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Get FREE museum passes with your library card

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Discover and Go museum passesThe 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 print your pass at home (or access it on your smartphone)!

Get passes to the California Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and many more! Log in now and start saving!

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Women Writers Rule the Nebulas

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At this weekend’s Nebula Awards, female authors dominated the ceremonies, winning prizes for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story.  The Nebula Awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

This year’s winner for Best Novel was Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Other winners included Nnedi Okorafor for her novella, Binti; Sarah Pinsker for the novelette, Our Lady of the Open Road; and Alyssa Wong for her short story, Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers. Even the Young Adult fiction award, called the Andre Norton Award, went to a woman: Fran Wilde, for her novel Updraft.

The final Nebula Award, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, went to Mad Max: Fury Road, written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nick Lathouris. (Not a female screenwriter among them, sure, but at least the movie had strong female characters!)

Evoking Eastern European folklore but with a strong, intelligent female narrator, Uprooted tells the story of Agnieszka as she discovers and develops her magical abilities to help protect her quiet village from the corrupted Wood that surrounds her home.

If you’re looking for more award-winning Science Fiction, see our list of Favorite Nebula winners.  Interested in trying Science Fiction, but not sure where to start? Try our list: Science Fiction for Beginners, with tons of titles sorted by their appeal factor.

Also, here are the other novels that were nominated for the Nebula’s Best Novel award this year:

Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen
Updraft, Fran Wilde

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Watch a movie and raise money for the library!

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Great Race 2016 logoIn conjunction with The Great Race 2016, which starts in our beloved San Rafael, a fundraising event for the library will be held at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center!

The 1965 comedy “The Great Race” will be screened on Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm at the Theater.

Screened in a 35mm print, this epic 1965 comedy from director Blake Edwards is shown in anticipation of the 2016 Great Race, the celebrated vintage car rally starting in San Rafael on June 18th and ending in Moline, Illinois on June 26th.

Ticket prices: $11.25 / $8.00 for seniors 60 and over and youth 12 and under / $7 for CFI members

All ticket proceeds will benefit the San Rafael Public Library!

For more information about this event visit


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Read to a Dog in 2018

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shareabook001Saturdays, 11am-12pm

February 10, March 10, April 14 & May 12

Readers aged 5 and older are invited to book an appointment to read to a dog in the San Rafael Public Library Children’s Room! Make your appointment at the Children’s Reference Desk, or call us at 415-485-3322.

Dogs are ideal reading partners, providing comfort and unconditional acceptance that can allow children to focus better and read with greater confidence. The Marin Humane Society’s SHARE a Book program is designed to help children improve their literacy skills, and to offer an opportunity for them to have fun reading – to dogs!

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High Five the Library at the Downtown Farmer’s Market!

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2016MayCome to the Downtown San Rafael Thursday night Farmer’s Market and get library goodies!

The Library has a booth at the Downtown Farmer’s Market twice a month and we’re offering some fun stuff for our community members (that’s you)! Stop by our booth and you can:

  • pick up free books for all ages generously donated by the Friends of the Library for you to take home
  • get a packet of sunscreen or lip balm to keep you healthy in the sun
  • get a tech tutorial on our downloadable eBooks or other digital services
  • sign up for a free library card (bring photo ID/proof address)
  • make a fun craft (cards, bookmarks, and lots more!)
  • offer your feedback on how the library’s doing and how we can do better

Library staff and members of our support groups (Friends of the San Rafael Public Library, San Rafael Public Library Foundation, San Rafael Public Library Board of Trustees, Special Library Parcel Tax Committee) are staffing the booth. Stop by and give us a high five!

Days the library will be at the Farmer’s Market: May 18, June 2 and 16, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1 and 15.


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It’s No Mystery… these books are great!

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Looking for a good mystery? Try an award winner!  The Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were both recently announced. Have you read these titles yet? Also see this handout with past winners of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel.

The Edgar Awards are named for the father of the modern detective novel, Edgar Allan Poe. They are awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.


The 2016 Edgar Award Winners are:

Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy

Best First Novel: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully, by Allen Kurzweil

Mary Higgins Clark: Little Pretty Things, by Lori Rader-Day


The Agatha Awards honor “traditional” or “cozy” mysteries, as typified by the works of Agatha Christie. They are chosen by the mystery fan organization Malice Domestic, Ltd.


The 2015 Agatha Award Winners (which were awarded in 2016) are:

Best Contemporary: Long Upon the Land, by Margaret Maron

Best Historical: Dreaming Spies, by Laurie R. King

Best First Novel: On the Road with Del and Louise, by Art Taylor

Best Nonfiction: The Golden Age of Murder, by Martin Edwards

If you need help finding these books, or want more suggestions of mysteries to try, drop by the library, call, or contact us online. We’re always happy to help connect you to a great read!

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