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Meet the whales off our coast and in our bay, with research biologist Izzy Szczepaniak of Golden Gate Cetacean Research (GGCR) on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library.

Did you know that harbor porpoises only recently returned to San Francisco Bay, after an absence of approximately 65 years? Learn more about the variety of our local cetaceans, where to see them, and what you can do to help in the study of marine mammals in the bay.

GGCR is a nonprofit organization devoted to scientific research on our local porpoises, dolphins and whales (collectively known as ‘cetaceans’). Projects are led by a team of marine mammal researchers, all highly experienced in identifying and photographing cetaceans. The goal is to add to the body of scientific knowledge of the species inhabiting San Francisco Bay Area waters, and provide resource managers with the information they need to make wise conservation choices.

Izzy has been studying the harbor porpoise population off the local coast for over 30 years. He has conducted research on humpback whales in California and Costa Rica, and on bottlenose dolphins in Belize. He has worked as a naturalist for the Oceanic Society since 1982 and teaches classes on marine mammals at San Francisco State University and the California Academy of Sciences.

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Friends of the Library summer book sale set for June 23 & 24

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The Friends of the Library book sale is back! Stop by and save money on some wonderful books, all while supporting the library. DVDs and music CDs will also be featured. Prices start at $0.50 for mass market paperbacks and $1 for trade and hardcover titles. This two-day sale will run Saturday, from 10:00 am […]

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Learn about “SFO: A History of San Francisco International Airport” on June 19

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The SFO Museum is the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Dennis Sharp, Curator of Aviation, will share the history of both SFOs — the airport and the museum — on June 19 at 6:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library The SFO Museum’s permanent collection of over […]

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The Tuskegee Airman is topic for free talk at Menlo Park Library on June 12

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Before 1940, African-Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of […]

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“Women Instrumentalists in Jazz & Blues” is June 4 topic at Menlo Park Library

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The Menlo Park Library will host a talk by veteran jazz performers Ellen Seeling and Jean Fineberg, discussing the legal and political movement to improve the status of female instrumentalists in jazz and blues. Seeling and Fineberg will also share a brief live performance. The free event will take place on June 4 at 7:00 […]

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Summer reading programs offered at both Menlo Park Libraries

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Both the main library on Alma Street in Menlo Park as well as the Belle Haven branch library on Ivy Dr. will be holding summer reading programs. The kick off at the main library is from 10:30 to 1:00 pm on June 2 while the Belle Haven program starts on June 9 from 1:00 to […]

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Documentary film “Dolores” screens at Menlo Park Library on May 15

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Learn more about United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, in the new documentary film, Dolores, which will screen at the Menlo Park Library on May 15 at 6:30 pm. Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside her better-known co-founder Cesar Chavez, is profiled in this documentary directed by Peter Bratt. Huerta, […]

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Take a virtual tour of Turkey on May 14 at the Menlo Park Library

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Take a virtual tour of Turkey with the photography and music of David Couzens, visiting Ottoman palaces and historic mosques, exploring the villages of Cappadocia, chatting with rural Kurds, and venturing off to isolated, mountainous northeastern Anatolia and toward the Iranian border. Photographer, writer, composer, and musician David Couzens has traveled to more than 35 […]

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“Human Trafficking in the Bay Area” is topic of talk on May 8

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The full scope of human trafficking in the United States includes sex slavery, forced labor, and domestic servitude, as well as consumer choices that impact exploitative child labor practices overseas. Betty Ann Boeving Hagenau, Founder and Executive Director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, will address issues of human trafficking, what it looks like here […]

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Professional storyteller from Korea, Seung Ah Kim, will appear in Menlo Park

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Korea’s first contemporary professional storyteller is making a stop in Menlo Park as part of her “K-Storytelling” World Tour. On May 2, at 7:00 pm, the Menlo Park Main Library will host a performance by Seung Ah Kim, who will share traditional Korean folktales for all ages. Seung Ah Kim, based in Seoul, was inspired to […]

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Young Artivists: the Social Justice Sewing Academy visits on April 18

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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 […]

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