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September 2, 2011 > Back to school at the library

Back to school at the library

By Patricia Ryan

Can you believe summer has passed already? Over 8,000 prizes were awarded in Alameda County Library's 2010 Summer Reading Game for children, One World, Many Stories. And many children and families enjoyed fantastic programs and entertainers, in addition to all that reading. KidPower volunteers put in almost 4,500 hours helping out with the Summer Reading Game and other programs during the summer!

But that's not all! Alameda County teens earned almost 1,200 prizes by logging their reading in the Teen Summer Reading Program, You Are Here. Adult Librarians had their work cut out for them refilling the display shelves for the History: Fact & Fiction reading program.

Summer programs and prizes were sponsored by Alameda County Library, Alameda County Library Foundation, Chabot Space and Science Center, Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Lawrence Hall of Science, MOCHA - Museum of Children's Art, San Francisco Giants/Oracle, Target and U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

September will see the return of regular programming at the Union City Library, including Toddler Time, Preschool Story Time, and the Homework Center. Beginning Monday, September 12, the Union City Homework Center will be open 3:30-5:30 Monday through Thursday. No registration is required, and the program is free. Supervised by adult coordinators, Teen volunteers help elementary students understand and complete assignments. One-on-one helps is available in all subjects. Paper, pencils, calculators, some textbooks are available for student use, and help is available in both English and Spanish. Parents and caregivers are requested to stay in the Library building while students in grades K-5 are in the Homework Center.

All teens are invited to a FREE workshop on how to write a winning college admission essay. SAT Essay Writing Workshops are scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 3 - 4 p.m. at the Union City Library (contact Mira Geroy (510) 745-1464 Ext. 11 or email mgeroy@aclibrary.org) and Saturday, September 24, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Newark Library (contact Kathleen Hannon (510) 795-2627 x 18 or email khannon@aclibrary.org for more information).

Lots of volunteer training opportunities are coming up at the Newark Library including shelving orientation on Saturday, September 3 at 3:30 p.m. and teen tutor orientation for Homework Express on Tuesday, September 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 3:30-5 p.m. Homework Express @ the Newark Library opens September 13, and runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. In addition to Toddler and preschool story programs, the Newark Library has a lot scheduled for all ages.

Centerville is presenting preschool storytime and Mandarin/English bilingual storytime, as well as Read With Me, a one-on-one reading assistance program for children in grades 1-6, provided bytrained teen volunteers. In addition to preschool storytime, Irvington has scheduled a story writing workshop Wednesday, September 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Along with preschool storytime, Niles branch invites 3rd and 4th graders to participate in Bookworms Club, a book discussion group that meets once a month.

The Fremont Main Library has programs for babies through seniors, with something for everybody and they are all free. Check the Alameda County website, http://www.aclibrary.org/, for information about all of our programs, and be sure to check the catalog to find books, DVDs, books and music on CD, as well as access to ebooks and databases.

Teachers, don't forget to contact your local branch to arrange for visits to the Library, or for a Librarian or Booklegger to visit your classroom!



Patricia Ryan is a Children's Services Librarian at Union City Library.

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