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Brentwood Library's 17th Annual CityRead - The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C.W. Gortner

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Brentwood Library
The 17th Annual Brentwood Library CityRead kicks off on Monday, September 9 with C.W. Gortner's The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. This year's program will not include free copies of the book to give away. Instead, we have purchased multiple copies of the book, ebook and eaudiobook for community members to check out. We'll also have 50 copies of the book we will be raffling off over the course of the program. Check our calendar for a variety of different programs that explore Russian culture. At our culminating event author C.W. Gortner will speak about the book on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center. 
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"Stranger in the Woods" Art Exhibit

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Clayton Library
Creekside Artists Guild members show art inspired by "Stranger in the Wood". A Clayton Reads program
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Danville - San Ramon CityRead 2019: "Two Cities, One Tale"

Friday, October 25, 2019
San Ramon Libraries - San Ramon
Featuring Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv
A beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age, The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg, is the Danville-San Ramon’s 2019 featured book! Join residents for a five-week book sharing event and meet international bestselling author, Elizabeth Berg, for the CityRead closing event on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Borrow a copy of the book at the Danville, San Ramon, or Dougherty Station Libraries.  Also available in large type and downloadable eBook.  Don’t miss out on this exciting San Ramon Valley event with your friends and neighbors! Sponsored by the Danville and San Ramon Library Foundations.

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Danville-San Ramon 2019 CityRead: "Two Cities, One Tale"

Friday, October 25, 2019
Danville Library

DANVILLE-SAN RAMON CITYREADS 2019: “Two Cities, One Tale”

September 23 – October 25
Featuring The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Culminating CityReads Author Event -Wednesday, October 30, 7:30pm at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd in San Ramon

A beautiful and endearing novel about compassion in the face of loss, the small acts that turn friends into family and how the possibilities of happiness can strike at any age, The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg, is the Danville-San Ramon's 2019 featured novel! Borrow a copy of the book at the Danville, San Ramon or Dougherty Station Libraries or enter to win the book in our weekly drawings! Also available on downloadable e-books. 


Join residents for a five-week book sharing event and meet international bestselling author, Elizabeth Berg, for the CityRead closing event on Wednesday, October 30, at 7:30 pm for a special presentation. Hear about the featured CityRead title and her newest book to be released in November. Don’t miss out on this exciting San Ramon Valley event with your friends and neighbors! Free event and no tickets or reservations required. Seating on a first come-first, first seated basis. 


Sponsored by the Danville and San Ramon Library Foundations


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Clayton Library's 12th Annual Clayton Reads

Thursday, November 07, 2019
Clayton Library
Join us for the 12th Clayton Reads. The choice for this year is "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel.
Pick up a copy of the book at the Clayton Community Library while supply lasts. Read it and pass the book on to another reader or to the Clayton Library for someone else. 
The book features modern-day hermit Christopher Knight who spent 27 years living in a hidden tent in the Maine Woods. Finkel examines the solitary life story and unusual survival strategies of the man known locally as the North Pond Hermit.

Check our calendar for a variety of programs related to the book.

Also available on downloadable e-books.

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Teentober - Book Bingo

Thursday, October 31, 2019
El Cerrito Library
For the month of October, we are challenging T(w)eens aged 10-18 to take part in our Reading Bingo Challenge! Pick up a game board from the teen corner of the library, and read read read! 

Get bingo vertically, horizontally, or diagonally by connecting three boxes. Once you have bingo, return your card any time in October to receive your prize, OR, fill in the whole sheet and be entered to win the Grand Prize! 

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober) 
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Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin!

Friday, October 25, 2019
El Cerrito Library
It's back - the annual Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin event at the El Cerrito Library.  When you drop by the library, take a look at the big pumpkin and guess its weight.  The person who submits the guess closest to the actual weight of the pumpkin gets to take it home for Halloween.  One entry per person please.
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Day of the Dead Exhibit - Dia De Los Muertos Altar

Monday, November 04, 2019
Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially in the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  Celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd.

Come visit this cultural exhibit at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center to learn more or participate by making an "ofrenda" honoring the deceased in your lives.

Example Altar

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Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, November 02, 2019
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Join us for our annual Halloween Scavenger hunt throughout the Children's, Teen, and Tech areas.  Prizes for all participants (one per week please!) and a chance to enter into a larger prize drawing.  Different challenges for different ages. From Elementary through High School.
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Computer Basics

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hercules Library
Receive instruction in a variety of computer applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and how to set up an email account.
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All Ages Storytime

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Homework Center
Join us for songs, stories and rhymes just right for wiggly book worms! We welcome children of all ages and abilities, with their caregivers.
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Meditation

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Meditation
El Cerrito Library
Join us for 45 minute guided meditations in the peaceful morning library. New and experienced practitioners welcome!

This program brought to you by Friends of the El Cerrito Library, and meditation teachers from the East Bay Meditation Center and Universal Chan, of Berkeley. 
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Toddler Storytime

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Walnut Creek Libraries - Walnut Creek
Oak View Room
Best suited for children ages 2 & 3 with a caregiver, all ages and abilities welcome. Picture books, finger plays & fun
literacy building activities, followed by a simple craft. 

Looking for the storytime music playlist? Find it here.
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Infant/Toddler Storytime

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Moraga Library
Join us for Infant/Toddler Storytime. In this 20 minute storytime we will read, sing, dance, stretch, and have a great time! This program is intended for children from birth through 3 years of age and their caregivers, but all ages and abilities are welcome.
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Preschool Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Concord Library
Meeting Room
Stories and songs for kids 3.5-5
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Preschool Storytime for Children Ages 3-5

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Pittsburg Library
Library
Listen to stories, jive with fingerplays, break into song, and experience flannel board stories. Get ready for storytime fun for kids ages 3-5. For preschool or child care classes over 5 students, please call the library at least one week in advance to make arrangements (925) 427-8390.  This storytime targets children ages 3-5, but all ages and abilities are welcome. For special accommodations, please contact the Library with 72 hours notice.
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Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library Bookstore Sale

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pleasant Hill Library
Find great deals on books of all kinds and support your library at the same time. These book sales will be held in the bookstore in the quiet room. All profits support special events and book purchases for your Pleasant Hill Library. 
Bookstore saless are held every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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John Farrell Children's Sing-Along

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Walnut Creek Libraries - Ygnacio Valley
Meeting Room
Ygnacio Valley Library is proud to host an hour of songs and stories from internationally acclaimed songwriter, author, and peace educator John Farrell.  John's songs/stories focus on understanding, empathy, nature, literacy and much more.   The event is geared towards families with children, and is sponsored by, and being made possible from the generous funding of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.
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Preschool Storytime

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Danville Library

Bring your preschoolers, ages 3-5 years, to storytime to enjoy age appropriate stories, songs, and activities. This is a wonderful way to introduce your preschoolers to books and the enjoyment of reading and to help get them ready for kindergarten!    

Geared for preschoolers, but all are welcome.

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Storytime

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Pleasant Hill Library
Discover the world of words with your child through songs, movement, and simple stories. Ideal for ages 0-5. All children welcome.
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Baby Storytime

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Orinda Library
Songs, stories and rhymes for infants to pre-walkers (18 months) and their caregivers.  Those with older siblings are welcome at Toddler Storytime.
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Speak Up! ESL Conversation Group

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
San Ramon Libraries - San Ramon
Large 2nd Floor Meeting Room
No homework! No tests! Just conversation! The Speak Up! series offers adults the opportunity to practice and improve their English language conversational skills in an informal, small group setting. Weekly drop-in sessions are free and registration is not required.
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Storytime at Crockett Library

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Crockett Library
Storytime for all ages!
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Computer Help

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Concord Library
Visit us at the Concord Library for free computer help with our Computer Docent. First come first served.
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ESL Conversation Group

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Antioch Libraries - Antioch
Practice and improve your English in an informal, small-group setting at the Antioch Library. Experienced ESL teacher Mary Ellen Brucato will lead the group in a study of grammar, pronunciation, and conversation. No registration required.
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