Newark Library Blog

Make a Will: Protect Your Children by btiblog

Saturday, July 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Who would take care of your minor children in the event of tragedy? Join Attorney Tim Gavin to learn how you can use a California Statutory Will form and two witnesses to designate a guardian for your children if you are no longer able to take care of them. The workshop will also cover other aspects of making a will.

Registration is required: Sign up at the Information Desk, email or call (510) 284-0677 when the library is open.

Last Will & Testament


Read, Write, Sing, Talk and Play at the Library! by missadina
Monday, April 18, 2016, 8:47 am
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Em outside readingThe first five years of a child’s life are incredibly influential in shaping them as they grow.  Everyone wants their child to succeed, to have an easier life than they had; Newark Library is perfectly placed to help that happen.  Library staff can help you to help your child succeed.

Read. When you bring home your new bundle of joy, you will be tired and exhilarated.  One of the best ways to help your child into a reading routine it to include it at bedtime.  Read to your baby before they even understand the words you are saying so that they know how fun and interesting reading can be!  When they are older, they will start chewing on books – that is normal.  Babies experience everything they can through their mouths.  Keep reading! Picture books, funny books, comics – whatever sparks their interest.  Read signs as you drive.  Read every day!

Write. Writing doesn’t necessarily mean writing letters and words.  Kids start writing when they put a crayon to paper.  It is part of their motor skill growth, so that when they start kindergarten, they will know how to hold a pencil, how hard to press, how to make a line and a circle.  So let your children color and scribble.

Sing. Even if you do not think you have a good singing voice, your child thinks you do.  Take their wonderful ignorance and sing to them.  Singing is a great way to connect with a child, to calm a child, to entertain a child, and even to redirect a child’s attention. Singing can connect a child to a different culture or language, and is a great way to preserve cultural heritage.  Singing builds the muscles in their mouth and throat so that they can speak clearly.  It also teaches rhythm and rhyming, which will help when they are learning to read.

Talk. Talking with your child is both easy and hard.  When you bring a baby home, you are so exhausted that talking can be a chore.  Try narrating what you are doing throughout the day.  If you cook, tell your child what ingredients you are using, if the food is crunchy, sweet, yummy, delicious (and so on).  A child who hears words will want to use words and will have an easier time expressing him/herself.

Play!  Play is serious work for kids.  Babies don’t know that when they throw a ball on the floor it bounces; they get to discover the whole world.  Playing involves coordination, sharing, imagination, talking, singing, creating, and much more.  Play with your child, and let them direct the way you play!

These five simple things can mean so much to you and your child; you can experience them at storytime, at crafts, at the playground, and at home.  Give your child a step up and visit the library to help them their whole life long.

Kids Cycling Rodeo by MissBecks
Saturday, July 4, 2015, 2:33 pm
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The Newark Library, in partnership with Bike East Bay and Cycles of Change, is proud to present the first Kids Cycling Rodeo on Saturday July 18th, from 10 AM to 1 PM!

Designed for kids in K-6th grades to learn essential skills needed to feel confident and safe on their bikes, this rodeo will be a fun and exciting event for everyone. The event includes a bike safety course and skill building, the kids will learn skills like how to preform a bicycle saftey check, signaling and communication, shifting gears, and obstacle avoidance.

Bikes & helmets will be provided, OR you can bring your own!

As an added BONUS – BikeMobile will be on site repairing bikes for FREE! If your bike or your child’s bike is making one of those mystery sounds or collecting dust because it has a flat tire, bring it to the Newark Library on July 18th.  The BikeMobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. While the mechanics work on your bike they’ll explain how it works and how to keep it running smooth.  In addition to getting a tune up, your child can add some style to their ride by adding colored tape to the frame at the decoration station.

Sign up in advance by contacting the library to reserve your spot, starting July 1st!  Bike or no bike, everyone is welcome to attend to learn about maintenance, safety, and more!

To join the event on Facebook, follow this link and click “Join”!

For more information contact Teen Librarian Becky Machetta @ 510-284-0682 or

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

Teen Volunteers Needed by librarianccc
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:35 pm
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If you like working with children, enjoy reading, and want to make a difference to the community and earn service hours, we have an excellent opportunity for you!

The Newark Library’s Reading Buddies reading program is currently recruiting teen volunteers to help kids improve reading. For details and how to apply, please download the application form. Positions are open until filled.

Contact: Chien-Chun Chang (510) 795-2627 x 23 or email

Donate to the library by maryjane16
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 10:00 am
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We’re looking for new and gently used art supplies for our children’s craft programs. We especially need new markers and cardstock for our crafts. Things like buttons, yarn, stickers and glue sticks are also greatly appreciated. If you have something that you would be interested in donating, please contact Mary Ayers at for more information.

Toddler Art by maryjane16
Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:05 pm
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Just a few photos from our recent Toddler Art experience. Remember, May is the last Toddler Art program until the fall. Toddler Art resumes in September.

Pictures by Brian Edwards

Intermediate Origami comes to Newark Library by Kat Blair
Friday, April 16, 2010, 3:17 pm
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Margo Wecksler has been here before and she is coming again on Saturday, April 24th at 2 p.m. We won’t be making anything too hard, just hard enough. This program is free to all, because it is funded by the Newark Library League.

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