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February 2018

Library Closure Notice

The Orinda Library will be closed from March 2 - 14 while the carpet in the entire library is replaced. No regularly scheduled library programs will be taking place during this time. Patrons are requested to reroute holds to the surrounding local libraries.

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Starting February 1, Lamorinda high schools and libraries will launch the first annual Teens Read; a program with aspirations far beyond books. “The purpose of this project is to excite and encourage Lamorinda teens to have important and rich conversations about ideas, sparked by the book, Salt to the Sea. We hope young people will read it and pass it on,” says Sierra Campagna, Senior Community Library Manager, Contra Costa County Library.

Making literature accessible and entertaining are also high priorities for the program; no exams and no homework required. As of February 1st, young readers can pick up a free copy of the award-winning book, Salt to the Sea at the following locations: Lafayette Library, Moraga Library, Orinda Library, Acalanes High School, Campolindo High School and Miramonte High School. Free copies of the book will also be available at local Lamorinda shops and coffeehouses while supplies last.

Free copies of the books are provided by the three Lamorinda Friends of the Library Groups.

 Along with the free also comes the fun. “It is always fun to talk to your friends about what you are reading and have them be a part of the conversation. In a sense this Teens Read program will link all the teens in the three different communities together, because they are having this one shared reading experience,” says Campagna.

To maximize the fun, each of the participating libraries will host an interactive event that highlights a theme from Salt to the Sea.  Teens and readers of all ages are welcomed to attend.

February 1 – 28:  Treasure Hunt at the Orinda Library

  • Organized by TAG (Teen Advisory Group of the Orinda Library) this scavenger hunt will last all month and take you to various locations within the library.

  • Those who dare to take up the challenge need only to check in at the information desk to get the first clue. One clue will lead to the next in the hunt for the top ten infamous stolen art pieces. Possible prizes could be uncovered along the way.

February 1, 6:30pm:  Open House at Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte High Schools

  • Meet some of the teacher librarians and public library reps that designed the Teens Read program and pick up your free copy of Salt to the Sea.

February 15, 6:00pm:  Movie Night at the Lafayette Library

  • Not only a central plot point in the novel, Salt to the Sea, the Wilhelm Gustloff was an actual German military transport ship that was sunk by a Soviet submarine in 1945. Watch this gripping documentary that delves into the story behind one of the most deadliest disasters in maritime history.

February 20, 6:00pm:  Refugee Panel and Q&A at the Moraga Library 

  • Hear from community members as they share their personal stories of fleeing their homelands to take refuge in a foreign country.

February 28, 4:00pm:  Looted Art Lecture at the Orinda Library

  • Learn about lost and recovered art and antiquities stolen by the Nazi regime during World War II in a presentation given by Shir Gal Kochavi, Assistant Curator at UC Berkeley’s The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

About the Book

Salt to the Sea is a 2016 historical fiction young adult novel by Ruta Sepetys.  

 In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
Salt to the Sea is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, an International Bestseller, and winner of the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal.
New Feature


Free Classes Online

What do songwriting and statistics have in common? They’re skills you can master at, the online learning site now available free to members of the library. 

Named after founder Lynda Weinman, offers courses in a Wonka-like splendor of options. While the site’s forte is tech tools, some of its most popular classes teach broad skills like photography and how to build trust. is a good place to step out of your comfort zone. Browse courses and save what you like to your personal playlist. Once you begin a course, the site will save your progress so you can get back to it anytime. 

Go deep or just dabble. The shortest tutorials run under an hour, but the site also invites visitors to master complex new skills in courses divided into multiple lessons. 

Run into problems? No problem.’s customer service line begins taking calls 6:00am weekdays, with long hours Saturday and Sunday, too. 

To get started, visit and look to the sidebar on the left. About two-thirds down, under “Digital Content,” you’ll find Have your library card ready so you can enter your number, set up a password and establish your personal learning profile. Who knows where you’ll go with Lynda?




Lion Dance
Saturday, February 17, 2:30pm

Come see the Lions from the Concord Kung Fu Academy chase away the bad spirits and start the new year right! The performance is quite short, but the lions and performers will be available afterward for photo opportunities.

Humanities West: Greece
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm

Join George Hammond of Humanities West for a fireside chat exploring the history, culture and legends of Ancient Greece. More information about Humanities West and other events at

Mindful Aging
Mondays, February 5 & 12, 10:30am

Join us for an hour of brain stimulating activities - Elder Paws (reading aloud to a dog), solving puzzles, and coloring. Space is limited. Open to adults 55 years or older. Sign up for a session by telephone or in person at the Orinda Library. Registration opens January 8 at 10:00am. 
Contact Elsie Tep at (925) 254-2184 for more information.

We read to know we're not alone.
-William Nicholson

Bookshop Hours

1:00pm to 4:00pm 

1:00pm to 6:00pm

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Library Closures

February 19
(Presidents' Day)

March 2 -March 14
(Carpet Remodel)

Volunteers Wanted!

Can you give just three hours of your time once per month to support The Friends of the Orinda Library Bookshop?

Remember the value and pleasure that the Orinda library has given you and your children and join us today!

For information, please contact Linda McCartt at (925) 377-0979 or email us today.

Ongoing Events
in November

Thursdays, 1:00pm

Local volunteer ESL teachers lead group discussions with ESL learners. Free and open to all. Come talk and learn English with us!

Tuesdays, February 6 & 20, 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.  
Friday, February 16, 3:00pm

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 "Murder on the Last Frontier" by Cathy Pegau.


Thursday, February 22, 7:00pm

Join this lively group to tell or listen. This is storytelling for adults with a featured teller every month. The program will take place in the Garden Room.

Children/Teen Programs

Mondays, 2:30pm
Drop in and create! Whether it's crafting, coding, Legos or Minecraft, there will be something fun going on.
Fridays, 4:00pm

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

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