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The People’s University

As you probably know, the library is the place for lifelong learning.  No matter the topic, we keep you informed via our resources and programs. 

We are very pleased to announce a new lecture series that starts this Saturday, October 2, with a program that may be familiar to you.  If you have enjoyed attending our Armchair Travels program in the past, we hope you will be interested in this new series.  The People’s University will include informative travelogues – this Saturday’s will featured China’s Yangtze River and its beautiful gorges – as well as free lectures on history, the arts, community organizations, author visits and much, much more. 

The program will be held on Saturday afternoons at 3:00 PM in the Quiet Reading Room on the First Floor of the Main Library. Here is a schedule for the fall:

October 2
Armchair Travels: China’s Yangtze River

October 16:
Community Connection: The Peace Corps in Latin America

November 6:
Listening to Jazz

December 4:
Observations on Nazi Book Burnings and American Censorship

We hope you’ll come out for these free, enlightening, and edifying programs!


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Persepolis book discussion

We’ve got plenty of fantastic book groups here at CLP, but this month we’re  trying something new: a graphic novel book discussion. 

This Sunday, March 29th at 3:00 pm, join us for a discussion of Marjane Satrapi‘s renowned two-part graphic novel memoir, Persepolis.  In the books, Satrapi describes her experience as a rebellious girl growing  up in Iran and moving to Europe alone during periods of war and political upheval.  The result is an honest tale that emphasizes the impact war and tyranny can have on individual lives.  The international success of the recently adapted film version speaks to the universal nature of her story.

As a super special added bonus (librarians are fond of those), attendees to the book discussion can enter a drawing to win tickets to Satrapi’s appearance in The Drue Heinz Lectures series on Monday, March 30th at 7:30 pm in the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.  For a great writeup of the lecture and its details, you can also check here.





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