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    As vaccinations rise, Menlo Park prepares to expand access to city services and city facilities. Check out our 4-phase city reopening plan.

Virtual Exhibition: California Votes!
1911 photo: Clara Elizabeth Chan Lee, the 1st Chinese American  woman to register to vote in the US Opens in new window

Aug. 25-Oct. 5: Just in time for California’s anniversary of statehood and another wild election period, Menlo Park’s latest online exhibition takes visitors on a ride through state electoral history. 

Menlo Park Equity Series
with Mary Montle Bacon, Ph.D.
Head shot of Dr. Mary Bacon, plus images of hands holding up the letters spelling equity

What is the difference between equality and equity, and how can we achieve better lifetime outcomes for people in our pluralistic culture, regardless of ethnicity, economic status, learning style, or other differences? Pop in for one or two discussions, or join us for the whole series.

Tuesday, Sep. 28Opportunities Denied, Promises Not Kept: Racism and Bias—The African American Journey
What are the interpersonal and institutional impediments to success that African Americans experience?
Tuesday, Oct. 12Beyond Cultural Competence to Embracing Cultural Humility: The Challenge of Diversity in a Culturally Pluralistic Society
Explore the value of viewing the world from the multiple perspectives that diverse populations bring.

Book groups – online!
Books, stacked diagonally

Join us virtually, to talk about some great reads! Our Melanated Reads group meets on the 1st Monday of each Month, our Fiction 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, Sep. 27
I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
Melanated ReadsMonday, Oct. 4
When No One is Watching, by Alyssa Cole
Fiction Book GroupTuesday, Oct. 12
The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mystery Readers GroupWednesday, Oct. 20
Ghostly Mysteries

Story Time for Adults
Tiny toy people with books, sitting on the edge of a real book

Odd-numbered Fridays: We know you’re never too old to enjoy a good story! Take a break at noon on "odd Fridays," as your Menlo Park librarians read aloud to you.

Latinos Beyond Reel:
Virtual Screening and Filmmaker Visit
Unspooled length of film, each frame showing a stereotypical portrayal of Latinos from cinema

Enjoy a free virtual screening, and meet one of the directors! Latinos Beyond Reel is a documentary that explores and analyzes the stereotypical portrayal of Latinos in U.S. news and media.

Friday, Oct. 1 -
Friday, Oct. 15
Virtual ScreeningWatch the film, at your leisure.
Monday, Oct. 11
Meet the FilmmakerOne of the directors of Latinos Beyond Reel will drop by to answer your questions!

Together for Mental HealthScript writes out "mental health begins with me"

Mental illness affects everyone--either directly, or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. That is why each year, the first week of October is designated as Mental Illness Awareness Week, to raise awareness, fight discrimination, and provide support.

Tuesday, Oct. 5Mental Health 101Learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and take away ideas about how to help yourself, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.
Thursday, Oct. 7Seeing Through StigmaOur guests talk about their own mental health challenges, sharing their experience, strength and hope for the rest of us.

Garden Talk: Native Plants
Close-up of sage plant: Salvia clevelandii 500 x 250

Wednesday, Oct. 6: Learn about some great plants for your garden, all of which have the advantage of being both drought-tolerant and low-maintenance!

Cooking Demonstration: A Taste of Oaxaca
Zaida Soriano in traditional Oaxacan dress, cooking in kitchen

Thursday, Oct. 14: What makes a dish Oaxacan? Chef Zaida Soriano is from Oaxaca, and she’ll talk about the food of her culture, as she shows us how to make a dish or two. Cook along, if you like!

Missing the Cinema?

Old-fashioned cinema film reel, with film partially unspooled across table
Enjoy access to thousands of streaming movies on Kanopy--free to Menlo Park residents with your library card--and join us online for some interesting discussions!
 Monday, Oct. 4  Film Discussion Meetup: The Dinner Game

Hung Liu: Golden Gate
Artist Hung Liu portrays herself on a mock identification card

Monday, Oct. 18: Hung Liu used the Socialist Realist style of painting to portray oppressed groups in China–and the oppressed Chinese workers in California history–in a grand, re-centered style, reexamining history.