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September 2018
Hometown Pride


Hear that buzz? That's the growing excitement around Orinda author Vanessa Hua, whose debut novel, A River of Stars, has been drawing rave reviews from The Economist to O, the Oprah Magazine. No wonder the novel has flown off county library shelves and onto patron hold lists. The story, which Hua bills as a pregnant Thelma & Louise, follows a Chinese factory worker and Taiwanese-American teen on the lam from a SoCal maternity hotel. Taking cover in San Francisco's Chinatown, the women work desperately and creatively to craft new lives for themselves and their soon-to-be-born babies. Don't be surprised if you find yourself alternating between holding your breath and bursting out laughing. "One pregnant woman in flight is a tragedy; two are a comedy," says Hua, a Miramonte grad, speaking recently at Orinda Books. To hear more from Hua, who also writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle, check out this interview by Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition. 
Coming Soon


Looking for a reason to read more?  We have a great one: The Education Foundation of Orinda is sponsoring an all-ages read-a-thon. The event, to be held Oct. 6-12, will raise funds for Orinda schools and school libraries, with a portion of the funds going to Orinda Library. Prizes will be awarded to top readers and top fundraisers in a ceremony Oct. 18. Look for an invitation to arrive by email within the next couple of weeks. We'll also have more details in next month's newsletter. Meanwhile, coordinator Meggin Hollister is seeking volunteers to help with publicity and distributing/collecting reading logs. Reach Meggin by email at



Thursday, Sept. 6, 3pm

Even the youngest can celebrate the upcoming Orinda Classic Car Show. Decorate a box to become a cool car and then enjoy a short movie in your vehicle at 3:30. Suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. 

**Supplies sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art: An Asian Art Museum Docent Lecture

Thursday, Sept. 13, 11am

Bats, gourds, peaches, and monkeys on horses. These images and others are frequently depicted in Chinese art, but what do they mean? Discover some of the fun and fascinating messages hidden in Chinese art. 

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Free Practice SAT

Saturday, Sept. 15, 10am

Take a full mock SAT with diagnostic analysis provided by Princeton Review. Register here

Taking Control of Your Finances

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6pm

The Financial Planning Association of the East Bay presents this workshop covering basics such as financial record keeping, how to start an emergency fund, proper use of debt, essential estate planning documents and identifying the right type of insurance. No sales; strictly educational. 



TAG! You're it! Or could be, if you are a teenager in grades 8-12 interested in helping Orinda Library choose programs, books, and other resources for teens in our community. Orinda's Teen Advisory Group, aka TAG, is forming for the new school year. Meet once a month. Earn volunteer hours. Shape the library you love. Pick up an application at the Info Desk or email
Just Down the Road 


Our friends at Lafayette Library will be hosting the great Betty Reid Soskin, who, at 96, remains the oldest employee in the National Park Service in her role at Richmond's Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park. Soskin will speak Thurs., Sept. 20, at 7pm, about her experiences and her recently published memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom. Register for the event here.
Good Neighbor


Many Orinda Library patrons pair their visits with trips to Orinda Community Center Park. If that sounds like you, maybe you'd like to get in the running for the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation's newest fundraiser. This Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, OPR will host the first-ever Run on the Wilder Side, with a choice of distances: 5k ($35) or 1.4 mile ($25). The 5k will start at 8 am in the Wilder development's Art and Garden Center, with the second run beginning at 8:45 am. Runners will receive T-shirts and goody bags. All ages welcome—walkers, too. Proceeds go toward renewing the Community Center Park. Register in advance at or pay more at the event. 
It’s not as if I don’t have anything to read; there’s a tower of perfectly good unread books next to my bed, not to mention the shelves of books in the living room I’ve been meaning to reread. I find myself, maddeningly, hungry for the next one, as yet unknown.
— Lewis Buzbee, A Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

Library Closures

Sunday, Sept. 2—Monday, Sept. 3

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 September

Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27
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 talk and learn English with us! Group Study Room A
Friday, Sept. 21, 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: Silent Voices: A Vera Stanhope Mystery, by Ann Cleeves. Group Study Room A


Tuesday, Sept. 9 and 18, 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, Sept. 27, 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

Sept. 10, 17 and 24

Drop in and create! Crafting, coding, Legos, Minecraft ...
Gallery Room

For kids 18-36 months.

Tuesdays, 11:30am
Gallery Room

For kids newborn to 18 months

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

**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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