View All Posts

Oct 19

Celebrating the Friends of the Library

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: John Weaver

The Menlo Park Library is celebrating its Friends this week, National Friends of the Library Week. 

Thanks to our Friends group, the public gets to enjoy an enriching slate of events including the library’s annual Summer Learning Program, twice-yearly Science Nights, coding classes for teens, author visits, musical performances (this Saturday, Vellamo joins us, direct from Finland), and our very popular adult “A Visit with…” series, in which we’ve been able to meet historical figures including Albert Einstein, Julia Morgan and Juana Briones.

The Menlo Park Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the library and its services. In its earliest iteration (begun in 1951 by the American Association of University Women), the group started a fundraising book sale which became an annual outdoor book fair--the first major library book fair on the Peninsula). Among the purchases from the proceeds was a photocopier, making Menlo Park's the first public library in Northern California to offer this service. 

Today, the Friends process over 200,000 donated books and other items each year, selling books daily in its store & online, and in huge quarterly sales. To all of our Friends volunteers, to people who donate books, and purchase books and donate funds—THANK YOU. Happy National Friends of the Library Week!

Celebrating the Friends of the Library