The Temescal Branch Library will be 100 years old on December 10, 2018. “A Month of Saturdays” is a series of programs that will help to recognize this landmark anniversary. The birthday corresponds closely, too, with the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought an end to the conflict of World War I, formerly known as the “Great European War.”
At the time the Temescal Branch Library opened back in 1918, Oakland and the greater East Bay was an important center of California’s burgeoning motion picture industry. The Edna Purviance-Mabel Normand Film Festival will recognize that heritage & launch the “Month of Saturdays,” first with screenings of newsreel footage of the response to the armistice, signed Nov. 11, 1918, followed by clips of footage shot at Idora Park, only a few blocks from the Temescal Branch Library, and in other parts of Oakland, including complete silent-era comedies with actresses Edna Purviance and Mabel Normand.
The festival is presented in partnership with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum of Fremont & is the first part of “A Month of Saturdays,” recognizing the branch’s 100th anniversary.