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July 2018
Valentine to Voters 


It's official: Orinda voters love the library. In last month's election, 75 percent of us voted in favor of Measure J, the parcel tax to ensure robust funding of Orinda Library. Thanks to our support, the measure safely cleared the two-thirds standard required for approval.

Voters recognized a bargain in Measure J's offer to keep the library open and maintain the building and programs at a cost of an added 8.2 cents a day. THANK YOU for showing your love! 


Try It Truck
Thursday July 12, 5pm

Get hands-on experience with tools and technology! Solve problems with math, science and creativity! Come to the Garden Room Patio for this engineering lab on wheels. For kids 5-11. 

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

A Bird's Rainbow
Monday July 30, 10:30am

Join us as well-known local birder, photographer, and educator Bob Lewis explains why birds are often brightly colored, where the color come from, and what makes hummingbirds so special. For special accommodations, please contact the library with 72 hours notice. Adults

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library
Be the Difference


ALL SMILES: Orinda resident "Kay" meets with volunteer tutor Melinda Guelfi to work on her English literacy through Project Second Chance. 
Reading is more important than ever—not reading as a pastime, but reading as a fundamental skill. That’s the message from Laura Seaholm, manager of the county’s adult literacy program, Project Second Chance

“The bar to be literate keeps getting higher and higher,” says Seaholm. "Thirty-four years ago, when we were founded, there weren't ATM machines, email, texting, etc. So much more is required today to be able to function and thrive in society.”

Project Second Chance pairs trained volunteers with adults who either come to reading with dyslexia or come to English as a second or even third language. The program supplies materials targeted to each student’s reading level and particular challenges. 

Some of those learning pairs meet at Orinda Library. Twice a week, for instance, volunteer tutor Melinda Guelfi meets with an Orinda resident who goes by “Kay.”** Like most of the Orinda students, Kay is fully literate in her native language (Japanese), but would like to deepen her command of English. 

As someone who works in elder care, Kay wants to improve her English so she can communicate easily with her coworkers and clients. She had tried ESL classes, but found that their group structure did not allow her to improve as quickly as she can in one-on-one interactions. 

About a year ago, Project Second Chance connected Melinda and Kay. In their first meetings, the two had a chance to check each other out, deciding whether they would work well together. “That’s the teacher for me!” said Kay. The ability to opt in or out of a working relationship is an important part of the program’s approach. 

Melinda, who previously worked as an elementary school teacher, explains that most volunteers do not have classroom experience. “It’s wonderful that you don’t have to have a teaching background to help someone,” she says. 

Project Second Chance asks tutors and students to commit to meeting twice a week in 90 minute sessions. At least, that’s the ideal. “Life happens, and you go with the flow,” says Melinda.

Project Second Chance serves about 250 students a year, but would like to help more. Notes Seaholm: "We know that there are many more people out there who need our help."

If you’d like to help another adult grow as a reader, now is a good time to sign up with Project Second Chance. The program's next round of tutor training will take place July 24 and 26, 9am-3:30pm at the program’s offices in Pleasant Hill. For more information, please click here

**Project Second Chance offers anonymity, giving each participant the option to go by a different name. 


Young Orinda writers turned up in record numbers to compete in the 2018 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest. Open to all Orinda high school students, the writing contest is named in memory of Orinda resident Poul Anderson, a popular science fiction writer of over 80 books. Prizes this year included $500, along with certificates of recognition from the Friends of the Orinda Library. 

Poetry: Winners, Sara Aoki ("Racehorses") and Zahra Hasanain ("America's Dreams"); Honorable Mentions, Alison Gan ("Ouroboros"), Dara Kazmierowski ("All I Ever Do is Grow Up") and Ella Nelson ("The Boat Rocks On")

Science Fiction/Fantasy: Winner, Isabella Bianchi ("Somewhere, Anywhere"); Honorable Mention, Molly Clemons ("Now Requesting for Relocation") 

Short Story: Winner, Dara Kazmierowski ("Her or Me?"); Honorable Mentions, Molly Clemons ("Through the Window, 1919, New York") and Madison Lehman ("Sink or Swim")

Essay/Memoir/Biography: Honorable Mention, Sara Aoki ("One Thousand Cranes")

Read this year's winning submissions on the Friends of the Orinda Library website.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Meet the Artist


CREATIVE SPACE: Enter the center of Orinda Library, and you will find new energy emanating from a pair of sculptures stretching towards the sun. Like pieces walked off from the world's tallest, trippiest chessboard, the shapes suggest motion, as if they might continue forward, joining other patrons in search of a good read. Artist Ann Weber, seen here amid her work, combined cardboard, staples and shellac to create these evocative shapes. The California College of Arts and Crafts grad titled the works for their height, "15 and 1/2" and "Almost 16," but she'd be pleased if you invented your own names for them. Originally created for San Jose Museum, the sculptures are on a two-year loan to Orinda Library through the city's Art in Public Places program. 
One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
— Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Library Closure

Wednesday July 4

Fourth of July Sale

Wednesday July 4
9am to 12pm

Our biggest sale of the year! A parade-time tradition. 

On the grounds of the library plaza. 

Bookshop Hours

1pm to 4pm

1pm to 6pm

1pm to 4pm

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 July

Monday July 16 and 23, 11am and 12pm
Thursdays, 1pm and 2pm

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

Thursdays, 1pm

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 July 20, 3pm

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's selection is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Group Study Room A


Tuesday July 10 and 24, 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 July 26, 7pm

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

Mondays, 12pm

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

Gallery Room

For kids newborn to 18 months


Thursdays, July 5, 12 and 19, 2:30pm. 

Early readers can practice with the perfect audience: therapy dogs! Call or stop by beforehand to reserve a 20-minute spot for a child.

**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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