Hotspots, confronting violence πŸ“šπŸ•ŠοΈ This week

This week Menlo Park Library hosts a special exhibit and event series: "Confronting Violence." Learn more

FEATURED EVENTS πŸ“†

Saturday, 8/10 - Boys 'n Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence
Facilitated workshop on gun violence, conflict resolution, and masculinity in American culture.
11:00am @
City Council Chambers

Sunday, 8/11 - Puppetry Festival
"The Garden Show," a lively performance by master puppeteers Tinker's Coin Productions. All ages.
2:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

Tuesday, 8/13 - Lit Book Club
Discussion of Commonwealth, by Anne Pratchett. An enthralling tale told with humor and heartbreak.
7:15pm @ Main Library

Wednesday, 8/14 - Lion Dance
Traditional Chinese lion dance at the Belle Haven library plaza. All ages.
4:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

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Books, bikes and more πŸš΄πŸ“š This week at the Library

FEATURED EVENTS πŸ“†

Sunday, August 4 - Board Game Meetup for Adults
Meet people and have fun IRL with board games. All skill levels welcome.Β 
12:30–3:30 pm @ Main Library

Tuesday, August 6 - Film Discussion Group
Film buff meetup. This weekend’s films: Maiden and The Biggest Little Farm.
6:30pm @ Main Library

Wednesday, August 7 - Xtreme Science Magic
Get hooked on science! Interactive family show with experiments and more for grades K-6.
4:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

Wednesday, August 7 – Summer Film Series @ the Library
Do Dooni Chaar. A schoolteacher strives to buy a car to attend a wedding. In Hindi with English subtitles. Rated PG.
6:30pm @ Main Library

Sunday, August 11 - Summer Puppetry Festival
"The Garden Show," a lively performance by master puppeteers Tinker's Coin Productions. All ages welcome.
2:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

πŸ“†βœοΈ Read the library newsletter for complete calendar of events including storytimes, workshops, teen events, and more.

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This week at the Library

When you visit Menlo Park Library, you never know what treasures you may find. Here's what's happening this week at the library. πŸ“šπŸ˜ƒΒ 

FEATURED EVENTS πŸ“†

Saturday, July 27 - DΓΊo Cascada de Flores
Live music. Celebrated duo Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga perform the Latin American songbook.
1:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

Sunday, July 28 - Summer Puppetry Festival
Caterpillar Puppets visits with an out-of-this-world show!
2:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

Tuesday, July 30 - Community Conversation: DV 101
Confronting domestic violence. Recognize the signs, understand the dynamics, and support survivors.
6:00pm @ Main Library

Wednesday, July 31 - Capoeira
Live performance. Amazing Afro-Brazilian kinetic art form: part dance, part martial arts, all awe-inspiring.
4:00pm @ Belle Haven branch

Thursday, August 1 - Family Storytime in the Shade
Drop-in storytime for all ages - Outdoors in the shade of beautiful redwood trees
10:00am @ Main Library

Library News and Events. πŸ“†βœοΈ Read the library newsletter for complete event listings, library news, and fun facts like this one: What is the oldest item in Menlo Park Library's collection? Read the answer.

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Library newsletter. July-August 2019

The most checked-out library item of all time. πŸ•΅οΈπŸ“– The latest edition of the Menlo Park Library newsletter contains complete library event listings, information, and fun facts about the library and Menlo Park. For example, can you guess what is the most checked-out library item of all time? Read the answer on page 4.Β  Download the July/August edition.

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A new library for Belle Haven


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A new library for Belle Haven. πŸ“–βœοΈ The City Council has unanimously approved plans to begin conceptual design, site analysis and cost estimation for a new branch library. Menlo Park Library Foundation is all-in to support this much-needed project for the community. Your involvement is needed too– join the conversation!

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Block party book prize

"Block Party Book Prize" winners. πŸ˜ƒπŸ“š We had a blast at the Menlo Park Block Party on June 12! Well over 400 friends and neighbors stopped by our table to say hello, pick up a free book from the Little Free Library, and enter our "block party book prize" drawing. Congratulations to the prize winners!

πŸ“š Julia R., whose book was "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind," by Ann B. Ross
πŸ“š Emmett P., whose book was "The River of Doubt," by Candice Millard

Julia and Emmett will have plenty of summer reading material -- in addition to their Little Free Library books, they've each won a $50 gift certificate to Kepler's Books and Magazines, sponsored by Menlo Park Library Foundation.

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If I were a book...

"If I were a book" youth poetry celebration. πŸ˜ƒπŸ“š City Hall was abuzz with youthful new energy this week. Over 200 youth poets and their families packed the City Council Chamber for the Menlo Park Youth Poetry Celebration. Contest winners read their original poems on the theme, "If I Were a Book..." All the poets received a blue ribbon and beautiful commemorative booklet. Winners received cash prizes sponsored by Menlo Park Library Foundation. The grand prize winner also received a new iPad. Congratulations to Menlo Park's amazing youth poets!

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Building a new library

Building a new library. πŸ˜ƒπŸ“š We unearthed these vintage snapshots of the Main Library under construction in 1967. The photos show the "great hall" expansion, which was completed in 1968. Back then, people used to say that the library is the tallest building in Menlo Park... because it has the most stories!

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