San Mateo County Libraries Launch Pilot Program With Bicycles for Checkout

From NBC Bay Area

“San Mateo County Libraries are starting a new pilot program that will allow people to rent bicycles from the Belmont branch.The Book-A-Bike program, which launched Monday, will allow people 18 years and older with a valid library card to check out one of a fleet of four bikes, which must be returned the same day.The idea came from the library’s Pitch-It contest in which library staff pitched new service ideas and voted to implement the favorite one.”

San Mateo County Libraries Launch Pilot Program With Bicycles for Checkout

No Library Fines Imposed In San Mateo County As Of Monday

From Patch San Carlos

“Effective Monday, San Mateo County libraries will no longer assess fines for late-return books and other material, to help ensure all county residents can borrow books.”When we look at the data, it turns out they aren’t effective. At the end of the day, we want to get as many books as possible into the hands of as many readers as possible,” said Charles Stone, chairman of the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority Board.”This is a proud moment for all of us at San Mateo County Libraries as we continue to look for better ways to serve our community through innovative solutions and progressive policies,” Stone said.Studies have shown that late fines can be a significant barrier to library access and drive borrowers away, particularly those with low or fixed incomes.”

Grand Opening Of New Half Moon Bay Library Set For August 18

From Half Moon Bay Patch

” After two years of construction, and many more years of diligent planning and development, the new Half Moon Bay Library is nearly ready to open its doors and offer a new world of transformative experiences through learning, making and exploration.New Half Moon Bay Library Grand Opening Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Ceremony at 10 am 620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay.The community is invited to join together with members of the Half Moon Bay City Council and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County Libraries staff, special guests, library supporters, friends, and neighbors for this festive grand opening event.”

San Carlos library hosts their first S.T.E.A.M. fair

From Scot Scoop

“On January 20, the San Carlos Library held its first-ever S.T.E.A.M. Fair to give the San Carlos community hands-on experience with science. S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.The fair consisted of seven different activities and were spread out between the upper and lower levels of the library. The first floor held activities such as giant Jenga, 3D printing, and Rigamajig building. A Rigamajig is a building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, nuts, bolts, pulleys, and ropes, designed to teach kids to build three-dimensional structures and work collaboratively.The second floor consisted of watercolor painting, button making, and a ukulele petting zoo. At this station, participants could try out one of many ukuleles offered by the library and become more familiar with the instrument.”

Half Moon Bay: Library party a bookend to summer

From Half Moon Bay Review

” A visitor to a typical library might expect a hushed environment that preserves the peace for reading books, but Half Moon Bay Library regulars emphasize again and again that their institution is far from typical. Its End of Summer Party proved just that.“We wanted to celebrate the end of summer with something exciting before school starts,” Youth Services Librarian Karen Choy said. “Everyone here is part of the community, familiar faces.”Pop tunes and partygoers — babies, kids and adults — filled the Ted Adcock Community Center. At different stations, they shuttled beanbags through arcade-style games, crafted festive paper flowers, and studied animal skeletons and pelts.With a palette of paints spread before her and a brush in hand, one participant looked particularly busy as kids lined up to see her.“She grew up in Half Moon Bay coming to the library,” Choy said.Now 21, Marcela Cordova said she first visited the library when she was 7 or 8 years old. Since then she’s been involved at the library in many capacities as a reader, contestant, club member and more. On this day, the college student returned to be the in-house face painter.”

San Mateo : In the digital age, will libraries be obsolete?

From San Mateo Daily Journal

” In the digital age, will libraries be obsolete? Absolutely not, according to local tech and library experts who discussed this issue last week at the San Mateo Public Library. The panel included Dan Clancy, vice president of engineering, Nextdoor and former director of Google Book project (see recent Atlantic Monthly); Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation, Netflix and San Carlos councilman; David Weekly, manager of Rapid Rollout Lab for Google access; Karen Kuklin, Gensler architect; and Karen Schneider, dean of the Sonoma State University Library. Moderator was Greg Lucas, state librarian of California and former Sacramento Bureau Chief, San Francisco Chronicle.In fact, the panel agreed that libraries are more important than ever in the digital age. They offer space for people to come together, a need more relevant today than ever before. It’s the place where various segments of the community gather. Libraries provide essential access to information in a public space open to all, especially those who cannot afford an internet connection at home. It’s the ideal place to experience technology and to provide educational opportunities outside the classroom.”

San Mateo County Libraries Win American Library Association Award

From Patch

” On April 25, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that San Mateo County Libraries are one of eight recipients of its prestigious 2017 John Cotton Dana Award, which is given to libraries for outstanding public relations. The Libraries are being recognized for their rebranding campaign, “Open for Exploration”, which unified their twelve community libraries into a shared vision and brand, and effectively communicated their positive impact on individuals and communities.”