Author Talk. The three authors of "Wood, Paper, Scissors: Carpentry, Books Arts, and Sewing with Kids," discuss their new how-to crafts book for adults working with children about how to build, for example, a logging truck, construct a pop-up creature, or sew a button bracelet amongst many other projects. 7 p.m. July 8. Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Author Anthony Marra. Stegner Fellow Anthony Marra discusses his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," set in a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya. 7 p.m. July 11. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.
Opera at the Library. Lecture/concert featuring West Edge Opera's General Director Mark Streshinsky discussing the upcoming production, "The Turn of the Screw," with conductor Jonathan Khuner accompanies cast members in selected arias. 12:15 to 1 p.m. July 11. Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. Free. 510-981-6236.
Author Emily Brady shares "Humboldt." Past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Emily Brady shares "Humboldt," an illuminating look into the insular, and infamous, Northern California community that has existed primarily on the cultivation and sale of marijuana on the black market for nearly 40 years. 7 p.m. July 12. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.
Back To Vietnam: The Legacy of War. Slideshow and discussion presented by Dr. Judy Gumbo Albert chronicling her trip as an anti-war activist to North Vietnam in 1970, and her return trip in 2013 to help a unified Vietnam celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords. 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 14. Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. Free. 510-981-6148, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
Art History Talk. Roberta Shaw, art history expert, presents a slideshow and talk on the loves of the Greco/Roman Gods as depicted by 16th Century Italian artists, included Titian, Tintoretto, Correggio, Leonardo and Michelangelo. 7 p.m. July 15. Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.