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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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5 Awesome Things at the Library You Should Know About

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You know, libraries can actually be pretty awesome and can save you *a lot of* money. Here are some nifty ways you can save money by using the library instead of buying stuff yourself:

1. Get free trips to museums

San Rafael Public Library, along with all the other libraries in Marin, are offering free and discounted museum and zoo passes through the Discover & Go service. Just log in with your library card and print out passes at home!

2. Get free audio books (on CD or digital downloads)

We have a ton of audio books on CD and an equal ton of digital audiobooks. For those, just log in with your library card, find the book you want, download the file, listen to it, and then in three weeks the file will self destruct. Our books on CD, however, do not self-destruct (sorry to disappoint).

3. Borrow movies on DVD or BluRay

Forget Red Box! You know all of those DVDs and BluRay movies and TV shows you can’t get on Netflix (or anywhere else) streaming? Libraries have had movies right alongside our books for decades. That hasn’t changed…and you can get an entertaining stack of movies for the weekend that won’t cost you a penny.

4. Research your family tree for free

There are many genealogy websites out there and they cost quite a bit to use. Our library subscribes to the most popular of these sites, Ancestry.com, and you can use it for free at the library. It can be fun to see where your family came from and what their histories look like. It takes moments to start searching and our expert research librarians can help you get started!

5. The internet: we’ve got that

While a lot of people have internet at home, or on their mobile devices, there are still plenty of people in San Rafael who don’t have internet access at all. If you need to apply for jobs, check email, or communicate with family and friends then we’ve got you covered! We have computer labs at both of our libraries as well as wifi hotspots – all free! You can also print and scan whatever you need to.

If you haven’t tried out the library in a while, come say hi – either physically or virtually!

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Dusty Closet Time Machine

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tumblr_nc0a3yDJUI1tm7kd0o1_1280During our recent carpeting replacement project at the Downtown Library we discovered oodles of interesting stuff in the deep darkness of our dusty closets. We set aside all of the City and Library historical artifacts, as well as some fascinating objects. Now the Library’s Assistant Director, Vanessa Christman, is slowly chronicling all of the things we found that might be of interest to our community. We’re using Tumblr for this project.

One of the first posts is a photograph of the upstairs of the Downtown Library as it existed in 1962 (above). The photo was undated but Vanessa was able to enhance the image to identify the Fortune Magazine on the table and then search their archives for the date.

You can find our new Tumblr account at: http://sr-publiclibrary.tumblr.com/ Check it out and see what other treasures we found!

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Celebrate Banned Books Week

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BBW14_300x250_2Harry PotterCaptain UnderpantsCatcher in the Rye…Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and schools. Fight censorship and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 21 to 27. The Library celebrates and defends your rights to read what you want. Join us for some fun!

  • All week long the Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries will offer Blind Dates with Books. We’ll be wrapping up our favorite banned books in brown paper. Roll the dice, pick one at random, and find a new favorite!
  • Banned Books Read-Aloud – Saturday, September 27th 1-2pm – Downtown Library. Readers of all ages can sign up for 5 minute slots to read passages from their favorite banned books. To sign up, email library@cityofsanrafael.org. And if you need suggestions of banned books, we’ve got you covered!
  • Banned Books Storytimes – Wednesday, September 23rd 7-7:30pm and Thursday, September 24th 11:30am-noon – Pickleweed Library. These special editions of our bilingual storytimes will feature children’s books that have been challenged or banned.
  • Take a “shelfie” with a banned book! Come take a photo with your favorite banned book. We’ll be sharing these all week long with the hashtag #SRBannedBookShelfie
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Alma Flor Ada at the Pickleweed Library

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Author Alma Flor AdaEsteemed author Alma Flor Ada will visit the Pickleweed Branch on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. to talk about how to support the early literacy of your children and to give books away to the children in attendance.  For more information, please call the Pickleweed Branch at 485-3483

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September is National Wilderness Month

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September is National Wilderness Month. Visit the Children’s Room at our downtown library and the Pickleweed Library to check out these and other awesome books that celebrate wild places.

Picture Books:

Cover of the book Fox by Kate Banks.Fox by Kate Banks

Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward

In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Yosemite’s Songster: One Coyote’s Story by Ginger Wadsworth

Non-Fiction:

Cover of the book Wild Tracks by Jim Arnosky.Camping with the President by Ginger Wadsworth

Down the Colorado : John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer by Deborah Kogan Ray

Wild tracks!: A Guide to Nature’s Footprints by Jim Arnosky

Little Acorns: An Introduction to Marin County Plant-lore by Ruth Stotter

Defying Death in the Mountains by Rob Shone

Kids Fiction:

Cover of the book Scat by Carl Hiaasen.Wild river by P.J. Petersen

Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? by Nancy Krulik

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

 

 

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September is National Wilderness Month

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September is National Wilderness Month. Visit the Children’s Room at our downtown library and the Pickleweed Library to check out these and other awesome books that celebrate wild places.

Picture Books:

Cover of the book Fox by Kate Banks.Fox by Kate Banks

Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward

In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Yosemite’s Songster: One Coyote’s Story by Ginger Wadsworth

Non-Fiction:

Cover of the book Wild Tracks by Jim Arnosky.Camping with the President by Ginger Wadsworth

Down the Colorado : John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer by Deborah Kogan Ray

Wild tracks!: A Guide to Nature’s Footprints by Jim Arnosky

Little Acorns: An Introduction to Marin County Plant-lore by Ruth Stotter

Defying Death in the Mountains by Rob Shone

Kids Fiction:

Cover of the book Scat by Carl Hiaasen.Wild river by P.J. Petersen

Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? by Nancy Krulik

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

 

 

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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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