Newark Library Blog

Richmond artist displays his work at the Newark Library by beedwards
Saturday, June 27, 2009, 8:04 am
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Richmond artist and recent Cal State East Bay graduate Darren Chappell will be displaying three of his paintings in the Newark Library. Darren works with photographs of people’s personal drawers; each an individual collection of objects that represent that person. Each image is named after the person that it represents. Darren


Movie News: New Tim Burton ‘Alice in Wonderland’ stills by beedwards
Friday, June 26, 2009, 12:45 pm
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Mad Hatter

Yahoo just realeased five image stills from the upcoming ‘Alice in Wonderland’ movie by Tim Burton. The movie is scheduled to open on March 5, 2010 and stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mia Wasikowska . Johnny Depp has worked with Tim Burton in a number of memorable films, so I have high hopes for this. Apparently this movie is not a recreation of the original Alice in Wonderland, but rather a film about Alice going back to Wonderland several years later.

Free for all Friday by maryjane16
Friday, June 26, 2009, 9:00 am
Filed under: children, Events, Libraries, Newark, teen | Tags: , , , ,

We have tons of free events for kids all throughout the summer. Here are just a few of our upcoming programs:

Wednesday, June 24th: 3-5 pm Reading Buddies

Thursday, June 25th: 7 pm Family Story Night in the Park

Saturday, June 27th: 2 pm Singer Francie Dillon

Thursday, July 2nd: 2 pm Teen movie (Hancock)

And make sure you sign up to play the Summer Reading Game! There are lots of cool prizes and fun for the whole family. Teens and adults can play along as well with their own Summer Reading Games. Teens and adults can pick up their game boards/entry forms at the nearest Alameda County Library branch.

(Book) Talk Thursday by maryjane16
Thursday, June 25, 2009, 9:00 am
Filed under: Book Review, books, teen | Tags: , ,

along-for-the-ride-coverI just finished the newest book by Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride, and it is definitely worth reading. It focuses on the life of  Auden, recently graduated from high school and a complete insomniac since the days of her parents’ divorce. Auden has never had much of a childhood;  instead she’s focused all of her attention on her studies and schoolwork. On a wild impulse she asks her father if she can stay with him, his new wife and baby for the summer at his beach-front house. While there she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, who shows her that there is more to life than books and studies.  For grades 9-12.                      

                                  ~ Mary Ayers

Groovin’ in the Summer Time by Kat Blair
Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 3:53 pm
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grooves Such a good book, do you like mysteries with a little bit of fantasy? After a seventh-grader discovers that the grooves in his Thigpen-brand jeans are encoded with a cry for help, he sets out to save the factory workers from greedy entrepreneur Howard Thigpen who’s stealing the light from their eyes. Diabolical! Grades 3-7.

(Book) Talk Tuesday by maryjane16
Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 3:52 pm
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 Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston

I found this graphic novel on the website and I am so glad I did. 

 This graphic novel is a light but charming fantasy for girls everywhere – especially if you feel like you’re awkward and just don’t fit in. Emiko is half-Japanese, half-Causcasian Canadian and her summer looks pretty grim – a summer of no friends and a babysitting job.  She accidentally stumbles on an underground performing arts scene inspired by Any Warhol’s ‘Factory.’.

Emiko eventually gets up the courage to go on stage dressed in her grandmother’s mod outfits from the 60’s and she becomes a minor celebrity.  All is not perfect, her new friends are very complex and some of The Factory people are not what they seem. 

I really liked Emiko and the b/w drawings of her face are very expressive. She is incredibly brave and also very innocent, which can be a dangerous combination, but she is safe in the end and learns much about herself. 

Kathy Steel-Sabo

Tech Talk – BOSS by maryjane16
Thursday, June 11, 2009, 10:00 am
Filed under: community, Events, Newark | Tags: , , ,

Starting Saturday, June 13th and running through Saturday, July 18th, the Newark Library will be co-sponsoring a series of business workshops, BOSS (Business Owners Skills Series). Each Saturday morning (in the date range mentioned above) there will be a different business workshop beginning at 10 am. These workshops do require advance registration, so please contact the Newark Library if you are interested in attending.

June 13th: Business Plans

June 20th: Home-Based Businesses

June 27th: Finance


July 11th: Marketing

July 18th: Acocunting

These workshops are sponsored by the Alameda County Library with the generous assistance of the California State Library, SCORE, and the Small Business Administration and Newark Chamber of Commerce. To contact the Newark Library, please call (510) 795-2627 ext 20 or e-mail .

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