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May 18, 2012 > Programs for Adults @Your Library

Programs for Adults @Your Library

Lots of people think library programs are just for young people. Sure, we have loads of story times, gaming days, crafts, jugglers and clowns. But we also have programs for fun and learning for adults as well. In the last few months, programs for adults in Tri-City libraries have included performances by musical and dance groups, book discussion groups, jobseekers' workshops, free tax assistance, computer and gadget help, film documentaries, health programs, using ebooks, and more. Some of these programs have been presented in Chinese.

During the summer, the major focus for programming is tied in with summer reading games for children, but events (and a reading game) for adults are available as well. This year's theme is "Reading is So Delicious!" and ties in with other programs featuring healthy eating. It will run from June 11 through August 11.

Library patrons can sign up and receive a game board at any of the Alameda County Library's branches, including Centerville, Fremont Main, Irvington, Newark, Niles, Union City and the Bookmobile. Participants will use their game board to keep track of time spent reading or completing fun activities. And of course there will be prizes and free books in addition to raffle prizes!

Adult participation is a key motivation for children because research shows that the best way to get your children to read is to let them see you reading. This summer, Alameda County libraries will partner with the county's Nutrition Services department to promote a Soda-Free Summer; details to come.

This summer and fall, Alameda County Library is organizing an exciting series of programs and workshops on healthy eating, with the theme of "My Neighbor's Kitchen Table: Building Healthier Communities." We will be collaborating with local chefs, nutritionists, food justice, urban agriculture and other grass roots and community organizations, promoting these efforts to those in our library's service areas including unincorporated areas of the County. These programs will explore the growing interest in the local foods movement, from community gardening and food cooperatives to new methods of growing, sharing, cooking and enjoying the benefits of healthy eating, targeting a wide audience including youth, families and older adults. Watch for a guide to related programming and suggestions for reading, posted to

And during October, be on the lookout for DebateWatch, when many of our branches will host public viewings of the presidential debates and provide non-partisan facilitators to encourage public dialogue.

Here are some of the offerings at Tri-City libraries through September:

Fremont Main:
* Saturday, May 19: 2:00 p.m. Argentine Tango
* Saturday, May 19: 12:30 p.m. PowerPoint Basics II (registration required)
* Tuesday, June 12: 7:00 p.m. Restoration Lessons for Your Native Garden
* Wednesday, June 20: 1:30 p.m. Reverse Mortgage
* Wednesday, July 11: 3:30 p.m. Overview of One-Stop Career Center Services
* Saturday, August 18: 3:00 p.m. Healthy Chinese Cooking Chef/author Ying Chang Compestine
* Wednesday, September 26: 1:30 p.m. Healthy Eating for Older Adults
* Saturday, September 29: 2:00 p.m. The Essential Urban Farmer: skill building

* Ongoing: Thursdays: 6 p.m. and by appointment: Computer tutoring
* Thursday, May 17: 6:30 p.m. Winning Resumes (registration required)
* Tuesday, May 22: 1:00 p.m. Book discussion group - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.
* Saturday, May 26: 10:30 a.m.: Library eBooks & eAudiobooks
* Saturday, May 26: 12:15 p.m.: eReader Expo
* Saturday, June 9: 1:30 p.m. Argentine Tango
* Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.: Overview of One-Stop Career Center Services
* Thursday, July 19: 6:30 p.m.: Successful Interviews
* Thursday, August 9: 1:30 p.m. Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Union City:
* Ongoing: Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. computer tutoring for adults
* Ongoing: Thursdays 4-6 p.m. computer tutoring for adults
* Ongoing: Fridays 9:00 a.m. Yoga for Older Adults (sign up at Ruggeri Senior Center)
* Thursday, June 7: 4:30 p.m. Successful Interviews
* Thursday June 14-Thursday, August 2: 6:30-8 p.m. Cara y Corazon: parenting in Spanish
* Saturday, June 16: 12:30 p.m. Computer Basics Part One: The Essentials
* Saturday, June 30: 12:30 p.m. Computer Basics Part Two: Microsoft Windows
* Thursday, July 5: 4:30 p.m. Overview of One-Stop Career Center Services
* Thursday, August 2: 3:30 p.m. Job Search Strategies
* Sunday, August 5: 3:00 p.m. Healthy Chinese Cooking - Chef/author Ying Chang Compestine
* Wednesday, September 26: 1:30 p.m. Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Come have a taste of what today's public library has to offer, whether it's entertainment or learning or both. Alameda County libraries also list all branch programming at You can use the drop boxes at this site to specify which branch programs you want to see. A paper calendar of planned programs for the month is also available at the library. Visit the Alameda County Library in your area and experience the infinite possibilities waiting for you!

Sallie Pine
Manager, Fremont Libraries
Alameda County Library

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