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:

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

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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:

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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.”

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

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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.”

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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.

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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/.

 


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.


Storytimes Start in March

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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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

10:30—11:30am

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)


WE’RE BACK! (on Wednesday, Feb. 5)

Monday, January 27, 2014

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The temporary site of the San Lorenzo Library will open on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. The location is a storefront building near the Lorenzo Theater at 16032 Hesperian Boulevard, San Lorenzo 94580. The San Lorenzo Library’s new phone number is (510) 284-0640. Hours will remain the same:

M, T 12-8pm; W, Th 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm

You will find books, DVD’s, CD’s, free computers and printers, and more. The San Lorenzo Library staff will be present in the new facility to serve you. There will be an outside collection box for returned items.

Stop by soon to see what kind fun is planned for the upcoming months! See you there.


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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Saturday, December 28

1pm–2:30pm

Ms. Sally Face Painting

2pm–2:45pm

Roy the Magician

Comedy & Magic

 

Monday, December 30

2:30pm–3:30pm

Roamin’ Reptiles

Make a reptile & its home!

Craft Program for Schoolage Children

2pm–4pm

Balloon Twisting!

Melissa will make you a fabulous balloon sculpture!

 

Tuesday, December 31

2pm–4pm

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!

 


Goodbye for Now! San Lorenzo Library Closing December 31 and Reopening in a Temporary Location March 2014

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Goodbye for Now! Yes, Virginia! The San Lorenzo Library will be moving, for a while, so we can grow. The San Lorenzo Library is lucky enough to have been the beneficiary of nine million dollars from Alameda County to expand the current fa…cility. The present library, with it’s wonderful large windows, will be preserved and new areas will be constructed including a meeting room, cafe, adult reading space, computers and laptop connections and much more. The new wing of the Library will feature the beautiful art windows chosen by a large committee from the San Lorenzo community. Please visit the Library before it closes to learn about the opening of a temporary location for library services in San Lorenzo at 16032 Hesperian Boulevard, San Lorenzo 94580. The temporary location will be open from March 2014 to Summer 2015 when the expanded Library building reopens. All Library services will be available at the Hesperian Boulevard location. And, don’t forget that you can always login to www.aclibrary.org to manage your account, place holds, etc. From December 2013 to March 2014, you need to have your holds sent to the Castro Valley Library. Call either the San Lorenzo Library (until December 31) or any other Alameda County Library for details about the San Lorenzo Library closure or the Library’s temporary location. The San Lorenzo Library’s new phone number will be 510-284-0640.

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