Children's Programs and Storytimes

Featured Children's Programs

March Events

Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose and Craft
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Marina Library

Join us for a Mother Goose on the Loose themed storytime and craft. After storytime, we will have a craft activity for our youngest readers. For ages 0-3 and families. Registration is required.

Author Laura Numeroff

Award Winning Author Laura Numeroff
Thursday, March 30, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library

Join us for our annual Francis Bohannon Nelson Children's Author Program. Laura Numeroff is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of many beloved children's books, including the If You Give A Mouse A Cookie series. Meet Laura and learn about how she became an author, her childhood, artwork, pets and the library she opened in Malawi. Free books for children while supplies last. Sponsored by the San Mateo Public Library Foundation. 

Pop Up Rainbow Cards Craft

Pop Up Rainbow Cards
Saturday, April 1, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Marina Library

Join us to design a pop up rainbow card! Learn how to create your own rainbow cards using cardstock and markers. For all ages.

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

Story Stroll: Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
Saturdays and Sundays in April

San Mateo Arboretum

Vist the San Mateo Arboretum located at the Kohl Pump House in Central Park and enjoy an interactive reading experience, featuring Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni. The Arboretum's regular hours are Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm and will close if it is raining. 


Weekly Storytimes

Weekly Storytimes

Get ready for Storytime!  Register to reserve a spot for your family on the corresponding day. 

Tuesdays: Babies (0-18 months)
Wednesdays: Toddlers (18 months - 3 years)

Storytimes will be held in the Oak Room of the Main Library at 10:30 AM.  Registration required.

Event Flyer

Register for a storytime



Dial A Story: Call (650) 844-8844 to listen to stories anytime from your phone! 

No screen or internet needed. Stories change every month. Adult short stories and children’s bilingual stories are also featured.

Kids Stories in ASL

Kids Stories in ASL

D-PAN- the Deaf Professional Arts Network, was originally created to help make music and music culture universally accessible by giving access to the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. 

Since 2006, D-PAN has lead the way to create high -quality American Sign Language (ASL) music videos by providing translation to song lyrics.

There are nearly 30 million Deaf/hard of hearing people living in the United States. We’d would like to connect these communities to additional resources, especially through literacy efforts!

Check out these great videos feature Kids Stories in ASL

Tech Lending Devices for Children


Launchpads are tablets that are pre-loaded with content, designed with a simple, easy-to-use interface, and 100% secure. Launchpads don't require Wi-Fi and there is nothing to download. Learn more about Launchpads and read how they can help bridge the digital divide

Launchpads can be checked out for 21 days, limit to 3 per card, and cannot be held or renewed. Launchpads are only available to San Mateo residents or San Mateo Public Library card holders. 

Playaway Launchpads and other technology lending devices were generously funded by the San Mateo Public Library Foundation.

The Pre-Loaded Tablet

Resources While at Home

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