Newark Library Blog

Free2Paint at the Newark Library
Friday, March 18, 2011, 4:20 pm
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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


Newark Teens show off their art talent
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 10:21 am
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During the summer of 2010 the Newark Library Teen Advisory Group worked together to create a mural for the library. On Thursday, September 16th the teens unveiled their artwork in the Teen area of the Newark Library. The piece represents all of the people that live in Newark, and shows some familiar images from around the city. Come by and check it out, or let us know what you think!

Alameda County Library is teaming up with the Oakland Raiders
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 9:12 am
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The Oakland Raiders have designated significantly discounted home game tickets (2010-2011 NFL season), for all ACLF supporters!!
From the Foundation website regularly priced $71 tickets can be purchased for $45 and regularly priced $56 tickets purchased for $40; AWESOME seats!

Click here to view the seating chart:

50% of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will go to support our national award winning Write to Read Juvenile Program and the Alameda County Library.
ACLF is the fundraising arm of the Alameda County Library. We support 10 library branches and the Bookmobile and work closely with our system libraries to help garner financial support
for programs, services, collections & capital. The Raiders fundraiser is just one example of the many fun and innovative ways in which we engage our
community and encourage library support.
For ACLF & Fundraising Info contact Tiona Smith at or 510.745.1542
For Raider Tickets contact Jenny Hamilton at 510.780.3212

Cooking Program at the Newark Library
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 9:17 am
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On May 1st, the Newark Library had it’s first world foods program. Local chef Rafael Sanchez from La Huasteca restaurant and catering showed an audience of over 100 how to make unique fruit and cheese trays as well as making your own gorditas. Contact the Newark Library if you are interested in attending any future programs.

Teen Bake Sale
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 2:41 pm
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Yesterday the Newark Library TAG group had a fun and successful bake sale. The three-hour sale netted $134 towards Teen programming for the Newark Library.

Richard Avedon show at the SFMOMA
Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 4:45 pm
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Marilyn Monroe, actor, New York, May 6, 1957

Marilyn Monroe, actor, New York, May 6, 1957

I was able to attend the member preview reception on July 10th at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004. This retrospective is travelling around the world, and this is the only stop in the U.nited States. Avedon (1923-2004) worked as a fashion and cultural photographer, capturing images of world leaders, actors, and blue collar workers. His image Marilyn Monroe, actor, May 6, 1957 captures the true expression of a starlet. The potrait of Andy Warhol does not show the artist’s face, only the scars from the gunshot he sustained from Valerie Solanos.  Overall a very well orchestrated and powerful show. Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004 runs from July 11th-November 29th. The museum has a free day on the first Tuesday of each month. More information can be found at

Richmond artist displays his work at the Newark Library
Saturday, June 27, 2009, 8:04 am
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Richmond artist and recent Cal State East Bay graduate Darren Chappell will be displaying three of his paintings in the Newark Library. Darren works with photographs of people’s personal drawers; each an individual collection of objects that represent that person. Each image is named after the person that it represents. Darren

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