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As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, please know much we appreciate you and the things you do to support Orinda Library. Maybe you give money or volunteer your time. Maybe you attend library programs or donate materials. Maybe you do all these things. To each of our readers, we say THANK YOU. Orinda Library would be less without you. 
Well read


Last month's Read Orinda event raised more than $10,000 for the Educational Foundation of Orinda and Friends of the Orinda Library. In an awards ceremony Oct. 18, Wagner Ranch fourth grader Gabe Verity was recognized as the top fundraiser for having pulled in a whopping $1,126. He is seen flanked by FOL President Nancy Ross-Madnick and EFO President Kara Dille, with Read-a-thon dynamo Meggin Hollister at her side. At the same ceremony, Diane Dehler, a stalwart supporter of the Friends bookshop, was recognized as the top reader after logging a most impressive 1,680 minutes during the weeklong contest. Getting this new event off the ground required tremendous effort and no small amount of patience. Kudos to all involved. 


On your next visit to Orinda Library, give yourself the treat of getting to know new Senior Clerk Alex Durniak. Alex comes to us from San Pablo Library. Before that, he worked in Berkeley running after-school programs. Alex says he loves the community in Orinda Library. He enjoys reading works by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie. Alex replaces the beloved Claire Watson, who moved to Ohio to support her mom. 


Expressions of the Divine and Human in Indian Art

Thursday, Nov. 8, 11am

In this Asian Art Museum docent lecture, explore the vast panoply of South Asian art through the prism of its major belief systems. Discover how for thousands of years the artists of India and its neighbors have beautifully depicted their deities and cultures. 

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Kindness Book Club

Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 am

Join us for a special heartful event with Mindful Littles.

What you will do:  
• Read a book on a special kindness theme 
• Practice heart-centered movements and mindfulness  
• Do a fun creative art project 

For families with kids ages 4-11. Parents or guardians required with children. Please register here:

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Homemade Holidays

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2-3:30pm

Join collage artist extraordinaire Valerie Adinolfi to make handmade holiday crafts including gift tags and gift bags. All materials provided. Open to adults as well as teens 12 years and up. Kindly register in advance here

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Cat Castles

Monday, Nov. 19, 2:30pm

In this special Maker Monday, create a fun space of cardboard for your cat or small pet. Supplies provided, and families welcome. Ages 5-11.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library



Wine, food, raffles and a robust gathering of authors will bring a lively spirit to Orinda Books as the store hosts a fundraiser for local adult literacy program Project Second Chance, Wed., Nov. 7, 6–7:30pm. Guests will enjoy a panel discussion among bestselling authors C.W. Gortner, Allie Larkin and Adrienne McDonnell. The store will donate 20 percent of all sales to support the Contra Costa program, which helps adults reading or writing below a 6th grade level. 

Down the highway ...


Are you one of those people who, seeing someone deep in a book, just has to take a peek at the cover? Let's peek together at what our neighbors in Contra Costa County have been reading. Five county libraries have offered CityReads programs this year to encourage residents to read and exchange ideas with one another. Here are the books chosen by Brentwood, El Cerrito-Kensington, Clayton, Danville-San Ramon, and Pleasant Hill. Click on an image to learn more and perhaps begin the process of requesting a hold so a copy will arrive for you at Orinda Library. 

Shout out to ...


Color us unsurprised, but oh so impressed! When the committee to award this year's Nobel Prize in Literature decided to sit out 2018 while the stink lifted from its sexual abuse scandal, the librarians of Sweden were having none of it. A year without a top prize in literature? There had to be another way. Determined to recognize great writing, the librarians organized their own one-off New Academy prize to fill the gap. The librarians nominated authors, invited the public to whittle the names to four, and gave the final choice to an expert jury. On Oct. 12, the New Academy awarded its prize to Guadaloupean novelist Maryse Condé for works such as The Story of the Cannibal Woman. Read it during the time you save not reading works by Haruki Marukami, who pulled his name from the final four contenders, presumably in hopes of staying in contention for a future Nobel. What would a cannibal woman say to that?
This is my thank-you note to every librarian who’s ever helped a kid like me, nobody from nowhere, find her doorway through a library shelf into citizenship of the world.
—Barbara Kingsolver

Stock Up for the Holidays!

Bookshop Hours

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

Sunday, November 11 
Monday, November 12
Thursday, November 22

Closing early (6pm)
Wednesday November 21

Ongoing Events
in November

Thursdays, 1pm and 2pm, Nov. 1, 8 and 29

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, Nov. 16, 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: Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry. Group Study Room A


Tuesday, Nov. 13 and 27, 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, Nov. 29, 7pm

Storytelling for adults with a featured teller every month. Come listen or tell a story of your own. Garden Room.

Children/Teen Programs

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

For kids 18-36 months.

Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 11:30am
Gallery Room

For kids newborn to 18 months

Friday, Nov. 9, 4pm
Group Study Room A

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

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