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Palo Alto City Library
The Palo Alto City Library hopes you’re enjoying the fall season and chilly weather. Whether you’re looking for Cozy & Gentle Stories or preparing for upcoming celebrations, we have plenty of resources curated by our staff! Find activities and books for Day of the Dead, ideas for Diwali, and resources to learn about Native American experiences.

Come Visit Us!

Mitchell Park and Rinconada expanded hours in September, with more to come! 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 and Reopening Plans on our website.
All branches will be closed on Thursday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day and on November 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving. Remember—our eLibrary is open 24/7!
The Friends of Palo Alto Library will be holding their monthly book sale on November 13 & 14. Many thanks to our Friends for supporting library collections and events.  

Virtual Events

Librarian holding up children's picture book in the garden.
Join us from some exciting November virtual events, including: 

Kids Events: 

  • Our Storytime schedule is changing this month! 
    • Little Ones Storytime in the Secret Garden! This is the final month of our in-person storytime at Children’s Library. Join us on Wednesdays at 11 AM for an in-person storytime, designed for little ones 2 and under and their caregivers! Please note that if we can’t meet outside due to the chilly weather, this storytime will be presented virtually on Facebook Live. Little Ones Storytime is cancelled on November 24.  
    • We have ended our Saturday Family Storytime for the rest of the year. You can catch Family Storytime on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on Facebook Live.
  • Join us for our special Diwali, Native American Heritage and Thanksgiving Storytimes this month! 
Sensory Storytime occurs Wednesday at 10 am on Facebook Live.
  • Sensory Storytime starts November 3 and runs every Wednesday at 10 AM on Facebook through November 24! This storytime is a fun, interactive, educational program designed exclusively for young children with autism or sensory processing challenges. We engage the senses through music, movement, stories, and play in a virtual setting. Find each week’s outline with songs and titles in our virtual events calendar. 
  • Saturday, November 6, 12–12:30 PM: STEAM Lab Saturday: Newton's Cradle. Have your supplies ready and join on Facebook Live!  
  • Drop into Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries this month to fill up our Thankful Trees! Just grab one of our pre-cut leaves and write down what you’re grateful for, and our librarians will add it to the tree. Check out some of our Fall Foliage books for inspiration!  
Join a book club!

Adult Events: 

Look for more Virtual Events on our website, including storytimes (Tuesday through Friday at 11 AM on Facebook Live!), book clubs and ESL programs!  

From Our eLibrary

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Don't Google it—start your research with Gale. The library provides Gale General OneFile to connect you to trusted, up-to-date content. Learn the pro tips.

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

Staff Picks

Book covers
Need an idea for what to read next? Our librarians are enjoying Heartstopper, The Shape of Thunder, Scary Stories for Young Foxes, The Invisible Library, How Your House Works, and Akata Witch.

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