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Evolution in Lafayette

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting a lecture Thursday afternoon called “Crucible in the Courtroom: Scopes Monkey Trial and Clarence Darrow.” The lecture will take place in the Community Hall from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

The lecture will center around the famous 1925 trial of the State of Tennessee vs. John Scopes, which brought the debate over evolutionary science into the focus of the nation.

The lecturer will be Curtis Caton, a well-known lawyer with over 40 years experience.

Tickets for the lecture are $5 and will be available at the door.

The event is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California Berkeley.

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
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Youth Ink competition challenges Orinda’s young writers

Young Orinda writers will be participating in the 2011 Orinda Ink competition, presented by the Orinda Junior Women’s Club, this spring. The competition, which is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders who live in Orinda, allows writers to use any style of writing, as long as they follow the year’s theme. The theme for the 2011 competition is “But If You Really Knew Me,” which the competition organizers believe will allow writers to open up personally.

Prizes for the competition include $250 for first place, $125 for second place, $75 for third place, and $25 Orinda Books gift certificates to 10 honorable mention writers.

Writing submissions for the competition must be sent to Orinda Junior Women’s Club, Post Office Box 40, Orinda, CA 94563, or turned into a school representative by Feb. 18. Competition forms are available online at or at the local schools.

The Orinda Library will host an awards ceremony on April 28, at 6:00 p.m., for the winners of the 2011 Orinda Ink competition.

Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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Grammy award winners to perform at Lafayette Library

The Pacific Boychoir Academy will be performing at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

The Pacific Boychoir Academy, which is based in Oakland, is comprised of male singers, ages 4-18, from the Bay Area and beyond. More than 150 singers make up their six different levels of choirs.

Since its inception in 1998, they have been nominated for a total of five Grammy awards and won four of them. They won three of their four Grammy awards at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010, walking away with the awards for Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album.

Posted on Saturday, January 15th, 2011
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Moraga man named Superior Court Judge; new director of Moraga library

Thomas Rogers, 59, of Moraga, was appointed to be a judge in the Alameda County Superior Court by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday.

Since 1976, Rogers has worked in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He first worked as a deputy district attorney and more recently was chief deputy district attorney. He also headed the Northern Division, based in Oakland.

The new republican judge will be happy to know that the annual salary for a Superior Court judge is $178,789.

Beth Girshman will be the new director of the Moraga Library. Girshman previously spent 28 years working at the Jones Library in Amherst, Mass.

Posted on Sunday, December 19th, 2010
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Upcoming event at the Lafayette Library

On Thursday, Aug. 19, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center will host a lecture and discussion by author Mary Roach. The event will take place in the Community Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

During the event, titled “Mary Roach: Journey Through Outer Space Without Leaving Earth,” Roach will discuss some of the weird things that happen in outer space. She will talk about topics as varied as how outer space affects the body to training toilets.

The event is sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California. Tickets for the event can be purchased through their website. Tickets are $12 for members, $22 for non-members, and $7 for students.

Posted on Saturday, August 14th, 2010
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Classic movies on Thursday nights

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center has dedicated its Thursday nights to classic movies. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., a classic movie is shown, which is then followed by a discussion moderated by James Keller, an instructor in world drama, film and poetry.

The next screening is this Thursday, July 22. The movie “Summertime,” featuring Kathryn Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi will be shown. There is also a screening planned for the following Thursday, July 29, of the film “Pauline on the Beach.”

The screenings cost $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

If the screenings are a success, the library plans to continue with them in the future.

Posted on Sunday, July 18th, 2010
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“Make a Splash” reading this summer

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is sponsoring a reading program called “Make a Splash” this summer for kids in high school and younger. Those participating in the program keep track of their time spent reading. Once they have reached certain milestones, they will receive prizes from the library.

The “Make a Splash” reading program will begin on June 5 and run through August 16. On June 5, the library will host a special event to celebrate the beginning of the “Make a Splash” program. Arts and crafts, games and a raffle will be going on during the event, which is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Live music and a juggler will also be performing.

Posted on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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Local students receive free tutoring at “Homework Club”

Every Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., free homework help is available at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Homework Club. Local high school and middle school students, as well as some former teachers and professors, offer their services to local students who need some extra help in their academic work.

Help is available in any subject to students of all ages. While many middle school and high school students have used the free service for a subject they struggle in, many elementary school students have also been attending.

In addition to the regular after-school homework help, there are plans to have specialized sessions for things such as the AP tests.

Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
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Orinda’s Citizen of the Year announced

The 2010 Orinda Citizen of the Year is Linda Landau. Landau has spent many years as a volunteer treasurer for Friends of the Orinda Library including countless hours spent during the process of funding the new library. Landau was also on the Orinda school board for nine years and has volunteered at other local organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Miramonte High Parent Board.

The 2010 Orinda Citizen of the Year award dinner will take place on Friday, March 19, at the Orinda Community Center. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., while dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $45. Reservations must be made by March 12 and can be made by calling 925-254-7766.

Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2010
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Holiday library closures

Due to the holiday schedule and budget cuts, the Contra Costa County Libraries have made more closures than they typically make.

All libraries, including the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda libraries, have been closed since Dec. 23 and will remain closed today and tomorrow. All libraries will again be closed from Thursday, Dec. 31, to Sunday, Jan. 3.

During the closures, the book drop boxes will also be closed, so library patrons are to hold onto all checked-out books until the libraries reopen.

No books will be considered overdue, regardless of due date, until Jan. 4, and no fines will be accumulated.

For more information about the libraries, visit

Posted on Saturday, December 26th, 2009
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