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February 25, 2014 > Alameda County Library column

Alameda County Library column

By Sallie Pine, Manager, Fremont Libraries

For the month of March, Alameda County libraries and the Alameda County Department of Education celebrate Art IS Education month. This yearÕs theme is Tell Your Story, a great one for both art and libraries. All Tri-City libraries are having events. Many are aimed at children, but there are events for adults and teens as well. Here is a partial listing, by branch, of the events going on in Fremont, Newark and Union City.

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
510-745-1421; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/fremont

Throughout March, during open hours
Library Staff Art Exhibit
In honor of Art IS Education, there will be an exhibit of art work created by Library staff. All ages will be able to enjoy the creativity displayed on the walls and in display cases.

Art IS Education Toddler Times: stories about art and creativity
Mondays: 2 - 2:20 pm; 7 - 7:20 pm
Wednesdays: 12:15 - 12:35 pm
Fridays: 11:30 - 11:50 am

Saturday, March 1
Nowruz Celebration
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ballet Afsaneh celebrates the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Ballet Afsaneh presents the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road networks of Eurasia. "Afsaneh" is a wonderful word, shared by the major language groups of the Silk Road, meaning "legend" or "mythic story.Ó Also on hand will be the Ebrahimi Brothers, playing classical Persian music on traditional instruments.

Sunday, March 2
Photography Class
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Take great photos of family and friends; for adults and teens.

Tuesday, March 4
Dr. Seuss Day
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled program of all things Dr. Seuss! Free program, all supplies provided. Pick up a free ticket at the Children's Desk beginning at 3:45 pm.

Fridays, March 7 and 21
Preschool Crafts
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Preschoolers ages 3 - 5 and an adult helper are invited to join us for a fun preschool craft program. Wear clothes that can get dirty as we often make an artful mess. Free tickets at Children's Desk 15 minutes prior to program.

Saturday, March 8
The Beatles: Musical Revolution
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lecture for adults about the Beatles

Saturday, March 8
Musical Performance
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a concert by the Beatles Tribute Band Ticket to Ride. Fun for all ages!

Sunday, March 9
Sunday Film
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Vincent and Theo (2004) rated PG-13.

Saturday, March 15
ÒTell Your Story!Ó Family Workshop
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Youth and families tell their story of creativity and community by drawing colorful hands and creating miniature books. All ages welcome, and all materials provided. Registration begins Saturday, March 8 at 10 am.

Sunday, March 16
Photography Class
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Make finishing touches on your photos with a computer; adults and teens.

Thursday, March 20
Sanskrit Fables
12 Noon - 1 p.m.
Author/translator Sunita Parasuraman

Saturday, March 22
Creative Creatures! Workshop
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tweens and teens; use sewing, staples and glue to make a small stuffed creature to attach to your backpack. Everyone will assemble and customize their own hand sewing kit to take home. All materials provided. Ages 10 and up.

Saturday, March 22
Clay Magnets
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (ages 5 - 8), 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (ages 9 - 13)
Create a magnet made out of clay. Registration begins March 15 at 10 a.m.

Sunday, March 23
Sunday Film
2 p.m. - 4 pm
Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) rated PG-13.

Friday, March 28
Create a Book all About YOU!
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Bring your imagination and join Ms. Garima for craft time. This school-aged crafts session is especially for 6 - 8 year olds. Free tickets will be available at the ChildrenÕs Desk at 3:45 pm.

Sunday, March 30
Sunday Film
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The NeverEnding Story (1984) rated PG.



Centerville Library
3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont
510-795-2629; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/centerville

Throughout March; Tuesdays & Thursdays
Participate in a collaborative art project for the Centerville Library. Each participant will create their own unique design on a 4Ó square to be added to our paper quilt. All materials are provided; the art project will be put on display in the library after completion.

Tuesday, March 4
Tell Your Story! Family Workshop
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Draw colorful hands and creating miniature books. All ages welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Tuesdays, March 4
Bollywood Babies
2 - 2:30 pm
Learn Bollywood dance; children 18 - 48 months old and their parent or caregiver. Space is limited, so a ticket is required to attend. Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the program.

Thursdays, March 6 and 20
Preschool Art
2 - 3 pm
Preschool art class is for kids ages 3 - 5. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy. Space is limited, so a ticket is required to attend. Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the class start time. All materials will be provided.

Tuesdays, March 11 and 25
School Age Art
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Kids ages 6 to 8. Create a unique and original art project with art teacher Christine Kita. Make sure you wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy. Space is limited, so a ticket is required to attend. Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the class start time. All materials will be provided.

Thursday, March 13
KidsÕ Book Club
4:30 - 5:30 pm
The Centerville LibraryÕs KidsÕ Book Club is for kids in fourth through sixth grade. The book club meets the second Thursday of the month from October through June. The book selection for March is Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. Each participant will create a biographical Mandala art project to tell their story. All materials will be provided. Sign up at the Information Desk to pick up our current book selection.

Tuesday, March 18
Creative Creatures! Workshop
6 - 7:30 pm
Tweens and teens, join us for this special Makerspace-inspired workshop to learn how to use sewing, staples and glue to make a small stuffed creature to attach to your backpack. All materials provided. Ages
10 and up.



Irvington Library
41825 Greenpark Dr., Fremont
510-795-2631; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/irvington

Wednesday, March 12
Preschool Art
10:15 - 11:15 am
A chance for children ages 3 - 5 to express their creativity! Be sure to wear clothes that you donÕt mind getting messy. Seating is limited, so arrive on time to get your spot!

Wednesday, March 12
Tell Your Story! Family Workshop
3 - 5 pm
Draw colorful hands and create miniature books. Led by local artist Marion Coleman, participants will use drawing. Tell your story through art about what makes your family special and what you love about your community. All ages welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Wednesday, March 26
Preschool Art
10:15 - 11:15 am
A chance for children ages 3 - 5 to express their creativity! Be sure to wear clothes that you donÕt mind getting messy. Seating is limited, so arrive on time to get your spot!

Wednesday, March 26
Make a Shrinky Dink Necklace
3:30 - 4:15 pm
Make your own special shrinky dink necklace. This fun, free program is for children ages 5 and up. Due to space limitations, free tickets will be handed out 15 minutes prior to the program.

Wednesday, April 9
ÒCreative Creatures!Ó Workshop
3 - 4:30 pm
Tweens and teens use sewing, staples and glue to make a small stuffed creature to attach to your backpack. All materials provided. Ages 10 and up.


Niles Library
150 I Street, Fremont
510-795-2626; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/niles

Tuesdays, March 4 and 18
Preschool Art
10:15 - 11:15 am
A chance for children ages 3 - 5 to express their creativity! Be sure to wear clothes that you donÕt mind getting messy. Seating is limited, so arrive on time to get to get your spot!

Tuesday, March 18
Mosaics
3:30 - 4:15 pm
Express your creativity by making a beautiful mosaic! This free program is for children ages 5 and up. Space is limited, so please arrive a little early.

Tuesday, March 25
Tell Your Story! Family Workshop
3 - 5 pm
Draw colorful hands and creating miniature books. Join us to tell your story through art about what you love about your family and community. All ages welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Tuesday, April 8
Creative Creatures! Workshop
3 - 4:30 pm Ò
Tweens and teens use sewing, staples and glue to make a small stuffed creature to attach to your backpack. All materials provided. Ages 10 and up.


Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark
510-795-2627; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/newark

Saturday, March 1
Preschool Art with Ms. Chris
3:30 - 4:30 pm
This fun art class is for young children ages 3 - 5. Please have your child wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy! Limit to 20 children. Please obtain a free ticket to attend. Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes prior to the program. Contact Chien-Chun Chang at 510-795-2627 extension 23 or cchang@aclibrary.org for more information.

Saturday, March 8
Elephant and Piggie Day
2 - 4 pm
Children of all ages are invited to join us for the fun with Elephant and Piggie, the two popular story characters created by Mo Willems. The participants will create their own Elephant and Piggie comic stories, make Elephant and Piggie crafts, and enjoy other fun Elephant and Piggie activities. Contact Chien-Chun Chang at 510-795-2627 extension 23 or cchang@aclibrary.org for more information.

Friday, March 14
Toddler Time Special Session
11 - 11:30 am
This special Toddler Time session will include art-themed stories and an easy craft. This program is for toddlers ages 2 - 3. Contact Chien-Chun Chang at 510-795-2627 extension 23 or cchang@aclibrary.org for more information.

Saturday, March 15
Watercolor Workshop
1 - 3:30 pm
Join us for a watercolor workshop with local artist Jan Schafir. For teens and adults. Registration
is required, so please call 510-795-2627 extension 7 at the library during open hours or email
btelford-ishida@aclibrary.org.

Friday, March 21
Adventure Beneath the Sea!
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Presented by Kenn Adams Adventure Theater. At this interactive adventure, the audience members will make all of the sound effects, become the scenery, create the plot and jump up on stage to play the main characters. An exciting experience for children ages 6 and up! Contact Chien-Chun Chang at 510-795-2627 extension 23 or cchang@aclibrary.org for more information.

Saturday, March 22
Tell Your Story! Family Workshop
Draw colorful hands and create miniature books. Tell your story through art about what makes your family special and what you love about your community. All ages welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Saturday, March 22
Creative Creatures! Workshop
2:30 - 4 pm Ò
Tweens and teens use sewing, staples and glue to make a small stuffed creature to attach to your backpack. All materials provided. Ages 10 and up.


Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
510-745-1464; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/unioncity

Throughout March
Art IS Education Storytimes
Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, March 4 and 11, 11 am - 12 pm
Toddler Time: Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am
In honor of Art IS Education, Preschool Storytime and Toddler programs will include stories about creativity and a simple craft. Storytimes are geared for children ages 3 - 5, and Toddler Times are for children ages 0 - 3 accompanied by an adult.

Sundays, March 2, 9, and 16
Journaling Workshop for Tweens
1:30 - 3 pm
Starting and keeping a journal. Keeping a journal is a great way to express thoughts and feelings as well as improving reading and writing skills.


Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
Music and Movement
10:30 - 11 am
Children ages 1 - 5 explore their creativity through singing, clapping, and dancing.

Tuesdays, March 4 and 18
Write Your Story Ð For Adults
1 - 3 pm
Write your memoir. Informal meetings to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing.

Wednesday, March 12
Workshop with Author Mary B. Morrison
6 - 8 pm
Adult writing workshop is with Mary B. Morrison, New York Times best-selling author.

Friday, March 21
Teen Henna Program
3:30 - 5 pm
Tweens and teens are invited to draw their dreams Ð directly on to their bodies Ð during a special Mehndi Henna program.

Sunday, March 23
Nowruz Celebration
3:30 - 4:30 pm
This special performance by the Ballet Afsaneh celebrates the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Ballet Afsaneh presents the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road networks of Eurasia. "Afsaneh" is a wonderful word, shared by the major language groups of the Silk Road, meaning "legend" or "mythic story.Ó

Sunday, March 30
Tell Your Story! Family Workshop
2 - 4 pm
Youth and families tell their story of creativity and community by drawing colorful hands and creating miniature books. All ages welcome, and all materials will be provided. Ages 10 & up.

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