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Palo Alto City Library
Sign up for 2021 Summer Reading Program: Reconnect With Your Community.
We hope you’re enjoying summer so far and reconnecting with your community, family, friends and libraries! Our annual Summer Reading Program is in full swing and there’s still time to sign up through July 31! Sign up now to create your reading goal, log your books and minutes spent reading, and try our bi-weekly challenges to reconnect with yourself, creativity and more!  
Donate your used laptop!

Reconnect With Your Community: HP Laptop Donation Drive

One of the ways you can reconnect with your community this year, is by donating your old/used Windows laptop! We’ve partnered with HP to repurpose used Windows laptops (Dell, HP, Microsoft, etc.) and donate them to local community partners who work with underserved students and families. HP will safely wipe the data on donated laptops using their HP Refresh software. Your donation will provide access to technology that contributes to learning and professional success. You can drop off your old or used laptop and charger at Children’s, Mitchell Park or Rinconada Libraries during business hours. Find out more on our website or call 650-838-2977 for more information. 
Backpack with books

Read Together Storytime Kits

Our new Read Together Storytime Kits are available for checkout! Each kit contains a unique selection of picture books based on a special theme such as Creativity & Imagination, Neighbors, and Do Your Best. Take home a storytime experience by requesting a kit through our catalog! Make sure to join us on Facebook for Read Together Storytime on Thursdays at 11 AM, starting July 8!
Children's, Mitchell Park, and Rinconada libraries
The Palo Alto City Library will be closed on Monday, July 5 for Independence Day. Our eLibrary is open 24/7!
 

Come Visit Us!

Three branches are open for browsing, pickups and computer use. Masks are required for those who are  unvaccinated against Covid-19 and seating is still limited. 

Hours of Operation:
  • Children's Library: 
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays: 1–5 PM 
  • Mitchell Park Library: 
    • Tuesday–Thursday: 2–8 PM
    • Fridays & Saturdays: 12–5 PM 
  • Rinconada Library:
    • Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 10–5 PM
    • Thursdays: 2–8 PM  
  • Keep up with all the changes to our Current Library Services on our website

Virtual Events

Librarian holding picture book in garden

Little Ones Storytime in the Secret Garden

Every Wednesday 11 AM at Children’s Library Secret Garden

Starting July 14, our Little Ones Storytime will be held in-person! Join us for songs, rhymes and at least one book for children 2 and under—but everyone is welcome! This outdoor program will be held in the Secret Garden between the Library and Children’s Theater.

 Please remember:

  • Wear a mask for this youth event!
  • Bring Your Own Blanket to sit on outside
  • Bring Your Own Scarf/Shaker or other prop to move along with
  • The Library will be open from 1–5 PM
Anne-Marie Bonneau and her book Zero-Waste Chef
This July, join us from some exciting virtual events, including:  Look for more Virtual Events on our website, including storytimes (now Tuesday through Saturday at 11 AM on Facebook Live!), book clubs and ESL programs!  

Community Resources

Old photo of parade in Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Historical Association is now open on Tuesdays (4–8 PM) and Thursdays (1–5 PM) at the Cubberley Community Center, Room K-7.

Pick up a Foothills Nature Preserve Day Pass at any of our three library branches. Ten passes will be available at all three locations, on a first-come, first-served basis.     

Join the City's Wellness Wednesdays series focused on building community wellness! Register to attend the next webinar on July 21 at 5 PM.

From Our eLibrary

Explore the cultures of the world with CultureGrams! This resource offers information on the history, culture, lifestyle, and government of over 200 countries, all 50 states in US, and the Canadian provinces and territories.
 
Freegal Music has added streaming! In addition to your 5 downloads per week, you can now stream songs and full albums as well as create playlists. Download the Freegal Music app to listen on the go!
Access our eLibrary 24/7 and a variety of other online resources with your library card!

Staff Picks

Looking for some summer reading recommendations? You can ask a librarian through our Shelf Made service, or check out PACL Staff's Best of 2021...so far!  
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