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Free for All by maryjane16
Friday, May 29, 2009, 11:00 am
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artistsWe still have spaces left to sign up for Kids Art Camp starting June 19th at the Newark Library! If you are 7 years of age or older and would like to sign up, please contact Mary Ayers at (510) 795-2627 ext 15 or e-mail It will be a lot of fun (we’ll have mini discusisons about a few different art styles and artists and then we’ll work on our own artwork based on what we’ve learned.) These are free classes and we’ll provide all the necessary supplies. 


(Book) Talk by maryjane16
Thursday, May 28, 2009, 5:35 pm
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Dewey-Final%20CoverDewey; the Small-Town Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

This is not just a book about an adorable library cat named Dewey Readmore Books, it is the story of the people of a small Iowa farm town and the leader of their library, the Spencer Public Library.  As we hear the tale of Dewey from his beginning as a filthy, nearly frozen kitten who arrives in the library’s bookdrop one bitterly cold Iowa morning (15 degrees below zero), we learn about the social and economic history of Spencer Iowa.  Woven among the anecdotes of Dewey is also the story of Vicki Myron and her own story of overcoming great adversity to become the director of the Spencer Public Library. 

I have had a number of cats in my life and I have to admit Dewey is quite an extraordinary cat.  Of course this book is full of Dewey’s adorable antics, but what makes him really special is his love of people ; he knows how to bring out the best in the grouchiest library customer, he knows when someone is hurting inside and needs some extra TLC and he brings out the best in the town of Spencer Iowa. 

If you are interested in reading Dewey or any of our other reviewed books, please check out the library catalog at to find a copy!

Kidpower sign ups … by maryjane16
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 12:49 pm
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are coming at the end of this month! If you are in 6th grade or higher and are interested in helping younger children play the summer reading game, this orientation meeting is for you. The orientation is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th at 2 pm in the Conference Room. If you have any questions, please contact Kat Blair at (510) 795-2627 ext 23 or e-mail her at

Free for All by maryjane16
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 11:52 am
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Just a reminder: Kids Art Camp sign-ups begin Tuesday, May 26th. You can either come into the Newark Library or call us at (510) 795-2627 to sign-up. Kids must be 7 years of age or older to participate. You must also tell us which of the two days you want to register for: Tuesdays or Fridays. You may only register for one or the other, not both. Tuesday’s classes are 2-3:30 and start June 23rd. Friday’s classes are from 11-12:30 pm and begin June 19th. We will provide a light snack during the program. Each class session runs for 6 weeks (no class Friday July 3rd).

Just for fun: movie review by maryjane16
Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 4:05 pm
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To know me is to KNOW that I would see the Star Trek movie the first week of its release. I held out all the way until Sunday at 11:00 am when I arrived at the Dublin IMAX with two other trekkies and two thirteen year olds. We were surprised to find the theater full and we had to sit in the front row of the IMAX, which was a killer to focus on all the action. Our heads were swaying back and forth wildly. The new faces were excelent with Scotty taking the cake for best performance of a new actor in a well-established role. Harold and Kumar fans will be pleased with the selection for the Sulu character. All expectations were met with just enough of the “original” lines to satisfy the trekkies and not so many that the next generation had to cringe. This is one movie thatI will be adding to my home collection, but was there ever really any doubt! Enjoy, and of course … Live long and Prosper … Barbara Hamze

(Book) Talk Extra by maryjane16
Sunday, May 17, 2009, 12:00 pm
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Just because it ‘s Children’s Book Week, here’s an extra book review 🙂 This book is actually part of a trilogy, written by Garth Nix. It is for older children/teens. The Old Kingdom trilogy begins with Sabriel, which is one of my all time favorite books. The Old Kingdom is a place with wild magic, beings returned from the dead, and the home of the Abhorsen, who works to keep the dead in their place and to control the flow of wild magic.  Sabriel is drawn into the Old Kingdom when her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing. She must find her father and learn the ways of the Abhorsen before evil completely overthrows the Old Kingdom and works its way over the Wall …

Free for All Fridays by maryjane16
Friday, May 15, 2009, 12:00 pm
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We have some pictures to share! Miss ChristieThis was our butterfly gardening and butterfly craft day last Saturday here at the library. Miss Christie came and shared how to plant your own butterfly garden at home and showed us which plants butterflies (and hummingbirds) really like! Then everyone planted milkweed seeds to take home for their Butterfly booksgarden, and we worked on two butterfly crafts (3-D butterflies that you can hang in your house, and coffee filter butterflies).  Everyone had a great time. We hope to see you at our next program!Coffee filter butterflies3-D butterfly

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