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On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The Bay Area is outside the path of totality — where the moon will completely cover the sun — but there’s still plenty to enjoy! Come to the Menlo Park Library for a series of special eclipse-related events from July 13 to August 21.

Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi
Thursday, July 13; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Main hall; (after-hours event) for adults and teens

Are you ready for the sky event of the decade? Dr. Andrew Fraknoi is going to entertain & educate with an illustrated, nontechnical talk, as he gets us ready for the big “all-American eclipse” that’s coming up on August 21.

Learn:
– How eclipses work
– Why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights
– What scientists learn during eclipses
– Exactly when & where the eclipse will be visible
– How to observe the eclipse & the sun safely

Mesoamerica: Pyramids, Hieroglyphs, & Planets
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Downstairs program room; for adults and teens

The ancient Mayans developed some of the most accurate pre-telescope astronomy in the world! Join Peopleologie to learn about Mesoamerican contributions to our calendar system, mathematics, astronomy, and architecture. Later, we’ll get creative, pressing ancient-style carved animal hieroglyphs into clay to create a wall hanging-plaque.

Make an Eclipse Viewer
Saturday, August 12—Sunday, August 20
Drop-in during open library hours
Main floor puzzle tables; all ages

Create a simple solar projector to keep your eyes safe when you experience this rare eclipse! We’ll provide instructions & materials.

Xtreme Science Magic: Eclipse, Planetary, & Rocket Science
Thursday, August 17
Choose from one of two sessions:
11:30 am—12:30 pm
1:00 pm—2:00 pm
For grades 1-5; Pre-register online

It’s special hands-on fun, when the library’s program room will turn into a planetarium, surrounding the students in stars and light.

The Eclipse!
Monday, August 21
9:00-11:00 am
In front of the library – all agesIt’s the big event! Join us outside the library for snacks & viewing. We’ll bring the safety glasses for you to use.

Eclipse (Re)viewing party
Monday, August 21
6:30-7:30 pm
Downstairs program room – all ages

Drop in for an evening revisiting  the big event, as it was seen in its path of totality.

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Djerassi Resident Artists Program yields a feast for the eyes with left behind sculpture

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An InMenlo team first went on a sculpture hike on the property off Bear Gulch Road in Woodside that hosts the Djerassi Resident Artists Program almost exactly four years ago on a day that was shrouded in a heavy, drippy fog. The past weekend we visited again, this time in blistering heat. But the payoff […]

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Menlo Park resident says goodbye to trees many locals may have taken for granted

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You may have seen something sad happening at the Willow Road/101 interchange: All the oaks and redwoods are being cut down. As of Saturday morning (June 17), three of the four cloverleaf loops have been clear-cut. Well, not quite, there is still one tree standing in the northern loop – it might be a different species, but […]

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The Effects of Climate Change is topic of USGS evening lecture on June 22

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USGS (Scientist Emeritus) Tom Suchanek will examine: – The frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather events is increasing. – What are the effects of an increase or decrease in carbon emissions? – What is scientific research projecting for the future of climate change? The free public lecture will take place on June 22, 2017, at 7:00 […]

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“Solarthon” block party held in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood today

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With support from Facebook, GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar installer, led 125 volunteers, residents, and student trainees from the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula to provide no-cost rooftop solar arrays to nine low-income families during its annual Bay Area Solarthon block party today in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood. These solar power installations represent […]

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Talking earthquake preparedness with Atherton’s Peter Carpenter

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Given his commitment to public service, it’s hard to find something long time Atherton resident Peter Carpenter hasn’t been involved with. But sitting in a corner of his living room on a recent afternoon we came upon a topic that both Peter and his interviewer believe needs more attention — earthquake preparedness. Last November this […]

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Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith commits to honor and uphold Paris Agreement goals

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On June 1, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement aimed at addressing climate change. The City of Menlo Park is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with the low-lying Bayfront area potentially facing future flooding and extreme weather and drought affecting all of our neighborhoods, according to […]

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School students are “climate heroes”

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Emails Diane Bailey of Menlo Spark: “Two students at Menlo-Atherton High School, Tyler Lewis (pictured) and Henry Marks, have shown how youth can lead the way to a more sustainable future, winning the Menlo Green Challenge this Spring. We are delighted to award them Eco Reco electric scooters for their climate action efforts! The Menlo […]

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Energizer stations will sprout up all over Menlo Park on Bike to Work Day May 11

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On Thursday May 11, 2017 tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 23rd Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. The more than half dozen Energizer station in Menlo Park will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, […]

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Erin Cooke works to implement SFO’s sustainability goals

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Menlo Park resident Erin Cooke doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. Or more accurately, she bikes to Caltrain, hops off at Millbrae and bikes to her job at SFO as the airport’s Sustainability Director. In that capacity she’s overseeing what she calls the airport’s “moon shot,” work to translate the Airport’s Five-Year Strategic Plan […]

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Rotary Connects presents talk on water supply and the drought on May 3

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“Water supply and the drought: where we are going” is the topic of a talk as part of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Rotary Connects program. It will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Pacific Union Real Estate, 1706 El Camino Real, Suite 220, Menlo Park. The community is invited to […]

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