Friends of the Menlo Park Library

Nationally-renowned storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya present a mind-opening, taboo-busting stew of stories people don’t tell for fear of ridicule on July 14 from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Library.

Olga tells about working with a ‘curandero’ and having to look at things in a whole new way. Erica tells how the wishes, mistakes and relationships of a cross-country trip took her family to places they never even dreamed of!

Erica and Olga offer to draw you into the powerful mysterious unknown of unbelievable but true stories that show the mystery, beauty and kinship of all life. The duo will follow unbelievable but true stories with just the right folktales!

This free event is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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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 […]

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Juan L. Sánchez performs Música Nueva Canción Style on June 9 at Belle Haven library branch

The Menlo Park Library will host a performance by Spanish musician Juan L. Sánchez, performing original and traditional compositions in the Nueva Canción (New Song) style. The free event is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, and it will take place at 1:00 pm at the Menlo Park Belle Haven Library, located at […]

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Ty Cobb as played by actor Norm Coleman returns to Menlo Park on June 2

Baseball legend Ty Cobb returns to the Menlo Park on June 2 at 11:00 am in this one-man show with actor Norm Coleman presented in the Menlo Park Council Chambers. Coleman-as-Cobb will share tales about his early days growing up in Royston, Georgia playing for the Tigers, and spin yarns about players he knew: Babe […]

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Antiquarian book sale set or Saturday, May 12

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library is hosting an Antiquarian Book Sale Saturday, May 12, 2018, from noon to 3:00 pm. This first-ever one-day book sale features a broad selection of antiquarian and collectible books at a range of prices. Most of these donated books have not been offered at the Friends’ regular quarterly […]

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Japanese-American Detention Camps: Stories of Strength and Hope is title of May 5th talk

Storyteller Megumi will bring history to life — and she will bring along guests who lived through that history. Storyteller Megumi has conducted dozens of personal interviews with American men and women of Japanese ancestry who experienced forced and “voluntary” eviction, incarceration, draft (and draft resistance) during World War II. Based on these interviews, Megumi […]

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Capidro: A Garden of Concrete Ideas is explored on April 17

Take a virtual tour of the fantastical garden which once called Menlo Park home on Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library Once upon a time (1932) in Menlo Park, a man named John Guidici responded to personal tragedy by transforming his garden with cement, shells, sand — and […]

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Meet aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman via Betty Slater’s performance on April 14

In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. Because she was black and female, Coleman could not find anyone in the U.S. willing to teach her how to fly, so she headed off to France. Coleman toured the country with […]

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Journey with wildlife photographer Joan Sparks to the depths of the Amazon on April 9

Photographer Joan Sparks will share stories and images from her two-week trip into the Amazon Jungle with National Geographic photographers. The program takes place on April 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Through Joan’s photography, learn more about the plants, birds, and reptiles that inhabit this special place. Wildlife photographer […]

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Book sale at Menlo Park Library on March 24 & 25

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will host a two day book sale on March 24th and 25th. The event takes place from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturday and from noon to 2:00 on Sunday. Great books for the entire family will be available, so come early and stock up! We have thousands of […]

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Comics pioneer Trina Robbins appears Feb. 8 at Friends of the Menlo Park Library event

From the underground comix movement to Wonder Woman, comics pioneer Trina Robbins has done it all! She’s made clothes for Mama Cass & David Crosby, and she’s written stories for Barbie & the Powerpuff Girls. Now this comics “herstorian” has written a memoir, and she will join us to share tales from her life, and […]

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