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May 22, 2007 > Get a Clue At Your Library in the children's department!

Get a Clue At Your Library in the children's department!

By Gail Orwig, Booklegger Director/Children's Librarian, Fremont Main Library

Summer is just around the corner and it wouldn't be a library without the Summer Reading Game! This year's theme at the Alameda County Library is "Get a Clue @ Your Library," a mystery-themed board game featuring Ike LaRue, that lovable rascal of a terrier from Dear Mrs. LaRue and Detective LaRue (by Mark Teague).

The Summer Reading Game will run from June 18 to August 18. Student volunteers (Kid Power) going into grades 7th through 9th this coming fall help the library children's services staff with the game (orientation will be 4:00 on June 7 in the Fukaya Room). Many programs - puppet shows, magic tricks, storytellers, a craft program and many more - will tie into the Summer Reading Game. Call Fremont Main Library (510) 745-1421 for details; other Tri-City libraries will also be having programs - call your neighborhood branch during open hours for more information.

Following the Summer season, the ever-busy Children's Department goes into school-year programming mode. Seasonal School-Age Storytimes (ages 5 and up), Pre-School Storytimes (ages 3-5), Toddler Time (24-35 months), and Baby Bounce (12-23 months) follow sequentially. We also offer three other school-age programs at various times of the school year including "Got Drama?," in which students, grades 4-8 can learn to tell stories; "Page-Turners," a book discussion group for grades 4-6; and several times a year we offer "There's More to the Internet Than Google," a one-hour introduction to the Kid's Page (which includes the Alameda County Library's Children's Catalog and some great web sites to help with various homework topics) for grades 4-6 and 7-8 on alternating months. With the exception of the School-Age Storytime, one must register for all of the above.

Fall is also the first of the twice-a-year Booklegger Training Sessions. Bookleggers are volunteers from the community who have been bringing the joy of reading into K-8 classrooms in the Fremont Unified School District for nearly 23 years. If you would like to become a Booklegger, please attend one of our Booklegger Orientations which will take place on Wednesday, September 19 from 2 - 3 p.m, and 7 - 8 p.m.., in the Van Doorn Room. You need only attend one orientation - the 8-week training session will take place Tuesdays, 9:15 - 11:45 a.m., September 25-November 13.

In addition to the above programs, we have special programs - Math-Science Nucleus, film programs, craft programs, programs that tie in with book celebrations. Information about many of our programs can be viewed on our website, www.aclibrary.org>Events or by clicking on the specific library branch (such as www.aclibrary.org>Fremont), then on "Monthly Calendar" or "Events" for that branch.

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