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Kickstart Your Reading Plans for 2016

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bookshelvesAbout this time of year organizations all over the place make their “Top Books of 2015 lists.” Here are some of our favorites to help kickstart you reading plans for 2016!

And if you don’t trust the media to tell you what’s great to read, trust your fellow readers! Check out this huge list of “best of 2015” book lists on GoodReads covering pretty much every age group, genre, sub-genre, and interest!

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Need help with your Apple device?

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If you have an Apple computer, iPad, or iPhone, and aren’t sure that you’re getting the most out of it or using it properly, join Beryn Hammil, “chic geek extraordinaire,” to help you figure it out. Her classes are the perfect solution to give you the start you need.

Come and learn the basics and beyond and be on your way to accomplishing what you want in the world of Mac computers, iPads, and iPhones. In each of these classes you’ll learn how to navigate, customize, and function effectively.

And if you need more help than this, Beryn offers 15 minute, one-on-one trainings after class at 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, & 3:45 to answer your specific questions. For a one-on-one appointment ask at the Reference Desk or call 415-485-3321.

Each meeting will be on specific Apple topics:

Jan 7 – Mac & MacBook Air
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

Jan 14 – Newcomers to Apple for the Absolute Beginner
2 – 3 pm iPhones and iPads

Jan 21 – iPhones
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

Jan 28 – iPads
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

March 17 – iPhones
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

March 24 – iPads
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

April 14 – Mac & MacBook Air
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

April 21 – iPhones
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

April 28 – iPads
1 – 2 pm Basics
2 – 3 pm Beyond the Basics

Check back for more dates after April.

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The NEW SAT: Practice Test, Saturday Jan. 9th, 10am-2pm

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The library, in collaboration with C2 Education, is offering the New SAT and ACT practice tests, and a college essay writing workshop, to assist today’s students preparing for college admission.

Seating is limited, please call 415-485-3321 to reserve a seat.

The New SAT: Practice Test
Saturday, January 9, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ACT: Practice Test
Saturday, January 23, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The College Essay: A Writing Workshop
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

All classes take place in the Library Meeting Room, 1100 E Street, San Rafael

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10 Things You May Not Know You Can Do at the Library for Free

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Sarah Houghton, Library DirectorHi! This is Sarah, the Library Director here. My mother took us to the public library a lot when we were children. I remember flipping through picture books, and then later chapter books–carefully choosing the five items I was allowed to check out at a time. Libraries were a magical place with more books than I could ever hope to read. When I was in middle school, a trip to our branch library revealed a brand new collection–music cassette tapes! I was blown away! I had no ideas libraries could have more than books and then started checking out music and books together. Then came computers, CDs, wifi…on and on.

Libraries often have resources that we don’t think they will have. Here are the 10 best things your San Rafael Public Library has that you just might not know about. Best thing about all of them? They’re free to you with your library card.

(1) Download eBooks from one of our eBooks collections including thousands of new bestsellers for every age group. And yes, they work on the Kindle 🙂

(2) Place a hold on almost any material and have it delivered to a library branch of your choice–anywhere in Marin!

(3) Print out free and discounted museum and zoo passes using Discover and Go. Tons of places all over the bay area, just waiting to be explored!

(4) Attend free classes on topics such as job skills and how to download items from the library’s collection to an e-reader or smart device. Last year the two locations of the San Rafael Public Library offered more than 1,400 programs with a total attendance of 35,000.

(5) Access lynda.com ‘s library of instructional videos teaching business, technical & creative skills. Thousands of courses with tens of thousands of video tutorials.

(6) Learn a new language using Mango, online language-learning services covering dozens of languages.

(7) Research your family history with the library’s subscription to Ancestry.com. No need to pay for your own subscription–just come into one of our two libraries and use ours for free for as long as you like.

(8) Borrow 50 books, 5 books on CD, 15 DVDs, and 10 music CDs at a time — the limits per card. You better bring a big bag to tote that home in!

(9) Let us bring the library to you. Outreach Services brings the library experience to a person who is home-bound, in senior housing, living with disabilities, living in transition, etc.

(10) Read digital versions of current magazines using Zinio. There are hundreds of magazines to view on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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Learn All About Nighttime at STEAM Saturday, 12/5 at 11-11:45am

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This Saturday our preschool STEAM program will focus on all things nighttime – nocturnal animals, stars and constellations, and more! Kids aged 3-6 and their caregivers will learn through creative and sensory experiences. We’ll play a sorting game, listen to the sounds of nighttime, and make glow-in-the-dark fireflies.

Join us at 11am this Saturday, 12/5. Families can reserve their spot by stopping by the Children’s Reference Desk, or give us a call at 415-485-3322.

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