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Art meets social movement with the young quilters of the Social Justice Sewing Academy on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Main Library.

Members of the Social Justice Sewing Academy will be joined by docents from the
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, which will be hosting Generation of Change: A Movement, Not a Moment from April 25 through July 15. Each quilt on display is an act of social justice, created by a teen, revealing that equality is a concern, regardless of age.

This is one of a series of presentations in association with the traveling exhibition Wherever There’s A Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California, on display throughout April and May 2018 at the Menlo Park Main Library. This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Menlo Park Friends of the Library.

About the Social Justice Sewing Academy
Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is an art program that bridges artistic expression with activism. By using textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion, SJSA empowers youth to become agents of social change. Artist-mentors, youth, and community members are brought together to learn and create through community-centered projects. The Social Justice Sewing Academy currently offers a full-time 6-week summer program and workshop programming year long. The ultimate goal of SJSA is to create conscious art activists who will use their creativity and imagination to change their world one stitch at the time.

About the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
The first museum in the United States to focus exclusively on quilts and textiles as an art form, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. With compelling exhibitions of historical and contemporary textiles, engaging gallery walks and artist talks for adults, and a highly successful educational outreach program, the organization aims to increase the public’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of quilts and textiles as a form of artistic and cultural expression that people worldwide have practiced for thousands of years.

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Learn about the market for collectible books at Friends of the Library antiquarian book clinic

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Community members are invited to bring up to three books or manuscripts (no magazines, postcards or memorabilia)  on April 7 when the Friends of the Menlo Park Library is hosting a workshop about appraising and valuing old books featuring Bruce MacMakin of auction house PBA Galleries. No books will be accepted for consignment, but you’ll learn […]

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Puppet Art Theatre’s “Tommy’s Space Adventure” comes to Menlo Park on Thursday, March 22

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Take a trip into the cosmos, when Puppet Art Theater performs “Tommy’s Space Adventure” on Thursday, March 22, from 7:00 t0 7:45 at the Menlo Park Library. Space aliens, mad scientists, and more! Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little […]

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Revelations: Art of the African American South presentation on March 12

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The Menlo Park Library is hosting a community speaker from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to give an entertaining, educational, multi-media presentation exploring an important new acquisition of contemporary art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. It takes place on March 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Historically marginalized, patronized, or promoted with […]

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Teens invited to play games at library Feb. 21-23

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Illusive Comics & Games and Isle of Gamers in Santa Clara will be running gaming for kids 13+ each afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, February 21-23, at the Menlo Park Library Get free demo decks and learn Magic. Learn how to play a Role Playing Game and have fun with your imagination. Also, try out some […]

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Kids grades 3-6 can learn about cartooning on Feb. 15

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The Charles M. Schulz Museum is leading a cartoon art exploration just for students in grades 3-6. Students will create a comic strip and a hand-drawn animated sequence for the zoetrope, and experiment with basic stop-motion computer animation. Free online registration is required. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is located in Santa […]

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Third Main Library siting meeting will take place on Feb. 15

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Community members are invited to give their input on the location and uses of a new Main Library on the Burgess campus on Feb. 15 at 6:30 at the Menlo Park Library. We will continue the conversation from the December and January meetings regarding the best site on the campus for a potential new library, […]

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Menlo Park Library celebrates World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1

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February 1 is World Read Aloud Day, when readers of all ages celebrate literacy and the “pure joy and power of reading aloud!” The Menlo Park Library will celebrate by reading aloud from some of our favorite picture books. Feel free to come early to read with your young one, or to stop by for […]

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“More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based mascots…” screens on Jan. 30

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“More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins” analyzes the controversy over the Washington football team and its contentious name. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, the film presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the matter. The […]

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“Moffett Field, Then and Now” is topic of library talk on Jan. 29

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Get an insider’s look at Moffett Field from Docent John Suckow on Monday, January 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. He will share many fascinating facts about: Admiral William A. Moffett The history of Moffett Field How the Historical Society came to be The “life” of the museum Lt. Suckow […]

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Make mosaic boxes at Menlo Park Library on Jan. 23

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Get in touch with your creative side at the Menlo Park Library on January 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Art facilitator Christie Inocencio provides all the materials you need to decorate your own mosaic box to take home and enjoy. No registration is required, but space is limited. Christie Inocencio is a teaching artist […]

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