Children's Programs and Storytimes

Featured Children's Programs

Check out our monthly events calendar to see what programs we are offering in May!

Early Readers Book Club
Early Readers Book Club

We will read together, have a discussion and do a fun activity related to the book three Mondays in May. Each month will feature a new chapter book that you get to keep at the end! For kids in 2nd and 3rd grade who are already reading alone.  More Information and Registration

Author Jeannine Gerkman
Storytime with Author Jeannine Gerkman

Join us Friday, May 13 at 10:30 AM at the Main Library in the Book Bubble for a special reading of “Spring” by Jeannine Gerkman. More Information

Sing Along With Teacher Barbara
Sing-Along with Teacher Barbara!

Join us on the Children's Patio to learn a new song and practice your singing skills! This is an outdoor program, masks will not be required while outdoors but will be required inside the library. If its too hot, or sun is too bright, we may move into the Book Bubble. Registration not required, but recommended.  For K - 2nd graders.
Registration for May 10 at 4:30 PM
Registration for May 17 at 4:30 PM

The Bad Guys

Grades K-5: Trivia: The Bad Guys

Answer fun trivia questions about Aaron Blabey’s series The Bad Guys! All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a prize. 

Join us in the Book Bubble of the Main Library on Thursday, May 19 at 3:30 PM.  Registration



Storytime at Central Park 

Join us for an all ages Storytime in Central Park on select Mondays at 10:30 AM. No registration!

Storytime at the Main Library

Welcome to Storytime University!

We offer exciting and educational storytimes for a variety of age groups throughout the week. Register to reserve a spot for your little learner on the corresponding day. 

Storytimes will be held in the Book Bubble beginning January 2022.  

To maintain safety due to COVID-19, registration is required for all sessions. We ask that participants attend the age appropriate storytime based on the child's age. 

For more information, visit the registration page

Video recordings are discontinued, please check calendar for in-person and virtual programs

Pre-recorded Storytimes Discontinued

We will no longer be posting regular pre-recorded storytimes on youtube. However, you can still access our past pre-recorded storytime videos through the City of San Mateo Public Library Playlist.



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.

Polydott Bilingual Storytime

Chinese-English Bilingual Storytime

Polydott provides bilingual Chinese-English programming in partnership with the San Mateo Public Library.  Stay tuned for future programs!

Practical Mandarin words, super fun activities and extra knowledge will also light up your day!

Morning Stories on the Table是由教育媒体公司Polydott出品的中英文系列故事节目。在故事之外,孩子们将收获最实用的中文单词短语,超有趣的活动以及脑洞大开的各类知识,一起来玩儿吧!

View Polydott's Latest YouTube Videos:
How American Chinese Kids Celebrate 2021 Chinese New Year During COVID 

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.

New 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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