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 (http://www.facebook.com/sanlorenzolibrary) 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 tbrewer@aclibrary.org 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 http://www.healthyeatinginitiative.com/.


Staff Holiday Favorites

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The holidays bring us together, allow us to form traditions and reconnect with loved ones we may not see very often.  Many of us spend time watching favored holiday movies, or read books together during some much needed downtime. We thought it would be fun to find out which books and movies the San Lorenzo Library staff gravitate towards during the holidays.



Lorraine (Circulation Manager): How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lorraine says “The Grinch starts out being mean and stealing Christmas, and ends up with a bigger heart.”


Ronda (Library Clerk): Frosty the Snowman because “I still cry when he melts.”


Loranne (Lead Library Clerk): A Christmas Carol. She says “I have 12-14 copies of the movie and 3-4 copies of the book at home.”


Brandon (Library Clerk): A Christmas Story “I always fall for the triple dog dare and watch it all day.”


Fily (Library Clerk): A Charlie Brown Christmas “I love to watch it with my grandkids.”


Jesse (Children’s Librarian): A Charlie Brown Christmas “It’s nostalgic.”


Natali (Library Page): Elf  because “It’s just so funny!”


Yvonne (Library Page): Home Alone “When I watched it I always thought about what I would do in that situation.”


Tamecca (Teen Librarian): Elf “It’s funny and I really like Will Ferrell.”


Danielle (Library Manager): Olive the Other Reindeer “I like the idea that a little dog thinks she’s a reindeer.”

Curiosity Creates

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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The San Lorenzo Library has been awarded a Curiosity Creates grant from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The grant will fund a portable makerspace and podcast programming at the library for children ages 6-14 through May 2016.

“The goal of the project is to expose children and young teens to new materials that they might not have encountered before, and to give them the confidence to explore new concepts independently,” said Jesse Nachem, Children’s Librarian. Materials for the new makerspace kits include: duct tape, leatherworking, crochet, felting, and motorized Lego©. The library will hold group workshops introducing each material and skill and small portable kits will be created so young library patrons can use them in the library on their own, or with minimal supervision. In addition, sessions on 3D printing will also be provided.

Included in the project will be a monthly podcast, including interviews with makerspace participants. The first podcast introducing the grant will be recorded on December 16, 2015 in the San Lorenzo Library Community Room, where young patrons and their caregivers are invited to participate in a brief interview about creativity and makerspaces.

The San Lorenzo Library is the original branch of the Alameda County Library, established in 1910. The library opened in a newly expanded building in August 2015, and features a Learning Center, Community Room, new computers and media, and a wide array of programming for children, teens and adults.

For more information about the San Lorenzo Library Makerspace and upcoming events, please contact the San Lorenzo Library at 510-284-0640 or visit the library website or Facebook page: http://guides.aclibrary.org/SanLorenzo; www.facebook.com/SanLorenzoLibrary/. Information about Curiosity Creates can be found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/curiositycreates.

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