Voter Information Events

Person signing form at voter registration event
Saturday, Jan. 18 Voting in the Primaries: What You Need to Know (Main Library): Get nonpartisan election information, including how procedures in San Mateo County have changed since the last Presidential election.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Voter Registration (Main Library): Register to vote for the first time, or change your voter registration if you have moved, changed your name or changed your party.

Poster Art

Paper-cut art by Miriam Klein Stahl: group of people with fists raised
The Menlo Park Library Foundation and Facebook Analog Research Lab are sponsoring a "My Community" Youth Poster Exhibition. Leading up to the event, we present a series of artist-led workshops at the Belle Haven Branch Library, open to adults, teens, and students in Grades 2 and above.

Saturday, Jan. 18Risograph Printing 101
Sunday, Jan. 26High-Contrast Papercut Posters
Saturday, Feb. 1Illustrating Yourself and Your Neighbors
Sunday, Feb. 9Changing Our World with Public Posters

The American Advertising Calendar Plate

Early 20th-century calendar platesTuesday, Jan. 21 (Main Library): We're starting the new year by taking a look at some old plates! Learn about the clues they give us about our country's rural past.

Knitting MeetupKnitting Group

Meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. to crochet, knit, sew and laugh!  All skill levels welcome.

The Prairie Rose Band

Band in western gearSaturday, January 25 (Belle Haven Branch): Music of the Old West and of the West that never was: a fun, toe-tapping, sing-along-if-you-like performance of songs you forgot you ever knew, and songs you never knew at all! 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

Four book covers

Escape to other worlds through sci-fi, fantasy, horror, dystopia, and more. Meets at the Main Library on the 4th Monday of each month from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

January 27: 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
February 24: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

Adults Paint Like Pollock
Detail of painting in Jackson Pollock’s style

Tuesday, Jan. 28 (Main Library): Sign up to mark the birth anniversary of Jackson Pollock by trying your hand at painting in his style! 

Who the $&% Is Jackson Pollock?

Detail of outraged-looking person pointing at Pollock painting (film still)Wednesday, Jan. 29 (Main Library): Documentary: Sometimes thrifting can be extremely rewarding. This may or may not be one of those times.

Spinners Meet

It's a brand-new group! Meet up with hand spinning enthusiasts to spin and share techniques and ideas on creating your own beautiful unique yarns. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your spindles, spinning wheels or e-spinners! Meets the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Uneven Ground: Inequity on the Mid-Peninsula

Menlo Park-area map with words indicating positive and negative qualitiesMonday, Feb. 3 (Main Library): Journalist Kate Bradshaw talks about her reporting on how land use affects health in the communities of North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, and Belle Haven.

Storyteller Kiran Rana: Nasruddin Visits the City

Portrait of a storytellerTuesday, Feb. 4 (Main Library): Meet Nasruddin Hodja, the “wise fool” of Central Asia! Storyteller and Sufi master Kiran Rana will share tales of this enigmatic and spiritual figure both in his original setting, and in the U.S.

Starting Your Garden

Seeds sproutingWednesday, Feb. 5 (Main Library): Get some great advice--and free seeds--from some gardening experts!

A Visit with Harriet Tubman

Actor portraying Harriet TubmanSaturday, Feb. 8 (Main Library): Don’t miss this legend brought back to life, in a special one-woman show by actor Betty Slater.

Board Game Meetup
Board games

Would you like to play a game? Drop in and join us on the second Sunday of each month, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., for a chance to relax and unwind with other adults! A variety of games will be provided, and our facilitator will help explain how to play. Feel free to bring a game of your own to share! 

Film Screening: Baltimore Rising

Still from documentary: young adult addressing public meetingTuesday, Feb. 11 (Main Library): Documentary chronicling the protests in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, showing the efforts of people on all sides fighting for justice and a better city. Rated TV-MA

Literature Book Club

Four book covers

Drop in to discuss a wide range of contemporary literary works: novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Meets at the Main Library on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Improvement, by Joan Silber

E-Library Tips

Person reading on tabletWednesday, Feb. 12 (Main Library): Drop in, and we’ll show you how to use your electronic device and library card to get free access to streaming video, e-books, museum passes, and so much more!

Film Screening: Ruby Bridges

Still from biopic film: Ruby Bridges and mother cross picket lineThursday, Feb. 13 (Main Library): Rated PG: Join us for a docudrama about Ruby, and the New Orleans school desegregation crisis of 1960.

Soul of a Nation:
Art in the Age of Black Power

Detail of art by Hendricks Barkley: 3 people in white suitsTuesday, Feb. 18 (Main Library): View works by African American artists inspired by the Civil Rights struggle, shared by a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Author Event: John Billheimer

Man at table talkingWednesday, Feb. 19 (Main Library): Our Mystery Readers Group welcomes the author of the Owen Allison mystery series, as well as “Hitchcock and the Censors,” a nonfiction book tracing the rise of movie censorship.                                                                                                                                                                                            

Film Screening/Discussion: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Still from silent film: figure rising from coffinWednesday, Feb. 26 (Main Library) The influential silent film, an expressionist horror classic from Germany, turns 100!

Film Discussion Group

Meet other film fans and talk about a movie that played at the Aquarius Theater the prior weekend. Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:45 pm.