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San Rafael Libraries closed 12/31-1/2

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The Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries are closed December 31st through January 2nd for New Year’s. We will re-open on Tuesday the 3rd with our regular hours at both libraries.

Never fear! Our digital branch at http://srpubliclibrary.org is always open. You can download eBooks, stream movies and audiobooks with Hoopla, get homework help from expert tutors through Brainfuse, place holds on items to pick up, read magazines with Zinio, learn a new skill with Lynda, learn a language with Mango, and get free and discounted museum passes with Discover & Go.

There is so much to do with your library card online that we’re pretty sure you won’t get bored! 😉

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Find the perfect book for you with our online booklists!

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Ask anyone: our Children’s Room is home to a LOT of books. Your new favorite book is no doubt tucked in our shelves, but how do you become acquainted? You can always ask a Librarian (we love it when you do that)! Or, how about checking out one of our Librarian curated online booklists?

Our lists are organized by grade, reading level and topic, and integrated into our online catalog. You can see if your book is on the shelves now, or place a hold for later! Whether you’re a preschooler who loves dinosaurs, a 4th grade fan of mythology , or an 8th grader looking for something spooky, our lists have got your covered!

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San Rafael Libraries closed 12/24-12/26

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The Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries are closed December 24th through December 26th for the holidays. We will re-open on Tuesday the 27th with our regular hours at both libraries.

Never fear! Our digital branch at http://srpubliclibrary.org is always open. You can download eBooks, stream movies and audiobooks with Hoopla, get homework help from expert tutors through Brainfuse, place holds on items to pick up after the 26th, read magazines with Zinio, learn a new skill with Lynda, learn a language with Mango, and get free and discounted museum passes with Discover & Go.

There is so much to do with your library card online that we’re pretty sure you won’t get bored! 😉

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New free library app helps you find what you want *and* save money!

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The Library has an awesome new app called Marinet Libraries!

  • You can store an image of your library barcode so you can check-out with your phone
  • You can search for items, place holds, and renew
  • You can see a map of library locations with open hours and contact info
  • You can scan the barcode/ISBN of a book in a bookstore and go right to the library’s catalog to instantly search to see if we have it <–this is our personal favorite to save you money!

The app is free in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Let us know what you think!

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Don’t leave after storytime, Stay and Play!

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15275638_217868731983484_3371881551670280192_nSing, talk, read, write, PLAY! Did you know that playing is not only fun, it’s also one of the fundamental ways to prepare your child to be a reader? It’s true! Playing helps children develop language skills, and gives them opportunities to put their thoughts into words. Additionally, when children pretend, they exercise symbolic thinking–a block isn’t just a block, it can be a phone, a car or a house! Reading requires this same kind of symbolic thinking. Letters come together to create words, which represent real things and ideas. Pretty abstract stuff, but children who’ve logged lots of hours of playtime will be well equipped to take on this challenge. In short, play now to read later!

Now after every Baby Time and Family Storytime, we are offering 30 minutes of Stay and Play! The Friends of the San Rafael Public Library generously provided us with funds to purchase a variety of wonderful toys. We’re talking blocks, balls, musical instruments, toys that engage the senses, and toys for imaginative and dramatic play– all the good stuff! Children and their caregivers can stick around, socialize and play!

Storytimes and Stay and Play:

Tuesdays
Baby Time from 10:30-11
Stay and Play from 11-11:30

Wednesdays
Family Storytime from 10:30-11
Stay and Play from 11-11:30

Thursdays
Family Storytime from 10:30-11
Stay and Play from 11-11:30

 

Learn more about early literacy practices:
Every Child Ready to Read
The Power of Play

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Reading Buddies Spring 2017: January 17 – June 3

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Our Reading Buddies program for youth in 1st-3rd grades.

Reading Buddies pairs adult and teen volunteers with elementary school aged youth for 20 minute appointments. During the appointment, the child will practice reading with their Reading Buddy one-on-one, and receive help and guidance with difficult words, comprehension, and other reading skills. We also have bilingual volunteers available who can help in both English and Spanish.

Reading Buddies will resume after winter break, January 17 through June 3. The Downtown Library will offer weekly appointments on:

  • Mondays 4-5pm
  • Tuesdays 4-5pm
  • Wednesdays 5-6pm
  • First and Third Saturdays 10-11am

For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit or call the Downtown Library’s Children’s Reference Desk (415-485-3322).

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  • Downtown Library

    Hours
    Sun: 1-5
    Mon: 1-8
    Tues, Weds, Thurs: 10-8
    Fri & Sat: 10-5

    Contact
    (415) 485-3323

    Address
    1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Pickleweed Library

    Hours
    Sun & Mon: Closed
    Tues & Weds: 1-8
    Thurs: 11-8
    Fri & Sat: 11-5

    Contact
    (415) 485-3483

    Address
    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Pop-Up Library

    Hours
    Mon, Weds, Thurs: 1-8
    Fri, Sat, Sun: 1-5
    Tues: closed

    Contact
    (415) 524-2694

    Address
    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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