Raise a Glass, Quarantine-Style

Couple holding beers, sitting at computer, screen showing four friends with beer
Friday, Oct. 23: It’s time for another physically-distanced, but socially-close, casual gathering over Zoom! This month we'll be talking about some Belgian beers. 

Book Clubs Are Back!
Books, stacked diagonally

Join us virtually, to talk about some great reads! Our Literature Book Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, our Mystery Readers Group convenes on the 3rd Wednesday, and our Sci-Fi/Fantasy group gets together on the 4th Monday.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group
Monday, Oct. 26
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Literature Book GroupTuesday, Nov. 11
Disappearing Earth, by Julia Phillips
Mystery Readers GroupWednesday, Nov. 18
Political Mysteries
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book GroupMonday, Nov. 23Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

Live Music with Nate Guinto

Violinist Nate Guinto playing outdoors
Monday, Oct. 26: Guinto is a Bay Area singer/songwriter, jazz violinist, aspiring producer and beat maker who infuses bebop into his pop/R&B music.

Author John Billheimer: Hitchcock and the Censors

Shadowy black & white image staring down the center of a concrete stairwell
Tuesday, Oct. 27The author shares his Edgar Award-winning dive into the fascinating career of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, who spent a career battling and finessing the Motion Picture Production Code.

Menlo Park Storytelling Festival
Olga Loya: Día de Muertos

Storyteller Olga Loya seated in a library, hands up as she shares story

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival comes to a close, with both playful and moving tales about the Day of the Dead.

Story Time for Adults

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You're never too old for a good story! Starting Oct. 30, take a break each Friday at noon, as your Menlo Park librarians read aloud to you. Click on our calendar link to register.

National Novel Writing Month

Logo for National Novel Writing Month: coffee, computer, pens, paper
November marks NaNoWriMo, when aspiring authors everywhere flex their creative muscles by writing a novel from start to finish! We'll support your efforts along the way.
Friday, Oct. 30 Ready, Set... NaNoWriMo GO!
Monday, Nov. 2 Write On!
Monday, Nov. 9 Week 2
Monday, Nov. 16 Week 3
Monday, Nov. 23 Week 4
Monday, Nov. 30 Closing Ceremonies

Gardening Books

Rows and stacks of books with gardening-related titles
Wednesday, Nov. 4: We'll share some of the best gardening books we've seen this year--and you can tell us yours!

Let's Talk Books

Small human figure standing within huge open boook
Thursday, Nov. 5: Join us for a chat about books that we think are worth a read. We'll bring you up to date on some of the books that have come out lately.

Holocaust and Resistance: a First-Person Account

Sculpture by George Segal. A man stares through barbed wire, a pile of lifeless figures behind him
Monday, Nov. 9Meet a Holocaust survivor, who will testify regarding their individual experience, accompanied by a multimedia presentation and Q&A. 

Virtual Tour: Hiller Aviation Museum
Plane inside Hiller Aviation Museum

Thursday, Nov. 12: Zoom in with us for a look at some historic aircraft! Hiller's collection includes unique early aircraft, one-of-a-kind prototypes and cutting-edge test vehicles.

Cooking Demonstration: Oaxacan Food

Hand holding plate of food
Friday, Nov. 13: Try your hand at making some delicious dishes from one of Mexico’s most famous regional cuisines!

The Climate Reality Project 

People walking past a bus stop with a "Save the Planet" poster
Tuesday, Nov. 17: Hear the most current version of the Climate Reality presentation (as seen in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth") that takes on three key questions: Should we change?  Can we change? Will we change?