Menlo Park Library

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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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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Family Holiday Tree and Gift Tag Workshop on Dec. 8

Bring the family to create and decorate a mini 3-D paper tree, and to design unique gift tags and cards! All craft materials provided. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 am to noon. Registration required. For ages 4 and up; adults are invited to participate, but must be accompanied by a […]

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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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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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Create tabletop art from re-purposed books at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 16

Build and decorate your own tabletop art on Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm by repurposing a retired book to create a tablescape, using paint and other materials as well. Art facilitator Christie Inocencio will provide all the materials you need to let your imagination soar. This adult program is free, but space is […]

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John Weaver spins tales from the sea at Menlo Park Library on Nov. 15

Storyteller John Weaves tells tales about amazing things that happen at sea at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 15 from 4:00 to 4:45 pm. No registration is necessary for this event, which is especially for big kids — elementary schoolers on up, along with their adults. Storytelling is telling stories without using a book. […]

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Western Ballet performing mini Nutcracker at Menlo Park Library on Nov. 15

The Western Ballet Company brings the timeless magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Menlo Park Library Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm. The talented and elegant dancers of Western Ballet weave the tale of a young girl who dreams that her Nutcracker doll becomes a valiant prince who takes her on a royal visit to […]

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Silly Goose and Val at Menlo Park library on Nov. 1

The Menlo Park Library will host a performance by Silly Goose and Val, a fast-paced, funny musical show featuring puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and “100% audience participation!” The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, and will take place at 7:00 pm at the Main Library, located at 800 Alma […]

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Joan Morris brings Wild Backyard Encounters to Menlo Park Library on Oct. 29

Bay Area News Group’s “Animal Life” columnist Joan Morris (pictured) has tales to tell and will be at the Menlo Park Library on Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. She will share some wild tales, and to answer questions, whether you want to attract wild life to your garden — or keep it out! […]

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Funding for building new Menlo Park library is withdrawn

Local philanthropist John Arrillaga is withdrawing his offer to fund and build a new main library contingent upon the City of Menlo Park contributing the first $20 million of construction costs. Staff estimates that a new main library at Burgess Park would cost up to $60 million. Mr. Arrillaga’s original offer was made to the […]

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