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Your New Favorite Book Store

A shelf full of old books with worn covers

With the proliferation of ebooks, Kindles, and chain bookstores, local neighborhood bookstores have become fewer in number. However, those that remain are able to do so with a combination of charm, history, and fun events. Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park is a perfect example of a thriving independent bookstore. The store opened its doors under the ownership of peace activist Roy Kepler in 1955 and has been a cultural and intellectual institution in the city ever since. It is even a convenient 5 minute walk from the Menlo Park Inn. This store has everything. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, and they are always happy to help you find a copy of your favorite or recommend something that fits your tastes. In addition to a wide variety of books, Kepler’s also features live performances and readings like the February 24 event where This is Now with Angie Coiro presents Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny. Keep your eye on their events calendar as exciting workshops, readings, and performances are added regularly.