Monthly Research Workshops Now Taking Place at Orinda Library

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)
New Library Manager Michael Beller guides Orinda resident May Poon through an online tutorial at his Jan. 11 workshop on electronic resources.

    The new manager at the Orinda Library wants to take the lid off the wealth of electronic resources available to the public, and in that effort plans to hold a series of workshops throughout the year.
    Library Manager Michael Beller held the first of those workshops Jan. 11 where he discussed and demonstrated links to tutorials, cataloges and databases available at The information is easily accessible at the library and most resources are available online.
    Beller plans to hold 12 hands-on workshops that will explain the data maintained by Contra Costa County libraries. Laptops are provided for easy access.
    Topics covered include research techniques and access to information about ancestry and heritage, languages, common core subjects and College Board tutoring, encyclopedias, driver education, historical, ecological, reference and research archives, newspapers and magazines process videos and more.
    His Feb. 22 workshop at 11 a.m. includes a general overview of resources with a focus on For more information on the workshops and ideas for workshops, contact Beller at 925-254-2184.
    The Orinda Library is at 26 Orinda Way. Hours are Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All libraries are closed Feb. 17 for President’s Day.

Staff Writer Bill Carmel contributed to this article.

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