San Rafael Public Library

Library Updates

Holiday and Furlough Closure: Dec 20- Jan 3

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  • Book drops will be locked. Keep your materials; all fines are waived.
  • San Rafael Public Libraries will not be available as holds locations during this time.
  • For info about other MARINet libraries hours and holiday closures, visit:

Estaremos Cerrados debido a las celebraciones Dec y Cierre Obligatorio: 20 Dec- 3 Ene

  • Los buzones de libros permanecerán cerrados, guarde sus libros, no se estarán cobrando multas.
  • Las Bibiliotecas de San Rafael no estarán enviando libros a otras bibliotecas durante este período.
  • Para mayor información acerca de horarios de otras bibliotecas visite:
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Proyecto de Arte del Canal/ Canal Art Project

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¡Participa en un proyecto de arte y entra en una rifa para ganar un premio y para que tu obra de arte se muestre en línea y a lo largo del Sendero de la Bahia! Visita la biblioteca Pickleweed para obtener instrucciones y los materiales de arte gratuitos, o puedes imprimir instrucciones aquí.


Community Heroes

Canal Art Project

For youth in grades K-8

Participate in an art project to be entered in a raffle to win a prize, and to have your artwork displayed online and along the Bay Trail! Visit the Pickleweed Library to pick-up instructions and free art supplies, or you can print instructions here.

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All Things Apple on Zoom!

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Enjoy our ever popular All Things Apple! classes with chic geek Beryn Hammil via Zoom.

If you have an Apple computer, iPad, or iPhone, and aren’t sure that you’re getting the most out of it or using it properly, join “chic geek” Beryn Hammil to help you figure it out.

New attendees: please email for registration.

Schedule of Classes
Beginners: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Part 1 of a topic 
Intermediate Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm Part 2 of the same topic

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Curbside Behind the Scenes at the Downtown Library

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Wondering what goes on behind the scenes at our libraries? We created this video to show what goes into curbside library service at the Downtown library. This time-lapse represents just a portion of our busy days here. Yes, we are tired at the end of the day! But we are so happy to be back providing books, movies, and other library materials to our community.

Contact us to make an appointment for curbside service! You can place holds with your library card using our catalog. When you get an email that your holds are ready for pickup, give us a call at 415-485-3323 to make an appointment. You can also email us ( or send us a chat (upper left corner of this page.) Curbside service is also available at the Pickleweed Library, no appointment needed. See you curbside!


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Downloading Ebooks with Libby | Descargando Libros Electrónicos Con Libby

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Have you wanted to try checking-out downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from the library but felt intimidated? It’s easy! Learn how with this helpful video tutorial.

Haz tenido el deseo de descargar libros electrónicos y poder leer desde tu teléfono o tableta pero te has sentido un poco intimidado? No es complicado! Aprende cómo hacerlo en este video de la bibliotecaria Alejandra te guiara paso a paso!

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Explore the Art of Yayoi Kusama

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There is still time to register for our Yayoi Kusama Talk and Activity with local artist and educator Rachel Palacios! But if you can’t make it (or want to get an early start!) the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Japan has created this super fun worksheet to discover and experiment with Kusama’s unique and bold art practice: Yayoi Kusama Museum Exploration Worksheet. Print the worksheet from home or, if you don’t have access to a printer, have fun looking at her art and reading about her on the museum website.

You read that right–Yayoi Kusama is such an important artist, she has her own museum dedicated just to her work and curation of artists and works related to and influenced by her! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the most important living contemporary artists in the world!

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My Father’s Dragon Read-Aloud on YouTube

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Librarian Margaret Stawowy is reading a beginning chapter book for children ages 4-7.  My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett was published by Random House in 1948.  It is now in the public domain. It was both a Newberry Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book.   

The novel is about a young boy, Elmer Elevator who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon.  Listen to this children’s classic and let your imagination fly!    

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National Poetry Month Is Here!

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Instituted by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month was established “to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.”
Usually, National Poetry Month is a time for poetry readings and celebratory activities around poetry and poetry writing. As we shelter in place, we’re bringing the celebration to you!  We will be collecting video clips of poets, mostly local, who will read a poem for your reflection and enjoyment. Here is the link to the Poetry YouTube Playlist.  Get inspired!  See if you feel moved to write a poem of your own. Now, more than ever, we need poetry!

Want to dive in deeper?  See these websites for more poetry:
Would you like a poem delivered to your inbox each day?
Or maybe you’d rather HEAR the poem.
Want more videos?
And, of course, you can SEE our poetry videos on the Poetry YouTube Playlist
For more information about National Poetry Month, see the site

And as William Carlos Williams put it, “if it ain’t a pleasure, it ain’t a poem.”


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Watch City Council Meetings Live on YouTube

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Watch the live broadcast of the City of San Rafael’s Council Meeting on Monday, April 6th at 7pm. You will be able to comment in the live chat or comment live by phone by contact ing the City Clerk at 415-485-3066.

The April 6 City Council meeting will again be streamed on YouTube Live at 7 pm. For those unable to participate through YouTube live, we will also provide a phone number you can call in to listen and/or participate. While we cannot allow physical access to the meeting due to the Shelter in Place order, we are offering several ways you can make your voice heard:

  1. Write to the City Council in advance
  2. Comment live on YouTube during the meeting
  3. Call-in and “raise your hand” if you want to speak during public comment time

More information about how to participate

Upcoming City Meetings

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  • Downtown Library

    Sun: closed
    Mon, Tues, Weds: 10-4
    Thurs: 12-6
    Fri & Sat: 10-4

    (415) 485-3323

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

  • Pickleweed Library

    Sat, Sun & Mon: Closed
    Tues: 10-4
    Weds & Thurs: 12-6
    Fri: 10-4

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Library

    Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds: Closed
    Thurs, Fri, Sat: 12-4

    (415) 524-2694

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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