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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Today is William Shakespeare’s 455th birthday! Dr. Ross’s Shakespeare students provided cupcakes and fun themed games at break, so we at the library want to point out some fun Shakespeare themed books we have in the library!

cover of To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North
A choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet!


cover of An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker.
Assassins go undercover in a production of Shakespeare play to stop an attack on Queen Elizabeth.

Cover of Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Inspired by A Winter’s Tale, this novel follows the fallout of an incident at a cheer camp.


cover of Botanical Shakespeare

Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright, written by Gerit Quealy; illustrated by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins.
A beautifully illustrated book about the Bard’s plants.

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New From Favorite Authors

New From Favorite Authors

Covers of new books: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, Becoming by Michele Obama, and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

We’ve got loads of new books in the library, and a bunch are sequels or new books by authors you love! Come check them out!

New from Favorite Authors

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. A continuation of her Grishaverse books, picking up after Crooked Kingdom

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Becoming by Michelle Obama

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers, a new book in the His Fair Assassin universe

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson


The Wicked King by Holly Black, sequel to The Cruel Prince

The Copper Kingdom by S.A. Chakraborty, sequel to The City of Brass

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson, sequel to Truly Devious

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School by Brandon Montclare

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, conclusion to The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy

Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2 by Sayantani DasGupta.

Giant Days Vol. 9 by John Allison

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis


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Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

An image advertising Palo Alto Weekly's short story contest. Shows a drawing of a girl in a pink striped shirt sitting at a a table, working on a laptop. The background is blue.

It’s time again for Palo Alto Weekly’s short story contest!

The contest is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school full-time in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Stanford, Portola Valley, Woodside, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and East Palo Alto. Stories should be 2,500 words or less, and entrants need to provide five hard copies for judging. The deadline is March 29th.

Adult, 18+
Young Adult, 15-17
Teen, 12-14
There is a $20 entry fee for adult contestants, and a $10 entry fee for writers under 18.

More information can be found on the Palo Alto Weekly’s website here.

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February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Leigh Bardugo and her latest Grishaverse book, The King of Scars
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Fan meet-up will start at 6.00 PM
Q&A and signing will start at 7.00 PM
RSVP here

A Night at Hogwarts: themed games, crafts & treats.
Thursday, February 7, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 3515 California Street, San Francisco
Costumes are encouraged, all ages welcome.
More information here

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone celebrate their middle grade book sequels: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, and Swap’d
Friday, February 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

Susan Dennard releases the third Witchlands novel, Bloodwitch
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

Robin LaFevers talks with Sabaa Tahir about LaFevers new book in the His Fair Assassin universe, Courting Darkness
Friday, February 15,  Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents Sara Holland with book two in the Everless series, Evermore; Laura Sebastian discussing her new work, Lady Smoke: Ash Princess #2; and Tara Sim with book three of her Timekeeper trilogy, Firestarter.
Monday, February 18 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

Christopher Paolini with his new anthology of stories set in the world of the Inheritance Cycle: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia
Monday, February 25, 2019 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

Charlie Jane Anders talks about her latest novel, The City in the Middle of the Night
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here


header picture: texture 138 by Ellen van Deelen, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Did you love this year’s Global Week topic? If you want to explore more about AI, technology, and the human imagination, try one of these books!


The cover of the book Soonish. It depicts a cartoon illustration of a person in a space suit on the surface of the moon. The moon is tethered by a long metal cable to the earth in the distance. The person is watching a spaceship holding scissors about to cut the cable.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Noted scientist Kelly and her cartoonist husband Zach explore ten up and coming technologies in this engaging illustrated book.

 The cover of the book Scythe. It shows a minimalist illustration of a figure in a red cloak holding a black scythe.

The Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Schusterman

In a world where death is conquered, you only die if you’re chosen. Who chooses? An AI called Thunderhead.


The cover of a book titled Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. It depicts the face of a young, Caucasian woman with light brown eyes and brown hair. Her face is being held by white robotic hands, one on the top of her head and one on her chin.

Faster, Stronger, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Six interconnected stories spanning from the near to distant future explore the potential of human advancement in medicine and technology.

The cover of the book The Scorpion Rules. It shows a red and black throne covered in a pattern of scorpions against a grey background.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The children of royals in this world are hostages for peace in a prison ruled by an amoral and sadistic AI.



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New Sequels and Favorites!

New Sequels and Favorites!

A photo of several books



 New Sequels New from Favorite Authors
 Arch-Enemies by Marissa Meyer, the sequel to Renegades

Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi, sequel to Beasts Made of Night

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao, sequel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

West by Edith Pattou, sequel to East

Spill Zone, Vol. 2 by Scott Westerfeld






And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Pulp by Robin Talley, author of What We Left Behind

Dry by Neal Shusterman

G’Morning, G’Night by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of The Naturals series

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Adam Silvera





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