Art IS Education

Saturday, February 13, 2016

March is a highly anticipated month at the Alameda County Library. Though we have creative and artistic programming every month, March is different.  It’s a month filled with opportunities for library patrons to be creative, learn about the arts, and enjoy special programming.  This month is meant for everyone to know that Art IS Education.

There’s a great lineup of programming at the San Lorenzo Library in the coming months. We encourage you to like us on Facebook ( if you haven’t already, and follow our events.  We post just about everything that’s going on at the Library there, so it’s a great way to learn about upcoming programming.

In March we’ll have a lot of fun programs:

Chess Club meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  All ages are welcomed to learn and play!

Family Art Workshop: Make a Family Book: Families are invited to stop by the Library on Saturday, March 5th at 2:30 pm to make a book about their family.  All materials are provided in this workshop sponsored by the Alameda County Arts Commission.

Tidying Up!: A program on managing clutter: If clutter is taking over your life and causing a chaos where there should be order, this workshop is for you! Professional organizer Susan Abplanalp will be at the library Saturday, March 5th at 10:30 am to show you how to declutter and organizer your life.


Creative Sidekicks: In this program for tweens and teens (ages 10+), you’ll learn how to sew a stuffed creature from colorful felt – and take home a sewing kit too! All materials are provided in this workshop sponsored by the Alameda County Arts Commission on Wednesday, March 9th at 3:00 pm.

Decorative Painting for Families: On Saturday, March 12th at noon, families are invited to learn the folk art style of painting known as Tole and create something beautiful to take home.

Needle Felting is a craft technique that allows you to create colorful wooly sculptures with a barbed needle and felt. Sharp needles will be used during this program on Mondays, March 14th and 21st at 3:30 pm. This program is for kids ages 6-10, with parental supervision HIGHLY recommended.


Writers Group: Aspiring writers are welcomed to this ongoing workshop at the San Lorenzo Library facilitated by Rosa del Duca on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.  Bring a piece of writing to share with the group. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 15th – See you there!

Quilling is the art of twisting, curling  and rolling paper to create a beautiful picture. Ms. Chris of Christie’s Creative Cupboard will be here to show teens how to use this technique to make a beautiful card on Wednesday, March 16th at 3:30 pm.

Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Edible Spring Garden: “Compost Gal” Lori Caldwell will show you tips and tricks to help you prepare your garden to grow spring vegetables.  Let your garden feed you this year. Learn more on Thursday, March 17th at 12:00 pm.


LEGO® Makerspace is the place for kids ages 8-12 to use the Library’s collection of LEGOs® to make interesting things. Join us on Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 am.

Yoga for Beginners is a great way for you to try a yoga class without committing to a full-scale yoga program. Adults and teens are welcomed to join the group, regardless of your current fitness level.  Make sure to wear comfy clothes and bring a mat if you have one on Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 am.

Extended Roots will be at the San Lorenzo Library on Sunday, March 20th at 1:00 pm! This all female musical group performs acoustic Old-Time, Celtic and Bluegrass music.  All are sure to enjoy this toe-tapping event.


Easter Cards: Vinnie is back to show you how to make beautiful cards – this time for Easter! Adults and teens are invited to join the fun on Tuesday, March 22nd at 4:30 pm.

Bricks 4 Kidz will be at the library on Wednesday, March 30th at 3:00 pm to show you how to make a motorized LEGO® model. This program is geared towards kids ages 10-14. Space is limited and tickets are required for entry.  Tickets will be available at 2:30 pm.



Of course, if you have any questions about these events call the San Lorenzo Library at 510-284-0640.

The Community’s Resolutions

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Some of our community members have noticed a small bamboo box near the entrance to the library.  On this box is a question that changes every few weeks or so.  Our most recent question was “What’s your New Year’s resolution?”  We were happy to find so many sweet, thoughtful and giving responses, many of which came from the youth.  We thought we’d share them with you today!  And of course, we have resources available to help you meet your goals – we’ve included several in this post.

“Take a cooking class focused on vegetables, with my husband” (age 55-64)

  • Keep an eye out for cooking demonstrations at the library!
  • The Library has great cookbooks available.  Browse the 641 section in the library, place a hold, or download a book today.
  • There may be cooking classes available for free online through Universal Class.

“My New Year’s resolution is to make more friends.” (age 6-14)

  • Library programs are a great place to meet new people.  Check out our calendar online or stop by the library to pick up a brochure.

“My New Year’s resolution is to have a GPA of 4.0.” (age 6-14)

  • The Library offers a place for you to do homework and get help when you get stuck after school.  Homework Central meets in the Learning Center during the school year Monday-Thursday from 3:15 – 5:15 pm.

“Clean out garage” (age 65+)

  • Once your garage is cleaned out, add some storage and organization! The Library has some great materials to help you plan.

“Make the people I love, feel loved” (age 15-19)

  • One of the most highly recommended books on the subject is The Five Love Languages. Although the book is geared towards those in romantic relationships, it has some things that are applicable to other relationships as well.

MORE time for myself!” (age 20-54)

  • The Library has lots of books that will help you pamper yourself to bliss! You can use essential oils and candles to create a relaxing atmosphere as you create art on your fingernails.
  • If getting away to nature is what you need we offer great books full of local trails too.

“Be nice, work hard and way (unreadable)” (age 6-14)
“Be more polite and teach my kids manners! 🙂 ” (age 20-54)
“To be nice and make new friends!! 🙂 ❤ *” (age 6-14)

“To try to take care of my hair more. To try to get used to my new school. To try to save more money.” (age 6-14)

  • You can find some really fun ideas and tutorials for hair care at the library, and on sites like Pinterest and YouTube.
  • Saving money can be a challenge for people of any age.  The Library has some good materials on saving and investing for children.

“Help my sister improve her grades.” (age 6-14)

  • Besides Homework Central (mentioned above), the library also has a guide on homework that covers a variety of topics.  You’re sure to find something there that will help your sister improve her grades.


That’s all for today folks. Next time you’re in the library, look for the box and answer the question.  Maybe your answer will be featured on our blog or our Facebook page!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 has finally arrived!  If you’re like millions of Americans, you’ve probably at least thought about setting a New Year’s Resolution. If you choose to do so, the Library has tons of resources available to help you reach your goals, including books, movies, databases, and online classes.  Just visit our website to start your search, or stop by the library for more information.

Health is often a big focus for the new year.  If you’d like to dip your toe into yoga, the Library has a great beginning yoga class every month. The next class is on January 9th at 10:30 am. Come dressed in comfy clothes and bring an exercise mat if you have one. We also have some great DVDs that you can borrow to start exercising at home, and wonderful cookbooks full of delicious, healthy recipes that you’re welcomed to try.

Those who’d like to give back to the community in the coming year are invited to volunteer at the Library and with the Friends of the Library – San Lorenzo Area. Our adult and teen library volunteers help with programs and displays, while volunteers with the Friends help raise money and advocate for library services.  Stop by the library for more information about volunteering opportunities, and visit the Friends website to learn more about how you can help.  The Friends meet at the library the 4th Monday of every month.

I asked the San Lorenzo Library staff what their resolutions for 2016 were. Here are their answers:

Jenny (Library Clerk): I will manifest creativity.

Diana (Librarian): I would like to meet the poet Richard Wilbur (age 92) or meet novelist Haruki Murakami.

Yvonne (Library Page): To find myself and what truly makes me happy.

Lorrane (Lead Library Clerk): I don’t make resolutions – you can’t improve on perfection!

Andre (Library Page): Wake up early.

Fily (Library Clerk): Pay attention to my health.

Tamecca (Librarian): To continue going to the gym and watch my diet.

Kit (Homework Central Coordinator): Save more money.

DeJana (Security Guard): Be a better person and accomplish more goals.

Natali (Library Page): I want to fit in my old clothes, and take my son to Disneyland.

Jordan (Library Page): I don’t wait for the new year, I just do it.

Danielle (Library Manager): Now that I’m healed, I’ll be getting back to the gym and renewing my focus on my health.

January 2016 Events for Teens

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January 2016 brings us new opportunities for programs for teens at the San Lorenzo Library. Since we know that so many of our local teens need to complete service hours to graduate high school, we also have several ways that we can help!  Take a look at this post and keep an eye on our Facebook page ( for teen programming updates.  If you’d like more information about any of these events, please contact the San Lorenzo Library at 510-284-0640 or stop by.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Teen Librarian Tamecca at 510-284-0646 or by email at for more information about any of these opportunities.

Homework Central is a great way for local teenagers to help younger kids with their homework while earning service hours.  Instructor Kit Duggan supervises Homework Central, and ensures that you’ll be trained to help. Teens who speak a second language are always needed as well.

Teen Tech Help volunteers help library patrons of all ages with anything technology related. Your job is to assist patrons who get stuck using library computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, self-checkout machines, and the new automated returns machine. This is a great way to get a simplified help desk experience to add to your resume if you’d like to get into the tech industry.

TAG: Teen Advisory Group is another rewarding opportunity for teens at the San Lorenzo Library.  This is your chance to make a real difference in the services, programs and materials we offer to young people in our area. TAG meets monthly. The next meeting is Thursday, January 7th at 4:00 pm.

Tell us your ideas! If none of these ideas are quite what you’d like to do, come talk with us. We may be able to work out a special opportunity – just for you!

Ongoing Programs

Are you having trouble with your math homework? Is there something you’re just not quite “getting” in class? Stop by the Library for Math Tutoring for High School students on Saturdays at 10:10 am. Volunteer tutors will be on hand to help you out!

Do you like to read, but don’t really have anyone to talk with about books? The Teen Book Club is for you! You’ll get to help choose which book the group reads, and then discuss it.  The Book Club meets on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm.  Please sign up at the information desk.

Those who have been to the Teen Room know that there’s a TV. But did you also know that we have video games? Join us for Gaming Wednesdays:

  • Middle School Students: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Elementary School Students: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • High School students: 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Special Events

Exam Study Night: Do you need a jump start to get you studying for exams? Join others in the same situation when you visit San Lorenzo Library for an evening of study on January 12th at 5:00 pm. Students will be seated in the Cafe Area, the Learning Center, and possibly the Greenhouse Community Room. All of the Library’s resources will be at your command. Refreshments will be served!

Make a Clay Medallion Necklace on January 13th at 3:30 pm to wear with pride or give as a gift! All materials and instructions will be provided by the Library.

It’s time for the big reveal! Join us in the Teen Room for a Teen Room Open House on January 20th at 3:00 pm.

TAG spoke, and we listened! The Teen Room is just not “teen” enough, so the Alameda County Arts Commission will be here to help with a beautification project just for our Teen Room.  Join us on January 19th and January 26th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm to make Art for the Teen Room.

Staff Holiday Favorites

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The holidays bring us together, allow us to form traditions and reconnect with loved ones we may not see very often.  Many of us spend time watching favored holiday movies, or read books together during some much needed downtime. We thought it would be fun to find out which books and movies the San Lorenzo Library staff gravitate towards during the holidays.



Lorraine (Circulation Manager): How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lorraine says “The Grinch starts out being mean and stealing Christmas, and ends up with a bigger heart.”


Ronda (Library Clerk): Frosty the Snowman because “I still cry when he melts.”


Loranne (Lead Library Clerk): A Christmas Carol. She says “I have 12-14 copies of the movie and 3-4 copies of the book at home.”


Brandon (Library Clerk): A Christmas Story “I always fall for the triple dog dare and watch it all day.”


Fily (Library Clerk): A Charlie Brown Christmas “I love to watch it with my grandkids.”


Jesse (Children’s Librarian): A Charlie Brown Christmas “It’s nostalgic.”


Natali (Library Page): Elf  because “It’s just so funny!”


Yvonne (Library Page): Home Alone “When I watched it I always thought about what I would do in that situation.”


Tamecca (Teen Librarian): Elf “It’s funny and I really like Will Ferrell.”


Danielle (Library Manager): Olive the Other Reindeer “I like the idea that a little dog thinks she’s a reindeer.”

Pouring Rock at the San Lorenzo Construction Site

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lots of great new pictures this week, including our first photos from the roof! The construction site is very active this week with crews working to get as much of the roofing and ground cover finished as possible before we get another storm. The roof on both sides of the building is coming along nicely, though the existing side obviously had a head start.

I learned today there’s a lot more to pouring the concrete slab on which the library will rest than just flattening the ground underneath and putting-in rebar. This week the crews are adding 4 inches of rock and gravel to the ground. On top of that there is a material used as a moisture barrier to keep things nice and dry. On top of that there’s another 2 inches of sand! Only once those layers are in place do we get our 6 inch thick concrete slab. Once that’s all in place the crews can move on to walls. Don’t hold your breath just yet, there’s a lot of work to complete in the meantime.

Check out a bonus video of the conveyor belt shooting rock into the space on Facebook.

Mounds of rock awaiting the conveyor belt

Flattening the ground near the entrance

Tamping down rock to prepare for concrete

Rear section of the new roof looking towards the existing building

Wood framing the skylights

Roof slopes come together and the view towards Hesperian

Construction Update – almost ready for the roof

Monday, September 29, 2014

Last week saw the first rains of the season. Great news for California’s crops, parched lawns, and 38(!) million residents – not so wonderful for the construction site. A light rain is no problem, but our crew is now focused on getting the library roof in place before heavier rains arrive. This week we’ll see the frame of the expansion welded to the existing half of the library. Once that work is done and inspected, the roof is next!

The metal frame now extends all the way to the edge of the foundation

Corner of the building shows gaps for building access

Using the scissor lift to put more framing in place

San Lorenzo Library Under Construction, May 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014
San Lorenzo Library Expansion

San Lorenzo Library Expansion

More of the Library bulldozed. For young fans of construction vehicles, don’t visit the old library: stay tuned to our blog and FaceBook instead!


Saturday, May 17, 2014


May 15, 2014! Construction begins at the library building on 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo CA 94580. Stay tuned for updates.

PYTHON RON RETURNS TOMORROW (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kids, bring your family to see Python Ron and his gigantic reptiles! This program is way fun but not too scary. Python Ron will tell you how to get along with these huge snakes.

This program, like all library programs, is free. Join us at San Lorenzo Library’s Temporary Space, 16032 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo CA 94580. For more information, call (510) 284-0642 to speak with your librarian. And get to the library early for a good seat.Image

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