Arts and culture

Teen video contest: “My Community During Quarantine”

Menlo Park teens are invited to submit original videos to our Teen Video Contest. Menlo Park students or residents in grades 6-12 who enter will be recognized for their creative vision, and will have the chance to win prizes for their creations.

During the shelter-in-place, Menlo Park teens have engaged in many creative and  positive acts within our community, big and small – participating in peaceful protests, walking their dogs to relieve stress, visiting little free libraries in their neighborhood, sending delivery persons positive notes. Show us what you have been doing in and for your community by creating a 2-10 minute short video on the theme, "My Community During Quarantine." 

Deadline is Wednesday, August 12. Enter by tagging us @menloparklibrary, or email a link to For more information, check out the promo.

Contest is sponsored by the City of Menlo Park Library in partnership with MidPen Media Center and the Teen Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG is comprised of students from Menlo-Atherton high school and other neighboring schools. Videos will be featured on MidPen Media Center’s local channels and streamed on the web.  

Menlo Park Library curbside pickup service 

The City of Menlo Park now offers safe, contactless curbside pickup of library books and audiovisual materials for Menlo Park residents. Items must be requested in advance. Pickups are available by appointment only. Appointments are available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more

In addition, the library is hosting a number of virtual programs and events for all ages, including book clubs, educational events for kids, and more!

Museum tours

American Museum of Natural History - While the Museum is closed you can still enjoy exhibits and online offerings, from materials for families and teachers to virtual tours, videos, games, digital backgrounds, and more. 

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Online Visit - Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.

The Getty Museum - Explore thousands of items in the Getty’s collection. The J. Paul Getty Museum specifically has several interactive options for exploring their collection.

Poetry Foundation Lecture Series  - Talks given by notable scholars and critics on poets, poetry, and their intersections with other art forms. Features recordings from historic archives and live events.

Virtual Museum Tours - A list of twelve museums offering free virtual tours, cultivated by Travel + Leisure

Books and literature

Arts and Culture by Google - Features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online.

Harvard Book Store Virtual Events - Harvard Book Store’s award-winning event series continues online! See linked page for upcoming virtual events.

Powell’s Books: Recommended Reading List - A curated list of books by African American authors, created by booksellers at Powell’s Books. 

Shelter-in-place Book List - A collection of staying home reads provided by the UC Berkeley librarians. Start a virtual book club or read on your own! 

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Theatre and music

Broadway HD -  Watch all your favorite theater shows for free for a week!

Chamber Music Society - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s holds a series of livestreams and recorded concerts for your enjoyment.

Jazz Academy, from Lincoln Center - A collection of educational videos about the wonderful world of jazz.

The Virtual Instructor - Free art lessons online for artists of every skill level. Learn to draw and paint from home.