San Mateo County Libraries will be closed Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Monday, December 25, 2017 for Christmas and Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018 for New Year's.
To offer you better service, we are moving to a new mobile
app. Our current mobile app will not be available after January 3, 2018.
Projected launch for the new mobile app is February 1, 2018. You can still
connect with us on our mobile friendly site, smcl.org. We apologize for any
When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.