Friends of the Menlo Park Library

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 just about anything else at hand.

What was created over the course of almost 50 years has been described as looking “quite otherworldly and not unlike an encrusted coral garden that had risen above the sea.” Mr. Guidici’s folk art garden, which he named “Capidro,” earned Historical Landmark status from the California Office of Historic Preservation, but this local wonder is no more.

Photojournalist Phil Pasquini will guide us along on a virtual tour of Capidro, as well as some of his other favorite folk art sites from around the U.S., as he shares the reasons he feels folk art is an important part of any community.

This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Menlo Park Friends of the Library.

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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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Friends of Library book sale will take place Dec. 2

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lots of great books for gifts or a rainy day! Several categories will be featured – art and collectibles, biography and history, children and young readers, cooking, fiction and many more. […]

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Meet Juana Briones in Menlo Park on August 12

A businesswoman. A rancher. A landowner. A humanitarian. A woman of transcendent vision and independence. Juana Briones was an extraordinary woman who was a leader in her own right and a role model for generations to come. In a dramatic and historically-accurate monologue and dialogue with the audience, Olga Loya uses her spellbinding storytelling skills […]

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Learn all about hummingbirds at a March 14 program at Menlo Park Library

When wildlife photographer Joan Sparks visits the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on March 14 at 7:00 pm, audience members will get an up-close look at the tiniest bird on the planet. The  program will include photography, along with accompanying music and commentary, providing identification and description of several different species of hummingbirds that can […]

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Multi-faith panel to address pluralism and mutual respect on Feb. 18

The Menlo Park Library is hosting a panel discussion on February 18 featuring representatives of several major world religions who will address questions about how each of their traditions is able to adhere to its convictions while taking a positive and respectful stance toward the diverse beliefs of others. The speakers are being provided courtesy of ING: the Islamic […]

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“The Orchid Whisperer” author, Bruce Rogers, will expand your orchid knowledge on Jan. 31

Whether you are considering growing orchids, are having trouble with the orchids you are already trying to grow, or think you could never possibly grow orchids, Bruce Rogers can give you some advice. The author of The Orchid Whisperer will share his expert tips from more than three decades of breeding and growing orchids at […]

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KGO radio host John Rothmann talks about “the ones who got away” on January 8

Political analyst John Rothmanan’s topic will focus on defeated Presidential candidates and their impact on parties, politics, and policy. As John will explain, in many cases, the lives and contributions of the losers are often as interesting as those of the winners. The talk takes place on Sunday, January 8, at 11:00 am in the Menlo […]

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