Welcome to Menlo Park's Summer Reading Adventure! 

Grow a reader! Take part in our Summer Reading Adventure, track your reading and fun activities and earn a free book. Enter the raffles and get a chance to win a gift card to a Menlo Park business!

The Summer Reading Adventure is open to all ages. Menlo Park residents or students who go to school in Menlo Park will earn a Kepler’s Books gift card for finishing the program; anyone can play and be eligible for our raffle prizes. Sign up online, then start earning badges whenever you read or do one of the activities.

Did you know that the library now offers curbside pickup for books on hold--and there are lots of other ways to read! You can look in the online library catalog to see if your book comes in e-book or downloadable audiobook formats; take a walk to check out what is on offer in your neighborhood Little Free Library; or find a magazine you like on RBDigital!

Summer Reading Adventure is brought to you by the City of Menlo Park with additional financial support from Friends of Menlo Park Library.

Peter Apel Music

Man playing guitarWednesday, June 10: Get ready for a show full of music, magic and laughs!

Wildmind Science Learning: Wild, Odd and Weird!

Vulture looking through items in paper bag on groundTuesday, June 16: Explore the gentler side of the most misunderstood animals of the wild kingdom. 

African Village Celebration
Man in African garb with drums

Tuesday, June 17: A captivating, participatory experience of African Village life, featuring drumming, dancing, songs and stories.

Summer Puppetry Festival
Puppet sailor and sea monster

The festival is back, and this year we’re coming into your home! Eight shows and seven different puppet troupes, a couple of them brand-new to the festival!

Sunday, June 14
2 p.m.
Inspirational Ventriloquist Marc Griffiths:
Imagination Island
Sunday, June 28
2 p.m.
The Puppet Company:
The King’s Problem
Sunday, July 12
2 p.m.
Steve Chaney and Corny Crow
Sunday, July 26
2 p.m.
Fratello Marionettes:
Tuesday, Aug. 4
2 p.m.
Randel McGee and Groark the Dragon
Sunday, Aug. 9
2 p.m.
Puppet Art Theater:
Bunny Boot Camp
Thursday, Aug. 20
6:30 p.m.
Puppet Art Theater:
Tale of the Dragon’s Tale
Sunday, Aug. 23Luce Puppet Company:
Splashy Sea Saga

Oceans Rock!
Science presenter in front of a group of children

Thursday, June 25: Go on a virtual undersea adventure! Learn about the amazing creatures in our seas, and how they help us every day, and even save our lives.

Didgeridoo Down Under
Man playing didgeridoo

Wednesday, July 1: This fun, Australia-themed show fuses music, culture, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, environmentalism, and more!

Children can enjoy the library at home

  • ABC Mouse is the #1 digital learning program for ages 2-8!  To start, check out an account on the web site. Then continue on the web or in the app.
  • lets you get homework help with a live tutor, in the browser or app.
  • TumbleMath has fun K-6 math books in all kinds of categories.
  • Mango helps kids and adults learn English and over 70 more languages.
  • Kanopy has a Kanopy Kids section with animated Story Time picture books.  Watch on the web site or in the app.
  • TumbleBookLibrary offers story books and read-alongs.