What are string instruments made of, and how do they produce sound and music? More importantly, why do we make music?

Join the acclaimed musicians and teaching artists of Chamber Music by the Bay during their eighth season of bringing live music education to thousands of young audience members throughout the San Francisco Bay Area! Following the performance, audience members will get to visit the Instrument Petting Zoo to try their hand at the instruments.

-An interactive musical performance
-Learn how string instruments work
-Try your hand at the viola and cello
-While all ages are welcome, this program is especially geared at young audience members ages ten and below
-Event takes place in the library’s main hall, with most seating on the floor.

This free event, made possible by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, takes place on Jan. 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm/

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Menlo Park Library goes full “STEAM” ahead for 2019

Through the end of May, the Menlo Park Library is amping up its free programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Both library locations will be offering several special events each month for various age groups. Evening and weekend school assembly-style events will include “instrument petting zoos,” a pop-up paleontology museum, and exciting science […]

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Today kicks off “January is for the birds” in Menlo Park

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Meet reptiles and amphibians at Belle Haven branch of library on Dec. 16

Educators from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward will introduce some of their resident reptiles and amphibians at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. You’ll learn about their natural history and ecology, as well as life cycles, predators and prey, habitats, locomotion, and defense […]

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A Visit from Rosa Parks at the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 8

In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. This act of resistance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Mrs. Parks became known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” When she died, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to honor Parks by […]

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Frosty’s Magic Hat comes to Belle Haven branch of the library on Dec. 4

Tony Borders uses puppets, magic, and ventriloquism to make Frosty come alive in this show about a talking snowman and his friends. This free event, which will take place on Dec. 4 at 3:30 pm at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library,  is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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Friends of the Library holiday book sale set for Dec. 1

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 is a one day sale on Saturday, Dec. […]

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Adults create tin art at Belle Haven branch library on Dec. 1

Try your hand at the ancient metal technique of metal embossing! Art facilitator Christie Inocencio will provide all the materials you need to let your imagination soar at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 1 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Space for this adult program is limited. Please register in […]

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“Seeding Hope and Resilience: Women Moving Mountains” is topic of talk on Nov.28

Photojournalist Rucha Chitnis attempts to test assumptions, debunk stereotypes, and shift narratives at the Menlo Park Library on Nov 28 from  7:00 to 8:00 pm. She says she  is “passionate about making the invisible visible — particularly women’s counter narratives in the face of human rights abuses, food insecurity and ecological and climate crises.” Rucha’s talk […]

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Get ideas about explorations close to home on Nov. 27

Discover the joys of being a tourist in your own back yard at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Get to know the best, least-known places in San Mateo County — as well as some of the best-known places you may have never considered visiting — with Silvia Eckert of […]

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Retirement planning information at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 20

Learn about creating a smart approach for living in retirement. Bring your questions and get them answered at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Get some insight on the shift needed when going from saving for retirement to spending in retirement — your move from accumulation to distribution — from Delbar […]

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