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February 15, 2011 > Alameda County Library News: Art is Education

Alameda County Library News: Art is Education

In honor of Art IS Education 2011, Alameda County Library will present a special series of arts events for youth and families at all ten branches and the bookmobile. Art IS Education is an annual showcase of arts learning in Alameda County schools in March during national Arts Education Month. Alameda County Library is working in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership to expand the reach of Art IS Education to library patrons.

Tri-City libraries activities include:

Fremont Main
* Continuation of photographic exhibit Chinatown Then and Now: photos by Ting Ting Lee on the first floor of the library, through March 14. This exhibit features photos of the San Francisco and Los Angeles Chinatowns taken in 1978 and 2008.
* Exhibit of collage made by Homework Center participants (K-6) and volunteer tutors (high school) throughout the month, in the Children's Area
* Displays of art by children in the Children's Area: Kalamandir Art School (in computer room) and Jan's Art Studio (above early readers/moving up)
* Wednesday, March 2 4-5 pm: preschool to grade 3 craft time: making collage bookmarks from old magazines, catalogs, and more. (Free) Tickets may be required.
* Thursday, March 3, 4 pm: Fremont Page Turners (book club for grades 6-8) will discuss Carl Hiassen's Hoot.. Registration for this group begins on February 24.
* Saturday, March 12, 11-12:30: program for teens: "Is That Thing Made out of Duct Tape?" Participants will make a wallet out of various colors of duct tape.
* Wednesday, March 23, 1-1:30: preschool (ages 3-5) craft time: making tulips from recycled egg cartons

Call the Children's Desk at 745-1421 for more details.


Centerville
* During the first 3 weeks in March, we will invite everyone that comes in to Centerville to participate in the "Create a Tree Collage" activity. The theme is "Save Trees". An artistic volunteer will help draw outline pictures of trees of different shapes and sizes on large butcher paper for us and we will lay it out in the meeting room. Stop-by participants will fill the pictures with recycled materials like old magazines, newspaper, candy wrappers, plastic bag pieces, even old CD's, anything reusable and glueable/tapeable. They can do it anytime when the meeting room can be opened to the public. After the trees are finished, we will have them on display on the big bulletin board in the children's area for the remaining 2 weeks in March and until time to change the bulletin board.
* Thursday, March 10, 4:30-5:30 Centervillle Kids Book Discussion and Booktalk Club (for grades 4-6) will discuss a title with an environmental theme, title tba.
* Tuesday, March 15: program for teens: "Is That Thing Made out of Duct Tape?" Participants will make a wallet out of various colors of duct tape.

Questions? Call Centerville on Tuesdays from 1-8 or Thursdays from 11-6; phone 795-2629.


Irvington
* Wednesday, March 9, 3 pm: Special storytime and craft about recycling and making environmentally good choices. Stories read will be Curious George Plants a Tree by Monica Perez and the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This will be followed by using old magazines to make collages. Irvington is open on Wednesdays from 10-5; phone 795-2631.


Niles
* Tuesday, March 1st, 3 pm: Special storytime and craft about recycling and making environmentally good choices. Stories read will be Curious George Plants a Tree by Monica Perez and the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This will be followed by using old magazines to make collages. Niles is open on Tuesdays from 10-5; phone 795-2626.


Union City
* Saturday, March 5, 1-4 pm: Creating Community Through Art
This will be a fun-filled community arts day for youth and families to engage directly with the arts through a hands-on altered book arts workshop, a dance performance by local Aztec dance group, an exhibition of award winning posters on recycling by local youth, and a tour of the new teen mural; presented by Union City Library / Alameda County Library system and Friends of the Union City Library.

Special guest: Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, District 2.
Schedule for the events: Recycled Books into Art Workshop (in meeting room) 1-3 PM; Speech by Supervisor Lockyer 3:00 PM (not sure how long it will be- maybe 15 minutes?); Aztec Dancers 3:15-4:00 PM. These will both take place in the main public area. The Mural artists could be over by the mural and interacting with people from 2-3 p.m. and the Art Exhibit will be up for the whole day. Contact the library if you have questions at 510-745-1464.


Newark
* Saturday, March 12th 1-5pm: Free2Paint @ Newark Library
Come drop by and help out with the Children's Mural at the Newark Library. The theme is the future of Newark and going green. All ages are welcome and no painting experience is necessary! Please contact Brian Edwards bedwards@aclibrary.org or 510-795-2627x16 with any questions.
* A local Girl Scout troop is installing a large art project made up of 10 tiles (8x8) that each girl has worked on using recycled items. The tiles will be placed in the Teen area of the Newark Library in late March.

On a date to be determined, the rock musical "The Environmental Show," will be performed. The show teaches lessons of how students can help save the environment. Date and time will be posted at (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Newark-Library/82200056728 and blog (http://newarklibrary.wordpress.com)

Contact Newark Library at 795-2627

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