Who could forget November 14, 2009? The opening of Lafayette Library and Learning Center! It was the coming together of our community who had shaped a dream, funded it and built it. The launch was unforgettable…with a parade and bands and activities and all the hoopla that it so richly deserved! And now 5 incredible years later on Sunday, November 2 from 11-3, A Literary Festival will take place to celebrate the anniversary with music and food, activities, workshops, and special guests. Those guests will include author, Elizabeth Rosner (known for The Speed of Light, and reading from her new book Electric City, coming out in October), Joe Di Prisco (known for the Field Guide To The American Teenager, reading from his new book Subway to California), Marissa Moss (Mira’s Diary), Denys Cazet (Minnie & Moo) and others.
Calling all Book Clubbers! The Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center have just announced the First Annual Book Club Swap! Imagine that, a place where book clubs can bring in a stack of their favorite reads, share ideas and learn what is going on with other clubs in our community! So gather your book buddies and come to the Library Amphitheater at First Street and Golden Gate Way on Thursday, October 9 from 6:00 – 7:30. Admission is $10 and includes the swap, wine and a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Please register online at tinyurl.com/friendsbookswap. October was designated National Reading Group month by the Women’s National Book Association. Check out this website for the 2014 selection of Great Group Reads: http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org.
My boys (now grown men) had a favorite Little Golden Book about Willie Woo Woo, a fire engine. I even remember the line, “get out of the way I’m coming through, get out of the way, I’m Willie Woo Woo!” Clear the way on October 9 from 12-1 for a special visit from Lafayette’s finest! Station 15 is bringing their fire truck for the kids to explore! There is something very exciting about being up close and personal with a fire truck!
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation will host two events as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. The first, October 16 at 6:30 is An Evening with Piper Kerman author of “Orange is the New Black” and Joe Loya author of “The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell” in conversation. The unlikely pair were pen pals while each was in prison. They will share their personal stories and reflect on the writing of memoir. On Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 we will hear a conversation between Malcolm Margolin, founder of an independent publishing house in Berkeley, and his biographer, Kim Bancroft. Funny and provocative, The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin reveals the workings of a courageously unconventional enterprise run on beauty, passion, friendship, and joy. To reserve your space: tinyurl.com/HeydayofMargolin
On Monday, October 13 at 6:30 in the Community Hall the Commonwealth Club will gather a group of experts to address the question uppermost in our minds, “How long will the California drought last? The panel will include: John Coleman, President, Association of California Water Agencies, and Anthony Rendon, California Assemblyman (D-Lakewood); Chair, State Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. By studying tree rings and lake sediments, scientists have found that droughts were once typical in California and have been known to last for decades. This raises the question: Is this the beginning of a new normal? Cost: $22 non-members, $12 members, $7 students with valid ID. Visit www.commonwealthclub.org for reservations.
November 6 at 7:00 the Friends will welcome a local author, Joe Di Prisco, to Sweet Thursday. He will discuss his new book, Subway to California. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Subway to California recounts Joe’s battles with his personal demons, bargains struck with angels, and truces with his family in this richly colorful tale that reads like great fiction.
I asked Ellen Reintjes, Friends President-Elect, what we might find on her night stand and I was awed at her reply.
“I’m currently reading “The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument”, by David Schoenbaum. I inherited my grandfather’s violin a few years ago and am taking lessons at Lamorinda Music. To quote the inside of its jacket, this book combines “… the stories of its makers, dealers, and players into a global history of the past five centuries.” I find it filled with “I didn’t know that” moments, humor, and even intrigue.
One last note from Ellen – November 12 WOW will host an Asian Art docent. More on that next month.