Library Information

Adult Programs & Events:
September and October 2014

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Art Jury information for upcoming year exhibits

artistsArtists E.A. “Betsy” Kellas and Margo Reis
Natural Rhythms
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:

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:

agingAging with Style
Nancy Master, Regional Directory JFCS
Marin’s Age Wave
Wednesday, October 1, 12:00pm-2:00pm
in the Founders Room
Speaker starts at 12:15pm

Nancy Master, the Regional Director of Jewish Family and Children's Services will be speaking. Her topic is:   Marin’s Age Wave—Challenges and Opportunities for Individuals, Families and Community.
What are the top 10 issues facing Marin as we gear up for the “silver tsunami”.  What can individuals, families, organizations, communities and policy makers do to prepare for the future. 
Presented by the Belvedere-Tiburon Library and Seniors At Home
For more information or to RSVP: Call 415-507-0564 or email

evernoteWednesday Workshop
Evernote for Beginners
Wednesday, October 1, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
Evernote is a notewriting and archiving app which works on your desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device. Collect web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place. Find your work quickly with Evernote’s powerful search. Join Librarian Heather Anne Lamb to see how to learn the basics of this useful app. Space is limited! Please call the Reference Desk at 789-2661 to sign up.

franksLucinda Franks
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me
Tuesday, October 7, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
In her beautifully rendered literary memoir, Lucinda Franks,
a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, one of the great men of our time. Franks was a self-styled radical who marched with protesters and chained herself to fences. Morgenthau was a famous lawyer, a symbol of the establishment, who could have helped put her in jail. She was twenty-six. He was fifty-three. Now, thirty-six years into a marriage that was never supposed to happen, one between two people as deeply in love as they are different, they are living proof that opposites can forge an unbreakable life bond.
     In Timeless, Franks offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together, years that are both hilarious and interlaced with suspense. At the same time, she takes us behind the scenes to reveal the untold stories behind some of Morgenthau’s most famous cases, many of which she helped him brainstorm for.
     Lucinda Franks is the author of a memoir, My Father’s Secret War. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the life and death of Diana Oughton, a member of Weatherman.
Lucinda Franks Web Site:

stopWednesday Workshop
Stop.Think.Connect.: Web Mechanics
Wednesday, October 8, 6-7 pm in the Founders Room
Knowing how web mechanics work help us use and understand URLs, IP addresses, search terms, bookmarks and more. This workshop will introduce the basics of Web Mechanics through discussion and activities.Space is limited! Please call the Reference Desk at 789-2661 to sign-up for this hands-on workshop

fieldMerv Field, Field Poll
November 4, 2014 elections
Thursday, October 9, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
Merv Field will discuss: "November 4 elections:   Will Congress remain divided with the House remaining in Republican control and the Democrats losing control of the Senate?  What effects will the results have on the 2016 Presidential election race?  What can be expected in California's controversial ballot proposition contests?
In the statewide candidate races?"
Field Poll Archives Web Site:

weissArtist Carol Weiss
Back by Popular Demand 

Friday, October 10, 11 am -12:30pm
in the Founders Room

If I can draw, you can too!
Come to the Library for a free workshop. You don't need any materials. We will provide pencils, paper and pastels. If you have a photo that you would like to use for inspiration, bring it along. Register at the Reference Desk- 789-2661.

bekinsArtist Joan Linn Bekins
“It’s a Wonderful World”:
A Personal Photographic
Exploration of Nature and Place

Reception: Tuesday, October 14, 6-8pm
Exhibit October 13 - November 22, 2014
in the Founders Room

Joan Linn Bekins is a talented photographer of our natural world, people, and places that have inspired her.  Since 2000, her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area benefiting many non-profits, commercial and private collections.  Her unique up-close-and-personal style captures flowers reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe. Joan’s lens seeks natural light that enhances her subjects.  She enjoyed a long successful career as a public relations director for agricultural industries in Hawaii and California. As a volunteer, she continues to perpetuate Elizabeth Terwilliger’s nature education techniques through films she produced and continue to be used in classrooms throughout the U.S.  A 50 year resident of Belvedere, she is a photojournalist for various publications and lives on the Lagoon with her husband, Don. For early holiday shoppers!  A stunning offering of signed photographic notecards and 200 unframed color photographs will be available at Joan’s Reception, Tuesday, October 14 from 6 to 8. All sales benefit the Library.  Don’t miss it!
Joan Linn Bekins’ Web Site:

teaAfternoon Tea
Wednesday, October 15, 3-4pm
Join us at our ever popular monthly afternoon tea.
This month’s theme:  Halloween
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.

powerpointWednesday Workshop
PowerPoint 2007
Wednesday, October 15, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
Join our trainer Patty Hoyt in this hands-on introduction to the popular Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 presentation software. Patty will teach us how to format text, save a presentation, add a slide, use the outline pane, move between slides, add text in the outline pane, add text to a text box, move and resize a text box, add clip art, change the background, run a slide show, add a slide transition, and custom animation.  Attendees should have prior experience using a computer. Experience with Microsoft Word 2007 is helpful. Space is limited! Please call the Reference Desk at 789-2661 to sign-up for this hands-on workshop.

guatemalaAmy Bon, President & Founder GBP
Guatemala Book Project:
Sending books to rural schools in Guatemala

Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
The Guatemala Book Project provides libraries of books to elementary schools in rural Guatemala.
The group was founded in 2010 to serve the schools in the Recuerdo a Barrios district. They installed the first library at Escuela Rural Mixta de Santa Elena in early 2012.  The second library was installed in Escuela Recuerdo a Barrios in March 2013. This year they are adopting five more schools to receive libraries. Spanish or bi-lingual books form the libraries for all levels of readers in small schools in these Guatemalan villages.  They collect donated books, supporting educational supplies and cash donations. Education and classroom supplies, such as math flash cards, pens, pencils, rulers, puzzles, scissors, and posters all accompany book shipments.They are also developing outreach programs to engage Marin County students and organizations in our work. Join the effort to help children love to read.
Guatemala Book Project’s Web Site:

tabletSmartphones and Tablets Workshops
Friday, October 17 and Friday, November 21
11 am in the Founders Room

The Golden Gate Computer Society (GGCS), in collaboration the with Belvedere-Tiburon Library will hold the first two sessions of the new GGCS Special Interest Group(SIG) "Mastering Tablets and Smart Phones" at the Library on Friday, October 17th and Friday, November 21st at 11am.  The focus at these two meetings will be on how to handle the basic features of both Android and iOS devices, making the most of activities such as browsing the web, sending Email, taking pictures and using library resources to reserve and download books, as well as sharing use of favorite apps.  Ivan Silva from the Library and GGCS members who use the devices will be there to demonstrate features and help you master YOUR device.  In December, the SIG will move to the GGCS in San Rafael, and all are invited to continue discussing their Tablet and Smart Phone experiences there.  Be sure to bring your tablet or smart phone to the SIG meeting. Please email call the Reference Desk 415-789-2661 for more information. Space is limited! Please call the Reference Desk at 789-2661 to sign-up for this hands-on workshop.
Golden Gate Computer Society Web Site:

linesDocent Martha Walker, FAMSF
Lines on the Horizon:
Native American Art from the Weisel Family Collection

Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm in the Founders Room
The Thomas Weisel Family Collection is an extraordinary
collection of Native American art, spanning nearly 1,000 years of artistic production, from 11th-century Mimbres ceramics to 20th-century works by recognized artists such as Nampeyo, with additional masterworks of Navajo weaving. Exhibit at the de Young Museum through January 4, 2015.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Web Site:

artjuryArt Jury Wed. Oct. 22-Sat. Oct. 25
Interested in showing your Art at the Library in 2015?

click to find out guidlines and info

momaDocent Joan M Kaplan, SF MOMA
Big, Bold, and Beautiful:
Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Tuesday, October 28, 7:30pm in the Founders Room

"Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field” highlights the eight monumental sculptures installed at San Francisco's Crissy Field through May 26, 2014.  Working primarily in steel beams and plates, di Suvero creates monumental sculptures that convey a sense of lightness and movement.  This conversation explores the artist's personal connections to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, which provide a dramatic backdrop for the exhibition. The talk features a video of the artist discussing his Bay Area background and touches on his contributions to public art across the region.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Web Site:

thinkWednesday Workhshop
Stop.Think.Connect.: Security Online
Wednesday, October 29 6-7 pm
in the Founders Room

How do you protect yourself online? The web works by connecting every computer and device in the world. This offers astounding opportunities, but also exposes us to risk. With the right skills, tools and software, you can protect yourself and remain secure.Space is limited! Please call the Reference Desk at 789-2661 to sign-up for this hands-on workshop.

singersSingers Marin- Wings of Song Performance
Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm in the Founders Room 
The women's chorus Wings of Song, flagship chorus of the northern California choral family Singers Marin, has been making beautiful music for audiences north of San Francisco for over 25 years.  Begun by its Founder and Artistic Director Jan Pedersen Schiff as a choral ensemble that would bring the beauty of song to seniors in retirement and convalescent homes, this non-auditioned choir quickly grew into a self-sustaining, diverse group of musically talented women who put choral singing at the heart of their busy lives, performing a wide variety of choral literature.  A musical gift to the community, Wings of Song offers its members an unparalleled opportunity to sing together with serious artistic focus, and its audiences a wonderful reminder of the incomparable joy and revelation that choral music of surpassing excellence can bring.
Singers Marin’s Web Site: