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Sausalito Public Library
Adult Programs for December 2019 and January 2020

For more information about Sausalito Library programs, please call (415) 289-4121.

The Library also offers Children's Story Times.


happyhour Procraftinators
Tuesday, December 10
4-6 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Need to get your project finished? The Procraftinators drop-in program is the perfect place to bring whatever craft project or hobby you are working on. Complete that knitting, embroidery, or jewelry project while socializing with others for encouragement and inspiration. Bring your own supplies, trade with others, or come learn a new craft. This month’s craft: greeting cards and gift wrap. Supplies will be provided. Free of charge. Open to all experience levels.


happyhour Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults
Tuesday, December 17
4-6 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Come relax and join the coloring party! We provide a stress-free atmosphere, soothing music, and delicious refreshments so you can unleash your imagination. The Sausalito Library provides all coloring supplies. Seating is limited for this free program. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rebecca at rburgan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4100 x502.

Mac ScreenComputer Class
Mail, Contacts and Calendars

Thursday, December 19 - This class has been rescheduled to January 30.
10:30 a.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Mac expert Jon Hartman in this workshop that focuses on the applications for your personal life such as managing people, time, and communication. You will learn how to create contacts and calendar events and sync them to your iPhone and iPad. You also discover the basics of Apple Mail and learn workflows and organization to master your email.  Instructor Jon Hartman is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon.

pencilSausalito Writers' Circle
Sunday, December 22
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room

Looking for a supportive group to share your writing with? Ready to tackle that story, novel, or poem? Interested in providing feedback to others? Whether you're an aspiring writer, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between, come join us in the City Hall Council Chambers. Your host at this Sausalito Library program is Sausalito resident, published author, and experienced workshop facilitator, Cindy Knoebel. If interested in attending, please join our Meetup group and RSVP. The Writers' Circle typically meets twice per month.

Wozzeck by Alban BergMet Opera Preview
Wozzeck by Alban Berg
Tuesday, January 7
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2019-20 continues with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Wozzeck by Alban Berg. Host Tom Wilhite will present background information about the opera and composer, followed by a plot synopsis that includes a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met. All are welcome.

Quiet AmericanFriday Evening Program
Who Was The Quiet American?
Friday, January 10
7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library

Movie critic Peter Robinson will explore Graham Greene’s The Quiet American and the CIA’s influence during the French occupation of Indochina. Greene was horrified with the way the filmmakers changed the ending in the 1958 film version. The 2002 remake starring Michael Caine stayed true to the original. With clips from both movies and interviews with Michael Caine and author Graham Greene, this intriguing presentation answers the question, “Who was The Quiet American?”

teacupGroup Discussion
Sausalito Death Cafe

Wednesday, January 15
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

 RSVP at the Sausalito Library reference desk for one session only—group limit is 15.

Please join facilitators Jim Van Buskirk and Annie Dorsey for our first session of Sausalito Death Cafe.  For those of you unfamiliar with death cafes, here are a few basics:  We provide an open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely.  There is no intention of leading participants to any conclusion, product or course of action.  This is NOT a bereavement support or grief counseling event.  We create time to discuss death without expectations.  Oh, and there will be tea and cake!  For more information on death cafes, see deathcafe.com.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library and Sausalito Village. 

Adam MilgramSpeaker Series
The Alchemy of Happiness
Thursday, January 16
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

There are five major desires of humankind – life, peace, power, knowledge, and happiness. A lasting happiness appears seldom achieved, and most blame this failing on some external lack. Yet, if happiness could be achieved by the fulfillment of any desire external to oneself, many more would be so. This lecture by Psychologist and Sausalito resident Adam Milgram will discuss the direction where to seek and find happiness, what behaviors will facilitate and/or impede it, and how to maintain it. Adam is a student of psychology, mysticism, and spirituality, and has read and practiced widely in these areas. Throughout the past 45 years, he has integrated his experience and understanding of psychology and spirituality into a psychospiritual perspective.

Samantha ParisFriday Evening Program
Finding the Bunny
Friday, January 17
7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library

The world of voice acting is fascinating yet little-known, and as a multi-billion industry, it can be considered America's most influential and invisible art. Meet Sausalito's own Samantha Paris, award-winning voice actor, educator, and author, who has trained more than 10,000 aspiring and working voice actors from her Voicetrax studio complex on nearby Bridgeway since 1988. Samantha will share insights and inspiration from her acclaimed memoir, Finding the Bunny, which has just been optioned by Warner Brothers for development into a television series. As part of this enlightening and entertaining presentation, Samantha and local voice actors will voice-act excerpts of her memoir and share snippets from the soon-to-be-released audiobook version. Please note: This program was originally scheduled for November 1, 2019.

Resilient Neighborhoods5-Meeting Workshop
Resilient Neighborhoods
Meetings take place on the following Tuesday evenings:
January 21, February 4, February 18, March 3, March 17
from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

When you participate in the free Resilient Neighborhoods workshop series presented by Sustainable Marin, you and your new Climate Action Team will meet 5 times. You calculate your carbon footprints, then choose from a menu of over 100 actions to reduce household CO2 emissions by at least 5,000 pounds per household. You'll learn about rebates available now for energy efficient home improvements. Even if you've already "done a lot," you'll discover many new earth-friendly strategies. Once complete, data from teams will be provided to local governments to show that residents are doing their part to help with climate change. To participate, please fill out the registration form.

HeatherSpeaker Series
Revolutionize Your Health with Ayurveda
Thursday, January 23
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Modern society is always finding new foods and behaviors to blame for disease, as well as new technologies and drugs that will help you get rid of your symptoms, but the principles of health are actually very simple and have already been known for thousands of years. We need a revolution in healthcare, and it begins with you. Join Heather Grzych, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Board Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, to learn how Ayurveda defines toxicity and health, why your proper digestion of both food and experiences is so important and what you can do to achieve longevity of mind, body, and spirit.

The IrishmanFriday Evening Program
Academy Awards Preview: Best Picture
Friday, January 24
7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library

Join film critic and Sausalito resident Jan Wahl for a whirlwind tour through all ten of this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. We'll watch a clip or a preview of each nominated film, and Jan will give her take on what makes each film great or not so great. Jan will also share a list of films that she thinks should have been nominated but didn't make the cut. This year's Oscar nominations will be released on January 13, 2020.

Mac ScreenComputer Class
Mail, Contacts and Calendars

Thursday, January 30
10:30 a.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Mac expert Jon Hartman in this workshop that focuses on the applications for your personal life such as managing people, time, and communication. You will learn how to create contacts and calendar events and sync them to your iPhone and iPad. You also discover the basics of Apple Mail and learn workflows and organization to master your email.  Instructor Jon Hartman is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon.  Please note: This class was originally scheduled for December 19.

California CoffeeberryMarin Master Gardeners Series
Gardening with California Natives

Thursday, January 30
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

There are thousands of native California plants, and Marin County's Mediterranean climate is the perfect place for many of them. In this program from Marin Master Gardeners, you will learn how and why using native plants in your landscape is a great way to help make up for habitat lost to development. By using native plants, you can also build a beautiful landscape that uses less water and fewer chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Program presenter Bob Mauceli lives on a north Novato hillside that is landscaped using native trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. This program is part of a series of talks by Master Gardeners presented by Sausalito Beautiful, in conjunction with the University of California Cooperative Extension Marin Master Gardeners.

Of the SeaFriday Evening Program
Of The Sea: A Film About California Fishermen
Friday, January 31
7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library

What can we learn from California fishermen about the ocean and our relationship to it? Join us for a screening of the documentary Of The Sea (2016, 82 minutes), followed by a question and answer session with producer and director Mischa Hedges. Due to complex regulations, high costs, and competition with cheap farmed and imported seafood, the number of fishing vessels in California has declined from over 6,900 in 1981 to just 1,800 vessels today. Struggling to revive a fading way of life, fishermen and entrepreneurs are creating new models for how to support sustainably produced seafood. Of The Sea tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood.

teacupGroup Discussion
Sausalito Death Cafe

Wednesday, February 5
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

RSVP at the Sausalito Library reference desk for one session only—group limit is 15.

 Please join facilitators Chloe Martin and Annie Dorsey for our second session of Sausalito Death Cafe.  For those of you unfamiliar with death cafes, here are a few basics:  We provide an open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely.  There is no intention of leading participants to any conclusion, product or course of action.  This is NOT a bereavement support or grief counseling event.  We create time to discuss death without expectations.  Oh, and there will be tea and cake!  For more information on death cafes, see deathcafe.com.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library and Sausalito Village.