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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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Free eBooks for Children and Families Regarding Coronavirus and Covid-19

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Just when you need it, here are some picture books and a workbook for processing information with your child about the Covid-19 pandemic.  In calm, straightforward, kid-friendly language, you can help your young one get a grasp of the virus and the importance of hygiene protocols, social distancing, and sheltering-in-place.  Also included arcoping strategies for the inevitable stress that even the most calm-natured among us are experiencing.  It’s a challenging, confusing, stressful time, so gather your kids and utilize these free publications to address their need to know.    

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic (en ingles y español.) Give your child practical tools for recognizing and coming to terms with their concerns and feelings around Covid-19 and sheltering in place.   

Coronavirus: A Book for Children Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, partnered with Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, to create this well-conceived, kid pleasing book 

Dr. Li and the Crown Wearing Virus  Learn about Dr. Li, a real-life, early hero of the pandemic, who understood the seriousness of the coronavirus and spoke truth to power.  

I Have a Question About Coronavirus Not so much a book as a guide with whimsical stick figure drawings and kid-engaging, yet factual answers to their most common questions and concerns about coronavirus.  Addresses what each of us can do to protect ourselves and one another while coming to terms with uncertainty.   

A Kids Book About COVID-19 (en ingles y español.) Authored by an epidemiologist, this offering makes an impactful, sometimes humorous use of graphic design and succinct language to cut straight to the answers.    

The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus Written by Shannon Hale for all those Princess in Black fans.  Again, it’s not really a book but a short informational flyer.  Humorous and sure to please.






Justo cuando se necesita! aquí encontrara algunos libros ilustrados y un libro de trabajo para enseñarle sus hijos sobre la pandemia de Covid-19. En un lenguaje sencillo, directo y amigable para los niños, usted puede ayudar a sus hijoaprender sobre el virus y la importancia de los protocolos de higiene, distanciamiento social y refugien el hogarTambién se incluyen estrategias sobre como afrontar el estrés que es inevitable incluso para los más tranquilos. Es un momento desafiante, confuso y estresante, así que les invitamos  a que utilicen estas publicaciones gratuitas con sus hijos  para abordar su necesidad de saber. 

Primeros auxilios para los sentimientos: un libro de trabajo para ayudar a los niños a sobrellevar la pandemia del coronavirus (en ingles y español.) Déle a su hijo herramientas prácticas para reconocer y llegar a un acuerdo con sus preocupaciones y sentimientos sobre Covid-19 y refugiarse en el hogar. 

Coronavirus: Un Libro para Niños Axel Schefflerillustrator of The Gruffalouncolaboración de el  Professor Graham Medley y la Escuela Londinense de Higiene y Medicina Tropicalquienes crearon este libro agradable para los niños.  

El Doctor Li Crown Wearing Virus Aprende sobre El Dr. Li, uno de los primeros héroes de la pandemia de la vida real, que entendió la gravedad del coronavirus y dijo la verdad al poder. 

Tengo una pregunta sobre el Coronavirus No es tanto como un libro mas bien es una guía con dibujos caprichosos de figuras de palo y respuestas cautivadoras, pero objetivas, a sus preguntas y preocupaciones más comunes sobre el coronavirus.  Aborda lo que cada uno de nosotros puede hacer para protegernos mutuamente mientras aceptamos la incertidumbre.   

Un Libro para Niños sobre  COVID-19 (en ingles y español.) Autorizado por un epidemiólogo. Esta oferta hace un uso impactante, a veces humorístico, del diseño gráfico y un lenguaje simple para ir directamente a las respuestas.

La princesa de negro y el  caso del coronavirus  por Shannon Hale  Para los fans de Princess Black. Nuevamente, no es realmente un libro sino un breve volante informativo. Humorístico y de seguro les va agradar.

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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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How to Talk to Kids About COVID-19

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COVID-19 Information and De-Stress Resources for Families with Kids: 

As we shelter in place with young ones, being the “adultincharge” is more challenging than ever before. As we all know, parents, guardians, and caregivers set the emotional tone in their households. Children are hyper-aware of the surrounding tensions brought on by COVID-19. They have questions! A lot of them. Navigating uncertainties is hard enough as it is. That’s why we’ve gathered the following resources to help explain COVID-19 in comfortable, child-friendly terms. You will also find resources to help children (and you) cope with the inevitable stress of the times. 



First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic (en ingles y español.)

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Dr. Li and the Crown Wearing Virus

I Have a Question About Coronavirus

A Kids Book About COVID-19 (en ingles y español.)


For kids ages 4-8, here’s a fun podcast with a science writer to answer questions about the coronavirus from he New York Times.

From PBS News Hour10 tips for talking about COVID-19 with your children.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has advice in English here.

The National Network for Childhood Traumatic Stress (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Law. Recursos en español  包括中文资源 


Does your child have mental health challenges, learning disorders, or is on the autism spectrum? The Child Mind Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, has the right resources for you! Recursos en español.

The World Health Organization (WHO) keeps it simple with this one-page chart to reassure your child.

WHO has information in various languagesSee and click your language in the top right-hand corner. 

KQED offers this resource for parents to help both themselves and their children to de-stress.

As people shelter in pace, child abuse may be less obvious and difficult to determine. You don’t have to know for sure! Call Child Protective Services at 415-473-7153 for suspected cases. For domestic abuse, please see these resources for phone numbers and websites from the San Rafael Police Department.

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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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Learn How to Make a DIY Mask

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Librarian Jill Tokutomi demonstrates how you can make your own mask.

Fu Mask pattern from

As mentioned, there is some conflicting information about if and how the public should be using masks at this time. Here are some resources to help you decide for yourself:

World Health Organization: When and how to use masks

New York TImes: More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection

BBC: Why Some Countries Wear Face Masks and Others Don’t

Science Mag: Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?

Don’t have elastic on hand? Salvage some from old stretchy articles of clothing:


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