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The Menlo Park Library offers a variety of programs, including art events, author talks, info sessions, craft sessions, music events, and more. To make the most of our programming efforts and this meetup page, we’d love for you to get involved. If you come to a program, say hi and let us know you saw it on meetup. If you have an idea for something you’d like to see at the library, send us a message. The library is a great space for community meetups and we’d love to play a role in making those connections!

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Storyteller Linda Yemoto

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Linda shares stories spooky, funny and wise! Join Linda, as she shares some of her favorite nature tales, Asian folktales and ghost stories. Linda's lively performance will feature tales that are at turns spooky, funny, and wise – and all entertaining for the whole family. About Linda Yemoto For over 30 years, as a naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District, Linda was known as "Ranger Linda" to thousands of Bay Area school children and families. She realized early in her career how stories could enliven her interpretive programs, and she was forever hooked. Linda has been involved in the storytelling community ever since. Since retiring from the Park District, she has become a storyteller and docent at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where she loves interpreting the art through stories. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network for 6 years, and chaired the Bay Area Storytelling Festival for over 30 years. This year, the Storytelling Association of California awarded Linda with its "Regional Gem" honor. About the Menlo Park Storytelling Festival Our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival is all online! Thursday evenings in October (with one special Monday event), enjoy the wonderful art of traditional oral storytelling, with a variety of visiting artists. October 1: Storyfest October 8: Michael D. McCarty October 12: Dovie Thomason October 15: Chetter Galloway October 22: Linda Yemoto October 29: Olga Loya About Storytelling Storytelling is telling stories–without using a book. It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing. According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story." This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. https://www.menlopark.org/adults

Raise a Glass, Quarantine-Style

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It’s time for another physically-distanced, but socially-close, casual gathering over Zoom! Belgium isn’t just famous for chocolate, waffles, and “French” fries – it’s also well-known for beer. Actually, those four sound like a pretty good meal. Let’s gather together online, to traipse through the beer fields of Belgium. The Beers A saison from Dupont A dark red triple ale from Gulden Draak A lambic: Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal A witbier or “white beer” from Hoegaarden A Belgian blonde ale from La Chouffe Some of these get a little pricey, so if you want to substitute another beer of the same style, please feel free (and then share your thoughts with us!) All are available at the Willows market in Menlo Park. https://www.menlopark.org/adults

Live Music with Modern Violinist Nate Guinto

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This is no ordinary violin recital! Nate is a contemporary violinist, playing modern-day songs. Join us for an exciting musical performance by Nate Guinto, a Bay Area singer/songwriter, jazz violinist, aspiring producer and beat maker who infuses bebop into his pop/R&B music. About Nate Guinto Nate Guinto is a contemporary violinist and music teacher based in the Bay Area. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Violin Performance (Magna Cum Laude) in 2016. He has studied with some of the best contemporary violin players in the world - names such as Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Rob Thomas, Mads Tolling, Jason Anick, Jeremy Kittel, Mimi Rabson, and Mike Block. Guinto specializes in playing modern day music that one would usually hear on the radio. He has played in a number of bands and ensembles during his music career such as CGC Chamber Groove Company (2016), The Berklee Contemporary String Orchestra (2013), and The Cuervoz Quintet (2016). This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. https://www.menlopark.org/adults

Author John Billheimer: Hitchcock & the Censors

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The local author joins us to share 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. Throughout his career, Alfred Hitchcock had to deal with a wide variety of censors attuned to the slightest suggestion of sexual innuendo, undue violence, toilet humor, religious disrespect, and all forms of indecency, real or imagined. During their review of Hitchcock's films, the censors demanded an average of 22.5 changes, ranging from the mundane to the mind-boggling, on each of his American films. Code reviewers dictated the ending of Rebecca (1940), absolved Cary Grant of guilt in Suspicion (1941), edited Cole Porter's lyrics in Stage Fright (1950), decided which shades should be drawn in Rear Window (1954), and shortened the shower scene in Psycho (1960). In Hitchcock and the Censors, author John Billheimer traces the forces that led to the Production Code and describes Hitchcock's magician-like touch when negotiating with code officials and sidestepping censorship to produce a lifetime of memorable films. About John Billheimer John Billheimer is the author of two mystery series; one with West Virginia failure analyst Owen Allison, and the other featuring Ohio sportswriter Lloyd Keaton. He has taught courses in film noir, hard-boiled fiction on film, and the modern mystery in film and print at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. Dr. Billheimer lives in Portola Valley. https://www.menlopark.org/adults

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Virtual Conversation Club

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