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April 2017

Libraries Transform - Get Social in Celebration of National Library Week 

One of the central elements of the Libraries Transform campaign is the series of Because Statements, which illustrate why libraries are transforming – examples include, “BECAUSE LEARNING TO READ COMES BEFORE READING TO LEARN.”  We're asking library lovers to create their own Because Statements during National Library Week by filling in the blank to tell us why libraries matter. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 gift card and a copy of  "Secret Coders," by Mike Holmes and Gene Luen Yang, our National Library Week Honorary Chair.

Entries can be posted to Twitter, Instagram, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week for a chance to win. Entries can be a picture or text.  Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the word "Because" and the hashtag #LibrariesTransform for a chance to win. Entries can also be submitted directly to the Libraries Transform website.

The promotion begins Sunday, April 10 at noon CT and ends Saturday, April 16 at noon CT.  


Friends of the Orinda Library and Orinda Books: partners in literacy

By Linda Landau

For many, many years, the Friends of the Orinda Library and Orinda Books have had a productive and happy relationship. Although most of the library materials the Friends buy are ordered through the County’s purchasing system, there are times when our librarians want special books that are not readily available, or would like to purchase extra copies of high-demand books.  
The Friends feel that it is important to support local bookstores, so when these books are needed, or books are needed sooner than the County’s system can provide them, the librarians can order the books from Orinda Books. They arrive in a day or two, and can go straight onto our library’s shelves. 
This is a win-win solution, and the librarians and Friends are very pleased that we have a local bookstore that can help us in this way. Thanks to Maria and Danny Roden, Orinda Books owners, and all their staff!

Don't be Fooled - How to Identify Fake News

by Sierra Campagna, Orinda Library Manager

With so much information available online it is often difficult to determine what is fact and what is fiction. There seems to be a current outbreak of widespread misinformation in the media, often referred to as "fake news." Many people now use social media as a news source and end up with strongly biased, inaccurate, or false information. Also concerning, some media and news sources seem to disregard the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics, "to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough". Reliable news sources use neutral or unbiased reporting, have articles written by journalists with professional degrees, conduct fact checking before publication, and are transparent when errors or mistakes are made.

The library has long been a place for people to find relevant, factual information. Librarians actively work to promote and teach information literacy. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when evaluating the accuracy of a news article or media story:

  • When was it published? Is it current? 
  • What are the author or reporter's credentials? Is there an author listed? Who are they affiliated with?
  • Was the information reviewed by editors or subject experts before it was published?
  • Are there reliable sources listed to back up the statements? 
  • What is the author's purpose? Do they want to persuade and influence or inform?
  • Are alternative points of view presented? 
  • Does the author omit facts and data that might disprove the claim?

And it's always a good idea to check more than one source for information, to see if you are hearing the same thing or if you notice significant differences.

Fact Checking Websites

  • FactCheck – Independent organization that fact checks the accuracy of what major U.S. politicians say.
  • Washington Post Fact Checker – Column started in 2007 that provides analysis of current news, with a focus on statements by political figures. Newsletter digest available.
  • Politifact – Fact checking rumors, news, and political campaigns. 
  • Hoax-Slayer – debunks email scams, internet hoaxes, and provides resources for increasing internet security 
  • AllSides – See the same news story from multiple sources and perspectives: Left, Right, Center.


"The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries."

Carl Sagan

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2017 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest

The 2017 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest, open to all students who reside and/or attend high school in Orinda.

Entry Categories are:

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  •  Essay/Memoir/Biography
  • Poetry
  • Short Story

Students may submit one entry in any of the four categories for a total of not more than three entries. Submission deadline is Friday, April 21 at noon

Click here for an entry form and additional information regarding the contest. If you have any questions about the contest, please email us at

Friends of the
Orinda Library Board

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Orinda Library? We are looking for a few new members to take on roles in the following areas: 

  1. Membership database management.
  2. Membership recruitment efforts.
  3. Monthly newsletter writing and coordination.

Our board meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  If you are interested in learning more about any of the roles, please email

April Events

Library Closed

Sunday, April 16 - Easter

New SAT Free Practice Test
Saturday, April 1
10:30am - 2:230pm

Orinda Library Writers Group
Tuesdays, April 4 and 18
6:30pm - 8:00pm

ESL Conversation
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Your Spring Herb Garden
Friday, April 14
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Mystery Book Club
Friday, April 21, 2017
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Deadlock, by Sara Paretzky

Sudden Oak Death Blitz
Saturday, April 22
10:00am - 12:00pm

Summer of Love - Fine Arts Museums Docent Lecture
Monday, April 24
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Contra Costa Tale Spinners
Thursday, April 27
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Children/Teen Programs

Teen Tech Week Activity
Mon - Sat., March 5-11
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Peek-a-Boo Time
Tuesdays, March 21 & 28

Toddler Lapsit
Tuesdays  (March 21 &28)
Wednesdays (March 22 & 29)
10:00am & 10:30am

Paws To Read
Wednesdays (Except March 29)
3:30pm & 4:30pm

Teen Advisory Group Meeting
Friday, March 3
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Teen Coloring Club
Fridays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Except March 3)

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