Wherever There's a Fight:
A History of Civil Liberties in California

Wherever There’s a Fight collage

Throughout the months of April and May, the Menlo Park Main Library will be hosting a special exhibition based on the book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi.

Spanning the period from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 era, the exhibition tells the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines throughout California who stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling.

In addition to the informational panels on display throughout the library, we will be hosting a series of related events, beginning with an appearance by the book’s authors. All of the events are free to attend.

Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pmKick-Off Event: Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi
Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 amA Visit with Bessie Coleman
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pmYoung Artivists: The Social Justice Sewing Academy
Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pmIslamophobia and its Impact
Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 amJapanese-American Detention Camps:
Stories of Strength and Hope
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 pmHuman Trafficking in the Bay Area
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 pmFilm: Dolores
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 pmA Visit with "Uncle Toisan"
Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 pmFilm: Milk

Storyteller Seung Ah Kim

Seung-Ah Kim

Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00: Korea's first contemporary professional storyteller is on her international "K-Storytelling" tour, and will be stopping in Menlo Park to share Korean tales and culture for all ages!

Storyteller Dovie Thomason
The Spirit Survives:
The Boarding School Experience Then and Now

Storyteller Dovie Thomason

Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30: On tour from Pennsylvania, celebrated Lakota/Plains Apache storyteller Dovie Thomason performs her original story exploring a tragic chapter in our nation’s history: the First Nations of North America boarding school experience. Intended for adults and teens.

Aviation April-June 2018

The Menlo Park Library continues its series of programs saluting aviation, both local and international.

Saturday, April 14 at 11:00
A Visit with Bessie Coleman
Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30
The Tuskegee Airmen
Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30
SFO: Airport, Museum

For Film Fans

2018 March May movies collage
Food for thought, and films for fun! Mark your calendar for this diverse slate of screenings.

Monday, March 19 at 2:30
The Three Musketeers
Director Richard Lester's 1973 Classic.
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:303 Men and a Cradle
The French original!
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30DoloresThe new documentary about Dolores Huerta
Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30MilkHarvey Milk biopic starring Sean Penn

The Arts for Adults
Arts Collage April May

Join us for a series of events exploring and celebrating the arts! Three photographers help us explore our world: the Amazon, Turkey, and even not-so-long-ago Menlo Park!

Monday, April 9 at 6:30 pm
Amazon Jungle Treasures
Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm
Capidro: A Garden of Concrete Ideas
Monday, May 14 at 7:00 pmImages of Turkey

A Visit with Ty Cobb

Norm Coleman as Ty Cobb

Saturday, June 2: The baseball legend comes back to life, in this one-man show by actor Norm Coleman.

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.

Knitting Meetup

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

Literature Book Club

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:15-8:30. Our club will discuss 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.
Literature Book Club Summer 2018

May 8: "A Visit from the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan
June 12: "Never Let Me Go," by Kazuo Ishiguro
July 10: "Autumn," by Ali Smith

Mystery Readers Group

The Mystery Readers Group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Join fellow mystery readers to share and discuss favorite writers!. See the schedule for the Mystery Readers Group.

Janet Dawson and Wendy Hornsby

On May 16, the group will welcome two award-winning guest authors! Please join us to hear and meet Janet Dawson and Wendy Hornsby.