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Sausalito Public Library
Adult Programs for Summer/Fall 2016
For more information about Sausalito Library programs, please call (415) 289-4121. 

To see a list of upcoming Children's Programs, please click here

New Program!
Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults
Thursday, August 25
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Game Room

Come tranquilize your mind! Join us in a session of low-key, stress-free, artistic expression. Coloring, doodling and sketching in a relaxed environment can help improve focus and memory. This unguided class provides coloring pages, bookmarks, and an array of art supplies for coloring meditative patterns or drawing some of your own. We offer a soothing environment of music and snacks so you can relax and let your creativity flow. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP Rebecca at: or 415-289-4100 x502.

 High Society
Speaker Series
Memorable Tunes from the Movies
Thursday, September 22
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Remember the last time you left the movie theater humming a tune from the soundtrack? A great tune makes a movie memorable. In this special program, NPR film critic Peter Robinson returns to the Sausalito Public Library with a celebration of the music that made movies 'great,' featuring clips from classic films like High Society, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The King and I, Gigi, My Fair Lady, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Join us for an engaging and toe-tapping evening soiree – you may even win a prize in Peter’s musical quiz!

Tristan and Isolde
Met Opera Preview
Tristan and Isolde by Wagner
Tuesday, October 4
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join guest host Jerry Zientara for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, including background information about the composer and the opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Jerry’s preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met.

 Apollo 1
Sausalito People
Apollo 1: America's First Manned Space Fatalities
Friday, October 7
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Longtime Sausalito resident Peter Van Meter will share his experience as an engineer on the Apollo moon landing program. Peter will tell his personal story of involvement with the events leading up to the tragic deaths of three astronauts in a launch pad fire during a mission practice. During the program, you'll be reintroduced to the brave crew and the Apollo mission. Peter will explain the technology involved in this disaster, the decisions that led to this horrific event and the aftermath. Peter Van Meter is a former Sausalito City Councilmember and recently completed his service as Director of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

Speaker Series
Is There a Water Crisis in the Western U.S.?
Thursday, October 13
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

All of the available water in the Western United States is allocated – someone uses all of it. If as a society we conclude that all of our current uses of water are important and must continue, then new users will have great difficulty obtaining water. On the other hand, irrigation uses more that 80% of the water supply in most western states. The issue revolves around what is the impact of transferring water from irrigation to urban use. In this special presentation, consulting geologist and Sausalito resident John Bredehoeft, Ph.D, will present an overview of the crisis and challenge attendees to make their own judgment concerning the crisis. More on John's work can be found at

 Clark Gable
Sausalito People
Shining Moments of Hollywood's Biggest Stars
Friday, October 14
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Sausalito's Jan Wahl returns to the Library with a hand-picked selection of movie clips of her favorite actors and actresses, from Clark Gable to Matthew McConaughey. For each performer, Jan will give a career overview and share with us what makes the selected scene so great. Jan Wahl has worn many hats as San Francisco's favorite movie reviewer and film historian. You can find her on television at KRON and on the radio at KCBS and All News 740-AM. Jan also teaches at Dominican University, makes regular speaking appearances, and emcees at local events. Jan’s previous Sausalito Library programs include Oscars: Who Should Have Won and Movies That Changed Our Lives.

painting Docent Talk
The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France
Tuesday, October 18
2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Join FAMSF docent Rita Dunlay in an exploration of the mysterious Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This Legion of Honor exhibit, which runs October 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017, features over 50 of their works, from tender religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life. The international art magazine Apollo recently identified it as the "most important and original Old Masters exhibition in the US in 2016." Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library

 Don Giovanni
Met Opera Preview
Don Giovanni by Mozart
Tuesday, October 18
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, including background information about the composer and the opera and 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.

 Mehri Dadgar
Speaker Series
A Prison Story: Iran
Thursday, October 20
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Join us for a reading and Q&A session with Marin resident Mehri Dadgar, a former political prisoner of Islamic Iran. Mehri’s memoir A Prison Story: Iran is the story of a young woman arrested on a Tehran street for distributing pro-democracy literature in 1981. After her arrest, Mehri endured a physical and psychological brutality that inflicted deep wounds upon her sense of self. Mehri’s book is a testimony of bravery and fear, honesty and betrayal and, ultimately, hope and victory.

 Guitar Man
Sausalito People
"Guitar Man" Michael Indelicato
Friday, October 21
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

From Moose Jaw to Mobile, Sausalito resident "Guitar Man" Michael Indelicato has spent over twenty years and covered more than a million miles in his search for vintage guitars. Michael stops at every pawnshop, flea market, and even the occasional garbage dump in hopes of finding yet another of these coveted instruments. And yes, he has bought (and sold) thousands of them, including many of the most valuable and iconic guitars in existence. Along the way, he has put guitars into the hands of many of the world's best known musical artists. In this special program, Michael will share some of his favorite stories and photos from a lifetime with vintage guitars. Michael will also screen a few clips from the upcoming film Guitar Man, which he helped produce, and will bring a few vintage instruments to share with the audience.

Speaker Series
Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail
Thursday, October 27
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Former Sausalito resident Inga Aksamit will share excerpts from her award-winning book, Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail, which tells the story of the twenty-three day, 210 mile journey she and her husband spent backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. Inga’s talk will be accompanied by photographs of the stunning beauty of the High Sierra. She will also bring her pack and demonstrate some of the lightweight equipment that she and her husband used in the wilderness. Meal planning was a big challenge and Inga will talk about what worked and what didn’t. Inga’s next book will incorporate the recipes and techniques she perfected. Inga Aksamit is an avid backpacker, Sierra Club guide and California State Park volunteer. Her publications include “Bear Encounters on the Chilkoot Trail" in Travel Stories from Around the Globe, "Rolling Down the River" in Coast and Kayak Magazine, and “Upside Down in Western Australia” in Journeys: On the Road & Off the Map.

 Tuuli Messer-Bookman
Sausalito People
Maritime Salvage
Friday, October 28
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Recreational boaters, commercial mariners, and anyone interested in shipping and boating on the San Francisco Bay will enjoy this fascinating overview of maritime salvage, a concept unique to maritime law. Salvage is any voluntary and successful rescue of a boat, its cargo and/or its passengers from a peril at sea. Presented by Captain Tuuli Messer-Bookman, the program will cover what constitutes "pure salvage,” how it differs from towage, who is entitled to a salvage award and how a salvage award is determined. You will also learn about various types of salvage contracts and how and when a mariner should request salvage. Captain Messer-Bookman has over 300,000 sea miles aboard merchant vessels, holds a USCG unlimited tonnage oceans Master's license, and is a (non-practicing) attorney. She has authored a number of articles and books, including most recently Maritime Casualties: Causes and Consequences. A Sausalito native, Capt. Messer-Bookman is a full professor at the California Maritime Academy where she teaches celestial navigation, bridge watch-standing assessments, and offers a senior seminar on maritime casualties. Join us for a lively, fun evening of sea stories and lessons!

 David Gockley
Sausalito People
David Gockley in Conversation
Friday, November 11
7:00 p.m. inside the Library
Co-sponsored by the Sausalito Woman’s Club

Considered one of the major innovators in American opera, Sausalito resident David Gockley retired as general director of San Francisco Opera in July of 2016. Under his leadership, San Francisco Opera commissioned eight world premieres, two West Coast premieres and a new production of Wagner's epic four-opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen. David came to San Francisco from Houston Grand Opera (HGO), where he was general director for more than three decades. Under his leadership, HGO received a Tony, two Emmys and two Grammy Awards and became America’s leading commissioner and producer of new works, including Nixon in China by John Adams. In this special program, David will appear in conversation with Tom Wilhite, the founder and host of the Sausalito Library's Metropolitan Opera Preview group since 2012. In their discussion, David will reflect on his career and some of his favorite performers and performances.

photograph Docent Talk
Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
Tuesday, November 15
2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Join FAMSF docent Kathryn Zupsic in a lively discussion of photographer and social historian, Danny Lyon. Lyon may appear to be a photojournalist, but he is not. While photojournalists strive to be objective, Lyon has always become immersed in the lives of his subjects, from ‘60s civil rights protestors, to motorcycle gang members and Texas prison inmates. He lives their lifestyles, becoming one of them. Lyons’ photographic records show us our history with joy and a touch of sadness. This de Young exhibit, which  runs November 5, 2016 to March 12, 2017, is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Whitney Museum in New York and the full support of the artist. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library

 L’amour de Loin
Met Opera Preview
L’amour de Loin by Saariaho
Tuesday, December 6
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Saariaho's L’amour de Loin, including background information about the composer and the opera and 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.


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