Upcoming Programs at the Library

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Looking for a fun and creative way to spend your Wednesday afternoons with your family? Join us each week for a new and easy craft to complete at your own pace. Supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis as supplies will be limited. 

Wednesdays in September
2pm at the Main Library

This program is intended for youth ages 5-12. 

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Science Nights

Create, experiment, and engineer! Join us for Science Night every week in September for interactive science activities. Science Night themes are as follows: 

Week 1: Pop Toy – Elastic Potential Energy 
Week 2: Balancing objects – Center of Gravity 
Week 3: Bubbles – Surface Tension 
Week 4: Pinwheel (anemometer) – Wind speed

Thursdays in September
6:30pm at the Main Library

This intended audience for this program is families. 

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Escape This!

Have you ever wanted to visit an escape room? Join us for “Escape This!” our quarterly escape room program where you will get to meet new people, and collaborate and solve puzzles together to reach an end prize. The theme will be “The Librarian’s Office!” Patrons will work together in groups to solve a series of clues left behind by a librarian named Ms. Hushbaum, and win some treats. 

Wednesday, September 20th
5:30 - 7:30pm at the Main Library

This program is for ages 8 and up. 

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Monster Drawing Contest

Channel your creativity into drawing your own original monster! We are inviting youth in grades K-5 to participate in our Monster Drawing Contest ~ Pick up and drop off your entry form at either our Main Library or Freedom Branch. Limit one entry per person. $10 gift cards will be awarded to each grade level winner.   

Entries Accepted October 2nd - October 21st
During Library Open Hours

Voting on finalists will occur October 23 through October 31.  

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Family Movie Night

Join us for a Family Movie Night. Movies will be rated G or PG. Light refreshments will be provided. 

First Wednesday of the Month
5:30pm at the Main Library Children's Storytime Room 

Wednesday, September 6: The Super Mario Bros. Movie (PG) 
Wednesday, October 4: The Bad Guys (PG) 
Wednesday, November 1: Book of Life (PG) 
Wednesday, December 6: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG) 

The intended audience for this program is families. 

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Tech Night

Join us for Library Tech Night ~Learn about podcasting equipment, play with bots and other technologies! 

Monday, October 9th
5pm - 6:30pm at the Main Library

This program is for all ages.  

Universal Yums!

Young foodies! We invite you to our Universal Yum recurring program where we will learn about a different country each month through delicious snacks and interactive activities. 

Friday, October 13th
Starting at 2pm at the Freedom Branch Library

This program is on a first-come, first-serve basis as supplies is limited, and intended for ages 7-12. 

Disclaimer: Please be aware that some products featured in this program are manufactured in a facility that also handles common allergens such as wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, eggs, milk, fish, and shellfish.

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Sewing 101: Absolute Beginners

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Learn about the various parts of a sewing machine, beginner vocabulary and techniques. Attend our absolute beginner session and then level up to our project focused advanced beginner sessions. We have only 6 machines, so bring a partner or your own machine.  

Tuesday, October 17th
Starting at 4pm at the Freedom Branch Library

This program is intended for older children, teens, and adults. 

Día de los Muertos

Join us for our annual Day of the Dead family program. Create a glow-in-the-dark lantern, play loteria, win prizes, and get your face painted like a calavera. Supplies will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Thursday, October 26th
5:30pm - 7pm at the Main Library

This program is intended for families.

Beanstack Reading Challenges

With Beanstack you can develop a reading habit, track your reading, and participate in various themed reading challenges. You can participate online through the Beanstack website, or with the Beanstack mobile app

For a group reading challenge, participate in the Big Library Read, the first global ebook club. 

This Month's Reading Challenge

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This Year's Challenge

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1000 Before K

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Online Book Clubs and Author Talks

Interested in participating in a community read online? The Big Library Read is the first global ebook club with selections every few months.  Together We Read is an annual open country wide community read. 

Love hearing from authors and asking questions about their work? Learn more about upcoming Author Talks. 

Author Talks

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Big Library Read

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Together We Read

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Ongoing and Other Recurring Programs

Library Lego® Club

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Library Lego®  Club

We are back in action ~ Be a Master Builder at our Library Lego® Club! Join us and get creative with a provided theme or build whatever you want with the library’s collection of bricks. Bring the whole family along to join in on the fun.

This program takes place at the Main Library, Children’s Area, 
First Tuesday of the Month, from 4-5pm


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Mothersong with Joya Winwood

Sing and dance with us!

Main Library Meeting Room, 10:30am
First Friday of the Month

The audience for this program is families.

Pajama Storytime

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Pajama Storytime

Grab your favorite stuffed animals and slippers! Come to our Pajama Storytime  in your favorite pajamas and have fun with stories and songs.

Main Library starting at 7pm 
Third Tuesday of the Month

The intended audience for this program is children and their families.

Poets' Circle

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Poets' Circle

Learn more about our next Poets' Circle meeting here

The intended audience for this program is older teens and adults.

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Toddler Tumble Time

Get ready to tumble ~ Our Toddler Tumble Time program encourages toddlers to develop balance, coordination, and cooperation while participating in fun games, yoga, music, rhymes, and more! 

Main Library Meeting Room, 10:30am
Second Tuesday of the Month

The intended audience for this program is children ages four and under who are walking.

Weekly Storytimes

Bilingual Baby Laptime

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Bilingual Baby Laptime

Bienvenidos/Welcome ~  Help your child (newborn - 2yrs) build early literacy skills as we have fun with songs and stories. 

Wednesdays, 10:30am at the Freedom Branch
Fridays, 10:30am at the Main Library

Toddler Storytime

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Toddler Storytime

Our Bilingual Toddler Storytime features fun songs, rhymes and books that foster early literacy.

Wednesdays, 11:30am at the Freedom Branch
Thursdays, 10:30am at the Main Library

Events & Programs celebrating Art & Expression in our Community

Community Art & Expression

Community Art & Expression Programs

Annual Poetry Contest

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Graphic Novel Contest

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Photography Contest

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Photographs and videos may be taken at these events and may be used in marketing materials for library activities.

Virtual Programs & Resources

Baby Laptime Songs & Rhymes

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Mothersong - Virtual Editions

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Financial Literacy Tutorials

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Discover Your Roots

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Partnerships with Other Organizations to Explore Our World

California Parks Pass

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Shelf to Shore

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