From Menlo Park to Botswana: A Peace Corps Odyssey
Children in school uniforms hold up books

Wednesday, Dec. 18: (Main Library) Volunteer Michael Reza Farzi is working to address the HIV epidemic.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

Four book covers

Escape to other worlds through sci-fi, fantasy, horror, dystopia, and more. Meets at the Main Library on the 4th Monday of each month from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

December 23: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow
January 27: 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
February 24: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

Spinners Meet

It's a brand-new group! Meet up with hand spinning enthusiasts to spin and share techniques and ideas on creating your own beautiful unique yarns. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your spindles, spinning wheels or e-spinners! Meets the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Film: The Year We Thought About Love

Group of actors posingMonday, January 6 (Main Library): When the Boston Marathon bombs explode outside their building, an LGBTQ youth theater troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city.

Laughter Yoga
Circle of people laying down on mat, laughing

Tuesday, January 7 (Main Library): Start the new year out with a laugh!

E-Library Tips

Person reading on tabletTuesday, January 7 (Main Library): Drop in, and we'll show you how to use your electronic device and library card to get free access to streaming video, e-books, museum passes, and so much more!

Get Ready for Spring Gardening

Young plantsWednesday, January 8 (Main Library): Learn about site selection, how to prepare your soil, and the best timing for seeds and seedlings. 

Film Screening: Basquiat
Film still: two actors walking down sidewalk

Thursday, January 9 (Main Library): Jeffrey Wright portrays Jean Michel Basquiat in this docudrama about the world-renowned New York street artist's struggle with fame, drugs, and identity.

The Jym Marks Quintet
Jazz band playing in library

Saturday, January 11 (Main Library): Enjoy a wonderful performance of progressive jazz, with "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks and his quintet!

Board Game Meetup
Board games

Would you like to play a game? Drop in and join us on the second Sunday of each month, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., for 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. Feel free to bring a game of your own to share! 

Bonsai DemystifiedFlowering bonsai tree

Tuesday, January 14 (Main Library): Guest experts from the Kusamura Bonsai Club will demystify the process of creating a bonsai.

Literature Book Club

Four book covers

Drop in to discuss a wide range of contemporary literary works: novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Meets at the Main Library on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

January 14: The Sea, by John Banville
February 11: Improvement, by Joan Silber

Knitting MeetupKnitting Group

Meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. to crochet, knit, sew and laugh!  All skill levels welcome.

No meeting in December due to the Christmas holiday.

The Prairie Rose Band

Band in western gearSaturday, January 25 (Belle Haven Branch): Music of the Old West and of the West that never was: a fun, toe-tapping, sing-along-if-you-like performance of songs you forgot you ever knew, and songs you never knew at all! 

Uneven Ground: Inequity on the Mid-Peninsula

Menlo Park-area map with words indicating positive and negative qualitiesMonday, Feb. 3 (Main Library): Journalist Kate Bradshaw talks about her reporting on how land use affects health in the communities of North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, and Belle Haven.

Film Discussion Group

Meet other film fans and talk about a movie that played at the Aquarius Theater the prior weekend. Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:45 pm.