Adult Winter Reading

Adult Winter Reading
January 15, 2023 - March 31, 2023

The Adult Winter Reading Challenge is back! What's on your winter reading list?! Pick up a reading log at any of our three branches or print out a log. Read any book (print, audio, or eBook), fill out the log, and return it to an Information Desk at the Main, Marina, or Hillsdale Library by March 31. You'll be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire as well as other prizes!
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eBook Appointments 2.2021

eBook Appointments
Wednesday afternoons
Main Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab

Learn how to checkout and download free eBooks from the San Mateo Public Library. Schedule a one-on-one 30 minute in-person appointment at the Main Library in the 3rd floor Computer Lab. Have your library card number and e-device with you. Registration required.
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Knitting supplies

Knitting Meetup
Sunday afternoons
Main Library, Laurel Room
2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or any other stitching come on out and enjoy some dedicated project time, help from other crafters, and lots of fun and friendship! All levels are welcome in this group. Please bring your own supplies.


Tech Help @ Marina
Monday afternoons
Marina Library

Do you have questions about computers or electronic devices? Come to the Marina Library to get help with any technology related questions. Bring your library card and electronic device. Each appointment provides one-on-one instruction for 30 minutes. Registration required.

Tech Help at Main

Tech Help @ Main 
Tuesday afternoons
Main Library, 2nd Floor

Do you need support setting up or troubleshooting a tech device? Experienced staff will help you to: open an email account, connect to a hotspot, use laptops, find and enroll in library classes, reserve materials, navigate the library's website, and more!  By appointment only. Each appointment provides one-on-one instruction for 30 minutes. Please call (650) 522-7818 or email to register.  

3D Printer

3D Printing Appointments 
Select Monday and Tuesday afternoons
Marina Library

Are you interested in 3D Printing? Join us at the Marina Library for 3D Printing Appointments. Two-hour 1:1 appointments will be offered every Monday for Adults and Teens. All equipment will be provided by the library. Create your own design in Tinkercad or print a design from Thingiverse. Appointments will cover 3D Printing based on level of experience.
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Citizenship Class

Citizenship Class
Tuesdays, March 7 - May 9, 2023
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Main Library

Do you want to become a United States citizen?  Join us for a free citizenship class every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM from March 7 - May 9. Prepare for the USCIS oral interview, study U.S. history and government, and improve your English reading, writing, and speaking skills.  Registration required. Please call (650) 522-7848 to register with Project Read. 

Climate Fresk

Cl!mate Fresk
Saturday, March 25, 2025
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Main Library, Laurel Room

Want to help tackle climate change but don’t have the time to become a climate scientist? The collaborative Climate Fresk workshop will teach you the fundamental science behind climate change and empower you to take action.  In this interactive group game, players will work together to connect causes and effects of climate change, draw, and discuss ways to help reduce its effects. Recommended for ages 13 and up.  Registration required.

The Aurio Trio

The Aurio Trio
Saturday, March 25, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library, Oak Room

The Aurio Trio is concert pianist Karen Hutchinson, Zachariah Spellman, principal tuba player of the San Francisco Opera orchestra, and Rufus Olivier, principal bassoonist of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras. Together, they present a program of familiar favorites, plus their commentary and zany humor. This event is presented in partnership with Music at Kohl Mansion, with funding support from the San Mateo Public Library Foundation. No registration is required.
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Paper Medallion Craft

Adult Craft: Make a Paper Medallion 
Monday, March 27, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library, Oak Room

Learn how to make a paper medallion using paper from discarded books. This program is open to neuroatypical and neurotypical people, and people of all abilities. Registration is required.

Fixit Clinic

Fixit Clinic
Saturday, April 1, 2023
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Main Library, Oak Room

Bring: broken electronics, appliances, toys, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We'll provide workspace, tools, and guidance by specialists from to help you disassemble, troubleshoot & maybe even fix your item. More Information

Priority is given to participants who sign-up online.  Select the San Mateo Public Library event.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Book Discussion: The Lost Apothecary 
Thursday, April 6, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library, Laurel Room

We'll meet to discuss The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.
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Spring Musicale with CHUMS Inc

Spring Musicale with CHUMS, Inc.
Saturday, April 8, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library, Oak Room

The Bay Area Chapter of CHUMS, Inc., in collaboration with the African American Library Advisory Committee, presents a recital featuring talented young musicians.

Zero Waste Chef

Zero Waste Chef: Make Soup Not Waste!
Saturday, April 22, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library, Oak Room

Join us for a cooking demonstration with the Zero Waste Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau. Anne-Marie will share many of her strategies that transform random food scraps in your kitchen to delicious new dishes before they can become waste. Registration is required. This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Seedlings in hands

Sustainability for All Community Partners Tabling Event
Saturday, April 22, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Main Library, Oak Room Patio

Join local sustainability partners who will share tips and resources to help you reduce waste, and save money. Tabling with us: ReThink Waste, San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, OKAPI Reusables, Bry's Filling Station and more.

Visible Mending Workshop

Visible Mending Workshop
Saturday, April 22, 2023
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library

Save your favorite clothes! Learn to mend holes or cover stains with visible mending. Materials provided.  Registration is required. This project was supported in whole or in part by the  U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.