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Ready for a break and can’t wait for summer?

Discover & Go

If you haven’t checked out Discover and Go, yet, now is the perfect time to take advantage of free passes to local museums and parks. Plan yourself a fun weekend staycation with the fam to hold you over till summertime.


Below is a handful of current, or upcoming events for the month of May and June from museums or attractions that are also listed on Alameda County’s Discover and Go.


Bugs in Berkeley 

UC Botanical Garden and Bug Day: June 15th, 10am-4pm 




“Join Garden docents and entomologists for a weekend of fun and exciting insect related programs. From tours of the Garden in search of pollinators to hands on demonstrations and interactions with live specimens this is sure to “bee” a great event. ” 


Lawrence Hall of Science and Xtreme BUGS: Now till September 1st

“Xtreme BUGS are marching, flying, and crawling into the Hall! Get up close to these massive, moving, and buzzing insect and arthropod models. Come experience the wonder (and sometimes the creepiness!) of getting up close and personal to the bugs that are usually hidden from view.” 


Comics and Cartoon Fanatics 

Take the BART to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Cartoon Art Museum:  Now till September 14


“The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition will include all of the original artwork from the historic first issue from 1984, other early covers and interior artwork from series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and their associates from Mirage Studios, storyboards and animation cells from the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and material from the popular TMNT Adventures comic book originally published by Archie Comics.”





The Cartoon Art Museum is located near many museums that are also listed on our Discover and Go!, including Children’s Creativity Museum,  whose historic carousel will reopen  this Saturday, May 17th 



If you’re taking BART home, get off at Lake Merritt stop and visit OMCA’s Sunshine and Superheroes: San Diego’s Comic-Con: May 23rd to May 31st. This special exhibit will include a photo booth where kids can take pictures of themselves in costumes. If your adventures are on a Friday, OMCA also hosts a special night of music, food trucks, and kids art progams that begin at 5pm.


Outdoorsy Type?

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point is hosting a Birds of Prey Day Monday, May 26th from 10am to 5pm

“What makes a bird a bird of prey? And how do they hunt and survive? This Memorial Day, learn about these amazing avians during our feather-filled family event. Get up close to roving birds of prey and attend special programming.”


So what are you waiting for? Summer is quickly approaching, and passes get booked fast!  Log on to Discover and Go and browse these and many more offerings.

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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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   Create a Tree Collage update…

 As part of our Art is Education program we are creating a collage art project made from recycled materials at the Centerville Library. 

Check out the progress so far on our Create a Tree Collage.  It is looking good! We still have quite a bit of work to do.  So if you like to recycle, have an artistic flair, or just want to be part of a collaborative art project drop by Centerville Library and have some fun! 

This collage project is open to everyone and all materials are provided.

Program is open for public participation during these hours:
Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 1-3 PM, 5:30-7:30 PM
Thursdays, March 3, 17, 11 AM-2:30 PM, 5-6 PM
Thursday, March 10, 11 AM-2:30 PM

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