Newark Library Blog

Romance Author of the Month by missadina
Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:46 pm
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Victoria Dahl write both contemporary and historical romance novels.  From her bio: “Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.)…She’s been reading romance since the age of twelve and started her first manuscript at the tender age of twenty.”

Some quotes about Dahl’s wrting:

“[A] hands-down winner, a sensual story filled with memorable characters.”-Booklist on Start Me Up

“Dahl smartly wraps up a winning tale full of endearing oddballs, light mustery and plenty of innuendo and passion.” -Publishers Weekly on Talk Me Down

Dahl’s Donovan Brothers series starts with Good Girls Don’tfollowed by Bad Boys Do and finally Real Men Will.

You can check them out with your phone, tablet, or ereader from our website:

Happy Reading!

It’s Your Lucky Day! by btiblog
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 3:58 pm
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Tired of being 134th on the hold list for a hot new title? Check out the Lucky Day collection!

Shelved in front of the Circulation Desk, Lucky Day is a special collection of popular new books and dvds that are available on a first-come, first served basis. If you find what you want, you can borrow it immediately. Like similar items in the regular collection, you can keep books for 3 weeks and movies for 1 week. Lucky Day items cannot, however, be renewed.

Once you find that longed-for title, please remember to cancel your hold, unless you want to enjoy it again when the hold is filled. Thanks.


Lucky Day Sign

Lucky Day Collection


Teen Volunteers Needed by librarianccc
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:35 pm
Filed under: books, children, community, teen, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

If you like working with children, enjoy reading, and want to make a difference to the community and earn service hours, we have an excellent opportunity for you!

The Newark Library’s Reading Buddies reading program is currently recruiting teen volunteers to help kids improve reading. For details and how to apply, please download the application form. Positions are open until filled.

Contact: Chien-Chun Chang (510) 795-2627 x 23 or email

Romance Author of the Month by missadina
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1:36 pm
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Courtney Milan burst onto the romance writing scene a few years ago – and has taken historical romance by storm.  Milan writes strong female characters, flawed male heroes, and compelling story lines.  She is often compared to Eloisa James and Lisa Kleypas.

You can check out her website here.

Alameda County Library has Milan’s books available through Overdrive, so you can read them online.  Overdrive is available here, and the directions to use it are available here.

Celebrate East Bay Regional Parks by btiblog
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Events, Newark


Learn about the history, hidden gems, activities, and events at East Bay Regional Pakrs in honor of their 80th birthday on Saturday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m.

You’re Wearing THAT to School?! by Tracy Dodge
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Book Review, books, children

wearing that to schoolIt’s almost back to school — some for the first time. A new book to share with your little people just starting school is You’re Wearing That to School?! by Lynn Plourde and Illustrated by Sue Cornelison. Penelope the hippo is so excited to start school but her best friend Tiny the mouse tries to temper her enthusiasm, giving her suggestions for how to fit in on her first day. Luckily she doesn’t listen to him and finds her uniqueness, rather than being just like everyone else, is what makes friends. The last page includes tips to make children more comfortable on the first day of school.

Review: The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng by Tracy Dodge
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 7:17 am
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Making a drawstring bag is “not as easy as it looks” (p. 3), nor is making friends or learning Chinese. Anna Wang spends fourth grade escaping in books as she struggles to become more comfortable in her relationships and cultural identity. The difficult topics of friendship and divorce are tackled at a level that is appropriate for younger and older children alike. Black and white illustrations convey the emotion of the characters and highlight significant objects and book covers. A Pronunciation Guide offers the translation, transliteration, and Chinese character for significant vocabulary. Instructions for making a drawstring bag are illustrated on the back cover.


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