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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month! Celebrate by reading AAPI authors and stories in May, and all year long.

Browse these lists to find books by some of our favorites:

San Rafael Reads: AAPI authors and stories

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Biographies and Nonfiction

Asian American & Pacific Island Heritage Month: Grades 2-6

Asian American & Pacific Island Heritage Month: Picture Books

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Some In-Person Library Services Resuming April 22

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Starting April 22, the San Rafael Public Libraries will resume in-person browsing at the Northgate Mall Library and in-person computing at the Pickleweed Library!
Curbside service still available Downtown and at Pickleweed.

Pop In Library at the Northgate Mall

Come enjoy a touch-free in-person browsing experience at the our Northgate Mall Library Branch! We’re stocking the shelves with hot new items, and Northgate will once again be available as a holds pick-up location.

Thu-Sat, 12-4pm

Express Computing at the Pickleweed Lab

Use one of our brand new Chromebooks in the Pickleweed Lab. Printing available! Call ahead to schedule your 1 hour appointment.

Tues, 2-4pm
Weds, 4-6pm
Thurs, 4-6pm
Fri, 2-4pm

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Celebrate Black Authors

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Roxane Gay

I think one of the most important things we can do as feminists is acknowledge that even though we have womanhood in common we have to start to think about the ways in which we’re different, how those differences affect us and what kinds of needs we have based on our differences.”

Yaa Gyasi

There is no amount of goodness. There is no amount of blazing brilliance that will exempt you from racism, and therefore, it is not on you to act in a way that will try to exempt yourself from racism, because racism is not about Black people.”

Kacen Callender

I don’t think a lot of our white queer siblings realize that they’re erasing so many of our unseen experiences and stories when they make general, broad, sweeping statements like, “There’s too much queer rom-com,” or “It’s time to move on from coming out stories.” They have been able to see themselves so much more than queer and trans people of color. It feels amazing to tell the story that I wish I could see myself in, and I hope there are many more stories like Felix Ever After to come.”

Octavia Butler

I began writing about power because I had so little.”

N.K. Jemisin

“The world is pretty unjust right now. Those of us that have grown up on the short end of the justice stick understand this innately and want acknowledgement of that reality, because so much of American society is dedicated to weaving the illusion that what you see is not actually what is happening. The endless excuse-making is part of our mythologizing these days. But fixing that is part of the job that science fiction and fantasy can do. That’s one of the things that I believe that this genre is ideal for accomplishing, if it chooses to.”

Gayl Jones

When you tell a story you automatically talk about traditions, but they’re never separate from the people, the human implications. You’re talking about your connections as a human being.”

Jason Reynolds

Trust your gut… and remember that the most valuable thing you’ll ever own, the most expensive thing you’ll ever have, is your story.”

Jesmyn Ward

But if I did not hope I would not be able to do what I do. But I don’t think it is an intelligent hope, I think it is a necessary hope. And maybe that’s what the people in our past did, my ancestors who were enslaved. It wasn’t an intelligent hope that they had for freedom or that their children might live different lives than they did, but I think they had to hope to keep going.”

Colson Whitehead

I grew up wanting to be the black Stephen King. I think the darkness of the world is terrifying. Some of my books try to find the humor or optimistic avenues we can take to deliver ourselves from the darkness.

Saeed Jones

People often call it ‘coming of age,’ which isn’t entirely inaccurate; I just tend to think of it as the story of ‘coming into self.’ My intention was to chart the journey to the point in my life at which I felt truly self-possessed.”

Jacqueline Woodson

For me, the key is survival. And I think about how people of color, primarily Black and brown folks came here. And we weren’t meant to survive. We were meant to work until we died. Produce other enslaved people who worked until they died. We weren’t meant to become teachers and lawyers and presidents and writers … all the ways that we exist in the world.”


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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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Personalized Reading Recommendations

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Do you need a bunch of books for yourself, your family, preschool or daycare classroom, or for distance learners? Fill out a form and we’ll gather your materials and call to schedule a curbside appointment as soon as possible.

Necesita nuevos libros para sus niños o su clase? Necesita libros para sus tareas escolares? Necesita libros para niños con un tema específico o para el curriculum de la escuela? Llene esta forma y nosotros nos comunicaremos con usted para hacer una cita y recoja su material o libros cuando estén listos!

Nosotros nos comunicaremos para que recoja su material y hacer una cita (Necesita Mascarilla Facial)

Necesita hacer una cita para servicio en la acera.

Nos comunicaremos lo más pronto posible según el volumen de pedidos que tengamos con un máximo de 5 dias hábiles.

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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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  • Downtown Library

    Curbside Pickup Hours (call ahead)
    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

    Curbside Pickup Hours
    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

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

    (415) 524-2694

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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