Food for Fines–Hurry to the Library this Week!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You have a special chance to erase some of your Library fines by donating cans of food for the homeless. This week only! Bring up to ten cans of food and have a dollar of your Library fines erased for each can. Cans must not be expired. This is your chance to do good for the world and get rid of those pesky Library fines. Come to the Accounts Desk at the San Lorenzo Library.

Meet George Derieg: Hometown Hero & Lawyer in the Library

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

George Derieg, San Lorenzo Lawyer in the Library

Attorney George Derieg will be present  in the San Lorenzo Library every second Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm. You do need to sign up in advance but even if you don’t, George will often squeeze you in. George is a whiz at giving good, solid, advice on legal matters relating to criminal law, family law and estate planning. If George can not help with your legal problem, he is direct about saying so. George can often direct you where to get help if he can not be of assistance.

George and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Merritt, were high school sweethearts who met at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. Dr. Merritt is a clinical psychologist who currently practices at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. George recently worked for the Public Defender’s Office in Alameda County but he resigned to take on the job of full-time stay-at-home father. George and Bonnie have two children, Lydia, 20 months, and George Benaiah, 4 months. George feels that he has landed the most rewarding job on the planet.

George is also the minister at the “Three Crosses” church in Castro Valley. He has many qualities that make him approachable and easy to tell your troubles to. If you would like further information about the San Lorenzo Library’s Lawyer in the Library, call the Library’s Information Desk at 510-670-62834 ext. 14 and speak with a librarian. This program is a partnership between the Alameda County Library and the Alameda County Bar Association.

A Little Like Netflix, Only Free!

Sunday, December 11, 2011
This month’s DVD Express will come thundering down the track on Thursday, December 15 from 1:30-3pm at the San Lorenzo Library. DVD Express at the San Lorenzo Library offers a special block of time for Library customers to reserve the new DVDs that aren’t on the shelf because they have holds on them.

Branch Manager, Anthony Dos Santos, will be present to make sure that you can place holds on all the brand new movies you would like to see. When your name comes up in the “hold queue,” the San Lorenzo Library will call or email to let you know that you can come down and pick up the movie.

Once notified that the movie is at the Library for you, you have about ten days to pick it up. You can check the movie out for a period of seven days. If there are no remaining holds on the movie, you can renew the film for another seven days. You are able to maintain a list of ten movies on hold at all times. In other words, when you check a movie out, you have the opportunity to place a hold on a new one.

If you are not familiar with how to check your personal account on the Alameda County Library website,, let your librarians know. You can sign up for a computer class at the San Lorenzo Library during which a librarian will work with you one-on-one to help you become confident using this wonderful tool.

Last but not least, drop by the Library on December 24 to enjoy holiday cookies with your favorite librarians. They would love to see you.


Holiday Photo Booth at the Library

Saturday, December 10, 2011

We, San Lorenzonians, love to have our fun. In the spirit of family and holiday cheer, the San Lorenzo Library hosted a holiday family photo booth with free photo print outs for participants!

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This program was a part our December “Family Portraits” display in the Teen area. “Family Portraits” comes just in time for the holidays and hopes to start conversations about family. For the rest of the month, we’re hosting a community art Post-Secret project for teens to anonymously submit their thoughts on family. Come check it out!

Family Portraits Flyer!

Three New Citizens Tonight

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New citizens Jagdeep Singh Rai, Julia Bonilla Garcia  and Aldo Chavarria with their teacher Amparo Ramos.

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