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Stormtroopers will be marching into the Menlo Park Library on May 13. Those Star Wars characters, and several others, will be on-site for the library’s second Comic Con, a free-admission celebration of comics, sci-fi, games, and movies taking place from 3:00 until 7:00 pm. The event will feature live music, film screenings, artists & vendors, crafts, a photo booth, a family game area, and cosplay (the opportunity for attendees to dress up as their favorite characters).

Two different musical groups will perform. At 3:30 pm, there will be steel pan performance by the Derek Smith Pankind Duo. Smith has been entertaining audiences for more than 10 years though his innovative music that combines the melodic brightness of the Caribbean steel drum with the driving rhythms of Calypso and Latin Jazz. Comic Con attendees can expect to hear the duo’s interpretations of video game tunes, Disney music, and beyond.

At 5:00 pm, the Cantina Band will perform music from movies, video games, and more. Band founder Travis W. Hendrix grew up being inspired by the iconic music from Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Brothers, and other games & films. He will be joined by bandmates Annie Cilley, Kalei Yamanoha, and Juliana Frick.

There will also be a pair of film screenings. At 3:10, 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla marks the first color appearance of two cinematic giants; and at 4:45, the library will show V for Vendetta, the 2005 adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic.

The Star Wars characters will appear courtesy of three tribute groups dedicated to the film franchise: The 501st Legion’s Golden Gate Garrison; The Mandolorian Mercs Wolves of Mandalore; and the Coruscant Temple of The Dark Empire.

Comic Con attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite comic, sci-fi, video game, or fantasy characters. A cosplay contest will allow participants to show their handiwork and vie for prizes. Educators & artists from the Walt Disney Family Museum will guide participants in drawing their own comic pages. Pokémon GO lures will be dropped at the top of each hour.

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Variety of free events at Menlo Park Library in May

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Juan L. Sánchez: Spanish Poetry in Song – May 6 Musician Juan L. Sánchez (pictured above) will recite and sing poetry by famed 20th Centry Spanish poets. The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, and it will take place at 11:00 am in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, […]

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Local libraries offer free “Check It Out!” energy and water saving toolkits

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Beginning April 25, county library users can borrow a “Check It Out!” Energy and Water Savings Toolkit from any community public library in San Mateo County. Outfitted with tools, supplies, measuring devices and a user-friendly guide, the toolkits can help residents conserve water, use less electricity and save money by taking a few simple actions. […]

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Mr. & Mrs. Chocolate coming to Menlo Park Library to discuss the “food of the Gods”

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“Mr. & Mrs. Chocolate,” chemists Howard and  Sally Peters, are coming to the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm, for a talk for teens and adults titled, “Chocolate: The Food of the Gods,” discussing the science, history, composition and health effects of chocolate. Chemists Howard and Sally Peters are known as […]

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Meet Edgar Allan Poe at Menlo Park Library on April 8

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On April 8, the Menlo Park Library will host a performance by actor Duffy Hudson, in a one-man show portraying famed poet Edgar Allan Poe. The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, and it will take place at 11:00 am in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at […]

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Art!vated Story Theatre coming to Atherton Library on April 5

The Atherton Library is hosting the nationally touring Act!vated Story Theatre peforming “Tales Afoot” on April 5th at 4:00 pm. The performance is free and open to the public. At 3:30 pm, the performers will be hosting an acting workshop for kids ages 6 and up. The workshop is limited to the first 12 participants, who will be […]

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Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on March 30

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On Thursday, March 30, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting its fourth Science Night for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children. Displays and hands-on activities will be supplied by organizations including the National Weather Service, Marine Mammal Center, USGS Library, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Marine Science Institute, Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo […]

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Preview latest Asian Art Museum exhibit on March 28

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On Tuesday, March 28, there will be a program called Tomb Treasure: Han Dynasty Discoveries, a preview of the newest Asian Art Museum exhibit, at the Menlo Park Library at 6:30 pm. Learn about: One of the most powerful, advanced civilizations of the ancient world The magnificent daily lives of Han nobility The unbridled luxury, […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale set for March 25 and 26

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale is on Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and on Sunday, March 26, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Great books for the entire family will be available, so come early and stock up! We have lots of books to sell: Art and collectible, […]

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Alison Carpenter Davis talks about her book “Letters Home from Stanford”

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Alison Carpenter Davis, author of the new book Letters Home from Stanford, is appearing at the Menlo Park Library on March 21. The book is a collection of written and electronic correspondence by generations of Stanford students, from the Pioneer Class to the 21st century. Alison, a class of 1979 Stanford grad, compiled the letters in collaboration […]

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Learn all about hummingbirds at a March 14 program at Menlo Park Library

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When wildlife photographer Joan Sparks visits the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on March 14 at 7:00 pm, audience members will get an up-close look at the tiniest bird on the planet. The  program will include photography, along with accompanying music and commentary, providing identification and description of several different species of hummingbirds that can […]

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