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Menlo Park Stories


The Menlo Park Library is joining the California State Library and StoryCenter to invite you to share your story about life in California! No experience is necessary, and the video you create will become part of a state-wide archive of local stories. Learn more, and apply today!

Spoken Art: Poetry Reading and Art Reception
Spoken Art poetry

Monday, June 18: San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg hosts a celebration of poetry and fine art, featuring poets of all ages from all across the county.

Ascent of SFO:
A History of San Francisco International Airport

SFO Museum Niners car

Tuesday, June 19: The SFO Museum is the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Dennis Sharp, Curator of Aviation, will share the history of both SFOs: the airport, and the museum.

Something for the Adults (@ BELLE HAVEN)

BH Adult Summer Saturdays

Why should kids have all the fun? This summer at the Menlo Park Belle Haven Library, adults get to enjoy great experiences with music, arts, crafts, and cooking. Separate children’s activities will also be available.

Saturday, June 9
Juan L. Sanchez: Música Nueva Canción Style

Saturday, June 23
Oaxacan Cooking Demo

Saturday, July 7
Adults Create Washer Windchimes

Saturday, July 21
Anime Drawing Fundamentals for Adults

Saturday, August 4
Ho'omana Hawaiian Band

Saturday, August 18
Adults Paint: Frida Kahlo

Board Game Meetup
Board games

Sunday, June 24: Enjoy a chance to relax and unwind with other adults! A variety of games will be provided, and our facilitator will help explain how to play.

Cetaceans of the Coast

Harbor Porpoise by BillKeenerMonday, June 25: Meet a research biologist from Golden Gate Cetacean Research, and learn about the porpoises, dolphins, and whales off our coast and in our bay!

The Streets of Menlo Park
Streets of Menlo Park Bo Crane crop

Monday, July 2: How did our local streets get their names? Why does Menlo Park have a Fourth Street, but no First, Second and Third Street? Local author Bo Crane explains all.

Believe it or Not!
Olga Loya and Erica Lann-Clark

Saturday, July 14: Nationally-renowned storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya present a mind-opening, taboo-busting stew of stories people don't tell for fear of ridicule.

Welcome to the Peninsula Museum of Art

Peninsula Museum of Art Monday, July 23: Meet the Founder and Executive Director of one of the area's newest museums! Our introduction will even include a taste of the art.


Saturday, August 11: Don't miss the exciting new band playing all original music from swing, to bebop, reggae, salsa, Middle Eastern funk, “and the kitchen sink!”

Cooking Demo: Hakka—Chinese Soul Food
Hakka Cookbook Linda Lau Anusasananan

Monday, August 13: Long-time Sunset Magazine writer and editor Linda Lau Anusasananan, author of “The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from around the World,” talks about the cuisine and cooks up some samples!

Film Screening:
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Neither Wolf Nor Dog film

Tuesday, August 21: Based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn: a white author summoned by a Lakota Elder finds himself sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.

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