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.”

Storytimes Start in March

Thursday, February 27, 2014


The following delightful storytimes will take place in the San Lorenzo Library’s temporary location at 16032 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo CA 94580. New phone number for more information is (510) 284-0640! Call your librarians (the same ones you already know) for more information. Stay tuned to read about more programs for adults, teens and children.

Toddler Time (under 3 years)

March 13—April 10


Family Storytimes (2 1/2 to 5 years)

March 3—June 11

Saturday 10:30am—11am

Mondays in March 7pm—7:30pm

Tuesdays in April 7pm—7:30pm

Wednesdays 10:30am—11am

(no storytimes during Spring Break, April 12—20)

Fun for the Whole Family! Programs at San Lorenzo Library, December 28-31

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Roamin' Reptiles 12-2013Wakefield Quartet 12-31-13Roy the Magician 12-28-13Balloon Star 12-30-13

Saturday, December 28


Ms. Sally Face Painting


Roy the Magician

Comedy & Magic


Monday, December 30


Roamin’ Reptiles

Make a reptile & its home!

Craft Program for Schoolage Children


Balloon Twisting!

Melissa will make you a fabulous balloon sculpture!


Tuesday, December 31


Wakefield Quartet, Jazz in the Library


Enter the San Lorenzo Library’s Raffle for Cool Prizes!

You may enter one time each day per library card holder. Prizes are a $75, $50, and $25 Target card in each category, Adult, Teen, and Child. Visit the Library to learn the details and enter every day!


Wonderful Book Art Program

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

recycled book art 011Marian Coleman, acclaimed local artist and teacher, led a recycled book art program at the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday, April 20. Coleman assisted a full house in designing art from used books. The results impressed artists and spectators alike.

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.


Jam-packed Summer of Fun & Reading

Monday, September 12, 2011

Daffy Dave Thrills Small Spectator

Keep Your Eyes on the Pins



Magic is in the air

Summer rocked at San Lorenzo Library this year! The Library offered weekly programs featuring celebrity children’s entertainers. These programs attracted audiences of over two hundred. Children’s Librarians maximized every inch of space in the center of the Library. Weekly craft programs in the meeting room also drew a healthy crowd.

Programs were funded by the Friends of the Library–San Lorenzo Area, In-N-Out Burgers, Togos and more. If you would like to suppost Library programing, join the Friends of the Library by filling out an application available in the Library’s lobby.

Entertainers include Daffy Dave performing comedy magic, music, and juggling; Thomas John bringing puppets, masks, music, and juggling balls; Jamie Coventry providing circus music and laughs; Tony Borders with his cool, crazy, critters; Blake Maxam, magician; Christie’s Critters; and Nanette Puppets’ fairy tales. Crafts included glittering red, white, and blue hats for fourth of July; sparkling suncatchers to take home; and fabulous jewelry making with expert artist, Chelsee Robinson.     

Jewelry Making

Ready for the Parade

Tony Borders and Friends

Hundreds of San Lorenzo area children played the Alameda County Library reading game, “One World, Many Stories.”Children read age-level appropriate books and earned “spins” on the game board for each half hour of reading. Childrens Librarians awarded prizes to motivate entrants to read until they reached the end!

The reading game was designed to instill a lifelong love of reading and San Lorenzo Librarians observed this happening based on the delight expressed by children this summer.

If that wasn’t enough, the San Lorenzo Library also presented Preschool Storytimes and recently released feature films. Films included a San Lorenzo favorite, Tangled, as well as Rango, Gnomeo and more.

Check the San Lorenzo Library’s summer calendar early next year to be the first in line for this kind of fun!


"I'm thinking of..."

Blake Maxam's Magical Hat

Save the Date: July 17

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Friends of the Library – San Lorenzo Area will have a booksale at the San Lorenzo Farmers’ Market Saturday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..

Banned Books Week is September 27 – October 4

Friday, September 19, 2008

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Monday, September 8, 2008

Public libraries provide an arena for diverse and sometimes controversial viewpoints. If you want to become knowledgeable about current events so that you can vote as an informed citizen, the public library is a place to do it. If you want to cultivate your learning, your compassion, your creativity or your joy there are books, cds and dvds that you can check out.

Banned Books Week is being observed September 27 – October 4, 2008. The American Library Association reminds us that Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.”

Celebrate your right to read! Read a banned or challenged book. Here’s a list of frequently challenged books.

Cartoonist Joe Wos

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cartoonist Joe Wos presented an outstanding program at the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday the 5th of April.  Patrons were heard commenting afterward “I didn’t think I knew how to draw but this looks pretty good”.  They especially enjoyed how the presentation appealed to all ages, “He was funny and lively.” “He was one of the best programs you’ve ever had.”  There was also the question, “When is the next program?”

The answer is; April is National Poetry Month so San Lorenzo Library is celebrating with a Teen Poetry Slam. Come join the fun!


Check out some of the great drawing books at the San Lorenzo Library and discover your hidden talents.


How to Draw Comic Book Heroes and VilliansHow to Draw Comic Book Heroes and Villains / Christopher Hart

How to create your own original comic book characters, draw fight scenes, design special powers, and invent imaginary creatures, with a section on how the comic business works.



Comic Book MagicCartoon magic / American Editor, Diane Ridley Schmitz

Includes instructions on cartooning people, animals, and objects as well as information about creating a comic strip and posters.





Anime ManiaAnime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation / Christopher Hart








Draw InsectsDraw insects / by Doug DuBosque                                 

Try this book out during the summer for the Alameda County Library Summer Reading Game: Catch the Reading Bug starting on June 16th.


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