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September 11, 2012 > Back to school at the library

Back to school at the library

By Patricia Ryan

Back to school already? Almost 9,000 prizes were awarded to children in Alameda County Library's 2010 Summer Reading Game, Reading is So Delicious. Many children and families enjoyed fantastic programs and entertainers, and KidPower volunteers put in almost 4,500 hours helping out with the Game and other programs!

But that's not all! Alameda County teens and adults earned almost 3,000 prizes in the Summer Reading Program and enjoyed winning book bags and books.

Summer programs and prizes were sponsored by Alameda County Library, with support from the Alameda County Library Foundation. Other sponsors include Chabot Space and Science Center, Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), The Lawrence Hall of Science, Oakland A's, Target, Wal-Mart, In-N-Out and Togos.

September will see the return of Toddler Time, Toddler Music and Movement, Preschool Story Time, and the Homework Center at the Union City Library. Beginning Monday, September 10, the Union City Homework Center will be open 3:30-5:30 Monday through Thursday. No registration is required, and the program is free. Supervised by adult coordinators, Teen volunteers help elementary students understand and complete assignments. One-on-one helps is available in all subjects. Paper, pencils, calculators, some textbooks and laptops are available for student use, and help is available in both English and Spanish. Parents and caregivers are requested to stay in the Library building while students in grades K-5 are in the Homework Center.

The Knights of Columbus are offering a new series of Free Tutoring for Grades 5 - 12 at the Union City Library. This Tuesday evening program begins September 11 and runs 6-8 p.m. And beginning Saturday, September 1, the Union City Library is thrilled to present a new Kids' Chess Club every Saturday at 4 p.m.

Homework Express @ the Newark Library opens September 11, and runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. In addition to Toddler and preschool story programs, the Newark Library offers a Reading Buddies program Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Library is looking for Teen volunteers for this program and Homework Express.

Fremont Main Library's Homework Center opens September 24, 3:30-5:30 Mondays through Thursdays, closed when Fremont schools are closed. Fremont Main will also be offering bilingual preschool story times in Japanese-English and Mandarin-English, and story programs in Spanish and Arabic.

Centerville is presenting Mandarin/English bilingual storytime. Irvington has scheduled a preschool storytime and Niles branch invites 3rd and 4th graders to participate in Bookworms Club, a book discussion group that meets once a month.

Check the Alameda County website,, for information about all of our programs, and find books, DVDs, books and music on CD in our catalog, as well as access to ebooks and databases including Hobbies and Crafts, language instruction, and World Book Digital. Homework Help Now by Brainfuse is a resource that just keeps getting better and better. One-on-one trained and screened tutors help students of all ages on many subjects. And all you need to do is visit the Library website and have a Library card.

Teachers, don't forget to contact your local branch to arrange for visits to the Library, or for a Librarian or Booklegger to visit your classroom! And we would love a heads-up on upcoming assignments, so we can be better prepared to help your students.

Patricia Ryan is a Children's Services Librarian at Union City Library.

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