Welcome to Menlo Park's Summer Reading Adventure! 

Grow a reader! Take part in our Summer Reading Adventure, track your reading and fun activities and earn a free book. Enter the raffles and get a chance to win a gift card to a Menlo Park business!

The Summer Reading Adventure is open to all ages. Menlo Park residents or students who go to school in Menlo Park will earn a Kepler’s Books gift card for finishing the program; anyone can play and be eligible for our raffle prizes. Sign up online, then start earning badges whenever you read or do one of the activities. For more information on how to take part, please visit the Grow a Reader page and check out the FAQ's.

Did you know that the library now offers curbside pickup for books on hold--and there are lots of other ways to read! You can look in the online library catalog to see if your book comes in e-book or downloadable audiobook formats; take a walk to check out what is on offer in your neighborhood Little Free Library; or find a magazine you like on RBDigital!

Summer Reading Adventure is brought to you by the City of Menlo Park with additional financial support from Friends of Menlo Park Library.

Summer Puppetry Festival
Puppet sailor and sea monster

The festival is back, and this year we’re coming into your home! Eight shows and seven different puppet troupes, a couple of them brand-new to the festival!

Tuesday, Aug. 4
2 p.m.
Randel McGee and Groark the Dragon
Sunday, Aug. 9
2 p.m.
Puppet Art Theater:
Bunny Boot Camp
Thursday, Aug. 20
6:30 p.m.
Puppet Art Theater:
Tale of the Dragon’s Tale
Sunday, Aug. 23
2 p.m.
Luce Puppet Company:
Splashy Sea Saga

NorCal Bats

Bat inside a pair of hands, poking head outWednesday, Aug. 5: Meet live bats, and learn about the importance of bats in the environment and the truth about some of the harmful myths. This educational event is best for ages 5+.

Mad Science: Movie Special Effects

Adult and child in scientist gear creating chemical reaction, smilingWednesday, Aug. 12: Learn how to create special effects sounds, and see how science can make super heroes! Best for ages 5-12.

Banana Slug String Band

Band members holding up a flag with their logoTuesday, Aug. 18: "Dirt Made My Lunch!" Learn about earth science while singing along, during a lively concert of joyous music, plus puppets, theater and surprises.

Storyteller Muriel Johnson

Storyteller on outdoor stage

Wednesday, Aug. 19: Muriel breathes fresh new life into old tales, sharing her passion and warmth, in an interactive style that keeps everyone captivated. 

Children can enjoy the library at home

  • ABC Mouse is the #1 digital learning program for ages 2-8!  To start, check out an account on the web site. Then continue on the web or in the app.
  • lets you get homework help with a live tutor, in the browser or app.
  • TumbleMath has fun K-6 math books in all kinds of categories.