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Fall in love with a good book

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Looking for really good read? We’ve got you covered.

ReadersChoiceFor a mix that covers the gamut from razor sharp short stories to a moving portrait of a father and his autistic son, try Reader’s Choice 2015. This eclectic list is from an informal survey we did asking our patrons what book that they read in the past year was their favorite.

MarilynsFavsWant a real librarian’s honest opinion of a book? Adult services librarian Marilyn picks her favorites from the past year and tells you in two sentences (and an adjective) why you should read it. Like the Reader’s list, this includes both new releases and older titles.

Tired of being on the wait list for the latest best-seller? Try the best-sellers from past years! We’ve got lists of favorites from 2014, as well as 2013, and 2012. These are books that had tons of holds and were also hefty enough to support book club discussions.

AwardWinnersSpeaking of quality reads, why not trust the authorities? Here’s a printable list of Award Winners that includes past winners of the Man Booker, Pulitzer, and National Book Awards.

If you really want to keep yourself busy, try our Book Club Books: All-in-one Handout. It features our picks for good book club reads based on whether you want a classic book, something dark but compelling, something uplifting, and more!

Lastly, if you’re still not finding a title to tickle your fancy, then drop by or call the library. We’re here to help. Happy Reading!

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The Library Loves You: Gifts for *you*all Valentine’s Day week!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day this year, the San Rafael Public Library is celebrating “The Library Loves You Week” from Monday, February 8th through Sunday, February 14th at both libraries—Downtown and Pickleweed.

We at the Library are immensely thankful to our community for their ongoing support and the Library staff wanted to give a little something back to our neighbors during Cupid’s month.

Each day the libraries will offer a different gift to the community.

  • Monday, February 8 – 15 minutes of research help on the topic of your choice
  • Tuesday, February 9 – free library card holder
  • Wednesday, February 10 – free replacement library card
  • Thursday, February 11 – free prize for kids at all storytimes
  • Friday, February 12 – $1 off your fines
  • Saturday, February 13 – free book bag
  • Sunday, February 14 – customized book recommendation from an expert librarian

Visit the libraries February 8-14 and get a little love!

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Try Zinio Digital Magazines today!

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Have you tried our digital magazines app yet? There’s no need to pay for all those magazine subscriptions yourself when you can get them for free with you library card! You can quickly and easily browse the library’s newest collection of popular magazines in digital format with Zinio.

  • Magazines are full color digital versions of the print magazine, with the same layout and ads
  • View or download magazines on your computer or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry playbook)
  • Free Zinio app for mobile devices
  • Back issues are available for many titles
  • Available to all Marinet library cardholders

From the library home page, click on the Research tab, scroll to the Newspapers and Magazines heading and click on the Zinio link.



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One Book One Marin launches off with The Martian!

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Did you miss the kick-off for this year’s One Book One Marin celebration of The Martian? No worries, you can still see the fabulous and funny author Andy Weir at the end of the One Book One Marin program on April 13 at Dominican University. While you wait, there are tons of free and exciting events happening throughout the county for all ages and on all sorts of topics from survival techniques and e-publishing to the psychology of humans in space.

Here’s what’s in store at the San Rafael Public Library:

Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 pm
One in 400,000: a presentation by the Space Station Museum
space-station-logoThe Space Station Museum brings Retired Air Force pilot Don Shields to the library with a special presentation about his experiences with the Apollo Lunar Module, Skylab, and being in the Space Race!

Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 pm
The View from Mars
Mars-surfaceWhile people have yet to set foot on the red planet, robotic explorers have extended our senses to Mars, giving us our first views of the surface. Giant volcanoes, canyons, polar ice caps, surface frost and clouds await the first explorers.  Join us as Jay Trimble of NASA Ames Research Center talks about the exploration of Mars, what we’ve learned from our robotic explorers, and what the fictional astronaut Mark Watney might see in Acidalia Planitia, his home on Mars.

Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 pm
Book Discussion of The Martian
Want to share your love of the book (and movie) with others? Join us for a lively discussion of The Martian, moderated by librarian Pam Klein.

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 pm
Clues to the Origins of our Solar System
space-beginnings-smallerTravel back almost 5 billion years with Vivian White, of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, to discover how our Sun and planets formed from a cloud of dust. See how today’s scientists are using clues from all over our Solar System and beyond to piece together our humble beginnings. Find out what questions we still have and how we aim to answer them with future missions.

Saturday, April 2, 1-4 pm
Blast Off! Space Science for Martian Families!
STEAM_girlwithmagnifyingglassHave fun with your mini-Martian in this fun, hands-on space science program. Explore, create, and discover using simple materials, creativity, and imaginative problem-solving!  Don’t forget to pack your sense of wonder for an out-of-this-world experience.  No registration required. For families with kids of all ages. For more info, call Children’s Services, 415-485-3322.


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