Newark Library Blog

Digital Photography Workshop by Kat Blair
Friday, March 25, 2011, 9:54 am
Filed under: community, Events, Libraries

Learn to apply the principles of good composition to improve your photos with Gerry Mooney, a professional photographer who taught photography at Ohlone College for 25 years.

Registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk at Newark Library or contact Barbara Telford-Ishida: (510) 795-2627 x20 or


Reading Club for 9-13 year olds by Kat Blair
Thursday, March 24, 2011, 11:51 am
Filed under: Book Review, books, children

We’re on track for meeting up again at the end of this week. On 3/25, that’s Friday at 3:30-4:30, we will be talking about our latest and scariest read so far Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge: A Ghost Story, by Kathryn Reiss. Hope you can make it!

Free2Paint at the Newark Library by beedwards
Friday, March 18, 2011, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Alameda County is celebrating “Art IS Education” events throughout March 2011 at various locations. On Saturday, March 12th over 120 people gathered to work on a wooden tile mural for the Children’s area of the Newark Library. Art IS Education focuses on teaching youth in Alameda County how they can create “Expressing creative solutions through the arts that communicate how we can take care of ourselves, each other, and the planet.”

I created the project after creating a mural in the Teen area of the Newark Library with teens from Newark Memorial High over the summer of 2010. Many of the children in the community were interested in making their own artwork for the library after seeing all of the hard work done by the Teens. I wanted to involve as many people in the community that I could so that we could reflect all of the voices that do not often get chances to create public art.

We worked with paint left over from other projects, paint purchased at East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland, and wooden panels from Home Depot that were destined for the scrap pile. The project consists of 100+ individual tiles that children and teens were able to paint in a way that expressed themselves, their culture, sustainability, or the community. Many people showed up to paint four large panels which will be mounted together and displayed above the picturebooks. The larger panels were painted in a communal style, with children and teens helping each other paint in a cohesive manner to create one image for their community. Once finished, all of the individual tiles will be mounted together to create a large mosaic of images representing the diversity of cultures in Newark.

The Library is a perfect spot for public art, as it fits the Library’s mission to educate, inspire, and to be involved with the community. Having youth create art for the Library gives them a sense of ownership

and connection in their community. The event was also sponsored by the Optimist Club of the Newark; a group that declares that they are dedicated to “bringing out the best in kids.” The group was very interested in contributing to youth in the community and focusing on ways to empower them in various projects. When they learned that the artwork would be created by Newark children and displayed in the children’s area of the Newark Library they were excited to contribute to making sure the program was a success.

Art IS Education is the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education and the Alameda County Arts Commission. For more information, or a list of events, check their website at

Build Your Own Bird Kite by Kat Blair
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 2:58 pm
Filed under: children, Events, Newark

Join us at the Library and create your very own bird kite. You may ask your parents to come help and Christie Inocencio will be there to show you how to build one, too.

All children’s events, free to you, are funded by the Newark Library League.

Contact: Kat Blair (510) 795-2627 x 23 or email

Look what we made, Mommy!

The Environmental Show! by Kat Blair
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 12:30 pm
Filed under: community, Events, Libraries, Newark | Tags:
This 35 minute rock musical play is a complete play,put on by Newark students to raise awareness for recycling.  Grades 3-6

It’s the night before the rock band’s last-change gig—and their old tour bus has broken down. As they set up a sloppy camp, strange creatures emerge from the woods. Did we say strange? Enchanted is more like it: plastic bottles, banana skins, light bulbs and even a rusted SUV come to life, and they can sing! They’ve got some great advice for the rockers on how to change their behavior, save the band, and help the environment.

The Environmental Show teaches students simple things they can do to cut down on pollution, save water, use less energy, and avoid the landfill.

The actors will be at the showing of this play on Friday, March 11th @ 3 p.m. Come and get your questions answered about the environment or the making of the play.

Contact Kat Blair for more information at 510-795-2627. No registration is necessary. DVD of the play will be shown in the Meeting Room.

Preschool Storytime & Craft by Tracy
Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 2:33 pm
Filed under: books, children, Libraries, Newark | Tags: , ,

Paper chain caterpillar

March is Art is Education Month! Join us for our regular Preschool Storytime on Friday, March 4th at 11am. In addition to fun picture books, fingerplays, and songs, we will be having a craft this week. After reading the classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar we will make paper chain caterpillars. Don’t miss out on your chance to create your very own!

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