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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wanted: Local historians for book

Did you grow up in Santa Clara/San Mateo?  Do you remember summers at Searsville Lake?  A couple of local authors are writing a book, and would like to hear from you.

Julie Cain and Nancy Lund are writing a history of Jasper Ridge, planning to tell the rich stories of people who have experienced the ridge through time. From Dennis Martin, the village of Searsville, and Searsville Lake Park to today, people have lived, played and researched there. We anticipate an attractive book full of historic photographs as well art and contemporary photos. 

We invite everyone who has had a contact with the area to be a part of the story. Please share your personal experiences (and maybe photos) that have made lasting memories: swimming or fishing in the lake, camping there, touring guests around, helping build a trail, learning something new in a profound way? Since we hope to include many personal stories, please try to be concise. Do you have photos or art you’d be willing to share?  Any poetry?

We ask for written, emailed submissions. Should you wish a phone chat (650-851-1072 for Nancy) or zoom conversation, we can do that. When it’s safe, we can gather a small group to share reminiscences. Please send your submissions to Nancy at  or to Julie at We hope to receive wonderful memories and maybe some great pictures.               

See the SMCGS blog for more information on Searsville.

Friday, June 11, 2021

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Libraries are opening their doors!

Libraries in the Bay Area are starting to open again.  For a year I've been trying to pick books out online, order them, wait for them, and then stand in line at the designated hour to pick them up.  Yesterday I went to the Redwood City Library and browsed among all the new titles which have been added while we weren't looking.  Here's a rundown of what's open or soon to open.

We’re so excited to welcome you back to San Mateo County Libraries and reopen our doors with limited in-library services. All of our communities will have in-library Express Service, which includes computer and printing access, browsing and checking out items, picking up holds.

These services are the next step in a careful, phased approach to safely re-instituting library offerings, access, and exploration! After a year of connecting with you digitally through virtual programs, online resources, and remote services, we are excited to welcome you back to your community library.

Limited Hours

Redwood City Downtown Library

Monday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm

Redwood Shores Branch Library

Monday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday | CLOSED
Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm


The Atherton temporary library in a box is open!



The San Jose Public Library is reopening seven branches on Monday for limited indoor services ...

Residents will be able to reenter those locations to browse library shelves, check out books and tech devices, access public computers and printers and chat with staff to answer reference questions.

For more information about California libraries, see


ALAS! The Family History Library is still closed. But you can take advantage of their online research services and all their online programs.  Watch this blog for updates!