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Bilingual Preschool Storytime

, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
With stories, songs and finger plays for children ages 3 to 5. In Spanish and English. free


Preschool Storytime

, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. and Thursdays, 1:30-2 p.m.
Bilingual stories, songs, and activities for children ages 3 to 5. Call in advance for large groups. free
Oakland Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch 6833 International Blvd., Oakland (map)


Literary Night at Julie's

, First Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.

Itching to perform that powerful scene from your nascent screenplay? Need an audience to vet the intro to your great American novel? Want to summon the spirit behind Shakespeare's sonnets? Then head to Literary Night at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden (1223 Park St., Alameda), which happens every third Thursday. Pieces can be original or not, and all genres are welcome. Free; sign-ups start at 7 p.m., readings at 7:30 p.m. 510-865-2385 or

Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden 1223 Park St., Alameda (map)


Toddler Storytime

, Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, and finger plays for children under 3 years old. free
Oakland Public Library, Main Branch 125 14th St., Oakland (map)


Bilingual Family Storytime

, Saturdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
Stories and activities for the whole family, presented in English and Mandarin. free
Oakland Public Library, Asian Branch 388 9th St., Ste. 190, Oakland (map)


Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading

, First Saturday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
Strawberry Creek Lodge 1320 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

Children's Storytime

, Saturdays, 3 p.m.
Weekly storytime for kids. free
Barnes & Noble 5604 Bay St., Emeryville (map)


Poetry Unbound

First Sunday of every month, 5:15 p.m.
Featuring three writers on the first Sunday of each month, with a brief open mic.
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)


Write for Your Life

Mondays, 9-11:45 a.m.

There are far worse ways to spend a Monday than doing some writing as meditation. Write for Your Life happens every Monday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley), with participants writing in response to a reading at the top of the session. Reading aloud to the group is optional. 9:15-11:45 a.m., free. 510-524-2858 or

Unitarian Universalist Church 1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley (map)


Poetry Express Readings

Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
A weekly poetry venue and open mic.
Himalayan Flavors Restaurant 1585 University Ave., Berkeley (map)


The East Bay Mystery Readers' Group

, First Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
Visit website for monthly titles.
Walden Pond Books 3316 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)


Family Storytime

, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
With stories, songs, and rhymes for all ages. free
Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland (map)


Poetry Writing Workshop

Second Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Do you suspect that poems are buried somewhere deep inside you, waiting to grow? At the Poetry Writing Workshop, which meets at the Albany Library (1247 Marin Ave.) every second Wednesday, Albany poet laureate Christina Hutchins leads exercises aimed at finding those hidden sources of inspiration and nurturing them in a supportive atmosphere. 7 p.m., free.

Albany Library 1247 Marin Ave., Albany (map)


Lyrics and Dirges

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.
Lyrics and Dirges
has been bringing a hand-picked selection of prominent and emerging writers to Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on the third Wednesday of every month. Hosted and curated by Rad Dad zine editor Tomas Moniz and Berkeley Poetry Festival organizers Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, the series aims to provide a picture of the diverse Bay Area literary landscape by gathering different types of writers on the same stage. “We’ve paired slam poets with writers of erotic memoir; we’ve highlighted writers published by mainstream presses, hard core zinesters who still staple each issue, comics artists, and playwrights,” Moniz wrote in an email. For its fourth anniversary edition, the series is hosting authors Virgie Tovar, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Matthew Zapruder, and Aimee Suzara. Though Lyrics and Dirges’ lineup is always eclectic, Tovar promises an especially memorable performance. Author of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, Virgie Tovar travels the country preaching the motto “Lose Hate Not Weight,” and serving up refreshingly raw lectures and readings concerning body politics, sex, and identity. She fits the bill for Lyrics and Dirges nicely, which also aims to represent socially engaged writers who share perspectives that are relevant to their communities. free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)


Uniquely Yours: A Green Windows Creative Writing Workshop

, Fourth Sunday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m.
Author Peggy Simmons leads a workshop for writers of all levels, experiences, and genres, ages 16 and up. Drop-ins welcome, long-term participation encouraged. $1-$25
Rock Paper Scissors Collective 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)


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