This year San Rafael Public Library has partnered with Marin County Free Libraries to offer a simple, fun reading program. Register online, read, log your minutes, and earn online badges! You can participate online or print out a paper log.
Join with others in our communities in reaching the summer reading goal of one million minutes! This year all the rewards are intrinsic (or you can find creative ways to reward yourself); we aren’t offering in-person prizes.
We are now offering curbside pick-up by appointment at the Downtown library and by appointment or walk-in at Pickleweed. Northgate Library is not open for curbside service at this time.
For our safety and yours, staff will not engage with patrons face-to-face except to place checked-out materials outside on a table. Patronsmust wear a face covering. You do not need an appointment to return library materials.
Please use the large barrels in the driveway during open hours and the book drop when we're closed. Items will be quarantined for 3 days before checking them in.
To make an appointment for items that are ready to pick up, please have your library card ready and call us during curbside hours (below):
Call 415-485-3323 for Downtown
Call 415-485-3483 for Pickleweed (or you can also walk-in)
Northgate Library is not open for curbside service at this time.
Questions? Chat with Us!
We're here to answer your questions, whether you need help with your library account, help placing holds or accessing our digital resources. You can reach us during these times: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: Noon - 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Look for the blue chat widget on our home page at srpubliclibrary.orgl
Adult Writing Workshop: Free Your Creative Voice through Journal Writing with Peller Marion
Journaling instructor Peller Marion will present a 3-class workshop series that will help you discover a portal into your creative voice. Journaling helps you make sense out of your life, gather yourself and reflect, dig deep and discover what you really think and feel, figure out who you used to be and how you got to be who you are today, connect the dots of your life, and keep the door open to sparks and fireworks of original ideas.
These workshops are via Zoom video conferencing. By registering, you will get a confirmation email with a password and a link to join all 3 classes. Monday, June 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Monday, July 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Monday, August 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Plan on attending all three classes, as one builds on the next: Please have a blank journal or sketchbook handy, or use your computer, if you prefer.
Peller Marion is the author of Shark Attack and Other Mishaps, Shopping Lessons, Searching for the G Spot, Crisis Proof Your Career, Career Tune Up, and her forthcoming book: Age of Grace, Challenges to Attaining Elder Wisdom. She has led workshops at Esalen Institute, Book Passage in Corte Madera, and the O’Hanlon Center in Mill Valley, and leads workshops nationally. More information about Peller is available here: www.pellermarion.com
What's your story? Tell us, tell the world, in your own voice, as only you can. Don't know how to get started? We have a workshop series for you to explore creative self-expression through poetry, flash fiction, and non-fiction. There are two age levels: grades 4-8 and 9-12. Registration signs you up for all three workshops. All sessions start at 4:00 pm. FICTION:
Tuesday, July 21st (9th -12th grades) NON-FICTION: TELLING YOUR COVID-19 STORY
Tuesday, August 4th (4th - 8th grades)
Tuesday, August 18th (9th -12th grades)
Your teachers are California Poets in the Schools teacher, librarian, and published travel writer Lea Aschkenas, and published poet/editor and librarian Margaret Stawowy.
They're not too young to talk about race! Very young children are already noticing and thinking about race. Silence about race reinforces racism and white supremacy. Lookling to start a conversation with your family about race and racism in our culture? Here are some books and resources to help.
Short and sweet stories, songs, and rhymes for kids aged 0-6. Every week we'll post a new 5-10 minute storytime video to social media, made by your favorite children's librarians for your family to enjoy!
Watch live every Thursday, 10:30 - 11:00 am We’re bringing our family storytime to you live online during this time of social distancing and sheltering in place.
Starting in June, we'll be having StoryTime Online on Thursdays only.
Also follow us on Facebook! It's a great way to discover all the ways we're moving our services and programs online.
We're excited to offer a pre-recorded Circus of Smiles performance to watch whenever you want from the comfort of shelter in place! Don’t miss the wild acrobatics and juggling of Circus of Smiles. This show is guaranteed to make you laugh and gasp with amazement. We are sad to miss them this summer, but hopefully this performance will give you some much needed merriment until we can be together again in-person! To watch the show click on the link below and enter the password: moredanger
Lynda.com will be available to us, but only through July 17, so take advantage of this popular platform for learning new skills in business, software, technology, education, and the creative arts.
Here are some course titles to explore:
Writing a Tech Resume
Recession-Proof Career Strategies
Tips for Better Business Writing
Windows 10 Essential Training
Small Business Marketing
Economics for Everyone: Understanding a Recession
Lynda.com offers top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Access it through the library's subscription, below, then login with your library card number and PIN/password. You can find this link on SRPL website's eResources tab.
Have you wanted to try checking-out downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from the library but felt intimidated? It's easy! Learn how with this helpful video.
COVID-19 Local Resources
Marin County Coronavirus updates – This is the primary source of updates and information for County COVID-19 information, FAQs on Shelter in Place, Hotline, Email, etc.
City of San Rafael Coronavirus website– This is the location for San Rafael-specific information related to our response to COVID-19. This includes links to resources, FAQs regarding city services, daily news updates, links to open businesses, etc