Children's Programs and Storytimes

Featured Children's Programs

October Events

Child holding seedling

Seeds Grow into Wonder
Saturday, October 15, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Mateo Arboretum in Central Park 

Join us for stories and songs about seeds in English and Spanish. Learn about seeds, and do a small craft. Each child who attends will receive a small surprise to take home! For ages 4 and up. Enter through the Arboretum's white gates. Bring a blanket and an adult to sit with.

Craft Stick Monsters

Craft Stick Monsters
Saturday, October 15, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Marina Library, Children's Area

Join us at the Marina Library to create your own Craft Stick Monster using googly eyes and craft sticks!  For all ages.

Family Halloween Bingo
Thursday, October 20, 2022
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library, Oak Room

Let's get together and play some not-too-spooky bingo! For kids and families.  Registration required.

The Arty Loon Show
The Arty Loon Show: Spooky Adventure
Thursday, October 27, 2022
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library, Oak Room

The Arty Loon Show is a not-so spooky Halloween program filled with magic, juggling, puppetry, games and prizes. For all ages. Costumes are encouraged! 


Storytime University

Welcome to Storytime University!

Register to reserve a spot for your little learner on the corresponding day. Storytimes will be held in the Book Bubble at the Main Library. Children must be of the listed age to attend. For more information and to register, visit the events page.
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Brilliant Babies: Para bebes: 嬰兒: 0-18 months
Every Tuesday/ Cada Martes/ 每週⼆ 10:30 AM
Join other parents and caregivers for fun songs, stories and bouncing rhymes with your wiggly little one.

Talented Toddlers: PequeÑitos: 幼兒: 18 months-3 years
Every Wednesday/ Cada Miércoles/ 每週三 10:30 AM
Get up and get moving at our Toddler Storytime! Full of books, songs and fun activities designed to help develop your child's language and motor skills. 

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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