Chess at the Library. A weekly chess program offers instruction for beginners and a place for patrons of all ages and levels to play with each other. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland. 510-535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Off the Hook Knitting Group. The Melrose Knitting Group meets the second and fourth Saturday every month. 3 to 5 p.m. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Pathways Hospice Volunteer Training. Pathways Hospice is seeking volunteers to make visits to patients. No previous hospice and health care experience is needed. Assignments and schedules are tailored to volunteers' geographic preferences and schedule. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Pathways Hospice Oakland Offices, 333 Hegenberger Road Suite 700, Oakland. No Charge. 408-773-4271, www.pathwayshealth.org.
Intro to Genealogy. Trace your family history at Northern California's premier genealogy society library's free Introduction to Genealogy Class. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. California Genealogical Society and Library, 2201 Broadway, Oakland. Free. 510-663-1358.
Oakland in Popular Memory. Oakland author Matt Werner reads from "Oakland in Popular Memory," featuring interviews with artists and musicians putting a new "there" in Oakland. Author talk and reception follows. 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. 25th St. Collective, 477 25th St., Oakland. Free. 510-384-3146.
Celebrate Friends of the Oakland Public Library. Mark the 20th anniversary of the Oakland Public Library's Bookmark Bookstore with a week long celebration with a 20 percent discount on all book purchases, raffles, free book for kids Nov. 10, and more. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 through Nov. 11. Bookmark Bookstore/Friends of the Oakland Public Library, 721 Washington St., Oakland. 510-444-0473, www.thebookmarkbookstore.org.
Preschool Storytime. Reading aloud, songs, and rhymes for kids ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5. Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland. 510-238-3134, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
The Mystery of Bird Song. Discover how birds learn to sing such beautiful songs with California naturalist and author David Lukas, as part of at the bimonthly Friends of Sausal Creek member meeting. 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-501-3672, www.sausalcreek.org.