July 8-August 31, 2019: Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. Our temporary exhibition Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives explores the developments during latter half of the 20th century, when nurses took up the call. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. Visit the Main Library to experience the interactive exhibition panels. The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition.
Whether on a bus, in a car, on a motorcycle, scooter or hot air balloon, summer is the perfect time to hit the road! This July and August, the Main Library is your starting point for adventure.
|The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||Tues., Aug 20|
|Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp play two drag performers and a transgender woman journeying across the Australian Outback in a tour bus. Rated R|
|Rat Race||Weds., Aug 28|
|Six ordinary people are pitted against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away. The only rule is that there are no rules. Rated PG-13|
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.
Thursday, August 29: (Main Library) After-hours fun, just for adults 21 and over! We'll have book-related trivia & prizes, light refreshments & (adult) beverages -- and a free book for each attendee!
Saturday, August 31: (Belle Haven Branch Library) Live music in the library! Michelle honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice.
Would you like to play a game? Drop in and join us on the first 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!
September 7-October 2, 2019: It’s time for our 4th Annual Storytelling Festival! Join us as we welcome professional talent visiting us from around the state, the country—and the world. We'll have evening performances every Wednesday, and several afternoon and weekend events along the way.
|Menlo Park StoryFest||Sat., Sept. 7|
11:00 am-1:00 pm
|For the first time since 2016: a variety of storytellers come together to share tales from around the world!|
|Sun., Sept. 8|
Belle Haven Branch
|Alicia’s interactive Native tale will incorporate songs and California Native musical instruments.|
|Tom & Sandy Farley:|
A Cup of Coffee: Stories from Kosovo and Beyond
|Weds., Sept. 11|
|The “Spontaneous Combustion” duo shares tales for times of fear and anger.|
|Seung Ah Kim|
|Weds., Sept. 18|
|Cursed royalty, an abandoned baby, and a trip to the underworld: on tour from her home in South Korea, Seung Ah shares one of the oldest and best-known epics in Korean mythology.|
Legends & Laughter
|Thurs., Sept. 19|
|Wild journeys, hilarious misunderstandings: you never know what you might get .|
Tales of Mystery and Suspense
|Weds., Sept. 25|
|On tour from St. Louis, Bobby will keep you on the edge of your seat with a spellbinding roller coaster ride of “jump” tales and comic relief.|
Singing & Dancing Through Stories
|Sun., Sept 29|
Belle Haven Branch
|Celebrate through dancing and singing as you hear folk tales, personal stories and myths.|
|Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty||Mon., Sept. 30|
|Film Screening & Discussion: Now a famed storyteller, Michael evolved from aspiring scientist to Black Panther Party member, from FBI target to soldier, from drug addict to ashram devotee. These twists and turns will inspire hope and laughter. After the film, Michael will join us via video conference!|
Far Away and Close to Home
|Weds., Oct. 2|
|Take an enjoyable and magical journey within folktales of other lands, while reflecting on stories at home.|
Tuesday, September 10: (Main Library) Author Alex Schafran talks about the suburbanization of poverty, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and more.
Monday, September 23: (Main Library) A screening in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, followed by a discussion facilitated by members of StarVista's Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center.
Tuesday, September 24: (Main Library) How can satellite technology help us understand changes to our planet, and allow us to predict future changes?
Learn more about the English as a Second Language Conversation Club. You can practice your English conversation skills with other language learners. The group is sponsored by Project Read - Menlo Park and meets every Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm in the Downstairs Meeting Room.
See the schedule for the Mystery Readers Group.
See the schedule of speakers, authors and performers who visit on selected Saturdays.