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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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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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.

Surfing Magician Astounds San Lorenzo Library Crowd

Monday, July 1, 2013
Surfing Magician

None of the San Lorenzo Library staff can figure out how the Surfing Magician made water pour magically into a cup.

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The Surfing Magician visited the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday, June 20. Performing tricks to amaze the crowd and quips to tickle their funny bones, the Surfing Magician will be remembered as a wonderful aspect of the Summer Reading Program.

Doug Hofkins, a.k.a. the “Surfing Magician” has over 15 years of comedy magic shows. He has been known to amaze and amuse crowds of all ages at his shows time and time again. Doug has performed to crowds of a few at a select table in a restaurant, to as many as hundreds in a theater—all from ages one to one hundred and one. The Surfing Magician’s reviews are constantly outstanding, with people commenting most about his unique tricks, traits, and interesting storylines. The show is an ever-evolving experience that is guaranteed entertainment for all involved.

Presented by the Alameda County Library with sponsorship from the following: Friends of the Library-San Lorenzo Area, Alameda County Library Foundation, Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland A’s, Target, The Lawrence Hall of Science, LEGOLAND, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Togo’s.


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!

 

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Blake Maxam's Magical Hat


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