Children's Programs and Storytimes
Live Action Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Join us for an interactive live action storytelling experience!
For more information, visit the registration page.
Storywalk at Central Park: Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia z. Drago
Enjoy an interactive reading experience while walking through Central Park.
Visit Central park Friday, October 18th through Monday, November 1st to enjoy this program.
October Storytime in the Park
Meet us in the park on select dates at 10:30 AM for an outdoor storytime designed for ALL AGES! Children of ALL abilities are welcome to join in on the fun. Check the events calendar to find out if we will be at Beresford Park or Central Park.
Registration is not required.
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.
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
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. Launchpads will be available at the Main Library starting May 3rd 2021.
Playaway Launchpads were generously funded by the San Mateo Public Library Foundation.
Even More Resources
Looking for resources while at home?
Check out these resources:
Virtual Rec from Parks and Recreation
Our Parks and Recreation team has put together fun, creative, and educational resources to help get you through these difficult times.
With our recreation programs being cancelled and our facilities closed, Virtual Recreation will bring program resources right to you and your family in order for you to stay inspired, connected and creative. We update this page EVERY FRIDAY! Check out Virtual Rec!
View our social media sites for more videos!