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Teen Book Group to Meet; Poet Rudge to Be Missed

The Alameda Free Library is hosting a get-together for teens from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Stafford Meeting Room at the Main Library this Thursday, Jan. 23.

The group invites teens to come by and sign up. Members will get a copy of “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner, which the teen organization is reading.

Those with questions or who care to RSVP can reach out to Matt Concieatori at mconciatori@alameda.ca.gov or call 510-747-7780.

In other literary news, Alameda poet laureate Mary Rudge has died. Her family says she passed on Monday. Rudge was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She became the City of Alameda’s poet in 2002.

“Alameda has lost not only a wonderful poet, but a great inspiration,” Mayor Marie Gilmore told The Alamedan. “She was an Alameda treasure will be missed.”

The Artists Embassy International event set for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Alameda Museum will be dedicated to Rudge and her memory.

Rudge taught students of all ages throughout the Bay Area to appreciate the arts, especially poetry, including this blogger.

Janet Levaux