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Winter Closure 2023

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All San Rafael Public Library branches will be closed December 23 – January 1. The Pickleweed Library will be closed through January 6.

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Due to the winter holidays, all San Rafael Public Library locations will be closed during the last week of December.

Downtown
Closed: Saturday, Dec. 23
Re-opening: Tuesday, Jan. 2

Northgate
Closed: Saturday, Dec. 23
Re-opening: Wednesday, Jan. 3

Pickleweed
Closed: Saturday, Dec. 23
Re-opening: Tuesday, Jan. 9

Please note that the entire Albert J. Boro Community Center will be closed through Jan. 6, including the Pickleweed Library.

Q: Will the book drops be open? 

A: The book drops at the Downtown and Pickleweed branches, along with the Lucas Valley Road book drop, will remain open during the closure. Please note it may take up to a few days for your items to be scanned in and taken off your record. SRPL has been fine-free since July 2021 – no late fees will be collected.

Q: What will happen to my holds? 

A: All holds on the shelves when we close will be extended for the length of our closure. No holds will be transferred to or from our libraries during this closure.

Q: Are other MARINet libraries or book drops going to be open? When? 

A: Please check the status of each MARINet library you plan to visit or return items to.



 

Las Bibliotecas de San Rafael permanecerán cerradas del 23 de diciembre hasta el 1o de enero. La Biblioteca Pickleweed estará cerrada del 23 de diciembre al 6 de enero. 

La Biblioteca Pública de San Rafael y sucursales permanecerán cerradas la última semana de diciembre.

Downtown
Cerrado: sábado, el 23 de dic
Abierto: martes, el 2 de ene

Northgate
Cerrado: sábado, el 23 de dic
Abierto: miércoles, el 3 de ene

Pickleweed
Cerrado: sábado, el 23 de dic
Abierto: martes, el 9 de ene

La Biblioteca Pickleweed y el Centro Comunitario Albert J. Boro cerrarán sus puertas a partir del sábado 23 de diciembre y reabrirán el martes 9 de enero.

¿Estarán abiertos los buzones para devolver materiales?

Los buzones de las Bibliotecas Downtown y Pickleweed así como el de Lucas Valley Road estarán abiertos durante el cierre. Puede que tome más de un par de días para que sus devoluciones sean registradas en el sistema, ya que a partir de julio 2021 la biblioteca no cobra multas por regresar material atrasado.

¿Qué pasará con mis pedidos?

Todos los encargos permanecerán en los estantes durante el cierre de la biblioteca. Ningún pedido será transferido ni removido a otra biblioteca durante el cierre.

¿Estarán abiertas otras bibliotecas del consorcio de MARINet? ¿Cuándo? 

Visite el sitio web de  MARINet para consultar los horarios y planear su visita. Podrían cambiar los horarios.

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United Against Hate Week 2023

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United against hate week. November 12-18, 2023.

The City of San Rafael commits to standing against all forms of hate in our communities. United Against Hate brings together Bay Area communities every year to reaffirm that commitment.

Acts of hate can be individual as well as institutional. When we witness actions, words, or feelings driven by hate, it is important to stand in solidarity with those who are affected, to amplify voices that may not be heard, and to listen earnestly. When we realize that our institutions uphold values of hate, we must stand together to start the process of change and ensure that it is not hindered by those who benefit from a status quo built on hatefulness and the inequities it spawns.

We encourage everyone to do some reading during United Against Hate Week that opens a new window in your understanding of our communities, or that reframes some of the work you’ve already done to understand how hate impacts everyone, from individuals to groups as a whole. Check out these lists for kids, teens, and adults:

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

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Hispanic Heritage Month. Mes de la herencia hispana.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 and October 15, and recognizes Americans whose families and histories hail from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We’re kicking off this month with an author talk, and take a look at some book lists for more to read!

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana se celebra del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre y reconoce a los estadounidenses cuyas familias e historias provienen de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur. ¡Comenzaremos este mes con una charla de una escritora hispana! ¡También deles un vistazo a algunas listas de libros para leer y conocer más autores Hispano-Americanos!






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Summer @ SRPL

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Summer at your library

Take a look at our summer newsletter at what we’ll be offering throughout the summer at all three of our branches: Downtown, Northgate, and Pickleweed! Please check our website’s events calendar for dates, times, and locations, as they are subject to change or cancellation.

Kids entering grades K-6 can pick up a reading log at any of our branches! Keep reading throughout the summer to earn a free book when you return your log.


El verano en tu biblioteca

¡Dele un vistazo a lo que ofreceremos durante el verano en las tres locaciones: Central, Northgate y Pickleweed! Para saber las fechas, horarios y locación consulte el calendario de eventos, o lea el boletin de verano.

Niños en grados K-6 pueden recoger un registro de lectura en cualquiera de nuestras sucursales! Sigue leyendo durante el verano para ganar un libro gratis cuando devuelvas tu registro de lectura.


Reading lists / listas de lectura


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It’s Pride Month! 🌈

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Celebrate Pride!

The San Rafael Public Library stands with our queer community members in celebration of all facets of our identities: big or small, loud or quiet. It is more important than ever for all of us to come together in allyship, support, and joy.

This month, join us for Drag Storytime along with the Spahr Center, read books by queer authors, and take a moment to be proud of who you are—because we are proud of you! 🌈





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National Library Week

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National Library Week is April 23rd – 29th, celebrate with us by checking out some of these great resources!

Check our event calendar for year-round programming! We’ve got programs for all ages: toddler storytimes, adult author talks, book clubs, gardening, and tons more—both virtual and in-person. Our programs are facilitated by library staff, local community organizations, and other City departments.  

Did you know that Louise Boyd, a famous Arctic explorer, was a San Rafael native? The library is proud to host a selection of the Louise Boyd collection online as part of our San Rafael Creates: Local History collection. Are you a local history buff? Contribute your own materials to our online collection! 

With our selection of local and state parks passes, you can get free parking at many of the beautiful parks and waterfronts in Marin County and the North Bay. Check out our parking passes for the Marin Municipal Water District, Marin County Parks, and California State Parks. 

We’ve got video games available for checkout at all three of our locations—come grab a Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch game to play! Our games check out for three weeks with two renewals. Can’t find something you’re interested in? Place a hold online or ask library staff to help you out. 

Did you know your San Rafael Library Card can double as a ticket to museums, gardens, and aquariums across the Bay Area? With Discover & Go, library card holders can get free and discounted passes to the SF MOMA, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and many more great spots! Head to marinet.discoverandgo.net to reserve a pass! 

 

 

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Black History Month 2023

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Black History Month

Take some time to explore local Black history this month. Black communities in Marin County, along with the rest of the Bay Area, have a rich and complex past, present, and future—while we are highlighting the past this month, let us be sure that we work to support a just present so we can create an equitable future.


Marin City

The 1944 California Supreme Court case James v. Marinship originated in the Marin City shipyards and ultimately ruled that union membership could not be withheld from individuals on the basis of race. To learn more about the history of Marin City, directly from the stories of those who live and have lived there, check out Marin City Memories by Marilyn L. Geary. You can also attend our VR Experience Highlight drop-in program this month to learn more in A Way Out Of No Way: Marin City’s Hidden Shipbuilders. Researchers can also contact us via email about local history resources in our California Collection.


San Francisco

Though it has changed quite a bit in recent years, San Francisco’s Fillmore District has a deep history as a hub of Black culture. Between the 1940s and 1960s, just one square mile of the district contained at least two dozen night clubs and music venues that were home to a great number of Black musicians. Check out more in Elizabeth Pepin’s book Harlem of the West, which documents San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz Era.


Oakland

The East Bay’s dense Black history and culture intersects with the sometimes lesserknown Black cowboy and rodeo community. Gabriela Hasbun spent over a decade photographing the Black contestants at Oakland’s annual Bill Pickett Rodeo, and you can experience this iconic event through her photographs in The New Black West. 


Libraries now: Discover & Go

Visit the Oakland Museum of California and experience the special exhibit “Angela Davis: Seize the Time” through June 11—you can use your library card to get a museum pass with Discover and Go! If you want to learn more about Angela Davis, check out her autobiography or her other writings, such as Freedom is a Constant Struggle. 


Libraries then: Segregation and civil rights

Those who fought for the desegregation of public libraries played a huge role both in the civil rights movement and in shaping the libraries we have today. Check out more on the history of libraries and segregation in Not Free, Not for All by Cheryl Knott and Freedom Libraries by Mike Selby.

Marin City Memories. Harlem of the West. Freedom is a Constant Struggle. The New Black West. Not Free, Not For All.

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2022 SRPL Covered: a year in review

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2022 SRPL covered. A year in review

Happy New Year! As we welcome in 2023, we’re taking a moment to look back on our library in 2022. Please join us in reviewing the books and media our community enjoyed, and more! Place a hold on anything you missed, and get a jump on your resolution of using your public library more. Thanks for being the best part of our year!

Total items checked out at our libraries: 467,872
Number of visitors at our 3 libraries: 160,864
Total programs: 258. Total attendees: 11,167.

Top item at Pickleweed: Dog Man: Fetch-22
Fetch-22

Top item at Northgate: No Time To Die
No time to die

Top item at Downtown: Marin County Parks Pass
Marin County Parks Pass

Top adult book: The Madness of Crowds
The madness of crowds

Top teen graphic novel: They Called Us Enemy
They called us enemy

Top item in Spanish: Gente Tóxica
Gente tóxica

Top eBook: Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry

Top video game: Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey

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Winter 2022 Closure

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All San Rafael Public Library branches will be closed December 24 – January 2. The Pickleweed Library will be closed December 20 – January 2. We will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

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Due to the winter holidays, all San Rafael Public Library locations will be closed during the last week of December.

Downtown
Closed: Saturday, Dec. 24
Re-opening: Tuesday, Jan. 3

Northgate
Closed: Saturday, Dec. 24
Re-opening: Wednesday, Jan. 4

Pickleweed
Closed: Tuesday, Dec. 20
Re-opening: Tuesday, Jan. 3

Please note that the entire Albert J. Boro Community Center will be closed starting on December 19, including the Pickleweed Library. Most City departments/facilities will be closed between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2, and will re-open for services on Jan. 3.

 

Q: Will the book drops be open? 

A: Yes, the book drops at the Downtown, Pickleweed, and Northgate branches will remain open during the closure. Please note it may take up to a few days for your items to be scanned in and taken off your record. SRPL has been fine-free since July 2021 – no late fees will be collected.

 

Q: What will happen to my holds? 

A: All holds on the shelves when we close will be extended for the length of our closure. No holds will be transferred to or from our libraries during this closure.

 

Q: Are other MARINet libraries or book drops going to be open? When? 

A: Please check the status of each MARINet library you plan to visit or return items to.

 


 

Las Bibliotecas de San Rafael permaneceran cerradas a partir del 24 de diciembre hasta el 2 de enero. La Biblioteca Pickleweed estará cerrada desde el 20 de diciembre a 2 de enero. Reiniciando labores el día 3 de enero.

La Biblioteca Pública de San Rafael y sucursales permanecerán cerradas la última semana de diciembre.

Downtown
Cerrado: sábado, el 24 de dic
Abierto: martes, el 3 de ene

Northgate
Cerrado: sábado, el 24 de dic
Abierto: miércoles, el 4 de ene

Pickleweed
Cerrado: martes, el 20 de dic
Abierto: martes, el 3 de ene

La Biblioteca Pickleweed y el Centro Comunitario Albert J. Boro cerrarán sus puertas a partir del lunes 19 de diciembre y reabrirán el martes 3 de enero.

 

¿Estarán abiertos los buzones para devolver materiales?

Sí, los buzones de las bibliotecas Downtown, Pickleweed, y Northgate así como el de Lucas Valley Road estarán abiertos durante el cierre. Puede que tome más de un par de días para que sus devoluciones sean registradas en el sistema, ya que a partir de julio 2021 la biblioteca no cobra multas por regresar material atrasado.

 

¿Qué pasará con mis pedidos?

Todos los encargos permanecerán en los estantes durante el cierre de la biblioteca. Ningún pedido será transferido ni removido a otra biblioteca durante el cierre.

 

¿Estarán abiertas otras bibliotecas del consorcio de MARINet? ¿Cuándo? 

Visite el sitio web de  MARINet para consultar los horarios y planear su visita. Podrían cambiar los horarios.

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Native American Heritage Month

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The San Rafael Public Library acknowledges that we are located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok people of present-day Marin and southern Sonoma counties. We honor with gratitude the land itself, and all of its ancestors: past, present, and emerging.

Take a look at the Native American Heritage Month website to explore virtual exhibits, historical and contemporary photography, and video content provided by the National Archives, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Library of Congress. You can also check out the Native Land website to explore the languages and cultures native to North America. And, of course, you can celebrate Indigenous authors and voices this month and year-round with these lists!

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  • Downtown Library

    Hours
    Sun: 10:00-5:00
    Mon: 9:00-7:00
    Tues: 9:00-7:00
    Weds: 9:00-7:00
    Thurs: 9:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    Contact
    (415) 485-3323

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

  • Pickleweed Library

    Hours
    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: 9:00-5:00
    Weds: 9:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    Contact
    (415) 485-3483

    Address
    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Library

    Hours
    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: closed
    Weds: 11:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-5:00
    Fri: 11:00-5:00
    Sat: 11:00-5:00

    Contact
    (415) 890-5670

    Address
    5800 Northgate Drive Ste. 083
    San Rafael, CA 94903


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