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.

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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.


Nice weather is back and so are updates!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January is off to a sunny start in San Lorenzo and our construction crews are taking advantage of the good weather. With the concrete slab and roof finished, it’s time for work to commence on the walls. This month will be a busy one, as first the frame – and then plaster, windows, insulation, and other wall elements will be installed. Crews are placing scaffolding along the walls to support all this work, which should proceed at a quicker pace this month.

In the temporary space we’ve recovered from the minor storm damage and are also getting into high gear.

Next Wednesday (1/14) kids can come in for International Hat Day at 1:30 and design a seriously stylish hat. Dan Chan the Magic Man will visit on 1/28 for a magic show. Our first teen craft of the year will be Monday 1/26 – T-shirt modification.

For adults we’re bringing back a great lineup of Computer Classes (English and Spanish), Citizenship, Lawyer in the Library, and help with CalFresh 1/5, Job Seeking 1/10, Covered California 1/11, and Fair Housing 1/15. Also check out Making Daily Activities Easier with assistive technology on 1/28.

Finally, please consider attending the Friends of the Library Board Meeting at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association on Monday 1/26 at 6:30pm. This is your opportunity to get involved with a great organization and maybe even take a leadership role! The group is looking for new board members to join the team.

Metal framing outlines the back of the new side of the building

Rear wall of the community room and staff work area

Scaffolding now in place along the future community room and kids area

Metal framing will go in all around the new building this month


Our new construction pond and looking ahead to 2015

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Construction Site LakeThere hasn’t been a whole lot of news to report about the library expansion this month. Rain has repeatedly caused us to push back the date for pouring concrete and for sealing the roof. Both activities **should** be finished before the end of the year – but will require the elements to cooperate first. In the meantime, heavy rain last week formed what can only be called a lake at the site – a puddle outside the expansion side reached 3′ deep!

Inside, at the temporary library, we’ve been struggling with our own water issues. The storm caused drips in more than one spot in the ceiling, requiring some quick action by staff to keep books and patrons dry. The rain didn’t completely dampen our spirits, as we hosted the Friends’ tree trimming and a visit from the Arroyo High School Choir.

January will bring more fun crafts to the temporary library – sponsored by our Friends of the Library:
1/14 at 2:30 kids are invited to decorate a hat for International Hat Day
1/26 at 4:00 teens can come by to turn a t-shirt into a stylish work of art

Also don’t miss Dan Chan the Magic Man on 1/28 at 3pm.

We’ll continue to provide more ongoing programs like Citizenship Class, Computer Class (now in Spanish too!), and Storytimes. There’s too much to list so visit our branch calendar for more info.

2014 has been a busy year for us – setting up our temporary building, saying farewell to longtime staff, welcoming new staff and, of course, planning our new home. 2015 will continue to bring about changes for San Lorenzo Library, and we hope that you’ll be part of them too. For now, here’s a sneak peak at some of the furniture for kids, teens, and adults to enjoy in the expanded library (colors not representative of what you’d see in the library – these are samples).

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Building in the rain – and some upcoming programs

Thursday, November 13, 2014

With the weather shifting and rain finally in the forecast and on the ground, our construction team is still hard at work getting the roof covered and the ground prepared for concrete. Work slows a little when it’s wet, but we’re still seeing a lot of great progress.

In the meantime, we enjoyed a fun LEGO program on Wednesday exploring amusement park architecture. Coming up Saturday is International Gaming Day from 12-3pm. We’ll have a variety of traditional and current games to play for families and friends alike. Next Wednesday don’t miss another great craft program for youngsters as we build Spider Webs from twigs and yarn at 2pm.

On a more practical level, we have our first visit from Covered California enrollment specialists this Sunday from 1-4pm. Take care of your enrollment early before the crowds descend on us. Also next week on Wednesday we’ll have a representative from Echo Fair Housing in the library from 10am-12pm answering your questions about housing and rental issues in Alameda County. If you can’t make it this week we’ll have repeat visits from both of these great organizations coming up.

Hope to see you at the library soon.

Early this week framing is ready

Late this week the roof and siding have an extra layer

Stacks of roof material ready to be laid-down

Yellow moisture-resistant layer waits for the rain to pass so sand and concrete can be added

Piles of rebar waiting to be added to concrete


Construction updates and great family programs!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Work is proceeding at a good pace on the construction site. Our design team is spending the Fall finalizing most of the shelving, furniture, artwork, and other great stuff you’ll find inside the building. The orders for these items can take a long time to fill, so we’re working diligently to make our selections with lots of time to spare.

This week be sure to come by the Temporary Library on Hesperian. Wednesday afternoon at 2pm we’ll be treated to a visit from the Owls of Sulfur Creek. And Saturday at 2:30pm we’ll host a visit from a 3D Printer! Come watch as a box the size of a microwave melts plastic and turns it into almost anything you can imagine. See you at the library…

Connection point between the new frame and the existing library

Attaching the beams in the corner of what will be the Community Room roof

More roof steel is piling up and tension wires hold the frame steady

Foundation outlines the storefront area where vegetation will welcome visitors to the library


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