News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/02/2014
Subject :

Community Invited to Celebrate the Grand Opening of the New Mitchell Park Library and Community Center
A full day of celebration and activities for all ages is planned
Contact : Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650-329-2607
Palo Alto, CA—The City of Palo Alto will celebrate the grand opening of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new facility, 3700 Middlefield Road. 

The festivities will kick-off at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and opening remarks by City staff and elected officials, including Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Mayor Nancy Shepherd, City Manager Jim Keene, Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, and Community Services Director Greg Betts. 

The community is invited to enjoy a full day of free activities at the new center geared toward all ages, from young children to seniors. Activities will include face painting, a jump house, story times, story acting, public art tours, sustainable and landscape tours, art center activities, Capoeira demos, Indian dance demos, and a Whole Foods cooking demo. Attendees will also be able to take one of several mini-classes from the offerings in the Community Services Department's Enjoy Class Catalog. Throughout the day, several groups will also be performing, including the PALY Jazz Band, Gunn Choir, Dance Connection, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, and Zohar Dance Company. The Palo Alto fire and police departments will be on hand giving tours of fire engines and the City’s Mobile Emergency Operations Center. For a full list of the day’s activities, click here.

Walking and biking to the event is encouraged. Parking at the center will be closed off to through traffic beginning at 8:30 a.m. Parking will be provided to guests at the Cubberley Community Center. Shuttle service will be provided to and from Cubberley to the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Following the grand opening, the center will continue the celebration by offering five weeks of special programming with each week dedicated to a particular group: Teens, Dec. 13-19, will include a Finals Cram Slam and an after-hours movie night; Seniors, Dec. 20-26, will include a discussion on Medicare and a workshop on writing your memoir; The Young Child, Dec. 27-Jan. 2, will include a family story time and a Noon Year’s Eve Countdown; Technology, Jan. 3-9, will offer demos of the new technology at the center and various technology workshops; and Our Multicultural Community, Jan. 10-16, will include IndieFlix movie screenings and Cascada de Flores dance & storytelling.

The Mitchell Park Library first opened in 1958 and occupied 9,478 square feet with a 10,400-square-foot community center added in 1967. The new state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly facility boasts a combined 56,000 square feet, and includes such features as shelving for collection expansion, including books in international languages; an improved site plan with single entrance directly across from Mayview Avenue and safe corridors for children coming from the park and nearby schools; and varied and flexible library spaces—large children’s room, separate teen room, computer training room, 100-person program room, and quiet reading areas. The Community Center will also include a greatly enlarged multi-purpose event room with kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 300 guests, flexible classrooms, a teen center and game room, a half-court basketball area, and a public café.  

For more information on the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and the grand opening celebration, visit