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Grab some smart friends and put together a team for Trivia Night at the Library! Proceeds from the event fund programs and materials at the Burlingame Public Library.
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Spring is in the air, and we have your free packets of seeds ready for planting!  The Burlingame Library is offering you four free packets of seeds for easy pickup at either the main library or our Easton branch. There are currently more than 50 varieties to choose from, including California wildflowers, vegetables, and herbs. Just scan the QR code or click on the link, fill out the form, and submit. Your order will be ready in three to five business days. You may order four packets every three months!

Seed Library Request Form

Fika Cafe
Open Monday thru Friday 10:30am to 5:00pm
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Main Level
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Call or Text Your Order 
(650) 278-0509
(650) 630-3818
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The 8th annual Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest (PLCAF) begins in April! Start the celebration with a free one-day Kick Off Event and Small Press Comics Expo at the South San Francisco Library | Parks & Recreation Building on April 6 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  

PLCAF will continue throughout April where participating libraries throughout San Mateo County will be hosting workshops and author visits. Check out for more updates, author lineups and in-person events for the entire month of April 2024. 

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After Hours Movie Night: Bunny Lake is Missing
Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm
Lane Room
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A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

PLCAF Event: Comics as a Way of Thinking with Nick Sousanis
Saturday, April 20th from 2:00-3:30 PM
Tech Lab
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Peninsula Libraries 8th Annual Comic Arts Fest and Burlingame Library present 
Comics as a Way of Thinking with Nick Sousanis 
Author Talk and Comics Workshop 

Nick Sousanis, author of Unflattening and professor of Comics Studies at SFSU will present on his experiences writing and drawing his doctoral dissertation entirely in comics form. In this presentation and workshop, Nick will explore the importance of visual thinking and comics-making as both an educator and artist. Nick will also lead us in a quick comics-making workshop to put comics as a way of thinking into practice. Materials will be provided, just bring a willingness to play! You are also welcome to bring your favorite notebook or drawing utensil.  

Limited space available, registration required. 

Register now to be automatically entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Unflattening

Four winners will be chosen and announced at the event. 

Planting a Garden with California Native Plants
Saturday, April 20 @ 10 am
Tech Lab & City Hall Garden
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Sign up to reserve a spot!

We will start with a talk by a Master Gardener, Melissa Mason, followed by a hands-on demonstration at our garden plot that we sheet mulched in the fall at Burlingame City Hall. For more information, contact Jodi

This program is part of Sustainable Living with BPL. If you would like to find out about other upcoming sustainability programs go to our new sustainability page. This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Discover New Ways to Learn & Travel with Road Scholar
Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 PM in Lane Room
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Road Scholar Ambassador Marsi O'Malley-Riley will inspire you with stories from her travels and discover how you too can explore the U.S. and 150 countries around the world.

The Tuba Thieves
Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 5:30-6:30 PM
Virtual (Online)
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Music isn’t necessarily about listening, and hearing is not always an auditory experience. The Tuba Thieves is a holistic exploration of musicality and the expansion of sound.


National Poetry Month Community Celebration: Hosted by Youth Poet Laureate, Lauren Lin
Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Reading Room
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Join us for a community poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. This poetry event for adults and teens will feature poets from our 2023/2024 Community Poetry Open Mic Series as well as from the Bridges of Wellness Intergenerational Poetry Workshop. Come and experience the vibrant spirit of our local community of poets!

Light refreshments. All are welcome.

Presented in partnership with the Burlingame Library Foundation and San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture. Refreshments provided by Dragonfly Community Arts.

My Body to Love: Documentary Screening & Sharing Circle
Tuesday April 30 at 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Lane Room
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Join us for a short documentary film screening of My Body to Love - Arjun's Story. This film is the first in a multi- part film series by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Preeti Mankar Deb. The films use personal stories to explore the complexities of identity, sexuality, and relationships in adolescence. The filmmaker Preeti will be joined by the film’s main subject Arjun Sheth who is now a sex educator and dancer, and Alison Swisher who will help facilitate the sharing circle.  

Adults only. Please register for reminder emails:

Spring Blood Drive
Thursday May 3, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
on Primrose
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Please consider donating if you can. Drop-ins are welcome or you can register here:

Dining Gloriously From Your Small-Space Food Garden with Pam Peirce
Saturday, May 4 @ 1030 am-12pm
Lane Room
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In this class you will learn how to make your dream of eating from a garden a reality. You will learn what to plant and when and learn some delicious recipes that use what you can grow year-round. After her talk Pam will sell and sign Golden Gate Gardening. We will also have seeds to give away at the event.

Pam Peirce is a San Francisco-based gardener, author, photographer, and lecturer. She is celebrating publication of the 30th Anniversary edition of her classic regional gardening book, Golden Gate Gardening. (It includes useful recipes.) Pam taught horticulture at City College of San Francisco for nearly 30 years and writes widely on gardening and food issues. Register for reminders!

This program is part of Sustainable Living with BPL. If you would like to find out about other upcoming sustainability programs go to our sustainability page. This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

The West Bay Community Band Spring Concert
Sunday May 5 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Reading Room
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The West Bay Community Band performs a mixture classical and popular  songs for an hour concert in the Reading Room.

All ages welcome.  

Go Green and Save: Clean Energy Rebates and Incentives Workshop
Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:30 PM in the Lane Room
Register for reminders!
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Vanessa Shin, Senior Community Relations Specialist for Peninsula Clean Energy, and Friday Apaliski, Director of Communications for the Building Decarbonization Coalition, will discuss what electrification entails, why it’s important and how you can save money with rebates and incentives*.  (*Available to homeowners and property owners.)

For more information, contact Jodi

This program is part of Sustainable Living with BPL. If you would like to find out about other upcoming sustainability programs go to our sustainability page. This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Succulents in a Teacup: A Sustainable Mother's Day Craft
Thursday, May 9
Burlingame Main

Join us for a fun and easy Mother's Day craft. A selection of teacups will be on hand, but bring your own favorite if you want. All other materials will be provided. 

Please register to reserve a teacup:
Session 1 at 1:00 PM:
Session 2 at 6:30 PM:

Asian American Herbalism 
Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 PM
Lane Room
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Join us as we sip tea and explore our relationships to herbs, ancestral healing practices, and Asian American wellness culture with author Erin Masako. Please register for a reminder:

On-going Adult Events

Booked on Crime

Third Thursday of the Month from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Upper Level Meeting Room
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Join Burlingame's mystery/thriller group called Booked on Crime. We read classic & modern mysteries, spy novels, and potentially true crime. 

We meet in person in the Upper Level Room at 6:00pm on the third Thursday of each month.

April 18: Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (won the Edgar in 2004)

May 16:
 Evergreen by Naomi Hirahara 

Rest of year: To be announced.

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

Let's Talk! Conversation for English Learners
January 3rd through May 23rd

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Improve your spoken English in a relaxed setting with two native English speakers. 

Let's Talk! on Zoom, every Wednesday at 7:00pm.  Please go to our events calendar here and look for the upcoming Wednesday. Click on the Let's Talk link and register. Email Cynthia at if you need assistance. 

Thursday at 10:00am in Upper Level Room. No registration required. In-person only
For more information, contact Cynthia at

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.


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(Grades 4 - 6)

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Food & Fiction – A Perfect Pair for Tweens
Read the Book, Join the Discussion and Make a Fun Food Treat! 
For Tweens in grades 4th-6th

Thursday, May 16 from 4-5 pm in the Lane Room
Read Lasagna Means I Love You by Kate O'Shaughnessy & Make Microwave Lasagna
Sign up required!

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Poetry Month at the Burlingame Public Library
Poetry is Magical from April 1-30, 2024 for grades TK-5
Elementary-age children are invited to write an original poem, bring it to the Main Burlingame Library or Easton Branch Library between April 1-30 and receive a free paperback book of poetry!

The two schools with the highest per capita participation will receive a large stuffed Dragon for their school library.

Poem must be turned in by individual student and it is a limit of one poetry book per student.

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Spring Scavenger Hunt
April 1 - 30, 2024
Spring into the Children's Room at Main or visit the Easton Branch and do the Scavenger Hunt. 
Solve the secret phrase and turn your completed sheet into the desk for a surprise.
(One per child, while supplies last.)

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Star Wars Bingo
May the 4th be with you! Join us for some bingo fun. 
Saturday, May 4 from 2-3 PM in the Lane Room
For all ages! No registration required.

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Join us for a Special Mother's Day Mandarin Storytime
presented in Mandarin and English by Published Author and Poet, Jamie Chiahui Gao
Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11 am in the Children's Room
No registration required!
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Discover Science for Kids
Join us for hands-on science experiments taught by BHS teens who are passionate about promoting STEM with kids!
For kids in Grades 1 -6. Parents/guardians  must remain in the library for children under the age of 10. 
Saturday, May 18 from 2:00 - 3:00pm in the Lane Room
Registration Required-

Presented by BHS Clubs: Stem Olympians & Teen Tutors

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Sign Language Storytime
with Teacher Bill of Happy Baby Signs
Second Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:14 AM on the Lawn in Front of City Hall
April 11, May 9 & June 20 (moved to 3rd Thursday in June)

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BPL Music Party! with Teacher Vic
Upcoming dates: May 13th and June 10th at 10:30 am

Join us in person OR on Zoom 
This hybrid music program is for infants, babies, toddlers and big kids (ages 0-5 years.)
Registration is only required to have the Zoom link, otherwise come join us in the Lane Room for the live stream Zoom with Teacher Vic.

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Book Club Fun!
Read the book, we will talk about it, and do a fun activity!
For Grades 2nd and & 3rd

Thursday, May 9, 2024
4-5 pm in the Lane Room
Read The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney & Make a selection of pipe cleaner animals
Registration required!

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Learn to Play Chess for Kids
For Grades 3rd-6th
Saturday, April 27, 2024
3:30-4:30 pm
Registration required: April 27 –
Hosted by Grupology

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Burlingame Public Library Homework Center
Tuesday, January 16th through Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

We welcome Kindergarteners through 8th graders to be paired with a Teen Mentor (with a 3.5+ GPA) for free homework help with reading, writing, science, and math. The Homework Center runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4pm-5:30pm in the Lane Room on the Lower Level of the Burlingame Main Library.

A parent or guardian will need to fill out a Parent Permission form at their student's first session.

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At Main Library (480 Primrose Rd.)
Baby Storytime at 10:30 am in the Lane Room 

All Ages Outdoor Storytime at 10:30 am on the lawn in front of City Hall* 
All Ages Outdoor Storytime at 10:30 am on the lawn in front of City Hall*
*If bad weather, we will move inside the Library

At Easton Branch (1800 Easton Dr.)

All Ages Storytime at 10:30 am at the Easton Library 

Bedtime Storytime at 7:00 pm at the Easton Library

Visit Storytime Corner for updates

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