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Teens Recommend by kathleenhannon
Saturday, August 29, 2009, 12:23 pm
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Teens Recommend Some Recent Reads:

hunger%20gamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, introduces a sixteen-year-old Katness Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world with a dictatorship called the Capitol. In the book, there is an annual televised survival event where the Capital randomly selects one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts who are then pitted against each other in a game of survival, and forced to kill until only one remains.
Recommended by Puneet Hundal, Newark Memorial High School

GraveyardThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

From a toddler to a teen, Bod, short for Nobody Owens, has been taken in by ghosts in a graveyard. It all started when a man named Jack kills Bod’s family but Bod, only a toddler at the time, escapes up a hill, leading into a graveyard full of ghosts, ghouls, and witches. As he grows older, Bod has adventures, makes friends, and begins to learn about his past and considers his future. Things change when Bod turns 12, and the novel’s tension picks up as he learns why he’s been in the graveyard all this time and what he needs to do to leave.

The Graveyard book, written by Neil Gaiman, will entertain people of all ages, especially teens. Although some parts of the book may seem childish, this book will surely stretch your imagination. Neil Gaiman, also the author of Coraline, will surely expand the horizons for not only children, but teens. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to thrill readers of all ages.
Recommended by Nabeel Ali, Newark Memorial High School

The following book reviews are included in the current and past issues of “TAG: You’re It”, the Newark Teen Advisory Group’s newsletter.


Thank you! by maryjane16
Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 4:22 pm
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A big thank you to all of our dedicated Kidpower Volunteers! They put in more than 300 combined hours making sure the children’s Kidpower desk was staffed all summer long. Our Summer Reading Game would not have been possible without all of their hard work. Our volunteers are greatly appreciated! So once again, Thank you for all of your hard work!

Also, we are accepting volunteer applications for the fall at this time. We do have a waiting list for volunteers at this time, but we will have volunteer opportunities for Homework Express, Tame Your Tech and other programs in September. Please check back here for updated information.

Fall Fun at the Library by maryjane16
Friday, August 21, 2009, 10:22 am
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Here are a few of the fun programs coming to the Newark Library in September:fall in california

Fridays 10-10:20 am. Toddler Time (for a parent and their child, 18-35 months of age). We read stories, work on basic concepts and have lots of fun! This is a four-week class and you must register in advance for this class. To register, please call the Newark Library at (510) 795-2627. Registration began Tuesday, August 18th.

Fridays 10:20-11 am. Stay and Play: an activity for those in Toddler Time. We will have toys for your toddler(s) to play with and an opportunity for parents to talk amongst themselves, meet other parents and relax.

Fridays, 11:30 -12 pm. Preschool Storytime. Moved back half an hour this year, preschool storytime is for children ages 3-5. We read stories, learn fingerplays, listen to music and dance and sometimes do a craft.

September 11th, 2-4 pm. Friday Gaming for teens. Join us for video games and snacks and welcome the weekend.

September 15th, 3:30-5:30 pm. Homework Express begins today. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Teen volunteers are available to help children in grades K-12 with their homework. *Please note, this is not a one-on-one tutoring service.

September 18th, 12-12:30 pm. Toddler Art. A fun art programming that focuses on introducing basic art to toddlers. This class is designed for children ages 2-4.

September 19th, 12:30-1:30. Decorate a boomerang or frisbee with Miss Christie. No registration necessary.

September 22nd, 5:30-6:30 pm. String Art. This program is for children ages 7 and up. We will be making beautiful string art patterns that you can take home to display.

September 25th, 2-4 pm. Teen Gaming at the library. Teens are invited to play video games and have some snacks.

September 26th, 2-3 pm. Fall Craft. We will be decorating fall leaves to display at home as well as another project. Children must be accompanied by an adult as they often need assistance with the crafts.

Fun stuff in August by maryjane16
Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 10:21 am
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Just a few pictures highlighting all the fun we had in August. We had an awesome carnival on August 6th, complete with games like the milk bottle throwdown and a cake walk, face painting and fake tattoos.CIMG6403face painting 2face painting decisions




One Saturday afternoon we made pond-related crafts – a pop-up frog card and mud cups (chocolate pudding with a gummy worm and covered with crushed oreos). This past Saturday we worked on some basic origami shapes, like a box, a moth and a penguin. Did you miss out on all the fun? Don’t worry, there will be tons of fun coming your way in September. Be sure to check back here for details of our programs in the Fall or check out library events at pop-up cardspop-up card 2pop-up card 3

Summer is winding down … by maryjane16
Friday, August 14, 2009, 10:41 am
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but we still have a few more programs for kids.

 This Saturday, August 15th we have easy origami for kids at 2 pm. We also have scrapbooking for teens and adults at 3 pm.

Wednesday, August 19th Angela has her last craft day at 2 pm in the Conference Room.

Thursday, August 20th Family Storytime in the Park at 7 pm.

Remember: the last day to sign up to play the Summer Reading Game is tomorrow! You can still claim your prizes up through August 30th here at the Newark Library.

Scrapbookers! by maryjane16
Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 2:21 pm
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We are looking for all teens and adults wishing to learn some of the basics of scrapbooking. We have four upcoming classes:

Sat. August 15th (3-4 pm) Photography tips

Sat. August 29th (3-4 pm) Journaling tips

Sat. September 19th (3-4 pm) Tool help – bring in your tools and we’ll show you how to use them

Sat. September 26th (3-4 pm) Techniques – let us know what scrapbooking techniques you’re interested in seeing and we’ll show you how to do it!

For more information, please contact Mary Ayers: or call (510) 795-2627 ext 15.

Carnival! by maryjane16
Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 9:47 am
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164191_FullCome one, come all to the second Newark Library Carnival! We’re wrapping things up for the summer with all the fun of an old-fashioned school carnival. Join us tomorrow, Thursday August 6th from 9:30-12:30 pm in front of the library. We’ll have games like the milk bottle knockdown, bean bag toss and cake walk, plus there will be face painting, fake tattoos and more! The carnival is open to everyone and we hope you’ll join us there. This is a free event generously supported by the Newark Library League.  

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