Three January Free Events at the Orinda Library for the Community

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Renée Dreyfus, the George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator in Charge of Ancient Art at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gives a talk on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Orinda Library’s Auditorium. She will talk about ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibition, revealingly how it explores the life and accomplishments of Ramses the Great.

    If you ask Librarian Michael Beller what’s new at the Orinda Library, he will talk for days about how the library brings quality events to this community and how important doing so is to him.
    “We have an ever-changing set of events and activities at the Orinda Library, but here are three highlights for January,” said Beller, the senior community library manager.
    First, is a talk about the exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” currently on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The Orinda Library talk is at the Library Auditorium on Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Beller said the talk will be given by Renée Dreyfus, the George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator in Charge of Ancient Art at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
    “I’ll discuss this exhibition, revealing how it explores the life and accomplishments of Ramses the Great. He is regarded as the most celebrated and mightiest pharaoh of the New Kingdom — Egypt’s Golden Age — when it was a wealthy and powerful empire,” said Dreyfus. “I’ll also describe the dazzling royal treasures on view, which are some of the most sumptuous items to ever come to America from Egypt. The talk will be about one hour.”
    On Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., the Orinda Library hosts a Lion Dance Performance, also held in the Library Auditorium, in celebration of Lunar New Year.
    “The performers are members of Tomizaki’s Champions Kung Fu Institute,” said Beller.
     Next, on Jan. 23, Pauline Tsui will begin a series of four workshops (that day and the three following Mondays) highlighting the “Joy of Chinese Brush Painting.” The four workshops run 10:30 a.m. to noon through Feb. 13. Registration is required at https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/v2/events?q=brush.
    Beller has worked at the Orinda Library since 2019 and for the Contra Costa County Library system since 2017. He came to Contra Costa after garnering years of experience in other libraries.
    He’s happy the Orinda Library is equitable for all to attend when it comes to offering free events to the community.
    “The library will never charge for anything,” said Beller. “Anything the library organizes, will always be free.”
    Beller said, “the mission of the Contra Costa County Library System is to bring people and ideas together. Through our events and also books, magazines, print and digital resources, we aim to do exactly that. If you ever want to spark your imagination or take a deep dive into a subject, come visit us.”
    For more information, contact Beller at Michael.beller@library.cccounty.us.

Charleen Earley can be reached at editor@theorindanews.com.

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