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Local philanthropist John Arrillaga is withdrawing his offer to fund and build a new main library contingent upon the City of Menlo Park contributing the first $20 million of construction costs. Staff estimates that a new main library at Burgess Park would cost up to $60 million.

Mr. Arrillaga’s original offer was made to the City when he learned of the need for a new main library after a needs assessment was heard by the City Council in April 2017; the City Council tentatively accepted his offer four months later.

Mr. Arrillaga’s initial commitment anticipated construction of the new main library beginning in 2020. However, efforts to build consensus in project scope and site have delayed that timeline.

With Mr. Arrillaga’s announcement, the City Council will likely determine the fate of the new main library project when it meets in January 2019 to establish its annual work plan.

Despite this setback, the main library project is not the only library system improvement underway. As part of the City Council’s 2018-19 work plan, the City is moving forward with a plan to replace the Belle Haven branch library.

The City Council is scheduled to take action on the Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Needs Assessment at its meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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Diane Ferlatte kicks off storytelling festival on Oct. 2 at Menlo Park Library

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On Tuesday, October 2, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, storyteller Diane Ferlatte will be at the Menlo Park Library to present Missing Rib–the Spirit of Women. Celebrate the power of women with a blend of humorous African-American folktales, and Diane’s own personal stories. A legend in the storytelling community and beyond, Diane has spent decades traveling the […]

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Science Night returns to Menlo Park Library on Sept. 27

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Science Night is back! Come to the Menlo Park Library  on Sept. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for an evening of fun and exploration aimed at adults, teens and elementary school-aged children alike. Scheduled participants include: – Bay Area Discovery Museum – SRI – NorCal Bats – San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory – San […]

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Register to vote at the Menlo Park Library on Sept. 25

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Haven’t found the time to register to vote yet? Stop by either of the Menlo Park Library’s locations on Tuesday, September 25, which is National Voter Registration Day. Volunteers from the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will provide you with registration materials, answer any questions, and then make sure your registration […]

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Hear trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock talk about the first woman lawyer in the West

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Trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock will talk about her own career, and that of Clara Foltz, the first woman lawyer in the west on September 24 at from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. She will discuss her book Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz as well as her memoir, Fish Raincoats: A […]

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Helping Your Teen Transition to High School is workshop set for Sept. 19

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Do you have a teen entering high school? The Menlo Park Library is hosting a free community workshop on Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm led by former high school counselor Melissa Kelley. Transitioning from middle school to high school is not an easy process — for teens or their parents. Come learn some valuable tips […]

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Learn how to grow orchids from an expert on Sept. 10

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Is it even possible to grow orchids outdoors here in the Bay Area? Sure! To get your started, come to the Menlo Park Library on Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm to get tips from an expert. Mary E. Gerritsen, author of A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture, has been growing orchids off […]

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Adult Board Game Meetup on Sept. 2 at Menlo Park Library

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Meet on the main floor of the Menlo Park Library, near the Project Read offices, on Sept. 2 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm to relax and unwind with other adults. Why should kids have all the fun? Bring old friends, or make new ones, as our facilitator brings a variety of games, and helps explain […]

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Learn how 78 rpm records changed popular music on Aug. 27

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Art Adams from Palo Alto’s Museum of American Heritage will share how 78 rpm records changed the nation’s popular music on August 27th at 6:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. He will bring a record player and play songs through the eras. Art is a retired electrical and mechanical engineer who now spends his […]

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Enrichment programs for grade schoolers continue at Menlo Park Library

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Throughout the summer, the Menlo Park Library is offering weekly enrichment programs for grade schoolers (grades K-5). In addition to fascinating science and cultural presenters, the library has developed a series of hands-on craft workshops that alternate with the presentations. All of the workshops are Tuesday from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Children can […]

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Eth-Noc-Tec Ensemble performs at Menlo Park Library on July 24

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Come to the Menlo Park Library on Tuesday, July 24, at 2:00 pm for a special event for elementary schoolers, featuring magical myths with modern messages performed by Eth-Noc-Tec. Get immersed in the stories in “PanAsia FantAsia,” a unique performance of folktales from throughout the Asian continent. The Eth-Noh-Tec Ensemble blends theater, music, movement, and […]

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