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June 12, 2012 > Alameda County Library News: Summer reading, crafts and activities at your library

Alameda County Library News: Summer reading, crafts and activities at your library

Submitted By Kat Blair, Children's Librarian at the Newark Library

Each summer, hundreds of parents are faced with the sa.m.e two questions:
How can I keep my kids occupied this summer?
How do I make sure my child doesn't lose the skills gained during the past school year?

The Alameda County Library has the answer.

Get them reading by signing up for "Reading is So Delicious!," Alameda County Library's 2012 Summer Reading Program.

According to the American Library Association, numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents the "summer slide" of learning loss that can happen when children are not in school, practicing their skills every day.

Free, voluntary reading is essential to helping children become better readers, writers and spellers.

During the summer, local libraries emphasize that the only rule is to read for fun.

"The best thing about summer reading programs is the child is in the driver's seat," says Dublin Children's Librarian Rebecca Maher. "We give them permission to read whatever they want and it all counts."

Starting June 11, pre-readers/children/teens and adults can pick up their game board at the Kid Power Desk at your local Library. The game board helps them keep track of their reading over the summer, and they earn prizes along the way. Readers have until August 11 to complete the library's reading game.

In addition, there are many fun summer activities at each Library planned for all ages, almost every day. Check the Events tab at the top of our Web page at for more specifics. Here are just a few of our Saturday listings for June 23:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. California Mortgage Settlement Relief Foreclosure Prevention Seminar: Sponsored by Alameda County Department of Consumer Affairs. Contact: CASTRO VALLEY LIBRARY, (510) 667-7900.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Social Networking with Facebook: Prerequisite: Participants must be familiar with using the Internet and have an active email account. Registration is required. Sign up in person at the Information Desk, call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20, or e-mail Location: NEWARK BRANCH.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Yoga of Breath: Adults and seniors are invited to this introduction to the yoga of breath. Wear comfortable clothing and bring drinking water. Location: UNION CITY BRANCH.

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Stitch 'n Inch will continue with Colette Pispisa, our teacher of all things knitted. We will be meeting every other Saturday. For all ages, even beginners! No registration is necessary, just show up with yarn and needles. Location: NEWARK BRANCH.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. We Bought a Zoo - Movie: Contact: Susan Rosenblatt (510) 670-6283 Location: SAN LORENZO BRANCH.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Music Together: Free tickets for each session will be available at 1:15 p.m. to attend this sample music class for newborns to age 5 years of age and a parent. Contact: Children's Information Desk (510) 745-1421. Location: FREMONT MAIN BRANCH.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Science for Youth Lecture: Join local high school students passionate about science. Contact: Children's Information Desk (510) 745-1421. Location: FREMONT MAIN BRANCH.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ventriloquist Steve Chaney... with "Corny Crow". Location: UNION CITY BRANCH.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Knit One, Purl Two: Make new friends in the community at Knit One, Purl Two. This is not a knitting class. Contact: Pam Blades (925) 803-7273 Location: DUBLIN BRANCH.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Juan L. Sanchez - MUSICA COSMOPOLITA: Music without frontiers for a world without frontiers. Musica sin fronteras para un mundo sin fronteras. No registration is necessary. Location: NEWARK BRANCH.

4:00 p.m. Japanese Storytime Contact: Location: ALBANY BRANCH in the Edith Stone Room.

In addition to our events, youth ages 13 and up may volunteer for a variety of duties at the Library. There is the Kid Power program. Volunteers help everyone sign up and play the Summer Reading Game. We will need to cover all of the hours that we are open during the summer. Many of the branches also have a Reading Buddies program, where teens help elementary school-aged children with practicing their reading. Apply at the Library branch where you are interested in working, ask for a Volunteer Application at the Reference or Information Desk! And Thanks, we really appreciate your help!

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