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.email@example.com 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.”