A new music series will bring plenty of sounds and fun to the Alameda Main Library.
The series, called Live @ the Library, is being launched Sept. 26 with a jazz concert. Other shows are Oct. 24 and Nov. 21, and all proceeds will benefit the library through its fundraising organizations: the Alameda Free Library Foundation and Friends of Alameda Free Library.
The concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are being staged in the Regina K. Stafford Room. Tickets are $20 each for the series or $25 per show.
The first concert features Kelly Park & Friends with Kathy Moehring. Park is a local jazz pianist, drummer and the former proprietor of Kelly's bar of Alameda, while Moehring is head of the West Alameda Business Association.
On Oct. 24, the cabaret act of Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill will take the stage. The Jazzschool Advanced High School Jazz Workshop of Berkeley, directed by Michael Zilber, is set to perform Nov. 21.
"There's nothing like this happening in Alameda," said Ruth Belikove, an organizer of the events and former president and board member of the Alameda Free Library. "We hope everyone will come out to hear local talent, see the shows and have a good time at a good price. It should be a great way to socialize and have fun."
The venue accommodates up to 125 people. A wine bar with drinks and snacks will be open during the shows, Belikove said.
Many individuals have worked hard to bring the series to life, she said, including Luzanne Engh, president of the Alameda Free Library Foundation, and Dorothy Fullerton, president of Friends of the Alameda Free Library.