A gift that keeps giving

Books make great gifts. This winter, make a goal to share a good book with a friend. You’ll be glad you did.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” says author Stephen King.  Compact, durable, and easy to share, books have a nearly supernatural ability to conjure fresh ideas and emotions, again and again. Great books change lives, and some have even changed the world. This holiday season, share a bit of uniquely portable magic with someone you care about. Give them a really good book. And treat yourself to a gift that keeps giving — a library card.


Library News & Events

📰 👀 Menlo Park Library News and Events - November/December issue. Get 16 pages of the latest library news, events, and fun facts. Pick up a copy in the library, or read it on your mobile device. Read it now.


Belle Haven homework center now open

📰 👀 Belle Haven homework center now open. Menlo Park Library has opened an after-school homework center at the Belle Haven Branch Library. This free community service provides skilled one-on-one and small group homework support to students after school.

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Facebook offers to build a new library and community center in Belle Haven

📰 👀 Facebook offers to build a new library and community center in Belle Haven. The tech giant has announced plans to "fully fund" a "state-of-the-art," "multi-generational" community facility in Menlo Park. The proposed new facility would be located where the aging and outdated Onetta Harris Community Center is now.

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September-October newsletter 🍂☕🎃

September-October newsletter. 📆☕🎃 The new edition of the library newsletter is here! In its pages you will find the complete Library events calendar accompanied by fun library facts, impactful new library services, and important community project updates.

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Library gets 11 million (!) books, movies and more.

Library gets 11 million (!) new books, movies and more. 😃📚 Get virtually any book you want! Your Menlo Park Library card now gives you access to 11 million titles from dozens of public and university libraries across California and Nevada. Find and request the titles you want using the LINK+ service on the library website. Your items will be conveniently delivered to a Menlo Park Library for you to pick up. (It's free.) Here's how:<

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Chainsaw story time

Chainsaw story time. 📚🦉😀 Lumberjack artist @lilpaulbunyan has been causing quite a “buzz” at the Main Library. He carved two magnificent new benches for the library's outdoor story time grove. They're true works of art, delighting children and grownups alike. The redwood logs were reclaimed from a local tree removal project. They're sure to bring joy to Menlo Park for generations to come!

Photo by Bill Halleck for City of Menlo Park

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Keeping it cool ❄️📚 This week

It's crazy hot out there, but the Library is always cool, calm and collected. This week, Menlo Park concludes the special exhibit and event series, "Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives." Learn more


Wednesday, 8/14 - Winning the Vote: the Fight Continues
League of Women Voters presents the "mighty political experiment" of granting women the right to vote.
7:00pm @ Main Library

Saturday, 8/17 – Indian Food from the Fiji Islands
Interactive cooking demo. Try new recipes—and delicious samples.
1:00pm @ Belle Haven Branch

Tuesday, 8/20 – Try-it Truck
Bay Area Discovery Museum's engineering lab on wheels. Hands-on learning and fun.
2:00pm @ Main Library

Tuesday, 8/20 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Film screening. An outrageous trio journeys across the Australian outback. Rated R.
6:30pm @ Main Library

Wednesday, 8/21 - ESL Conversation Club
Looking to improve your English? Come practice with us!
5:00pm @ Belle Haven

📆✍️ See the library events calendar for complete listings.

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