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August 2018
Something for Nothing 


Nada. Zilch. Zero. The big goose egg. That's how much you'll pay when the Contra Costa Library system hosts its annual Book Giveaway Tuesday Aug. 7—Saturday Aug. 11, 9 am—4:30pm behind the Pleasant Hill Library, 75 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill. Paperbacks and hardcovers. Children's books as well as adult fiction and nonfiction. It's Wonkaland for readers. BYO Boxes or Bags to transport your loot. Questions? Contact library administrators at (925) 608-7700 or Arrive early for best selection.


Introducing Road Scholar


Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1:00pm

Travelers over the age of 50, this program is for you. History professor Mary Ann Irwin will discuss the benefits of educational travel and introduce the not-for-profit travel company, Road Scholar. Founded in 1975, Road Scholar offers trips within the United States and 150 other countries. Road Scholar addresses the needs of solo travelers as well as couples. Is a piece of the world waiting for you? 

This program is sponsored by the Contra Costa Summer Reading Program, "Reading Takes You Everywhere."

Book Talk and Signing by Holocaust Survivor

Thursday, Aug. 9, 4:00pm

Sylvia Ruth Gutmann became an orphan at age three when her parents were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. In her debut memoir, A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan, she chronicles her escape to Switzerland with her two sisters, their arrival in New York to the home of her uncle and his abusive wife, and her struggles to overcome the trauma of her childhood.

Sylvia has spoken extensively throughout Europe and was granted honorary German citizenship in 2002 for her peace activism. For more information about Sylvia, visit her website at

Sylvia will be available to sign copies of her book after the program, and copies will be available for sale. You could also pick up a copy right now at Orinda Books.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

College Funding

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:00pm

For many families, the high cost of higher education is a daunting proposition. Some families have children attending college next year and others have 12 years to plan; but the fears of tackling these monumental and rising costs are the same. The College Funding Coach® can advise parents on how to pay for college and still have enough of their hard earned money to be able to retire.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Reel Treat


When is a library card not a library card? When it's a ticket to the movies.

Use your library card to access terrific films from home through Kanopy. Head to the Contra Costa Library website,, and look on the lefthand side under Digital Content for Kanopy Streaming Video. Register for the service and enjoy up to 8 titles a month, available through your computer or other online device. 

The buffet stretches on and on, from classics such as "To Catch a Thief" to recent winners from the Sundance Film Festival. Documentaries. Horror flicks. Foreign films. Indies. Shorts. Stage plays. Great Courses. 

Kanopy organizes its content in fresh ways, such as "Coming of Age" films, "Law & Criminal Justice," and films "Directed by Women," so you could go deep on a special topic. You could improve your health, business or language skills, or just lean back with a plate of pop culture.

You won't find the latest blockbuster, but you might find a film you'll be urging all your friends to see. 
May We Recommend?


Spoiler alert: August ends. Luckily, our enthusiastic readers have just the thing to take your mind off the waning days of summer.

Friends Treasurer Linda Landau invites you to get your Nature Fix. This "very readable" book by Florence Williams explains why our brains need and respond to nature. Linda promises a book so good you'll put it down—to go for a walk. 

President Nancy Ross-Madnick recommends you go straight to The Heart with Maylis de Kerangal. This "engrossing summer read vividly describes each stage in the organ procurement process. The whole story unfolds over 24 hours and follows all the participants in a heart transplant procedure." This novel was such a success when it debuted in France that Farrar, Straus published it in English. "Even though it’s a quick read, there’s much to discuss, so it’s a great book group choice," says Nancy.

Recording Secretary Fran Strykowski invites you to join her in 1870s Texas for Paulette Jiles' News of the World, a "sweet story" about an older man who must take a 10-year-old former captive across the state. Keep your eye on their relationship, which grows as the unlikely pair learn about each other and themselves. 

Newsletter Editor Lori Patel wants to put in your hand a copy of Shirley Jackson's disturbing classic We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Shockingly funny, this slim tale brings readers into the claustrophobic world of two sisters with one very dark family secret. Watch the pressure build horribly as Cousin Charles comes courting. Read it before the release of the forthcoming film.
Closing the Books


It's time to collect the goodies! The county's summer reading program ends Aug. 4. Come to the library to redeem reading and activity log "passports" for prizes including a free book. 

I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.
— Emily Dickinson

Library Closure

Perish the thought. You have 31 opportunities to visit Orinda Library this month.

Tidying Up?

The Friends Bookshop would welcome your surplus books, DVDs, and CDs. Drop off at your convenience to our donation room, inside the Orinda library parking garage. Please no magazines, encyclopedias or moldy oldies.

Bookshop Hours

1:00pm to 4:00pm

1:00pm to 6:00pm

1:00pm to 4:00pm

We Want You

If you can spare just three hours a month, you could play a vital role in running the Friends Bookshop. To find a shift that fits your schedule, call (925) 377-0979 or email us today.

Ongoing Events
in August

1:00pm and 2:00pm

Get help on computer matters from a knowledgeable volunteer. Focus on beginning users. Registration required. 

Alert: Spaces in this popular new program have been filling quickly. The first two Thursdays in August are already booked, but you could join the waiting list or claim a spot later in the month. Register here or call (925) 254-2184.

Thursdays, 1:00pm

Local volunteer ESL teachers lead group discussions with ESL learners. Free and open to all. Come talk and learn English with us! Group Study Room A
Friday, Aug. 17, 3:00pm

Join the Orinda Mystery Book Club to uncover and discuss the new mystery book of the month. Meetings every third Friday of the month. This month we will continue discussion of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Group Study Room A


Tuesday, Aug. 7 and 21, 6:30pm
Meet with a friendly group of beginning writers in a supportive environment to motivate, critique and inspire one another. Share two pages of your writing (any genre) and get feedback from the group. Group Study Room A


Thursday, Aug. 23, 7:00pm

Join this lively group to tell or listen. This is storytelling for adults with a featured teller every month. Garden Room.

**Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library.

Children/Teen Programs

August 6, 13 and 20

Drop in and create! Whether it's crafting, coding, Legos or Minecraft, there will be something fun going on.
Gallery Room

For kids 18-36 months.

Yoga Storytime,
Wed., August 1

Stay & Play, 
Tues., August 7

Guest storyteller Miss Amy
Wed. August 8
10:00 am.

Tuesdays, 11:30am
Gallery Room

For kids newborn to 18 months

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library 

Check the library website for a full list of events coming up at the Orinda Library.

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