Posts Tagged ‘summer’

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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What is it like to work in the library? Do you know that there is a library that never closes? Want to learn how to make a movie and upload it to YouTube? These are only a few of the many things you will learn at this 2-day camp designed for cool kids entering 4th – 8th grade.

Camp takes place on June 23rd and 25th. It is free but registration is required. Seats are limited so sign up as early as possible. Click on one of the links below for the registration form.

Kids Library Camp Registration Form (Word format)
Kids Library Camp Registration Form (PDF format)

Contact: Chien-Chun Chang (510)795-2629 or email cchang@aclibrary.org


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Photograph of beach 

A something in a summer’s Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer’s noon —
A depth — an Azure — a perfume —
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer’s night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see —

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle — shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me —

The wizard fingers never rest —
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it’s narrow bed —

Still rears the East her amber Flag —
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red —

So looking on — the night — the morn
Conclude the wonder gay —
And I meet, coming thro’ the dews
Another summer’s Day!

by Emily Dickinson


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🙂 Tuesday, June 24, 2-3 P.M.
Magic Show by Dan Chan

Bay Area magician, Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat and their dog Ace will be at Centerville Library to present an exciting show for your whole family.

This show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some seating areas may not have shade so it is advised that you wear a hat to shield the sun.

🙂 Thursday, July 3, 2-4 P.M.
Family Movie Time–Bee Movie

Buzz buzz buzz…

Bee Movie is a buzz-worthy comedy that will change everything you think you know about bees. Rated PG.

A ticket is required to see this movie. Free tickets are availble one hour prior to show time. Seats are limited.

🙂 Thursday, July 10, 2-4 P.M.
Welcome to Narnia

Join us for a fun afternoon of exciting games and cool crafts. Get your passport to the Narnia World, travel around all the places and be entered to a raffle drawing for great prizes.

This event will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade so it is advised that you wear a hat to shield the sun.

🙂 Tuesday, July 15, 2-3 P.M.
Tommy the Space Bug Adventure

Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little did Tommy know his wish was about to come true. Zeenon the Alien travels millions of light years to visit earth and to meet interesting earthlings like Tommy. Mad scientist, Dr. Lost N. Space is also interested in Space Aliens…interested in selling them for millions of dollars! Will Tommy be able to save his new found friend from the evil Dr. Lost N. Space?

This fun puppet show is presented by Puppet Art Theater. It will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some seating areas may not have shade. It is advised that you wear a hat to shield the sun.

🙂 Thursday, July 24, 2-3 P.M.
Wild, Wacky, and Weird Videos from the Internet

Join us for an-hour play of funny, cool, and amazing Internet videos found by Centerville Library’s kids and librarians.

To recommend videos, please email the links to Beth at ebuchanan@aclibrary.org You will receive a small prize for your submission.

🙂 Tuesday, July 29, 2-3 P.M.
Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and ‘Corny Crow’

Funny ventriloquist Steve Chaney and “Corny Crow” are visiting Centerville Library again! They will bring us marionettes, sock puppets, hand puppets, and people puppets (that means YOU!) Don’t miss this really fun show full of non-stop laughters for the entire family!

This show will be presented in the library patio. Some seating areas may not have shade. It is advised that you wear a hat to shield the sun.

🙂 Thursday, August 7, 2-3 P.M.
Buggy Crafts for Children

Come and have fun making a fancy bug spiral mobile with us. For children of all ages but younger ones should be accompanied by an adult.

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