NYTimesCity's Library recognized in NY Times
Recent article highlights Burlingame Library Bookfaces

The Burlingame Public Library was recognized for its creative contributions to a growing Instagram minitrend called bookface style in the SundayStyles section of the NY Times newspaper this past Sunday.  Bookface is characterized as the savvy fusion and positioning of real life images with book cover art. 

The article highlighted three of the Library's bookfaces including the face of an employee's infant on the cover of "It Will Come to Me", the body of another Library employee juxtaposed with "Killing Time in Crystal City", and the now infamous triple bookface image involving six people and three mystery novels.  

Curious to see these amazing bookfaces yourself? Click the link below and become a follower of the Burlingame Library on Instagram. All of the images are produced by the Library's very own Ray DeLara. You may recall his name from a previous, April 9, 2015 Burlingame e-Newsletter article highlighting his participation in Instagram's #100DayProject. Through this currently ongoing initiative, Mr. DeLara is venturing into the community for 100 days to capture images of the people, places and things that make Burlingame unique.

According to Mr. DeLara, one of his goals has always been to engage our community through the use of social media. "The article is proof that all the effort libraries are putting towards social media is definitely worthwhile.  The response to the article from other libraries has been very positive. After reading some of the comments on Instagram, the Burlingame Public Library has become an inspiration to libraries all over the world! And that is simply amazing!"

Congratulations to Ray DeLara and the Burlingame Library!  We are proud of you. Readers can access the NY Times article here, but remember, you read about it in the Burlingame e-News first! 

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PWDeptCongratulations to the Public Works Department
Recipient of the 2015 APWA "Project of the Year" Award

The Library isn't the only City Department making waves this week.  Hats off and warm congratulations to the Burlingame Public Works department for your recent award of the 2015 American Public Works Association Silicon Valley Chapter Award for Project of the Year in the Sustainable/Green category. 

According to Public Works Department Director Syed Murtuza, "this wouldn't have been possible without Council's decisive leadership, support of staff and partnership with the downtown Burlingame Avenue property owners". 
WildfireWildfire Awareness Week
Don't be left high and dry... "Ready, Set, Go!"

The Central County Fire Department has joined the annual State of California/CALFIRE campaign, "Wildfire Awareness Week", May 3-9, 2015.

Each year, thousands of acres of land and countless homes are destroyed by wildfires. The Central County Fire Department, along with state and local officials throughout California, want to raise citizens' awareness of wildfires and encourage residents to remember the basic phrase, "Ready, Set, Go!". Promoting these three actions will save lives, reduce the extensive damage to homes and the natural lands of a community from wildfires. 

  • Be Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 30 to 100 feet of defensible space around the home.
  • Be Set by having an evacuation plan and Wildfire Action Plan.
  • Lastly, if a wildfire strikes, put your evacuation plan in effect and Go!

According to CalFire officials, approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable. One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor power equipment, so make sure to use powered equipment before 10:00 a.m. and never on hot and windy days.

For more information on the "Ready, Set, Go" program, please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.

Specific methods for defensible space and fire safe landscaping can be viewed at www.smcfiresafe.org Contact the Central County Fire Department at (650) 558-7600 for additional information.  

conceptWe value your input
Burlingame Community Center Conceptual Design

There is still time to give input for the new Burlingame Community Center Conceptual Design Plan? Click here to take our design values survey. For more information and to keep up to date about this exciting project click here.

NewServiceNew Library Service Offered
Braille and Audio Services for Californians with Print Disabilities

The Burlingame Public Library and California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, now provide free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service. To sign up for the service or for more information please click this link. 

BCEBCE Ranks #1 in Fundraising Campaign
Tops Silicon Valley Gives Day Second Year in a Row


Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) topped the fundraising list for the second year in a row on Silicon Valley Gives Day, a 24-hour fundraising event organized by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on May 5, 2015 that involved 863 participating non-profits throughout three counties this year.


BCE ranked #1 among all non-profit organizations by raising a record-breaking $212,860, and also ranked #1 in the number of individual donors during the 24-hour donation period. All proceeds from the event help Burlingame School District sustain and enhance the public education for over 3,300 children, transitional kindergarten through 8th grades, in the district.


"We are incredibly grateful to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for organizing this event and for inspiring local giving in our community", said BCE President Emily Beach. "We received a tremendous outpouring of support yesterday from our donors, and feel so lucky to live in a community that has an unwavering commitment to its public schools."


Congratulations BCE! For more information about BCE, visit www.bcefoundation.org.

EventsEvents Around Town
Bike to Work
Thursday, May 14


Dust off your bike and experience the joy of cycling to work.  Commuters across the Bay Area will be biking to work on May 14th. Bike commuting can save money on gas, stress from parking, and improve physical and mental health.


Make sure to ride by the Energizer Station at the Burlingame Caltrain Station (hosted by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame) or at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car at Burlway Road and Old Bayshore between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to pick up cycling treats and meet other riders. For maps, resources, and tips for biking to work, visit youcanbikethere.com

Shop Fresh Market - Thursday Evenings Now Open!
Seasonal Produce, Flowers and Retail Stalls

When:   Every Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (year-round)

             Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (May - November)

Where:  Park Road starting at Burlingame Ave


For more information, visit the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce website.

Zero Waste Challenge
May 20 at 7:00 p.m.

As part of the ongoing "Green Programs on Hot Topics" presentation series at the Burlingame Public Library, the Burlingame Citizens Environmental Council will be presenting the "Zero Waste Challenge" on Wednesday, May 20, in the Lane Room at the Main Library.

This friendly competition and learning exercise, sponsored by Recology, will determine who recycles the most items correctly. Professional emcee Jeff Tateosian will add to the fun with game show bells and whistles. This is a fun, no-pressure game open to participants of all ages. Families and school groups are welcome. The winning team will receive a trophy and everyone will take home a Recology tote bag.

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot, email info@cecburlingame.com by Monday, May 18.


Pickleball in Burlingame
Starting June 1 at the Burlingame Recreation Center


Beginners welcome. Paddles provided.  Starting June 1, the Burlingame Recreation Center will begin hosting drop-in pickleball from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue. Players will be charged a drop-in fee of $5.00 per day.  Call 650-558-7300 for more information.


CommCornerCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Burlingame Mothers' Club 6th Annual Flea
May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Visit the Burlingame Mothers' Club 6th Annual Flea next Sunday at the Burlingame High School Gymnasium at 1 Mangini Way.   Come meet other parents in the area and find great bargains on gently used items, toys, furniture, clothes, and more for babies, toddlers and small children.  Local vendors will present new items and there is also a book exchange.  Admission is $3/person and $5/family. Proceeds will go to charity. 


For more information, email bmcflea@burlingamemothers.org. If you have items to sell and are interested in reserving a table, register here.

The Road to Damascus in its Second Week
The First Presbyterian Church Burlingame presents a musical play

A 20-person choir and an orchestra will accompany this lively production. Performace dates this week are Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. This musical is open to the community with tickets being sold at the door to Fellowship Hall at 1500 Easton Avenue in Burlingame. For more information and/or to buy tickets in advance, please call the church office at (650) 342-0875.  

WamJam - Washington Elementary School Festival
May 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join your Burlingame friends and neighbors at Washington Elementary School's annual Spring family festival. Located at 801 Howard Avenue in Burlingame, there will be rides and games including Water Ballerz, Spider Mountain, and Log Slammer for school aged kids and Frog Hop, Boat Race, and Bean Bag Toss for the little ones.


Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, hair braiding and music from 99.7 [NOW!].  Local food trucks Madd Mex Cantina, Whisk on Wheels, Cluck It Up and Cookies n' Cream will be there for food and refreshments.  Admission is free! 


Pre-order a wrist band at www.wamjam2015.com for ride entrance by May 7 and save $5. For more information go to www.wamjam2015.com. 

AYSO Registration
May 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Soccer registration events for AYSO will be held at the Burlingame Recreation Center. Everyone plays! Join the fun! Each family attending a registration event will receive a special gift to celebrate 40 years of AYSO in Burlingame! Please visit www.burlingameayso.org for more info.  

2015 Art Takes a Bus Ride
May 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please join Peninsula Museum of Art, SamTrans, and the San Mateo County Office of Education in celebrating the 2015 Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest. Art Takes a Bus Ride gives 1st - 6th graders a chance to have their artwork displayed on the side of a SamTrans bus for an entire year. The student art will also be displayed on ad cards inside SamTrans buses.  Art Takes a Bus Ride engages students in their community and keeps art in the classroom.


All 465 pieces of artwork submitted by San Mateo County student artists as part of the Art Takes A Bus Ride Contest will be on display at Peninsula Museum of Art on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1-5 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. 

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