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May 2018


A kaleidoscope of cultural delights will arrive in Orinda this Memorial Day Weekend, as the city plays host to a Pan-Asian Arts Festival.

Acrobats to animé. Martial arts to mochi making. Food trucks and a fashion show. Bollywood and Balinese dancing. Go ahead and expect it all — plus much, much more — during the two-day extravaganza, which will take part on the grounds of the Orinda Library and Community Center, Saturday May 26, 10am-4pm, and Sunday, May 27, 1-4pm.

“We are bringing together a blend of Asian arts through music, food, dance and arts and crafts for families to enjoy and experience,” says Weylin Eng, president of the Orinda Rotary Club. “It’s a celebration of cultures and a celebration of diversity."

The Rotary Club is sponsoring the free event with the City of Orinda, the library, and the Eng Family Endowment, held by the Friends of the Library. 

The festival, which will take place during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, will feature activities for all ages, including art, author talks, henna painting, a Chinese lion dance and even a visit from Miss Vietnam California. For a full schedule of activities, check back with the Friends of the Library website

Seeking Donations  


Only one month remains until the June 5 vote on Measure J, the proposed parcel tax to maintain full services at Orinda Library. Meanwhile, the campaign to support the measure is incurring costs for yard signs and mailings. A donation in any amount to help offset these expenses would be much appreciated. To endorse Measure J or to make a donation to the campaign online, visit Your donation will help new community members learn about the library's sources of funding and learn how important it is to vote YES on Measure J. 
Member Spotlight 


Friends President Pam Pulley leads by example. She was wearing a hardhat when she was first introduced to the Friends of the Orinda Library -- and she's been hard at work ever since. On that autumn day in 2001, Pam was wearing construction gear because she had volunteered with the city to hand out tickets to visitors looking to tour the newly built library. A friend spotted her and invited her into the sorting room, where Pam became hooked by the warm community of volunteers. She began helping out and -- 17 years later -- continues to devote many hours to the sorting room, which she co-manages, bringing order to the confetti of donated materials. Pam brings a calm, positive energy to the presidency. She is currently serving a remarkable eighth term. When not reading or helping out at the library, Pam enjoys gardening, cooking and knitting sweaters with intricate Scandinavian designs. On her nightstand: Bay Area author John Lescroart's latest thriller, Poison.

Financial Guidance

Use your IRA for a donation to the Friends!

If you’re age 70 ½ or older, and have an IRA account, you must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA every year. If you’re fortunate enough not to need all of that RMD for living expenses, you can lower your taxable income by donating a part of the RMD (up to $10,000 per year) directly from your IRA account to a qualified charity.  

Any part of the RMD that is sent directly from your IRA custodian to a qualified charity will not be included in your taxable income that year. A gift that you make from RMD funds does not qualify for the exemption—it must go directly from the IRA custodian to the charity. Reducing your taxable income reduces the amount of tax you pay.

The Friends of the Orinda Library is a 501(c)(3) charity, and is eligible to receive such gifts from IRA accounts. If this sounds like a good idea to you, contact your IRA custodian to ask about making such a gift (called a Qualified Charitable Contribution, or QCD). The Friends' tax ID is 94-6102921.

Questions? Contact Friends' Treasurer Linda Landau at



Humanities West: The House of Borgia
Tuesday, May 1, 6:30pm

Political schemers and patrons of the arts, the Borgia family shaped the cultural, religious and political life of Renaissance Italy in a period of dramatic European and global transformation. Join George Hammond of Humanities West for a fireside chat exploring the impact of this powerful family.

Comic Book Giveaway for Teens

Monday, May 7, 4pm

Pick up a free comic, make a button, draw a comic. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Orinda Library!  Ages 12-17.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Asian Heritage Brush Painting Workshop

Thursday, May 10, 10:30am
Garden Room

Join us for a hands-on brush painting workshop with artist and Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui. Materials provided. Space is limited. Register online, in person or by phone at the library, (925) 254-2184.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

Using Art to Face Aging or Chronic Illness 

Wednesday, May 23, 1pm
Group Study Room A

Face aging or chronic illness through awakening your spirit of creativity. Explore artistic expression with local artist Felicia Morris as a way to move with greater awareness and love through life's challenges.
Prize Winner


The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction goes to Less, the comic saga of a struggling novelist's adventures traveling the world to escape an awkward wedding. Author Andrew Sean Greer, who also wrote the widely acclaimed The Story of a Marriage, splits his time between San Francisco and Tuscany, where he runs the Santa Maddalena writers' retreat. The Contra Costa library system boasts over 20 copies of Less, but they are in high demand, so place your hold now. 
Earth laughs in flowers.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Library Closures

Monday, May 13
Sunday, May 27-Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

Bookshop Hours

1pm to 4pm

1pm to 6pm

1pm to 4pm

Volunteers Wanted

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

Ongoing Events
in May

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, May 18, 2:30pm

Join us for a conversation with special guest Camille Minichino, who will visit the group and discuss her experiences as a mystery author. For this month's selection, members may choose any book by Minichino, who also writes under the names Margaret Grace, Ada Madison, and Jean Flowers. Minichino, who teaches at Golden Gate University, is a former president of the NorCal Mystery Writers of America. Note special time and location this month: 2:30pm in Orinda Community Center Room #2.


Tuesday, May 1, 15 and 29, 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, May 24, 7pm

Join this lively group to tell or listen. This is storytelling for adults with a featured teller every month. This month's featured teller: Ruth Halpern, "Revisiting the 1001 Nights." Garden Room.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library

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.
Gallery Room
For kids 18-36 months

"Japanese Folktales for the Very Young"
Wednesday, May 2
Gallery Room
For kids 18-36 months

Gallery Room
For kids newborn to 18 months

Tuesday, May 22, 4pm 

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9, 3:30pm. 
Early readers can practice with the perfect audience: therapy dogs! Call or stop by beforehand to reserve a 20-minute spot for a child.

**Most of these programs are 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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