Adult & Teen Programs

eBook Appointments 2.2021

eBook Appointments
Wednesday afternoons in October
Main Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab

Learn how to checkout and download free eBooks from the San Mateo Public Library. Schedule a one-on-one 30 minute in-person appointment at the Main Library in the 3rd floor Computer Lab. Have your library card number and e-device with you. Registration required.
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Knitting supplies

Knitting Meetup
Sunday afternoons in October
Laurel Room, 1st Floor
2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or any other stitching come on out and enjoy some dedicated project time, help from other crafters, and lots of fun and friendship! All levels are welcome in this group. Please bring your own supplies.

Teens Halloween Jar Lanterns

Teen Craft: Halloween Jar Lanterns
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Main Library, Teen Lounge
4:00 PM

Come join us for an in-person craft program and learn how to make your own Halloween jar lanterns. No registration required. This program is for students in 8th - 12th grade. Masks are required to participate.

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Shut Up & Write!
Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021
Main Library
4:30 PM

Join other writers in a supportive and social group for writers of all kinds every Thursday evening at the San Mateo Public Library. Whether you write for personal, professional, or other reasons, come prepared to work. This is not a critique or sharing group, but you are welcome to discuss your work during check-in time between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. Bring a charged laptop as outlets are limited. California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch facilitate these weekly meetings. Email Cynthia McCarthy at for meeting room, notifications, and updates.

On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Book Discussion: "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Laurel Room, Main Library
6:30 PM

Please join the SMPL Book Discussion Group when we meet in the library to discuss "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong. Please contact Cynthia McCarthy at with any questions.

Anime Club Teens 2021

Teen Anime Club
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Main Library, Computer Lab
4:00 PM

Come watch anime, hang out with friends and play games at Teen Anime Club. No registration required.  For students in the 8th - 12th grade.

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Tales of Horror
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Main Library, Oak Room
5:00 PM

Join us for the fifth annual Tales of Horror as costumed authors, members, read from their scary works. Contact Cynthia McCarthy at with any questions.

Stitch it! For Teens 2021

Stitch It! For Teens
Thursday, October 14 & 28, 2021
Main Library, Teen Lounge
4:00 PM

Bring an item of clothing that needs to be mended and learn how to fix it yourself. Hand stitch or use a sewing machine. No registration required.  For teens in the 8th - 12th grade.  Face masks required.


Impact of Wildfires on Health
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Virtual via Zoom
6:30 PM

What are the impacts of wildfires and air pollution on our health? Join us for a virtual talk with Stanford professor and researcher Dr. Mary Prunicki, who will discuss her research on pollution exposure, the increasing burden of climate change, and risk reduction among fire prone areas and vulnerable communities.

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Craft Night for Adults
Friday, October 15, 2021
Main Library, Oak Room
6:00 PM

Join us for an evening craft session at the library. Chose from one or more crafts: Sashiko Stitch Mending, Calligraphy, or Mason Jar Luminaries. Face masks are required. This event is for adults 18+.

College Essay Tips and Tricks

College Essay: Tips and Tricks
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
6:00 PM

This presentation will provide high school students with strategies for maximizing efficiency in writing college admissions essays. Authors of "The Better College Essay: From Start to Finish" (2021), Dr. Elizabeth A. Stone and Meredith Joelle Charlson will walk families through their successful process of tackling essay writing.  Registration required.  

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Celebrate California Writers Week 
Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:00 PM

Please join us to celebrate California Writers Week to hear California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch writers read from their works.  Contact Cynthia McCarthy at for the Zoom link. 


Financial Planning Day
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Main Library, Oak Room
10:00 AM

Free 20 minute, private consultation for an individual or couple with a financial planning expert on a variety of personal finance issues. Sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley. Certified Financial Planners will not be marketing services or selling products. Face mask required. Social distancing will be maintained. Individuals may be bring financial documentation for review. Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 21.

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Film Screening: Los Hermanos / The Brothers
Friday, October 29, 2021
Main Library, Oak Room
5:00 PM

Music at Kohl Mansion presents "Los Hermanos / The Brothers." Two Cuban-born brothers, both virtuoso musicians – Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán – live on opposite sides of the geopolitical chasm that separates the U.S. and Cuba. Following their parallel lives in New York and Havana, "Los Hermanos / The Brothers" offers an amazingly heartfelt view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. 2020. 84 min. In English & Spanish subtitles. Registration required. The library will close at 5 p.m. Parking is available at the 2nd Street and El Camino Real parking garage.  Sponsored by the Latino Library Advisory Committee. Seats are limited to 75, half the capacity of the Oak Room. Find more information about the movie and view the trailer at the movie's website.
Register to attend the film

Harlem Quartet and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan

Harlem Quartet with Pianist Aldo López-Gavilán
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Main Library, Oak Room
3:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Music at Kohl Mansion presents Harlem Quartet with pianist-composer Aldo López-Gavilán. Pianist Aldo López-Gavilán will perform with Harlem Quartet, of which Ilmar Gavilán is first violinist, in two concerts, one at 3:00 PM, the other at 5:00 PM. Noted for its “fresh, bracing, and intelligent” attitude towards classical music, vibrant programming, collaborations across genres, and fundamental commitment to outreach and education, the Grammy award-winning Harlem Quartet returns for its third visit to Music at Kohl. Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán joins the Quartet for a program full of exuberance, color, and spirit in a happy marriage of classical perfection and virtuoso jazz. Registration is required. This event is sponsored by the Latino Library Advisory Committee. Seats are limited to 75, half the capacity of the Oak Room.
Register for the 3:00 PM performance
Register for the 5:00 PM performance

Haunting Halloween 2021

Haunting Halloween
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Main Library, Oak Room
2:00 PM

Horror Writers Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and the San Mateo Public Library invite you to hear horror authors read from their scary works! Contact Cynthia McCarthy at with any questions.