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Bo Crane
Caryn Huberman
Jennifer Carpenter
Sandra Weiss
Dora Dien
Charles Russ
Sally Porter
Mary Wilcox
Crystal Casey
Ying Lee
Cari Costanzo
Hugo Garcia
Sharon Dougherty
Jeanne Duprau
Julie Richards
Doris Diaz
Sandra Green-Edwards
Ann Cullen
Joan Smithline
Beth Rosenthal
David Meuel
Lynsey Hemstreet
Fred Bisharat
Deborah Johnston
Roger Potash
Lynn Nguyen
Charles Biagi
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Rachael Kaci
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  • 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.
  • Hugo Garcia
    shared 2019-03-10 09:45:48 -0700
    Menlo Park Library has been instrumental for our daughter’s educational development. From their first history times, first books, tutoring sessions and currently a place to focus and research, the Menlo Park Library has been for us a great neighborhood resource. We like the organizational structure of the library as well as their kind personnel and knowledgeable librarians.
  • Sharon Dougherty
    shared 2019-03-10 09:26:44 -0700
    Exceptional warm and inviting library with great, helpful staff and many fabulous, interesting, and creative special events! Wonderful for Adults and Children, Young and Old!
  • Jeanne Duprau
    shared 2019-03-10 09:03:12 -0700
    I loved the library for 37 years! I’ve moved away now, and the spacious, quiet, light-filled library is one of the things I miss most. —Jeanne DuPrau
  • Julie Richards
    shared 2019-03-10 08:26:08 -0700
    Libraries are the great equalizers. They open up entire new worlds to people who would otherwise not have access to them. They are life changing throughout life. We are so fortunate to have a local library.
  • Doris Diaz
    shared 2019-03-10 08:13:02 -0700
    I love Menlo Park library because I can always find a quite place to read a book or to work on special projects on my personal computer. I have becoming to this library since I was a teenager and now I am bringing my nieces and nephews and they love it too. They always find the books they are looking for:)
  • Sandra Green-Edwards
    shared 2019-03-10 07:32:11 -0700
    I am grateful for our Library, it is a

    wonderful place to obtain knowledge to

    grow academically.
  • Ann Cullen
    shared 2019-03-09 15:16:55 -0800
    Our family loves the Menlo Park library because of the wonderful offerings for children. Our girls (3 and 2) have been attending story time at the library since the oldest was 3 months old. Miss Jeneen, Miss Wendy, Miss Lucinda, and now John (“mama, teacher John is SO funny!” was the first thing my daughter said to me after her first preschool story time with him) have provided an enriching and nurturing environment for our kids. Going to the library is one of their favorite activities.
  • Joan Smithline
    shared 2019-03-09 09:40:58 -0800
    I support the MP library and have for almost 40 years! My children grew up here & we borrowed lots of books each week. The CD & DVD collections are also a big plus. After retirement, we started cooking and traveling a lot. The travel guides were fabulous for trip planning all around the globe & the cookbook section provided new adventures in various cuisines. And we love the books on tape for road trips! Can’t live without the Menlo Park library! Fabulous staff and easy check out!
  • Beth Rosenthal
    shared 2019-03-07 20:44:06 -0800
    I love Menlo Park Library because it is the only library I know who automatically renews a borrower’s books if they are not on hold. I find that Menlo Park Library has more books available for borrowing than the Palo Alto system, so even though I am a Palo Alto resident, when I am looking for books, my first foray is to the Menlo Park system as opposed to Palo Alto. I love the great children’s audio book collection Menlo Park has. I like the environment, the friendly librarians and the ease of finding books at Menlo Park. In general, I think it is a great community resource.
  • David Meuel
    shared 2019-03-02 17:53:38 -0800
    An avid swimmer, I started to visit the Menlo Park Library sometimes after I’d finished my laps at the Burgess Pool. First, I simply went to pick up a new book or two. Then, as an alternative to listening to the morning and evening news during my daily work commute to and from San Jose, I began checking out Great Courses CDs from the library’s collection and listening to them. These CDs have been a wonderful, stimulating, and sometimes inspiring way to pass the time heading down or up the freeway. Purchasing them would have been quite expensive, but, because the Menlo Park Library has such a large and varied collection, I’ve been able to listen to course after course nearly every workday for more than three years now at no cost to me … courtesy of the library! Many thanks.
  • Lynsey Hemstreet
    shared 2019-03-01 17:13:22 -0800
    One of my fondest library memories was winning a raffle in 5th grade, probably as a result of having read so many library books in one summer. The prize was any book we wanted from Kepler’s. I picked a hardcover copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On the Banks of Plum Creek, an absolute luxury for a bookworm like me! I read it cover to cover until it (and the other books in the series) fell apart.
  • Fred Bisharat
    shared 2019-02-28 13:19:38 -0800
    The simplicity of the Menlo Library and its calm unpretentious atmosphere, is very inviting to

    the public. Its low profile is very soothing versus Stanford’s where students seek solutions to world problems. Viewing a small outside garden is a plus.
  • Deborah Johnston
    shared 2019-02-28 12:56:51 -0800
    I love to read good books, so libraries are some of my favorite places. The Menlo Park Library is the best, a warm peaceful place set in a city park complete with a duck pond and ducks that wander around to the delight of all the children and mine too, I must admit.
  • Roger Potash
    shared 2019-02-28 12:36:28 -0800
    I lived in Menlo Park for over forty years, and used the downtown library regularly through the years as a reliable source for fiction and non-fiction books, and for reference librarian assistance when necessary. The library has unfailing provided service to me, and beyond to the community at large. We are fortunate indeed to have “our” library and the fine staff who run it every day.
  • Lynn Nguyen
    shared 2019-02-28 11:00:00 -0800
    I love to read, and I choose Menlo Part Library because the people who work there are friendly and helpful.

    Whenever I go there for books I feel like I am at home
  • Charles Biagi
    shared 2019-02-27 11:07:11 -0800
    I have really appreciated and made use of the Menlo Park library, since I was a child. It was my “internet” before the internet, and is such a great source of information about our world. I still prefer the printed page, to screen reading, and make much use of the interlibrary loan program. I am very grateful for all that the library offers, and the people that work there!
  • Marion Shulman
    shared 2019-02-26 16:04:41 -0800
    Extremely helpful staff!
  • Rachael Kaci
    shared 2019-02-26 15:36:01 -0800
    We walk to our local library often and really enjoy the special events that BH library offers. My son always checks out lots of books to “read.” And, when his cousins visit, they love going, too!
  • Henry Organ
    shared 2019-02-26 13:31:31 -0800
    When I think of the library, I am reminded of an adage I heard from an acquaintance decades ago: “If an event is not in writing, it never happened.” It is comforting to know the library is there, an access to what was and is. There can be no library without librarians, and yours are remarkable. Thank you.

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