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Middle School Book Review Blog

Middle School Book Review Blog

The Middle School’s book review elective has started a book review blog!

Called To Read or Not to Read, the blog features reviews of books from different genres, written by the members of the elective.

Check it out!

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Third Annual Celebration of Casti Authors!

Third Annual Celebration of Casti Authors!

Join us in the library on Monday, April 30th from 3:30 to 5:30PM for our yearly Celebration of Casti Authors!

We will have readings from student authors, live music, and tea and nibbles. Come celebrate our amazing authors and musicians!

RSVP here.

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Burlingame Public Library Creative Writing Contest

Burlingame Public Library Creative Writing Contest









Burlingame Public library is running a writing contest for teens! You can enter your flash fiction, short story, or poetry. Winners will receive a Visa gift card and have their writing featured in the Teen Room and in the Fall issue of the BPL Teen Zine.

Submit your entries at the Main Library. The deadline to submit is April 27th! More information can be found here on the Burlingame Library website.

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April Literary Events

April Literary Events

YA authors Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park
More information and RSVP here


Christopher Moore launches his new book, Noir
Monday, April 16, 2018 – 7:00pm
Opera Plaza Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here


Bonnie J. Morris, award-winning author and Gender and Women’s Studies Department lecturer at UC-Berkeley discusses her essay collection The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
317 Castro St. Mountain View
More information here


Books Inc. Book Trivia Night! All ages welcome.
Friday, April 20, 2018 – 6:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
More information here


Writer and trans activist Janet Mock in conversation with Mia Birdsong about her new book Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 7:30pm
Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
More information and tickets here


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Books on Break!

Books on Break!

Spring break is just around the corner, so don’t forget to come pick up books before you leave!

We have some amazing new comics, a bunch of good beach reads, and anything else you’re in the mood for.

Check out our Pinterest page for reading ideas, and don’t forget about our ebooks and audiobooks if you’re traveling and don’t want to lug a bunch of books with you.


Header picture: “el fill del mestre:aquella estranya mania de creure en la vida”  by Lali Masriera is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Four to Read More: Sweet Treats!

Four to Read More: Sweet Treats!

Edible Book Festival is coming up soon! To get us in the mood, Sophia N. put together a Four to Read More all about those sweets we crave.


cover of Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

When she was younger, Hudson knew she was going to become a professional figure skater. However, her parents’ divorce when she was fourteen forced her to abandon the life she dreamed of and spend the rest of her life in sadness over what she could have achieved. After baking cupcakes for her mom’s diner for a few years, Hudson gets the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue her dream. She is excited but also terrified, and it’s up to her to decide how much she badly she wants her dream and how much she is willing to sacrifice for it.

Penny and her mother move from the bustling New York city to a small, quiet town called Hog’s Hollow. The worst part? Penny’s father doesn’t come with them and Penny is also tasked with balancing work at her mom’s new cupcake shop, making new friends, and avoiding Charity, the meanest girl in Hog’s Hollow who seems to have something against Penny. Just when Penny is starting to settle in and feel at home in her new town, her parents ask her to make a decision that will change her life forever.

cover of The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

cover of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

The third book in the Wayward Children series gives us new characters and old friends. Rini drops from a land called Confectionary into a pond at the home for Wayward Children, looking for her mother Sumi. But in this world, Sumi died years before Rini was even born. Rini must somehow find a way to bring Sumi back, so Sumi can fulfill her destiny to defeat the Queen of Cakes. Despite their rule of “No quests,” a few Wayward Children join Rini on a cross-dimension trip to Confectionary, where the sea is strawberry soda and candy corn grows in fields, to resurrect their old classmate.

Twelve year old Foster has a passion for baking and hopes to someday have her own baking show. After moving into the town of Culpepper with her mom, she is invited to bake for the local coffee shop and is able to receive help to overcome one of her weaknesses: learning how to read. However, just when she and her mother begin to feel at home in their new town, their tumultuous past catches up to them and it becomes difficult for Foster to imagine pursuing her dream. Will she be able to rise above and follow her dreams?

cover of Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer


Come celebrate Edible Book Festival with the library on Monday, March 26th! We’ll have trivia, games, puzzles, a raffle with an amazing prize, and most importantly, CAKE! Click on over here for more information.

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