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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


National Teen Lock-in: Masquerade Madness! by MissBecks
Monday, July 13, 2015, 3:39 pm
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LockIn FlierHey Teens!

Newark Library is proud to host an afterhours event just for teens in the Tri-City Area on National Teen Lock-in Night! Teens from Fremont, Union City and Newark are invited to join us for an evening of Masquerade Madness on July 31st from 7-10 PM!

Join us before the Lock-in on Tuesday July 28th for a mask making crafting session!

Please join me for big screen gaming, “maker” activities, a treasure hunt, food and an evening of fun! Bring your friends and enjoy having the library all to yourselves.

For ages 12 – 17*, a permission slip is required to attend, please fill out and return to the Newark Library.

*High school students who are 18 years old may attend but must show proof of age & school ID

Check out the Facebook event here.

For more information contact your local Teen Librarian:

Becky Machetta @ 510-284-0682 or

Joan Weagle @

Valentina Santilli @ 510 745-1413 or

Beth Buchanan @ 510-745-1430

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

An Open Letter to Neil Gaiman by MissBecks
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:00 am
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Dear Mr Gaiman,

I am the Teen Librarian at the Newark Library in Newark California and I have a great group of 5th-7th graders in my Tween book club. We recently read The Graveyard Book for our monthly selection and as a group the kids had so much to say about your book, but also so many questions and curiosities that had no answer. I asked them if they wanted to write you a letter to share their thoughts, questions and a request; they were extremely excited about writing to you so I hope this letter finds you!


Becky Machetta
Teen Librarian, Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave
Newark, CA 94560

Dear Mr.Neil Gaiman,

We would like to request that you write a sequel or prequel for the Newbery Award winning book, The Graveyard Book. We thoroughly enjoyed the book, your writing style and how the book was a bit old fashion, but would enjoy it more if there was a second book to answer our questions.

After reading, we wanted to find more about

  • The Macabray
    • We really enjoyed the part of the Macabray, but we wanted to learn more about the dance, white flowers, and the Grey lady.
  • The Jack’s story
    • It is cool and interesting about the Jack, and how he is trying to capture Bod, but we didn’t really know much about him and his backstory.

We were also wondering about:

  • What happened to the Jack’s company, and what happens to Bod after he left the graveyard?
  • What happened to Scarlett?
  • Why didn’t the Owens take care of Bod?

We believe a lot of these questions and curiosities can be answered with a new book, either a sequel or prequel and we hope that you will write one!

Thank you for your time, and for writing such a great book in The Graveyard Book.


Sriram Murali, 7th grade

Kyle Galinis, 6th grade

Aanchel Patel, 6th grade

Katia Rodriguez, 6th grade

Ashley Haba, 7th grade

Itzel Camarillo, 6th grade

Check out our Podcast! by MissBecks
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 2:08 pm
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No surprise here, librarians love books! Want to hear some of your local librarians discussing upcoming titles and even some classic books? Then listen to “Read On” our new podcast!

Our first episode we are answering the burning questions. Is it possible to rewrite Jane Austen? Can you turn an edgy memoir into a network sitcom? And just what is so great about Hemingway, anyway?

For future podcasts, check out

iPhone & iPad Workshop by Kat Blair
Friday, February 17, 2012, 1:02 pm
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There’s still time!

2:30-4:30  Saturday, February 18, 2012 in our Meeting Room

Bring your iPhone and/or iPad to learn more about using smart phones and tablets. Topics include how to download and set up iTunes, notes, calendar, and addresses.

Registration is required.  Sign up in person at the Information Desk at Newark Library, call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20, or e-mail 

Stay ‘n’ Play by Kat Blair
Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 8:58 am
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This half hour is from 10:30-11 a.m. on Fridays and there are toys for children 18 months to 4 years old to play with. The time is for moms and dads to socialize and watch over their children as they play with our toys. On third Fridays this time is replaced by Toddler Art and can be enjoyed by most children under 4 who have some skills with crayons and/or scissors.

Math Science Nucleus is back with the Edge of the Bay! by Kat Blair
Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:18 am
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Newark, at one time, had tall strands of tules and cattails that created a wetland that was full of life. It was home to many animals and birds. Children will create tule rope and explore the organisms that live in the mud flat (shells). Readings: Phoca the Traveling Harbor Seal, and Murder in the Mud. Come and join this free, drop-in, educational program on July 24th from 2-2:45 at Newark Library.

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