Newark Library Blog

Toddler Time at the Newark Library by Kat Blair
Friday, January 28, 2011, 11:30 am
Filed under: children, Events

This is a 4-week session for 18-35 month old children held on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Each child needs a lap for special one-on-one attention while we read, sing, dance, and learn baby sign language!

Pre-registration is now necessary. Please sign up for only Wednesday or Friday mornings. February Friday mornings are full. We will meet 4 times, once a week. After that, you will need to sign up again. You can use the contact information below or come to the Information Desk in the Library. Sign-ups will start on February 1, 2011 at 1 p.m.

Contact:  Information Desk at (510) 795-2627 x 7 or Kat Blair at

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions


The Other Picture Books – 398s by Kat Blair
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 9:58 am
Filed under: Book Review, children, Newark

The Princess and the PeaThe Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrations by Paul Galdone

“A young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess”

Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault with pictures by Marcia Brown                     

“There is perhaps no better loved, no more universal story than Cinderella. Almost every country in the world has a version of it, but the favorite of story-tellers is the French version by Charles Perrault.

“This translation is excellent for story-telling and also for reading aloud. Marcia Brown’s illustrations are full of magic and enchantment from the little cupids putting back the hands of the clock to the last scene at the palace.”

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs. A tale from the Brothers Grimm translated by Randall Jarrell. Pictures by Nancy Ekholm Burkert   

“Retells the tale of the beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was black as ebony. The drama and suspense of Snow White’s flight and refuge with the seven dwarfs begins when the Queen finds out that she herself is not fairest of them all.

“Burkert’s tapestry-like paintings, strong yet delicately detailed, radiate a spiritual beauty that enriches the movement of the story in its medieval setting. Jarrell’s style, graceful and dignified, stays close to the original.” 
[J398.21 GRIMM]

Also, this Saturday – Christie’s Critters are Coming! by Kat Blair
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 3:59 pm
Filed under: children, Events

On January 22, that’s from 1:00 p.m.-3 p.m.

Christie will be bringing lots more than just the frogs! She tells us there will be Walking Sticks and snakes, a gecko and a Bearded Dragon, African Aquatic Frogs, a Maliurimastyx Lizard, a rabbit, a rat and a guinea pig. That should be enough to pique your interest, so come take a peak! It’s free! No registration is necessary.

Thanks to the Newark Library League!

Henna Demonstration @ the Newark Library by Kat Blair
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 3:53 pm
Filed under: Events, Newark, teen

 This Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Local multicultural artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will provide an introduction to how and why henna body art is used around the world. She will demonstrate, and give practice sessions with teens. Teens will be informed on how to use henna as a medioum as well as a body painting medium. Each participant takes home their own henna kit, blank hands sheet and sheet of 24 patterns to use. This is a free program. However registration is required, as space is limited to the first 25 people. You may register in person at the library information desk, or use the contact information below.

Contact: Kathleen Hannon (510) 795-2627 x18

Newark Library League by Kat Blair
Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Events, Newark

Dedicated to providing quality library services to the residents of Newark.

The dynamic Newark Library League, led by President Mary Hammock and Vice President Karen Bridges, raises funds and promotes the Library
(membership form). You can join and help direct the library and  support innovative programs for the entire family. Join us, if you like,  the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 in the Conference Room at Newark Library. You can also contribute by purchasing from our ongoing “book” sale at very reasonable rates. We sell used videos, dvds, and magazines too. Held on-site during open hours.

“more than books alone”

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