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Upcoming events at the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library

Friends of the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library (FOPABL) Meeting
Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Piedmont Avenue Branch Library, 80 Echo Avenue
(behind Piedmont Avenue Elementary School)
NEW FOPABL newsletter
Budget/branch requests
Volunteer opportunities
Future events
Library staffing -- new manager?

And yes, we will have food!

See you on the 28th.

Bring a friend.

Here’s what's happening at the Library — Mark your calendars!

Summer Reading Program for Children, Teens, and Adults - June 10 to August 5visit oaklandlibrary.org/summer for more information or check in at our branch —80 Echo Avenue

An Octoroon Docent Talk with Berkeley Rep — Saturday, July 8, 1pm — “Playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure.

George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who’s one-eighth black. But the bigoted belle Dora has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M’Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terre-bonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural poli-tics, An Octoroon is “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today,” says the New York Times.” (http://oaklandlibrary.org/events/piedmont-avenue-branch/octoroon-docent-talk-berkeley-rep)

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Eric Ting
Peet's Theatre, June 23-July 23, 2017
West Coast Premiere

You don't need to see the production to join in the discussion

Friends of the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library Book Sale - Sunday, July 9, 9amJohn Street Jumble — Montgomery and John Streets We need volunteers.
Can you help? Call 510-655-1723 or email contact@fopabl.org.

Oakland Noir — in Conversation — Featuring Jerry Thompson, Dorothy LazardTuesday, August 8, 6pm — at our branch — 80 Echo Avenue

“Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. California’s noir quotient continues tor ise with Oakland Noir, which reveals all the dark complexities of this increasingly prominent city.” (Akashic Books — Cover Notes)

“Wonderfully, in Akashic’s “Oakland Noir,” the stereotypes about the city suffer the fate of your average noir character — they die brutally. Kudos to the editors, Jerry Thompson and Eddie Mul-ler for getting Oakland right. All those outsize statistics don’t reveal a real city, but this collection of local voices — both established and new — brings it thrumming to life.

Thompson admits that Oakland is “fabulously criminalized,” and Muller describes the standard San Francisco impression of Oakland as the “badass black brother across the bay.” But in selecting stories, they strove to encompass the city’s phenomenally diverse demography and to shed some light on its overlooked past.” (http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Oakland-Noir-edited-by-Eddie-Muller-and -11071643.php — By Zoë Ferraris — Published 12:10 pm, Thursday, April 13, 2017)


Build, Play, Create, Tuesday, June 27, 6:30pm and Saturday, July 1, 3pm
Toddler Storytime, Every Wednesday, 10:15am
Preschool Storytime, Every Wednesday, 11am
Lego Mania, Friday, June 30, 3:30pm
Baby Cafe, Saturday, July 1, 10:30am
eBook Help, Saturday, July 1, 10:30am

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