Library Information

Adult Programs & Events:
August and September 2014

Children's Programs
and Teen Programs are listed on their own events pages.

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Art Jury information for upcoming year exhibits

hallArtist Fran Hall
International Travels: Italy to California
Exhibit August 5- September 5
in the Founders Room

Fran Hall graduated from Seattle University in 1958 with a B.A. degree in Education and has been a school teacher. She has been painting since the 1960’s. Some of her paintings hang in the homes of many friends from San Francisco, Portland and Seattle to Barcelona, Madrid, Hamburg and Marseilles, places where she has lived and painted in the past. . . their styles exemplify a changing perspective of colors and composition over the years. 

In the last 25 years, Fran has lived and painted in Spain, Italy, France and other European countries. She specializes in oil and water color florals, landscapes and seascapes. Fran is linked professionally with the Marin Society of Artists and the Landmark Art and Garden Center Art Guild in Tiburon, and has exhibited her work a number of times.


cornerCorner Books Back to School Sale
August 13- September 13 at Corner Books

1550 Tiburon Blvd. Phone 415-789-5000
*Buy two books get one free book Kids' and Teens' book sale. *Free book is of equal or lesser value. It’s a great time to shop at the Library’s gently used book store. We’ve got a great selection of paperbacks including: Cookbooks, Kid’s Books, Mysteries, Biography, History, Travel, and much more. We also have CDs and DVDs, and our volunteer staff is always ready with recommendations.

teaNO Afternoon Tea in August- next Tea in September
Wednesday, September 17, 3-4pm
in the Founders Room

Join us at our ever popular monthly afternoon tea.
September’s theme:  A is for Apple
Presented by Alice Shelton and Sandra Wolf of the Program Committee.  Mingle with your friends and neighbors and the library staff for homemade sandwiches and sweets served from a silver tea service.

aamDocent Laura Beth Nelson, Asian Art Museum
Thursday, September 4, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
What’s “gorgeous” to you? There’s often a fine line between attraction and repulsion, but this summer at the Asian Art Museum, they’re drawing no lines at all. Gorgeous presents 72 uniquely stunning artworks drawn from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Spanning over 2,200 years and dozens of cultures, these artworks are organized in an attempt to shift the focus from historical and cultural contexts, emphasizing instead the unique ways each work announces itself or solicits a viewer’s attention. Left to your own devices, you may gravitate toward the strange or the familiar. Some artworks may be beautiful to you; others, bizarre and challenging. Some may be all three. Whatever they are, your reactions to the show will be unique. And that’s what interests us. As Allison Harding, co-curator of Gorgeous, puts it, “This isn’t about what the museum thinks. This is about what you think.”
They’ve blended paintings, sculptures, objects of high design or decoration and photographs. Artists like Marcel Duchamp and Marilyn Minter mingle with works that span the extent of Asia, including a 1,000 year-old Indian sculpture of the Hindu deity Durga victorious over a buffalo demon. Across from a Picasso, you might spot a decorated Qur’an from 16th-century Persia or an arresting photograph by Sally Mann. 
Asian Art Museum's Web Site:

weissArtist Carol Weiss
Painting Your Pet, Demonstration
Friday, September 5, 10:00am in the Founders Room
"If I can do it, you can do it." 
All are invited to enjoy a demonstration of 
Carol Weiss painting a portrait of a dog. She'll answer questions and talk about what she's doing as she does it.   


artistsArtists E.A. “Betsy” Kellas and Margo Reis
Natural Rhythms
Reception: Tuesday, September 9, 6-8pm
Exhibit September 8-October 10 in the Founders Room

E.A. Betsy Kellas: Artist Bio: E. A. Betsy Kellas is a painter, printmaker, and installation artist who has lived and worked in the Bay Area for many years.  She is a graduate of California State University East Bay where she studied painting and printmaking.  She has also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of Art, the Academy of Art University and John F. Kennedy University.  Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and appears in many private collections.  Ms. Kellas lives in Pt. Richmond and works full time in her studio at 28 Rich Street in Greenbrae, California.
Artist Statement: I work in a several mediums and often explore a variety of themes simultaneously. For Natural Rhythms, I selected a group of paintings made by alternating layers of oil and water based paints. My work is influenced by abstract expressionism, Japanese brush painting and my early training as a printmaker.

Margo Reis: Artist Bio: In the 1980ʼs, living in Tiburon with my young children, I started drawing classes at the
Belvedere School with artist-teacher Ann Curran Turner. This led to art workshops and classes in California and Washington State exploring a variety of mediums including drawing, painting with watercolor and acrylics, design, and collage. Recent exhibits include Marin County Fair, Marin Open Studios, Marin MOCA, Pacific Art League, Bay
Model Visitor Center. Painting Techniques: My paintings are most often inspired by an appreciation of the natural world, which I express in an abstract or interpretive style. I paint on canvas using acrylic paint combined with various collaged papers. I like to build up many layers and texture in the paintings. Subtlety, a mood, and a little mystery interest me more than obvious realism. Color palettes vary from a great deal of bright color to more restful blues and neutrals.
E.A. Betsy Kellas’ Web Site:
Margo Reis’ Web Site:

pbaBook Appraisal Clinic with
Greg Jung of PBA Galleries

Saturday September 6, 2014 – 12:00-3:00pm
in the Founders Room

If you have rare or collectible books which you would like to have appraised, you will surely want to attend this clinic. Greg Jung of PBA Galleries will appraise your books, maps and works on paper. Please limit your appraisals to no more than 3 items.
PBA Galleries is one of the largest and most successful specialty auction houses world-over. Devoted to works on paper and related arts. PBA Galleries is the only West Coast auction house specializing in books and manuscripts; maps and atlases. PBA Galleries conducts approximately twenty-five each year of rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, prints and photographs.
PBA Galleries is the preferred auction house for those who are looking for:
 *   The opportunity to sell items in a traditional auction where extra-special attention is given to your property
 *   Experienced cataloguers to accurately and thoroughly describe your items for a discerning audience of buyers
 *   Contact with the community of collectors of rare and antiquarian books, manuscripts, maps & atlases, and photographs
 *   A wide range of bidding options: live participation, telephone bidding, advance absentee bidding, and real-time bidding via the Internet
 *   Fully illustrated online versions of the printed catalogues accessible to all visitors to the PBA Galleries website
 *   A staff that shares your enthusiasm for your collection!
PBA Galleries Web Site:

rombergDr. Karina J. Nielsen, Director,
Romberg Tiburon Center for
Environmental Studies

From Cod Packing to Climate Change:
the Past, Present, and Future of
SF State University's Romberg Tiburon Center

Thursday, September 11, 7:30pm in the Founders Room

Do you know that cutting edge research on SF Bay ecosystems and the effects of climate change on marine life around the world are underway in your own backyard?  Come meet the new Director of Romberg Tiburon Center and learn about the rich history and exciting marine science being done in this unique and historic facility. Learn more about future opportunities to visit and get involved with the center and expand your knowledge of sea life and marine science at the only marine research laboratory on the shores of San Francisco Bay.
Dr. Nielsen joined SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Center as the new Director in August 2014. Previously, Dr. Nielsen was on the faculty at Sonoma State University, where she taught courses about marine life and coastal ecosystems. Her research focuses on how changing climate and ocean conditions, human activities, and conservation efforts influence the diversity and functioning of coastal ecosystems, and she is also actively engaged in bringing science to the table to inform marine policy issues in California.
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Web Site:

famsfDocent Jim Kohn, FAMSF
Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land
Tuesday, September 16, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
Masters of Fire focuses on the people of the southern Levant who harnessed the power of metallurgy during the fourth millennium BCE. Artisans produced extraordinary copper objects while other craftsmen molded pottery and stone into complex anthropomorphic burial containers, statuettes, and ritual objects. Taken together, these artifacts reveal the first stratified culture known in the ancient Near East. Highlights include a selection of material from the Nahal Mishmar hoard, an unprecedented collection of copper prestige and ritual objects, organic materials from the Cave of the Warrior, and an exceptional group of ritual figurines. Exhibit at the Legion of Honor museum June 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Web Site:

tea2Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, September 17, 3-4pm
in the Founders Room

Join us at our ever popular monthly afternoon tea.
This month’s theme:  A is for Apple
Presented by Alice Shelton and Sandra Wolf of the Program Committee.  Mingle with your friends and neighbors and the library staff for homemade sandwiches and sweets served from a silver tea service.

etemadTiburon Artist Laureate Jaleh Etemad
Altered Books Presentation & Workshop
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11am - 2pm
in the Founders Room

Jaleh Etemad will give a short visual presentation with examples of Altered Book and Book Art such as the ones that were displayed and bid upon in silent auction at the recent Marin Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition. Following the presentation, make your own altered book masterpiece using books and materials provided by the Library and the presenter. You will get a list of suggested items that you might bring to personalize your art when you sign up.

Contact Jaleh at or call (415) 233-2699 to enroll in this exciting free workshop.

mtcJasson Minadakis, Artistic Director,
Marin Theatre Company

The Whale: How Loss Changes You
Tuesday, September 23, 7:30pm
in the Founders Room
In Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, we meet Charlie, a morbidly obese man trying desperately to reconnect with his estranged daughter after the loss of his boyfriend years ago caused Charlie to slowly eat himself to death. Everyone responds to loss differently, and while Charlie’s story may be an extreme example of how devastating loss can lead to self destructive behavior, it is also a story of loss leading to a renewed desire to connect with those you love. Before you come to the play, learn more about the work of this remarkable young playwright who eloquently captures a dying father trying to teach his daughter about empathy and understanding.
Marin Theatre Company Web Site:

triviaTrivia Night
Wednesday, September 24, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
Join Janis Luft for this night of team trivia. Come and have fun. You just might win!

greenJim Wood
The Green Team:  Who are they? 
What do they do?  Why do they do it? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30pm
in the Founders Room

Jim Wood, a Tiburon resident, will talk about the Green Team.  Jim organized this amazing group after he noticed Marin's overall messiness and decided to do something about it.   He'll bring us up-to-date on what the Team has accomplished so far and what they hope to accomplish as they continue to work. 
Jim and his wife Nikki founded Marin Magazine after they moved to Marin in 2002.  Jim now serves as Senior Writer and authors the popular column, Point of View.  He was named Tiburon's Citizen of the Year in 2013. 
Green Team Web Site:

blackieBlackie’s Hay Day-
an Event Benefitting the Children’s Library

Saturday, September 27, 9-4pm
Blackie’s Pasture Tiburon

General Admission $10/person, children under 2 yrs free. Tickets available at


buckDocent Vernon Dwelly
Buck Institute for Aging
Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the world’s premier research organization for the investigation of age-related diseases. Established in 1999, the Buck is an independent, nonprofit basic research organization occupying a 365,000 square foot three building campus in Novato, California, 30 miles north of San Francisco. Docent Vernon Dwelly will briefly touch on the history of the Buck Institute and describe recent scientific efforts and achievements in Age Research to extend healthy years of life.
Mr. Dwelly became a docent for the Buck Institute in 2005.  He is a native of Great Britain and was educated in liberal arts and economics. His executive career with American Express Company included 12 years of foreign assignments in Japan, Europe, and Latin America.  Vernon and his wife Elke love to travel the world and are avid mountaineers having trekked the Himalayas, Mt. Everest, Mt. Kenya, and the California Sierras.  When not traveling, they make their home in Novato, where they attend lifelong learning courses at Dominican University, and where Vernon enjoys driftwood sculpting, writing, and poetry.  Vernon considers his Buck Institute association a highlight of retirement.
Buck Institute for Research on Aging Web Site: