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February 1st through February 29th, for students in grades 6 through 12.

Take part in our great Geocaching Adventure! We will hide multiple caches throughout Lafayette. Find them all to be entered into a raffle to win various prizes such as gift cards and books. After registering, pick up your geocaching log starting February 1st at the Information Desk.

Register online at tinyurl.com/LAFgeocache

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 January 13, 2016
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Hi, I’m Shelby the Shelver with another shelving tip for our resourceful shelvers.  This week we look at a book called Scarlett, with the subtitle of The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. The book, shelved in Biography, was written by Alexandra Ripley.   Margaret Mitchell is probably still spinning in her grave to see this shameless exploitation of her classic book.   Although the critics didn’t like Scarlett it made the NY Times bestseller list and is still in print. A mini-series was made of it but how could Timothy Dalton replace Clark Gable as Rhett Butler? Since we don’t have an exploitation section, please shelve this book in Fiction.

 November 30, 2015
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This first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century, features more than sixty works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.  Exclusive US venue.
 October 27, 2015
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by Joan Stevenson

There is a new fashion statement in Lafayette.  It is the bright green shopping bag with the words, “Friends Corner Book Shop   Selling gently used books since 196?”   You can get yours at the Friends Corner Book Shop for the bargain price of $1.00 and you can fill it at the Book Shop Bag Sales.  The shopping bags were purchased with a generous donation from Mechanics Bank of Lafayette.  Hats Off to Mechanics Bank for their support.


Way back when Lafayette was “imagining a place”, a commitment to making it a “green” place was one of the goals.  And what could be more “green” than a book store, a place where used books can find their way into new homes for at a phenomenally affordable price.  Who better to make that dream a reality than The Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center?  In the years that have flown by, the shop has flourished and gained a reputation as one of the best used book sellers in the state.  Last year sales generated an amazing grand total for the year is $ 184,305. That kind of “green” (revenue) is what supports a wide variety of library programs, Sunday staffing, the Summer Reading Program, Lamorinda reads and much more.  Just imagine that.

I just learned about a new program called “Teen Tech Help” that began on July 18th.  If you encounter problems with your smart phone, laptop, eBook reader or any of those pesky tech items we seniors stumble with, drop by the library any Saturday from 12-2 in the Homework Center.  There you will find friendly, custom, on-on-one assistance and it is free!

WATER!  It is the five letter word that dominated the summer.  How did we get into this situation? Is it global warming or is there more to the story?  On Sunday, August 26 from 2-3:30 in the Community Hall, the Lafayette Historical Society continues its Speaker Series with programs focusing on the importance of water resources in our community. The guest speaker will be Janet Thomas who has lived in Lafayette for 31 years near Reliez Creek. Janet developed the Environmental Science curriculum for the Acalanes Unified High School District and used that creek (which borders the school and its surroundings) as an outdoor classroom.  Ms. Thomas is now involved with the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center.  $10.00 LHS members; $15.00 non-members requested – Kids under 14 with adult are free.   Contact LHS at (925) 283-1848, or Lafayette.history@comcast.net for reservations or additional information.

Ellen Reintjes, chair of the Wonders of the World programs, gave me a glance at the Fall lineup.  On September 16th at 2:00 in the library Community Hall we will hear about the Napa Valley Museum which Ellen describes as “a hop, skip, and a jump up in the heart of wine country, the Napa Valley Museum blends, art, nature and history in a 21st century facility situated on the beautiful grounds of the Veterans Home of California.”  Other museums in the lineup include St. Mary’s, deYoung and Asian Art.  These lecture are not to be missed.

On a recent visit to the library my attention was drawn to a display put together by the Lafayette Historical Society entitled “How Burton Valley Came to be the Burton Valley of Today.”  This delightful display goes back to the Saclan Native Americans and traces the many changes including the arrival of squatters after the Gold Rush, the Electric Train with a stop on South Lucille Lane and planting of the pear orchards.  In 1956 a two hundred home development, Lafayette Valley Estates, was built and that is where I landed when I came from New York. Many of us old timers are still around and this look into our past is a delight.

Come to the Community Hall on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:00 to catch a “sneak peak” of this year’s Eugene O’Neill Festival with Artistic Director Eric Fraisher-Hayes who will discuss the productions, “A Season of Desire” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”.  Following up on the incredible, sold-out run of last year’s The Iceman Man Cometh and the record-setting Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation will be partnering again with Role Players Ensemble.  For more information: http://www.eugeneoneill.org/

I eavesdropped on a book club in the children’s section and listened to a discussion of “Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace” which had the kids totally engrossed.   One is never too young to participate in a serious book club!  In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You can find magic whereever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”


 July 24, 2015
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This blog is about a volunteer group that raises funds for a library in Lafayette CA.  It’s from the perspective of one volunteer who spent decades of my working life in the for-profit world.  Planet volunteer is a different place.

The organization known as the Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (FLLLC) runs the Friends Corner Book Shop.  We sell used books.FCBS backroom

The following link is to a site that summarizes reasons people volunteer in general.  http://www.serviceleader.org/volunteers/why.  My guilty pleasure?  Seeing first-hand what people donate and buy.  I love this window into other worlds. The things that have surprised me most:  hilarious, unstuffy colleagues, great advice.  As expected, I also learn about great books.

A few facts about this group:

  • >220 active volunteers, payroll zero
  • 100% donated, pre-owned inventory
  • Retail shop open 6 days per week; ~ 25,000 volumes of books shelved in over 150 categories
  • 2,000+ titles listed on Amazon.com (separate from the shop – high value collectible and/or esoteric non-fiction)
  • 800 square foot retail shop in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center building; only major expenses = rent and liability insurance
  • Jump-started the campaign for the state-of-the-art library here with a $1,000,000 donation; money from selling used books (for years), plus investing wisely

Donations await the team’s assessment.FCBS doc


 June 7, 2015