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.”

Curiosity Creates

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

12-16-15 Flyer - 1st Podcast

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:; Information about Curiosity Creates can be found at

Where did the month go? – February construction update

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wow! That month was fast. Tomorrow it’ll be March and the library will be gearing up for Art IS Education month. At the same time we’re still focused on getting everything ready for our new library. Staff had their first trip inside the building last week and are really excited about the wonderful public spaces coming together.

On the library exterior, this month didn’t give us a whole lot of visible change. The crews are hard at work on preparing the window fins to seal up the building once all of the windows are ready. Just this week you may have noticed traffic being stopped or slowed on Paseo Grande as East Bay MUD works to connect the water and fire suppression lines. If you attended an event at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association, you almost certainly noticed the torn-up concrete and fences. These are necessary to get the East Bay MUD and PG&E connections created so that the new library will be warm, bright, and safe. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Inside the library there has been some very cool and visible progress. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, but the new Teen Room, Learning Center, Community Room, Cafe, Staff Offices, Sorting Room, and Friends of the Library Store are all taking shape.

As always, don’t forget to stop by the Temporary Library to load up on books or catch one of our family programs. And, for more news about the library, consider signing-up for our new email newsletter. The first issue should be out next week.

Community Room

Sorting Room

Inside the Teen Room

Inside the Learning Center

Adult Reading Room. On the left is the Teen Room, straight ahead is the Learning Center, to the right is the Friends Store

In the Children’s Room looking at the Cafe straight ahead and the restrooms on the left

Weekend Construction Update

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January has been a busy month at the construction site. Exterior wall framing and sheeting are just about finished. The crews are starting to erect the interior walls, and I can see the shape of my future office! The team is preparing to order shelving, working with vendors on audiovisual equipment, security, and getting the installation of utilities scheduled.

In February we’ll see lots of interior work as the walls inside are built and the space starts to take shape. On the exterior the walls will get some waterproofing and will look a lot more like real walls by the end of the month.

In the temporary space we’ve got fabulous programs lined up for February. Next Saturday, February 7th, bring the kids for a Pirate Show! Or if that’s not your speed, take a look at our calendar of events for the month.

Looking into the future children’s room

The main entrance, roof, and window outlines

Looking from the children’s area – Cafe on the right, restrooms and offices on the left

Sample of Stephen Galloway’s incredible decorative window glass for our public art project

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).


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

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