News Flash

COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Let's Recreate from Home! Virtual Storytimes, Activities & More

It’s a virtual world these days and although our doors are closed, we’re here for you virtually! We’re creating fresh content and our staff are sharing some of their favorite resources to keep you occupied while we stay home and help curb the spread of COVID-19. Check out the links below for a variety of family-friendly services and resources for people of all ages!

Let’s Recreate at Home!

Check Out Our New Virtual Recreation Page

Visit for some fun! Your favorite recreation staff have handpicked a variety of family-friendly online resources including games, crafts, fitness tips, educational links, & more/ Check them out and if you’re having fun recreating at home, tag @smparksandrec on social media (Facebook & Instagram) or use the hashtag #smparksandrec in your photos so we can re-share the fun you’re having while staying healthy and safe. Got an idea you want to share? Email us at

Our Librarians Have Gone Virtual!

e-Library Services

Although our library buildings are closed, our digital doors are open 24/7! With your library card, on our eLibrary you can access online books, music, movies, magazines and newspapers, homework help, and more. Don’t have a library card? Sign up for a free temporary card and start using selected e-resources right away.

New Video Series – Daily Storytimes & More

Library staff will be posting daily videos for you and your family to enjoy starting 11 a.m. on social media and on our website.

  • Mondays:  Bilingual Rhyme Time - Short video with Spanish/English rhymes and songs
  • Tuesdays: Puppet Tuesday - Short video featuring an activity with a puppet
  • Wednesdays: Rhyme and Tales - Short video featuring rhymes and stories
  • Thursdays: Storytime - Watch an all ages Storytime!
  • Fridays: Crafty Science with Brenda - Short craft or science video using household items
  • Saturdays: Storytime - Watch an all ages Storytime!
  • Sundays: Kitchen Science - Short science demonstration videos for elementary aged kids

San Mateo Police Serving You 24/7 

Books ’N Badges

Don’t forget to watch our adorable new Books ‘N Badges Video Series on YouTube.  Enjoy several of our officers reading books for our youth. There are currently 7 episodes, with one in Spanish!

Domestic Violence Resources  

We realize some members of our community will find themselves in troubling situations during this shelter-in-place. If you are a victim of domestic violence, know that CORA, is available. During this time, their Emergency Shelter and core emergency services remain operative and their Crisis Line remains their primary access point (1-800-300-1080). And, of course we want any cases of domestic violence reported to the police immediately. If you are unable to call 9-1-1 because of your circumstance, text to 9-1-1 is also available. There is help available.

Mental Health Resources

We know these times are stressful. Let’s do our best to keep a bad situation from becoming worse. We want to be able to provide you access to resources when you need them. Visit San Mateo County Health Crisis Services at  for a list of important numbers and resources. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1(800)273-8255.

How Are You Dealing with COVID-19? San Mateo County Psychological Association (SMCPA) Hosts Two free Virtual Town Halls

These free Virtual Town Hall meetings will have a mental health professional offer tips on coping with stress, managing change, supporting your children and teens, and other relevant topics. They’ll also answer questions about how to maintain psychological well-being and support one another during these challenging times.

Stay Connected on Social Media

We are amazed out how well our #SanMateoStrong community is adjusting to our new normal. We appreciate the efforts you are making and remind you, we are all in this together!

Please engage with us on social media and stay informed. Find links to all of our city accounts including from our police, parks and recreation, library, fire folks on our Social Media Page.

We’ll continue to provide COVID-19 updates for our community at

Facebook Twitter Email