There are opportunities for both adults and children to celebrate National Library week (April 10-16) at the Menlo Park Library.
“Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories,” says Tim Goode, former Library Commissioner and long-time member of the Friends of the Library Board. “Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new stories for themselves.”
Adds explains Aldora Lee, former Library Commissioner and a founding member of the Menlo Park Library Foundation: “When you come to the main library during National Library Week, you can check out the map of the United States. We will be inviting individuals to indicate the location of their very first library. Colored dots will mark the locations of patrons’ first libraries. The result should be very interesting!”
Children age 6-11 are invited to join the celebration with the chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Kepler’s Book by answering this question: “In what way is the library important to you?” They should use this form (additional forms are available at the library) and answer the question in 50 words or less, making sure to use the words “library”, “favorite”, and “discover” in their response. Bring the form to the Children’s Department by Friday, April 22. All entries will be displayed in the library (without contact information). The winner will be chosen by random drawing on Monday, April 25th and will be notified by phone or e-mail.
Finally, Roberta Roth of Project Read, located at the libary, emails that it’s also National Volunteer Week and Peets Coffee is supplying coffee for volunteers. Project Read gives adult learners an opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills. “These adults change their lives through literacy, which empowers them to change their future life stories,” observes Kristi Breisch, Board Chair of Project Read-Menlo Park Literacy Partners.
The Menlo Park Library was established in 1916, as a branch of the San Mateo County Library. It became an independent city library in 1964. The Belle Haven Branch Library opened in 1999.