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Used Book Sale

Oct. 16 - 18 at the O'Club

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Alameda History Book for sale at Dewey's Friends Cafe in the Main Library - price $5.00

Alameda history book


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About the Friends...

The Alameda Free Library opened in ovember 2006.

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library is a volunteer organization. The Library Friends group was founded in 1973 to increase public awareness of the Library as an essential part of the community and to support the Library in developing services and facilities.

The Friends worked for years toward the goal of a new Main Library. That goal was realized in November 2006 when Alameda's new Library opened at the corner of Lincoln and Oak. The Friends of the Library continue to support and fund projects, equipment, and goals of the Library.

We hope you'll join the Friends and help support the Alameda Free Library.

NEW -Friends of the Alameda Free Library Board of Directors Roles and Responsibiltities - PLEASE READ

Responsibilities of the FOL Board

  • Determine the mission
  • Build a competent board
  • Provide financial oversight
  • Ensure adequate financial resources
  • Protect assets
  • Establish effective planning
  • Monitor and strengthen FOL programs and activities
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity of FOL board members and volunteers
  • Protect and enhance the public persona of the FOL organization

Responsibilities of each FOL Board Members

  • Advocate for the Alameda library
  • Attend board meetings
  • Participate in discussions
  • Support board decisions, plans and policies
  • Work to develop long range board plans
  • Serve on committee(s) as liaison or chair; estimated to be 1-5 hours/week
  • Make an annual financial donation to FOL that is significant to you
  • Participate in FOL fundraising events/campaigns. Participation may include:
  • providing contacts, making introductions, contacting friends
  • buying and selling tickets
  • personalizing mailings, making phone calls
  • distributing materials
  • organizing publicity
  • attending events
  • hosting events
  • Participate in FOL board development of (1) fundraising and (2) identifying new board members. Participation may include:
  • Identifying and cultivating donors, sponsors and new board members
  • Identify fundraising opportunities
  • Accompanying the board chair to key meetings with donors/sponsors




Robby started her artistic life in 1993 when she began photographing hummingbirds and other wild life in Arizona. Her enjoyment of photographing nature, mainly birds and mammals, provided many opportunities for travel. She has toured Europe, traveled widely throughout the United States, driven
down the Baja California coast, sailed to Antarctica and her latest adventure was Cuba.

Exhibition is from October 3rd through December 5, 2015. Artist Reception is October 14, 2015 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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cafe panorama

Cafe hours: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10am-4pm; Tuesday 1-4pm; Saturday 10am-3pm. Though the library is closed on Monday morning, Dewey's café is open. With free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, and coffee and goodies available for purchase, the library café is a great place to spend your morning while waiting for the library to open at noon. The café opens at 10am and may be accessed from the patio door off of the parking lot at the rear of the library. Check it out!

Live @ the Library
2015 Concert Series
Benefiting the Alameda Free Library

ed reed & anton schwartz

Saturday, October 24 -Ed Reed Quintet featuring Anton Schwartz

Location: Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda

Ed sings from the gut, from life experience, doing it with nobility and smarts, while feeling inside a lyricSince recording his first album at the age of 78, Reed has taken his rightful place as one of jazz's most keenly observant singers, a balladeer with a fine-grained baritone who turns familiar standards into wrenching tales.
-San Jose Mercury News

"Anton has everything you want to hear in a modern jazz saxophonist  appealing consistent tone, an abundance of ideas fueling both his compositions and his improvisation, and superb taste in musical collaboration."
-The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"A masterful jazz artista guiding light of both the Bay Area and national jazz scenes."
-SF Jazz

maria muldaur

Saturday, November 21 - Maria Muldaur Quartet Way Past Midnight.

Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

Maria has created a multi-media retrospective, Way Past Midnight, which chronicles her 50 year journey "to the Oasis and Beyond." This special presentation features her signature tune, "Midnight at the Oasis," her hits and fan favs from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounter, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music.

Doors open 7pm, Concert 8pm
Tickets: Three Concert Series $90
Individual Concert $35

Tickets available at these locations:
Books Inc. - 1344 Park Street, Alameda
Dewey's Friends Cafe, Alameda Main Library - 1550 Oak Street
Tickets also available online here
Sponsors: Friends of the Alameda Free Library, Alameda Free Library Foundation, Alameda Library Board Art Committee



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