Book Clubs Are Back!
Books, stacked diagonally

Join us virtually, to talk about some great reads! Our 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.

Mystery Readers GroupWednesday, Sept. 16Art Crime Mysteries
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book GroupMonday, Sept. 28
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Literature Book GroupTuesday, Oct. 13
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Mystery Readers GroupWednesday, Oct. 21Evolutions of Authors and Their Series

Author Bridget Quinn: She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage and What Happened Next

Painting of 3 women from the book "She Votes"
Monday, Sept. 21: The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, granting women the right to vote. This new book celebrates the victory and the ongoing struggle.

Yayoi Kusama Art Talk and Activity

Graphic art suggestion of artist Yayoi Kusama: hair and dotted dress
Thursday, Sept. 24: Learn about Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama and try your hand at her style!

Raise a Glass, Quarantine-Style: A Film and a Tasting

Woman holding out glass of beer
Thursday, Sept. 24: Enjoy a short film, and then join us for a virtual beer-tasting, plus fun, trivia and friendly conversation.

Cooking Demonstration: Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Vietnamese rice paper rolls made by chef Andrea Nguyen
Friday, Sept. 25: James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Andrea Nguyen teaches us how to make delicious rice paper rolls like a pro!

Rebound: Understanding and Building Resilience in Challenging Times

"RESILIENCE" written across a chalkboard full of drawings of people succeeding at tasks
Monday, Sept. 28What is resilience, and how can it help you get through and beyond difficult times? Clinical Psychologist Dr. Erica Britton will provide strategies for building resilience.

Voting by Mail: What You Need to Know

Hand putting ballot into mail box
Tuesday, Sept. 29: How safe is voting by mail, and what should you do to ensure that your vote is counted? California Voter Foundation President Kim Alexander will share the latest information.

Native American “Thrivance” – More Than Surviving in Modern Colonial America

Junipero Serra statue over Highway 280, by artist Louis DuBois
Wednesday, Sept. 30: What’s in a name? Or a statue? Or a box of butter? 2020 has brought many changes, and we’ll talk about them with writer, activist, and consultant Gregg Castro (ramaytush and rumsien Ohlone / t'rowt'raahl Salinan).

Menlo Park Storytelling Festival

Storyteller on dark indoor stage

Our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival is going online! Join us every Thursday in October (plus one special Monday event) and be enchanted by some of the best tellers in the business--some with us for the very first time!

Thursday, Oct. 1
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Many Tellers, Many Tales!
Ages 5-Adult
Thursday, Oct. 8
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Michael D. McCarty
Folk, personal, & historical tales
Adults & Teens
Monday, Oct. 12
4-5:30 p.m.
Dovie Thomason
The Spirit Survives
Ages 12-Adult
Thursday, Oct. 15
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Chetter Galloway
A Tale of a Few Tricksters
Adults & Teens
Thursday, Oct. 22
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Linda Yemoto
Nature tales, Asian folktales, & ghost stories
All ages
Thursday Oct. 29
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Olga Loya
Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead
Ages 11-Adult

Virtual Tour: Charles M. Schulz Museum

A view of a gallery in the Charles M. Schulz Museum
Monday, Oct. 5: “Lucy! Fussbudget to Feminist” – join us for a live guided tour of the museum's current special exhibition, followed by a “How to Draw Lucy” instruction.

Growing Food from Kitchen Scraps

Vegetable clipping growing in kitchen windowsill
Wednesday, Oct. 7: Before you throw them in the trash, in the compost bin or down the disposal, take a second look at that carrot top, that lettuce stem and those other veggie remainders!

Author Gayle Romasanta: Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Drawing of UFW cofounder Larry Itliong
Thursday, Oct. 8: Celebrate Filipino American History Month with a conversation about the United Farm Workers co-founder's life, career, and importance to the Filipino American community.

Switzerland: a Virtual Tour

Swiss Alps: a train track and small buildings
Monday, Oct. 19Explore the Swiss Alps, with a knowledgeable guide, from the comfort of home!