The N-word: History, Race and the College Classroom

Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor posing in front of book shelf
Monday, Apr. 19: What is it about that word? OAH Distinguished Lecturer Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Ph.D., a professor, researcher—and daughter of iconic comedian Richard Pryor—shares her perspective.

Raise a Glass, Quarantine-Style

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Friday, Apr. 23: It's a virtual beer tasting! This time, we’ll have some books with our brews—and invite you to join us for a second book-ish event immediately afterward.

Book-ish Trivia

Scrabble tiles spelling out "TRIVA" rest atop a stack of books
Friday, Apr. 23: What is your book knowledge? It doesn’t really matter! Gather your team (or we'll gather one for you) and join us for some good ol’ bar-style trivia (virtually, of course)!

Story Time for Adults

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Fridays at Noon: You're never too old for a good story! Take a break each Friday at noon, as your Menlo Park librarians read aloud to you. (No event March 26)

Book Groups--Online!
Books, stacked diagonally

Join us virtually, to talk about some great reads! Our new Melanated Reads group meets on the 1st Monday of each Month, our Fiction Book Group (formerly the "Literature Book Group") meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, our Mystery Readers Group convenes on the 3rd Wednesday, and our Sci-Fi/Fantasy group gets together on the 4th Monday.

Fiction Book GroupTuesday, Apr. 13
The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
Mystery Readers GroupWednesday, Apr. 21Foodie Mysteries
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book GroupMonday, Apr. 26
Mama Day, by Gloria Naylor
Melanated ReadsMonday, May 3Anybody's Daughter, by Pamela Samuels Young'

Library Choice: Let's Talk Books

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Wednesday, Apr. 14: Join us as we share books and other materials that we think are worth a read. 

Missing the Cinema?

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Enjoy access to thousands of streaming movies on Kanopy--free with your Menlo Park Library card--and join us online for some interesting discussions!
Thursday, Apr. 15 Let's Talk Movies: The Farewell

Cooking Demonstration: Guamanian Food

Dish of Guamanian food
Monday, Apr. 26: Cook along, if you like, as local chef George Perez shows us how to make his take on a dish from his native Guam.

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

Author Paula Yoo, wearing a COVID mask & "Asian Heroes Matter" shirt, holding her book about V
Tuesday, Apr. 27: Author Paula Yoo shares her new book documenting a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism.

Composting Made Easy

Small child squatting on ground, cupping hands full of soil
Wednesday, Apr. 28: Join “Waste Sleuth” Todd Sutton, and learn the basics of how to start your own compost pile. Turn your food waste into nutrient-rich soil.

National Civil Rights Museum Virtual Tour: “The Long Walk to Freedom”

National Civil Rights Museum: long red sign in front of building
Thursday, Apr. 29: Take a virtual tour of the museum at the Historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and hear in-depth stories from the modern civil rights movement.

Music for Mental Health
Individual photos of three musicians, each with guitar

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and once again, Menlo Park is taking part with a series of events intended to inform and support. We kick off with performances by local musicians, who will share their own positive stories.

Saturday, May 1Mardi Morillo
Friday, May 14
Kimberlye Gold
Friday, May 28
Frances Ancheta

Garden Talk: Pests

Snail crawling on hole-infested cabbageWednesday, May 5: Don’t let the garden pests get you down! Our experts will share some strategies to keep your crops thriving.