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Libraries are places where lives are changed and amazing stories are told every day. Here are a few of stories that show how our Library is changing lives!

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San Mateo Public Library Partners with Golfers to
Keep “Youth On Course” for Success!


The San Mateo Public Library partnered with the Northern California Golf Association Foundation (NCGA) to host a Youth on Course Clinic.

Local golf instructors and librarian Virginia Soletti collaborated to lead the clinic, which introduced the NCGA Foundation’s new literacy component developed in partnership with the George Archer Memorial Foundation for Literacy and the San Mateo Public Library Foundation (SMPLF).

The youth participants were students from the Bayside STEM Academy. In addition to getting a behind the scenes tour of the library, the youth completed a literary scavenger hunt to collect facts about golf and its history prior to teeing it up at the Burlingame Golf Center in Mariner’s Point.

Name: Bea M.
Stay at home mom

"As a parent, the greatest gift I can give my kids is the joy of reading. The library provides a safe place where my kids can explore, engage and learn. My three boys love coming to the library!"

Name: Cecilia
Student, Horrall Elementary School & Participant in InfoSeekers Program

"Thank you so much for helping us with all of the research that we need to do. For the reports we had this year. We needed to learn about Explorers, Famous Americans, States, and the Environment. Thanks for helping us get good grades on them. We hope that this letter will thank you all the times we were there with you all."

Name: Rebecca
Teacher, whose students participated in the InfoSeekers Program

"Not only did these students hand in fabulous reports, but they were students who really took the initiative to do well and truly appreciated the help. You offer a terrific service and I do hope that more students can benefit from this in the future!"

Name: Luis
Library patron attending Job Seeker Event

"This is a big help. They’ve closed the EDD offices, so this is the only resource. One good thing is they have people who speak Spanish. The volunteers are eager to make it easy for us. This library is the top of the line for computers in the U.S."

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