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Investing in the Future
of Your Libraries
Investing in the Future
of Your Libraries
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 “The promise of gratitude is not just to make us happy and healthy but also to motivate us to improve our own lives—and even, one might say, become more productive members of society and better citizens of the world”

  Smith, Newman, Marsh, and Keltner (Editors),  The Gratitude Project: How the Science of Thankfulness Can Rewire Our Brains for Resilience, Optimism, and the Greater Good


As 2021 closes, we reflect back on the previous year which continues to be challenging for many people across the globe. The global pandemic has impacted our daily lives more than we ever knew was possible. Some parts of the world are still on lockdown and families in different countries have not been able to see each other for a number of years now. As the U.S. slowly opens up, we hope that we will eventually return to a sense of normalcy soon although we may be forever changed.

This year we have an appreciation of the big things we have in our lives, our health, our family and our friends that we can visit. We reflect on those that cannot be with us and are thankful of the communications tools we are able to use so that they remain close. We are thankful for our communities and what they have provided to so many during the last few years. At the Foundation of San Mateo Libraries we believe the small things can impact everyone around us. We are thankful that with our donors’ support, we were able to help so many people over the last year.  We are thankful that San Mateo County Libraries opened its doors to the community for in-person interaction back in April and continued to provide the services that are able to help so many in our local community. 

 This year, we want to look back at the year behind us and look at the year ahead and remember that there is still a lot to be thankful for.  

2021 Gratitude Report