Virtual Storytimes & More

Special Events

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For more information or to register for Let's Learn Fiber Arts: Embroidery, visit the registration page.

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For more information or to register for Peopleologie's Finger Knitting Workshop, visit the registration page.

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For more information or to register for NorCal Bats, visit the registration page.

Reading Rocks With Turtle Dance MA

Join us for a sensory friendly, inclusive virtual performance on August 28th at 3:00 PM. Visit our youtube page to enjoy Reading Rocks with Turtle Dance Music.

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For more information or to register for Maker Camp: Hands-on Coding with Robots, visit the registration page.

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Storytime Livestreams

Click on the above graphic to watch today's storytime! Don't forget that you can access all of our videos through the City of San Mateo Public Library Playlist.

AUGUST Storytime in the Parks

Storytime in the Parks

Meet us in the park on Wednesdays at 10:30 am for an outdoor storytime!

Registration is not required.

Chinese-English Bilingual Storytime

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

Morning Stories on the Table is a Chinese-English bilingual story show for children and family produced by Polydott. But your takeaway won’t merely be a story. 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!

Polydott Bilingual Storytime

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.

Kids Stories in ASL


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.

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Even More Resources

  1. Online Resources
  2. Virtual Rec

Looking for resources while at home?

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Social Media

View our social media sites for more videos!