Immigrant and Refugee Stories
Sep
13
to Sep 21

Immigrant and Refugee Stories

Presented by MidPeninsula Community Media Center & Palo Alto City Library

Throughout the week, visit Palo Alto Library branches to view posters showcasing different immigrant and refugee stories. Scan each poster's QR code for a multimedia experience on your phone!

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Guided Midtown Walking Tour
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Midtown Walking Tour

  • 1098 Amarillo Avenue Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented by the YMCA and Palo Alto Museum Executive Directors

Meet Captain John Lucas Greer and his wife Maria, suffragist and pioneer Sarah Wallis, Mayfield postmaster Lambert Dornberger, and nonprofit founder Audrey Li (pictured here).

You will also meet Jesus Ramos and Secundino Robles, who farmed the 8,418-acre Rancho Rincon de San Francisquito (today, south Palo Alto and Barron Park).

THIS TOUR IS 3.7 MILES LONG AND INCLUDES 5 STOPS

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 Advanced ESL @ Mitchell Park Library
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Advanced ESL @ Mitchell Park Library

This class is intended for intermediate and advanced ESL students who can carry on a conversation in English, but who are still sometimes challenged by comprehension and pronunciation. The two questions that we frequently hear from English learners are “How do I say that?” and “What does it mean?” The focus in this session will therefore be on every-day American expressions and phrases, and on pronunciation. 

Please make sure to sign up for each event as space is limited. 

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Voter Registration Drive
Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

Voter Registration Drive

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Family YMCA invites you to stop by the YMCA lobby to register to vote, check your registration status, or update your registration!

The next election is March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election.

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ESL Conversation Group @ Mitchell Park Library
Sep
18
10:30 AM10:30

ESL Conversation Group @ Mitchell Park Library

Our ESL (English as a Second Language) conversation group program offers a friendly and informal environment for adults over 18 years of age to practice speaking and listening in English. It is designed for ESL learners who enjoy meeting friends from various ethnic backgrounds and learning conversational English in a casual setting.

Registration is not required, but please arrive on time. Class starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. and has a 35-person limit. 

For adults 18 and over.

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 Guided Downtown Walking Tour
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

Guided Downtown Walking Tour

Presented by the YMCA Executive Director

On this tour, you will meet community leader Queene Amirian, muralist Victor Arnautoff, education advocate Anna Zschokke, former Palo Alto mayor Sid Espinosa, artist Irene Ruth Mock Wong, and tech visionaries Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.

You will also learn about Chinese immigrant Wong Foon Yen (pictured here) and her time on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay.

THIS TOUR IS 2 MILES LONG AND INCLUDES 7 STOPS

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Hispanic Heritage Month Book Discussion: "The House of Broken Angels"
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Discussion: "The House of Broken Angels"

Join the Library for Hispanic Heritage Month as we discuss National Book Critics Award nominee (2018) The House of Broken Angelsby Luis Alberto Urrea. Together we will read and discuss Urrea masterpiece about a Mexican-American family meeting for a birthday party and a funeral in one week.

The novel gathers together the entire De La Cruz clan, as they meet for the final birthday party Big Angel is throwing for himself, at home in San Diego, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer and reflects on his long and full life.

But when Big Angel's mother, Mama America, approaching one hundred, dies herself as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well. There will be two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his half-brother and namesake, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not, as the weekend proceeds to remind him, a life.

This story of the De La Cruzes is the story of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border. It is a tale of the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not.
(Summary from Goodreads).

Copies of this book can be checked out through the Library or Link+.

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Voter Registration Drive
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Voter Registration Drive

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Family YMCA invites you to stop by the YMCA lobby to register to vote, check your registration status, or update your registration!

The next election is March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election.

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Welcome Week Potluck & Storytelling Lounge
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Welcome Week Potluck & Storytelling Lounge

  • Mitchell Park Community Center (map)
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Enjoy an evening of food and storytelling, hear and exchange stories (and recipes) related to your culture, share personal histories and discuss how we each help build a welcoming world! 

Bring a covered dish representing your culture to share! A recipe with a 2 sentence story of your dish is also welcome.

Please RSVP here: Eventbrite

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Stay Woke: A Social Justice Book Club
Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Stay Woke: A Social Justice Book Club

Interested in social justice and human rights? Are you looking to gain a greater understanding of the inequalities in the world around you? If so, this book club might be for you! We will read and respectfully discuss books around social justice and politically relevant themes, with the aim of creating community and connection.

September 14: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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Welcome to America!
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Welcome to America!

Presented by the Palo Alto City Library

"Welcome to America!" helps new Americans and visitors learn the customs and values of their new home. The September 27th session is "Going to School In Palo Alto: School, the PTA and You." 

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