Adults

National Novel Writing Month

Logo for National Novel Writing Month: coffee, computer, pens, paper
November marks NaNoWriMo, when aspiring authors everywhere flex their creative muscles by writing a novel from start to finish! We'll support your efforts along the way.
Monday, Nov. 23 Week 4
Monday, Nov. 30 Closing Ceremonies

Story Time for Adults


Hand holding open book
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. 

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.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book GroupMonday, Nov. 23Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir
Literature Book GroupTuesday, Dec. 8
The Pearl, by John Steinbeck
Mystery Readers GroupWednesday, Dec. 16
Holiday Mysteries
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book GroupMonday, Dec. 28Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K. Dick

Getting Through it All: Trauma Basics


Person walking on beach, back to us
Tuesday, Dec. 1: The current pandemic and its related isolation; a seemingly-heightened period of societal polarization; the holidays: how trauma affect us in this particular moment in time, and how can we work to cope long-term?

Let's Talk Books

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Wednesday, Dec. 2: Join us for a chat about books that we think are worth a read. We'll bring you up to date on some of the books that have come out lately.

The Second Wave of Feminism: The Lavender Menace

Photo from 1970 protest: women wearing "Lavender Menace" t-shirts
Monday, Dec. 7: The Women’s History Museum takes us back to 1970, to the protests against the exclusion of lesbians and lesbian issues from the feminist movement.

Cooking Demonstration: A Taste of African Heritage

Bowl of prepared couscous
Friday, Dec. 11: Cook along with us, if you like, as we learn how to make a pair of healthy and delicious regional specialties from West Africa!

Meet the Poet: Samuel Getachew


2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Samuel Getachew on stage, seated
Monday, Dec. 14: Recently spotlighted in a New York Times feature, “Young Black Poets,” the 18-year-old is 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate and an incoming Yale freshman. We’ll meet him in conversation with poet and musician Jym Marks.

Introduction to Home Food Preservation

Person standing behind table full of jars of home-preserved food
Monday, Dec. 15: Get the information you need to start canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, and dehydrating.

Art and Artists: Can Toy Bears Jump?


Group of dolls jumping
Friday, Dec. 18: By day, Simlian Ong of Singapore is a colleague, a wife and a mom—but in her spare time, she’s a toy collector and photographer. You’ll be amazed at what her dolls and toys get up to.

Virtual Tour: Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles


Holding pen full of California sea lions at rehab center
Monday, Dec. 21: Go behind the scenes, meet the center’s pinniped patients, and learn how staff and volunteers work to return injured animals back to their ocean homes.

Virtual Tour: Japanese American National Museum


Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles
Monday, Dec. 28: Explore the museum’s exhibition chronicling 130 years of Japanese American history and then speak to a survivor of America’s concentration camps.