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Find your voice at the library! 

Throughout Library Card Sign-up Month (September), call us at 650.558.7453 to leave a voicemail letting us know your favorite thing about the Burlingame Library.  Everybody who leaves a voicemail will be entered in a drawing to win a set of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones. 


With Halloween just around the corner, we have partnered with the Moms Against Poverty to collect costumes from our local community. The students of Bret Harte Elementary School deserve to experience the joyful festivities of Halloween and indulge in its spirit. With your contributions, we can make that happen! So please head over to the drop-off sites listed below and donate your new or gently used costumes for ages 4 - 11 until October 18th

Burlingame Main Library
480 Primrose Road, Burlingame CA, 94010

Easton Branch Library
1800 Easton Drive, Burlingame CA, 94010

Moms Against Poverty
851 Burlway Rd. Ste 800, Burlingame CA, 94010

We appreciate your support!

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Make a Needle Felted Pumpkin with Pop Up Art School
Start watching Wednesday, September 21 @ 11 am 
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Learn a new craft or enhance your skills if you've tried it before! 

​On Your Own, Anytime 
Pick up a kit (with registration) at the library to make a delightful Needle Felted Pumpkin. Then, at your convenience, watch a recorded video from Pop up Art School to learn how to needle felt merino wool. The video will be available from September 21 through October 20.   

For adults and teens 13+ (The needle is extremely sharp!)  Registration Required To Pick Up Kits.
For more information contact Jodi (

Meditation for Inner Peace
Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 PM
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How can we find inner peace within ourselves through meditation? Join Dr. Manish Saggar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University as he explores the aspect of going within rather than without! He will discuss the blocking out of stressful triggers, finding peace by living in the current moment and all this is possible by incorporating a simple time-tested meditation technique. There will even be a short meditation sitting. This can help us achieve a lasting state of peace and happiness found through no outer experience.

Meeting ID: 818 2535 4890
Passcode: 2022

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Burlingame Library Foundation
Fall Book Sale
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Thursday, October 13th, 2 PM-6 PM
Friday, October 14th, 12 PM-4 PM
Saturday, October 15th, 10 AM-4:30 PM
Sunday, October 16th, 12 PM-4 PM (Book Bargains by the Bag, $5 per Bag)

Free admission, Lane Room
All proceeds from our book sale support library programs.

Demons, Creatures, and Monsters - Oh My!
Tuesday, October 18 at 6:00 PM
Mythical creatures, legendary beasts, terrifying monster.   They are supernatural, mystical, often god-like or demon-like beings, and they have fascinated us since ancient times. Even today, they continue to thrill, terrify, entertain, and inspire us. They have filled folklore, stories, songs, and works of art .  They may even be able to protect us – from viruses. 

Presented by the Asian Art Museum. Virtual Event. No Registration Required.

Meeting ID: 856 6679 4210
Passcode: 2022

Financial Planning Day at San Mateo Public Library
Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
Free one-on-one personalized financial advice. Planning for your financial future is more important than ever. Don't miss this opportunity for a 20 minute, private consultation with a certified financial planner on a variety of personal finance issues.

Registration Required:

PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at the San Mateo Public Library , not the Burlingame Public Library

On-going Adult Events

Sit 'n Stitch
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Does life have you tangled up in knots? "Unwind" at the Burlingame Public Library.  Work on your projects (crochet, knitting , needlework, etc.)  along with other stitchers.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Upper Level Meeting Room

English Learners Conversation Group
Summer Session (June 7th - August 23rd)
Join us this summer to improve your conversational English. 

Tuesdays at 4:00pm -In person in Upper Level Room & on Zoom
Meeting ID: 814 4639 5643
Passcode: 062022

Wednesdays at 7:00pm - Zoom only
Meeting ID: 867 0486 5335
Passcode: 062022

Computer Help Drop-In
Mondays and Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Need specific assistance or have a general computer question? We are here to help!

 Every Monday, Thursday 2-4 PM & Saturday 10-12 PM in the Tech Lab (Lower Level), the library hosts a Computer Help Drop-In., there are Volunteer Computer Tutors available to work one-on-one with you. Regardless if you want to set up your first email or figure out your cell phone’s contact list, we can help. Laptops are provided or bring in your own device. Stop in and see if we can help you.

Booked on Crime
Mystery Book Group

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Join us on the Third Thursday of every month to discuss mysteries and thrillers. We now meet in-person in the Upper Level Room in the fiction area at 6:00pm. However for the October and November meetings we're meeting in the Lane Room  because we're showing films.

Upcoming books:
September 15: The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson

October 20: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (film showing & book discussion afterwards) --In Lane Room

November 17 : The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (film screening &  book discussion). We're watching the Bogart and Bacall version, not the the admittedly amazing looking Robert Mitchum version in 1978).  --in Lane Room


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Youth ages 13-18 who live in or attend school in Burlingame or Hillsborough are invited to apply to be The City of Burlingame and Town of Hillsborough's first ever Youth Poet Laureate! 

**The Burlingame-Hillsborough Youth Poet Laureate will receive $500 at the end of their term (May 2024).​​**

Poetry Workshops for applicants (and anybody else interested in writing poetry!) 
will be taught on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1:30pm through February 2023
in the Upper Level Meeting Room by Burlingame's current Youth Poet-in-Residence Eva Chen.
Registration is not required, but you may register here if you would like a reminder email. 

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2023. For more information about the Youth Poet Laureate program, click here

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Calling all teens who like solving puzzles and cracking codes! Join us at the Library after hours from 6-8pm on Friday, October 7 to test your skills and see if you can ESCAPE from the library's Haunted Room!
Created for teens by the Burlingame Library Teen Advisory Board!
Registration required at 

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High school students can take a free IN-PERSON practice ACT and/or SAT exam with StudyPoint at the Burlingame Main Library in October! After the exam, you will receive a complimentary score report that will highlight your test-taking strengths and areas for improvement. Registration is required. 
Practice ACT on October 8 from 10am-1pm. Register at
Practice SAT on October 22 from 10am-1pm. Register at

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(Grades 4 - 6)

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We welcome Kindergarteners through 8th graders to be paired with a Teen Mentor (with a 3.5+ GPA) for help with reading, writing, science, math, and languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Turkish, Croatian, and Serbian. 

The Homework Center runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4pm-6pm in the Tech Lab on the Lower Level of the Burlingame Main Library starting Monday, September 12 through Wednesday, November 16, 2022 (Except Mondays, October 10 and October 31). Drop-in registration. 

Click here for Parent Permission form.

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Food & Fiction
A Perfect Pair for Tweens
Third Wednesday of the month from 4-5 pm in the Lane Room (Registration required)
Read the Book, Join in the Discussion, and Make a Fun Food Item.

October 19 -- Pumpkin Wars by Cathleen Young
Make Microwave Pumpkin Pie
Register here:

November 16 -- Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Make a Heart Shaped Pizza
Register here:

December 21 -- Winterfrost by Michelle Houts
Make a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House
Register here:


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Fall Storytime Schedule
Wednesday, September 7 – Friday, December 16

Baby Storytime: For ages birth – 18 months
Wednesdays at 10:30 am – Lawn in Front of City Hall*

Bedtime Storytime: For families
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm- Easton Branch Library

Outdoor Storytimes: For all ages
Thursdays & Fridays at 10:30 am – Lawn in Front of City Hall*

*Weather permitting, we will post on our website by 9:15 am if Storytime is canceled for the day.

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Spooky Bingo 
October 1 - 31
Bring your completed Bingo sheet to the Children's Desk at the Main Library or to Easton Branch to get a $5 coupon to 5 Little Monkeys. 
Bingo sheets must be turned in by Monday, October 31. While supplies last. One bingo sheet per child. 

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Halloween Scavenger Hunt 
October 3 - 31
Our friends need help getting ready for Halloween! Stop by the Main Library or Easton Branch and match up the book characters to their Halloween Story. 
Solve the mystery phrase and turn it in for a surprise. 

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Meet Illustrator Rafael Lopez via Zoom
In a special Question and Answer event focusing on his recent illustrations in Just Ask!
Registration is required:


The Not-So-Scary Halloween Show
Saturday, October 15 at 11 am on the Lawn in Front of City Hall
Surprise! It’s a magic show full of Halloween fun appropriate for all ages!
Bring your ghosts and goblins, your superheroes and your fairies as tricks reign over treats in this silly, fun, laughter-filled show.

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Halloween Storytime & Parade
Friday, October 28 at 10:30 am on the Lawn in front of Burlingame City Hall
Dress up in your costumes* and join us for a special Halloween Storytime on the lawn in front of City Hall. 
Afterwards, we will parade over to the Main Library and practice our "trick or treating"
*Costumes are optional
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Kids ages 7+ can drop-in to the Lane Community Room between 11am-12pm on Saturday, October 29 to make a DIY LED Bug! 
Please allow at least 20 minutes to participate in this craft. 
Parents must stay with children under the age of 10. 

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2nd and 3rd Graders (ONLY) are invited to join us for a Graphic Novel Club in the Lane Community Room of the Main Library on the first Thursday of each month where we will learn to draw different graphic novel characters each time. Registration is required at our Events Calendar Page:
**Because this program is for children under 10, parents must remain in the library during the program.**

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Happy Baby Signs Storytime
For parents and caregivers with children from 0-6 years. 
Happy Baby Signs is in person! Children will have fun laughing, signing and singing.
Teacher Bill integrates American Sign Language (ASL) into his storytime. 
Second Wednesdays of the Month
Lawn in Front of Burlingame City Hall- weather permitting

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BPL Music Party 
First Tuesday of the month 
10:30 AM on Zoom
Join us online for music and songs with Teacher Vic at our BPL Music Party! Fun for caregivers and kids ages 0-6 years old.
Register now to reserve your spot and receive the zoom link:
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We welcome Kindergarteners through 8th graders to be paired with a Teen Mentor (with a 3.5+ GPA) for help with reading, writing, science, math, and languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Turkish, Croatian, and Serbian. 

The Homework Center runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4pm-6pm in the Tech Lab on the Lower Level of the Burlingame Main Library starting Monday, September 12 through Wednesday, November 16, 2022 (Except Mondays, October 10 and October 31). Drop-in registration. 

Click here for Parent Permission form. 

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