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Ira Glass, March 2018;

Patricia Arquette, October 2018

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The Burlingame Library Foundation, Trustees and staff collaborate on the Guess Who's Coming to the Library! Speaker Series, featuring innovators, experts and original voices in the arts, current affairs, science and technology. These events will be hosted in the historic and beautifully renovated Reading Room, in the main library in downtown Burlingame. Thank you to our generous community sponsors!


Each spring and fall, the Burlingame Library Foundation hosts a BIG BOOK SALE in the Lane Room, raising more than half of its operating revenue directly from the sale of donated books and media. These funds, along with the proceeds from other events and direct donations, allow the library to continue its full scope of community programs and contribute substantially to the collection budget, as well as community access to technology.

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Three authors with intriguing books, delicious entrees and vendors offering gorgeous jewelry, clothing and other items attracted more than 185 library supporters to the 12th annual Book & Author Luncheon on September 8, at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club in San Mateo. Seated at tables accented with lovely floral arrangements under sparkling chandeliers, they responded generously to City Librarian Brad McCulley’s call to fund a homework center coordinator at the library for the coming year and heard our featured authors describe their different paths to publication.

Peter Rubin, a senior editor at Wired and author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life, explained how this new technology is reshaping human interactions. Meg Waite Clayton, whose latest book, Beautiful Exiles, is based on Hemingway spouse Martha Gellhorn, spoke of abandoning a career as an attorney to become a self-taught, successful novelist. And Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter whose latest thriller is titled Dead on Arrival, recalled his long journey from writing what other people wanted to listening to his own voice.

We’re still tallying the numbers, but the luncheon and its companion online auction were a big fundraising success! The auction alone brought in more than $18,000. Thank you for demonstrating your love for our two libraries so generously!