San Mateo
Public Library Foundation

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55 West Third Avenue

San Mateo, CA 94402

650-558-9100

©2019 by San Mateo Public Library Foundation

WHAT WE FUND

WHO WE ARE

The San Mateo Public Library Foundation was founded in 1994 to raise funds to support the vital programs and services of the San Mateo Public Library. It creates a margin of excellence for our Library by building private support, enhancing visibility for the Library’s impact, and strengthening the public’s commitment to a great Library.

FILLING A NEED

The SMPLF and the Library work together in a strong partnership to determine where private support can have the greatest impact without supplanting the public’s role in funding a vibrant library system. Foundation funding provides critical support for Library programs that strengthen education and early literacy, enrich personal learning and recreation, foster economic and workforce development, and to enhance the image and identity of San Mateo and its surrounding neighborhoods.

LIFELONG LEARNING

We support these vital and dynamic Library Programs and Services:​

  • Collections

  • Project Read

  • Families for Literacy

  • Children’s Services & Collections

  • Info Seekers

  • Genentech Foundation Biotechnology
    Learning Center

  • Franklin Templeton Investments Business
    Resource Center

  • Job Seekers

  • Arts & Cultural Programming

TECH LeNDING

Because of your generosity, we will be able to add more mobile WiFi units and laptops to TLS circulation to directly address our community's Digital Divide.

And look for all kinds of new STEM devices and technologies to be added as well! Patrons will be able to check out cutting-edge robotics kits, musical instruments, digital recording devices, coding education tools, and more!

PROJECT READ

Project Read is the Library’s adult literacy program, and teaches English reading, writing and communication skills.

 

Project Read trains volunteer tutors to work one-on-one or in small groups teaching adults the skills they need to participate and be successful in our community.

COLLECTIONS

One of the Library’s most recognizable core services is the collection of materials it offers the community.

 

Last year, San Mateo Public Library patrons borrowed over 1,100,000 library titles. In addition to books, there are also magazines, compact discs, MP3’s, recorded books, DVD and even downloadable "e-books".  

The Library also offers streaming and online media services and multiple specialty research databases, all accessible for free with a library card.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Families for Literacy (FFL) is a program that encourages Family Literacy by inviting families to participate in group learning activities. There are storytimes, crafts and projects.

 

Other Children’s programs and services include Paws for Tales (where children improve their reading by reading aloud to therapy dogs), Bilingual English/Spanish Stories & Songs, parent presentations, and teacher resources.

INFO SEEKERS

InfoSeekers is a collaborative program between the San Mateo-Foster City School District and the San Mateo Public Library. Geared to 4th and 5th graders, this free program assists students in evaluating, organizing and using information for school assigned research projects.

ARTS & CULTURE

The San Mateo Public Library offers art exhibits, music programs, author lectures, and book discussions. 

Asian, Latino Iranian-American, Persian-American and African-American Library Advisory Committees support our richly diverse geographic region with the goal to build community and promote inclusion through information, education and entertainment.

OUTREACH VEHICLE

The library's new electric Library Explorer van brings library programs to patrons "beyond the library's walls".

 

Look for "Mateo" at farmers markets, community centers and everywhere in San Mateo!

Biotechnology learning CENTER

The Genentech Foundation Biotechnology Learning Center is a unique learning environment focused on biotechnology, life sciences and health. It is in effect a specialized library within the Library, it is the only such center of its kind in the USA. Used by students, professionals and patients, it responds to the public’s interest in biotechnology from educational, corporate and end user perspective.

business resource center

The Franklin Templeton Investments Business Resource Center is a dynamic and important part of the services the Library brings to San Mateo and surrounding communities. Staffed with a full-time business librarian, the Center answers questions, solves problems, and researches issues for business owners, job seekers, residents, students, individual investors and other community members.