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April 2018
Call to Action 


"You can't buy anything for eight cents," notes Friends Treasurer Linda Landau. "But you can keep the library open for eight cents a day."

A handful of extra pennies a day is how much Orinda City Council is asking households to contribute to keep Orinda Library operating as usual. The current annual tax of $39 per household, approved 10 years ago, is no longer enough to cover the costs of staff hours and maintenance. 

Measure J, which will appear on the June 5 ballot, would bump the annual cost to $69 per residence. The measure must be approved by two-thirds of voters to pass. If it does not pass, the City will be forced to cut library hours, the Council warns.

Like a three-legged table, Orinda Library relies on support from the county, the city and the Friends group. The Friends pay for programs and many library materials, while the county bankrolls other materials plus 35 hours of staff time a week. To keep the library open evenings and weekends, the City of Orinda funds an added 25 hours through the library parcel tax, which also covers things like utilities and upkeep for the 17-year-old building.

Orinda Library draws a crowd. Last year, patrons made 140,000 visits and checked out nearly 200,000 items. Roughly 8,000 visitors took part in the library's 450 programs, while computer users logged onto the wi-fi more than 30,000 times. The library remains a popular place to meet, with study rooms booked almost 160 times a month.

To make sure the library gets the funds it needs, the Friends are working to support Measure J by organizing voter outreach and collecting funds to buy signs and promote the measure. With the vote just two months away, we need to move fast. Liz Daoust and Susie Epstein are coordinating the campaign. To give money or time to this important effort, please contact Liz or Susie

Member Spotlight 


Linda McCartt. So dedicated is Linda McCartt to Orinda Library that she continues to run the Friends Bookshop, even after moving to Moraga. A volunteer in the shop for 15 years, Linda has been managing it for the last 10. Active with Orinda Library since 1974, Linda remembers when the old library had no bookshop, and the Friends organized sales in the Bank of America parking lot. Last year, sales at the Friends Bookshop generated nearly $35,000. On her nightstand: mysteries and historical fiction.

By the Numbers

About how many volunteers does Linda McCartt coordinate each month to staff the Friends Bookshop?  

a) 25
b) 50
c) 75
d) 100

See answer at bottom of newsletter


Look for the Friends Table at Orinda Action Day, Saturday April 21. The 10th annual morning effort to clean and beautify our town will be headquartered on the Library Plaza. The community service event, which runs from 9:30am to noon, will take on projects around town. For a full list of projects, check out the signup page at the Orinda Community Foundation


The Library is celebrating Poetry Month with two special events. 


Give Poetry a Chance

Thursday, April 26, 12:00pm
Garden Room

Come meet our community's first-ever poet laureate, Amy Alysa Glynn, author of the collected poems, A Modern Herbal, as well as the forthcoming Romance Language. Glynn has seen her work published widely in journals and anthologies such as The Best American Poetry. A Lafayette resident, Glynn was named Orinda/Lafayette Poet Laureate by the Lamorinda Arts Council. In exchange for a yearly honorarium of $3,000, Glynn will write poems of occasion for community events and support the poet laureate program in schools and the community. Expect poetry reading and light refreshments at this event.

Where Words and Music Meet

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm
Library Auditorium

Chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic will combine poems, music and images for a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience. Featuring Colleen O'Brien on cello and jazz vocals and Chris Lee on vibes and percussion. With poems from artists such as Maya Angelou, William Shakespeare and Robert Frost. 

DID YOU KNOW? Orinda is named after a poet. Early settler Alice Marsh Camron was a fan of Katherine Fowler Philips, a 17th century English poet known as "The Matchless Orinda." In the poet's honor, in 1876, Alice and her husband Sheriff William Walker Camron named their home and prospective subdivision Orinda Park. Over time, the name of Orinda extended to the post office and then to the town itself. (Source: Muir Sorrick's History of Orinda). One wonders how well Sheriff Camron knew the work of his wife's favorite poet. Her poem, "A Married State," opens with this caution: "A married state affords but little ease/The best of husbands are so hard to please." 

Sudden Oak Death Blitz

Saturday, April 28, 12:30pm
Library Garden Room

Learn how you can help stop Sudden Oak Death as a Citizen Scientist. This workshop, led by UC Berkeley, will explain how the disease is decimating oaks throughout the state. Participants will receive a collection kit to help survey and sample trees in the East Bay and Orinda community.

Open Hearts Workshop:

Explore Awe and Wonderment

Friday, April 13, 3:30pm

In this workshop, we will read a book about awe, practice mindfulness, work on a creative project together and enjoy yoga centered on our hearts. For families with kids K-5.


Little Kids, Little Songs:

Audience 101

Tuesday, April 17, 10:30am

Teach your children to be a great audience and to participate joyfully. This original and highly interactive program is an introduction to live music, comedy and theatre. Each song is a mini-tale requiring just the right amount of attention. With original music by award winning songwriter Keith Torgan and performance by Juilliard trained flutist Barbara Siesel.

Creative Aging:

A Workshop in Renewal

Monday, April 16, 10:30am
Library Garden Room

Access your creativity and open the way to greater awareness and satisfaction with this interactive experience led by author, songwriter and storyteller Keith Torgan. 
Out and About


2018 Poul Anderson  


Orinda teens have until noon, April 20, to submit entries to the 2018 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest, open to all students who reside and/or attend high school in Orinda.

This year, the Friends have doubled the prize money to $500 apiece for winning submissions in the following categories: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Essay/Memoir/Biography, Poetry and Short Story. 

Awards will go to the works judged best. There will not necessarily be one award in each category.

Students may submit one entry in any of the four categories for a total of no more than three entries. 

Download an entry form.

The late Poul Anderson was a popular science fiction writer, Orinda resident and friend to the community. 

By the Numbers

A. The answer to the By the Numbers quiz is b. Linda McCartt coordinates about 50 volunteers to staff the Friends Bookshop -- but she would love to have more! If you can spare just 3 hours a month to support this key moneymaking enterprise, contact Linda at (925) 377-0979. 
A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection.
-- Mark Twain

Library Closure

Sunday, April 1

National Library Week

April 8-14

Bookshop Hours

1:00pm to 4:00pm

1:00pm to 6:00pm

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Ongoing Events
in April

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! Group Study Room A
Friday, April 20, 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 Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman. Group Study Room A


Tuesday, April 3 and 17, 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, April 26, 7:00pm

Join this lively group to tell or listen. This is storytelling for adults with a featured teller every month. Newcomers 5 minute limit, please. Garden Room.

Children/Teen Programs

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

Maker Monday Special 
Monday, April 12 at 1 p.m.

Bring a milk or water jug to make a whale with Dr. Recycle! 

10:00 a.m./10:30 a.m.
Gallery Room
For kids 18-36 months

Tuesdays,11:30 a.m.
Gallery Room
For kids newborn to 18 months

Tuesday, April 17, 4:00 p.m. 

Wednesdays, April 18 and 25, 3:30 p.m. 
Early readers can practice with the perfect audience: therapy dogs! Call or stop by beforehand to reserve a 20-minute spot for a child

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

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