Recommended by You!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recently we asked “What book did you have to read for school that you ended up liking (or loving)?”  Several of you responded with great recommendations.  Check them out below, and then tell us which book from school you ended up liking!

For Teens and Adults:

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fizgerald is available in print, eBook, and audio book.  This is a classic that has also been adapted to film.

“Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.”


Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan is available in print, eBook, and audio book. This classic has been adapted to film, as well.

“Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who is telling the story.”



Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston is also available in print, eBook, and audio book.

“Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930’s, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance.”




To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee can be found at the Library in print, eBook, and audio book.  It has been adapted to film.

“Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school; but her carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman, and her father is the only man willing to defend him.”


51dvlcrs0gl-_sy344_bo1204203200_I Am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick is available at the Library in print, eBook, and audio book.

“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.”




Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is available in print, eBook, and audio book. It has been adapted to film too!

“The adventures of an orphan boy who lives in the squalid surroundings of a nineteenth century English workhouse until he becomes involved with a gang of thieves.”




A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens is available in print, eBook and audio book.

“In the early days of the French Revolution, a young Englishman determines to do the utmost to save the husband of the woman he loves from the guillotine.”




Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller is available in print, eBook, audio book, and has been adapted to film.

A searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream.”





For Kids:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl is available in print, eBook, audio book, and film!

“Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.”




Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls is also available in print, eBook, audio book and film.

“A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.”




The Giver
by Lois Lowry is available in print, eBook, and audio book. It was recently adapted to film!

“In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.”

Art IS Education

Saturday, February 13, 2016

March is a highly anticipated month at the Alameda County Library. Though we have creative and artistic programming every month, March is different.  It’s a month filled with opportunities for library patrons to be creative, learn about the arts, and enjoy special programming.  This month is meant for everyone to know that Art IS Education.

There’s a great lineup of programming at the San Lorenzo Library in the coming months. We encourage you to like us on Facebook ( if you haven’t already, and follow our events.  We post just about everything that’s going on at the Library there, so it’s a great way to learn about upcoming programming.

In March we’ll have a lot of fun programs:

Chess Club meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  All ages are welcomed to learn and play!

Family Art Workshop: Make a Family Book: Families are invited to stop by the Library on Saturday, March 5th at 2:30 pm to make a book about their family.  All materials are provided in this workshop sponsored by the Alameda County Arts Commission.

Tidying Up!: A program on managing clutter: If clutter is taking over your life and causing a chaos where there should be order, this workshop is for you! Professional organizer Susan Abplanalp will be at the library Saturday, March 5th at 10:30 am to show you how to declutter and organizer your life.


Creative Sidekicks: In this program for tweens and teens (ages 10+), you’ll learn how to sew a stuffed creature from colorful felt – and take home a sewing kit too! All materials are provided in this workshop sponsored by the Alameda County Arts Commission on Wednesday, March 9th at 3:00 pm.

Decorative Painting for Families: On Saturday, March 12th at noon, families are invited to learn the folk art style of painting known as Tole and create something beautiful to take home.

Needle Felting is a craft technique that allows you to create colorful wooly sculptures with a barbed needle and felt. Sharp needles will be used during this program on Mondays, March 14th and 21st at 3:30 pm. This program is for kids ages 6-10, with parental supervision HIGHLY recommended.


Writers Group: Aspiring writers are welcomed to this ongoing workshop at the San Lorenzo Library facilitated by Rosa del Duca on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.  Bring a piece of writing to share with the group. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 15th – See you there!

Quilling is the art of twisting, curling  and rolling paper to create a beautiful picture. Ms. Chris of Christie’s Creative Cupboard will be here to show teens how to use this technique to make a beautiful card on Wednesday, March 16th at 3:30 pm.

Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Edible Spring Garden: “Compost Gal” Lori Caldwell will show you tips and tricks to help you prepare your garden to grow spring vegetables.  Let your garden feed you this year. Learn more on Thursday, March 17th at 12:00 pm.


LEGO® Makerspace is the place for kids ages 8-12 to use the Library’s collection of LEGOs® to make interesting things. Join us on Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 am.

Yoga for Beginners is a great way for you to try a yoga class without committing to a full-scale yoga program. Adults and teens are welcomed to join the group, regardless of your current fitness level.  Make sure to wear comfy clothes and bring a mat if you have one on Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 am.

Extended Roots will be at the San Lorenzo Library on Sunday, March 20th at 1:00 pm! This all female musical group performs acoustic Old-Time, Celtic and Bluegrass music.  All are sure to enjoy this toe-tapping event.


Easter Cards: Vinnie is back to show you how to make beautiful cards – this time for Easter! Adults and teens are invited to join the fun on Tuesday, March 22nd at 4:30 pm.

Bricks 4 Kidz will be at the library on Wednesday, March 30th at 3:00 pm to show you how to make a motorized LEGO® model. This program is geared towards kids ages 10-14. Space is limited and tickets are required for entry.  Tickets will be available at 2:30 pm.



Of course, if you have any questions about these events call the San Lorenzo Library at 510-284-0640.

The Community’s Resolutions

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Some of our community members have noticed a small bamboo box near the entrance to the library.  On this box is a question that changes every few weeks or so.  Our most recent question was “What’s your New Year’s resolution?”  We were happy to find so many sweet, thoughtful and giving responses, many of which came from the youth.  We thought we’d share them with you today!  And of course, we have resources available to help you meet your goals – we’ve included several in this post.

“Take a cooking class focused on vegetables, with my husband” (age 55-64)

  • Keep an eye out for cooking demonstrations at the library!
  • The Library has great cookbooks available.  Browse the 641 section in the library, place a hold, or download a book today.
  • There may be cooking classes available for free online through Universal Class.

“My New Year’s resolution is to make more friends.” (age 6-14)

  • Library programs are a great place to meet new people.  Check out our calendar online or stop by the library to pick up a brochure.

“My New Year’s resolution is to have a GPA of 4.0.” (age 6-14)

  • The Library offers a place for you to do homework and get help when you get stuck after school.  Homework Central meets in the Learning Center during the school year Monday-Thursday from 3:15 – 5:15 pm.

“Clean out garage” (age 65+)

  • Once your garage is cleaned out, add some storage and organization! The Library has some great materials to help you plan.

“Make the people I love, feel loved” (age 15-19)

  • One of the most highly recommended books on the subject is The Five Love Languages. Although the book is geared towards those in romantic relationships, it has some things that are applicable to other relationships as well.

MORE time for myself!” (age 20-54)

  • The Library has lots of books that will help you pamper yourself to bliss! You can use essential oils and candles to create a relaxing atmosphere as you create art on your fingernails.
  • If getting away to nature is what you need we offer great books full of local trails too.

“Be nice, work hard and way (unreadable)” (age 6-14)
“Be more polite and teach my kids manners!🙂 ” (age 20-54)
“To be nice and make new friends!!🙂❤ *” (age 6-14)

“To try to take care of my hair more. To try to get used to my new school. To try to save more money.” (age 6-14)

  • You can find some really fun ideas and tutorials for hair care at the library, and on sites like Pinterest and YouTube.
  • Saving money can be a challenge for people of any age.  The Library has some good materials on saving and investing for children.

“Help my sister improve her grades.” (age 6-14)

  • Besides Homework Central (mentioned above), the library also has a guide on homework that covers a variety of topics.  You’re sure to find something there that will help your sister improve her grades.


That’s all for today folks. Next time you’re in the library, look for the box and answer the question.  Maybe your answer will be featured on our blog or our Facebook page!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 has finally arrived!  If you’re like millions of Americans, you’ve probably at least thought about setting a New Year’s Resolution. If you choose to do so, the Library has tons of resources available to help you reach your goals, including books, movies, databases, and online classes.  Just visit our website to start your search, or stop by the library for more information.

Health is often a big focus for the new year.  If you’d like to dip your toe into yoga, the Library has a great beginning yoga class every month. The next class is on January 9th at 10:30 am. Come dressed in comfy clothes and bring an exercise mat if you have one. We also have some great DVDs that you can borrow to start exercising at home, and wonderful cookbooks full of delicious, healthy recipes that you’re welcomed to try.

Those who’d like to give back to the community in the coming year are invited to volunteer at the Library and with the Friends of the Library – San Lorenzo Area. Our adult and teen library volunteers help with programs and displays, while volunteers with the Friends help raise money and advocate for library services.  Stop by the library for more information about volunteering opportunities, and visit the Friends website to learn more about how you can help.  The Friends meet at the library the 4th Monday of every month.

I asked the San Lorenzo Library staff what their resolutions for 2016 were. Here are their answers:

Jenny (Library Clerk): I will manifest creativity.

Diana (Librarian): I would like to meet the poet Richard Wilbur (age 92) or meet novelist Haruki Murakami.

Yvonne (Library Page): To find myself and what truly makes me happy.

Lorrane (Lead Library Clerk): I don’t make resolutions – you can’t improve on perfection!

Andre (Library Page): Wake up early.

Fily (Library Clerk): Pay attention to my health.

Tamecca (Librarian): To continue going to the gym and watch my diet.

Kit (Homework Central Coordinator): Save more money.

DeJana (Security Guard): Be a better person and accomplish more goals.

Natali (Library Page): I want to fit in my old clothes, and take my son to Disneyland.

Jordan (Library Page): I don’t wait for the new year, I just do it.

Danielle (Library Manager): Now that I’m healed, I’ll be getting back to the gym and renewing my focus on my health.

Programs for Adults – January 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year, new you – and new opportunities for programming at the San Lorenzo Library!  Today’s post is all about upcoming programs and events for adults at the library, including computer classes, yoga, art, gardening and more.  Check out this post and consider attending one of these great events.

Computer Classes

All of our computer classes are free. Though we appreciate advance registration, it’s not 100%  necessary.  Stop by the information desk or call the Library at 510-284-0640 for more information.

Have you wanted to learn how to use a computer, but don’t quite know where to start? Sign up for our Introduction to Computers and Microsoft Word class on Thursday, January 7th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

We’ll build on your experience with our class focused on Using the Web and Setting Up Email on Thursday, January 14th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Finally, those who need to know how to use a spreadsheet will love our Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets class on Thursday, January 21st from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Special Events

Yoga for Beginners is a great way to get your feet wet! If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, but aren’t quite ready to sign up for a regular class, join us on Saturday, January 9th from 10:30 – 11:45 am. Wear comfy clothes and bring an exercise mat if you have one.  All adults and teens are welcomed, regardless of current fitness level.

San Lorenzo Library’s Lawyer in the Library will give you up to fifteen minutes of time to begin solving your problem. Call the Library at 510-284-0640 or drop by starting on Tuesday, January 5th to make an appointment –but don’t worry about calling at the last minutes as appointments often open up. The Lawyer in the Library looks forward to meeting with you on January 12th!

Interested in gardening, but think it’s too expensive a hobby?  Gardening All Year: Gardening on a Budget is geared toward successful projects for gardeners on a budget. Low cost and free resources will be covered.  Topics such as: seed propagation and seed saving, composting, pest control, garden design & construction and reuse in the garden will be featured.  Join Master Gardener Lori Caldwell on Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 pm. This program is free and all are welcome.

Let your creative juices flow – don’t be shy! Join Christie of Christie’s Creative Cupboard and learn to doodle at Let’s Doodle on January 21st at 1:30 pm.

Got Gadgets? Bring them all on January 23rd at 1:00 pm.  Our teen volunteers will be help you learn how to use those pesky gadgets.


Community Meetings and Events

Cal-Fresh: Learn about government programs to help you afford food for your family on January 5th at 2:00 pm.

Sign up for health care and update your current coverage with Covered California.  Representatives will be here to help you on January 9th and January 30th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

EALI Governance: The Eden Area Livability Initiative is an integrated partnership between the community, the county and other public sector jurisdictions that have a stake in the unincorporated urban communities of Alameda County. The Livability Initiative is the strategic development of a shared vision that plans to build pride for the unincorporated urban communities of Alameda County.  The Governance group will meet on January 13th at 6:30 pm.

Congressman Eric Swalwell and the Alameda County Fire Department will present on Preparing for El Niño on January 16th at 10:00 am.

Learn more about upcoming positions with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department at the Deputy Sheriff’s Recruiting Information Event on January 19th at 5:30 pm.

Hayward Area Shoreline Citizens Advisory Committee: Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee advise the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) concerning the public’s interest along the Hayward shoreline, aid in fostering a positive image of the shoreline and help educate the public about park/shoreline issues and activities. The committee will meet on January 21st at 4:00 pm.

League of Women Voters Eden Area:  Grassroots planning on January 23rd at 10:00 am. This is when we set Education and/or Advocacy Priorities for the National and Local Leagues. “Grassroots” means YOU! As a valued member of this League, you have the opportunity and the responsibility to indicate on which important issues you believe the National and Local Leagues should focus their time, talent and money.

The Friends of the Library – San Lorenzo Area is a 501c3 non-profit group dedicated to raising money, advocating for and supporting the San Lorenzo Library.  Join us at the membership meeting on January 25th at 6:00 pm to learn more about how you can help!

Was great aunt Ethyl really a Can Can Dancer? Find out by researching your ancestry! The Hayward Area Genealogical Society will help you get started on January 26th at 6:00 pm.

January 2016 Events for Teens

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January 2016 brings us new opportunities for programs for teens at the San Lorenzo Library. Since we know that so many of our local teens need to complete service hours to graduate high school, we also have several ways that we can help!  Take a look at this post and keep an eye on our Facebook page ( for teen programming updates.  If you’d like more information about any of these events, please contact the San Lorenzo Library at 510-284-0640 or stop by.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Teen Librarian Tamecca at 510-284-0646 or by email at for more information about any of these opportunities.

Homework Central is a great way for local teenagers to help younger kids with their homework while earning service hours.  Instructor Kit Duggan supervises Homework Central, and ensures that you’ll be trained to help. Teens who speak a second language are always needed as well.

Teen Tech Help volunteers help library patrons of all ages with anything technology related. Your job is to assist patrons who get stuck using library computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, self-checkout machines, and the new automated returns machine. This is a great way to get a simplified help desk experience to add to your resume if you’d like to get into the tech industry.

TAG: Teen Advisory Group is another rewarding opportunity for teens at the San Lorenzo Library.  This is your chance to make a real difference in the services, programs and materials we offer to young people in our area. TAG meets monthly. The next meeting is Thursday, January 7th at 4:00 pm.

Tell us your ideas! If none of these ideas are quite what you’d like to do, come talk with us. We may be able to work out a special opportunity – just for you!

Ongoing Programs

Are you having trouble with your math homework? Is there something you’re just not quite “getting” in class? Stop by the Library for Math Tutoring for High School students on Saturdays at 10:10 am. Volunteer tutors will be on hand to help you out!

Do you like to read, but don’t really have anyone to talk with about books? The Teen Book Club is for you! You’ll get to help choose which book the group reads, and then discuss it.  The Book Club meets on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm.  Please sign up at the information desk.

Those who have been to the Teen Room know that there’s a TV. But did you also know that we have video games? Join us for Gaming Wednesdays:

  • Middle School Students: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Elementary School Students: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • High School students: 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Special Events

Exam Study Night: Do you need a jump start to get you studying for exams? Join others in the same situation when you visit San Lorenzo Library for an evening of study on January 12th at 5:00 pm. Students will be seated in the Cafe Area, the Learning Center, and possibly the Greenhouse Community Room. All of the Library’s resources will be at your command. Refreshments will be served!

Make a Clay Medallion Necklace on January 13th at 3:30 pm to wear with pride or give as a gift! All materials and instructions will be provided by the Library.

It’s time for the big reveal! Join us in the Teen Room for a Teen Room Open House on January 20th at 3:00 pm.

TAG spoke, and we listened! The Teen Room is just not “teen” enough, so the Alameda County Arts Commission will be here to help with a beautification project just for our Teen Room.  Join us on January 19th and January 26th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm to make Art for the Teen Room.

January 2016 Events for Children

Monday, December 28, 2015

It’s the start of a New Year and a new month of programming!  We’re excited to show you all of the things that we have going on for children – and we’re positive that you’ll find something intriguing in our offerings.  If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the library at 510-284-0640.  We hope to see you soon!

Homework Central is back from winter break on January 4th, and runs Monday – Thursday from 3:15 – 5:15pm during the school year. Elementary School students are invited to Homework Central where they will be assisted with homework by high school-age volunteers. Homework Central takes place in the Library’s Learning Center. The adult instructor is Kit Duggan, who is present at all times. This program, like all Library programs, is free. No registration necessary.


Time for Stories!

Bedtime Storytime is a great way for the family to wind down on Monday nights at 6:30 pm (closed January 18th). Join us for good books, games and songs, and though books will be aimed towards the preschool age group, everyone can participate. No registration necessary. Join the group in the Children’s Area of San Lorenzo Library!

Children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years of age should not miss Preschool Storytime at San Lorenzo Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. A wonderful mix of picture books, games and songs. No registration necessary! See you there.

The San Lorenzo Library Toddler Time program is for children ages 18-36 months and is held on Thursdays (1/7, 1/14 and 1/21) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. This fun introduction to books, songs and games for our youngest Library patrons is also an opportunity for the parent to make new friends and socialize. The first half hour is a parent/child participation lap program, and the second half is a free play period when adults can visit, play and observe.

Join Ms. Lenora on January 16th and 30th at 10:30 am for Family Storytime! This storytime welcomes people of all ages, though books will be aimed at the preschool age. No registration necessary. Join us in the Children’s Area!

Cuentos en Español / Spanish Storytime at San Lorenzo Library with Miss Olivia! El jueves, 28 de Enero / Thursday, January 28th at 10:30 am.

Makerspace Programs

Duct Tape Wallets Kids ages 9-14 will learn how to make their own wallets out of duct tape on January 6th at 3:00 pm. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed ½ hour before the event at the Information Desk.

Duct Tape Craft Kids ages 6-10 are invited to the Community Room to make a surprise duct tape creation on January 9th at 2:30 pm. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed ½ hour before the event at the Information Desk.

Finger Knitting is an easy way to start learning how to knit, and all you need are your two hands and yarn! Kids ages 6 -14 are invited to the Community Room to learn how to do this fun activity. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed ½ hour before the event at the Information Desk.

Crochet for Beginners: This introductory crochet class is for ages 9-14, and will show the basics of crocheting, such as casting on and making a chain. This workshop is the first of two sessions (first session 1/25/16 at 3:00 pm, second session 2/1/16) and space is limited for class participants – Sign up in advance at the Information Desk. Those who already know how to crochet are welcome to join and help class participants or work on their own projects.

Special Events

Rock Steady Juggling: Join us in the Community Room on January 13th at 2:30 pm for an interactive show featuring juggling, magic and lots of laughs! All ages welcome.

Celebrate the new San Lorenzo Library’s public art by joining us for an all-ages Family Art Workshop on January 23rd at 2:30 pm! Teaching artist Miranda Bergman is leading 4 projects inspired by images featured in the San Lorenzo Library. Each workshop will feature a unique art project. No sign up required. All families welcome!

Happy, Healthy, Elementary: Presentation on Healthy Eating Kids 8-10 years old are invited to a fun afternoon of interactive games and a special show promoting healthy eating on January 27th at 3:30 pm. For more information, please contact the library or visit


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