: 11:00-5:00
    Sat: 11:00-5:00

    Contact
    (415) 890-5670

    Address
    5800 Northgate Drive Ste. 083
    San Rafael, CA 94903


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