Branch Photo

Woodland Branch

1975 Grant Road
Los Altos, CA 94024

Monday1pm - 8pm
Tuesday1pm - 8pm
Wednesday1pm - 8pm
Thursday11am - 5pm
Friday11am - 5pm
Saturday11am - 5pm
Holidays & Closures

Phone:(650) 969-6030

Ask us

Are You a Poet and Don't Know It?

April is officially National Poetry Month, and to celebrate we are holding a system-wide teen poetry contest! The lucky winner will receive a gift card, along with other honors such as having your poem published in our annual poetry book. For more information, visit this link:

Even if you're not a teen, or not interested in entering the contest, you can still honor the month by reading one of the great poetry books available in our libraries. As a long-time fan of both reading and writing poetry, I would consider the following titles as some of my personal favorites.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman.  Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel.

Howl, and Other Poems

Howl, and Other Poems


Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. Customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow Is Enuf

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide,When the Rainbow Is Enuf

The complete text and stage directions to Shange's 1976 Broadway production is the moving statement of a talented black woman artist who sings the song of her own experience in a way that all can relate to it.


Note: This is what's known as a "choreopoem," and has since been adapted into a feature film.

DVD: For Colored Girls

Paint Me like I Am

Paint Me like I Am

Paint Me Like I Am is a collection of poems by teens who have taken part in writing programs run by a national nonprofit organization called WritersCorps. To read the words of these young people is to hear the diverse voices of teenagers everywhere.

Included are a foreward by acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, an essay from Kevin Powell, another poet associated with WritersCorps, and writing tips from WritersCorps instructors.

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman


Maya Angelou, the bestselling author of On the Pulse of Morning, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and other lavishly praised works, is considered one of America's finest poets. Here, four of her most highly acclaimed poems are assembled in a beautiful gift edition that provides a feast for the eyes as well as the heart.

*Annotations courtesy of