War Comes Home: The Legacy

Soldier with her baby

March-April, 2019: For veterans, returning home from war can be both an exhilarating and challenging experience. Our special exhibition and event series will explore separation and reunion over multiple American wars. 

War Comes Home: The Legacy traveling exhibition is a partnership between California Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy.

The Civil War: A Family Left BehindMonday, April 22
7-8 p.m.
Nick Adams shares lessons learned from 100 letters from his great-great grandfather.
Film Screening:
Vietnam: The Secret Agent
Wednesday, April 24
7-8 p.m.
Documentary shows the history of chemical warfare and the plight of Vietnam vets.
"So, What Are You?"
Tuesday, April 30
7-8 p.m.
A moving and hilarious performance by Judi Le, who fled Vietnam with her family upon the Fall of Saigon.

Speculative Fiction Book Group
Book covers for Speculative Fiction book group

Introducing our newest book group! 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.

April 22: "The Lathe of Heaven," by Ursula K. Le Guin
May 20: "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," by Neil Gaiman
June 24: "Armada," by Ernest Cline

Knitting MeetupKnitting Group

Wednesday, April 24 (Main Library): Meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. to crochet, knit, sew and laugh!  All skill levels welcome.

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.

Mental Health Awareness Month
May Mental Health Awareness month green ribbon

This May, the Menlo Park Library is partnering with San Mateo County Health and other organizations throughout the area in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM).  Join us in the effort to increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.

Mental Health 101: Trauma
Wednesday, May 1
6:30-8 p.m.
What is trauma, what does it lead to, and what are some grounding techniques?
Singer-Songwriter Gaby Castro:
Songs of Hope and Healing
Monday, May 13
7-8 p.m.
Castro combines introspective song writing with a contemporary style.
Good Reasons for Bad FeelingsFriday, May 17
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Why has natural selection not rid our species of psychiatric disorders?
Str8jacket Hip Hop
Saturday, May 18
1-2 p.m.
This dance team values passion, and promotes mental health and acceptance.
Teen Design and Bind Journals
Monday, May 20
4-6 p.m.
Belle Haven Branch
Art therapy for Grades 5-12: create your own journal. Register in advance.
Teen Design and Bind Journals
Tuesday, May 21
4-6 p.m.
Art therapy for Grades 5-12: create your own journal. Register in advance.
Mental Health Open MicFriday, May 24
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Café Zoë
San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto joins us to help break the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness.
Film Screening and Discussion: "The S Word"Wednesday, May 29
6-8:30 p.m.
A suicide attempt survivor meets fellow survivors and shares their stories of courage, insight, and humor.

Gamelan Anak Swarasanti
Balinese gamelan orchestra with dancer

Saturday, May 4 (Main Library): Live and in the middle of the library--the traditional music of Bali, Indonesia! 

Board Game Meetup
Board games

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!

Literature Book Club

Join us for our discussion group, which meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Our club  discusses 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.
Book covers for Literature Book Club
May 14: "Anything Is Possible," by Elizabeth Strout
June 11: "So Long, See You Tomorrow," by William Maxwell

E-Library Tips
Person reading on tablet

Wednesday, June 5: Drop in with your smart device, and our staff will show you how to help yourself to FREE access to e-books, magazines, museum passes, and so much more!

Juneteenth with
Storyteller Diane Ferlatte

Storyteller Diane Ferlatte with her musician, Eric Pearson

Wednesday, June 19 (Main Library): The renowned, globe-trotting storyteller, accompanied by musician Eric Pearson, shares captivating, moving tales to mark the day legal slavery finally came to an end in the United States.

Comic Con at the Library

Young cosplayers with Star Wars charactersSaturday, June 22 (Main Library): Immerse yourself in a day of comic, sci-fi and gamer-related fandom fun for adults and children alike, with live music, cosplay, and a whole lot more!