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Traveler's Tip


Talk about a bargain. Buying access to Rosetta Stone language learning software and applications can easily run into hundreds of dollars. Yet, with a Contra Costa library card, these tools are now available for the low, low price of free. Check out this new offering, available under "digital content" at
"Fun" raiser


Boost awareness of reading's importance while raising funds for Orinda's libraries. The Education Foundation of Orinda, with support from the Friends of the Orinda Library, is sponsoring an all-ages read-a-thon Oct. 6-12. "All ages" means those of us who no longer carry backpacks are warmly invited to take part. More than just a fundraiser, the Read Orinda program also includes a series of free, reading-based events, as well as worthwhile activities such as reading to residents at Orinda Rehabilitation and Convalescent Hospital. The fundraising part of the program will culminate with an awards ceremony behind the food trucks on the Library Plaza, Thursday, Oct. 18. A portion of funds raised will go to Orinda Library. To learn more, click here .


Local Author Readings

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-4pm

Enjoy an opportunity to mix with local literary talent. As part of the Read Orinda celebration, we'll hear from children's author Sally Bolger, YA novelist Mitali Perkins and writers of adult fiction Vanessa Hua and Colleen Weems. The local author readings, to take place in Orinda Library, will follow a community read-in 12-2pm at Orinda Park. Register for these and other fun, free reading events here

Science Whiz Show

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2:30pm

Explore the laws of physics, earth science, and visual color perception in this enchanting, interactive program, which uses magic and circus tricks to demonstrate scientific principles. For grades K-4

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Classical Guitar with South American Influences

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30pm

Hear how this region's rich harmonies and poignant rhythms have influenced contemporary classical guitar. Glenn Staller will play works by Morel, Lauro, Piazzollo, Villa-Lobos and others. 

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Eve of the Walking Dead Day

Friday, Oct. 12, 3-5pm

Calling all zombies and other fans of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series. In anticipation of Oct. 13's international The Walking Dead Day, we will celebrate with food, zombie selfies and a chance to score Walking Dead gear. Cosplayers welcome.  

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Humanities West: Late Czarist Russia

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:30pm

George Hammond looks into the twilight years of Czarist Russia to trace the enduring influences that art from this period have had on world culture.  

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library



Looking to meet or mix with other readers? Orinda Books has a smorgasbord of book clubs. You could drop in to the World Affairs Book Group, which meets the third Tuesday of each month, or take a pause with the Poetry Circle, which gathers the second Monday of each month. Store owner Maria Roden leads her own group, which is set to discuss Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, while the clearly named Third Wednesday Book Group will be talking about Kevin Kwan's very popular Crazy Rich Asians Oct.17 at 3pm. Check out the options, or consider fielding one of your own.
Bay Area


San Francisco's 10-day literary festival returns for its 19th year, with events and celebrations Oct. 11-20. Look for big names such as Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, Daniel Handler, Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Skloot, as well as emerging talents such as Michael Andreasen. The mostly free festival includes more events than one could possibly attend. However, organizers expect as many as 10,000 fans to make time for a massive literary pub crawl through the Mission District, scheduled this year Oct. 20. 
Timely Topics


The Bay Area Book Festival has branched out from its springtime gathering to launch a speaker series. The Women Lit series will debut Wed., Oct. 10, at 7pm, when Rebecca Traister will speak at the Berkeley City Club on her new book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.
—Kate DiCamillo.

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1:00pm to 4:00pm

1:00pm to 6:00pm

1:00pm to 4:00pm

You Can Help

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.

Library Closures

Monday, October 8

Ongoing Events
in October

Thursdays, 1pm and 2pm

Get help on computer matters from a knowledgeable volunteer. Focus on beginning users. Registration required. Register here or call (925) 254-2184.

Thursdays, 1pm

Local volunteer ESL teachers lead group discussions with ESL learners. Free and open to all. Come practice English with us! Group Study Room A
Friday, Oct. 19, 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: Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson. Group Study Room A


Tuesday, Oct. 2, 16 and 30, 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, Oct. 25, 7pm

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

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

Children/Teen Programs

Mondays, 2:30pm
Crafting, coding, Legos, Minecraft ... Drop in and create!
Gallery Room

For kids 18-36 months.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10:00am
Gallery Room
Have questions or concerns about your child's language or social skills? Ask a professional. 
For kids 0-36 months. Siblings welcome.

Tuesdays, 11:30am
Gallery Room

For kids newborn to 18 months

Wednesdays, Oct. 3 and 10, 3:30pm—4:30pm
Call (925) 254-2184 or visit the library to sign up. 

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library 

Friday, Oct. 12, 4pm
Group Study Room A
Meet new members and identify projects and programs for the new year. 

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

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