Posts Tagged ‘Discover & Go’

Thanks to my library card, I was able to visit the San Francisco Asian Art Museum without charge and to meet visiting terracotta warriors from China.  discoverandgoThe eight life-sized warriors and two horses there now are representative of the more than 7,000 clay warriors with horses and chariots that were designed to protect the First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, in the afterlife.  Qin Shihuang had ascended to the throne at 13, unified seven warring kingdoms and proclaimed himself First Emperor.  Discovered in 1974 in Shaanxi, China, by farmers digging a well, the First Emperor’s tomb complex is a parallel world meant to enable his rule after his death.  In addition to the clay warriors, ongoing archaeological excavations have revealed a replica of the imperial life as the First Emperor knew it, including terracotta musicians, acrobats, officials and water birds of bronze.Terracotta Warriors  Signing up at the Information Desk for a guided tour of the exhibit, scheduled at noon and 2 p.m., helped to bring displayed artifacts together and create a picture of what life was like during the First Emperor’s reign.

The video clip below shows the unpacking and installation of the current China Terracotta Warriors exhibit, which runs through May 27, 2013. A Discover & Go pass to the Asian Art Museum admits two adults and children under 12.  If you go, just remember to choose a date other than the first Sunday of the month, which is a free day at the Museum.  One daughter who made the mistake of picking this month’s first Sunday said she was glad she had her pass and did not have to stand in line with the many, many people awaiting admission, but it was truly crowded inside.  Have your library card ready and find out where else it may take you.  Start here.

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Are you looking for something fun for the family to do as we come to the end of the summer?  There are lots of fun family friendly activities in the Bay Area including many that are free! Check out some ideas below:

Discover & GoIf you haven’t tried it already this is a great time to see what museums are available through the Alameda County Library’s Discover & Go Museum Pass Program. All you need to do is be at least 15 years old and have a Library Card and you can request free (or discounted) museum passes. There are so many options it might be hard to make a decision. You can have up to 2 requests at a time. Take a look and you might discover something new!

If your museum of choice isn’t available through our Discover & Go program you can see a list of San Francisco Bay Area museums that offer free days here . There are many fantastic museums that offer a free day each month. These free days are generally at the beginning of the month, so your opportunity for August may have passed, but keep it in mind for the rest of the year. The museums are often very busy on those days, but well worth it!

If you like to fly kites and are interested in learning about how kites stay in the air, you should check out the Wind Fair. It’s happening this weekend on Sunday, August 12th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a free program all about air and motion. It will be held outside the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

If you are an animal lover like me you might enjoy the Lake Merritt Squirrel Walk. This is a free educational program that takes you on a guided walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland while teaching you all about the local squirrels. Meet up at the entrance to Fairyland in Oakland tomorrow, August 11th at 12:00 pm.

Something that might be fun for grownups who are interested in architecture is the Art Deco walking tour in San Francisco. The next tour will be on Sunday, August 12th at 11:00 am. If you are interested in learning about Art Deco style buildings in the Marina District of  San Francisco check out the details here.

One final suggestion for summer fun for free is to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. If you can find a place free of city lights you might get a chance to check out the meteor shower and all its incredible beauty this weekend. You can see the meteors after 10:00 or 11:00 pm. For more information from NASA take a look here.

These are just a few fun ideas for you and your family to take part in as the summer wraps up. I hope you have had a wonderful summer so far and get a last chance for some family fun time before the kids head back to school.

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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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