Newark Library Blog

by Kat Blair
Friday, September 28, 2007, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Libraries, Newark | Tags: , , , ,

Magic by AlexMagician – A National Championship winner! You may recognize this face from Disney, but Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 2 p.m. we have Alex Gonzalez all to ourselves. Come to the Newark Library, CA to be astounded! No registration necessary.

Contact: Kat Blair (510) 795-2627 x23

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions


JOB OPENING.[guffaw] by Kat Blair
Friday, September 21, 2007, 2:43 pm
Filed under: community, Libraries | Tags:

Established Date: Sep 21, 2007

Brine shrimp – Bloodworms Trice Weekly
Brine shrimp – Bloodworms Monthly
Brine shrimp – Blood worms Annually


 DESCRIPTION: DEFINITION Under close supervision, to do
general swimming and jumping work in a public library, on
a full-time basis; and to do related aquatic work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Positions in this class are found
in the Newark Library.
They are filled on a full-time basis. Incumbents perform
general swimming and jumping tasks under the
supervision of a Lead Frog or Supervising Fish.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:  NOTE: The following are the
duties performed by employees in this classification.
However, employees may perform other related duties
at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification
does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Swimming.

2. Jumping.

3. Eating

4. Looking cute.

5. Entertaining Library visitors.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of the following
knowledge and abilities:

• Must be beyond tadpole age by examination closing date.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above
Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an

of the following knowledge and abilities are related to
duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of
this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Frog behaviors.

Ability to:

• Work courteously and tactfully with co-frogs,
   fish, and the public.
• Learn aquarium procedures.
• Follow non-verbal instructions.
• Swim and jump accurately.
• Eat large amounts of food from bottom of aquarium.
• Stay alive.

KSS:rgm                    CSC Date: 9/21/2007

Meet our “extra” staff! by maryjane16
Thursday, September 13, 2007, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Libraries

rowenaWendy (and Devin!)FranceyCarol

(From left to right: Rowena, Wendy & Devin, Francey, Carol) 

These wonderful ladies come to Newark each week to work extra hours while we are short staffed. We are very appreciative of their help and we hope that you’ll stop by and say “hi” to them while they are here. We couldn’t possibly keep up with everything around the library without their help.

Thank you, ladies, for all that you do!

(not pictured: Diane)

by Kat Blair
Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Events, Libraries

Taiko drumming master Terry Eustice, also a Newark teacher, will be playing for us this weekend on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Free performance thanks to the Newark Library League. The drumming will be out in front while inside at 11:30 we will have a new-ish Saturday Storytime for Preschoolers. From 2-3:00 on the same day we will host a Fall Craft for children. The littlest ones will require assistants and parents are welcome.

“Tragedy Strikes Newark Library Aquarium” by maryjane16
Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Newark


Dear Friends:

At approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 6th, the smallest of our African Dwarf Frogs joined the choir angelic, or to quote Alex, “he croaked.” 

He (?) was a good frog, as frogs go.  His hobbies were swimming, eating, and floating about.  His companions seem to have recovered from the shock quickly and are cheerfully stepping over their fallen companion. 

The Library hopes to find a suitable replacement in the near future to fill the now vacant position of Library Frog I. 

With deepest sympathy,

Eugene Marangoni

Looking for something fun to do with your youngster? by maryjane16
Thursday, September 6, 2007, 2:44 pm
Filed under: children, Libraries


Join us on the third Friday of every month (with the exception of December, when we will meet on the second Friday) for art projects designed for your little one. These art programs are designed for children ages 1-6 and are a lot of fun! We do tend to make a mess, so have your child(ren) wear clothes that can get dirty! For Sept. we will be making bubble art and in Oct. we will make pumpkin decorations. There is no need to register, just drop on by! We will be in the meeting room from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For more info. contact Mary Ayers: (510) 795-2627 ext. 15 or

Too much homework? Go to Homework Express! by maryjane16
Saturday, September 1, 2007, 1:06 pm
Filed under: children, teen

Homework Express in 2004

Homework Express returns to the Newark Library on Tuesday, September 4th!  Our  afterschool homework help program, under the direction of coordinator Susan Jeongco operates from 3:30 – 5:00 p. m. Tuesdays through Thursdays in the library meeting room, and is free of charge.  Attendance is on a drop-in basis. 

If you are a high school student interested in earning community service hours as a Homework Express volunteer, come to the orientation meeting on Tuesday, September 4th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the library conference room.

For questions on Homework Express or being a volunteer in this program contact Kathleen Hannon by phone (510) 795-2627 x18 or email

We gratefully acknowledge The Alameda County Foundation, The Five Bridges Foundation, Dreyer’s Foundation, Bank of America, The Morris Stulsaft Foundation and The Safeway Foundation for their support of Homework Express.

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