Newark Library Blog

Spring is almost here … by maryjane16
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:37 pm
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Spring is almost here! And with Spring comes a flurry of activity at the Newark Library. We will continue to have storytimes, Toddler Time and Art for Youngsters/Toddler Art and check out the chess club held at the Library on Fridays or Saturdays in March (dates vary – check our calenedar for details).

Coming up we also have craft programs celebrating Spring and Mother’s Day, entertainment programs (such as Happy Birds), a photography showcase presented by the digital photography students at Newark Memorial High School and much, much more! Be sure to check in at our website for more details and please come by and join us at some or all of these great events. We’d love to see you!


We Won! by maryjane16
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:28 pm
Filed under: books, children, Events, Libraries


Thanks to everyone who came to our Spiderwick Chronicles event in early February! We filled out an application for a contest sponsered by Paramount Theaters and received word today that we were one of 5 libraries from across the country chosen to have a free 300 person screening of the movie! Thank you so much for making it a great event – we couldn’t have done it without you. We will let you know when we have more details …

Spiderwick Chronicles Program by maryjane16
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 7:55 pm
Filed under: books, children, Events, Libraries, Newark


The Newark Library held a program about the Spiderwick Chronicles on Friday Feb. 1st. We learned about how to repel fairy magic, how to detect if there are fairies in your neighborhood, how to make riddles and maps, and lots more. It was a lot of fun for all, even those that had never read the series. If you are one of many who have never read the series, let me encourage you now to read them! The movie arrives in theaters next week and looks promising. The books are easy to read and fairly short.

The books focus on the lives of the Grace children, Jared, Simon and Mallory and their encounters with the fantastical world. The children find a field guide which gives them insight into the intertwined worlds, but also puts them in danger as the powers of evil search for the guide. The stories are fast-paced and full of excitement and adventure, sure to intrigue even the most uninterested of readers. Who could resist swordfights, dragons, magic, goblins, river trolls and shapeshifters that can take on any shape, including your own?

Live Homework Help – catch ’em while you can! by Kat Blair
Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 11:26 am
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Free, Online Tutoring!


Free, Online Tutoring!

The Alameda County Library is pleased to announce that we are continuing to provide Live Homework Help (LHH) for students in 4th – 12th grades and students taking college introductory level courses. LHH is a free online homework help program that connects students to expert tutors seven days a week either from the library, school, or their home computer. The service, supported by a grant from the California State Library, is free for all students with an Alameda County Library card.

In post-session surveys, students reported the following:

• 96% are glad the library offered the service
• 94% would recommend the service to a friend
• 87% feel the program is helping them complete assignments, building their confidence in their schoolwork and even improving their grades

And here are some quotes from students:

“This is such an awesome system, and I think everyone should use this. It is MAJOR help to me.”

“This is the best web site for kids whose parent or siblings can’t help them with homework.”

“I had a great tutor. The thing that’s great is it’s free so now I don’t need to go out to pay for a private tutor.”

How Live Homework Help Works
Students can connect to online tutors for free from 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day. They simply go to and click on the Live Homework Help link to access remotely with their library card number. They then enter their grade level and the subject in which they need help. Tutoring is available in the following subjects:

• Math: elementary, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry and calculus
• Science: elementary, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics
• Social studies: American History, World History, Political Science and more
• English: spelling, grammar, book reports, essay writing and more

The tutors are certified teachers, university professors, graduate school students, students at accredited colleges, and professionals who are experts in their fields. All of the Live Homework Help tutors have received a third party background check and have been certified through the Training Program. Tutors do not ask any personal questions, and the students’ anonymity is ensured.

For questions about Live Homework Help, please contact Gary Morrison:

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