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Palo Alto City Library
The Palo Alto City Library is excited to celebrate Lunar New Year, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day with our community this February! Staff have gathered ideas to celebrate the Year of the Tiger and Black History Month; preparing for tax season; and finding which eReader works best with library books.

Come Visit Us!

The Library made some service level adjustments last month due to the ongoing pandemic. As service changes are made, updates will be posted to the Current Library Services web page. To limit in-person interactions, please consider handling service needs online. 

Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries are open for pickups, and limited browsing, studying and computer use. Masks are required for all visitors 3 years and up regardless of vaccination status. Please make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth before entering the Library. In order to prevent unmasking, please do not bring outside food or drink into the libraries.  


Hours of Operation:

Mitchell Park Library: 
  • Tuesday–Thursday: 11 AM–8 PM 
  • Fridays & Saturdays: 12 PM–6 PM 
Rinconada Library: 
  • Wednesday–Saturday: 10 AM–6 PM
eLibrary is open 24/7!
We understand the challenges these changes may bring to our customers. We appreciate your patience during this difficult time. 

Virtual Events

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Join us for some exciting February virtual events, including:

Lunar New Year Events: 

Join us virtually as we celebrate the Year of the Tiger! 

Kids Events:

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Teen Events:

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Adult Events:

IN-PERSON Income Tax Preparation by VITA: Our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) IRS-certified volunteers are back to provide free basic 2021 income tax return preparation to qualified individuals. Assistance is offered every Saturday from January 29 through April 16 from 10 AM–3 PM. Please note the following:  Look for more Virtual Events on our website, including book clubs and ESL programs!  


laptop displaying Bookflix website


BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Read-alongs are available in Spanish too! 

Upskill 2022

Get access to thousands of online classes with your library card! With LinkedIn Learning, you can explore courses on Allyship, Software Development, Photography, Personal Branding and more. Visit our Upskill 2022 page for more information.

Staff Picks

Need an idea for what to read next? Our staff are enjoying The House in the Cerulean Sea, All We Can Save, The Plot, Our Violent Ends, Ophie's Ghosts, and All Things Cease to Appear.

Check out our staff-curated lists or ask a librarian for recommendations through our Shelf Made service.
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