Newark Library Blog

You Belong @ your library for Spring Break by Tracy
Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:06 pm
Filed under: children, community, Events, Libraries, Newark, teen

Spring Break is coming up and the library has programs everyday–there’s something for everyone!

Saturday, April 7 @ 11:00 a.m. MANGA FOR TWEENS (ages 10-12)
In this workshop the secrets of Manga faces and expressions, basic character design and comics are revealed. Instructional materials are provided and yours to keep. Registration is required. To sign up, call the library at 510-795-2627, stop by the Information Desk, or e-mail

Tuesday, April 10 @ 3:30 p.m. MOVIE: PUSS IN BOOTS (PG, 2011)
Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss in Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes! No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Newark Library League.

Wednesday, April 11 @ 2:00 p.m. FAMILY GAME DAY
Enjoy your vacation by playing some familiar board games. Sorry, Monopoly, Guess Who, and Uno are just some of the games that will be available. Play with family, friends, or meet some new competitors.  No registration is necessary. This free program is sponsored by the Newark Library League. 

Thursday, April 12 @ 3:30 p.m. CRAFT: PAPER PLATE LADY BUGS
Join us as we craft lady bugs out of paper plates and construction paper. Younger children will need an adult to help. No registration is necessary. Free children’s crafts are sponsored by the Newark Library League.

Friday, April 13 @ 3:00 p.m. TWEEN DUCT TAPE (ages 10-12)
Christie Inocencio will be there to help you create something long-lasting and colorful out of duct tape. Registration is required. To sign up, call the library at 510-795-2627, stop by the Information Desk, or e-mail

Saturday, April 14 @ 3:00 p.m.  Sowing the Seed of Physics (ages 7-11)
This workshop involves physics terms and student’s own inherent Newtonian skills of observation in explaining physics to children. Registration is required. To sign up, call the library at 510-795-2627, stop by the Information Desk, or e-mail


Celebrating Cesar Chavez at Family Day at the Park by Tracy
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:42 am
Filed under: books, children, community, Events, Libraries, Newark

March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day. This state holiday was established “to promote service to the communities of California in honor of Chavez’s life and work.”

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was a Mexican-American labor organizer who used non-violent means to gain union recognition and contracts for farm workers. On March 31, we remember Cesar Chavez for the tireless effort he made to improve the lives of others. Planting a small seed of change, nurturing a movement of social justice, and harvesting hope for our communities and our world.

On Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. the Newark Library will have a booth at Family Day at the Park. We will be giving out packets you can take home to plant seeds of hope in memory of Cesar Chavez. Stop by Newark Community Park to pick yours up and learn more about the programs and services the library offers. Hope to see you there!

Hunger Games for Teens by Kat Blair
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Events, Libraries, Newark, teen

Hunger Games is coming to your neighborhood Newark Library this Sunday, March 25th from 1-4 p.m. If you are a teen you’ll want to check this out. All I’ve got to say is 3Fs – free, fun, and food! Register for this event at 510-795-2627 x 7, today!

Go Green with Rosy Cole by Tracy
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12:58 am
Filed under: Book Review, books, children, Libraries

The Art IS Education theme “Creating a Better Future Together” encourages kids to explore how they can promote sustainability through the arts. In the book Watch Out World—Rosy Cole is Going Green!, Rosy and her friends create “Nature’s Gifts” to sell at a fundraiser to green their school by transforming rocks, sea shells and driftwood into art. But a visit to the American Museum of Natural History inspires the girls to include live critter habitats in their booth. Could these creepy crawlers ruin Rosy’s dreams of having the best booth at the fundraising fair? Read the book to find out what happens and to get tips on setting up your own composting worm farm.

Visit a museum. Check out our Discover & Go program for free passes to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Oakland Museum, the Exploratorium, and many more.

For more on recycled art projects, check out these books:

Books about composting with worms:

Ebooks for Kids @ Alameda County Library by Kat Blair
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 3:54 pm
Filed under: books, children, Libraries, Newark

Tumblebooks Library
Have to go through our Web site to get there.
• TumbleBooks: Animated, talking picture books
• TumbleQuizzes: Reading comprehension quizzes
• TumblePuzzles: Educational games
• TumbleResources: Teacher resources
• Classics
• Spanish and French language learning section and the option to view the site in Spanish, Chinese and French.

AudioBookCloud (formerly TumbleTalkingBooks)
Login Information:
User Name: alameda
Password: login
AudioBookCloud (ABC) is ebooks for adults, teens and children. ABC contains mysteries, sci-fi, westerns, romance, classic, non-fiction and more. AudioBookCloud allows you to listen to or download your favorite audio books with just a click of a button. Listen online, bookmark your spot, or download the book and access your books offline at your convenience.

You can download the books to any PC/MAC laptop, notebook, desktop, and to Android tablets. Downloads are for a 90-day loan period and you may borrow as many books at the same time as you like! You will first have to download the free TumblePad 2.0 reading software.
Please note: TumbleTalkingBooks cannot be downloaded to iPods, mp3 players or copied to a CD.

Bookflix Have to go through our Web site to get there.
BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction book titles.

Other free ebooks for kids
International Children’s Digital Library
The ICDL Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.

Drawing Graphic Novels & Manga by Tracy
Friday, March 16, 2012, 4:41 pm
Filed under: books, children, Events, Libraries, Newark, teen

Just in the library today is a brand new series of books on How to Draw Your Own Graphic Novel. You can learn how to create your story and cover, and draw heroes, villains, and action with pencil, ink and color. Click on the links below to see the books in the library’s catalog.

Creating the cover for your graphic novel Telling the story in your graphic novel
Penciling, inking, and coloring your graphic novel Drawing the heroes in your graphic novel
Drawing the villains in your graphic novel Drawing action in your graphic novel


After checking out these books, if you’re still looking to hone your drawing skills, come to our Manga Mania workshop. Professional illustrator and comic artist Karen Luk will reveal the secrets of Manga faces and expressions, basic character design and comics. This workshop is for tweens ages 10-12 and will take place on Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. Registration is required. Call the library at 510-795-2627 or stop by the Information Desk to sign up.

Can’t get enough of comics? Use the library’s Discover & Go program to check out free passes to the Cartoon Art Museum.

Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit by Tracy
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 11:46 am
Filed under: books, children, community

The 23rd Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit is currently running at the Sun Gallery in Hayward through April 7th. There will be an Artist Reception & Book Signing Party this Saturday, March 17 from 1-4 p.m.

Many of the books that will be on display are part of the Alameda County Library collection. Click on the book covers below for more information or to place holds.

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