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OBOM – Discussion and Workshop

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One Book One Marin (OBOM) continues this month with two great activities at the San Rafael Public Library.

First, join us for an in-depth book discussion of “Strangers in Their Own Land” on Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-7:45. Ethan Annis, librarian at Dominican University of California will lead a discussion, focusing mainly on Chapter 9, The Deep Story (p.135-152) and Chapter 15, Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise (p.221-230).

Then, in a workshop led by Marissa Wertheimer take part in interactive exercises designed to help us cross “empathy walls,” and have compassion and understanding in our conversation with others. As author Arlie Russell Hochschild encouraged us in the OBOM kick-off, practice turning your alarm system off and really listening to people. Wednesday, March 28 from 6:30-7:45.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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One Book One Marin Kick-Off!

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Don’t miss the kick-off event with author Arlie Russell Hochschild at Book Passage in Corte Madera!

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
by Arlie Russell Hochschild, sociologist and Berkeley resident.

Kick-Off Event – Tuesday, February 27, 7 pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Meet this year’s author, Arlie Russell Hochschild, buy or bring your copy of the book for an autograph and join us for a delightful evening as she shares her background and insights.

All Marinet Libraries will be participating in One Book One Marin with book talks and other programs in March and April. More information can be found here:

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Your Library Loves You Week!

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As is our tradition, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the San Rafael Public Library is celebrating “Your Library Loves You Week” from Sunday, February 11th through Sunday, February 18th 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.

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Visit the Digital Bookmobile February 13th

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Overdrive Digital Bookmobile

The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile will be at Marin County Civic Center on Tuesday, February 13th from 10 am to 4 pm in the “jury parking lot” between the Lagoon Park Playground and the dog park at 3501 Civic Center Drive.

The Digital Bookmobile is a huge truck that offers tablet and computer workstations enabling visitors to browse our Overdrive collection, watch tutorial videos, and get one-on-one help using OverDrive. The Bookmobile also features a Gadget Gallery, which offers an interactive experience for visitors with hands-on practice using the app on some of the most popular devices. Check it out:

Library staff will also be on hand to help!

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Stream movies, music, and more: free with your library card!

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The San Rafael Public Library gives cardholders 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! Don’t have one? Sign up online and we’ll mail you your 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
  • 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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Family Fun – free and cheap with your library card!

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Discover and Go museum passesWondering what to do with the kids that doesn’t break the bank? Go to museums and other cultural institutions, with free and discounted passes thanks to your library card!

Really? Yes!

The 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 PIN (password), and print your pass at home (or access it on your smartphone)! You must be 16 or older to reserve a pass and reside in Marin County.

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

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