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Too chilly to leave home? You don’t have to!

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There is no need to leave the warmth of your fluffy blankets and comfy sofa to get new music, movies, and books from your library. Just visit our eBooks central page and discover tons of new things to keep you entertained while you stay warm. Download and stream to your heart’s content (just use your library card to log in). Happy New Year!

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Guess Who’s Back at the Library in 2018?

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We are very pleased to be welcoming back one of Marin County’s most beloved performers to the San Rafael Public Library in 2018. Can you guess who it is? Figure out the person’s name using the following rebus:

(Can’t solve the puzzle? Don’t worry, we won’t keep you in suspense. Check out our kids events page for the answer!)

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Library Closures for the Holidays

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Both San Rafael Libraries will be closed for the holidays on December 24th and 25th and December 31st and January 1st.

Other than that we’re open all other days with our regular hours, so come on by and pick up some holiday reading, listening, or viewing! It’s a great time to browse our cookbooks for some inspiration for holiday meals, get some audiobooks for long road trips, and pick up some DVDs to catch up on those movies you missed this past year.

And our digital branch is always open at Stream movies, music, audiobooks or download eBooks to your heart’s content!

Happy holidays from all of us at your local libraries!

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Math Club

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Join us for Math Club at the Library! Math club provides students the opportunity to practice and train their math skills in a fun and non-competitive environment. Students work on level-appropriate assigned work to strengthen their foundation and learn useful tricks.

Math Club is on-going on a weekly basis beginning 1/31 and ending 6/6*. Students choose the appropriate class for them, and enroll in the full series.

  • 3rd & 4th grade: Wednesdays @ 3-4pm
  • 4th & 5th grade: Wednesdays @ 4-5pm
  • 5th-7th grade: Thursdays @ 3:45-4:45pm

Reserve your space by visiting us at the Children’s Reference Desk, or by calling us at (415)485-3322.

*No club on February 22-23 and April 11-12


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Reading Buddies in Fall/Winter 2019

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Reading Buddies are back for the Fall/Winter 2019 semester. Please stop by the Children’s Desk, call us at 415-485-3322, or email for specific dates and times and to make an appointment.

Reading Buddies pairs adult and teen volunteers with elementary school aged youth (grades 1-3) 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.

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Stories of Immigration

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Check out a new recommended book list for youth, Stories of Immigration: Perspectives from Pura Belpré Medal and Honor Books. The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA’s 2018 Pura Belpré Award Committee has compiled a list of past Belpré medal and honor books that address the Latino/a immigration experience and provide young readers with insight into the very real struggles and choices faced by families every day.

The Pura Belpré Award is given annually to latino/a children’s authors and illustrators whose work best represents and celebrates latino cultural experiences.

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How much does your library get used?

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We at the San Rafael Public Library are so pleased that our neighbors continue to use the library’s services so heavily. That’s what we’re here for, after all! The library was used more than ever over the last year.

Take a look at our annual report highlighting the most interesting numbers from the last year!

SuccessWe had a 23% increase in event attendance for youth and an amazing 183% increase in event attendance for adults! Part of that is our focus on offering more, and more different kinds of, events that our neighbors are asking for.

Over the last year we’ve added 14,004 new items to our shelves. Whoa!

And our digital branch is thriving–the number of eBooks and eAudioBooks you all downloaded went up by 23%–in one year!

Finally, you’re asking us more research questions. We saw a 13% bump in the number of times our librarians were able to help you with your research and technology needs. Keep those questions coming!

Have questions? Ideas? Other numbers you’d like to see? Leave a comment here or email us at

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We Heard You Have Eclipse Glasses…?

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We heard you may have gotten free eclipse glasses from the Library. If so, can we have them?

In all seriousness, the Library is collecting used eclipse glasses for redistribution to schools in South America and Asia for use during eclipses that will cross countries in those regions in 2019. This redistribution effort is being done by Astronomers Without Borders, and you can find out more about the program here.

You can drop off your used eclipse glasses at any public desk at the Downtown San Rafael Public Library through Friday September 8th, and we will send them to Astronomers Without Borders. Let’s put these glasses to further good use!

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Marin Comics Fest 2017

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Marin Comics FestWe’re happy to announce the inaugural Marin Comics Fest, taking place at libraries and local venues throughout Marin County from September 9 to 16.

Discover new comics, books, and graphic novels and meet the illustrators and authors behind them! This festival is intended for all ages so bring the entire family.

Check out the complete schedule for details.

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Come to Our Eclipse Viewing Party

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**Update: We have no more safety glasses to distribute before the eclipse! The American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of reputable vendors.***

**We will be distributing a small number of safety glasses at our Sun Party on the day of the eclipse. They will be distributed beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, 8/21 on a first come, first served basis, limit 2 per family, while supplies last.** These glasses were provided to us by the Space Science Institute thanks to a grant from the Moore Foundation. They are certified safe by the International Organization for Standardization.

Just about everyone is excited about the upcoming Solar Eclipse on August 21st! The Library is so excited, that we’re hosting a Sun Party in partnership with the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and Johnny Doughnuts (yes, there will be doughnuts!). The Sun Party will be held on the Downtown Library’s front lawn and the City Hall driveway on August 21st, 9am-12pm.

There is a flood of “counterfeit” viewing glasses on the market in anticipation of the eclipse. Even companies that claim their glasses are approved by NASA or the ISO may, in fact, not meet the safety standards of those organizations, and could cause eye damage. For more information about counterfeit glasses, check out this article from Life Hacker. Happy viewing!


  • Downtown Library

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

    (415) 485-3323

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

  • Pickleweed Library

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

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Pop-Up Library

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

    (415) 524-2694

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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