Newark Library Blog

Scrapbooking by maryjane16
Friday, September 25, 2009, 9:27 am
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EmbossingThe final scrapbooking class will be held tomorrow (9/26) at 3 pm at the Newark Library. If you are interested in attending, please drop in. No registration required and all supplies will be provided. We will be focusing on scrapbooking techniques, such as heat embossing, how to apply rub-ons, paper piecing and more. If you have any other techniques you would like to see, please e-mail Mary at before tomorrow morning.


Vampires … by maryjane16
Friday, September 25, 2009, 9:00 am
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Do you like vampire stories? Check out some of our vampire novels available throughout the Alameda County Library system:

Teens/Adult Novels:

Vampire Diaries series – L.J. Smith

Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice (and other novels)

Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead

Vampire Kisses series – Ellen Schreiber

House of Nights series – P.C. Cast

Sunshine – Robin McKinley

Secret Life of a Vampire – Kerrelyn Sparks (and other novels)

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter – Laurell Hamilton

Twilight Series – Stephenie Meyer

Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse novel – Charlaine Harris (entire series)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Blue Bloods books – Melissa De La Cruz

Books for children:

My Sister the Vampire series – Sienna Mercer

Bunnicula – Deborah Howe

Goosebumps: Vampire Breath – R.L. Stine

New Programs Coming Soon! by maryjane16
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 1:35 pm
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Join us for one or more of our upcoming programs at the Newark Library:embossing craft

9/26/09: Fall craft, 2-3 pm. (decorating leaves and embossed metal ornaments)

10/10/09: Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Crafts, 12-2 pm. (Please arrive within the first hour if you wish to complete both projects).

10/15/09: Friendship Bracelets, 5:30-6:30 pm.

10/17/09: Magic show with Heather, 2-2:45 pm.

10/30/09: Mystery Night at the Library for Teens (requires advanced registration. Please contact the library at (510) 795-2627 for more information and to register). 7-9 pm

Check back soon for more details on an Alice in Wonderland extravaganza sometime in winter …

Book Review by maryjane16
Sunday, September 20, 2009, 2:28 pm
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sunshine2Sunshine by Robin McKinley is a darkly entertaining story for teens and adults. Set in a modern world full of Others (vampires, werewolves, demons, etc) after the Voodoo Wars, humans are leery to venture out of doors late at night or alone. Sunshine should know better than to sit by the lake near twilight … When she awakes she is a captive of a group of vampires. They take her to another house by the lake, chain her to a wall and offer her as a meal to another vampire (who is a captive like Sunshine).

What follows is a dark tale of survival, magic, hope and above all else, an understanding an acceptance of one’s self. Sunshine is one of my favorite reads in a long time. The characters are strong (and in most cases, deeply flawed and representative of our own darker human nature) and plot moves throughout the story. The ending does leave a lot to the reader’s imagination, which fits perfectly with the story line, but made me eager for a sequel… 

~Mary Ayers

just for fun by maryjane16
Thursday, September 3, 2009, 2:23 pm
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Check out this website with lots of free online games:

Movie Releases by maryjane16
Thursday, September 3, 2009, 10:00 am
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Upcoming movie releases of favorite children and teen books include:

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – September 18th cloudy_with_a_chance_of_meatballs

Where the Wild Things Are – October 16thposter_where_the_wild_things_are

Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant – October 23rd cirque du freak

Fantastic Mr. Fox – November 13th Fantastic_Mr_Fox-thumb-550x296-21602

New Moon – November 20th new-moon-official-poster

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  – February 12, 2010percy jackson

Read the book before you see the movie (or go back and re-read a title to refresh your memory!)

Homework Express Returns by maryjane16
Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 4:14 pm
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school_homeworkIf you are interested in assisting with our after school Homework Express program, we have an orientation meeting for volunteers. The orientation is next Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 8th) from 4-5:30 pm. Homework Express volunteers assist grades K-12 with their homework questions. Homework Express is not a one-on-one tutoring program. It is a very busy afternoon with a lot of questions each day. Homework Express runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm. Volunteers can work one, two or all three of the afternoons. Volunteers will earn community service hours for their time spent at Homework Express (and it looks good on college applications as well!) All teens interested in volunteering at Homework Express should come to the orientation meeting. If you can stop by the library before hand, please stop by and pick up a volunteer application form for Homework Express.

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