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Kate Hennessy will share memories of her grandmother, the activist Dorothy Day, on  Sunday, October 14, at 3:00 pm at the Arrillaga Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in  Menlo Park. Admission is free.

Her memoir about her notable grandmother is titled Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty. Published in 2017, the book illuminates in intimate detail the life and work of Dorothy Day (1897-1980) — the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a “great American” before Congress in 2015. Her cause for canonization is in process.

Day’s life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. The memoir is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal of a matriarch with a close but complicated relationship with her daughter and only child, Tamar Hennessy, as well as her nine grandchildren.

Hennessy said her book is more than the story of Dorothy Day. “It’s also the story of my mother, Tamar, Dorothy’s only child,” shedsaid . “It came out of the period after my mother’s death in 2008, when I realized that if my mother’s story wasn’t told, a very essential element of my grandmother’s story would remain untold.”

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Author and tennis teaching pro Marcus Cootsona pens a political thriller

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Local teaching tennis pro Marcus Cootsona is up to it again. He’s written his third novel, the first not set around tennis. Instead, Initial Force tells the story of Severin Force, a covert operator who goes to work for an “off the book, commando dream team.” “I realized that for a long time I’ve been fascinated […]

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Hear trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock talk about the first woman lawyer in the West

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Trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock will talk about her own career, and that of Clara Foltz, the first woman lawyer in the west on September 24 at from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. She will discuss her book Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz as well as her memoir, Fish Raincoats: A […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library Book Sale set for Sept 15 & 16

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale is back! The two-day sale will run Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 16, from Noon to 2:00 pm. On Sunday, you will be able to fill a bag with books for only $5. Stop by and save money on some […]

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Consultant Dan Olsen shares what he’s learned in the Lean Product Playbook

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Menlo Park resident Dan Olsen started coding on a Commodore 64 as a teen, but it wasn’t until he landed at Stanford Business School that he discovered there’s a career field called product management. “It fit me because it’s at the intersection of technology and marketing,” he said. “Then I got lucky enough to get […]

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Becky Zeren continues a life filled with books by volunteering at Los Ayudantes

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If there’s a thread through Becky Zeren’s life, it’s books. She inherited a library from her father that numbered in the tens of thousands. She worked for 30 years as teacher/librarian at Trinity School in Menlo Park. And among her retirement pursuits, she is volunteering with Los Ayudantes, a Redwood City-based non-profit that provides in-class […]

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Local writer Rebecca Bloom co-authors “The Anti-Cook Book”

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Menlo Park resident Rebecca Bloom is a lawyer turned writer. Her writing “partner-in-crime” and one-time college roommate, Shelly Onderdonk, is a veterinarian. It’s natural that the two, neither chef nor food critic, would combine for a new book, The Anti-Cook Book. And not to be mis-understood: They are not against cooks, meaning the people who […]

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Cool Crafts for Kids K-5! Book bags on July 3

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Create a unique tote bag for your library books on July 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30  at the Menlo Park Library, which will provide the bags, fabric markers and plenty of great craft materials. Drop-in, while materials last. Last entry at 3:00 p.m. For rising grades K-5 only -thanks for your cooperation. Children under 10 […]

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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

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Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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Friends of the Library summer book sale set for June 23 & 24

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The Friends of the Library book sale is back! Stop by and save money on some wonderful books, all while supporting the library. DVDs and music CDs will also be featured. Prices start at $0.50 for mass market paperbacks and $1 for trade and hardcover titles. This two-day sale will run Saturday, from 10:00 am […]

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Temple Grandin talks about her new book at Kepler’s Literary Foundation event

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In an appearance sponsored by Kepler’s Literary Foundation, Dr. Temple Grandin was in Menlo Park last week talking about her latest book, Calling All Minds, and her life in general, taking questions from a sold-out audience that included elementary and middle school children at the Hillview Performing Arts Center. The author of numerous books, Temple […]

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