Sustainable Living with BPL

The Burlingame Public Library was one of 15 California Library systems to be awarded a Sustainable California Libraries grant in 2023. 

Like the rest of the world and California specifically, our community is feeling the effects of climate change - whiplashing from drought to flood, wildfires and all the accompanying disruptions. Through the Sustainable Living with BPL grant we will work in collaboration with local nonprofit groups and city agencies to help our community reach the goals in our city plan, Envision Burlingame. We will build a more resilient community through programming  and resources to help community members become more resilient and informed in the areas of gardening/water use, reuse/reduce/recycle, and electrification. 

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.

Upcoming Programs

Rainwater Harvesting Webinar
Tuesday, March 12 @ 7:00 PM
ZOOM - Register to receive reminders!
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Learn how rain barrels can improve your property and garden, conserve water, save money, and help protect local creeks and San Francisco Bay. Join our specialist, Chris Corvetti, in a virtual informational workshop to understand the benefits of rain barrels, what’s involved in rain barrel installation and maintenance, and how they can help our environment. 

For more information, please contact Jodi at

Next Steps in the Garden Series (check back for actual dates and to sign up)

Planting after mulching: Step 3  (March 2024)
Maintain your garden: Step 4  (April 2024)
Rain barrel/Rain Garden How to: California native garden bonus   (February 2024)
Container gardening: California native garden bonus  (May 2024)

Past Programs

Sheet Mulching Workshop
First in the Series: Building a California Native Garden
Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Find out how to replace a part or all of your lawn and take advantage of rebates!


On November 18, the Burlingame Library hosted a sheet mulching workshop to teach residents how to remove a turf lawn without using pesticides, while also enriching the soil. This workshop consisted of a classroom lecture followed by a hands-on demonstration where participants sheet mulched part of the front lawn at Burlingame City Hall. This was the first workshop in the Building a California Native Garden workshop series, which includes the step-by-step process of converting a turf lawn into a beautiful native garden. 

Craft Supplies Swap
Saturday, December 9th from 11am-1pm
Main Level
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 Sit n Stitch Special: Make a Reusable Gift Bag
Tuesday, December 12 & 19 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Zero-Waste Soup with the Zero-Waste Chef
Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 PM
Lane Room
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Repair Cafe: Fix What's Broken
Saturday January 20th from 10am to 2:00pm
Lane Community Room
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Planning a Garden with California Native Plants:  Building a California Native Garden Series
Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 AM
Lane Room

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Unlocking the Magic of California Native Plants in your Garden!
Saturday, February 10 @ 11am
Lane Room
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Mending Workshop with RethinkWaste
Saturday, February 24 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Lane Room
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Seed Library

The Burlingame Public Library wants to help you seed your garden and we have free packets of vegetable and flower seeds for our patrons.

Seeds must be requested in advance and you can place an order online or at the library. In order to provide seeds to the whole community, there is a maximum of 4 seed packets per order. Orders may be placed quarterly. Each seed packet should have a sufficient supply of seeds, so no duplicates please.


Online: CLICK HERE to fill out the order form

Pick Up
Choose the pickup location on the request form. Your seeds will be ready for pickup within 3 to 5 days at the Main Library or Easton Branch Library (depending on which  location you chose).

For more information, please contact David Whitman at (650) - 558 -7417 or email

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Additional Resources:

The City of Burlingame's Sustainability page

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability