Posts Tagged ‘art’

happy_valentines_day The last day of January is here (already!) and February, the shortest month of the year, is about to make it’s entrance. February may be short but it’s an important time of  year. Lest you need to be reminded, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. It is the one day of the year that is specially set aside to let those we care about, whether in a friendly or romantic way, know just how much they mean to us.

And, of course, the libraries want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Two of our lovely smaller libraries, Niles Library and Irvington Library, will be having programs in which the whole family is invited to participate. Both programs will be led by Christie of Christie’s Creative Cupboard.

Niles Library program will be on Tuesday, February 10 at 3:30 PM. Families will have the opportunity to work together on Valentine greetings. All supplies will be provided for this free program.  Due to space limitations, participation is available upon a first-come basis. So arrive a little early and be prepared to have fun!

Irvington Library will have a program the following day, Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 PM.  This program will be a little different. Families will have the fun of working together to make a beautiful, tissue-decorated cardboard heart.  This will be fun to keep as a decoration for your home or to give as a gift. Free tickets will be given out 15 minutes prior to the program, so please be on time to get your place! This program is also free, and all materials are provided.

Hope you can make it to one or both of these fun programs.  Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!



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In honor of Sunday movies rotatorFather’s Day, the Sunday movies in June at the Fremont Main Library will feature fathers and fatherhood.  Showtime is 2 p.m.  Scheduled for showing are:

June 1          Father of the Bride (Steve Martin, PG)

June 8          John Q (Denzel Washington, PG-13)

June 15        Big Fish (Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, PG-13)

June 22        Warrior (Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, PG-13)

June 29        Martian Child (John Cusack, PG)

Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.


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Beyond books, CDs and DVDs, library programs bring live music and dance performances that reflect the diversity of our community.

El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School

El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School

On August 31, Ramana Vieira and Ensemble brought Portuguese fado music to the Fremont Main Library.  Coming up on September 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m, El Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School  celebrates  Hispanic Heritage Month with the color, rhythm and movement of traditional Mexican dances.  And don’t forget the Indian classical Bharathanatyam recital on Sunday, September 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Come and enjoy these cultural treats, free at your library.

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble

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Did You  know  about  the  annual  art  contest by  the members of  congress  for  high school students?  Are  you  a  high school artist?   Is  your  high school  student an  artist?

Congressman Mike  Honda  has  made it  easy  to enter this  year  by  leaving a drop box for  entries  at  the Fremont Main  Library.

From  his  website:

“An Artistic Discovery” is the annual art contest conducted by Members of Congress for high school students across the country. This competition provides Members and the public an opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young American high school students.

Our district is home to so many talented young artists. This year’s winner will have the opportunity to display their artwork at the United States Capitol for a yearlong national exhibition and be recognized at a reception to be held on May 29, 2013.

Read   more here and find more drop off places. The guidelines are here and the release form is here.

Deadline for submissions is April 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

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Art Camp coming soon!

If you have a child between the ages of 10-13, we’re hosting a 4-day art camp! Each class will be different, and we will pass out tickets to the first 40 kids that arrive for the program on the day of each program. Camp is on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning July 24th. Classes run from 3-4 pm, so we will pass out the free tickets at 2:45 pm at the Children’s Desk on each of the four Tuesdays. Classes consist of a short lecture on an art style/form and then the kids will work on an art project styled after the lecture. Each child will get to take home his/her artwork. The age limit will be strictly enforced due to the number of students in each class (limit to 40).

The Details:

Tuesdays, July 24th & 31st, August 7th & 14th. 3-4 pm (tickets passed out at 2:45 pm)

40 students per class, ages 10-13 only (kids must be within the age range at the time of class).

Please email Mary Ayers  (mcayers@aclibrary.org) or call the children’s desk at (510) 745-1421 for more information.

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If you haven’t heard yet, we have a really fun Manga program for kids ages 10-12!  Manga are Japanese comic books that are characterized by very distinctive and highly stylized illustrations.  If you enjoy comic books and graphic novels and are interested in improving your drawing skills, come join us!  Karen Luk, a professional illustrator and comic artist, will be teaching you the secrets of drawing Manga faces, expressions and characters.  Karen’s work was on display just a few short months ago at the Cartoon Art Museum.  I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of her art and I’m definitely looking forward to this program at my library branch.  Here are the upcoming dates and locations.

Niles Library – Tuesday, May 15th @ 3:15 p.m.

San Lorenzo Library – Wednesday, May 16th @ 3:30 p.m.

Centerville Library – Thursday, May 17th @ 3:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library – Tuesday, May 22nd @ 4 p.m.

Irvington Library – Wednesday, May 23rd @ 3:15 p.m.

Call your library branch for registration information.

Check out Karen Luk in action below:


If you are unable to come to one of our manga programs you might want to take a look at the manga drawing books the library has here.

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On a recent trip to San Francisco I took advantage of the Free Passes to Bay Area Museums available at the Alameda County Library.  I was planning on going to the city in the evening for a concert, but then thought “Hey, why not make a whole day of it!” I’ve encouraged library patrons to use the museum passes. So, in planning my city activities for the day I decided it would be a great time to try out the Discover & Go museum tickets myself. I went on to the Alameda County Library website (aclibrary.org) to see which museums I could get tickets for on this particular day. It turns out that the Cartoon Art Museum (one of my favorite museums in the city) was available. So I clicked on my museum of choice and printed out my single page ticket. Then off to the city I went! It was really that easy.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street and is just around the corner from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Yerba Buena Gardens. It is also not too far from Union Square and Powell St., where you can hop on one of the famous San Francisco Cable Cars. If you are in the area I suggest you check out the Cartoon Art Museum. This museum is definitely a little gem if you are a fan of editorial cartoons, newspaper comics, comic books, and graphic novels or anime. Take a look at their website and facebook pages to get an idea of what to expect. Current exhibits include: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 70 years of Archie comics, Last Stop: Troubletown, and a very poignant look at how cartoonists remembered the events of September 11th on the tenth anniversary. There are many other comics to view as well, including some from the early 1900s. So if you are interested in the history and evolution of cartoon art be sure to check this museum out.

If you would like to get tickets to the Cartoon Art Museum or any other Bay Area Museum participating in our Discover and Go program go to aclibrary.org. Use the pull down tab labeled Services and click on Museum Passes. Next, click on the Discover & Go ticket icon on the left. Then you will need to log in with your last name and library card number. From there you can browse museum ticket availability by venue or date. There are so many wonderful choices!

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Chasing Vermeer is a mystery book for grades 4th-8th. It has been described as The Da Vinci code for kids. The book starts off with a mysterious letter sent to three seemingly random people. The letter asks the receivers to help solve an old crime involving a famous painting called A Lady Writing A Letter by Johannes Vermeer.

The book follows sixth graders Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay. They are classmates and friends at the University School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The two sixth graders are a little different from the other kids at school. They are both very smart and enjoy puzzles and mental challenges. They are brought together through a series of strange coincidences involving an old book and several quirky characters. They combine their brain power and problem solving skills to figure out the mystery of a missing painting by one of the world’s most famous artists.

Chasing Vermeer is a fun read full of puzzles and mystery. The readers become part of the mystery through the author’s and illustrator’s use of secret codes and hidden messages. Blue Balliett introduces readers to pentominoes (a mathematical tool of geometry) as a clue to solve the mystery. Brett Helquist (who is also the illustrator of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events) includes a hidden message in his illustrations throughout the book. If you like mysteries that involve imaginative thinking and solving puzzles this may be a good book for you!

 There are two sequels to check out as well:


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Art display

If you have a chance, stop by the Children’s area at the Fremont Library to see the art display that’s currently up. On display are paintings created by students at the Kalamandir Art School here in Fremont. The pieces are quite lovely and very colorful. The display is up in the children’s computer room and will be up throughout March.

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If you are one of the fans of this popular series, after reading all these books and watching the movie, what else can you do?

Publisher of the Wimpy Kid, Abrams’s Amulet Books, is sponsoring a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Comics Contest.  Readers up to 16 years old may enter by mailing in an original cartoon. One lucky winner will receive $500; a signed library of Wimpy Kid books; and $1,000 for the school or public library of his or her choice. The winner will be announced by author Jeff Kinney at the American Library Association annual conference  in New Orleans on June 25.

I hope after reading all this funny series you are inspired to create your own.   Furthermore, March is the national Arts Education Month.  Art is Education is an annual showcase of arts learning in Alameda County schools.  In participating Art Is Education, we host many art programs in the library too.  For detail information, click here.

So pick up your coloring gears and let your creativity soar.  Good luck on the Wimpy Kid’s comic contest and most importantly HAVE FUN!

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