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Celebrating African American Innovators, Game-changers, and History-makers

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February is Black History Month, but we celebrate African American and diaspora innovators, game-changers, and history-makers 24/7/365 at the Library! Come check out Black History Month displays in both the Children’s Room and on our second floor Adult Services area and learn about your favorite African American heroes and meet some new ones!

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2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

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Every year the American Library Association honors outstanding contributions to youth literature, including the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and other awards. Use this list to find this year’s winners at the San Rafael Public Library and other MARINet libraries.

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Get free and discounted museum passes with your library card!

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Discover and Go museum passesThe 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 print your pass at home (or access it on your smartphone)!

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

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We at the San Rafael Public Library welcome all people.

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We at the San Rafael Public Library welcome all people. We stand with you. You are safe here.

These posters can be found at the entrances and exits to our two libraries, in English and in Spanish.

The American Library Association has stated that “ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission.” We at the San Rafael Public Library mirror that commitment to inclusion of all members of our community.

Your library is here for you, whoever you are. Come on by. We’re here for you.

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Help! My News is Fake! Information Literacy Guide

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Evaluating our information sources and being more conscious of where we get our news is a topic on many people’s minds these days. Regardless of one’s political leanings, we all want to know that the news we get is accurate, well-researched, and as unbiased as possible. The San Rafael Public Library’s youth services staff has created a guide for parents and caregivers to teach children and teens about information literacy, internet safety, and how to spot fake news. We have a feeling adults will find it useful as well!

Check it out here: https://srpubliclibrary.org/kids/digital-resources/information-literacy-kids/

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San Rafael Libraries closed 12/31-1/2

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The Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries are closed December 31st through January 2nd for New Year’s. We will re-open on Tuesday the 3rd with our regular hours at both libraries.

Never fear! Our digital branch at http://srpubliclibrary.org is always open. You can download eBooks, stream movies and audiobooks with Hoopla, get homework help from expert tutors through Brainfuse, place holds on items to pick up, read magazines with Zinio, learn a new skill with Lynda, learn a language with Mango, and get free and discounted museum passes with Discover & Go.

There is so much to do with your library card online that we’re pretty sure you won’t get bored! 😉

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Find the perfect book for you with our online booklists!

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Ask anyone: our Children’s Room is home to a LOT of books. Your new favorite book is no doubt tucked in our shelves, but how do you become acquainted? You can always ask a Librarian (we love it when you do that)! Or, how about checking out one of our Librarian curated online booklists?

Our lists are organized by grade, reading level and topic, and integrated into our online catalog. You can see if your book is on the shelves now, or place a hold for later! Whether you’re a preschooler who loves dinosaurs, a 4th grade fan of mythology , or an 8th grader looking for something spooky, our lists have got your covered!

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San Rafael Libraries closed 12/24-12/26

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The Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries are closed December 24th through December 26th for the holidays. We will re-open on Tuesday the 27th with our regular hours at both libraries.

Never fear! Our digital branch at http://srpubliclibrary.org is always open. You can download eBooks, stream movies and audiobooks with Hoopla, get homework help from expert tutors through Brainfuse, place holds on items to pick up after the 26th, read magazines with Zinio, learn a new skill with Lynda, learn a language with Mango, and get free and discounted museum passes with Discover & Go.

There is so much to do with your library card online that we’re pretty sure you won’t get bored! 😉

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New free library app helps you find what you want *and* save money!

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The Library has an awesome new app called Marinet Libraries!

  • You can store an image of your library barcode so you can check-out with your phone
  • You can search for items, place holds, and renew
  • You can see a map of library locations with open hours and contact info
  • You can scan the barcode/ISBN of a book in a bookstore and go right to the library’s catalog to instantly search to see if we have it <–this is our personal favorite to save you money!

The app is free in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Let us know what you think!

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Don’t leave after storytime, Stay and Play!

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15275638_217868731983484_3371881551670280192_nSing, talk, read, write, PLAY! Did you know that playing is not only fun, it’s also one of the fundamental ways to prepare your child to be a reader? It’s true! Playing helps children develop language skills, and gives them opportunities to put their thoughts into words. Additionally, when children pretend, they exercise symbolic thinking–a block isn’t just a block, it can be a phone, a car or a house! Reading requires this same kind of symbolic thinking. Letters come together to create words, which represent real things and ideas. Pretty abstract stuff, but children who’ve logged lots of hours of playtime will be well equipped to take on this challenge. In short, play now to read later!

Now after every Baby Time and Family Storytime, we are offering 30 minutes of Stay and Play! The Friends of the San Rafael Public Library generously provided us with funds to purchase a variety of wonderful toys. We’re talking blocks, balls, musical instruments, toys that engage the senses, and toys for imaginative and dramatic play– all the good stuff! Children and their caregivers can stick around, socialize and play!

Storytimes and Stay and Play:

Tuesdays
Baby Time from 10:30-11
Stay and Play from 11-11:30

Wednesdays
Family Storytime from 10:30-11
Stay and Play from 11-11:30

Thursdays
Family Storytime from 10:30-11
Stay and Play from 11-11:30

 

Learn more about early literacy practices:
Every Child Ready to Read
The Power of Play

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