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Palo Alto City Library
Happy October! We hope you’re ready for cooler weather, cozy sweaters and spooky tales! 
Explore our blog this month for:
  • Events, stories, and resources to celebrate Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Great Halloween ideas and activities, and books lists for adults, teens and kids
  • News about the latest addition to our robot family, a community-built FarmBot! Following the success of library robots Dewey and Elsie, we received an innovation grant from the Pacific Libraries Partnership to expand our robotics program. Learn how we built an agricultural robot from scratch with the local Space Cookies team and various City departments. 
The Friends of Palo Alto Library will be holding their monthly book sale on October 9 & 10. Many thanks to our Friends for supporting library collections and events.  

Come Visit Us!

Mitchell Park and Rinconada recently expanded hours! All five branches are open for browsing, pickups, studying and computer use. Masks are required for all visitors 3 years and up regardless of vaccination status, and seating is still limited for social distancing.

Hours of Operation:

  • Children's Library: 
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays: 1–5 PM 
  • College Terrace Library:
    • Thursdays & Fridays: 1–5 PM 
  • Downtown Library:
    • Thursdays & Fridays: 1–5 PM 
  • Mitchell Park Library: 
    • Tuesday–Thursday: 11 AM–8 PM 
    • Fridays & Saturdays: 12–6 PM 
  • Rinconada Library: 
    • Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 10 AM–6 PM
    • Thursdays: 12–8 PM  
Keep up with all the changes to our Current Library Services on our website.

Virtual Events

Noche de Loteria, Loteria Night
Join us from some exciting October virtual events, including: 
  • Little Ones Storytime in the Secret Garden! Join us every Wednesday morning at 11 AM for an in-person storytime, designed for little ones 2 and under and their caregivers!   
  • Thursday, October 7, 7–8 PM: Noche de Loteria/Loteria Night. Join us online to play the traditional Mexican game, Lotería! Lotería is similar to Bingo, but uses images instead of numbers. Please register for the Zoom link and your Lotería card.  
Look for more Virtual Events on our website, including storytimes (Tuesday through Saturday at 11 AM on Facebook Live!), book clubs and ESL programs!  

From Our eLibrary

Tumblebooks is a collection of eBooks for kids with over 300 video read-a-longs to pick from—they're not really cartoons or movies, more like illustrated audiobooks. Our eLibrary News blog recently highlighted an advanced search tip using this collection that you can’t anywhere else.

Access our eLibrary 24/7 and a variety of other online resources with your library card!

Staff Picks

Need an idea for what to read next? Our librarians are enjoying BlackoutAll ClearCasteMalibu Rising, The Girl From the SeaEvery Single Lie, and Vampenguin.

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