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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 drop in while materials last.

On July 31, children are invited to let their imaginations run free with open-ended multimedia art. The library will provide the poster board, markers, glue and all kinds of special materials to add to make their piece pop in 3D. There’s no wrong way to do this project!

The last workshop for this summer is scheduled for Aug. 14. There will be a slew of coloring books with designs that range from simple to pretty complicated. There are unicorns, emoji, mandalas, robot animals and more. Professional quality colored pencils to work with will be provided, and children will feel like real artists when they get to choose a colored mat to frame their work.

Weekly Summer Learning programs are also taking place at the Belle Haven Branch Library. Please check the library’s online calendar for more details.

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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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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

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Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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“California Listens: Menlo Park Stories” is new workshop offered by Menlo Park Library

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The Menlo Park Library is joining the California State Library and StoryCenter to invite you to share your story about life in California. Apply today to be considered for the workshop; the deadline for applications is July 7. On July 21-22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, StoryCenter’s staff will conduct a free […]

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“Cetaceans of the Coast” is topic at Menlo Park Library on June 25

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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 […]

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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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