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Have a teen ages 13-18 that’s looking for something to do this summer? The library has some fun art programs lined up, just for teens! 

 

We also have a Teen Read In scheduled, which is part of a larger program, #48HBC (48 Hour Book Challenge). The challenge is for teens to read, or talk about books on social media, or in person, for as much time as they can within a 48-hour time period. We are asking teens to complete this challenge between Friday, June 9th (8 pm) – Sunday, June 11th (8 pm). Keep track of your time spent reading or talking about books during the assigned weekend, and submit your totals by Monday, June 12th at noon to Mary at: mcayers@aclibrary.org. There will be prizes, and the overall winner will be announced here on Monday, June 12th.

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Looking for a fun art activity to entertain your kids? This project is easy, requires only a few supplies, and will entertain kids for quite a while.

You will need:

paper (we used construction paper, but cardstock would work as well)

an aluminum tray (like a disposable roasting pan) that is slightly larger than your paper

craft sand in various colors (you can buy online or at some craft stores; call first to ensure they have it in stock)

white glue

newspaper (or something to cover your work surface)

optional: glitter, a pencil, paper plates or empty salt shakers

Project Notes: this project is a lot of fun, but it can get very messy! You may want to try this outside, if there’s a sheltered spot that’s not too windy. If you choose to try it inside, you might want to cover your work surface with newspaper or place mats of some kind.

Directions:

Step 1: Start with one piece of paper. You can draw out a pattern, picture or just random lines using your pencil. (Or you can skip this step altogether and just use the glue to draw patterns.)

Step 2: Place the paper into the tray. Take out your sand and either pour a little bit of each color onto a paper plate (I’ve found that it is easier for little hands to have one plate for each color of sand, instead of sharing plates with multiple colors of sand), or adding colored sand to salt shakers (I would use cheap and small salt shakers from a dollar store, if you choose to go this route).

Step 3: Trace over the pencil lines with the glue. If you skipped drawing on the paper, use the glue to create patterns or random lines directly onto the paper.

Step 3: While the glue is still wet, sprinkle craft sand over the glue. You can mix the colors together, or you can cover different areas of the glue with one particular color (for example, if you drew a flower, you might add pink sand to the petals, and green sand to the stem/leaves). If your kids are using the sand off of the plates, this is a good exercise for practicing fine motor skills (pinching the sand between fingers is great practice!) Salt shakers work will for little hands too, and can help with hand/eye coordination in using the salt shakers to add sand to the paper.

Step 4: Once you’ve covered all of your glue with sand, shake the excess sand off of the paper and into the tray. You’ll end up with all the sand colors mixed together, but you can always use the rainbow sand to decorate a new glue picture (this looks really pretty on random abstract glue lines!) If you really want the colors of sand to stay separated, you can dump the excess sand off of the paper before adding a new color. Store sand in ziplock bags for limited mess. Optional: Use glitter in place of one color of sand to add a sparkly pop to your artwork!

Step 5: Set aside to dry. This type of art project will not last for a long time, unless you want to seal it. You’d need to buy Modge Podge or another type of sealant in order to keep the sand from drying out and falling off of the page. They do look pretty while they last, and kids have a blast working on their art. This project kept my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for more than 30 minutes at a time. A great way to “save” these types of projects is to take a photograph.

 

 

Join us for a fun-filled flashback for adults! In 1967, thousands converged on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Whether you want to recapture your counterculture past or find out what it was really like, the library has something for everyone!

Come watch a legendary rock concert film, learn about psychedelic art and hippie fashion, make your own tie-dye T-shirt and more! Our free adult programs kick off on Thursday, June 1 and continue through July 2017. (Print a copy of the event flier.)

Adult Program Descriptions
All programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 1 – Screening of Monterey Pop
The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival featured performances by Janis Joplin, the Who, Ravi Shankar, Simon & Garfunkel, and more. This incredible concert film captures it all, including Jimi Hendrix infamously lighting his guitar on fire!

Sunday, June 25 – When Art Rocked: Posters from the ‘60s
Come see a far out collection of rock posters, handbills and other 1960s memorabilia! Members of the Rock Poster Society will display items from their collections and describe some of the more memorable shows and dances they attended.

Thursday, July 6 – Summer of Love Art Talk
Join us for a lecture highlighting the de Young museum’s exhibit “The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.” See exhilarating examples of costumes and textiles, photography, rock posters, and more. This presentation will be by Jim Kohn, Docent for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
(Image on left: minidress by Candace King; Image on above right: Fillmore poster, 1967, by Bonnie MacLean)

Thursday, July 13 –  Make a Tie Dye T-shirt
Bring a 100% cotton t-shirt and we’ll provide everything else you’ll need to make your own tie-dye creation. Be prepared to get a little messy and have a lot of fun! For adults only. Space is limited. Sign-ups start June 13. Visit the library’s Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.

Thursday, July 27 – Poster Lettering Workshop
Learn how to make artistic lettering by hand that will add a groovy touch to whatever you are making!  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided. This class is being led by artist and teacher, Karen Wardell. Space is limited. Sign-ups for this class start June 27. Visit the library’s Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.

 

 

Looking to explore your creative side? Our next two First Thursday adult programs will feature hands-on crafting projects. Learn something new and walk away with original works of art! These free programs are for adults only. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday, April 6 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Quilted Postcards with Marion Coleman

Textile and mixed media artist Marion Coleman is inspired by memory, family stories, cultural change and a world filled with color. She will guide you in making a personal fabric collage postcard-sized quilt! No experience necessary. All supplies will be provided.

 

Zentangle

Thursday, May 4 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Zentangle Basics

Want to relax, refocus and reconnect to your inner creativity?  This free class will introduce you to the Zentangle philosophy and its fun approach to enhancing creativity. By learning simplified steps to an alphabet of structured patterns, you will be delighted and surprised by your unique and beautiful designs. Supplies provided.

Limited to 20 participants. Call 925-803-7252 to register.

Donna Crum is a Certified Zentangle Teacher. The Zentangle method, envisioned by artist/musician Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, has a world-wide following.

Can’t come to this class? Check out one of our zentangle books and teach yourself!

paintalongtree1Our First Thursdays afternoon series continues with this fun, free, and unique Paint Along!

Beginner and experienced painters are invited to join teaching artist Karen Wardell to make a beautiful piece of art. All the supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your creative spirit!

Join us from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Dublin Library Program Room.

This program is free, but space is limited. To reserve your spot, register at the library Information Desk or call 510-608-1102.

 

active-brain

 

Now that we’re in the year 2016, many of us have made resolutions.  One of the best resolutions one can make is to maintain mental fitness.  Just as the body needs exercise, your mind requires  social and mental engagement for proper maintenance.  Activate your brain with fun activities.

Board and number games help stimulate your brain.  It’s no wonder that  Bingo is popular in retirement and nursing homes, as those who play the game experience fewer memory problems and have better hand-eye coordination than those who don’t.  Brain teasers like crossword puzzles, word searches, Rubik’s cubes, playing Scrabble® or chess are all great for keeping your mind in good working condition.

Stimulate your synapses  by undertaking new activities. Take up a new hobby or craft.  Take an online course.  Learn a new foreign language or brush up your skills in one you’ve nearly forgotten. Walk or drive a new way to work. Visit local museums and other attractions in the area using Discover and Go.  Learn to play an instrument like drums or piano, which requires performing different actions with your hands and feet.  Use your opposite hand to brush your teeth, eat, dial a telephone or move a computer mouse. This switch will force your brain to invent new pathways for  controlling physical movement.

Stimulate your senses!  Brush your teeth or get dressed while keeping your eyes closed – you are allowed to cheat and open your eyes to make sure you are putting on the right garments and that your outfit is color-coordinated!  Multi-tasking doesn’t have to be stressful – use several senses at the same time; for example, take a hike while listening to an audio book or music, or explore the texture of leaves and tree bark while listening to bird songs.

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If you recently bought or received a digital camera and want to go beyond point-and-shoot photography, you’ll want to attend an “Introduction to Digital Photography,” a free class that will be given this coming Saturday, January 24, 2015, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and lasting to about 4:00 p.m., in the Dublin Library Program Room.

The instructor, Gerry Mooney, is a professional photographer who taught at Ohlone College for 25 years. In this class you will learn basic digital camera operations, custom settings, and editing and storing digital pictures.

Be sure to bring your own digital camera and instruction manual for hands-on practice. There will be a maximum of 36 students for this class. Registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or call (925) 803-7252.

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