Friends of the Menlo Park Library

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Jym Marks — public speaker, publisher, poet, and author — has been called “Menlo Park’s Renaissance Man.” He’s also the drummer in his own jazz quartet, the Jym Marks Quartet, which will be giving a free concert titled Remembering Miles on January 9 from 111:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.).

Refreshments will be served. No reservation is necessary to attend. This event is made possible by contributions to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

Drummer Jym Marks has been a band leader for over 40 years and has played with John Handy, James Moody, and many other jazz greats. He is also author of 12 books.

Trumpet player Fred Berry is a member of the faculty of Stanford University, where he teaches history and is Director of the Stanford Jazz Orchestra.

Pianist Larry Chinn has more than two decades playing jazz in the Bay Area. He has played with John Handy, Margie Baker, Rich Cole, Pharoah Saunders and Jules Broussard.

Bass player Mike Hallesyplays in the style of Ron Carter, and has played all over the Bay Area. He is solid in the tradition of the big band era. Mike’s been with the Jym Marks Quartet over five years.

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Montclair Women’s Big Band performs at Menlo Park Library on Dec. 10

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library invites the community for a swingin’ after-hours event featuring some of the best jazzwomen in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Montclair Women’s Big Band.  This 17-piece ensemble delivers a brassy, blues-drenched wallop! This performance is free and will begin at 7:00 pm. The Montclair Women’s Big Band was founded in […]

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Singer/Songwriter Michael McNevin performs free concert in Menlo Park

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On Saturday, November 7, Bay Area folk singer/songwriter Michael McNevin will perform a free concert presented by the Menlo Park Library, which will take place at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. After studying classical guitar, theater and fiction at Cal State-Hayward (now known as Cal State East Bay), Bay Area native McNevin started his […]

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Science night at Menlo Park Library on Nov. 5

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On Thursday, November 5, the Menlo Park Library will host a Science Night for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children, with guests from the Chabot Space & Science Center and the Marine Science Institute. The Chabot Space & Science Center will present its “Chabot to Go” program, featuring tabletop activities and demos, and the Cosmic Ray Planetary Theater, […]

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Library book sale set for Sept. 19th and 20th

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a book sale on Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, September 20th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Great books for the entire family will be available so come early and stock up for Fall! The sale will be located in the […]

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Menlo Park Library to host Argentine guitarist Carlos Pavan on September 9

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On September 9, the Menlo Park Library will host a guitar recital by Carlos Pavan, featuring music from Argentina as well as the musician’s own original compositions. It will take place at 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library, located at 800 Alma Street. Argentine-born musician Carlos Pavan is a composer/guitarist who performs an original blend […]

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Grab your bike helmet and ride with the Menlo Park library on Aug. 8

Join the Menlo Park library for a library-to-library round-trip Saturday bike ride on August 8 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We’ll start at the Menlo Park Library’s main location at 800 Alma St., then ride across town to the Belle Haven Branch at 413 Ivy Dr. After a few activities, we will ride back again, […]

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Friends of Menlo Park Library book sale set for June 20/21

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a book sale on Saturday, June 20, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, June 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Great books for the entire family will be available so come early and stock up for Summer. The sale will be located in […]

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Life in Menlo Park during World War II is topic of Menlo Park Library event on April 4

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What was daily life like for a Navy officer’s wife in Menlo Park during World War II? In China amid civil war? In London and Continental Europe during the Cold War? Virgilia Short Witzel brought the World War II era to life through her letters, now collected by her daughter Christine. That life and resulting book […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library hosts book sale on March 21

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a book sale on Saturday, March 21, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, March 22, from noon to 2:00 pm. Great books for the entire family will be available, so come early and stock up for Spring. The sale will be located in the […]

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George Burns tribute show takes place on January 3

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The community is invited to witness a joking, singing, dancing George Burns live and in concert, as performed by Duffy Hudson. The free show is presented by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, on Saturday, January 3, at 2:00 pm in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. Stage and film actor Duffy Hudson brings George Burns’s wit […]

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