Menlo Park Library

Over 150 years ago, Corporal David Brainard Griffin left his family to join the Union army. Griffin’s great-great grandson, author and historian Nick K. Adams, will share lessons learned from 100 letters home at the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on Monday, April 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Adams is a retired elementary school teacher, a multiple-award winning author, and an avid Civil War re-enactor and historical speaker who lives in Washington State. His book “Away at War: A Civil War Story of the Family Left Behind” earned a First Place Award at Chanticleer’s Reviews and Awards Conference in their “Westerns/Civil War Fiction” category. His previously published “My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters From a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer” won the “Narrative Non-Fiction” award given by Chanticleer.

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Meet and read with a cop on April 13

On Saturday, April 13, the Menlo Park Library invites families to come to the lawn under the oak trees and take part in these cool activities. – Listen to stories read by cops – Make a police car craft – Meet a police dog and handler – Explore a police car and motorcycle up close […]

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Learn about films Walt Disney produced during World War II on April 8

Educator Shawn Carrera from the Walt Disney Family Museum will talk about the films Walt Disney produced for the government during World War II on Monday, April 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Emphasis will be placed on Disney shorts and films made for the war effort, the occupation of […]

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Author of “The Little Exile” to speak at Menlo Park Library on March 27

Jeanette Arakawa, imprisoned for four years as a child during World War II in an Arkansas “relocation center” for Japanese-Americans, will at the Menlo Park Library on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm about life as an internee, and life after the “camps.” Arakawa is the author of the book “The Little Exile,” relating a […]

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Kids invited to make a Fabergé egg on March 23 at Menlo Park Library

Take a virtual trip to Russia! Learn about the famous Fabergé eggs, and create one of your own to take home. For ages 6-11, registration required. This free event is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.  

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Storyteller Kirk Waller returns to the Menlo Park Library on March 20

Kirk Waller will share a tale from the 13th century epic of Sundiata, the Lion King of the Mali Empire on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. He promises a fascinating story filled with history, myth, magic, violence, battles, and love, in which he will use traditional instruments as well […]

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Kids grades 3-6 can learn how to read aloud like an actor on March 20

In this fun class, Enid Davis of Story Friends leads students through exercises in reading aloud in a dramatic, effective voice, skills useful in any presentation — be it literary or nonfiction. It will take place on Wednesday, March 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. The program is free but […]

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A look back at the Peninsula during World War II is topic on March 12

Discover the Peninsula’s World War II legacy, with Carmen Blair, the Deputy Director of the San Mateo County Historical Association on Tuesday, March 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Wartime activities in San Mateo County included civilian defense, hospitals, industries such as Eimac and Western Pipe & Steel, internment camps, […]

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Listen to the Swingin’ Blue Stars on Saturday, March 9 at Menlo Park Library

Enjoy an upbeat, fun performance in three-part harmony by the Swinging’ Blue Stars singing songs of the World War II era — especially those made famous by groups like The Andrews Sisters and the McGuire Sisters on March 9 from 11:00 am to noon. The event will take place on the main floor of the Menlo […]

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Learn about artist Paul Gauguin at the Menlo Park Library on March 4

On March 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, the Menlo Park Library is hosting a  speaker from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco who will provide an entertaining, educational multi-media presentation offering an insiders’ look into the museums’ first exhibition dedicated to the work of Paul Gauguin. Experience: – A glimpse of a special […]

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“War Comes Home: The Legacy” is new exhibit at Menlo Park Library

Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, the traveling exhibition War Comes Home: The Legacy  is open at the Menlo Park Main Library. The exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. War Comes […]

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