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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014
War Comes Home: Join a Civic Conversation
THURSDAY, September 25 - Explore beliefs and gain understanding for those who have served.
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Community Invited to ‘Come Together’ for Sneak Peek of New Mitchell Park Center and Special Concert
The City invites the community to "Come Together" on Saturday, Sept. 27 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "British Invasion" with a “sneak peek” of the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center followed by a concert by Beatles cover band, the Sun Kings.
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Parenting Program: Why Can't We Be Friends?
THURSDAY, October 2 - Learn how to help your child develop friendships.
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Saturday Afternoon Board Games
SATURDAY, October 4 - Drop in for an afternoon of board games!
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Crafty Corner: Monster Mash
SATURDAY, October 4 - Monster themed crafts.
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Libraries Closing for Staff Development
MONDAY, October 5 - TUESDAY, October 6: All locations closed
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Book-to-Movie Club for Teens
SATURDAY, October 11 - Book to Movie Club for Teens

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Clown Around with Coventry & Kaluza!
WEDNESDAY, October 8 - Join us for an afternoon of fun and laughs.
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Library Closed for Columbus Day
SUNDAY, October 12 - MONDAY, October 13 - all locations closed.
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War Comes Home: Book Discussion
THURSDAY, October 16 - Join a librarian-moderated discussion of What It Is Like To Go to War by Karl Marlantes.
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Heroes Come Home: Family Book Discussion
FRIDAY, November 14 - Family book discussion of The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer.
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Heroes Come Home: Meet author Audrey Schafer and Her Dog Xerox!
WEDNESDAY, November 19 - Audrey Shafer will talk about writingThe Mailbox and Her Work with Veterans
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Temporary Mitchell Park Library About to Close
Check here for news about library closures and openings.
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War Comes Home: Photography Workshop Series For Veterans
SATURDAYS, October 18 & 25 - Vets work with professional photographer in this 2-part series.
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Veterans' Photo Exhibit & Celebration
SUNDAY, November 9 - HEART OF A SOLDIER on display at this community celebration.
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War Comes Home: Documentary Film Screening
CANCELLED - SATURDAY, September 27 - Filmmaker Pete Pepper screens & discusses his documentary "Killing Memories"
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War Comes Home - Connecting With Our Vets
Join the discussion at a number of events throughout Palo Alto as we honor returning vets.
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Heroes Come Home: Family Night for Vets & Their Families
FRIDAY, October 17 - Special after-hours event at Children's Library for Vets & their families
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War Comes Home: Creative Writing Series for Veterans
FRIDAYs, September 12 thru October 20 - creative writing series for veterans led by author Jill Wolfson.
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War Comes Home: Karl Marlantes - In Conversation
SATURDAY, October 11 - Meet New York Times Best-Selling Author and Vietnam Veteran.
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Library Releases New Library Cards
Three new cards to choose from, each with keychain card.
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Teen Tech Tutoring
Teens help you use your tech device in one-on-one sessions.
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Donating Materials to the Library
Here is how you can donate materials to the library.
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Main Library Closed for Renovations
Temporary location at the back of the Art Center, 1315 Newell Rd.
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Temporary Main Library Now Open
At the Art Center Auditorium, 1315 Newell Rd.
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Proctoring Locations
Find out where to get a test proctored.
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Looking For a Job?
Library Resources Can Help
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Check Out Chromebooks for 7 Days
Discover a whole new kind of computer!
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Google Cloud Print at the Library
Print anywhere, anytime! Pick up at Mitchell Park Library.
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InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Service Discontinued
Read about your options here.
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Donate and Make a Difference
Donating to the Library is easy!
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Library Begins Using Services of Collection Agency
Beginning March, 2011
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Mobile Catalog Now Available
Access the library anywhere you use your smartphone or mobile device!
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Library Lending Watt Metering Devices
Test home appliances for energy efficiency.
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Pay Library Fines/Fees Online
Use your credit card to pay anytime!
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Online Library Forms
Use the following online forms to conduct library business.
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Local History and Genealogy
Genealogy Databases and Local History Treasures
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Find Materials at the Library
The City of Palo Alto Library offers an online catalog service to help you locate Library materials
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Library Resources for Persons with Disabilities
If you or someone you know needs assistance with gaining access to reading materials, read on.
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