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!


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.


Alameda’s Encinal Yacht Club: Supporting Youth Sailing


Encinal Yacht Club’ says its junior summer-sailing programs are poised to have their best summer yet.

The first session wrapped up on July 8, when the these photos were taken — and conditions were pretty windy.

Nearly 100 sailors had registered for the first of the three sessions, the club said in its latest newsletter. And some took their enthusiasm for the sport on land and joined in the Fourth of July in town.  

During the sessions, participating sailors and their family members get to enjoy outdoor barbeques and fun – including races out on the estuary – each Thursday night.

The second session is in full swing (or full sail) and ends July 29, with the third session is set for August 2 to 19. 

Erik Glaser and Megan Grove are the program directors of the youth sailing program for EYC.  

The yacht club is celebrating its 120th  anniversary this year, and its clubhouse is turning 50.

EYC holds an open house on the second Tuesday of each month.  

(Thanks to sailing enthusiast James Fryer for sharing the photos.)