The Menlo Park Library Commission helped Library patrons keep abreast of the times by sponsoring “E-Reading for Everyone!” on Saturday, March 2. Experienced e-book users demonstrated various e-readers and showed readers how to download, or check out, books from the Library.

The Menlo Park Library Foundation enlivened the event with a drawing for three Kindles, one for an adult and two for children. The lucky winners of the drawing, shown with MPLF Board President Anna Chow, are Matthew Rich, 8, Isabel Cebrian, 8, and Ken Rutsky, pictured with prospective reader Owen.

To celebrate the renovated Children's Corner, the Library Foundation held a Grand Opening on March 27 with Boswick the Clown, Raul the Balloon Artist, and Storyteller Miss Angela entertaining the more than 500 people who attended.

A new sign, gift of the Bohannon Foundation, welcomes children.

Miss Angela charmed the children with her storytelling.
Boswick the Clown delighted the children with his antics.
Raul the Balloon Man wowed with his wizardry.

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Honoring Significant Donors

The Foundation invited 150 significant donors to a wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception on March 25. Guests explored the enhancements to the Children's Corner and viewed the plaques acknowledging their contributions to the renovation project.

Six-year-old Charlie Paul finds his name on the donor plaque. Charlie and his friends donated $1,000 to the renovation in lieu of exhanging birthday gifts.

Jane Fowler Wyman, Chair of the Library Foundation Development Committee, displays the plaque thanking significant donors at the entrance to the Children's Corner.

Mary and Clinton Gilliland stand in front of the new Librarian's Center provided by their family foundation -- the largest individual gift to the Children's Corner.

The prize-winning Menlo-Atherton cellist Sarah Clarice Ghandour performed for guests.

Foundation Board President Bill Critzer congratulates Michelle Barrese, Youth Services Librarian.

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Enjoying the New Children's Corner

Children of all ages find enticing books in the Children's Corner.

For the first time children have computers to help them pursue their interests.

The new alphabet carpet is good for both playing and learning your letters.

Teen volunteer Andy Parker helps a young patron choose a book.

Stuart Sussman, who donated his graphic designs to the library campaign, waits for Storytime with his twin daughters, Elsie and Ada.

Foundation Board member Peter Weck introduces his daughters Maya, Caroline, and Serena to the new Children's Corner.

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Previous Events

Professor Carol Dweck: MINDSET

A standing-room-only group of 275 interested parents gathered to hear distinguished Stanford Professor Carol Dweck discuss her book, "MINDSET: How Praise Can Foster or Undermine Children’s Achievement."  In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, Professor Dweck discussed why children sometimes stop working and suggested ways parents can communicate values that bring success.

The Menlo Park Library Foundation's autumn event clearly demonstrated how the programs of the Children's Area of the Library serve not only youngsters but their families.


Chief Harold to the Rescue!

Harold Schapelhouman, Chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection
District, and Old Tom, the vintage fire truck.

Chief Harold read a story about firefighting and introduced Firefighter Matt, Scout the rescue dog, and his trainer Chantal Rose. Children were also able to explore the Old Tom the vintage fire truck.
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Chicken Lips & Lizard Hips

Singer/songwriter Nancy Cassidy and her band performed some of our favorite
children’s songs on October 12th, 2008. Cassidy donated $5 from the sale of
every CD to the campaign to renovate the Children's Area of the Library.

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Thump, Quack, Moo

More than 200 people came to hear prize-winning authors Doreen Cronin and
Betsy Lewin read from their latest book in the Farmer Brown series,
"Thump, Quack, Moo" on October 4, in an event co-sponsored by Kepler's.
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