Events and Activities for Kids

Drop-in Art Saturday, May 19 at Main Library 2-4pm

posted Apr 25, 2018, 12:24 PM by Sarah Burkey

May Flowers

FREE Comic Book Day Saturday, May 5 at Main Library 11-4

posted Apr 25, 2018, 12:22 PM by Sarah Burkey

Come get 'em early while supplies last!  Comics, Crafts, and Movie

Sensory Friendly Family Film Schedule for Main Library

posted Apr 25, 2018, 12:18 PM by Sarah Burkey

Lights: Brighter!  Sound: Lower!  Talking: Encouraged!  Also a good way to practice going to the movies before you buy those tickets.

April 28:  Moana
May 26: Boss Baby
June 30: Trolls
July 27: Storks

Every last Saturday at 2:00

ZOO DAY Main Library Saturday March 24, 11-4

posted Mar 13, 2018, 1:47 PM by Sarah Burkey

We know how much your kids love animals; we do, too!  Join the free fun for all ages!  Incredible lineup includes: Oakland Zoo at 11:00, Wild Animals Inc. at 1:00 and Tracy the Animal Guy at 3:00.  Creative animal-themed crafts in between live animal visits.  We're not kitten around...alpaca your kids into the car or on your bike and head to Main Library for animal fun!  

Acclaimed Author to Speak at Main Library Tuesday Feb. 27, 3:30-4:15

posted Feb 6, 2018, 11:57 AM by Sarah Burkey

We are so excited to welcome Mitali Perkins to our Library!  Ms. Perkins is an engaging speaker and will discuss two of her award winning books, Rickshaw Girl, chosen as one of the 100 great children’s books of the last 100 years by the New York Public Library and You Bring the Distant Near, a young adult novel nominated for the National Book Award.  

In Rickshaw Girl Ms. Perkins writes of Bangla culture and customs in a moving story that highlights changing attitudes and times.  This lively story, chosen as a must-read global title for children by the Cooperative Center for Children’s Books, was also performed by the Bay Area Children’s Theater.   Ms. Perkins’ latest book, You Bring the Distant Near, has received an equally high level of praise.  School Library Journal raves, "This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections."   The Washington Post cheers, “This touching, intricately layered novel follows an Indian American family who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s as it adjusts to life here and faces both opportunities and struggles over time ... Accomplished storytelling, vividly drawn characters…broaden this vibrant book’s appeal beyond its target audience. Readers across the generations will take it to their hearts.”  A book sale and signing will follow.

This is a free event and seating is limited.  Reservations are available at  

Lunar New Year Pre Celebration Saturday Feb. 10 at Bay Farm Library 2-5pm

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:59 AM by Sarah Burkey   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 11:02 AM ]

Families are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with storytime at 2:00, crafts, refreshments and more!  Special appearance by the Asian Art Museum.  Questions? Call 510-747-7787

Astronomy Talk: Sunday Jan. 28 1:30-2:30 Main Library Community Room

posted Jan 11, 2018, 10:58 AM by Sarah Burkey   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 11:03 AM ]

Astronomy Talk: Are We Alone? Searching for Cosmic Company.  Researcher at UC Berkeley, Dr. Steve Croft, discusses the fascinating work taking place at UC Berkeley.

Homework Help for K-5th graders at all branches

posted Nov 9, 2017, 11:48 AM by Sarah Burkey

There is a free homework help service for your students.  Through a partnership with AUSD and Alameda Education Foundation, the Alameda Free Library is again offering valuable, free Homework Help for all K-5 students.

Homework Help is ideal for a student who:
  • needs help reading aloud
  • needs help with math homework (or any subject)
  • needs help understanding the directions to an assignment
Help is provided by trained local high school students at the Alameda Free Library (all branches) from 3:30-5:00 from now until May 4, 2018.  
Parents should remain at the Library while their child is receiving help.  Check with each branch for their schedule.

Spooky Night Wednesday, Oct. 25 Show begins at 7pm at Main Library

posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:11 PM by Sarah Burkey

A glow in the dark puppet show spectacular for children ages kindergarten and up!  Costumes encouraged.  Children who scare easily may not want to attend.  The fun happens in the Stafford Community Room at 7:00.

Star Wars Party: Sat. Oct. 14 1pm-3pm at Main Library

posted Sep 22, 2017, 1:46 PM by Sarah Burkey   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 10:19 AM ]

It's one of the biggest events of the year!  Wear your costume, make a cool glow in the dark lightsaber, channel the force and construct your very own R2D2, play Star Wars themed games and RECEIVE JEDI TRAINING at 2:00 from our special guest.  It's all happening in the Stafford Community Room at Main.

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