17th Annual Kepler’s – Friends of the Menlo Park Library Day
Saturday, May 7th, 2011; 9:30 AM to 4 PM
Come celebrate The Magic of Reading with the musicians from Oak Knoll, Encinal, Hillview and Menlo-Atherton High schools on Kepler’s Plaza.
Enjoy the festivities and be sure to shop that day in the bookstore and say that you’re shopping for the kids in East Menlo Park!
You can benefit the Belle Haven Library just by making a purchase in the bookstore that day. Kepler’s will donate a percentage of the day’s sales to the library. May and June are gift-giving months. Buy Books, Gifts and Gift Cards for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduations.
The music begins with the combined orchestras of the 4th graders at Oak Knoll and Encinal, the first public appearance together and the first time ever together, a bold enterprise for a debut. These two groups have always been the openers for the “Magic of Reading” and have brought the largest crowds of the day, standing room only.
Following the 4th graders in ascending order through the grades will be the various musical groups of the 5th graders at both Encinal and Oak Knoll, and then on to the sixth graders at Hillview until their finale with the 8th grade groups, ending at 1:30 pm.
In the afternoon, just after SAT’s, M-A’s Concert Band will open, followed by Band Three and Four with the Jazz Band in the day’s finale.
Prizes for raffles throughout the 1st part of the program will help to raise money for the elementary school music programs and the prizes for M-A will be used at their discretion. Responsible for the prizes are well known and popular local businesses. Charter members, Carpaccio’s, Café Borrone, (the original) Round Table Pizza, Cook’s Seafood and the Oasis have been generous for this cause since the beginning. Draeger’s and the Almanac, also charter members, have helped with publicity. Recent newcomers have been Oak City Bar and Grill and Portola Valley’s Konditorei.
The music and the raffles are only part of the fun. Those watching the performances are getting a glimpse of the evolution of music in Menlo Park and are witnessing an integral part of the excellence of our schools.
Supporting the children and library in East Menlo Park makes this day even more special. This celebration of “The Magic of Reading” is free and will go on whether rain or shine, wind or sleet, but hopefully with sun, calm and warmth.