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Virtual Reality Labs for all ages @ the Libraries

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OCULUS RIFTJoin the Library staff for Virtual Reality Lab time! We invite all ages to explore educational games, beautiful natural environments, and engaging stories using the Oculus Rift. We’ll show you how to use it and help you with the equipment. Just bring yourself and your sense of adventure! Program available courtesy of the CEC Makerspace and the Marin County Free Library, funded by a grant from the California State Library.

  • Pickleweed Library – every Wednesday 3-5pm
  • Downtown Library – every Tuesday 4-6pm (except 10/4, 11/1, 12/6)
  • Downtown Library – Saturdays 10/15, 11/26, and 12/17 – 10am-noon

Questions? Comment below or email See you in virtual reality!


San Rafael residents now have access to streaming movies and audiobooks–free!

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The San Rafael Public Library is proud to now offer access to Hoopla! You can log into Hoopla with your San Rafael Public Library Card and get access to thousands of streaming movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks! No holds, no waiting!

Paying for Netflix, Spotify, or Audible? Check this service out because it could provide you with what you need–courtesy of your local public library! Just make sure you have a library card!

You can also moves seamlessly between different devices – you can listen to or watch something at home and then pick it up later on your smartphone. You can also broadcast Hoopla’s content to Chromecast and Apple TV.

The collection in Hoopla changes from time to time, but here’s a sampling of what’s available to give you a taste of the awesomeness:

  • Disney movies
  • Substantial collections from BBC and PBS
  • Ken Burns specials
  • Comics from Dark Horse, Vertigo, Marvel, and more
  • 2016 award-winning albums
  • Digital box sets of music

If you have any questions about using Hoopla, just pop us a chat (using the little chat widget in the lower right of your screen) or email us at

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Celebrate National Friends of the Library Week at the Friends Store

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Friends of Libraries groups all over the country have their very own national week of celebration! This year it’s the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week from Sunday, October 16th through Saturday, October 22nd.

So the plan is – go to the Friends Store between Tuesday, October 18th and Saturday, October 22nd and make a purchase. Your name will be entered into the raffle to win a prize.

The Friends provide great contributions to the community through their support of the Summer Reading Program for all ages, First Wednesday Art Talks, and many other programs. They have purchased books, equipment, furniture, and much more over their devoted years of support. The San Rafael libraries could not do what we do without the support of the Friends.

Support the Library – buy from the Friends Store. You can also show your continued support by becoming a member –  join today!



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