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The San Rafael Libraries will be closed Monday, February 20 for Presidents' Day

First Wednesday Art Talk - Frank Stella: A Retrospective

Wednesday, February 1 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Council Chambers, San Rafael City Hall,1400 5th Ave.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited, admission is free.
Frank Stella burst onto the art scene in 1959 at the age of 23, with his now-legendary series of black paintings.  Over the years his abstract compositions have become increasingly complex and dynamic, moving out from the walls into the third dimension, expanding the very definition of painting. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the work of one of the most important living American artists.  Docent speaker: Mina Shea
First Wednesday Art Talks are sponsored by the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library.

Reading Buddies Winter/Spring 2017

Reading Buddies pairs adult and teen volunteers with elementary school aged youth for 20 minute appointments. During the appointment, the child will practice reading with their Reading Buddy one-on-one, and receive help and guidance with difficult words, comprehension, and other reading skills. We also have bilingual volunteers available who can help in both English and Spanish.

Available through June 3, the Downtown Library will offer weekly appointments:

  • Mondays 4-5pm
  • Tuesdays 4-5pm
  • Wednesdays 5-6pm
  • First and Third Saturdays 10-11am

For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit or call the Downtown Library’s Children’s Desk (415-485-3322).

All Things Apple! with Beryn Hamil

If you just got an iPhone, iPad, or Apple computer as a gift and want to learn how to use it or maximize its capability, then this series of classes it perfect for you. And it's free! Beginner or intermediate, you will learn something new here. 
We meet most Thursdays in Council Chambers, San Rafael City Hall, 1400 5th Avenue, next to the library. 
Thursday, February 2: 1-2pm Camera Tips / 2-3pm Photos: Editing and Importing
Thursday, February 9: 1-2pm Safari: Tabs, Saving Articles, Bookmarks / 2-3pm Maps, Travel Tips, and 3rd party apps for travel 
After a brief hiatus, All Things Apple will resume April 6 - May 25; topics TBD. For more information, visit All Things Apple

Youth Advisory Group @ the Library

Meets every 1st Thursday of the month 
Thursday, February 2 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm upstairs in the TeenZone
Are you interested in becoming more involved with your community and library? Join Teen Librarian, William Calhoun each 1st Thursday of the month to discuss your needs and interests and how the library can support you. You can give your input on library book collections, help create or lead programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how your library can serve you better. For ages 16-24.

Learn with - free with your library card!

Did you know that the Library has in our suite of online resources at

Say what? Lynda is an online learning site with over 3,000 courses and 130,000 training videos.  Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions.

You just need a library card with San Rafael! If you already have a card, and you live in San Rafael, you should be able to log in right now! If you don’t yet have a card, just come into either the Pickleweed or Downtown Library with a photo ID and proof of address (mail, bill, on your ID, etc.), fill out an application, and get a card in under 5 minutes. If you are a City of San Rafael employee, let the circulation desk know so your status can be changed.

Valentine Card Crafting Workshop for Adults and Teens

Sunday, February 5 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room
Show them how much you love them with a beautiful handmade card! Using a variety of papers, decorative embellishments, found objects, rubber stamps, and ephemera, you’ll create a valentine greeting specifically tailored to the object of your affection. Feel free to bring your own supplies - but no loose glitter, please! 

Spanish Conversation Club

Ongoing Mondays...
February 6, 13, 27 from 1:00 – 2:45 in the Library Meeting Room (no class February 20 due to Presidents' Day holiday)
Join our ongoing Spanish conversation group that meets every Monday afternoon at 1 pm. The club emphasis is on learning useful “classic Latin” Spanish conversation in a wide variety of everyday social situations. Drop-ins and all levels of Spanish are welcome.

Weekly Storytimes and Stay and Play @ the Downtown Library

Families at storytimeBaby Time!
Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:30 - 11:30 am
For children birth - 18 months old with a caregiver.

Family Storytime
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10:30 - 11:30 am
For children birth - 5 years old with a caregiver.
Builders Club
Wednesday, February 8, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
We provide the Legos, you bring the ideas and imagination. Participants can both build freely and participate in a Lego Quest challenge. For children ages 5 and older. Space is limited.

Please sign-up at the Children’s Desk, or give us a call at 415-485-3322.

Marin Master Gardeners - Composting for Gold

Friday, February 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room 
Learn why backyard composting can be easier than you think. In her talk on Basic Backyard Composting, Master Gardener, Joan Irwin will tell you how to dig a hole, fill it with table scraps and walk away until spring when you come back to enriched, fertile soil in your garden. And, she’ll tell you why it works. She will also teach you the proper way to build a successful, DIY compost pile. And, she’ll briefly discuss vermiculture (composting with worms). You really can to turn your food scrapes and garden trimmings into BLACK GOLD that will nourish your plants.
Marin Master CE: 1 CE unit, UC sponsored.

Read to a Dog
Dogs with books
Saturday, February 11, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Readers 5 years and older are invited to book an appointment to read to a dog at the San Rafael Public Library! Make your appointment at the Children’s Desk, or call us at 415-485-3322.

Dogs are ideal reading partners, providing comfort and unconditional acceptance that can allow children to focus better and read with greater confidence. The Marin Humane Society’s SHARE a Book program is designed to help children improve their literacy skills, and to offer an opportunity for them to have fun reading to dogs!

Repujado Workshop
Saturday, February 11, 1:00 pm
Learn about the art of Repujado with artist Rachel-Anne Palacios! Repujado is the Spanish craft of pushing metal to give it an embossed look. Participants will emboss a tooled aluminum frame to hold a photo or affirmation. This program is for children in 3rd grade and older.

Space is limited. Please sign-up at the Children’s Desk, or give us a call at 415-485-3322 to reserve your space!
Genealogy with Jeff

Meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday, February 14 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room
Our instructor, Jeffery Vaillant, genealogy junkie and President of the Sonoma County Genealogy Societ, will share tips, tools, and resources for solving your family genealogy. Jeff loves a challenge, so come with your questions!
Zentangle @ the Library
Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room.  
There is limited seating for this class, so please register in person at the library, or call 415-485-3321, or email:
Zentangle is a fun, relaxing, and easy-to-learn art form that uses repetitive patterns to create beautiful images while improving focus and creativity. This art form can be enjoyed by anyone, from non-artists to professionals, providing artistic satisfaction and personal well- being. In this class, we will explore tangles (patterns), shading, and the foundations of color. Bring your friends and make some new ones in this creative community. All supplies will be provided.
Romi Marks is a Certified Zentangle Teacher, educated by the creators of Zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and has been practicing Zentangle for 3 years and teaching for 2 years. 

SAT/ACT Workshop
Saturday, February 18 from 10:00 – 2:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room
In coordination with C2 education, the San Rafael Public Library will offer a series of free seminars and workshops designed to explain, explore, and prepare today's students for the testing and essay writing features of the college admission process. Please call 415-485-3321 to register for this class on mastering the ACT and SAT tests. See all the classes offered at 

Color Me Calm - Adult Coloring Group
Meets every 3nd Tuesday of the month in the Library Meeting Room
Tuesday, February 21 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm  
Calm your mind with music and coloring. Coloring has been shown to activate the logic part of the brain, trains the brain to focus, and helps us exercise our fine motor skills. An assortment of coloring sheets, bookmarks, and colored pencils will be provided

Improve Your Brain Health with Music, Movement, and Relaxation
The Next Chapter: Retirement - meets every 4th Friday
Friday, February 24, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room
Join Kat Downey, the founder and director of AlzAlive and The POWERful 3 as she facilitates an experiential, interactive program that will improve your well-being. Kat is an author, musician, composer, movement specialist, and Alzheimer’s activity expert. 
“She is a one woman enthusiasm booster!”  - Jim Ward, Senior Access 
STEAM Saturday
Saturday, February 25, from 11:00 - 11:45 am
STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

Please wear comfy clothes that are okay to get messy!

Space is limited. Please register at the Children’s Desk, or call us at 415-485-3322.

Understanding Your Child's Difficult Behaviors and How to help 
Sunday, February 26 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room
What are the real reasons your children are acting up, being defiant, shutting down, having tantrums?
These and other issues will be addressed in this presentation. In addition to gaining deeper insights into your children, you will learn how to get help for yourself so you can more fully enjoy your children and develop closer connections with your entire family. You will take away valuable tools to try immediately!
Our focus will include Infancy-Early Adolescence. Q & A to follow at the end of presentation.
Presenter, Sushila Hart holds degrees in Psychology, Early Childhood Education and is an Instructor for Hand in Hand Parenting In addition to this, she completed Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s (Child Psychologist) Intensives spanning infancy through adolescence. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages and is a parent Consultant/Mentor and leads Parenting Support Groups.
Book Talk - The Tsar of Love and Techno - 2017 One Book One Marin Selection

Monday, February 27 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room
Please join us for a discussion of the book with Librarian, Pam Klein.
The 2017 One Book One Marin selection is The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, which is a collection of interwoven tales exploring themes of family, sacrifice, war, and the redemptive power of art. The stories’ settings range from 1937 USSR to 2013 Russia and are beautifully written. 
Learn to Create Keynote Presentations 

Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month in the Library Meeting Room.
Tuesday, February 28 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Part 1 at 2:00:  Ron Matteri from the Golden Gate Computer Society (GGCS) will demonstrate creating a Keynote presentation in the meeting room. 

Part 2 at 3:00: We'll move to the TechZone to practice and create on our iMacs. Bring your iPad and/or a flash drive with your photos.

Family Blanket Fort Storytime
Tuesday, February 28, from 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Join us for a cozy evening storytime at the Library, ideal for families with children birth to 8 years old. After we enjoy a storytime, families will build blanket forts together and then snuggle up for a good read with a flashlight. We'll provide some flashlights, but please feel free to bring your own. No registration needed!

Are downloadables driving you nuts?

Drop-in anytime to "Ask a Librarian" for one-on-one help downloading books, audio, and movies with your tablet or smartphone! Get access to:

eBooks from Enki
eMagazines from Zinio/RBdigital
eBooks and eAudiobooks from Overdrive and Cloud Library
eBooks, movies, TV shows, and music from Hoopla

Home Delivery of Library Materials for Homebound Individuals

The San Rafael Public Library's Outreach Services provides free delivery of library materials to San Rafael residents who are unable to come to our two libraries. Do you or someone you know need this service? Just contact our librarian Marilyn at415.485.3317. We'll get you connected!

And if you like books and people, please share your time and interest with older adults and individuals with a disability, and who are unable to get to the library. Select books or audio books at the San Rafael Public Library and deliver them to retirement homes, convalescent hospitals, or private homes. To inquire about becoming a volunteer, contact Marilyn at 415.485.3317 or

Free and Discounted Museum Passes

All of the public libraries in Marin, including the two San Rafael Public Libraries, provide all library cardholders with access to an amazing service — Discover & Go, which offers free and discounted passes to local museums, aquariums, science centers, and other cultural institutions.  
Just pick one of the many museums and other cultural institutions, log in with your library card, and print your pass at home (or access it on your smartphone and show that at the museum door). You can access the service any time directly at or from the link provided on the SRPL website:
Get passes to these amazing places, and many more:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Asian Art Museum
  • Exploratorium
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Madame Tussauds San Francisco
  • Bay Model Visitor Center
  • Chabot Space & Science Center
  • de Young Museum

Little Free Libraries Come to San Rafael

The Library has sponsored two Little Free Libraries in Downtown San Rafael to support the love of reading and learning in our community. With the help of Public Works, we repurposed two vacant news racks and turned them into Little Free Libraries. The mission of the Little Free Libraries movement is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. There are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.  The books are graciously donated by the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library and the book inventory will be maintained with the assistance of volunteers from Community Homes and Services. One of the libraries is in front of the Starbucks on 4th Street (at A Street) and the other is in front of Lundy’s on 4th Street (at B Street). Please let us know what you think of this new service!

Get the New MARINet Libraries App

Get quick access to your library account with all the basic functions of the library catalog formatted for your smartphone or tablet. Search for books, eBooks, and A/V; place or cancel holds; renew your items; and add items to your ”shelf.” Includes a map with all the locations of the MARINet libraries, their hours, contact info, and holidays.
Available in the Apple App Store (iPhone, iPad) and the Google Play Store (Android).

 Check Us Out on Instagram

The San Rafael Public Library has joined Instagram and we’re sharing photos like mad! 
Check out our latest photos at

Events at the Pickleweed Library

Saturday Morning Storytime and Craft
First and Third Saturdays of every month. Join us Saturday, February 4th and February 18th at 11:30am. Enjoy bilingual songs and stories followed by a fun craft time. For the whole family.
Lego Club
Thursday, February 2nd from 4-5pm. Join us to build with our great collection of Legos. For children from 5-12 years old. Please sign up before hand by calling 415-485-3483.

Book Club/Club de Lectura en Español
Friday, February 10h, 4-5pm. Join our book club and enjoy a fun discussion of this month’s book.

Viernes, 10 de Febrero de 4 a 5pm.
Unáse al Club de Lectura y disfrute una divertida platica sobre el libro del mes.

You Too Can help Stop Human Trafficking in Marin  
Usted Puede Ayudar a Terminar Con La Trata de Personas en Marin

Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Pickleweed Library / Albert J. Boro Center Art Room
 the Look beneath the surface: the Bay Area is a hub for human trafficking, and Marin County is part of that hub.  Come learn about sex and labor trafficking in Marin and what you and do to help end it.

Who should attend?  Parents, teachers, concerned community members.

Mira debajo de la superficie: El Area de la Bahía, incluyendo el Condado de Marin, es un centro de actividad  para la trata de personas. Ven y aprende acerca de la explotación sexual y trabajo forzado en el Condado de Marin y lo que usted puede hacer para acabar con ello.

¿Quiénes deben asistir? Padres, maestros, miembros de la comunidad.

Paper Bead Jewelry
Thursday, February 23th, 6-7pm. Learn how to make beautiful necklaces and bracelets with beads made from paper. For the whole family! 

Weekly Storytimes @ Pickleweed Library
Bilingual Family Storytime
Wednesdays, 6:00-6:30pm, Stories, songs and movement for the whole family
Bilingual Toddler Time
Thursdays, 11:30-12:00, Stories, songs and movement, followed by 30 minutes of free play, toys provided.

Reading Buddies
Get a half hour of reading assistance with a Reading Buddy!!
For children in grades 1-3 who want to practice reading with a dedicated volunteer. Sign up required. please call 415-485-3483.

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