Children's Programs and Storytimes

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Featured Children's Programs

Check out our monthly events calendar to see what programs the Children's Department is offering this month! 

Chalk Mural

Community Winter Chalk Mural

Sign up to help us create a community chalk mural on the Oak Room Patio at the Main Library. 

Visit the registration page for more information. 

Loteria Children's Program

Let's Play Loteria!

Join us with the whole family to play Loteria, a traditional Mexican game combining cards and bingo!  

Visit the registration page for more information.

Escape Room

Take Home Escape Rooms! 

Join us on Zoom for an escape room challenge with a winter fairy theme. 4th-8th grade only! 

Visit the registration page for more information. 

STEM board games

Family STEM Board Game Night

Enjoy a night filled with science and coding board games for kids!

Visit the registration page for more information. 


Storytime at the Main Library in November

Storytime is back in the Library! 

Regularly scheduled Storytimes return to the Main Library November through December 2021 in the Oak Room. 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. Registration for November through December is currently open.

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. Launchpads will be available at the Main Library starting May 3rd 2021.

Playaway Launchpads were generously funded by the San Mateo Public Library Foundation.

The Pre-Loaded Tablet

Even More Resources

  1. Online Resources
  2. Virtual Rec

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Social Media

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