Programs and events

Adults

Book groups – online!
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Join us virtually, to talk about some great reads! Our Melanated Reads group meets on the 1st Monday of each Month, our Fiction 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.

 Book group Meeting day each month
Melanated Reads First Monday
Fiction Book Group Second Tuesday
Mystery Readers Group Third Wednesday
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group Fourth Monday

Story Time for Adults

We know you’re never too old to enjoy a good story! Take a break at Noon on "odd Fridays," as your Menlo Park librarians read aloud to you.

Virtual Conversation Club

Come practice your English with people from all over the world! Meet other English language learners and work with our volunteer tutors. Register online: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to Noon

Children

Storytimes online

We offer live, interactive storytimes–online! Join us each Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for stories, songs and early-learning fun for grown-ups and their little ones. Sign up now!

Storytime at the Library

Starting November 18: Storytimes are coming back to the library! Join us with your little ones for stories, songs and fun! Drop in at the time and location that works best for you.

Day of the week Time Location
Thursday 10:15 a.m. Main Library
Friday 10:15 a.m. Main Library
Saturday 11:15 a.m. Main Library
Saturday 11:15 a.m. Belle Haven Branch Library

* No storytimes on November 25-26, and December 24-25.

Children can enjoy the library at home

Read

Learn

  • 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.
  • Tutor.com 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.

Storytime

Seniors/older adults

Older adult services

Menlo Park resumed older adult services indoors on weekday mornings in a new, temporary location at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.

Services include:

  • Nutritionally balanced meals
  • Health, recreational, social, cultural and educational programs
  • Opportunities for socializing and fun.

Door-to-door local transportation services are available to Menlo Park resident seniors.

Teens

Online Gaming Meetup
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First Wednesdays: For Grades 4-12: Dungeons and Dragons! Jack Box! Join us to meet and enjoy online gaming with other teens. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 4-5 p.m.

Teen Creative Writing Club
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Every Friday at 4:30: For Grades 6-12: Express yourself! Write poetry, short stories, and more. New writing prompts weekly, presented by our Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.). 

More upcoming virtual teen events

Event
Days 
Description
Virtual Homework Center
Weekdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Need help on homework assignments or projects? Our trained tutors are here virtually to help! Students will receive one-on-one free zoom tutoring sessions with one of our tutors.
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
 
Want to earn volunteering hours and be involved in your Menlo Park community? Join other teens ages 13-18 in our Teen Advisory Group (TAG). TAG shares ideas on our library's teen programs, contests, gaming, reading, and more. Contact teen librarian Gina Feil for more information.

Looking for a good book?

YA Black Lives Matter  YA Celebrating Latina/o Lives  YA fairy tales retold
YA fantasy YA graphic novels YA historical fiction
YA manga YA middle school list YA science fiction

Recommendations by teens!

Kanopy for movies to stream films without paying a subscription.
  • East Side Sushi (Drama) (Rated PG)
  • Loving Vincent (Documentary)
  • The Horse Boy (Documentary)
Overdrive for ebooks which has a mix of genres of YA books.
  • The Thousandth Floor (Katharine McGee)
  • The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
  • Ten (Gretchen McNeil)
  • Desert Dark (Sonja Stone)
  • P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)
  • The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
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Databases for school

Teens recommend to explore!

  • Skribbl io is an online drawing game where players try to guess what is being drawn. It can be played with a group of friends or random group.
  • GeoGuessr is an online guessing game that gives the player an image from a place around the world and the player has to guess where the place is using clues in the picture and their knowledge
  • Snap! has basic programming and teens could use it to make a game.
  • Roll20 for character interaction and overall gameplay, I personally use Roll20. It is free and they have their own tutorials on how to use it.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium has live webcams with cute animals.
  • Tetris to play online.
  • Escape Room Greek Mythology- Our first online escape room created by TAG! See if you can escape our Greek mythology themed puzzles and riddles in less than 30 minutes.
  • Escape Room Magic- This magic themed online escape room was also created by TAG. Can you escape in less then 20 minutes?

Teen Advisory Group

Want to earn volunteering hours and be involved in your Menlo Park community? Join other teens ages 13-18 in our Teen Advisory Group (TAG)! TAG shares ideas on our library's teen programs, Teen Zone contests and more.

Check out what the M-A Chronicle wrote about TAG in this article!

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