Newark Library Blog

Read, Write, Sing, Talk and Play at the Library! by missadina
Monday, April 18, 2016, 8:47 am
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Em outside readingThe first five years of a child’s life are incredibly influential in shaping them as they grow.  Everyone wants their child to succeed, to have an easier life than they had; Newark Library is perfectly placed to help that happen.  Library staff can help you to help your child succeed.

Read. When you bring home your new bundle of joy, you will be tired and exhilarated.  One of the best ways to help your child into a reading routine it to include it at bedtime.  Read to your baby before they even understand the words you are saying so that they know how fun and interesting reading can be!  When they are older, they will start chewing on books – that is normal.  Babies experience everything they can through their mouths.  Keep reading! Picture books, funny books, comics – whatever sparks their interest.  Read signs as you drive.  Read every day!

Write. Writing doesn’t necessarily mean writing letters and words.  Kids start writing when they put a crayon to paper.  It is part of their motor skill growth, so that when they start kindergarten, they will know how to hold a pencil, how hard to press, how to make a line and a circle.  So let your children color and scribble.

Sing. Even if you do not think you have a good singing voice, your child thinks you do.  Take their wonderful ignorance and sing to them.  Singing is a great way to connect with a child, to calm a child, to entertain a child, and even to redirect a child’s attention. Singing can connect a child to a different culture or language, and is a great way to preserve cultural heritage.  Singing builds the muscles in their mouth and throat so that they can speak clearly.  It also teaches rhythm and rhyming, which will help when they are learning to read.

Talk. Talking with your child is both easy and hard.  When you bring a baby home, you are so exhausted that talking can be a chore.  Try narrating what you are doing throughout the day.  If you cook, tell your child what ingredients you are using, if the food is crunchy, sweet, yummy, delicious (and so on).  A child who hears words will want to use words and will have an easier time expressing him/herself.

Play!  Play is serious work for kids.  Babies don’t know that when they throw a ball on the floor it bounces; they get to discover the whole world.  Playing involves coordination, sharing, imagination, talking, singing, creating, and much more.  Play with your child, and let them direct the way you play!

These five simple things can mean so much to you and your child; you can experience them at storytime, at crafts, at the playground, and at home.  Give your child a step up and visit the library to help them their whole life long.

National Teen Lock-in: Masquerade Madness! by MissBecks
Monday, July 13, 2015, 3:39 pm
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LockIn FlierHey Teens!

Newark Library is proud to host an afterhours event just for teens in the Tri-City Area on National Teen Lock-in Night! Teens from Fremont, Union City and Newark are invited to join us for an evening of Masquerade Madness on July 31st from 7-10 PM!

Join us before the Lock-in on Tuesday July 28th for a mask making crafting session!

Please join me for big screen gaming, “maker” activities, a treasure hunt, food and an evening of fun! Bring your friends and enjoy having the library all to yourselves.

For ages 12 – 17*, a permission slip is required to attend, please fill out and return to the Newark Library.

*High school students who are 18 years old may attend but must show proof of age & school ID

Check out the Facebook event here.

For more information contact your local Teen Librarian:

Becky Machetta @ 510-284-0682 or

Joan Weagle @

Valentina Santilli @ 510 745-1413 or

Beth Buchanan @ 510-745-1430

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

Kids Cycling Rodeo by MissBecks
Saturday, July 4, 2015, 2:33 pm
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The Newark Library, in partnership with Bike East Bay and Cycles of Change, is proud to present the first Kids Cycling Rodeo on Saturday July 18th, from 10 AM to 1 PM!

Designed for kids in K-6th grades to learn essential skills needed to feel confident and safe on their bikes, this rodeo will be a fun and exciting event for everyone. The event includes a bike safety course and skill building, the kids will learn skills like how to preform a bicycle saftey check, signaling and communication, shifting gears, and obstacle avoidance.

Bikes & helmets will be provided, OR you can bring your own!

As an added BONUS – BikeMobile will be on site repairing bikes for FREE! If your bike or your child’s bike is making one of those mystery sounds or collecting dust because it has a flat tire, bring it to the Newark Library on July 18th.  The BikeMobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. While the mechanics work on your bike they’ll explain how it works and how to keep it running smooth.  In addition to getting a tune up, your child can add some style to their ride by adding colored tape to the frame at the decoration station.

Sign up in advance by contacting the library to reserve your spot, starting July 1st!  Bike or no bike, everyone is welcome to attend to learn about maintenance, safety, and more!

To join the event on Facebook, follow this link and click “Join”!

For more information contact Teen Librarian Becky Machetta @ 510-284-0682 or

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

Free Urban Cycling Class! July 11th 11:00-1:00 PM by MissBecks
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 3:31 pm
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urban cycling

The Newark Library has partnered with Bike East Bay to bring you this FREE Bicycle Skills Class! Join us on July 11th, from 11 am – 1 pm in our meeting room for this great event! Urban Cycling 101 is for Adults and Teens to learn smart cycling skills to help you bike confidently.

In this class you will learn the basic rules of the road, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, take a bike on transit, and avoid crashes by riding predictably, visibly, and communicating with other road users by your actions and signals. No bike is required.

Participants will receive a free reflective vest for attending this two hour class.

Please register online at or call 510-845-7433 x 2.

To join the event on Facebook, follow this link and click “Join”!

As a follow up to this event, we will also be hosting a Kids Biking Rodeo on July 18th from 10 am – 1 pm. It will be a fun filled day for the whole family.

For more information contact: Becky Machetta 510-284-0682 or

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

An Open Letter to Neil Gaiman by MissBecks
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:00 am
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Dear Mr Gaiman,

I am the Teen Librarian at the Newark Library in Newark California and I have a great group of 5th-7th graders in my Tween book club. We recently read The Graveyard Book for our monthly selection and as a group the kids had so much to say about your book, but also so many questions and curiosities that had no answer. I asked them if they wanted to write you a letter to share their thoughts, questions and a request; they were extremely excited about writing to you so I hope this letter finds you!


Becky Machetta
Teen Librarian, Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave
Newark, CA 94560

Dear Mr.Neil Gaiman,

We would like to request that you write a sequel or prequel for the Newbery Award winning book, The Graveyard Book. We thoroughly enjoyed the book, your writing style and how the book was a bit old fashion, but would enjoy it more if there was a second book to answer our questions.

After reading, we wanted to find more about

  • The Macabray
    • We really enjoyed the part of the Macabray, but we wanted to learn more about the dance, white flowers, and the Grey lady.
  • The Jack’s story
    • It is cool and interesting about the Jack, and how he is trying to capture Bod, but we didn’t really know much about him and his backstory.

We were also wondering about:

  • What happened to the Jack’s company, and what happens to Bod after he left the graveyard?
  • What happened to Scarlett?
  • Why didn’t the Owens take care of Bod?

We believe a lot of these questions and curiosities can be answered with a new book, either a sequel or prequel and we hope that you will write one!

Thank you for your time, and for writing such a great book in The Graveyard Book.


Sriram Murali, 7th grade

Kyle Galinis, 6th grade

Aanchel Patel, 6th grade

Katia Rodriguez, 6th grade

Ashley Haba, 7th grade

Itzel Camarillo, 6th grade

Summer Reading Game for Teens! by MissBecks
Monday, June 1, 2015, 2:40 pm
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Hey Teens!

The Summer Reading Game is just around the corner – we begin on June 8th!

Summer Reading isn’t just for kids, there’s cool stuff for teens too. Check out some great books at the Newark Library (as you would normally do, of course!) and earn entries into a drawing for Beats by Dre headphones! All you have to do is read… simple as that.

SRG beats


  • Participant must be between the ages of 13-19
  • Participant may only submit raffle tickets at one library branch
  • Participant may only play the game once
  • Drawing will be held at conclusion of Summer Reading Game and winners will be contacted by phone or email

How to Get Tickets!

  • Sign Up for the Game –  earn 1 ticket
  • Complete to 1st Prize  – earn 2 tickets
  • Complete to Final Prize – earn 3 tickets

That means a total of SIX entries into the drawing if you finish the Summer Reading Game.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Becky, the Teen Librarian @ Newark by phone 510-284-0682 or email

Check out our Podcast! by MissBecks
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 2:08 pm
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No surprise here, librarians love books! Want to hear some of your local librarians discussing upcoming titles and even some classic books? Then listen to “Read On” our new podcast!

Our first episode we are answering the burning questions. Is it possible to rewrite Jane Austen? Can you turn an edgy memoir into a network sitcom? And just what is so great about Hemingway, anyway?

For future podcasts, check out


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