It was a joyous celebration…a birthday party that was appropriately called A Literary Festival. Happy Fifth Birthday Lafayette Library and Learning Center! So let’s take a look at what is on the calendar for November and December.
If you have a Kindle or Nook or another ereader and want the latest regarding what your library can offer in services, you are invited to Digital Library 101 on Wednesday, November 12 from 6-7:30 PM. This is your opportunity to learn about using the new and updated digital lending services now available through ccclib.org. We’ll be looking at the new overdrive catalog, the axis 360 catalog, and the just released Enki eBooks catalog. We’ll learn the best use for each catalog as well as some basic technology terms and formats and how each differs depending on your ereader. The presentation will take place in the Lafayette technology lab. Due to space, registration is limited to 20. For information on registering call: (925) 283-6513.
Join us on Friday, November 14 at 7:00 in the Community Hall for A Classical Evening of Piano and Cello. This special musical evening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center by Noel Benkman and Rebecca Roudman will feature two sonatas for cello and piano, with pieces by Prokofiev and Chopin. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Register at: tinyurl.com/BenkmanRoudman
Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center continue their Wonders of the World Docent Lecture Series with Roads of Arabia: Archeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, November 12 from 2-3PM in the Community Hall. The exhibit, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, features more than 200 objects, beginning with some of the earliest evidence of humankind. Tracing ancient incense trade routes and early-Islamic pilgrimage roads that once spanned the peninsula, Roads of Arabia, offers firsthand insight into the remarkable cultural interactions that occurred between Arabia and its diverse neighbors. As archaeologists continue to unearth important ancient finds beneath the shifting sands of the desert, Roads of Arabia offers a rare first glimpse into the Arabian Peninsula’s fascinating past. Free. Register at: tinyurl.com/WOWAsianArt
If you missed it before, here is your chance. AstroBlast is Back! Join us on November 18 from 6-7:30 PM in the Community Hall for another out-of-this-world evening featuring Chabot Space & Science Center! Visit with a NASA Scientist, learn about life in outer space, experiment with hands-on activities, rockets, crafts & more! Fun for all ages! For the youngsters who attend Story Time, plan to stay a little later on November 24th from 12 – 1 because there will be a special craft time for you. Kids will have the opportunity to make a wonderful table decoration to take home for the family Thanksgiving.
On Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00PM in the Community Hall, a special presentation of Science Café, What was the Star of Bethlehem? Join Saint Mary’s College’s astrophysicist, Ron Olowin, to reinvestigate this popular symbol of the Christmas season. The conversation will combine current historical scholarship and astronomical facts in an effort to provide explanations, religious interpretations, review methods of determining the year the historical Christ was born and depictions of the event in art and popular culture. $5.00 at the door. Register at: tinyurl.com/Sciencecafebethlehem
Friends the of LLLC present: Get the Holiday Scoop with Ron Shoop! Sweet Thursday on December 3 at 7:00 PM will roll out the red carpet for the ever-popular Ron Shoop, of Random House Publishing, returns to the Lafayette Library. Ron will give us the inside scoop on all the latest and greatest books coming this winter, as well as can’t miss spring/summer reads. Get started on your holiday shopping! Come and find out about the 14 books Ron says you must have on your nightstand. Free program; refreshments provided. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/RonShoopLLLC
The half-price used book sales are now a monthly event. Here is the website: http://www.friendsoflafayettelibrary.org/corner-bookshop for the Book Shop and it lists the dates of the sales. I was surprised to learn the Book Shop is also on Amazon and the feedback from buyers gives it rave reviews: Gayla Manning, who manages the half-price sales summed it up this way, “Thank you all once again for a smooth running sale! Set up, staffing, keeping customers happy, and clean up….could not have gone better! Slow and steady was the theme for the day with 228 customers and…………. a final total of $1599.” Thank God for the wonderful volunteers and consider this, “What if we had to pay them the $9.00 an hour minimum wage?” You are special volunteers and we are all thankful for your gifts of time.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center – You are Awesome!