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7th Annual Author's Gala May 5th, 2018 at 6:00PM

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author of the new memoir Real American and How to Raise an Adult as our featured author at the 7th Annual Author's Gala on May 5th, 2018.

Real American by Julie Lythcott-HaimsBest-selling author Lythcott-Haims' books dive into the heart of vital cultural conversations and what gets in the way of humans living a meaningful life.

With her latest book, Real American, this former corporate lawyer (Harvard JD), former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University (Stanford BA) and now writer with the San Francisco Writers Grotto (California College of the Arts, MFA Creative Writing) shares her experience and reflections on growing up bi-racial in America.

Hosted by the Foundation’s Literary Society, our signature fundraising event will be held at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club and will feature a cocktail reception, three-course dinner and live auction. Tickets available at


Annual Author’s Gala
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The sixth annual Author’s Gala was a great success! Presented by SMPLF’s Literary Society, this year’s signature fundraiser featured award-winning author Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City) and also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the new Main Library. Over 200 Library supporters raised funds to cover the basic costs of a new outreach vehicle. We are grateful to all who attended!

The Role of the Library in the Digital Age
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

the digital age and the library

Over 100 invited guests from the Silicon Valley tech community attended this unique event at the San Mateo Public Library. Panelists and attendees agreed that libraries are more important than ever in the digital age. As community needs change, libraries will continue to evolve, but they will remain an essential place for people to learn, gather, and exchange ideas. Our esteemed panelists included panel Moderator Greg Lucas (State Librarian of California), Daniel J. Clancy (Nextdoor), Cameron Johnson (Netflix), Karen Kuklin (Gensler) Karen G. Schneider (Sonoma State University Library), David Weekly (Google Rapid Rollout Lab). We also thank our Host Committee and our reception sponsor Cuvée Wine Cellars! Feedback from the event will help us better understand what is needed from a 21st Century library, and how the community can best support it.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tuck and Patti

A benefit concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new Main Library and the renovation of the Branches! The evening included a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, recent News about our Library, and a concert with the internationally acclaimed musical duo Tuck and Patti. Presented in partnership with the African-American Cultural Committee of the San Mateo Public Library.

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