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Sally Keep
Sheila Warren
Kathy Haffner-Zoccatelli
Chyanne Robinson
Megan Lam
Kanak Vanam
Angelica Lopez
Frank Perlroth
Constance Got
Marilyn Holland
Jackie Wood
Emma Louie
Caitlin Darke
Maria Heredia
Kathleen Mudge
Elena Reese
Bettie Thompson
Audrey Leonard
Susan Singer
Bo Crane
Caryn Huberman
Jennifer Carpenter
Sandra Weiss
Dora Dien
Charles Russ
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Mary Wilcox
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Ying Lee
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  • Sally Keep
    shared 2019-08-18 20:12:09 -0700
    My husband and I love walking over to the Menlo Park Library. One day we met Lumberjack carving the owls. It was fascinating and we stayed watching and talking with him for a long time. I love libraries as I worked in the Children’s PA Library. The children are so great and love books. Having the Duck Pond near by is big plus for us.
  • Sheila Warren
    shared 2019-06-09 19:09:25 -0700
    The Poetry contest was a wonderful contest! I was so amazed how many Laurel students entered—I didn’t know that many were even interested in poetry. Because of the Poetry contest, I am developing a whole poetry unit to do with library classes next school year in hopes of continuing to foster their interest in poetry. Thank you MP Library!
  • Kathy Haffner-Zoccatelli
    shared 2019-06-07 12:34:57 -0700
    Kids love good, healthy competition and the Poetry Contest was a great source of motivation for my Fourth Graders to be creative!
  • Chyanne Robinson
    shared 2019-06-06 19:59:59 -0700
    The youth poetry contest meant a lot to me because I’ve never shared out my poetry for and especially would’ve never tried. A huge thanks to my Principle at Oxford Day Academy who pushed and helped me find ways to make my writing stronger and have a meaning to other students/millennials who may have gone through some of the pain I’ve went through.
  • Megan Lam
    shared 2019-06-06 18:47:26 -0700
    I’m a big supporter or acceptance, in whatever positive way available, to every single individual on this planet. We share it, and it’s the only one we have. Libraries and writing is a way to express important opinions. Through fictional forms, authors can still portray important ideas such as the negativity of discrimination (racism, feminism, homophobia, and many more subsections of discrimination can be found in books, as well as other works of fiction, and even nonfiction. Libraries are always welcoming and encouraging, and this contest just shows that a diverse group of people can make a change. Not just for themselves, but for people around them as well.
  • Kanak Vanam
    shared 2019-06-06 18:40:11 -0700
    The Menlo Park library poetry contest is important to me because it has given me a chance to realize that nothing ever comes easy. You have to work for it. All you can do is try really hard and have fun! I also liked this event because it gave me a chance to show off one of my favorite skills-poetry! I really enjoyed this event and I hope l get to enjoy this fun event next year! -Kanak.
  • Angelica Lopez
    shared 2019-05-28 00:02:54 -0700
    Little library really change my live I’m a 45 years old, I’m a nanny an it was really amazing for a nanny that Barely know how to speak English to ready heard books . So with this little library s I I can borrow some books an take to my house and practice and I think I can ready to my little ones know 😊 thank you so much to the community that offer this great opportunity .
  • Frank Perlroth
    shared 2019-05-14 19:55:41 -0700
    I have enjoyed the services of the library for many years and would like to contribute to literacy in the community for those who need reading skills, or in some other capacity that you might need (eg. delivering books, etc
  • Constance Got
    shared 2019-05-10 12:34:31 -0700
    Love going to this library for the last 30 years. Welcoming atmosphere and so easy to find books, DVD, CD, etc. I must always have a book in my hands!
  • Marilyn Holland
    shared 2019-03-25 13:41:49 -0700
    I have been coming to the Menlo Park library for over 20 years. The library staff is always so helpful. I am able to get the most current books in a simple and efficient way. There is always a pleasant atmosphere in this library. As a lover of hand held books, I have actually named a donation in my trust to this library. May they thrive!!
  • Jackie Wood
    shared 2019-03-25 13:40:37 -0700
    As a child in England I went to our local library at least once week, devouring books and developing a lifelong love of reading. I’ve lived in Menlo Park for 33 years now, and every few weeks I visit the library for a morning, to read newspapers and magazines. I feel so at home there.
  • Emma Louie
    shared 2019-03-25 13:37:09 -0700
    I love libraries and Menlo Park Library is a nice, cozy one, just what I lie in a library. It’s well-organized, with computers scattered about to accommodate usage, benches and chairs close by to rest when needed. Especially like the large Mystery section and that it’s easy to borrow from other libraries. I like the fact that Menlo Park Library belongs to the group of participating Peninsula libraries. Emma Woo Louie
  • Caitlin Darke
    shared 2019-03-19 16:12:32 -0700
    John Weaver you do an amazing awesome spectacular job – my children followed you and hung on your every word while they were toddlers and we nick named you funny guy! Thank you so much for your efforts and enthusiasm and dedication to providing such great programs – believe me we are better off for your talents! We love the library events and hope to enjoy them for years to come.
  • Maria Heredia
    shared 2019-03-19 00:28:12 -0700
    My experience in the library is one of total gratitude and especially to the program of learning computer programs and English language learning.

    Whenever I need to learn something new very kindly, I get help.

    The library of Menlo Park has been and is a place that is characterized by its professionalism and kindness and helps many people to grow in education as well as in the language, something so necessary and essential for the people that come to this country.

    My total gratitude to all the people who work there and I am available for what the library needs.

    I love the Library.
  • Kathleen Mudge
    shared 2019-03-18 17:15:28 -0700
    The library opens a world of opporunity to everyone. I love the opportunity to explore the world, be exposed to different points of view and be highly entertained through books. There is so much knowledge to be gained through books. The Menlo Park Library offers this valuable gift to the community.
  • Elena Reese
    shared 2019-03-15 07:14:21 -0700
    I love the Menlo Park library in part because it was my first library ( I grew up here). I can dimly remember the library before its renovation as smaller and cozier. Of course I was mostly in the children’s section where I spent alot of happy hours reading and going to Marianne Whiting’s Poetry Club. The library is also the home of the Menlo Park Historical Association and its archive, which served me well as a person interested in local history. It is a central asset to this community!
  • Bettie Thompson
    shared 2019-03-14 11:16:34 -0700
    great place
  • Audrey Leonard
    shared 2019-03-13 13:12:57 -0700
    I believe that the Menlo Park library is a wonderful connecting environment to and for the entire community…
  • Susan Singer
    shared 2019-03-11 09:32:31 -0700
    The library is spacious and conducive to browsing and relaxing I sit on a comfy chair and read
  • Bo Crane
    shared 2019-03-11 07:38:21 -0700
    The library is so much more than books—several community events are continually hosted and the Menlo Park Historical Association is downstairs for research.
  • Caryn Huberman
    shared 2019-03-10 17:54:47 -0700
    The library is an oasis of quiet, of learning and of peaceful contemplation for me. When I’ve had a project that needs focused attention, I love being able to enter this harmonious space.
  • Jennifer Carpenter
    shared 2019-03-10 17:06:04 -0700
    It’s such a n incredibly comforting environment- from the grounds, to the stained-glass entry, to the sensible layout, to the chairs, and last-but-not-least, the amazing collection of books and other materials. Visiting this library is an essential form of self-care.
  • Sandra Weiss
    shared 2019-03-10 16:33:52 -0700
    I love the library because of the helpfulness of its staff and the ease with which one can access the materials one wants. I also love the ambience of the place. Right on Menlo Park library!
  • Dora Dien
    shared 2019-03-10 14:33:51 -0700
    I love this library because of the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The librarians are always so very helpful in a cheery and gracious manner. The lighting is wonderful and the furniture very comfortable. It is very easy to find books, browse, and read in a relaxed manner.
  • Charles Russ
    shared 2019-03-10 13:06:57 -0700
    I have enjoyed libraries since I was a boy. This is due to a mother who took my sister and me to libraries whenever we moved to new towns…and there were many moves. Next to homes and churches, libraries are my favorite third place to be. Why would that be? Libraries have always seemed ‘safe’ to me with resources I enjoy and staffs anxious to assist. Years ago I would take our two young children to the Menlo Park Library, partially to give their mother some relief and to give them the joy of books and libraries I had as a boy. I would set up at a table as they went off to find books that interested them. In time both would come to me with a stack of books to check out. They would read every one of them and I credit their success in their studies as they grew older to the joy of learning that began at the Menlo Park Library. To this day, they both enjoy poring over books on many topics and, despite the changes in technology, have the same joy I have always had of holding a book in my hands, turning the pages, and traveling in my mind

    to understandings and places I would not know or experience without access to the world of books and libraries. In recent Menlo Park Library history Susan, Nick, and Michael…all librarians have become chums. Bill Russ
  • Sally Porter
    shared 2019-03-10 13:02:14 -0700
    Being of a “certain” age, I am technically challenged! When I am at Menlo Library and need some technical assistance, the people at the desk are always generous in helping me figure out the problem. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Mary Wilcox
    shared 2019-03-10 12:55:37 -0700
    Menlo Park Library could be called the co-author of my book, A Song Just For Me.—about sitting with residents in the Health Center of my senior community listening and talking together about their favorite music. But their interests were so varied. How could I find their favorite music? I could always count on the Menlo Park reference librarians who were consistently accommodating and supportive no matter how varied the requests were. I couldn’t have done it without them. And am so grateful.

    their favorite music.
  • Crystal Casey
    shared 2019-03-10 12:01:41 -0700
    I love Menlo Park library, because quiet is still valued there.
  • Ying Lee
    shared 2019-03-10 10:13:31 -0700
    I just attended the event with the 3 singers, they were great n we need to keep up our history
  • Cari Costanzo
    shared 2019-03-10 09:51:51 -0700
    My first engagement with public libraries was a child growing up in Hawaii, where I could go after school and read the new glossy edition of National Geographic magazine—a subscription we could not afford at home. The encyclopedias, all the amazing books filled with information about the world—this was the space, and still is the space—where people, no matter what their economic background, no matter what they can afford—can sit in quiet and have access to a world full of information. Having a public library is surely what inspired me eventually to pursue a Ph.D in anthropology, even though I grew up in a house that did not have a single book. I still love the public library, visit often, and enjoy bringing my children to discover new books, films, or to just sit and do homework together.

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