Friends of the 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 be found in the Bay Area.   Sparks will offer information about the blossoms from which local hummingbirds enjoy getting nectar, birds that share their living space, and predators lurking nearby. She’ll also offer tips to people hoping to attract hummingbirds to their yards.

Joan Sparks is a contributor to Bay Nature magazine. Her work has been shown at The Jennings Pavilion in Atherton, Filoli Gardens in Woodside, Triton Museum in Santa Clara, and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at the Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz.

The event is free and open to the public, and no reservation is necessary to attend. Funding for this event comes from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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Multi-faith panel to address pluralism and mutual respect on Feb. 18

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The Menlo Park Library is hosting a panel discussion on February 18 featuring representatives of several major world religions who will address questions about how each of their traditions is able to adhere to its convictions while taking a positive and respectful stance toward the diverse beliefs of others. The speakers are being provided courtesy of ING: the Islamic […]

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“The Orchid Whisperer” author, Bruce Rogers, will expand your orchid knowledge on Jan. 31

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Whether you are considering growing orchids, are having trouble with the orchids you are already trying to grow, or think you could never possibly grow orchids, Bruce Rogers can give you some advice. The author of The Orchid Whisperer will share his expert tips from more than three decades of breeding and growing orchids at […]

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KGO radio host John Rothmann talks about “the ones who got away” on January 8

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Political analyst John Rothmanan’s topic will focus on defeated Presidential candidates and their impact on parties, politics, and policy. As John will explain, in many cases, the lives and contributions of the losers are often as interesting as those of the winners. The talk takes place on Sunday, January 8, at 11:00 am in the Menlo […]

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Jym Marks Quintet performs free concert on January 7

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Jazz lovers unite, as the Menlo Park Library presents a free concert from the local group, the Jym Marks Quintet, on Saturday, January 7 at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.) Local musician, poet, author, lecturer, and business owner Jym Marks has been a band leader for over 40 […]

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Guitarist Carlos Pavan brings Argentinian sounds to Menlo Park on Dec. 28

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On December 28 at 7:00 pm, 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. Argentine-born Pavan is a composer/guitarist who performs an original blend of tango/folk, classical technique and jazz harmonies. Living in New York since 2000, he has […]

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Kids invited to make homemade gift tags at Menlo Park Library on December 17

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On Dec. 17, from 10:15 am to noon, Betsy and Susie from Create Cafe will show us how to create a variety of tags and cards using special paper, stickers, ribbons and more We’ll have a unique craft to decorate your house, too. All materials will be provided, but some may be limited in quantity. […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library host one day sale on December 3

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Jackie Drew retires from Friends of the Menlo Park Library, heads to Montana

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After a quarter century of service, Jackie Drew is retiring from her service with the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. A celebration in her honor was held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center today. Commented fellow Friend Henry Lesser: “I view Jackie as a unique volunteer with the Friends in terms of the length of […]

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Friends of Menlo Park Library book sale set for September 24 and 25

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a book sale on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Sunday, September 25th 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 […]

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Local indie band, The Corner Laughers, performs at Menlo Park Library on Aug. 28

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The Menlo Park Library will host a free summer concert on August 28  featuring local indie pop band, The Corner Laughers. The band is led by singer/ukulele player Karla Kane, with bassist Khoi Huynh, drummer Charlie Crabtree, and guitarist KC Bowman. The group describes their music as intelligent pop with heavenly vocals, jangly guitars, delicate […]

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