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Ann Cullen
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Beth Rosenthal
David Meuel
Lynsey Hemstreet
Fred Bisharat
Deborah Johnston
Roger Potash
Lynn Nguyen
Charles Biagi
Marion Shulman
Rachael Kaci
Henry Organ
Juan Walterspiel
Becca Goldman
Paula Leslie
Mary Edwards
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Katherine Kretler
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  • 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.
  • Juan Walterspiel
    shared 2019-02-26 10:31:59 -0800
    Incedibly friendly people work there. They make sure that you will get everything you want or need. Almost a miracle to have this so easily avaible in our community.
  • Becca Goldman
    shared 2019-02-26 10:03:46 -0800
    I am always in awe that we can borrow hundreds of books for free! A library is a wonderful resource unlike any other. My family also enjoys coming to various events at the Menlo Park Library – also free! It blows my mind, and I’m so grateful.
  • Paula Leslie
    shared 2019-02-26 09:10:23 -0800
    Menlo Park Library is a treasure. Whether I go there for a work project or to find out about new releases I enjoy the library.

    The people working at the library are friendly and very knowledable. I can always count on them if I need help researching a subject.


    Paula Leslie
  • Mary Edwards
    shared 2019-02-26 05:39:53 -0800
    I have always loved libraries since I was a little girl just starting to read – and dreamed of becoming a librarian when I grew up. As it turns out, I became a doctor instead – although I did volunteer as a medical research librarian for many years after retiring. But of all the libraries I have frequented in my (long) lifetime, Menlo Park library is the BEST. Everyone working there is so knowledgeable and helpful – and now that my vision is fading in my old age, I truly appreciate their selection of large print books! Thank you Menlo Park library!
  • Sam Redmond
    shared 2019-02-25 23:51:40 -0800
    I love libraries! Even though a lot of the information in books can be accessible online, there is something special about the physical space of a library, a place where you can go to consume knowledge and focus away from the distractions of a hectic world.
  • Katherine Kretler
    shared 2019-02-25 21:57:59 -0800
    I love going to the Menlo Park library because it is a calming environment where I know I can get some good reading and work done. As others have remarked, it has a very welcoming, friendly, egalitarian vibe. Everyone comes to the library. I would add, it, like Feldman’s, is a haven in this respect from so many ‘high-powered’ or expensive institutions in the neighborhood. I hope that the library does not feel compelled to do itself up into a corporate-seeming environment, even though MP has the money to do this. It is perfect as is. One of the places you can do to get a sense of community.

    I love their DVD collection — I always find something to watch there.

    And I love browsing their newspapers and magazines.

    I like their rotating book displays as one walks in, to the right — always a thoughtful collection.
  • Jill Ultan
    shared 2019-02-25 21:44:33 -0800
    I love the Menlo Park Library because you make the process of checking out books as easy as 1-2-3! Your automated check out system using a membership card works so well – it’s a thing of beauty. Thank you!
  • Joyce Tung
    shared 2019-02-25 20:47:43 -0800
    We like the Menlo Park library because it’s an activity that my kids and I can enjoy together. The kids know they can try out as many different books as they like, and I love that I can easily request books from any San Mateo library for pick up in Menlo Park.
  • Ida Sklovsky
    shared 2019-02-25 20:10:36 -0800
    I like everything about Menlo Park Library: it’s location, the building,especially the incredibly rich

    book collection.

    Your devoted reader Ida Sklovsky. 2/25/2019
  • Fran Bell
    shared 2019-02-25 18:26:41 -0800
    I love the MP Libary even though I live in Palo Alto. I worked there for several years in the late 60s and early 70s. It feels like home to me.
  • Lisa Maloney
    shared 2019-02-25 17:10:08 -0800
    I like the presentations and movies on Tuesday nights. Very good information.
  • Hannah Da Rosa
    shared 2019-02-25 16:32:55 -0800
    I love taking my baby to the library. We go to story time and have enjoyed getting to know the librarian, Jeneen, who runs it. We also spend time in the kids room, with my little one crawling around, looking at board books, playing with the blocks, and meeting other kids and parents. I have also found all of the parenting books we have from the “friends” bookshop. I can’t imagine what our first year with our little one would have been like without a FREE place to go and enjoy.
  • Christina Macintosh
    shared 2019-02-25 16:23:56 -0800
    Among all the usual library services, I really enjoy the displays at the entrance. They are unique and informative. I love this way of sharing unusual info about the community and other topics.
  • Polly Jensen
    shared 2019-02-25 16:11:21 -0800
    I not only am a satisfied patron of Menlo Park library, I also am privileged to be an employee. The staff looks for opportunities to go above and beyond. We inspire each other to satisfy our patrons’ needs, whether it be to source information for a school project, to discover a wonderful book or to attend our very popular storytimes and programs. Our patrons are the best part of the day. Together we create special moments that reinforce our mission and our commitment to public service. Staying relevant in a high tech world!
  • Yoshi Oribe
    shared 2019-02-25 15:54:10 -0800
    I like the jigsaw puzzles that they often have for patrons to complete. I have struck up pleasant conversations with others in trying to figure out where the pieces of the puzzles fit.
  • Paul Kick
    shared 2019-02-25 15:14:58 -0800
    I love being able to walk from my home to the Main Library and enter the zone of quiet, respect, and learning. The materials are up to date, organized, and usually right where they belong. Even if I don’t know exactly what I want to pick up when I walk in, I always leave with something great.
  • Maria Amundson
    shared 2019-02-25 15:02:40 -0800
    Libraries are essential public spaces. They are free, egalitarian, and enriching environments for all. I love stopping in to the Menlo Park Library every few weeks, and I appreciate the ways that the librarians make it easy to explore, find, check-out and track books, and to consider the reviews and opinions of other readers.
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