Storytelling Festival

2018 Storytellers

The Menlo Park Library Storytelling Festival returns this October, with a month of special events: 10 professional storytellers; 9 events; 3 locations!

Diane Ferlatte
Missing Rib: the Spirit of Women
Tuesday, October 2
7:00 pm
Main Library
Adults and teens
Alicia Retes
Monday, October 8
3:30 pm
Belle Haven Branch
Families with children ages 5-10
Tim Ereneta
I Go I Know Not Whither to Fetch I Know Not What
Tuesday, October 9
7:00 pm
Main Library
Ages 5-Adult
Leona Hoegsberg
Stories from the Bookworm
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 pm
Main Library
Ages 5-Adult
John Weaver
Once Upon a Pumpkin
Thursday, October 18
4:00 pm
Main Library
Ages 5-Adult
Muriel Johnson
Tales of the American South and Beyond
Monday, October 22
3:30 pm
Belle Haven Branch
Ages 5-Adult
Olga Loya
Love and Ghost Stories from South of the Border
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 pm
Main Library
Adults and Teens
Ann-Marie Sayers
Kanyon Sayers-Roods

California Indian Storytelling
Saturday, October 27
11:00 am
City Council Chambers
Ages 6-Adult
Brenda Wong Aoki
Oriental Ghost Stories
Tuesday, October 30
7:00 pm
Main Library
Adults and Teens

State Proposition Pros/Cons

October 20 (Belle Haven) and October 24 (Main): Get clarification on the ballot issues as League of Women Voters presents the nonpartisan information you need to make your decision!

Wild Backyard Encounters
Joan Morris with cat

Monday, October 29: Bay Area News Group "Animal Life" columnist Joan Morris has tales to tell!

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!

Jym Marks Trio

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Saturday, November 10: Jazz lovers, unite! "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks brings his jazz combo's beautiful sounds to Belle Haven.

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 MeetupKnitting Group

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

Literature Book Club

Join us for our discussion group, which meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:15-8:30. 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

November 13: "A Gate at the Stairs," by Lorrie Moore
December 11: "Housekeeping," by Marilynne Robinson

Adults Create: Tablescape Craft
Tree tablescape craft

Monday, November 19: Repurpose an old book to create your own decorative tree!

Planning for a Financially Successful Retirement
Retired couple walking on beach

Tuesday, November 20: Get some insight on the shift needed when going from saving up for retirement, to spending during retirement.

Explorations Close to Home
Bay Area images

Tuesday, November 27: Get to know San Mateo County's best, least-known places (and some places you may have heard of, too), with the creator of! 

Seeding Hope and Resilience:
Women Moving Mountains
Photography by Rucha Chitnis

Wednesday, November 28: Photojournalist Rucha Chitnis attempts to test assumptions, debunk stereotypes, and shift narratives. 

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
People browsing books at Friends of the Library book sale

Saturday, December 1: The Friends of the Library book sale is back! Stop by and save money on some wonderful books, all while supporting the library.

A Visit with Rosa Parks
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Saturday, December 8: Meet the legendary Rosa Parks, in a one-woman show by actress Betty Jewell Slater!