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kite craft 1Let’s go fly a kite…Yes March is a perfect month for flying a kite or making a decorative one! That, and many other art projects, and art-related storytimes will be available at all Alameda County Libraries throughout the month. Every year, in March, the library teams up with the Alameda County Arts Commission  and the Alameda County Office of Education to provide art events to library patrons.  The program is called, “Art is Education”.

This year’s theme is “Inspiring Creative Communities”. You can participate in many fun activities. All you need to do is pick up a book or flyer which lists the events at each library, or go online at http://www.aclibrary.org and check our event calendar. Choose the events you are interested in, and attend. There are programs for adults and seniors, teens, tweens , kids and families.

This is your chance to indulge (or find) the artist within you!  Join us!

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We are deep into fall now, and November is nearly here.   As we near Thanksgiving, we think of the time we will be spending with family and friends.  Thanksgiving is not just a yearly celebration, it is a chance to look back over our year and remember the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for.

We are so stressed out, worried, harried, pushed for time and resources that we forget that there are many things we have to be thankful  for.  I first saw this saying on a plaque in a gift store. My daughter bought it to put up as a reminder to herself that no matter what was going on in her life, she had many good things too.  Hopefully, the good will outweigh the bad, but if all you see is bad, then stop and try to find something that makes you thankful.  It doesn’t have to be big.  Maybe the way a friend smiles at you, or your pet that is always there to greet you is something you can be grateful and thankful about. I’m not being a Pollyanna when I say that if we look for the good we will find something.

With these thoughts in mind, I thought it would be fun to have families come to the library and create something that reminds them of the things they are thankful for. Irvington Library will be having a program on Wednesday,  November 12 at 3:30 P M where will create a “Thankful Journal” which everyone in the family can contribute to. It is a chance for each family member to express themselves, and remember the good things they are thankful for. We will be handing out free tickets for this event 15 minutes prior to its start.

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Make a family thankful journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niles Library is also having a program for families to express the things they are thankful for. There we will be creating a “Thankful Tree” with each leaf expressing someone or something we are thankful for.That program will be held on  Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 PM.Space is limited, so seating will be available on first-come basis.

I hope you and your family will be able to participate in one or both of these activities. Remember, all events are free, and supplies will be provided.

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Family Thankful Tree

If you are unable to make these events, then maybe you can have a family project over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Go online and put in “Thankful Journal” or  “Thankful Tree” and you will find images and instructions which will help you design your own. Whatever you do, try to take some time to remember the things that you are thankful for!

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From December through mid-February, Monarch Butterflies will migrate.  There are some popular places within the Bay Area to take a look at these amazing creatures.  We have information on lots of butterflies here at the library: http://bit.ly/IfeUNy

In honor of these amazing insects, here are some butterfly related crafts!

Coffee Filter Butterfly
Supplies needed:
Coffee Filter
Clothes Pin
Watercolor Paints OR Markers and a spray bottle of water

  1. Flatten the coffee filter
  2. Have your child paint it all over with watercolors OR color it with marker and then spray with water
  3. Let it dry
  4. Clip it down the middle with the clothes pin

Voila!  A butterfly!

Binoculars
Supplies needed:
Two empty toilet paper rolls
Glue
Markers
Hole Punch
Yarn or string

  1. Decorate the outside of the toilet paper rolls
  2. Glue them together, long ways (side-by-side) and let dry
  3. Punch a hole on the outside of each roll of toilet paper (mirror image ways)
  4. Tie the yarn or string through the holes
  5. Go searching for butterflies!
English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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clip-art-little-polar-bear-022578Looking for something fun to do with your kids this winter break? Stop by the Fremont Library next Wednesday (January 2nd) at 2 pm to do a craft project. We are making cute polar bear wall hangings. All supplies will be provided by the library. You will need to pick up your free tickets at the Children’s Desk beginning at 1:45 pm the day of the program. We are meeting in Fukaya B in the children’s area of the library.

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Alameda County Library Branches recently held game days in celebration of the American Library Association’s International Games Day. I hope you were able to come to one of our Fremont Branches and play with us. One of the highlights at the Centerville branch’s game day was the Angry Birds.

You’d be surprised at how easy it was to make these birds and how much fun this homemade game can be. It’s a fairly inexpensive craft for families to do together and is perfect for the next rainy day, family game night, or a weekend afternoon.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Yarn (yellow, red, green, and black)
  • Craft paper (plain white paper works too. Kids can color in the eyes, noses and beaks.)
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue (I used a glue gun, but be careful because it is very easy to burn yourself!)
  • Small paper cups
  • Black pen and/or crayons (I used a sharpie to color in nostrils and eyes)
  • Scissors
  • Fork (used to make the yarn pom-poms)

You can also use popsicle sticks to help build your tower of cups. Googly eyes add an extra bit of fun to the Angry Bird faces, although I just used plain white paper. For more information and crafting instructions check out makeandtakes.com.

Learn how to create yarn pom-poms with a fork!

I didn’t use a needle to thread the yarn through the fork prongs. I found that it was easy to do that with just my index finger and thumb. I also didn’t bother to trim my pom-poms because I didn’t want to make them too small. It did take a couple practice pom-poms before I was ready to glue on the faces.

In order to make the birds and pigs different sizes I wrapped the yarn around the fork more times to make the pom-poms large and fewer times to make them small. Here is what I did for each:

  • Green pig and Yellow bird – wrap the yarn 60 times
  • Red bird – wrap the yarn 40 times
  • Black bird – wrap the yarn 25 to 30 times.

If you don’t have yarn at home you can use storebought crafting pom-poms instead. They work just as well and would be cheaper than buying the different colored yarn. If you have a slingshot you can try to launch your Angry Birds that way. We chose not to use sling shots at the library to launch our birds so we just tossed them at our tower of cups. I hope you are able to enjoy this Angry Bird craft game as much as we did at the Centerville Library!

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Flag Day is observed across the United States every year on June 14th. This observance is to commemorate the adoption of the American flag as the official flag of the United States. The first American flag is said to have been designed and hand-sewn by Betsy Ross during the time of the American Revolution. That first flag, known as the Betsy Ross flag, had 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 white stars to represent the original 13 colonies. Our flag today still has the 13 alternating red and white stripes to represent the original colonies and 50 white stars to represent the 50 States that make up the United States of America. Did you know that there are rules for how to display the American Flag? Here are a few rules to follow:

  • The flag should be flown during daylight and when it is not raining.
  • The flag should never be flown upside down.
  • The flag should not be used for advertising.
  • When lowered to be put away, no part of the flag should touch the ground, it should be received by waiting hands and arms, and folded in a ceremoniously way.
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended.

You can take a look here to see more rules for displaying the American Flag.

If you would like to make a flag craft to celebrate flag day today check out enchantedlearning.com for fun projects to make at home.

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Tuesday, June 19, 1:00-5:30 P.M.
Thursday, June 21, 10:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

Learn  about how library works, how to find homework help, play games, and lots of fun activities.  For grades 4-7.  Registration is required and is already full.
Check out how much fun we had in this 2011 camp video.
Thursday, June 28, 2-3 P.M.
Storyteller Michael Katz

Animated and interactive stories for kids of all ages.
This program will be held in the library’s meeting room. Seats are  limited.  A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to program start time.
Thursday, July 5, 2-4 P.M.
Family Movie Time: The Adventures of Tintin

Based on a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Hergé (Georges Remi).  Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Rated PG.
Thursday, July 12, 2-3 P.M.
Reading Is Delicious with Singer Patricia Shih

Join Patricia Shih, a multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter, for a fun-filled family concert full of laughter and joy!
This program will be held in the library’s meeting room. Seats are  limited.   A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to program start time
Thursday, July 19, 2-3 P.M.
Mr. SHAP

Join Mr. Shap, a magician and balloon twister for his amazing ” Super Happenings Always Possible” show with us!
This program will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some sitting areas may not have shade. Please wear a hat to shield the sun.
Thursday, July 26, 2-3 P.M.
The Corny Crow Show with Steve Chaney

Don’t miss Steve Chaney’s hilarious show with Corny Crow!  It’s so funny that you can’t stop laughing.
This program will be held outdoors in the library’s patio.  Some sitting areas may not have shade.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.
Tuesday, August 2 , 2-3 P.M.
Card Making Crafts for Teens and Tweens

Participants will use some simple scrapbook and stamping techniques to create their cards. All materials will be supplied you just need to bring your creativity!
For kids ages 10 and up. Space will be limited and tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the program.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, August 7 – 30, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Algebra
A 4-week math preparation class for incoming 7th graders only. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of August.
Get ready for junior high math. Learn basic algebra concepts with Jonathan Lu, a USA Junior Math Olympiad qualifier from MSJ High School.  Registration is required. Limit to 20 seats.

Centerville Library is located at 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536
For more information, please call 510-795-2629 or email cchang@aclibrary.org or egamell@aclibrary.org

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