January is for the BIRDS!

Collage of bird-related events
The Menlo Park Library starts off the new year on a high note, with a month of event focusing on our fine-feathered friends! Enjoy film, science, and hands-on projects of an avian nature.

Film Screening: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Wednesday, Jan. 2
6:30--8:00 pm
All ages
Mark Bittner & Judy Irving: the "Wild Parrots" Whisperers
Saturday, Jan. 5
11:00 am -- Noon
City Council Chambers
Adults & teens
Film Screening: Pelican Dreams
Tuesday, Jan. 8
6:30--8:00 pm
All ages
Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs: the Independent Evolutions of Powered Flight
Wednesday, Jan. 9
7:00--8:00 pm
Adults, teens, & tweens
Paper Cup Parrots
Saturday, Jan. 12
10:30--11:15 am
Ages 3-5
* Registration required *
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Family Science Fair
Sunday, Jan. 13
2:00--3:00 pm
Belle Haven
Ages 6-12 with adult
Attracting Birds to Your Garden
Monday, Jan. 14
7:00--8:00 pm
Adults & teens
Junior Rangers: All About Birds
Tuesday, Jan. 15
4:00--5:00 pm
Ages 7-12
* Registration required *
Bay Area Avian Science Research
Tuesday, Jan. 22
7:00--8:00 pm
Adults & teens
Film Screening: Birders: the Central Park Effect
Wednesday, Jan. 23
7:00--8:00 pm
All ages
Storyteller John Weaver: These Stories are for the Birds!
Thursday, Jan. 24
4:00--4:45 pm
Ages 5-Adult
Adults Paint a Birdhouse
Monday, Jan. 28
6:30--8:00 pm
Adults & teens
* Registration Required *
Warlords of the Air: Raptors
Tuesday, Jan. 29
6:30--8:00 pm
Adults & teens

Literature Book Club

Join us for our discussion group, which meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:15-8:30. Our club  discusses a wide range of contemporary literary works: novels, short stories, essays, and poetry.  Our mission is to closely read a selection of literary works and discuss them in a spirit of curiosity and respect.
Book covers
January 8: "The Feast of Love," by Charles Baxter
February 12: "The Age of Innocence," by Edith Wharton
March 12: "Manhattan Beach," by Jennifer Egan

Sabor de Mi Cuba

Cuban band

Saturday, January 19: (Belle Haven Branch) Live music! Havana-born Carlitos Medrano and his fellow musicians fuse Afro-Cuban rhythms with world music influences, for a performance of original tunes that will have you out of your seat!

Knitting MeetupKnitting Group

Wednesday, January 23: (Main Library) Meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9 to crochet, knit, sew, & laugh!  All skill levels welcome.

Speculative Fiction Book Group
3 book covers

Introducing our newest book group! 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.

January 28: "Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley
February 25: "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet," by Becky Chambers
March 25: "Street Freaks," by Terry Brooks

Community Meeting: New Belle Haven Library

Adults sitting around library tables, paintingMonday, January 28: The City of Menlo Park is taking an important next step towards a new branch library in Belle Haven. We want to hear from you!

Film Discussion Meetup

Join us the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. to informally discuss the movie playing at the Guild Movie Theater the weekend prior. We see the movie on our own and then meet in the library's downstairs meeting room to discuss it together in an informal and friendly environment. Snacks provided. Please contact the organizer with any questions and for more information.

Jym Marks Quintet
Jazz combo

Saturday, February 2: Enjoy a wonderful performance of jazz, with "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks and his quintet!

Board Game Meetup
Board games

Sunday, February 3 Would you like to play a game? Drop in and join us on the first 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!

Chinese New Year: Food and Traditions
Chef Linda Lau Anusasananan

Monday, February 4: (Main Library) Learn about Chinese New Year traditions and foods with Linda Lau Anusasananan, author of "The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from around the World."

Adults Paint Like Pippin
Painting by Horace Pippin

Monday, February 11: (Main Library) Join us for a fun art program just for adults! Art facilitator Christie Inocencio will help you capture the striking style of African-American painter Horace Pippin.

Mark Fiore: The Art of Politics
Political cartoonist Mark Fiore

Monday, February 25: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning political cartoonist, whom the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” currently creates topical animations for KQED. He’ll talk about his career, and the state of political criticism.

Film and Filmmaker:
"Drawn Together" Director Harleen Singh
Drawn Together documentary subjects

Tuesday, February 26: “Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes” brings together three artists who confront stereotypes and racism in modern America. We’ll watch the film together, and then discuss it with the director.

War Comes Home: The Legacy

Soldier with her baby

Coming to the Main Library in March-April, 2019: For veterans, returning home from war can be both an exhilarating and challenging experience. Our special exhibition and program series will explore separation and reunion over multiple American wars. 

War Comes Home: The Legacy is a partnership between California Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy.

E-Library Tips
Person reading on tablet

Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, June 5: Drop in with your smart device, and our staff will show you how to help yourself to FREE access to e-books, magazines, museum passes, and so much more!