Distinguished Speaker Series: Joseph Di Prisco

Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Distinguished Speaker Series Presents


Joseph Di Prisco
The Pope of Brooklyn



Joseph Di Prisco’s anticipated memoir brings the hustler, gambler, criminal, bookmaker, and confidential informer―Joe’s father―back to life, and reveals the fascinating and unsettling truths that simultaneously bound and separated father and son. The Pope of Brooklyn is both sequel and prequel to his much-praised memoir, Subway to California.


Joseph Di Prisco is an acclaimed writer of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and a prize-winning poet. His latest book of poems is Sightlines from the Cheap Seats.



Joe will be in conversation with poet Kim Dower, the Poet Laureate of West Hollywood.

6:00PM Reception hosted by Joseph Di Prisco, wine and small plates catered by Postino
7:00PM Program

Tickets: Tinyurl.com/DiPrisco
Reserved Seating & one copy of The Pope of Brooklyn $30
General Admission $15

Bookseller: A Great Good Place For Books

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Cross-Cultural Communication: Perception & Deception

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 6:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
How does your cultural background inform your view of the world? Can we ever fully connect with someone who has vastly different perceptions fed by their own biases?

Author Joe Lurie synthesized his experiences in the Peace Corps and his 20 years serving as Executive Director of U.C. Berkeley’s International House into his book “Perception and Deception.” Join us as he shares a wealth of stories that illuminate the origins and pitfalls of cultural misunderstandings in our globalized society.

Discounted copies of Lurie’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Photo by Lorie A. Cheung.
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Science Cafe: Earthquake Early Warning System

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
What does it take to build an Earthquake Early Warning system (EEW) that could save lives in the event of an earthquake?

Robert de Groot, of the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center discusses the development of ShakeAlert an EEW for the West Coast of the United States. Learn how ShakeAlert works and how it will enhance earthquake preparation, response and recovery.


PLUS: Discover how libraries (and schools) can play an important role in The Quake Catcher Network - a "citizen science" project developed to gather earthquake data.

Robet de Groot is the Coordinator for Communication, Education and Outreach for ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Program at the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center. He is also one of the co-directors of the Quake Catcher Network (QCN) citizen science program. QCN is a collaborative initiative for developing the worlds largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing motion sensors in and attached to inernet-connected computers.


Tickets: $10 Students FREE
Donor discount tickets available by calling 925-283-6513 x102

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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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WOW Presents Monet: The Early Years

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Wonders of the World Docent Lecture Series
Monet: The Early Years at the Legion of Honor

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism through approximately sixty paintings from some of the world's most important international collections. This exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked Monet's development during his formative years from 1858 to 1872. In this period, the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.
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Cuba: It’s Complicated (Friday Connections)

Friday, April 14, 2017 1:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Decades of conflict between Cuba and the United States have rendered the island a collection of myths and misinformation in our popular imagination.

Artist and professor Nestor Armando Gil traveled throughout Cuba in 2015 and early 2017, documenting his journey in photographs with special attention to la gente, the people. During this presentation, he will share images and stories which demonstrate that life for the Cuban people is indeed complicated, as rich with struggle as with joy.

Gil resides in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he is on the faculty of Lafayette College.
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Sweet Thursday presents: Hans Florine

Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Sweet Thursday presents Lafayette's Rock Star, record-setting speed climber Hans Florine, discussing his recent book On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite's Most Iconic Climb. Hans holds the record for scaling El Capitan, which he has climbed 100 times. In On the Nose written with adventure journalist Jayme Moye, Hans provides a rare look into the world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. In the process, he answers the question "Why?" and provides insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star. Books will be available for sale.
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Erik Larson

Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:00 PM
Distinguished Speaker Series Presents

A SPECIAL EVENT with

Erik Larson


Dead Wake:The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction chronicles the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters including pioneering female architect Theodate Pope and President Woodrow Wilson. Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.


Books by Erik Larson include Thunderstruck, In the Garden of Beasts, and his critically-acclaimed book, The Devil in the White City which remained on the NY Times bestsellers list for a combined total of over six years.

Sponsored in part by: Wells Fargo The Private Bank
EVENT LOCATION: Acalanes Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd., Lafayette

TICKETS: $45 General Admission
$65 Reserved Seating
$100 Reserved Seating & Reception with Erik Larson (5:00PM-6:00PM at the LLLC Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette)

Books available courtesy of A Great Good Place For Books

Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

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WOW Presents: Matisse & Diebenkorn

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Friends of the Lafayette Library Wonders of the World lecture series presents independent art lecturer and museum docent Avril Angevine, who traces the creative link between one of the Bay Area's favorite artists, Richard Diebenkorn, with the early modern master Henri Matisse. Matisse's subjects, compositional strategies, palette, and techniques had a great impact on Diebenkorn - visible in his early Berkeley works, his figurative period, and his Ocean Park canvases of the 1980's. This lecture complements the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at SFMOMA through May 29, 2017.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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