The Menlo Park City Council issued a proclamation in honor of the foundation's work to renovate the Children's Area.

Library Foundation Board members Dody Lee and Jane Fowler Wyman look over the Proclamation honoring the completion of the new Children's Corner.


The Children's Area is Ready to Reopen!

The Menlo Park Library Foundation is delighted to announce that the renovation of the Children's Area of the Library is nearly complete. We appreciate your support in raising $514,000 to give our children the library they deserve.

The Children’s Department will reopen in late March. Meanwhile the following services will be available to patrons via a satellite space downstairs in the Community Room:

  • Children’s Staff
  • Limited selection of materials for check-out
  • Weekly Storytimes
  • Special Family Programs, to be announced

Join the Foundation on Saturday, March 27, to celebrate the renovated Children's' Area with Boswick the Clown, Raul the Balloon Artist, story times, tours, and more! To see the full schedule, click on EVENTS.

Renovate the Children's Area!

In the last year-
•     Children made more than 20,000 reference queries
•     Children checked out over 230,000 books and audiovisuals
•     Nearly 18,000 children attended a Library program

More and more children are using the Library every year, but the Children’s Area has had no major renovation since 1992... and it shows!

The Menlo Park Library Foundation invites you to celebrate with us.
Changes in Use of Children’s Area Since Last Renovation in 1992/93
Children borrowers, ages 0-14
Circulation of children’s materials
Children’s books held by Library
Children’s audio materials
Children’s video materials
Attendance at pre-school programs
Attendance at school-age programs

Improvements to the Children’s Area include:

Redesigned facilities for children’s programs
•   Improved space for storytime
•   New portable stage and speaker system for authors’ visits and outdoor events
•   New upholstered step-seating in storytime area

New homework center
•   New computer table and six new computers
•   Two new study tables and seating for eight
New children’s reference desk
•   New relocated reference desk
•   New seating for two librarians and two junior patrons
•   New self-check terminal and stand
•   Three new online catalog terminals and stands
•   New overhead lighting

New early-literacy area for beginning and junior readers
•   Four new computer stations with pre-literacy and learn-to-read software
•   New study table and seating for four

New young adult area
•   New location in the main library

Improved comfort and flexibility
•   New carpeting and paint
•   New movable bookcases
•   New installed bookshelves
•   New toddler table and chairs
•   New casual seating tables and chairs
•   New display case

Renovation Floor Plan
Funding for the Renovation Project

The City of Menlo Park committed $241,000 to the renovation, releasing $145,000
of the financial reserves that had accumulated for use by the Library since 1992 and an
additional $65,000 of an endowment fund held by the City for the benefit of the Library. 

The Public Works Department budgeted $31,000 for new carpets and painting. 
(Note that not a single penny will come from the City’s general fund.)

Additional Funding

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the Library, contributed $100,000 to this crucial improvement.

By early 2010, we had received almost $175,000 in money and pledges from local foundations and individuals in our community.

Timetable for Project

The renovated Children’s Area will be in full bloom at the end of March.

Support for Project

I am especially pleased that the Menlo Park Library Foundation is strongly committed to raising funds to aid the renovation and long needed modernization of our children’s department. 
– Susan E. Holmer, Director of Library Services

The Library Commission fully supports the Library Foundation’s campaign for a more modern Children’s Area in the Menlo Park Library.
– Anna Zara, Chairperson, Menlo Park Library Commission

Please join our drive to build the future of the Menlo Park Library for its youngest and most impressionable citizens.
– William E. Critzer, President, Menlo Park Library Foundation

Menlo Park Library Foundation
800 Alma Street
(650) 321-1084

Thank you for helping us reach our goal to renovate the Children’s Area!



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The Menlo Park Library Foundation, established in 2004, is tax exempt
under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code and donations are tax-deductible.

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