Category Archives: First Thursdays

First Thursday: Tam High Honors Drawing and Painting Exhibition

May 1st, 2014

7 PM

Celebrate the talents of Tam High Honors Drawing and Painting class as we kick off their month-long art exhibit. The students used hand-cut stencils and watercolors to depict endangered animals.

by Xander Weaver-Scull
by Xander Weaver-Scull

A reception in the Creekside Room will include a discussion with the artists as well as West Marin artist Xander Weaver-Scull, whose visit to the classroom provided the inspiration for the students’ work. Food and beverages provided. Open to all ages, no registration required. Check out pictures from the last Tam High Exhibition at the Library here

First Thursday: Screen Printing Workshop Pictures

Huge thanks to Sam and James from Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design in Novato for teaching us the art of screen printing and helping us come up with our own designs!

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April 3rd, 2014 at 7 PM                          

imagesSee what it takes to make a concert poster come alive or a t-shirt stand out! In this hands-on workshop Sam Kraus, owner of Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design, will teach you the fundamentals of screen printing. You’ll learn everything from how to create the artwork to the process of printing. 

Everyone who registers will leave the workshop with their own screen-printed shirt. Registration required and space is VERY limited. Register here.

If registration is full, you can add your name to the wait-list here and we will notify you if space becomes available. 

 

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First Thursday: The Art of Comedy (pictures)

First, Dhaya broke us up into groups and asked us to brainstorm about people/events/anything we found funny. Why was it funny? 

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Then, we watched clips from a variety of different comedians (Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Mitch Hedberg, Margaret Cho) and talked about what did…or didn’t make those comedians funny. 

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Next, Dhaya explained different comedic devices. She talked about a joke she is working on and we discussed ways she could improve/expand the joke for one of her sets. 

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Finally, everyone got a chance to stand up and perform a joke that they had workshopped in their respective groups.

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Look at how brave Austenne is! She did a fantastic job, too!

First Thursday: The Art of Comedy

The Art of Comedy with  Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 PM

dhayaarmsWhat is comedy? It’s stand-up, humorous story telling, making liquids come out of all the holes in your friends’ faces. In this interactive workshop comedic storyteller and stand up comic, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, (SF Bay Guardian’s Best Comedian, 2013; frequent storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgement and Katie’s totally awesome friend) will help participants explore the various facets of comedy as well as share her (hilarious) challenges and triumphs in the world of professional comedy. Registration required. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER ASAP! Register here.

Check out this video of Dhaya telling a hilarious story at the library here.

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I had to include this picture just because it makes me laugh.

You can find more of  Dhaya’s stuff here

First Thursday: Movie & Pizza (Easy A)

January 2nd, 2014; 7 PM; Creekside Room

Start 2014 with good food, good friends, and Emma Stone learning lessons the hard way in the hilarious film, Easy A. Easy AStefano’s Pizza provided. Registration recommended (so we know how much pizza to get for your hungry faces). Register here

After Hours Triwizard Tournament Pictures

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We gathered in the Creekside Room, where there were plenty of delicious snacks…

those who were brave enough to dry the drink were pleasantly surprised...

 And participants submitted their names to the Goblet of Fire…

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striking a pose when necessary…

Kate is always so camera shy...

Kate is always so camera shy…

First Challenge: Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans…

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Second Challenge: “Quidditch”Quidditch1

Third Challenge: Name that Muggle…

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Fourth Challenge: Get the Key Out of the Frozen Ice Cube…

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this is mostly me looking astonished that the teams thought of BREAKING the ice. the teams were waaaay smarter than any of the librarians planning the event

Fifth Challenge: Unlock the box and find the book written on the piece of paper in the box…

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 Sixth Challenge: As a team, complete the Harry Potter Crossword Puzzle located inside the book…

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In the end, the Durmstrang Team won, but everyone had a great night. Thanks to everyone who spent the evening Triwizarding with us!

First Thursday: Triwizard Tournament

December 5th, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 pm

On Thursday, December 5th, after the library closes, step inside and be transported to Hogwarts to participate in the dangerous and thrilling After Hours Triwizard Tournament! The Goblet of Fire will determine the school you will represent and you must use your intellect and strength to overcome the obstacles in your path towards fame, glory and prizes! Goblet

Although this tournament is not for the faint of heart, you can expect some delicious refreshments to reward your efforts, brought to you by Hogsmeade’s own Honeydukes Sweetshop.

Registration is mandatory for this event, as only thirty lucky witches and wizards will be able to compete for the glory of winning the Triwizard Tournament, bringing fame and adoration to self and school. Costumes are encouraged, so don’t miss out on your chance to test your skills and register here.

Only high school students are eligible to participate in the Tournament and we’re not afraid to use Dumbledore’s aging spell to ridicule those who try to circumvent the rules.

First Thursday: Slam Poetry Workshop with Jazz Hudson (pictures)

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This video was amazing, and I can’t remember the name of it. I will find out and caption properly when I figure it out…

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First Thursday: Slam Poetry Workshop with Jazz Hudson!

November 7th, 2013; 7:00-8:30 PM

Experienced poets and novices alike will relish the opportunity to work with Jazz Hudson, one of the Bay Area’s preeminent Slam Poets at this very special workshop.

jazzJazz Hudson has been rocking East Bay mics since the eighth grade. From her first writer’s workshop at the West Oakland Library — where her father sent her to “curb that mouth of hers” — she has performed everywhere from the streets of Oakland and Richmond to the national stage. Jazz will help students refine pieces already in progress or come up with something new—perhaps something for the Slam Poetry Competition in March…space is limited and registration is requiredRegister at http://conta.cc/15S2JBz

Check out Jazz’s work at http://www.jazzhudson.com/

“Jazz is one of the new up and coming poets out of the Bay who has been making a name for herself at poetry readings over the last few years. Jazz is definitely one of the most loquacious and passionate young sistas to come out of the concrete jungle of Oakland in a long time.” SF Bay View