Anyone who’s ever thought to themselves that the month of January is for the birds is right; at least that’s the case at the Menlo Park Library. Over the course of the month, the library will be offering an avian-themed slate of films, science talks, crafts and special guest appearances.

Judy Irving and Mark Bittner, the director and human star of the documentary “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” will talk about their work on January 5. Their film will be screened at 6:30 pm at a separate event (January 2), as will Irving’s follow-up bird documentary, “Pelican Dreams (January 8).” A third film, “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” will screen on January 24th.

A pair of scientists will also be giving talks during the month. On January 9, biologist Maria Viteri of Stanford’s Hadly Lab will give a talk entitled “Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs: the Independent Evolutions of Powered Flight,” looking at how those vertebrates got off the ground.

On January 13, Yiwei Wang, Ph.D., Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory will be talking about that organization’s avian research.

Other adult programs during the month include a paint-your-own-birdhouse session, a talk on attracting birds to your garden, and a presentation on raptors from a wildlife photographer.

Children can attend a bird-themed mini science fair, or sign up for various special craft and science activities.

The full “January is for the Birds” list  with times and locations  is available online.

{ Be the first to comment }

Heidi Kasevich, PhD, Founder, Quiet Schools Network is next M-A Parent Ed speaker

Heidi Kasevich, PhD, Founder, Quiet Schools Network will talk about QUIET: Unlocking the Power of Introverts at the next M-A Parent Education  Series on Nov. 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A PAC. Free tickets available online. In 2012, Susan Cain wrote a landmark book called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that […]

Click to read more →

Stanford Professor Karen Offen is First Friday speaker on Oct. 5

In the maelstrom of news surrounding the #MeToo movement, gender diversity in technology, the drive to place more women in the C-suite and boardroom — and even in the discussion around Supreme Court nominations — the topic of women’s empowerment is front and center. And it has never been louder. At this important moment in time, […]

Click to read more →

Child Safety Seat inspection set for Sept. 23 at Burgess Park

Bring your child, their car seat and your vehicle to this free event on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Burgess Park. Your equipment will be checked by the Menlo Park Police Department personnel for recalls, proper fit, and help with the correct installation. No appointments are needed. For proper use […]

Click to read more →

2018 Golden Acorn Awards spotlight achievement by Menlo Park organizations and people

On September 20th, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will present the Golden Acorn Awards in recognition of leadership throughout the Menlo Park community. The awards, now in their 42nd year, celebrate achievement through innovation, professionalism and contributions by organizations, individuals and volunteers. The keynote speaker will be Rich Gordon, current President/CEO of the California […]

Click to read more →

Classroom Safari coming to Belle Haven branch of Menlo Park Library on Sept. 11

Join us for an entertaining and educational adventure into the animal kingdom, and meet some live, rare, and unusual animals from around the world! Docents from Classroom Safari will bring several “animal ambassadors,” and help you to understand their natural world. The fascinating creatures you meet might include a sloth, a ring-tailed lemur, a serval, […]

Click to read more →

Becky Zeren continues a life filled with books by volunteering at Los Ayudantes

If there’s a thread through Becky Zeren’s life, it’s books. She inherited a library from her father that numbered in the tens of thousands. She worked for 30 years as teacher/librarian at Trinity School in Menlo Park. And among her retirement pursuits, she is volunteering with Los Ayudantes, a Redwood City-based non-profit that provides in-class […]

Click to read more →

Year Up Bay Area launches job training program at Facebook in Menlo Park

Year Up Bay Area (“YUBA”), a non-profit workforce development program for motivated and talented young adults, has launched a new Year Up site at Facebook in Menlo Park. The new site, which is Year Up’s first employer-based site on the West Coast, will serve 80 young adults in its first year, allowing the organization to […]

Click to read more →

Families gather at welcome event in advance of new Menlo Park City School District preschool

Next month, the Menlo Park City School District is opening its long-planned preschool, offering full and part day programs for children ages 3-5. Jessica Mihaly, Director of the Early Learning Center, hosted a welcome event at Laurel School last weekend for enrolled students and families to meet each other and their new teachers, enjoy some […]

Click to read more →

Learn about animals of the rain forest on July 10

Come to the Menlo Park Library on July 10 from 2:00-2:45 pm as docents from Wildmind Science Learning (formerly known as Wildlife Associates) introduce us to some of the beautiful and fascinating animals that live throughout the world’s endangered tropical rain forests. Learn about the creatures’ habits, lives, and the roles they play in the great […]

Click to read more →

Middle schoolers participate in the Greene Scholars Program Summer Science Institute at SLAC

The California Alliance of African American Educators Greene Scholars Program Summer Science Institute at SLAC began three years ago. The annual program was organized by an employee resource group known as CORE (Committee for Outreach, Recruitment & Engagement of Ethnic Minorities) in collaboration with Stanford University. While the program has welcomed high school students for […]

Click to read more →