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January 30, 2017                
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Graphic courtesy of the San Mateo County Libraries

San Mateo County Libraries brought its brand new Lookmobile, a hands-on learning lab on wheels, to the East Palo Alto Library. Designed in partnership with the Exploratorium, the Lookmobile offers interactive exhibits and fun experiments that focus on a sense of place and community as well as different ways of seeing the world.

The grand opening last December included a welcome by County Libraries Director Anne-Marie Despain and remarks by Councilwoman Donna Rutherford, Libraries Governing Board Chair and Woodside Councilwoman Anne Kasten, Exploratorium Executive Director Chris Flink, Exploratorium Board Chair George Cogan, and Exploratorium Designer Shawn Lani.

This innovative traveling exhibit includes maps that tell the many stories of San Mateo County, perspective windows that can be used to draw the world in new ways, camera obscuras that show how light bends in surprising ways, and even a fog tricycle that produces a thick fog that people can play in and shape with their hands.

"Today's libraries are about the flow of ideas and information, through many forms--books, workshops, music, gathering places, movies, maker equipment and experiences like the Lookmobile," said Despain, "Our goal is to create welcoming spaces that promote learning and community."

The Lookmobile will travel to twelve San Mateo County Libraries, collecting visitors' hand-drawn maps and stories along the way. Available through March 2017, the Lookmobile is another example of innovative programming provided by San Mateo County Libraries.

To learn more, visit: www.smcl.org/Lookmobile. Take a quick survey and tell the San Mateo County Libraries what your dream library in East Palo Alto looks like.To take the survey in English, go to http://tinyurl.com/LibraryEPA. To take it in Spanish, go to http://tinyurl.com/BibliotecoEPA