About Family Literacy


Most libraries are adept at reaching and serving the people that already know and use the services of the public library. The challenge, then, is how to reach out and serve the people who do not know about or may not feel welcome at the library. Here are some of our efforts to include more families into our wonderful library system.

Click the links below to find out more about the literacy services the San Mateo County Library offers to the families in its community.


Family Literacy of Ravenswood (FLOR)Family Literacy of Ravenswood (FLOR)

San Mateo County READS provides family and basic English literacy classes to parents of the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto.


Community Events OutreachCommunity Events Outreach

The San Mateo Library brings our literacy outreach services to many venues.


Reach Out and ReadReach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read introduces new families to the library and teaches parents how to read and share books with young children.


WIC Clinic OutreachWIC Clinic Outreach

San Mateo County Library staff regularly visit the waiting room at county WIC (Women, Infant and Children) clinics to read stories and offer library services to families.


Youth Incarceration ServicesYouth Incarceration Services

The San Mateo County Library collaborates with the Youth Services Center to offer literacy programs to incarcerated youth.


Youth Literacy ProjectYouth Literacy Project

The San Mateo County Library’s Youth Literacy Project serves teen mothers, ages 16-24 in Half Moon Bay and East Palo Alto.


Big Lift Little LibrariesBig Lift Little Libraries

Little Libraries are simply a box of books where anyone can “take a book, return a book.” A way for communities to share books and a love of reading.