Newark Library Blog

Children’s Book Reviews by Kat Blair
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Book Review, children

Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book by Gyo Fujikawa

“A is for absolutely adorable! Beloved artist Gyo Fujikawa teaches toddlers their alphabet in a picture-packed A to Z. Each letter is illustrated by a multitude of marvelous things to help build a child’s vocabulary, including chicks, chocolate cake, and cuckoo clock for C and moon, mouse, and monkey for M.

“As always, Fujikawa has created a charming collection of cute children and huggable animals of all kinds.” [JPB FUJIKAWA]

Daughter of Winter by Pat Lowery Collins

“It is 1849, and 12-year-old Addie is in shock — her father has left the family’s Massachusetts home to look for gold in California, and her mother and brother have just died from the much-feared flux [dysentery]. Typically, children in this predicament find themselves taken into the homes of strangers and often are abused or neglected, so Addie flees to the nearby woods (in spite of the snow) to try and survive on her own. But it’s harder than she thought to use the limited skills her father taught her, and so she is grateful for the help offered by Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman, at least until Nokummus claims to be Addie’s grandmother.” [J COLLINS]

National Geographic Kids’ The Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever by “Dino” Don Lessem

“The Ultimate Dinopedia is organized by the periods that are well known to young enthusiasts: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. It includes every dinosaur ever discovered, and highlights 125 species that scientists know sufficiently to describe in rich detail. Special features include How We Know What They Looked Like, Baby Dinosaurs, Great Dinosaur Goofs, and much more. Every featured dino gets a fact box that delivers important information at a glance—Scientific Name, Discoverer, Place and Date of Discovery, Length, Habitat, Diet, Fossils, Fun Facts, and Range Map.” [J567.9 LESSEM]


by maryjane16
Saturday, November 20, 2010, 1:00 pm
Filed under: children, Events, Libraries, Newark, teen | Tags: , , ,

Homework Express will be closed the week of Thanksgiving for the fall break. Homework Express will resume the following week as normal. Homework Express runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Students grades K-12 may drop-in at Homework Express for homework help from one of our teen tutors. For more information about Homework Express, please call (510) 795-2627.

Card Class at Newark by maryjane16
Saturday, November 20, 2010, 10:00 am
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If you are interested in learning how to make several types of greeting cards, this is the class for you! We are offering a free, two-hour class on Saturday, December 4th from 10 am -12 pm. Registration is limited to 20 people so please call or email ( – 510.795.2627 ext 15) to reserve a spot. We will make either 4 or 5 cards depending on time. All supplies will be provided. We will focus on making the cards themselves – you can take the original designs home and use them to make as many more variations as you like.

Join the Newark Library League by maryjane16
Friday, November 19, 2010, 10:00 am
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Did you know that all of our “free” programs are sponsered (at least in part) by the Newark Library League? Through book sales and donations, the Library League pays for all supplies and food for our craft programs and pays for our performers throughout the year. If you enjoy our free programs, please consider buying some used books from our booksales or think about becoming a member of the Library League. An individual yearly membership is only $15 and a family membership is $20. Thank you.

Internet Marketing for Small Business by maryjane16
Thursday, November 18, 2010, 10:00 am
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Join us on Wednesday, December 1st from 9 am -12 pm for a free small business workshop. Registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk at Newark Library, email Barbara at or call 795-2627 x20.

Maximize your return on investment and develop a productive Internet marketing strategy by learning about:
>social media marketing
>key features websites need
>common mistakes and how to avoid them
>best practices of eCommerce and secure websites
>search engine optimization, pay per click advertising and affiliate marketing.

Victor Dean is President of WSI Advantage, which specializes in Internet services, communications and consulting for small and midsized businesses.

Event co-sponsored by Alameda County Library and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Contact: Barbara Telford-Ishida (510) 795-2627 x20

Family Game Day by maryjane16
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 12:44 pm
Filed under: children, community, Events, Newark, senior, teen | Tags: , , , ,

Looking for something fun to do as a family on Wednesday, November 24th? Come to the library’s family game day! Family game day will be open from 2-5 pm and is open to everyone! Brings your friends and family (and make some new friends) and play some board games or work on a puzzle.  Drop-in any time between 2 and 5 pm – no registration required!

Magic Hat Show by maryjane16
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 10:00 am
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Join us for a fun-filled day at the library on Saturday, November 20th! Starting off, we have our annual cookie and card decorating program from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Each child/teen will get to decorate two cookies and two cards. One card will be given to a senior at a local rest home. All supplies will be provided for the craft and cookies.

Next, at 2 pm, we will have a children’s program called The Magic Hat! It’s a little bit of magic and a little bit of science and a whole lot of fun!

No registration for either program – please stop by and join us! 

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