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February 28, 2012 > Alameda County Library News: Art IS Education at Alameda County Libraries

Alameda County Library News: Art IS Education at Alameda County Libraries

By Barbara Telford-Ishida, Adult Services Librarian, Newark

Alameda County Library is hosting a wide array of events for all ages to celebrate Art IS Education in March, which is also National Arts Education Month. The intent of the initiative is to showcase art as a means for youth to learn new skills, solve problems, take risks, and persist against obstacles. This year's theme, 'Creating a Better Future Together,' is an invitation for students to use art to change themselves, their communities, and their world. To learn more about the project, visit and

Events for preschoolers include: Newark Library's Physics is All Around You workshop, Fremont Library's Music and Movement (ballet) plus storytimes and toddler art. Older children will have the opportunity to make books, collages, learn Chinese paper-cutting techniques, and explore other arts and crafts. Most Alameda County libraries will also offer a community collage quilt workshop for families. The finished paper quilt squares will be displayed at the libraries.

Water color painting workshops will be offered for teens (Union City), teens and adults (Newark) and families (Fremont). Teens will also be able to make friendship bracelets at Fremont; tweens will learn to use duct tape creatively at Union City. To celebrate art in everyday life, there will be an updo demonstration at Newark Library. Union City Library will offer Indian classical and Persian dance performances. Music will be celebrated with a Music Dan and Bollywood music concerts at Newark Library. Also Newark will hold a workshop for parents on nurturing artistic development.

To learn more about these Tri-City library events and additional events at other Alameda County libraries, visit and look at the calendars on each library's page under 'Branches.' Some events require registration.

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