Children's Programs and Storytimes

Featured Children's Programs

June Events

Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose and Craft
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Marina Library, Children's Area

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 0-3 and families. Registration is required for the craft since supplies are limited.

Yoga for Babies

Yoga for Babies and Me!
Thursday, June 8, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Main Library, Oak Room Patio

Join us on the mat with your baby to revitalize your body and mind as you introduce your baby to the benefits of yoga in this playful class. For ages 0-24 months plus caregiver. Mats not provided. Registration required.

Excavation Treasure Hunt

Excavation Treasure Hunt
Thursday, June 8, 2023
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library, Children's Makerspace 

Calling all future paleontologists! We will be "excavating" a mysterious chunk of mud to find hidden treasures. The treasures will decode a hidden message when all of them are found! For ages 5 and up. 

Paws for Tales

Paws for Tales
Monday, June 12, 2023
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library, Children's Book Bubble

Practice reading with a therapy dog! Drop-in registration at the Main Library Book Bubble. For kids ages 5 and up.


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

Central Park Storytime

Storytime at Central Park
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Select Monday mornings 

  • June 5
  • June 26
  • July 3
  • July 31
  • August 7
  • August 28

Join us in beautiful Central Park this summer for stories, songs, and lots of dancing! This storytime is located on the central lawn under the flagpole in the park. Bring water, sunscreen, and a blanket to sit on! Registration is not required. For kids and families. 



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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