Adult & Teen Virtual Programs

eBook Appointments 2.2021

eBook Appointments
Monday afternoons in April

Learn how to checkout and download free eBooks from the San Mateo Public Library. Schedule a one-on-one 30 minute appointment in the afternoon on Zoom. Have your library card number and e-device with you. Registration required.
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Screen Break for Spring Break Reading Program for Teens 2021

Screen Break for Spring Break for Teens

Sign up to get a free book to read over spring break while supplies last.  For teens in the 8th-12th grades.  Sign up

How Much of These Hills is Gold book cover

Book Discussion: How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
Thursday, April 1, 2021

6:30 PM

The San Mateo Public Library Book Discussion Group will discuss How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang. Please contact Cynthia McCarthy at for the Zoom meeting link.

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Teen Book Club: Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable
Thursday, April 8, 2021
2:30 PM

Read "Kiss Number 8" by Colleen AF Venable, a graphic novel that follows a young girl's coming of age story about her emerging bisexuality. This program is only for students in the 9th – 12th grade. Registration

Getting Your First Job Teens April 10 2021

Getting Your First Job For Teens
Saturday, April 10, 2021
2:00 PM

Learn about the basics of job hunting. This workshop will teach you how to find jobs, write resumes, practice for interviews, and provide practical advice that will help land your first job. For teens in the 9th-12th grades. Registration

Audrey Kalman

Writers Helping Writers: Using Writing Prompts to Spark Your Creativity 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
7:00 PM

Author and editor Audrey Kalman will speak about using writing prompts to spark your creativity. A prompt can be a great way to jumpstart your writing, especially when you’re feeling uninspired or dreading facing the blank page. But not everyone loves prompts! In this interactive writing session, Audrey Kalman will share how she went from prompt-doubter to prompt-lover, explore which kinds of prompts work in different writing situations, and guide you through a couple of brief prompted writing sessions. Come with pen and paper or your keyboard at the ready!  Contact Cynthia McCarthy at for the Zoom meeting link.

Vincent Racaniello

Virology 101
Monday, April 19, 2021
5:00 PM

What ARE viruses? Columbia University professor Dr. Vincent Racaniello explains what viruses are and how they work, followed by a wide-ranging discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic. He will cover the origins of the virus, the disease, how it is diagnosed, and efforts to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs. He will describe a plausible scenario for the end of the pandemic and how future similar outbreaks might be avoided. Presentation will be followed with a Q&A. This program is presented by the library's Biotechnology Learning Center.  Registration

Virtual Authors Gala 2021

10th Annual Authors Gala
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
7:00 PM

Support the library and join the San Mateo Public Library Foundation for jam-packed hour of celebrations and surprises!  More Information

Kendal Sager

All About Bees
Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:00 AM

Join local beekeeper Kendal Sager to explore the lives of honey bees! Learn how honey bees live inside the hive, create delicious honey, and how beekeepers care for bees. See videos, photos, and live demonstrations of all of the parts of a real working beehive, how worker bees care for young larvae, and get a glimpse of the queen bee.  This program is coordinated by the City of San Mateo's Sustainability program, and the Library.  More Information


Three days a week

Need job search assistance? Get help with resumes, interviews, applications, and more! Sign up for a 30 minute appointment and a trained volunteer will meet with you online via Zoom.
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