EVENT: Livermore Reads Together


Livermore Reads Together is a community reading program featuring Robin Sloan’s delightful novel Sourdough. The community of Livermore is invited to read Sourdough and join their neighbors by participating in events related to the book, such as talks featuring Erica J. Peters, author of San Francisco: A Food Biography, and Laura Smith Borrman, author of Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks and Desserts. University of the Pacific (UOP) Professor of History Ken Albala will give a talk titled Bread: A Slice of History. The library will host a hands-on program for teens and adults on making and nurturing a sourdough starter. Sourdough author Robin Sloan kicks off Livermore Reads Together at the Civic Center Library on Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. Copies of Sourdough are available to check out at the Livermore Public Library.

Events Schedule:

  • Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.:  An Afternoon with Robin Sloan. Kick off Livermore Reads Together with the author of Sourdough!
  • Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.:  San Francisco: A Food Biography with author Erica J. Peters.  This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms to markets, from markets to kitchens, and from kitchens to tables, focusing on how people experienced the bounty of the City by the Bay.
  • Sunday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.:  Bread: A Slice of History.  UOP Professor of History Ken Albala talks about the fascinating world history of bread making.
  • Monday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.:  STEM class for grades 1-5.  At this special Livermore Reads STEM class, kids will make their own robotic arm using recyclable materials.
  • Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.:  The Soul of Sourdough.  Join San Francisco’s Sour Flour at this interactive program for teens and adults.  Participants will learn how to make and nurture their own sourdough starter.  Sign-up required by calling (925) 373-5505.
  • Saturday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.:  CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary screening and discussion. CODE is a film that exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  Join us for a post-screening discussion with members of the Livermore science community.
  • Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.:  Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks, and Desserts with author Laura Smith Borrman.  Discover the disputed origins of local specialties like the chicken tetrazzini, chop suey and the classic martini, along with the legend behind the creation of Green Goddess Dressing.  Learn how the abundance of the bay contributed to classics like the Hangtown Fry and Cioppino, and explore the history of San Francisco’s iconic sourdough bread.
  • Saturday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.:  Family movie day at the library featuring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  Free popcorn!
  • Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.:  Sourdough Readers’ Theater presented by the Livermore Shakespeare Festival.
  • Saturday, February 29, 2:00 p.m.:  Cobotics: When People and Robots Collaborate.  Learn about the innovative ways robots and people work together (just like in Sourdough) in this fun interactive program presented by students from the Del Arroyo 4-H Club.