Newark Library Blog

Newark Library League Book & Bake Sale by btiblog

Saturday, 3 June, 10 am – 4 pm

Bargains galore at the Newark Library League book sale. Sale includes paperback, soft cover and hardback books, DVDs, and tote bags.

Baked goods will also be on sale. Pick up some treats for the whole family. (There will also be a Fixit Clinic from 1-4 pm.)

Questions? Email Judy at


Sketching for Adults by btiblog
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 9:45 am
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Register now to learn the basics of sketching with artist Bhavna Misra on Saturday, October 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Sign up at the Information Desk, call (510) 284-0677 when the library is open or email Barbara at




Cross Stitch Mason Jar Lid by btiblog

Cross Stitch Mason Jar Lid

Learn how to do counted cross stitch by making a mason jar lid on Saturday, August 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Pattern will be different than shown.) All materials will be provided (including the rest of the jar). Anyone who does not finish can return on Saturday, August 20 at the same time. An instructor will be available to help.

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

This class is for adults, age 18 and older. Other interested teens may ask to be placed on the waiting list; if there is space, they will be allowed in.

Acrylic Paint Nite, Saturday, August 6, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. by btiblog
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 12:23 pm
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Edwards Sunflowers

Learn the basics of acrylic painting with artist Brian Edwards. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk, call (510) 284-0677 when the library is open or email Refreshments will be served. Paint Nite is possible owing to the generosity of Cargill and the Newark Library League.

You Belong at Your Library by missadina
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 8:19 am
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June is Pride month and GLBT book month, and while we who work and come to the library regularly know that libraries are safe, welcoming places, not everyone who should know does know.  So the staff at Newark Library wanted to take some photos to make it clear that you, whoever you are and wherever you are, you belong at your library.

And then Orlando happened.

Suddenly, letting people in the LGBTQIA community – and the Latinx community – know that we welcome all into our safe spaces became even more important.

And, as has been shared so much this past week – but cannot be said enough:

We stand with you; we are proud of you. You are brave; you are loved.


Photo credit: Sara Ward Charles | Sarabellum Photography © 2016 |

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.

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