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Kids, Teen Reading, Summer Programs in Full Swing

The Alameda Free Library’s Summer Reading Program runs from June 14 to Aug. 9. Drop by the library soon for full details; students receive prizes for their efforts!

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Summer events for tweens (kids entering 4th-8th grades) are taking place at the Main Library at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in July, when there will be drop-in activities for tweens with Wii games, Legos, board games and snacks.

Special tween programs include origami and crafts at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and the movie “Flipped” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29.

For teens, several special events are scheduled throughout July:
- 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, July 3, for Makerspace Madness, when teens can practice hands-on, fun chemistry, like making glow-in-the-dark gel;
- 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, for making paper projects, such as origami, book-binding, pop-up paper creations;
- 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 14, for building musical instruments out of everyday objects;
- 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 17, for a challenging scavenger hunt complete with prizes; and
- 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 24, for a teen book swap and smoothie making.

For more information about ongoing kids’ programs, go to the library’s website.

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Teen Mural Unveiling at Library

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The Alameda Free Library will unveil a mural at 11 a.m. Sunday,June 22, at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

The library was created by students at Alameda High School, in cooperation with teen-services librarian Matt Conciatori.

“The teen artists designed and painted the entire mural themselves, despite having no prior mural experience,” Conciatori said. The library was fortunate to have a mentor, artist, muralist Margaret Morrissey–of Alameda High School–guide the students through the project “and it’s many twists and turns,” he adds.

The artists and their families will be at the library to share their enthusiasm and talents with the community. They have worked on the project for the past few months.

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Gardening Workshop, Legos & More at Library

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The Alameda Free Library has lots of activities on tap over the next few days, including a workshop focusing on water-wise gardening from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Main Library.

The workshop will be led by Lori Caldwell, who will discuss perma-culture and sustainable-gardening techniques.

She’ll also explain sheet-mulching, composting, bio-intensive edible gardening, hydrozoning and caring for native plants.

On Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m., the Alameda Free Library’s Writers Group will meet at the Main Library.

Kids activities at the Oak Street Facility include Mama Goose Storytime at 10 a.m. and We Love Legos at 2 p.m.

On Monday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m., the Main Library will host a free screening of the 1930s film “Diplomaniacs,” starring Wheeler and Woolsey.

There will also be a discussion about the Intimate Impressionism exhibit (in San Francisco) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Mark you calendars accordingly!

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Discussion on Haiti Set for Saturday

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Alameda Public Affairs Forum will host a talk on by Pierre Labossiere, a founding member of the Haiti Action Committee, at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 10, at the Main Library.

Labossiere also is a board member of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Before his speach, folk artist Daniel Zwickel will sing songs from the movement for Haitian freedom and play his guitar.

Guests are invited to arrive (via the Main Library’s back door) at 6:30 p.m. to share refreshments.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

On June 13, Helen Grieco — a Northern California organizer for Common Cause — will discuss the issue of whether a 28th Amendment to the Constitution is needed to reverse Supreme Court decisions awarding corporations unlimited financial power over the American political process.