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


PRESS RELEASE 03/30/2011
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Offers Free Programs to Celebrate National Library Week
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668

Palo Alto, CA – Libraries are places for new beginnings. Whether you are getting your first library card, learning new computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians and "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library". 

The Palo Alto City Library is celebrating National Library Week with three book themed programs.

    Kids! Celebrate Books with Musician Juliette McDonald
    Wednesday, April 13, 3:30 p.m.
    Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join Palo Alto’s Mayor at these two special events.

Special Family Storytime and Craft – create a bookmark and hear stories about libraries.
    Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.
Mitchell Park Library Temporary Location,
4050 Middlefield Rd.

    An Evening with Palo Alto Author Meg Waite Clayton
Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
    Children’s Library Tree Top Room, 1276 Harriet St. 
    (NOTE: though held at the Children’s Library, this is a program for adults – no children please.)

"Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories," says Kathy Shields, Sr. Reference Librarian. "Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new stories for themselves."

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Palo Alto’s Mayor will attend the regularly-scheduled Toddler Storytime (18 months–3 years) on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m., at the Children’s Library and then will participate in the first National Library Week event, "Kids!" later in that day.

For more information, contact us at 650-329-2436 or email your queries to For details on all programs and services, visit the web page at