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.”


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.


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.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Library Expansion 3-2013 010Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m., Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan unveiled new drawings of the San Lorenzo Library expansion. The expansion will commence January 2014. Stay tuned for more exciting news or visit the Library and discuss the event with library staff.


Meet George Derieg: Hometown Hero & Lawyer in the Library

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

George Derieg, San Lorenzo Lawyer in the Library

Attorney George Derieg will be present  in the San Lorenzo Library every second Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm. You do need to sign up in advance but even if you don’t, George will often squeeze you in. George is a whiz at giving good, solid, advice on legal matters relating to criminal law, family law and estate planning. If George can not help with your legal problem, he is direct about saying so. George can often direct you where to get help if he can not be of assistance.

George and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Merritt, were high school sweethearts who met at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. Dr. Merritt is a clinical psychologist who currently practices at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. George recently worked for the Public Defender’s Office in Alameda County but he resigned to take on the job of full-time stay-at-home father. George and Bonnie have two children, Lydia, 20 months, and George Benaiah, 4 months. George feels that he has landed the most rewarding job on the planet.

George is also the minister at the “Three Crosses” church in Castro Valley. He has many qualities that make him approachable and easy to tell your troubles to. If you would like further information about the San Lorenzo Library’s Lawyer in the Library, call the Library’s Information Desk at 510-670-62834 ext. 14 and speak with a librarian. This program is a partnership between the Alameda County Library and the Alameda County Bar Association.


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