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David Balmer and Solano County Library: In His Own Words

 

 

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, David Balmer was honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors in 2015 for his contributions as a former county administrator. He sat down with Solano County Library to look back on some of those achievements, including his role in saving the county library and setting it up to become the strong system of libraries that it is today.

 

 

Fairfield Cordelia Library Introduces New Play-and-Learn Space

Due to increasing demand by parents and caregivers, preschoolers and their caregivers will have a dedicated play-and-learn space at the Fairfield Cordelia Library beginning May 18, 2016. Research shows that play is an important part of a child’s development and is often overlooked in our busy world. The simple act of play forms the building blocks for emotional, developmental and educational milestones. Play encourages communication and builds vocabulary, which helps prepare young children for learning to read when they are older. This project is partially funded through a $10,000 grant from First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission. For more information…

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Color Yourself Peaceful
08/25/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Coloring books for adults—it’s a thing! The Vacaville Cultural Center Library is hosting a ‘Color Yourself Peaceful’ program on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m.  Adults will explore colors, patterns, and textures with coloring books for adults. “Leave all of your stress behind and join us as we express our creativity through coloring books! You’ll be asking yourself why you gave up crayons back in fourth grade,” says librarian Teri Stevens.

 

The library located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Coloring pages, crayons, colored pencils, coffee, and tea will be provided.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 1-866-572-7587.



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FREE SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test
08/24/2016
By Kevin Tolley

Vacaville Town Square Library

 

Saturday September 24, at 12:00

 

This free full-length practice exam is open to all students and is administered by Kaplan in partnership with the library. Please register in advance by calling the Town Square library at 866-572-7587

 

Kaplan has been partnering with the library for a number of years providing free experience to students who would like to better prepare for these challenging exams. This particular exam will feature elements from both the SAT and the ACT, the two major exams often required by colleges during the application process.



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Little Explorers Program
08/23/2016
By Kristen Murray

Join us for some hands on learning fun!  Thursday, September 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:00p.m. at the Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Dr., Fairfield.

 

Kids ages 2-6 will enjoy fun activities including science, art, sensory play and more!  This interactive program will take place in the library’s new Stay and Play Learning Center.  Little Explorer events will take place the first Thursday of the month through November with different adventures each month. Don’t miss out on the fun!

 

This FREE program is brought to you by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries. For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Citizenship Practice Test
08/22/2016
By Tim Madigan

Fairfield, CA- The Fairfield Cordelia Library is hosting a Citizenship Practice Test on Saturday August 27 at 2 p.m. Library customers learn what they need to know about U.S. geography, government & history utilizing questions provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com



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Library Seeks Public Input To Plan For Future Services
08/19/2016
By Ann Miller

Solano County Library is urging local residents to take a brief survey about the services and resources the public would most like to see offered by their local public libraries. The public online survey is available from Aug. 22 to Sept. 30 at www.solanolibrary.com.

 

“This is a chance for residents in Solano County to have a say about library services now and in the future,” said Bonnie Katz, director of library services.

 

The online survey is part of a strategic planning process that Solano County Library has launched to obtain comprehensive feedback about library services from residents.  In addition, the Library will be conducting stakeholder meetings, focus groups and town hall meetings to collect local input. 

 

Three town hall meetings have been scheduled in Vallejo, Vacaville and Rio Vista, similar meetings in Fairfield and Suisun City will be scheduled this fall.  Town halls will be held on:

 

  • Wednesday, Sept 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo.
     
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville.
     
  • Friday, Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 610 St. Francis Way, Rio Vista.

 

Members of the public who prefer to provide private input via email can do so using the address solano@librarystrategy.com.

 

For more information contact Marc Futterman, president/CEO at CIVIC Technologies at marc@civictechnologies.com



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Solano County Paranormal “Haunt-It-Yourself Para-Workshop”
08/18/2016
By Delilah Wilson

Ever wonder what lurks in the shadows or goes bump in the night in Solano?
 

The Solano County Paranormal team will give us an insight into local haunts around our county.
 

They'll discuss their experiences, and share with us the paranormal evidence that they've discovered.
 

The event takes place Thursday, October 13 at 5:30pm, at the Vacaville Town Square Library, 1 Town Square Place.

 

The program is free, and no registration is required.

 

Seating is limited, so arrive early.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS, or visit the events calendar at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Brain Games for Adults
08/16/2016
By Delilah Wilson

What better place to find the answer to a puzzle than the library??

 

Beginning in September, the Vacaville Town Square library will be hosting a Brain Games for Adults program dedicated to all brain puzzles.

 

If you enjoy crosswords, word searches, Sudoku, and other brain teasers, this is the group for you!

                       

The fun begins Friday, September 2, at 1:00pm, at the Town Square Library, located at 1 Town Square Place.

 

Join us for an afternoon of fun, and exercise your brain!

 

This program is provided free and will meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, beginning September 2, 2016.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS, or visit our events calendar at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crafts for Adults – One-Step Tie-Dye Projects
08/12/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for this month is tie-dye. Participants will learn how to make various one-step tie-dye projects. This program will happen on Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. All materials will be supplied.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Library Offers Full-Ride Scholarships for Career Online High School
08/12/2016
By Ann Miller

Solano County Library is recruiting six students living in Fairfield or Suisun City for full-ride scholarships for its Career Online High School.  The successful program began in Vallejo in March with six students.

 

The Career Online High School is an accredited program in which adults earn their high school diploma and a certificate in one of eight career tracks. Scholarships are funded through a California State Library grant and matching funds from Fairfield-Suisun Friends of the Library. 

 

To apply for the program and scholarship, students must be over 19 years-old and live in Fairfield or Suisun City.  Other requirements include a commitment to study 10 hours each week and to register for a free library card. 

 

For more information visit solanolibrary.com/cohs or call 1-866-57-ASKUS. 



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Master Gardeners – Kitchen Garden
08/12/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on kitchen gardens. Learn about the varieties of herbs and plants that can be easily grown in a household kitchen. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend. The program will happen on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m.

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Cordão De Ouro capoeira group
08/09/2016
By Natasha North

The John F. Kennedy Library is bringing a bit of Brazil to Vallejo. A branch of the world-renowned Cordão De Ouro capoeira group will be performing this Saturday at 2:00. Capoeira is more than a martial art or dance style: it is a culture complete with a rich history, oral tradition, and musicality. All ages are invited to this exciting demonstration as the summer Read for the Win Challenge draws to a close.

 

For more information about Cordão De Ouro, visit http://www.cdobayarea.com.

 

For more information about library events, please call 1-866-572-7587 or visit www.solanolibrary.com.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Vallejo Public Libraries.



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Citizenship Practice Test
08/08/2016
By Tim Madigan

Fairfield, CA- The Fairfield Cordelia Library is hosting a Citizenship Practice Test on Saturday August 27 at 2 p.m. Library customers learn what they need to know about U.S. geography, government & history utilizing questions provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Lullaby Storytime
08/04/2016
By Delilah Wilson

Bedtime stories and soothing songs.

 

Come in your PJs and bring along a teddy friend to our evening of

dreamy stories and sweet lullabies.

 

All ages are welcomed.

 

The program takes places the last Tuesday of each month, beginning

September 27, 2016 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm at the Vacaville Town Square Library, 1 Town Square.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS, or visit the events calendar at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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Brain Games for Adults
08/04/2016
By Delilah Wilson

If you enjoy crosswords, word searches, Sudoku, and other mind puzzles, this is the group for you!

 

Join us for an afternoon of fun mind challenges at the Vacaville Town

Square Library, 1 Town Square, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Friday September 2 and 16, 2016.

 

The fun takes place the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS, or visit the events calendar at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Ice Cream Social with the Travis AFB Jazz Band
07/28/2016
By Kevin Tolley

Thursday, August 4th at 4:00

 

One of the best things about coming to the Town Square Summer Reading Challenge ice cream party, aside from the obvious, is that the Travis Air Force Base Jazz band is coming too!

 

Not only do you get to come to the library for good old fashioned fun, you will also be able to hear the Jazz band play their awesome music. Even better, we will have carnival style games and free ice cream.

 

While you’re here, turn in your child’s completed Summer Reading Challenge reading list so they can win their summer reading prize. So come on down to win prizes and eat ice cream at the Town Square end-of-summer event.

 

Remember, all library events are free thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Vacaville Library.

 

For more information, call us at 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit solanolibrary.com



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Walk Like an Olympian
07/28/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will have a “Walk Like an Olympian” program and parade for kids to celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Children can come to the library on Tuesday, Aug. 2 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to make an Olympian themed costume, and march in a parade with their costumes around the library at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. All materials will be provided.

 

“The kids can dress up however they like! Maybe a deity like Athena or Poseidon? Hermes with wings on their feet? Or Medusa with snakes for hair? Or maybe just an average ancient Grecian with a tunic and a torch!” says Nancy Vitavec, the children’s librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Craft Program – Dream Boards
07/28/2016
By Andrea Klecki

 

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will be having a teen/tween craft program to celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge. Tweens and teens (age 12 and up) will have a chance to make “dream boards” – personalized poster boards to use as visual motivators to achieve a dream or goal. Various materials will be supplied for participants to fill the boards with positive thoughts and images, and they are welcome to bring their own supplies if they wish. The program will happen on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.

 

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Maker Program: Brushbot Robots
07/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Teen Maker program is a series of programs geared specifically for teens to use their creative skills to make unique projects. “The Teen Maker program is a great way for tweens and teens to try out various do-it-yourself projects to make something useful out of things you can easily find around the house or in a store. We’ll be doing a new project every session!” said Andrea Klecki, the teen librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

The project for this month is: Brushbots. Participants will learn how to make a tiny vibrating robot made out of a toothbrush and other items. They will also have the chance to decorate them with googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and other items to personalize their creations. The program will happen on Wednesday, July 27 at 4 p.m. at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Teens/tweens age 12 and up are welcome to attend. All materials will be provided.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
07/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board.  They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens. “Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends,” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library. The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, July 28 at 4 p.m.   

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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Germar the Magician
07/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library continues to celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with a performance by Germar the Magician. Kids and their families will enjoy a wonderful show full of magic and laughter. The program will happen on Tuesday, July 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ulatis Community Center, across from the library.

 

“There’ll be plenty of laughs along with gasps of amazement in this funny bilingual magic show,” says Nancy Vitavec, the children’s librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

The Ulatis Community Center is located at 1000 Ulatis Drive, and the library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crafts for Adults – Hypertufa Containers
07/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for this month is hypertufa containers. Participants will learn how to make hypertufa planting containers using cement, peat moss, and other materials. They’re a cheap way to give a home garden a personal, rustic touch. This program will happen on Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m. All materials will be supplied.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Summer Reading Comic Con
07/20/2016
By Jennifer La Riviere

Tuesday August 2 at 1:30pm

 

Teens will have the chance to show off their cosplay costumes, or just enjoy an event especially for comic book and manga lovers at the Suisun City Library on Tuesday, August 2 at 1:30 p.m. Activities include a superhero photo booth, cosplay fashion contest, and a visit from Waterfront Comics. This is the third event at Suisun City Library for teens to celebrate reading this summer. “We hope the teens who have helped Solano County Library work toward our goal of reading 100,000 books collect their prizes this summer,” says young adult library associate Jennifer La Riviere. The Summer Reading Challenge ends on August 31.

 

The library is located at 601 Pintail Drive. Refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of library events. Thank you to Waterfront Comics for your continued support promoting literacy.

 



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DON’T HANG UP! THE LIBRARY MAY BE CALLING YOU
07/18/2016
By Ann Miller

DON’T HANG UP! THE LIBRARY MAY BE CALLING YOU

 

Solano County Library officials announced today that as part of their strategic planning process, they are launching a telephone survey to understand how the Library can best serve the public.  “The feedback we get from these surveys is very valuable when we are making decisions about Library services,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County Library’s director of library services.

 

Telephone interviews will be conducted through a random selection of county residents, excluding those residing in Benicia and Dixon who are served by their city libraries.  In order to include all residents, not just those who are library users, landline and cell numbers are being obtained from a commercial list broker. Only the Library will have access to the information collected and only residents 18 and older are eligible to participate.   Interviews will be conducted in English and Spanish, and will last  approximately 12 minutes. “We hope that when residents see Solano County Library on the caller I.D. they will pick up and give us a few minutes of their time,” said Katz.



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Puppet Art Theater: The Three Little Pigs
07/14/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library continues to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge with a special performance by the Puppet Art Theater. Three pigs strike out on their own looking to have fun and adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, sticks, bricks, and a huffing and puffing Big Bad Wolf add up to hilarity and mayhem in this adaptation of the classic story, “The Three Little Pigs.”

 

This program will happen on Tuesday, July 19 at 3:30 p.m. and will be at the Ulatis Community Center, across from the library. The Ulatis Community Center is located at 1000 Ulatis Drive, and the library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Master Gardeners – Gardening Tools
07/14/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Master Gardeners – Gardening Tools

 

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on gardening tools. Participants will learn about different varieties of gardening tools and their uses. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend. The program will happen on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Vacaville Friends of the Library Book Sale
07/07/2016
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The Vacaville Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library during the library’s open hours starting on from July 21 through July 25.  The library is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

On Thursday, July 21 the book sale will only be open to Friends of the Library members.  Anyone can become a member at the door.  Membership prices are $5 per person or $7.50 per family. The sale is open to everyone starting on Friday, July 22 and ongoing through Monday, July 25. No membership is required Friday through Monday.  Sunday and Monday are “$5 a Bag” days: fit as many books as you can in one bag for only $5.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Make Your Own Toys and Games
07/07/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library continues to celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with a special craft program for kids: Make Your Own Toys and Games. Children will be able to make a variety of different toys and games, from spinning tops to mini parachutes. This program will happen on Tuesday, July 12 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All materials will be supplied.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Vallejo Admirals Honor Young Readers
07/06/2016
By Jeff Kingman

Friday, July 15, 2016 – 6:35pm

 

Vallejo Admirals Honor Young Readers

 

The Vallejo Admirals baseball team will generously honor all kids signed up for the library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Kids get in free, and 2 adults per family also get in free (only if their kids are signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge). Library Associate Jeff Kingman says: “This will be a lot of fun for kids and shows how important it is to keep reading throughout the summer months. So kids, come to the ballgame and get recognized for being great readers!”

 

Where: Wilson Park, 199 Stewart Street, Vallejo.

Simply tell them at the ticket booth that you are part of the library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

 

For more information: Call the library at 866-572-7587  www.solanolibrary.com

 

 

Additional information about Solano County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge:

 

Help us read 100,000 books. One for every family in Solano County! 

 

Join Solano County Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and Read for the Win!

 

We are offering fun reading programs for pre-readers and their caregivers, kids, teens and adults this summer. There are prizes for everyone who signs up and completes the Summer Reading Challenge.

 

Visit your local Solano County Library to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, and to find out about the free programs, resources and shows featured at your branch.



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Teen Creative Free-For-All Art Program
06/30/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Teens and tweens can exercise their creativity in the Teen Creative Free-For-All program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. They can write stories, draw in sketchbooks, paint pictures, or just about anything else they want to do with the art and writing supplies available to them.

 

The program will happen on Wednesday, July 6 at 4 p.m. All materials will be provided. For teens and tweens age 12 and up.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Mystery Night at the Library - Lies, Deception, Murder. . .Who dunnit!?!
06/30/2016
By Delilah Wilson

Become a character in our “Lei’d To Rest” luau, and help solve a murder mystery at the library. As one of the characters, you can use your smarts to unmask the true culprit in this Hawaiian-themed event.

 

The night of intrigue takes place on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30pm, at the Vacaville Town Square Library, 1 Town Square Place.

 

Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt or hula skirt, and join us for a night of mystery.

 

This program is provided free, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The event is open to adults and teens, ages 16 and up.

 

Reservations are required, due to limited space. Sign up at the library’s Information desk.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS, or visit the events calendar at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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Teen Community Service Opportunity
06/29/2016
By Michelle Franzen

The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host a community service opportunity for teens Friday, July 8 from 2 – 4 p.m.

 

The library is partnering with Vintage Valley Blue Star Moms to show support for troops currently deployed. Teens will write letters and make a craft that will be shipped to deployed service members.

 

The library is located at 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. Thank you to the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries for their generous support of library events.



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Wild Things: Animals of the World
06/22/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library continues to celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with a special program for kids: "Wild Things: Animals of the World." Children and their families will have a chance to meet wild animals from around the globe and learn more about each creature and its own personal story. This program will happen on Tuesday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m. and will be at the Ulatis Community Center, across from the library.

 

The Ulatis Community Center is located at 1000 Ulatis Drive, and the library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Paint Palooza
06/20/2016
By Jennifer LaRiviera

Tuesday July 5 at 1:30pm

 

The Suisun City Library invites teens to express themselves through paint on Tuesday, July 5 at 1:30 p.m. Canvas, paints, and all other materials will be provided. “Socializing and expressing yourself are important parts of growing up,” says young adult library associate Jennifer La Riviere, “we are happy to provide a safe environment with activities that foster creativity.” This is the second Summer Reading Challenge event for teens at the Suisun City Library.

 

The library is located at 601 Pintail Drive. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of library events.



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Mystery Night at the Library - Lies, Deception, Murder. . .Who dunnit!?!
06/16/2016
By Delilah Wilson

Become a character in our “Lei’d To Rest” luau, and help solve a murder mystery at the library. As one of the characters, you can use your smarts to unmask the true culprit in this Hawaiian-themed event.

 

The night of intrigue takes place on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30pm, at the Vacaville Town Square Library, 1 Town Square Place.

 

Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt or hula skirt, and join us for a night of mystery.

 

This program is provided free, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The event is open to adults and teens, ages 16 and up.

 

Reservations are required, due to limited space. Sign up at the library’s Information desk.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS, or visit the events calendar at www.solanolibrary.com



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
06/13/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board.  They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens. “Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends,” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library. The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Children’s Water and Outdoor Art Activities
06/13/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will be offering water and outdoor play activities for kids on June 21 at 10 a.m. Children will be able to play with chalk, paint pictures, make clay sculptures, and blow bubbles. Babies and toddlers can have their own playtime with toys and a wading pool. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Craft - Washi Tape Workshop
06/13/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Teens and tweens can experiment with washi tape to decorate everyday items at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library on Wednesday, June 22 at 4 p.m. Washi tape is an inexpensive way to create interesting patterns on common household objects, such as picture frames, notebooks, keys, and much more. All materials will be supplied, and participants are welcome to bring their own items if they wish.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crafts for Adults – Book Page Wreaths
06/08/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for June is book page wreaths. Participants will use pages from recycled books to make their own decorative wreaths. All materials will be supplied. This program will happen on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Master Gardeners – Landscape Design Process
06/08/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on a special topic. Trisha Rose will present information about the landscape design decision process and help participants create a landscape design checklist.  Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend. The program will happen on Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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California Raptor Center: Birds of Prey
06/08/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Representatives from the California Raptor Center will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library again to help celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge. Children and their families will be able to meet various birds of prey (a.k.a. “raptors”) that have been rescued from the wild and learn plenty of interesting facts about these winged predators. This program will happen on Tuesday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m.

 

“Maybe you’ll see an eagle, an owl, a kestrel, or a hawk! They’re all magnificent and important animals in our world. What makes these creatures so amazing? Find out!” says Nancy Vitavec, the children’s librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.
 



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Lunches at the Town Square library
06/08/2016
By Kevin Tolley

Town Square library is proving free lunches every week day to children aged 0-18. Every day from 12pm to 12:30pm kids can come and receive free lunches that are provided through a partnership with Vacaville Unified School District.

 

Lunches at the Library keeps children and teens nourished during the summer months, helping to ensure that they return to school in the fall ready to learn.

 

For many children and teens across the country and in Vacaville, the stability and nutrition provided by the lunches they receive in the school cafeteria, and the learning opportunities they receive in the classroom, end when school lets out for summer vacation.

 

Combined with the annual Summer Reading Challenge, our summer meal program helps combat hunger and learning loss during the summer by providing children and teens with regularly-scheduled, free and healthy meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program, learning and enrichment programs, and essential library services and resources.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge is simply a way to encourage kids to read. We give away prize books that kids can keep for reading during the summer. So, not only do the kids get free food, they also can receive prizes for reading. This is the perfect combination and is all within the library — a trusted space at the heart of the community.
 



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Magician Owen Baker-Flynn
06/03/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Magician Owen Baker-Flynn will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library on Tuesday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the start of the 2016 Solano County Library Summer Reading Challenge. Children and their families will be able to see juggling, comedy, and all sorts of acts during the magic show.

 

“He juggles! He jokes! He balances odd things on his nose! He does really weird stuff with his head and neck! He does things he probably shouldn’t! He makes his audience very, very happy. And he's here to kick off our Summer Reading Challenge!” says Nancy Vitavec, the children’s librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.
 



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Teen Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off Pizza Party
06/02/2016
By Jennifer La Riviere

Tuesday June 7 at 1:30 pm

 

The Suisun City Library will host a pizza party and games for teens on Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Challenge. Teens are encouraged to read this summer in order to earn prize books and a chance to win an iPad Mini. “Teens can enjoy the air conditioning, meet friends and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at library events,” says Jennifer La Riviere, young adult library associate at the Suisun City Library.

 

The library is located at 601 Pintail Drive. Food and games will be provided. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of library events.



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Summer Kickoff Party at the Vacaville Town Square Library
05/31/2016
By Kevin Tolley

Summer is coming and the downtown library is kicking off its schedule of events with a party. Every week at 4:00 beginning on Thursday, June 9th we will be having fun. Everything from Magicians to an old-fashioned Ice Cream social complete with the Travis AFB Jazz band.

 

This coming Thursday, June 9th, we will have cotton candy, games and information about the library. You can sign your child up for the Summer Reading Challenge and learn about how you can participate too. The library is trying to reach a County-wide goal of 100,000 books read over the summer. Every book you read is one book closer to our goal.

 

Come to the library to have fun and read!



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Our Farmers Program at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
05/31/2016
By Kristen Murray

Join us on Saturday, June 4, 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Cordelia Library to meet with local growers and enjoy some family friendly activities.  Demonstrations will introduce families to local products with hands on fun for the kids!

 

Solano Grown and Fairfield Cordelia Library are partnering together to showcase local growers and artisans and encourage families to buy local. Solano Grown is a partnership of Solano County farmers and ranchers committed to producing and marketing an array of high quality agricultural products.  Come see what it’s all about and learn what it means to be a locavore!

 

This free event is brought to you by the Solano County Library and Solano Grown.  For more information please call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Color Yourself Peaceful
05/25/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Coloring books for adults—it’s a thing! The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will host another ‘Color Yourself Peaceful’ program on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.  Adults will explore colors, patterns, and textures with coloring books for adults. “Leave all of your stress behind and join us as we express our creativity through coloring books! You’ll be asking yourself why you gave up crayons back in fourth grade,” says librarian Teri Stevens.

 

The library located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Coloring pages, crayons, colored pencils, coffee, and tea will be provided.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 1-866-572-7587.



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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services host a free information session at the Library
05/25/2016
By Michelle Franzen

A free information session hosted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss:

  • the Naturalization Process,
  • the New Naturalization Test,
  • Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship

It is open to all legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants.

The event is hosted in English. Feel free to bring a friend or family member to translate.

Saturday, June 11 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. Questions, please contact vilaysay.p.chang@uscis.dhs.gov

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Para residents legales permanents o personas interesadas en solicitor para hacerse ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos.

Temas de discussion en este taller gratuito incluyen:

  • El proceso de naturalización
  • El examen de naturalización
  • Derechos y responsabilidades de los ciudadanos americanos

El taller será en Inglés. Favor de traer un traductor si es necesario.

11 de junio, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM La biblioteca es en 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield 94533. Preguntas, por favor póngase en contacto con vilaysay.p.chang@uscis.dhs.gov



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Citizenship Practice Test
05/16/2016
By Tim Madigan

Fairfield, CA- The Fairfield Cordelia Library is hosting a Citizenship Practice Test on Saturday May 21 at 2 p.m. Library customers learn what they need to know about U.S. geography, government & history utilizing questions provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com

 



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Insectaganza
05/11/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The insects and arachnids of Bohart Museum of Entomology are coming to the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Children and their families and anybody that enjoys bugs are welcome to attend. This program will happen on Tuesday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m.

 

“Have you ever held a mantis in your hand or heard a cockroach hiss? Have you ever felt the gentle pitter-patter of a stick insect crawling up your arm? Here’s your opportunity!” says Nancy Vitavec, the children’s librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

This program is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Master Gardeners – Plant Propagation
05/11/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on plant propagation. Sterling Smith will present information about how to create new plants through various methods, such as seeds, cuttings, bulbs, etc. At the end of the program, attendees will be provided with a small plant to take home. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend. The program will happen on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crafts for Adults – Basic Soap Making
05/11/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for May is basic soap making. Participants will learn how to make simple melt and pour soaps using various colors and scents to personalize their creations. All materials will be supplied. This program will happen on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Solano Community College Photo Exhibit
05/09/2016
By Tim Madigan

Fairfield, CA- The Solano Community College photography department will display art work in the Fairfield Cordelia Library throughout May and June. Following a reception with the artists at 2:00, the artwork will be open to the public on Saturday May 14.   The work of five students will be featured.  “The theme of the work is the varied personal styles that have emerged as these students have pursued photography courses at Solano Community College” according to student Inga Bourdon. 

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.



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Free Comic Book Day Celebrated May 7 at Six Local Libraries
05/04/2016
By Ann Miller

Free comic books for adults, children and teens will be distributed while supplies last, at six branches of Solano County Library on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Free Comic Book Day is part of a nationwide effort to promote the art form of comics.  In addition to the libraries listed below, free comic books will also be distributed at the Solano Kids Read event featuring author Mac Barnett at 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 586 E. Wigeon Way.

 

The following branches of Solano County Library are participating:

 

Fairfield Civic Center Library
1150 Kentucky Street

 

Fairfield Cordelia Library
5050 Business Center Drive

 

John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo
505 Santa Clara Street

 

Rio Vista Library
44 S. 2nd Street

 

Springstowne Library, Vallejo
1003 Oakwood Avenue

 

Suisun City Library
601 Pintail Drive

 

 

For more information please call 1-866-572-7587 or visit online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Library staff are excited to announce a Naturalization/Citizenship Information Session at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
05/03/2016
By Tim Madigan

USCIS Naturalization Session

 


Fairfield, CA- Library staff are excited to announce a Naturalization/Citizenship Information Session at the Fairfield Cordelia Library. This event will be hosted by a representative from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) office on Saturday May 7th at 2:00 pm. Event attendees will learn more about the naturalization process and will also have the opportunity to share any concerns about immigration with the USCIS community relations coordinator who will be leading the event.

 

To learn more about USCIS’s citizenship and naturalization services, please visit http://www.uscis.gov.



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FAIRFIELD CORDELIA LIBRARY’S STAY AND PLAY CENTER OPENS MAY 18
05/03/2016
By Kristen Murray

The Fairfield Cordelia Library will host the opening of a new Stay and Play Center on Wednesday, May 18. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, storytime and a special appearance by Kelly the Clown.  “We are expanding our pre-literacy and early literacy efforts to include play to learn elements in all our children’s libraries. The Fairfield Cordelia Library had a space that allowed us to pilot the effort in a more extensive way,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services.  

 

The center, a partnership between Solano County Library and First Five Solano, is designed as a space for families to explore, imagine and have fun together.  “Playing and learning have always gone hand-in-hand at the library. This new center will encourage families to use toys and activities that promote the pre-reading development that children need before they go to school,”   said Katz. The center will be open during regular library hours and will include puppet play, dress up, science and art activities. Computers will also be available, including AWE early learning stations that feature educational and interactive games for children.

 

For more information please call 1-866-572-7587 or visit online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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John F. Kennedy Public Library, Children’s Department presents a new program for kids called Afternoon Adventures
05/03/2016
By Ann Nowak

John F. Kennedy Public Library, Children’s Department presents a new program for kids called Afternoon Adventures. This free program is open to school-age children grades kindergarten through 5th grade (children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

 

The program takes place every Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the JFK Public Library 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo.  No registration necessary.

 

Afternoon Adventures consists of fun activities and events that encourage literacy, creativity, and opportunities to hang-out with new friends. Our next big events will be “Star Wars Day Celebration: May the Force Be with U on the 5th" and on Thursday, May 12th The Lawrence Hall of Science Presents: "Inventor's Lab:  Fun with Polymers." JFK and the generous Friends of Vallejo Public Libraries are proud to bring to the children of the community these fun and interactive programs.

 

Join us at the library for an Afternoon Adventure this spring!

 

For more information, go to www.solanolibrary.com/branch-calendars, or call:  1-866-57-ASKUS. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Vallejo Public Libraries.

 



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The Rio Vista Library has free comic books for adults, teens and kids
04/29/2016
By Nanett Overholt

The Rio Vista Library has free comic books for adults, teens and kids.  Visit the library on May 7 and collect this fun filled issue with superheroes.  TJ Walkup is a local artist coming to show those interested in drawing their own comic book characters beginning at 11 a.m. 

 

For more information go to www.Solanolibrary.com or call 1866-784-7587.

 

Come on by while supplies last.  This one is not just for kids!



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The Solano Community College music department will present a live performance at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.
04/28/2016
By Tim Madigan

The Solano Community College music department presents a live performance at the Fairfield Cordelia Library on Thursday May 5th at 7:00.

“Solano Pandemonium” is a steel drum band that performs calypso, reggae, Latin Jazz, pop, and various other Caribbean musical styles under the direction of Derek Smith.

If you want to get involved, or if you want to have Solano Pandemonium perform at your location, please contact the director at Derek.Smith@Solano.edu. You can enroll for the classes at www.solano.edu.

 For more information about this concert, call 1-866-57 ASK US or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
04/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board.  They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens. “Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends, ” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library.

 

The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, April 28 at 4 p.m.   

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Spring Gardening Program
04/18/2016
By Michelle Franzen

Solano County’s Master Gardeners program will bring its expertise to the Fairfield Civic Center Library for a workshop on spring gardening presented by Betty Victor on Saturday, April 30th 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

 

People of all gardening skill levels are invited to learn about what to plant, when to plant, and other fun items related to spring.

 

The program is free to attend. The library is located at 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Library Offers Free English Conversation Class At The Family Justice Center
04/13/2016
By Ann Miller

Solano County Library will begin a free, weekly English conversation club for English learners on Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m. at the Solano Family Justice Center at 604 Empire Street, Fairfield.  The drop-in, one-hour program is for adults who want to improve their English speaking and listening skills in a small group setting. 

 

Facilitating the program will be Tim Madigan, the supervising librarian at the Fairfield Cordelia Library where he leads a similar program on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.   Before coming to Solano County Library, Madigan ran an English conversation group at the Hercules Library for nearly five years. “I taught ESL in Korea, Mexico and Saudi Arabia before I settled down and became a librarian, so this is something that I am very excited to be doing,” said Madigan. 

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587. 



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Genealogy Workshop
04/12/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will be hosting a Genealogy Workshop on Wednesday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. The workshop covers using online resources to research your family’s history. Space is limited so registration is required. Please call or come by the library’s Information Desk to sign up. Beginners or advanced are welcome.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Vacaville Friends of the Library Book Sale
04/12/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library during the library’s open hours starting on from April 21 through April 25.  The library is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

On Thursday, April 21 the book sale will only be open to Friends of the Library members.  Anyone can become a member at the door.  Membership prices are $5 per person or $7.50 per family. The sale is open to everyone starting on Friday, April 22 and ongoing through Monday, April 25. No membership is required Friday through Monday.  Sunday and Monday are “$5 a Bag” days: fit as many books as you can in one bag for only $5.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Master Gardeners – Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
04/12/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on warm season vegetable gardening. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend to learn more about how to plant and care for spring and summer vegetables.

 

The program will happen on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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10th Annual Children’s Day Celebration at the JFK Library
04/12/2016
By Natasha North

10th Annual Children’s Day Celebration at the JFK Library

 

April 23rd    11:30 – 2:00

 

 

The John F. Kennedy Library is delighted to be celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). This nationally recognized initiative, commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading.

 

The festivities kick off at 11:30 on April 23rd with Chilean born performer Mariela Herrera sharing bilingual songs and stories. Afterwards, there will be light refreshments and crafts. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with community partners that offer services to families in Vallejo. Children will have a chance to select one free book to keep, while supplies last. At 1:30, Ballet Folklorico Quetzali will entertain the audience with dance.

 

Día programs throughout the country are committed to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.

 

Día activities at the John F. Kennedy Library are sponsored by the Friends of the Vallejo Public Libraries and First 5 Solano.

 

This event will be held in the Joseph Room at the John F. Kennedy Library at 505 Santa Clara St. in Vallejo.

 

For more information about library programs, visit us at www.solanolibrary.com or call 1-866-572-7587. 

 

For more information about Día as a national initiative, visit dia.ala.org



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CHP Start Smart: Safe Driving Program
04/07/2016
By Elyse Haire

Teen drivers and their parents are invited to the library to listen as CHP Officer Dave Harvey speaks about how to keep your new drivers safe on the road.  The Fairfield Civic Center Library will be hosting the program on Wednesday, April 27th from 6:00-8:15pm.

 

The Start Smart program helps all parties involved to realize and understand the responsibilities that come along with a driver’s license.  Topics discussed include distractive driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. 

 

This program is beneficial for newly licensed teens or those soon to be licensed.  Parents and/or guardians must accompany their teen drivers.

 

 

Thank you to the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun City Libraries for their generous support of library events.



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The Puppet Company: Rabbit & Coyote Are Friends?
04/06/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Puppet Company, a puppet variety show for kids, will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library for a special performance titled “Rabbit and Coyote Are Friends?” It is a retelling of a Mexican folktale about a coyote and a rabbit that are constantly playing tricks on each other. The show will also feature many other stories and activities that children and their families with enjoy.

 

The program will happen on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. This special National Library Week show is sponsored by the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Maker Program: Sushi Candles
04/06/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Teen Maker program is a series of programs geared specifically for teens to use their creative skills to make unique projects. “The Teen Maker program is a great way for tweens and teens to try out various do-it-yourself projects to make something useful out of things you can easily find around the house or in a store. We’ll be doing a new project every session!” said Andrea Klecki, the Teen Librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

The project for the April program is sushi candles. Participants will learn how to use colored beeswax sheets to create sushi-shaped candles. The program will happen on Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Teens/tweens age 12 and up are welcome to attend. All materials will be provided.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Solano County Library is in need of volunteers for its Adult Library Literacy Services.
03/31/2016
By Barbara McGee

Solano County Library is in need of volunteers for its Adult Library Literacy Services.

Volunteers have the opportunity to help change the lives of adults struggling to carry out everyday tasks such as reading their mail, talking to their doctor, or reading a book to their child.

 

Literacy is vital for a healthy and thriving community.  There are many Solano County adults who struggle with their reading and writing skills.  Some 20 percent of Solano County’s population is considered functionally illiterate – 64,993 adults.  Children with parents who struggle with reading and writing skills are much more likely to struggle in school.

 

Solano County Library Literacy Services will hold volunteer tutor orientation on Saturday, April 9 OR Wednesday, April 13.  For more information call 784-1526 or visit the library’s literacy website at www.solanolibrary.com/literacy.



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Crafts for Adults – Mason Jar Terrariums
03/31/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for April is mason jar terrariums. An assortment of tiny plants and natural materials will be used to create low-maintenance miniature gardens within mason jars. All materials will be supplied.

 

This program will happen on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate
03/29/2016
By Tim Madigan

Fairfield, CA- Local journalist Aleta George will be speaking about her recently published book “Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate” on April 12th at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairfield Cordelia library.

 

Coolbrith was named California's first poet laureate (and America's first state laureate) during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Earning her living as a librarian, Ina mentored a young Jack London and fought gender discrimination in the workplace. Coolbrith was born in the Mormon community of Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1841. Her father was Don Carlos Smith, the youngest brother of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church.

 

A resident of Suisun City, Aleta George writes about nature and culture in California and is an editor for Solano Land Trust.

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
03/18/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board.  They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens. “Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends, ” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library.

 

The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m.   

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crafts for Adults – Easter Egg Bath Bombs
03/10/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for March is bath bombs. Attendees will have the chance to make Easter egg shaped bath bombs using various sudsy scents—perfect for personal use or to give as gifts. All materials will be supplied.

 

This program will happen on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Master Gardeners – Tree Planting
03/10/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop presented by Sterling Smith on planting trees. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend to learn more about the basics of planting trees.

 

The program will happen on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m.

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Tech Week Photo Contest Winners
03/08/2016
By Elyse Haire

Each year Solano County Library celebrates Teen Tech Week as a way to support the work of young people as they explore, create and share their talents. The Digital Photography Contest is an opportunity for teens to express themselves in our digital world and be recognized for their creativity.

 

Over 100 teens from all over the country emailed or used Instagram to share their photos with us. Photos were submitted into ten different categories.  The works were judged by photographers from The Vallejo Times Herald, The Daily Republic, and The Vacaville Reporter.

 

 

Congratulations Jacob Barron of Fairfield, CA for winning the Grand Prize with his photo, Painted Ladies.  The winning photo was submitted into the architecture category.  Jacob has won the opportunity to work with local photographer, Brian O’Reilly, in his studio. 

 

Other winners included:

 

Pineapples in Hawaii by Marissa Grimes of Fairfield, CA. Food category.

Kona by Amber Stavenuiter of Fairfield, CA. Passions category.

Homework by Katie Walker of Fairfield, CA. School memories category.

Untitled by Lexi Wheeler of Vacaville, CA. Books category.

Golden Hour by Tati Martinez of Fairfield, CA.  Candid category.

Faces by Indica Derose of Fairfield, CA.  My choice category.

Untitled, Monument Valley by Annika Uyenco of Fairfield, CA. Landscape category.

After Hours by Chloe Tortal of Fairfield, CA.  Nature category.

 

Thank you to all the contestants for bringing art into the library. Your photos were full of talent, color, and emotion. All winning photos will be on display in library branches starting March 8th through March 31st. 

 

Thank you to the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun City Libraries for their generous support of library events.



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Library Consortium Change
03/08/2016
By Ann Miller

The SNAP (Solano Napa and Partners) Consortium is undergoing changes that will mean a focus on public libraries and a name change. Effective last week Napa County Library is no longer part of the consortium that shares library materials and an online catalog.  The eight branches of Solano County Library located in Fairfield, Vallejo, Vacaville, Suisun and Rio Vista continue to share borrowing privileges and the online catalog with Dixon, Benicia and St. Helena’s libraries.  The two college libraries that are currently part of the SNAP consortium, Solano Community College and Napa Valley College are scheduled to withdraw June 30. “Our shared collection will continue to circulate among the eleven remaining libraries,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County Library’s director of library services.

 

“Solano County Library cards can be used in Dixon, St. Helena and Benicia. If Napa customers want to check out Solano materials they will need to get a Solano library card which is free,” said Katz.

 

The name change will happen in the coming months. “We are considering a number of names for the new consortium.  The directors of the member libraries will be meeting soon to make a choice,” added Katz.

 

The reorganization comes at a time when Solano County is embarking on new directions, such as a free streaming service for music, movies, ebooks and audiobooks which is scheduled to launch in late summer.  Another improvement scheduled for late summer is the Library’s wireless and Internet upgrade, which will provide speeds of up to 10 gigabytes per second. A new on-demand digital collection of thousands of tech books and how-to videos called IT-Pro from Books 24/7 is available now. 

 

“Every library must do what is best for the people who use it. One advantage of our new consortium partnership with the Dixon, Benicia, and St. Helena libraries is that we are all public libraries, our users tend to need and want the same things.” said Katz.



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Just Like a Woman – A Concert celebrating 100 Years of Song
02/29/2016
By Laurie Johnson

Rhonda Benin and Terrie Odabi salute the greats of jazz, soul and blues, at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St. in Fairfield, on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. The duo, joined by Lorenzo Hawkins on keyboards, Charles Spikes on guitar and Ruth Price on drums, will feature songs by Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Carole King and more. 

 

“We are excited to have Rhonda and Terrie back to celebrate Women’s History Month.  To be able to offer a free show that would normally cost upwards of $20 a ticket is a privilege,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County Library’s director of library services.  The show is sponsored by the Solano County Library Foundation’s Women’s History Luncheon. 

 

Seating is limited.  Free tickets are available at any branch of Solano County Library, with a limit of 4 per customer.  

 

For more information, www.solanolibrary.com or call 1 (866) 572-7587.



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Naturalization Information Session
02/25/2016
By Michelle Franzen

A free information session hosted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss:

 

  • the Naturalization Process,
  • the New Naturalization Test,
  • Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship

 

It is open to all legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants.

 

The event is hosted in English. Feel free to bring a friend or family member to translate.

 

Saturday, March 12 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. Questions, please contact vilaysay.p.chang@uscis.dhs.gov

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Para residents legales permanents o personas interesadas en solicitor para hacerse ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos.

 

Temas de discussion en este taller gratuito incluyen:

 

  • El proceso de naturalización
  • El examen de naturalización
  • Derechos y responsabilidades de los ciudadanos americanos

 

El taller será en Inglés. Favor de traer un traductor si es necesario.

 

12 de marzo, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM La biblioteca es en 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield 94533. Preguntas, por favor póngase en contacto con vilaysay.p.chang@uscis.dhs.gov



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Coloring for Adults: Keep Calm and Color On
02/23/2016
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

Coloring is not just for kids anymore.  Join other adults for an evening of relaxation and creativity at the Fairfield Civic Center Library.

 

 All supplies will be furnished by the library, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun City Library. 

 

The library is located at 1150 Kentucky Street.  Come and join the fun.



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Celebrating Teen Tech Week with Solano County Library
02/17/2016
By Jennifer La Riviere

Essential info:

 

Want to become a famous teen photographer? Submit your best photos to the Teen Digital Photography Contest 2016. Ten teens will have their work displayed in all Solano County Libraries during the month of March. One grand prize winner will get to work with a local professional photographer.

 

Submit photos to TeenTechSolano@gmail.com  or on Instagram follow SolanoLibrary use #TeenTechSolano. The last day to enter is Feb. 29th, so send in your photos soon!

 

 

Categories:

Photos will be entered into 10 categories: Books, School Memories, Food, Nature, Candid, Passions, Landscapes, Animals, Architecture, Your Choice. One entry per category.

 

Read the full rules at http://www.solanolibrary.com/teen-photo-contest. Have questions? Call 1-866-57-ASK-US for more information.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
02/17/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board.  They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens.

 

“Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends, ” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library.

 

The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.   

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Maker Program: LED Light Paper Flowers
02/17/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Teen Maker program is a series of programs geared specifically for teens to use their creative skills to make unique projects. The project for this program is LED light paper flowers: learn how to use LED lights and coin batteries to make a paper flower light that you can turn on and off. “The Teen Maker program is a great way for tweens and teens to try out various do-it-yourself projects to make something useful out of things you can easily find around the house or in a store. We’ll be doing a new project every session!” said Andrea Klecki, the Teen Librarian at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

The program will happen on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Teens/tweens age 12 and up are welcome to attend. All materials will be provided. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Family Night: Inventor’s Workshop
02/17/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Lawrence Hall of Science’s Inventor’s Lab will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on hand-powered machines. Choose a motion, make the cams, levers, and linkages to design and build a mechanical sculpture that you get to take home. The program will happen on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Kids and their families are welcome to attend. All materials will be provided.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Genealogy Workshop
02/17/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will be hosting a Genealogy Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 7-9 p.m. The workshop covers using online resources to research your family’s history. Space is limited so registration is required. Please call or come by the library’s Information Desk to sign up. Beginners or advanced are welcome.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Documentary about Don Barksdale
02/16/2016
By Michelle Franzen

The Fairfield Civic Center Library will screen a documentary for African-American Heritage Month about Don Barksdale, the Hall of Fame basketball pioneer who was the NBA's first black All Star in the 1950s. Following the film there will be a Q&A session with the film’s director. This program is on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Bounce: The Don Barksdale Story explores the life and career of the first African-American NCAA All American, first NBA All Star, and the first to play on the men’s Olympic basketball team. After his basketball career, Mr. Barksdale became a successful entrepreneur in the music industry.

 

Doug Harris, the film’s director, will be on hand to discuss the film. Mr. Harris is a Berkeley native who has directed many award winning films about sports and civil rights history. The documentary Bounce brought to light a forgotten figure of basketball’s past and helped secure Mr. Barksdale’s inclusion in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

This event is free to the public thanks to the Fairfield-Suisun Friends of the Library and their generous support of library events. The library is located at 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crafts for Adults – Spa Crafts
02/10/2016
By Andrea Klecki

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for February is spa crafts. Attendees will have the chance to make bath bombs using various sudsy scents—perfect for personal use or to give as gifts. All materials will be supplied. This program will happen on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com



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Master Gardeners - Pruning Fruit Trees
02/10/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on pruning fruit trees. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend to learn more about the basics of fruit tree pruning, as well as other maintenance tips and tricks to keep your trees looking healthy. The program will happen on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

 

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Citizenship Practice Test
02/09/2016
By Tim Madigan

Citizenship Practice Test

 


Fairfield, CA- The Fairfield Cordelia Library is hosting a Citizenship Practice Test on Saturday Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. Library customers learn what they need to know about U.S. geography, government & history utilizing questions provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.



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Color Yourself Peaceful
02/09/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Color Yourself Peaceful

 

Coloring books aren’t just for kids! In ‘Color Yourself Peaceful’, adults will have a chance to explore colors, patterns, and textures with coloring books for adults. “Turn off your cell phone, choose a page and pencils. Breathe deeply and leave all of your stress behind. You’ll be asking yourself why you gave up crayons back in fourth grade,” says Teri Stevens, the librarian who created the series of ‘Color Yourself Peaceful’ programs.

 

The program will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Coloring pages, crayons, colored pencils, coffee, and tea will be provided.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 1-866-572-7587.



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Music is in the air this month at the Fairfield Cordelia Library! Join us for two fun and interactive events
02/08/2016
By Kristen Murray

Music is in the air this month at the Fairfield Cordelia Library!

Join us for two fun and interactive events

 

Zun Zun Presents The Water Beat

Tuesday, February 16th, 3:30 p.m.

This dynamic pair of musicians brings music to life in a way that you can’t help but have fun! Families and kids of all ages will sing and dance along with this interactive

music program. Learn all about water and water conservation in this fun,

lively, and humorous performance!

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Solano County Water Agency.

 

Fenix Drum and Dance

Saturday, February 20th, 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with this fun filled program

great for the whole family. The influence of African music and dance

is showcased in this energetic and interactive dance performance featuring

live drumming and storytelling.

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com



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Earn It! Keep It! Save It!: Super Saturday Free Tax Preparation
02/05/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Earn It! Keep It! Save It!: Super Saturday Free Tax Preparation

 

United Way of the Bay Area will offer free electronic tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers earning less than $54,000. This event will take place at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. No appointment necessary. First come, first served. Last intake is at 2 p.m.

 

Documents to bring:

 

  1. Photo identification for each person on your tax return.
  2. Social Security card or ITIN for each person on your tax return.
  3. W-2 forms for all jobs held in 2015.
  4. All 1099s, 1098s, and any other tax forms.
  5. Last year’s tax return.
  6. Child care provider information.
  7. Landlord’s name, address, and phone number for CA Renter’s Credit.
  8. Your household’s health coverage information (Forms 1095-A, B, or C).
  9. Savings and checking account and routing numbers for direct deposit.

 

For more information about this event or other free tax preparation help, please call 211 or visit http://www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org



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Naturalization/Citizenship Information Session at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.
02/04/2016
By Tim Madigan

USCIS Naturalization Session

 


Fairfield, CA- Library staff are excited to announce a Naturalization/Citizenship Information Session at the Fairfield Cordelia Library. This event will be hosted by a representative from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) office on Saturday February 6th at 2:00 pm. Event attendees will learn more about the naturalization process and will also have the opportunity to share any concerns about immigration with the USCIS community relations coordinator who will be leading the event.

 

To learn more about USCIS’s citizenship and naturalization services, please visit http://www.uscis.gov.



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Library to host film / discussion on Port Chicago Incident
02/03/2016
By Michelle Franzen

The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host a short film and discussion for African-American Heritage Month about the Port Chicago Disaster and Mutiny on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to Noon. A ranger from the National Park Service will give the presentation on how the incident relates to modern America. The program is free and open to all.

 

On July 17, 1944, 320 sailors and civilians lost their lives and 390 more were injured when a ship loaded with munitions at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Suisun Bay exploded. Most of those killed or injured were African-Americans who worked there. Due to unsafe working conditions, 250 men refused to continue loading munitions after the explosion. 50, all African-American, were charged and convicted of mutiny.

 

“This incident is an important moment in civil rights history that happened in our area,” said Michelle Franzen, Library Associate. “The explosion highlighted not only poor safety regulations but also racism in the armed forces. The incident caused more African-Americans to organize to promote civil rights and was a catalyst in the desegregation of the Navy.”

 

The library is located at 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit www.solanolibrary.com.



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Music! Music! Music! – Will C. Wood High School Orchestra
01/29/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Music! Music! Music! – Will C. Wood High School Orchestra

 

The young musicians of the Will C. Wood Orchestra will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to play jazz favorites and seasonal selections. Kids and their families will have a chance to meet the musicians and the instruments they play.

 

The performance will happen on Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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Covered California at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
01/21/2016
By Tim Madigan

Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 1:30 - 4:30

 

The Solano County Library and the Solano Coalition for Better Health present the opportunity to meet with a Certified Enrollment Counselor to guide Californians through the process of obtaining health insurance.

 

Applicants need to bring the following items: proof of current income, proof of address, California ID or driver’s license, Social Security Number and proof of citizenship or lawful presence. The Enrollment Counselor will be at the Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Dr. on Saturday January 23 from 1:30 to 4:30.

 

 For more information, call 1-866-57 ASK US or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor’s Lab: Stomp Rockets
01/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Lawrence Hall of Science’s Inventor’s Lab will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on stomp rockets. Can you build a rocket that can fly high and land safely? Children (ages 5 and up) can step into the shoes of an aerospace engineer, designing and testing their very own high flying stomp rocket.

 

The workshop will happen on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
01/21/2016
By Andrea Klecki

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board. They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens. “Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends, ” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library.

 

The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Local Quilters' Work Displayed
01/20/2016
By Lani Clarke

Local Quilters’ Work Displayed

 

Solano County Library celebrates Black History Month by exhibiting the work of the Quilting Sisters at its eight branches.  The Quilting Sisters group has been gathering for fifteen years, and its members teach, encourage and support each other as they produce their work.  They have donated quilts to many non-profit organizations, including Mission Solano and U.C. Davis Medical Center.   To those in need, the group’s needlework provides comfort and a tangible reminder that a small group of committed individuals can and do make a difference in the lives of others.

 

The Quilting Sisters will also present a hands-on quilting workshop for elementary school-age children and families at the Suisun City Library on Saturday, February 6 from 11:00 until 3:00.  The program is free, but space is limited, and children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a caregiver.  For more information, call the library at 866-572-7587.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit your favorite branches in February to see the displays, and check the Library’s webpage at solanolibrary.com for more African American History Month programs.



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Master Gardeners - Pruning Roses
01/14/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Master Gardeners – Pruning Roses

 

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a workshop on pruning roses, led by Sterling Smith. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend to learn more about the basics of pruning, as well as other tips and tricks to keep your roses looking healthy.

 

The program will happen on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m..

 

This workshop is provided for free to the public. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Vacaville Friends of the Library Book Sale
01/14/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Vacaville Friends of the Library Book Sale

 

 

The Vacaville Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library during the library’s open hours starting from Jan. 21 through Jan. 25.  The library is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

On Thursday, Jan. 21 the book sale will only be open to Friends of the Library members.  Anyone can become a member at the door.  Membership prices are $5 per person or $7.50 per family. The sale is open to everyone starting on Friday, Jan. 22 and ongoing through Monday, Jan. 25. No membership is required Friday through Monday.  Sunday and Monday are “$5 a Bag” days: fit as many books as you can in one bag for only $5.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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Crafts for Adults – Button Bracelets
01/08/2016
By Andrea Klecki

Crafts for Adults – Button Bracelets

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

 

“Crafts for Adults” is a monthly program at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Adults interested in craft projects can exercise their creativity using inexpensive items. The topic for January is button bracelets. Participants will have a wide variety of buttons and other materials to create their own unique bracelets. All materials will be supplied. This program will occur on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Free Concert with Will C. Wood Orchestra
01/06/2016
By Kevin Tolley

January 21st at 4:00

 

Free Concert with Will C. Wood Orchestra

 

The Town Square library is hosting a free concert featuring the talented musicians of one of our local High Schools. No registration or tickets will be necessary for this event. But come early as space is limited.

 

The Will C. Wood Orchestra will be performing as part of the library’s ongoing Afternoon Adventures series of events. On the 3rd Thursday of each month come to the library with your kids something good will be happening. The events range from free concerts to a chance to meet wild animals to our annual Valentine’s Day party.

 

The students who will participate in the concert on Jan 21st will all be members of the Will C. Wood High School Orchestra. They have been performing throughout the year, most recently in December. The students will perform popular tunes that all families will recognize.

 

Many students of the orchestras and bands are also involved in the Will C Wood Musical which will be the Sound of Music this year.  They hold 4 days of performances from March 9-12 and it’s always a huge production. 

 

For more information call Kevin or Diane at the Town Square Library 1-866-572-7587. Or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Fairfield Cordelia Library Celebrates Measure L with Puppet Show
01/05/2016
By Kristen Murray

Fairfield Cordelia Library Celebrates Measure L with Puppet Show

 

Tuesday, January 12th, 3:30 p.m.

Fairfield Cordelia Library

5050 Business Center Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Puppet Art Theater presents Tommy’s Space Adventure!  Every January Solano County Library thanks the community for their support and passage of Measure L with a lineup of special events.  This year the Fairfield Cordelia Library invites families to enjoy this interactive puppet show great for all ages.

 

Tommy loves books about outer space and space aliens. His greatest wish is to someday meet a real live space alien. Little did Tommy know his wish was about to come true. Zeenon the Alien travels millions of light years to visit earth and to meet interesting earthlings like Tommy. Mad scientist, Dr. Lost N. Space is also interested in Space Aliens…interested in selling them for millions of dollars! Will Tommy be able to save his new found friend from the evil Dr. Lost N. Space? Find out in “Tommy’s Space Adventure!”

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.



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English Conversation Group
01/04/2016
By Tim Madigan

 

English Conversation Group

 

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Start the New Year with a chance to practice and improve your English.

 

Fairfield Cordelia Library

5050 Business Center Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Everyone gets a chance to speak in our weekly English conversation group at the Cordelia Library. Practice speaking in a relaxed, small group setting. Learn words and phrases that will help you in everyday life. 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com

 

This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.



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Meet the Raptors! Bird of Prey
01/04/2016
By Andrea Klecki

CONTACT:  

Andrea Klecki

(707) 784-1544 or alklecki@solanocounty.com

 

 

Meet the Raptors! Birds of Prey

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Who will you meet? A hawk? An eagle? An owl? A kestrel? Solano County Library celebrates “Promises Made, Promises Kept” throughout the month of January with a presentation by the California Raptor Center.  Children and their families will be able to meet various birds of prey (a.k.a. “raptors”) and learn plenty of interesting facts about these winged predators.  

 

This program will be held at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

 

This program is provided for free to the public, thanks to the Vacaville Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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LIBRARIES CELEBRATE PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT
12/31/2015
By Ann Miller

December 29, 2015

 

LIBRARIES CELEBRATE PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT

 

Since 1999, Solano County Library has celebrated “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” in January, with a series of local events to mark the 1/8th of a penny sales tax directly benefiting libraries in the county.  This year the celebration marks the beginning of year two, as the original measure that helped fund libraries from 1999-2014 is extended by one that passed in 2012, renewing the fractional sales tax until the year 2030.

 

In 1998, libraries in Solano County were in a downward spiral: shelves were empty, hours were inconsistent and the closing of branches became a very real possibility. Voters stepped up and passed the 1/8th of a cent sales tax to save their libraries. In return, they were promised more books, more hours, and more programs for youth.

 

In 2012, voters recognized that even during the difficult years of the recession, the promises made in 1998 were kept, and they voted with an overwhelming majority of 80% to extend the sales tax for 16 more years. “We did what we said we were going to do.  Even during the recession when our income dropped by 25%, we maintained our hours as well as our collection and programs,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services.

 

During the economic downturn the Library had become a hub of activities that were moving the community forward: free employment help, free foreclosure workshops, free Internet access and free literacy programs for adults and children.

 

The post-recession Library is full of possibilities.  “We are embarking on a new strategic plan to address the needs and the strengths of our communities,” said Katz. “Embracing new technologies helped us weather the financial storm of the recession. In the future, we expect technology to help us bring the Library to more people and with more convenience.”

 

Even as the Library expands its reach and achieves economies through technology, low-tech and personal services flourish.  The Library’s free online, on-demand tutoring service connects students with tutors long after the library is closed, but children still visit the library for storytimes, homework help and the opportunity to read to a dog.  E-book borrowing was up 36% in the last fiscal year, and the Library’s online magazine service Zinio offers over 100 magazines, yet printed books and magazines maintain their popularity.  The Library’s Discover and Go program combines in-person discovery with online ease when library card holders print free museum passes from their home computers.  “Now that our funding is once again stable, we will continue to keep our promises as we look to the future. One thing for sure, the Library will always be a place, in-person and online, for transformation and positive change,” said Katz.

 

Promises Made, Promises Made Events

 

Mon, Jan 4 - All Day

Light Refreshments

Rio Vista Library

44 South Second Street Rio Vista, CA 94571

 

Wed, Jan 6 - 3:30 p.m.

Coventry and Kaluza Circus Performers

Fairfield Civic Center Library

1150 Kentucky St Fairfield, CA 94533

 

Tue, Jan 12 - 3:30 p.m.

Birds of Prey: Davis Raptors

Vacaville Cultural Center Library

1020 Ulatis Drive Vacaville, CA 95687

 

Tue, Jan 12 - 3:30 p.m.

Tommy's Space Adventure: Puppet Art Theater

Fairfield Cordelia Library

 5050 Business Center Drive  Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Thu, Jan 14

Author Visit: Margaret Lucke

3 p.m. - Discussion of writing and getting published

6 p.m. - Her own story

Vacaville Town Square Library

1 Town Square Place Vacaville, CA 95688

 

Thu, Jan 14 - 3:30 p.m.

Germar the Magician

Suisun City Library

601 Pintail Drive Suisun City, CA 94585

 

Sat, Jan 23 - 2 p.m.

Dalt Williams Jazz Ensemble

John F. Kennedy Library

505 Santa Clara Street Vallejo, CA 94590

 

Wed, Jan 27 - 4 p.m.

Afternoon Play Date

Springstowne Library, Vallejo

1003 Oakwood Avenue Vallejo, CA 94591



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Solano County Library Offers Free Online High School Diploma Program
12/29/2015
By Juli Huston

Vallejo Residents encouraged to apply for this Free Program.

 

Vallejo, CA December 28, 2015 — Solano County Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.

 

“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Malissa Knapp, Branch Manger for Solano County Library. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”

 

Solano County Library and the Vallejo Friends of the Library, in partnership with the California State Library will award 6 scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers.

 

Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at John F. Kennedy or Springstowne branches or by visiting the library’s Web site http://solanolibrary.com/cohs.

 

To qualify, a student must be a Vallejo resident, be 19 or older as of January 1, 2016, complete an online self-assessment, and be able to commit to 10 hours per week to study and complete coursework.


Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material.

 

Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Many students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.

 

For more information or questions, please contact Malissa Knapp at COHS@snap.lib.ca.us



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Family Storytime at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
12/29/2015
By Kristen Murray

 

Family Storytime

 

Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

 

Kick off the New Year with a brand new storytime for all ages.

Fairfield Cordelia Library

5050 Business Center Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Kids of all ages will participate in stories, songs, activities and more.  Join us for 30 minutes of interactive fun followed by crafts and play time.  This new storytime is fun for the whole family! 

 

For more information call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com



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Family Fun Night at the Rio Vista Library
12/28/2015
By Nanett Overholt

January 12, 2016

 

Angry Birds Life-Sized and Miniature Golf

 

On January 12, at 6:30 p.m. Family Fun Night is happening at the Rio Vista Library.  We would like to invite families and friends to come play life-sized Angry Birds and 9 holes of Miniature Golf.    Join us in a fun-filled evening for all levels of gaming skills and all ages to enjoy.   A light snack will be provided afterwards.   

 

The Rio Vista Library is located at 44 So. 2nd St., Rio Vista, CA.

 

For more information, go to www.solanocounty.com, or call 866-57-ASKUS.



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Solano County Library is in need of volunteers for its Adult Library Literacy Services.
12/21/2015
By Barbara McGee

Solano County Library is in need of volunteers for its Adult Library Literacy Services.

 

Volunteers have the opportunity to help change the lives of adults struggling to carry out everyday tasks such as reading their mail, talking to their doctor, or reading a book to their child.

 

Literacy is vital for a healthy and thriving community.  There are many Solano County adults who struggle with their reading and writing skills.  Some 20 percent of Solano County’s population is considered functionally illiterate – 64,993 adults.  Children with parents who struggle with reading and writing skills are much more likely to struggle in school.

 

Solano County Library Literacy Services will hold volunteer tutor orientation on Saturday, January 9 OR Wednesday, January 13.  For more information call 784-1526 or visit the library’s literacy website at www.solanolibrary.com/literacy.



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Stomp Rockets
12/21/2015
By Natasha North

Stomp Rockets

 

3...2...1...Blast Off!  Step into the shoes of an aerospace engineer, designing and testing your very own high flying, foot-powered rocket. Can you build a rocket that can fly high and land safely? Join the Inventor’s Lab at the John F. Kennedy Library on Wednesday, November 18th at 3:30.

 

This program is free and is best for children ages 5+. Sponsored by the Friends of the Vallejo Public Libraries.

                                                           

For more information about this program or other library services, visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com or call 1-866-57ASKUS.



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Matrix Parent Network Workshops to be held at John F. Kennedy Library
12/21/2015
By Natasha North

Matrix Parent Network Workshops to be held at

John F. Kennedy Library

 

 

Parents of children with special needs are invited to sign up for workshops conducted by the Matrix Parent Network. Free meetings are held at the John F. Kennedy Library at 505 Santa Clara St. in Vallejo. Registration through Matrix is required and topics vary.

 

The mission of Matrix Parent Network is to empower families of children with special needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.

 

The first library workshop of 2016 will be presented by Independent Living Resources of Solano and Contra Costa County on Monday, January 25th at 5:00. Participants will receive information on preparing their students for adult life with skills such as money management, using public transportation, housing agreements and social skills.

 

Space is limited. To register for this free workshop or other Matrix presentations, visit www.matrixparents.org or call 1-800-578-2592.

 

                                                           

For more information about library services, visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center
12/10/2015
By Andrea Klecki

Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center Teens is looking for teens ages 12-18 to join the Teen Advisory Board.  They will discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs and other ideas on how the make the library better for teens. “Teens will enjoy food, fun and a chance to have their voices heard. We hope teens will give it a try and bring their friends, ” said Andrea Klecki, a librarian who works with teens at the library.

 

The meeting will take place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.   

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Rio Vista Library Celebrates “Promises Made, Promises Kept”
12/10/2015
By Mark Flowers

December 10, 2015

 

Rio Vista Library Celebrates “Promises Made, Promises Kept”

 

On January 4, the Rio Vista Library would like to thank the residents of Rio Vista for their continued support of their library. Come by the library and let us thank you with some light refreshments.

 

Over the past 17 years, Solano County Library has focused on keeping the promises we made when voters originally passed the 1/8-of-a-penny sales tax in 1998, known as Measure B. Using this reliable source of funding, we added hours, increased book budgets and enhanced services to children.

 

Since 1998, 1/8th of a penny in dedicated sales tax for libraries has:

 

  • Opened branch libraries 125% more hours
  • Increased book and other format purchases from $432,000 to $1,097,697.
  • Increased program attendance for youth by 166%
  • Provided operating funds for three new libraries

 

In June 2012, voters showed their support again by passing Measure L, which provides for extending that funding until 2030. The passage of Measure L helps us preserve services and continue to offer exceptional library services to the community.

 

The Rio Vista Library is located at 44 So. 2nd St., Rio Vista, CA.

 

For more information, go to www.solanocounty.com, or call 866-57-ASKUS.



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Winter Stories and Crafts for Children at the JFK Library
12/08/2015
By Natasha North

Winter Stories & Crafts for Children

 

Saturday, December 12th at 3:00

 

Families are invited to celebrate the winter holidays with crafts and a story time at the John F. Kennedy Library this Saturday. Children can create simple crafts in honor of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the winter season.

 

This program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 1-866-572-7587.



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Nancy Redfield: Plenty of good reads available this time of year
12/07/2015
By Nancy Redfield

December 2015 Reporter Column

 

Nancy Redfield:  Plenty of Good Reads Available This Time of Year

 

This is such a hectic time of year. There’s so much to do and it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping and parties and bustle. It’s also a great time take advantage of the cold days and long nights by curling up with a good book. This time of year it’s easy to find great reads – the best books of 2015 lists are out and both the National Book Award and Man Booker Prize winners have been announced. I’m always being asked for book recommendations. Friends, family, strangers in line for coffee, as soon as someone hears that I’m a librarian he or she asks me for the title of a good book. Talk about pressure! I love talking about books, and I spend a lot of my time reading books and reading about books. Even so, sometimes it is can be a challenge to come up with a book suggestion off the top of my head. But this time of year it is easy for a librarian to come up with good recommendations. 2015 was a good year for good books and so I thought I would share some of the best I read this year with you.

 

 “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a fast-paced, edge of your seat thriller that keeps the reader guessing right to the end.

 

“H Is for Hawk” by Helen McDonald is a slow-paced, introspective memoir about loss, grief and growth as well as being the story of the author training a hawk.

 

Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” is another of Larson’s engrossing nonfiction books. Larson is brilliant at taking historical events and creating fascinating stories out of them. His books are incredibly detailed and he somehow manages to create a sense of drama and suspense even though the reader already knows how the story ends.

 

 If award winners are your thing, Adam Johnson is this year’s National Book Award winner for fiction with his short story collection “Fortune Smiles.” Johnson is local to San Francisco and is a professor at Stanford. His stories are funny and strange and disturbing but still wonderfully written. He previously won the Pulitzer for his novel “The Orphan Master’s Son.”

 

The Man Booker Prize was announced in October and this year’s fiction winner is Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” Award winners are always interesting to read. If you challenge yourself to read the award winners, you are likely to read a book you might not have otherwise have chosen, but you’re very likely to enjoy it.

 

I’ll wrap up my recommendations with a couple of books that I really enjoyed this year but that didn’t quite make the best of 2015 lists. Ruth Ware’s “In a Dark Dark Wood” is a fast paced psychological thriller with a twisting plot that I read through in an afternoon. It’s a good book to lose yourself in for a few hours. I also really enjoyed “Rubbernecker” by Belinda Bauer. This mystery’s narrator is a young man with Asperger’s syndrome who has enrolled in a university anatomy course. He becomes convinced that the cadaver he is dissecting was murdered, and he then sets out to prove it. He is a wonderfully unique protagonist.

 

When you need some downtime this holiday season, find a great book and lose yourself in it for a while. If none of my suggestions above appeal to you, come by the library and ask your favorite librarian for a recommendation. We’re always ready to talk about good books.

 

If you are looking for something to do this December, come see what the library has scheduled. Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center at 1020 Ulatis Drive has the puppet show Frosty’s Magic Hat scheduled for Tuesday December 8 at 3:30 p.m. The Vacaville Town Square Library at 1 Town Square is going to host a Gingerbread House Workshop on Thursday, December 17 at 4 p.m. For many more programs, visit our online calendar at solanolibrary.com.

 

Nancy Redfield is the supervising librarian at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center.



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The Solano Community College music department presents two live performances at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.
11/30/2015
By Tim Madigan

Monday November 30, 2015

 

The Solano Community College music department presents two live performances at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.

 

Thursday December 3rd at 7:00

“Solano Pandemonium” is a steel drum band that performs calypso, reggae, Latin Jazz, pop, and various other Caribbean musical styles under the direction of Derek Smith.

 

Tuesday December 8th at 7:00

The “Fall Choral Concert” features holiday favorites under the direction of Kristy Juliano.

 

If you want to get involved or if you want to have either group perform at your location, please contact the directors at Derek.Smith@Solano.edu or Kristy.Juliano@Solano.edu . You can enroll for the classes at www.solano.ed

 

For more information about the concerts, call 1-866-57 ASK US or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Teen/Tween Craft Program – Topic: Warm and Fuzzy
11/24/2015
By Andrea Klecki

 

 

Teen/Tween Craft Program – Topic: Warm and Fuzzy

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Make something warm and fuzzy to wear, to decorate your home, or to give as gifts for the holiday season. Polar fleece and wool will be used to make a variety of no-sew accessories and crafts. The program will take place on Wed., Dec. 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library.

 

Teens and children age 12 and up may attend this program, and no sewing knowledge is required.

 

This craft program is provided for free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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CANCELED - KAPLAN SAT Practice Test
11/24/2015
By Andrea Klecki

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED

 

KAPLAN SAT Practice Test at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library

 

Saturday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

A free KAPLAN SAT practice test will be offered to anyone needing practice for upcoming SAT test dates at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library. Teens are encouraged to attend. The test session is scheduled on Sat., Dec. 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Participants must register in advance by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST or online at www.kaptest.com. A results seminar for the practice test will take place the following week after the test.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.

 



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Job Search Strategies Workshop
11/23/2015
By Sabine Salek

CONTACT:  

Sabine Salek

slsalek@solanocounty.com

 

Job Search Strategies Workshop

 

December 5 at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Genia Wells will present a free Job Search Strategies Workshop at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo on December 5 at 2 pm.  Learn how to assess your skills and focus your job search.  Create resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters that are tailored to each desired employment opportunity. 

 

Ms. Wells is a Life Coach & Career Counselor who has worked at the Vallejo City Unified School District and at the Napa Valley College Career Center.  She will present career information and help you with individual questions in the library’s computer center.

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Covered California at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
11/16/2015
By Tim Madigan

Saturday November 21, 2015

 

Covered California at the Fairfield Cordelia Library

 

The Solano County Library and the Solano Coalition for Better Health present the opportunity to meet with a Certified Enrollment Counselor to guide Californians through the process of obtaining health insurance.

 

Applicants need to bring the following items: proof of current income, proof of address, California ID or driver’s license, Social Security Number and proof of citizenship or lawful presence. The Enrollment Counselor will be at the Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Dr. on Saturday Nov. 21, from 1:30 to 4:30.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57 ASK US or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Master Gardeners - Fairy Gardeners with Sharon Rico
11/12/2015
By Andrea Klecki

Master Gardeners – Fairy Gardens with Sharon Rico

 

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.

 

The Master Gardeners will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library to host a special workshop for creating “fairy gardens”, led by Sharon Rico. Fairy gardens are miniature gardens that contain tiny structures and plants that look like they are small enough for a magical fairy to live in. The event takes place Nov. 19 at 7 P.M. Participants can their hand at creating one of these mini landscaping projects and practice their gardening skills. The fairy gardens also make great gifts.

 

This workshop is free to the public and no registration is required. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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NEW LIBRARY E-BOOKS WITHOUT LIMITATIONS
11/10/2015
By Ann Miller

NEW LIBRARY E-BOOKS WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

 

 

Solano County Library is partnering with other California libraries to provide a new way to read e-books, without limitations, reservations or expirations.  The service, called Total BooX, is providing partner libraries a free trial that will end in February.   “Adding Total BooX to our other e-book collections is a way to give our customers even more options for reading on mobile devices,” said Bonnie Katz, Director of Library Services.

 

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to get the books they need, whether they are reading for pleasure, working on a project or learning a new skill, ” said Katz.

 

Total BooX gives library customers a new digital reading experience, with no waiting lines, expirations or limitations on the number of books on a customer’s device.  Over 50,000 titles are always available for instant download. Reading on tablets and phones can be done online and offline, while the library is charged only for the pages read. 

 

If Solano County Library adopts the new service, library customers get Total BooX for free, just as they do other library materials.  For libraries, the Total BooX pricing model is a departure from the way publishers have controlled e-books in the past.  Traditional models restrict the way libraries can buy e-books; some allow an e-book to be borrowed 26 times before a new one must be purchased, other e-books are offered as a one-year license.  Total BooX charges libraries based on the number of pages accessed by a library customer. This is particularly cost-effective for libraries in the case of “how-to” and other non-fiction, where users read only the pages that are most relevant to the task at hand.  “We know e-books are popular in our community – we saw a 36% jump in e-book borrowing last year. We hope that the community will give Total BooX a try between now and the end of February and tell us what they think,” said Katz. 



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Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor’s Lab – Stomp Rockets
11/10/2015
By Andrea Klecki

Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor’s Lab – Stomp Rockets


Tuesday, November 17th at 3:30 P.M.


Come join us for the Lawrence Hall of Science’s Inventor’s Lab program! Step into the shoes of an aerospace engineer, designing and testing your very own high flying stomp rocket. Can you build a rocket that can fly high and land safely?

 

Children age 5 and up and their families are welcome to stop by the library on Tuesday, November 17th at 3:30 P.M. This program is provided for free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Delta Tunnels Project Discussion
11/10/2015
By Andrea Klecki

CONTACT: Andrea Klecki at 707-784-1544 or alklecki@solanocounty.com


Delta Tunnels Project Discussion, Presented by Al Medvitz


Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.


The Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center will present for an informative discussion about the Bay Area Delta Conservation Plan. Al Medvitz, a member of the Delta Protection Advisory Committee, will discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. He will discuss the pros and cons of the proposed Delta tunnels and the impact the tunnels would have on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Bay Area residents.

 

Please join us on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 P.M. to learn more about this important environmental issue.


The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Covered California Enrollment Assistance at Fairfield Civic Center Library
11/09/2015
By Serena Enger

November 7, 2015

 

 

CONTACT:   Serena Enger, 1-866-572-7587; smenger@solanocounty.com

 

Covered California Enrollment Assistance at Fairfield Civic Center Library

 

In partnership with Solano Coalition for Better Health, Fairfield Civic Center Library, Solano County, will host four Covered California Health Insurance Assistance events to assist Solano County and California residents in enrolling for Covered California health insurance, learning more about the program, or revising their insurance needs before the January 30, 2016 deadline.

 

Residents should bring the following for enrollment:  Proof of Current Income; Proof of Address; California ID or Driver's License; Social Security Number; Proof of Citizenship or Lawful Presence.

 

Enrollment session will be available in the Library’s Becker-Balmer Meeting Room on Monday, November 30 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30-8:00 p.m., and Wednesday, January 6 and 20 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

 

The library is located at 1150 Kentucky Street. For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit www.solanolibrary.com. - See more at: http://solanolibrary.com



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Free Budgeting Workshop at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
11/04/2015
By Melissa Padaca

Free budgeting workshop at the Fairfield Cordelia Library

 

Wednesday November 18th 4:00pm-5:00pm.

 

Creating a Budget: How Starting Now Can Help You Later

 

For many people, the word "budget" has a negative connotation. Instead of thinking of a budget as restrictive, think of it as a means of potentially achieving financial success. A budget is an important tool that allows you to put your money to work so that you may reach your financial goals more quickly.  Join us to discuss how to put together a budget that may be a good fit for your individual situation. 

 

This 60 minute workshop is free to the public. No registration required.  Fairfield Cordelia Library 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield CA 94534.  For more information visit www.solanolibrary.com or call 1-866-572-7587



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“IN THE GROOVE” IN CONCERT AT THE JFK LIBRARY
10/29/2015
By Sabine Salek

“IN THE GROOVE” IN CONCERT AT THE JFK LIBRARY

 

Saturday, November 7th at 2 pm

 

“In the Groove,” a local Motown/Rock/Rhythm and Blues band, is set to perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday November 7th in the Joseph Room at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo.  Get ready to party with this talented group of musicians. 

 

This free concert is made possible by the Vallejo Friends of the Library.



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Kelly the Clown Presents Harvest Family
10/26/2015
By Nanett Overholt

Kelly the Clown presents Harvest Family

 

Family Fun event comes to the Rio Vista Library with Kelly the Clown presenting Harvest Family.  Everyone will have a chance to participate as the audience becomes part of the story with costumes and loads of fun. 

 

Come November 17 at 6:30 p.m. 

 

All are welcome to attend. 



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Learn to Sew
10/26/2015
By Nanett Overholt

Sewing – Learn to Sew

 

Learn to sew at the Rio Vista Library, Saturdays: November 7 at 12 - 3 p.m.  All materials and sewing machines are provided.  Sew a new pillow case or pajama bottoms. 

 

Ages 10 – Adult welcome to attend.  Sewing is fun and easy to learn! 

 

Sign-ups are being taken at the library.



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Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale
10/22/2015
By Nancy Redfield

Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale

 

The Fall book sale for the Vacaville Libraries is coming soon.  Thousands of books and other materials for people of all ages will be available at ridiculously low prices.

 

The sale takes place at the Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center during normal library hours.  It begins with a Members Only day on Thursday, October 29th—become a member at the door!  From October 30th until Monday November 2nd the sale is open to everyone.  The last day is Five Dollars a Bag Day—get all the materials you can fit into a grocery bag for just five dollars.  The sale ends at 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

 

The Friends of the Vacaville Library is a support organization of the Vacaville Public Libraries.  The monies they raise help support library programming for children, teens and adults.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For questions regarding this event, please call the library at 1-866-57-ASKUS.

 



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Knot Just Knitters Add Tuesday Evening Meetings
10/20/2015
By Teri Stevens

Knot Just Knitters Add Tuesday Evening Meetings

 

Do you knit?  Crochet?  Tat?  Cross-stitch?  Do you have a half-completed sweater or quilt stashed in the back of your closet?

 

Whether you’re a learner or an expert, you can now bring your projects and questions to the group twice a month, on 2nd Fridays from 2:00-4:30 p.m., and on 4th Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m., at the Vacaville Public Library—Cultural Center. 

 

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 27th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Join us as we share, laugh— and indulge in needlework!

 

Vacaville Public Library—Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA

 

For more information, call the library toll-free at 1-866-57-ASKUS. 



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Batfest! With NorCal Bats
10/20/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Batfest! With NorCal Bats

 

Tuesday, October 27th at , 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m

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Smile, Batfest is coming!  We’ll celebrate these marvelous and misunderstood creatures of the night with two presentations of real live bats at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Drop in anytime on October 27th to make a bat craft and learn more about bats. 

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Libraries in Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Suisun City and Rio Vista Open Today
10/15/2015
By Ann Miller

Libraries in Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Suisun City and Rio Vista Open Today

Due to a union job action we are not able to adequately staff all our libraries.

 

Libraries open today from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Fairfield Cordelia Library

5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Rio Vista Library

44 S. 2nd Street, Rio Vista, CA 94571

 

Springstowne Library

1003 Oakwood Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94591

 

Suisun City Library

601 Pintail Drive, Suisun City, CA 94585

 

Vacaville Public Library, Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687

 

 

 

Libraries closed for business today

 

Fairfield Civic Center Library

John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo

Vacaville Town Square Library

 

Good news! If the pick-up dates for your holds expired on Wed. or Thurs., you will have two extra days to pick them up! Items will remain available through Saturday.

 



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Vacaville Cultural Center & Springstowne Libraries Open Today
10/14/2015
By Ann Miller

Due to a union job action we are not able to adequately staff all our libraries.  The following libraries are open today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive; Springstowne Library in Vallejo, 1003 Oakwood Avenue. 

 

The Fairfield Civic Center Library, Fairfield Civic Center Library, John F. Kennedy Library (Vallejo),  Rio Vista Library, Suisun City Library, Vacaville Public Library-Town Square will be closed.

 

All libraries are expected to be open tomorrow, October 15th at 10 a.m.



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RESUME WORKSHOP: THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF RESUME PREPARATION
10/13/2015
By Sabine Salek

RESUME WORKSHOP:  THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF RESUME PREPARATION

 

The JFK Library will offer a resume workshop on Saturday, October 24th at 2 p.m. Come prepared for a presentation that highlights the best ways to write your resume. 

 

Bring your resume in for critique.



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Fall Fun at the Fairfield Cordelia Library
10/08/2015
By Kristen Murray

Fall Fun at the Fairfield Cordelia Library

 

Fall is in the air and with it plenty of fun!  The month of October is full of spooky chills and pumpkin thrills at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.  Join us for a spooktacular good time with these family friendly activities.

 

Spooky Crafts!

Tuesday, October 20, 3:30 p.m.

Ghosts and pumpkins and bats, oh my!  Join us in making some fun crafts to get in the spirit of Halloween.

 

Pumpkin Decorating

Tuesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate the season with an afternoon of pumpkin fun!  Kids of all ages are invited to create their own pumpkin masterpieces.  The library will provide all the materials including one small pumpkin per child while supplies last.  Volunteers from the Master Gardeners will also be on hand with fun fall crafts. 

 

Spooky Stories and Crafts

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of spooky tales, music, Halloween crafts and more!  Families are invited to wear their costumes and come prepared for an evening of fun.  Perfect for the whole family.

 

Family Storytime and Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 31, 11:00 a.m.

Kick off Halloween with some fun stories, crafts and a parade.  Wear your costumes and enjoy a spooky good time.

 

 

All programs are free to the public and are sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Public Libraries.

 For more information, call 1-866-57 ASK US or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Genealogy Workshop at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
10/07/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Genealogy Workshop at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library

 

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Did your ancestors leave a written trail?  Come and explore the newest update to Ancestry’s Database-Wills, Probate and Guardianship records, at our open workshop session.

 

Seating is limited so come in or call to reserve a spot. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  

 

For further information call 866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Become a U.S. Citizen: Free Naturalization Information Session
10/05/2015
By Michelle Franzen

 

Become a U.S. Citizen: Free Naturalization Information Session

 

On Saturday, October 17 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (INS) will offer a free Naturalization Information Session at the Fairfield Civic Center Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

 

Federal officials will discuss specific steps in the naturalization process and provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. An interview demonstration will also take place.

 

Agency officials will make the presentation in English. Participants may bring their own interpreters if needed.

 

The library is located at 1150 Kentucky St. For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit www.solanolibrary.com.



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Duct Tape Crafts for Tweens and Teens
09/24/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

 

Wednesday, September 30 from 3:00-5:00 PM

 

Duct Tape Crafts for Tweens and Teens

 

Tweens and Teens join us and get creative with duct tape.  We will be making zippered bags that work great for pens, pencils and other supplies.  There will be lots of tape designs and colors to choose from.  Follow along to make a bag or create a project of your own design.

 

This event is free thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For additional information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Color Yourself Peaceful
09/23/2015
By Terri Stevens

Coloring books for grownups?  Is that a thing? 

 

Join us on September 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to see for yourself.  Turn off your cell phone, select a page, browse the pencils and crayons, then begin coloring . . . .  Breathe deeply, focus on the beautiful picture.  Relaxation  may prompt creative thoughts—or  relieve the pain in your neck—or make you smile.  An evening well spent!

 

Coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, coffee, and tea will be provided.

 

Vacaville Public Library—Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA

For more information, call the library toll-free at 1-866-57-ASKUS. 

 



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POETRY IN NOTION: A GATHERING OF POETS
09/18/2015
By Jeff Kingman

CONTACT:   JEFF KINGMAN

                        707-553-5092

                        JGKINGMAN@SOLANOCOUNTY.COM

 

POETRY IN NOTION: A GATHERING OF POETS

 

Poets gather in the Joseph Room at John F. Kennedy Library each month to share their love of poetry. Poets are invited to read their work aloud, and there will be occasional special activities and special guests.

 

The meetings are led by Vallejo’s Poet Laureate, Genea Brice. The first meeting will be on September 28, 2015.



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Teen Advisory Board
09/16/2015
By Beth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Teen Advisory Board

 

Thursday, September 24 at 4:00 PM

 

Tell us what you really think! Teens 12-18 are invited to join us for a chance to make a difference in teen services at the library. We will be talking about program ideas for the school year, volunteer project ideas and enjoying some snacks too. Feel free to invite a friend to come with you.

 

Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Crime Scene Investigation – Special Program for Teens
09/16/2015
By Nanett Overholt

CONTACT:  

 

Nanett Overholt, naoverholt@solanocounty.com; 707784-1529

 

 

Crime Scene Investigation – Special Program for Teens

 

A crime scene investigation will be held at the Rio Vista Library in partnership with the Rio Vista Police Department and Law Enforcement Explorers group, Tuesday October 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

 

Teens are invited to dust for fingerprints, investigate a crime and ask questions about law enforcement careers.  Sergeant Julie Gorwood, with Police Explorers will set up a crime scene at the library which teens will actively investigate. 

 

The program is open for those 12 -18 years old.



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Murder Mystery in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
09/16/2015
By Jennifer La Riviere

CONTACT:   Jennifer La Riviere 707-784-1551 jrlariviere@solanocounty.com

 

Murder Mystery in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

 

Library visitors and junior detectives are invited to solve a Star Wars/Wonderland inspired murder mystery at the Fairfield Cordelia Library on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm. A trio of bounty hunters from space join the first ever Galaxy-Wide Croquet Tournament in Wonderland. The audience will have to decipher clues and interview witnesses once someone gets hurt. The best young detectives in elementary and middle school can win prizes.

 

This event occurs the same week libraries across Solano County celebrate Star Wars Reads Day, a day to celebrate reading and Star Wars. People who enjoy dressing up are welcome to attend in costume. Several other Solano County Library branches will also host Star Wars Reads Day events. Check your local branch calendar for details.

 

The Fairfield Cordelia Library has hosted several murder mysteries since opening its door in 2005. Teen volunteers have always played the parts of villains and suspects. This year, the library’s Teen Advisory Board and Teen Writing Club joined up to write the mystery. The teens will spend several weeks writing, creating costumes, making “evidence” and practicing parts.



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Family Fun – Wild Things, Inc.
09/14/2015
By Nanett Overholt

CONTACT:  

Ann Miller, amiller@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1506

Nanett Overholt, naoverholt@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1529

 

Family Fun – Wild Things, Inc.

 

Wild Things, Inc will be at the Rio Vista Public Library on Tuesday, October27 at 6:30 p.m. to present live animals from around the world. 

 

There is an amazing diversity of life on earth. Meet animal ambassadors from 5 continents and hear their personal stories. You will laugh and cry as you learn about these animals that inhabit the corners of the earth.

 

This program includes an African Vervet Monkey, Kangaroo, and others.



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Sewing – Learn to Sew
09/14/2015
By Nanett Overholt

CONTACT:  

Ann Miller, amiller@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1506

Nanett Overholt, naoverholt@solanocounty.com; 707-784-1529

 

 

Sewing – Learn to Sew

 

Learn to sew at the Rio Vista Library, Saturdays: September 26; October 10 & 24; November 7 at 12 - 3 p.m. 

 

All materials and sewing machines are provided -- free.  Sew a new pillow case or pajama bottoms. 

 

Ages 10 – Adult are welcome to attend.  Sewing is fun and easy to learn!



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Star Wars Reads Day IV
09/14/2015
By Nanett Overholt

Nanett Overholt, naoverholt@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1529

 

Star Wars Reads Day IV

 

Star Wars Reads Day IV is happening at the Rio Vista Public Library on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.  This event is for everyone and Star Wars fans.  There will be a Jedi Academy for younglings who wish to become a Jedi.  Construct your own lightsaber once you earn your certificate as a Jedi.  Learn about X-wing fighter plane construction and then watch it take flight.  There will be a photo opportunity with Darth Vader and R2D2.  Come in Star Wars costumes or as you like.



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National Voter Registration Day
09/14/2015
By Serena Enger

CONTACT:  Serena Enger, 1-866-572-7587

 

National Voter Registration Day

 

On Tuesday, September 22, Solano County Library’s eight branches will host National Voter Registration Day. The library is partnering with a national group of bi-partisan voter organizations to promote a participative voice in our election cycles.  Volunteers, including those from the League of Women Voters – Benicia Chapter, will assist people wishing to register.  “We want anyone who needs to register to vote, for example, someone who had just turned 18 or has moved, to register at their local library that they can participate in the upcoming November elections,” said Serena Enger, a supervisor at the Fairfield Civic Center Library who is heading up the project. 

 

Voters can also register to vote by accessing the State of California’s voter registration webpage by using the Library’s public computers.  “We want everyone’s vote to count.  Voters can get more informed about upcoming elections and candidates by visiting the Library’s Election/Voter Information page,” said Enger. 



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Sewing – Learn to Sew
09/11/2015
By Nanett Overholt

Sewing – Learn to Sew

 

Learn to sew at the Rio Vista Library, Saturdays: September 26; October 10 & 24; November 7 at 12 - 3 p.m.  All materials and sewing machines are provided.  Sew a new pillow case or pajama bottoms.  Ages 10 – Adult are welcome to attend.  Sewing is fun and easy to learn!



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Buzzz into the Fairfield Cordelia Library for the Master Gardeners’ presentations on bees!
09/11/2015
By Melissa Padaca

Buzzz into the Fairfield Cordelia Library for the Master Gardeners’ presentations on bees! 

 

Join us on Monday September 21st 10am-12pm for an introduction to native bees including selecting native plants for bee friendly gardens. 

 

On Monday September 28th 10am-12pm, come by for an informative talk on honey bees including how you can start your own beehive! 

 

Both programs are free and open to the public.  No registration required. 

 

Fairfield Cordelia Library 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 www.solanolibrary.com 1-866-572-7587



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Master Gardeners
09/10/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Master Gardeners

 

Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Join the Master Gardeners for a program on Attracting Birds & Pollinators to Your Drought-tolerant Garden led by Michelle Davis.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Fabulous Fall for Families at the JFK Library
09/09/2015
By Natasha North

           

Fabulous Fall for Families at the JFK Library

 

Do you have a budding scientist or tinkerer? Does your child adore puppetry? Maybe your whole family just can’t get enough of Star Wars? The John F. Kennedy Library has something for everyone this fall.

 

On Friday, September 18th at 11:00 guitarist and songwriter James K will perform entertaining classic and original tunes. Great for all ages, especially young children.

 

On Saturday, September 19th at 11:00 Puppet Art Theater Co. returns to our stage to present “Tommy’s Pirate Adventure.” Don’t miss the confusion, mayhem and fun as Tommy battles Barnacle Billy and the evil Captain Rigatoni. A good choice for ages four and older.

 

On Saturday, October 10th at 11:00 the JFK Library will participate in Star Wars Reads Day. Celebrate reading and a galaxy far, far away. Families are encouraged to come dressed as a favorite character from the movies. Enjoy crafts, stories, maybe win a free children’s book, and meet a costumed character, courtesy of the 501st Legion. Rumor has it that a storm trooper and Darth Vader will visit! Suggested for ages five and older.

 

On Saturday, October 17th at 11:00, fans of the books by Annie Barrows won’t want to miss International Ivy + Bean Day. The event includes trivia, crafts, and a chance to win a free book.

 

On Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00 curious minds will enjoy hands-on science. The Inventor’s Lab will present a workshop in which children ages five and older can design and test a stomp rocket.

 

All programs are free to the public and are sponsored by the Friends of the Vallejo Public Libraries.

 

For more information, call 1-866-57 ASK US or visit us online at www.solanolibrary.com .



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ABCmouse.com Now Offered at Solano County Library
09/08/2015
By Malissa Knapp

ABCmouse.com Now Offered at Solano County Library

We are very pleased to announce that Solano County Library is now offering ABCmouse.com for Libraries in all of our branches.

 

Winner of numerous awards from national education, parent, and media organizations, ABCmouse.com offers a highly engaging, expert-designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and beyond. With more than 3,500 individual learning activities, 450 lessons, and more than 300 online books, ABCmouse.com for Libraries encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music, to help children build a strong foundation for academic success.

 

“Age of Learning is committed to helping every child learn, and our latest Education Access Initiative—ABCmouse.com for Libraries—is a major step in that effort,” said Zachary Katz, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Age of Learning. “For the millions of families without a computer or broadband Internet at home, the local public library may be the only place they can access online learning resources like ABCmouse.com.”

 

ABCmouse.com for Libraries offers a safe, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)-compliant, 100 percent educational environment for children, with no advertising or links to external websites. Parents also can create a personal account at the library to enable their children to customize their experiences and save their progress on the ABCmouse.com Step-by-Step Learning Path™.

 

ABCmouse.com for Libraries is available to all U.S. public libraries free of charge at www.ABCmouse.com/libraries.



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LIBRARY’S IN-PERSON AND ONLINE TUTORS OFFER FREE HOMEWORK HELP
09/04/2015
By Ann Miller

CONTACT:  

Ann Miller, amiller@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1506

 

September 4, 2015

 

LIBRARY’S IN-PERSON AND ONLINE TUTORS OFFER FREE HOMEWORK HELP

 

As the heady start of the “back-to-school” season fades to the routine of classes, projects, and papers, the inevitable struggles of homework begin.  Solano County Library offers a number of options to help kids keep up and parents stay sane.

 

“We have wonderful volunteers who kids are happy to see each week at library branches for help with their homework.  We back that up with online tutors that can help students anytime, anywhere. It’s all free,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County Library’s director of library services.

 

Live Homework Help is a service powered by Tutor.com that provides online, on-demand tutoring from 1-10 p.m. every day.  Tutors cover all subjects, from elementary writing assignments to work in calculus, statistics and physics.   Anyone with a library card can get help from a Live Homework Help by logging in from www. solanolibrary.com.   Spanish-speaking tutors are available too.

 

In-person tutoring sessions are available each week from volunteers at most Solano County Library branches.  Each branch program is customized for local needs.  Full schedules can be found on the Branch Calendar pages at www.solanolibrary.com

 

“We think that one of the most powerful ways that Solano County Library can contribute to the success of our community is to help kids be successful in school,” said Katz.



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Planting Your Winter Garden
09/03/2015
By Debbie Wiley

CONTACT:   1-866-572-7587

                       solanolibrary.com

 

Planting Your Winter Garden:  It’s Only Half-Time in the Garden Game!

 

Saturday, September 26 • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

A free workshop will be taught by the UC Master Gardeners-Solano County Program about how to plant your winter garden because it’s only half-time in the garden game!

Learn how to plant one by:

• Starting small

• Picking a space

• Planting what you like to eat

• Doing a little prep and planning

• Plant your winter garden

• Enjoy delicious results that your neighbors will envy!

 

Fairfield Civic Center Library

1150 Kentucky Street • Fairfield, CA • 94533

 

 



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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
09/02/2015
By Laurie Johnson

CONTACT:   Laurie Johnson, 866-572-7587

 

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

 

Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Improv comedy troupe "Rats in the Alley" will infest the Suisun City Library with laughter on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  The Rats are joining Solano County Library to celebrate Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read. “The Rats improv group is like having friends in your living room doing comedy”, said Jim Silverman, a long-time fan of the group. 

 

Banned Books week is a yearly event that draws attention to the harm of censorship.  Suisun City Library will display the ten top most challenged books in 2014.  These books have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.   Banned Books Week brings together readers of all types, librarians, teachers and community members to support the freedom to express ideas; even the ones that may be unpopular or unorthodox.



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Master Gardeners
08/17/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

Master Gardeners

 

Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Join the Master Gardeners for a program on Fall Vegetable Gardening with Judy Hager and Patty Chapman. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Poetry and Pizza Party for Teens
07/29/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Poetry & Pizza Party for Teens

 

Wednesday, August 5 @ 3:30 p.m.

 

Teens are invited to join us for poetry, pizza, and live music.  You can share your favorite poetry or just enjoy hanging out, eating pizza, and listening to what other teens are sharing.

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For additional information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Musical Make-a-Thon
07/29/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Musical Make-a-thon

 

Tuesday, August 4 from 1-4 PM

 

Drop in anytime from 1-4 p.m. and make musical instruments to strum, shake, blow, thump or clank. 

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Library.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Great Big Messy Art Day
07/20/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Great Big Messy Art Day

 

Tuesday, July 28 @ 10:30 AM

 

Play with clay.  Chalk up the block. Paint ‘til you faint. Have fun ‘til you’re done. Above all the rest, dress for the mess. 

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Library.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Friends of the Library Book Sale
07/20/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale

 

The Summer book sale for the Vacaville Libraries is coming soon.  Thousands of books and other materials for people of all ages will be available at ridiculously low prices.

 

The sale takes place at the Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center during normal library hours.  It begins with a Members Only day on Thursday, July 30th—become a member at the door!  From July 31 until Monday August 3rd the sale is open to everyone.  The last day is Five Dollars a Bag Day—get all the materials you can fit into a grocery bag for just five dollars.

 

The Friends of the Vacaville Library is a support organization of the Vacaville Public Libraries.  The monies they raise help support library programming for children, teens and adults.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For questions regarding this event, please call the library at 1-866-57-ASKUS.

 



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
07/15/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Teen Advisory Board

 

Thursday, July 23 at 4:00 PM

 

Teens 12-18, join us for food, fun, volunteer credit, and a chance to have your voice heard! We will be planning the last of our summer events. Feel free to invite a friend to come with you.

 

Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Summer Events for Teens at the Cordelia Library
07/13/2015
By Jennifer La Riviere

CONTACT:   Jennifer La Riviere  jrlariviere@solanocounty.com 707-784-1552

 

Summer Events for Teens at the Cordelia Library

 

The following summer events will be available for teens at the Cordelia Library

 

Wii and Board Games

Thursday, July 16, 3pm

Play Guitar Hero, Mario Kart, or bring your own games

 

Beat Day/Drum Circle

Thursday July 23, 3pm

Make a beat that’s sweet on tables, buckets, or anything you bring to this drum circle style event.

 

End of Summer Party

Thursday, July 30, 3pm

Food, games, music, and a photo booth for your fun summer memories 



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Tie-Dye Book Bags for Teens
07/10/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Tie-Dye Book Bags for Teens

 

Wednesday, July 22 @ 3:30 p.m.

 

Create a colorful souvenir of the summer.  Design you own personal book bag with this easy tie-dye style process.  We furnish the bags, while supplies last, you supply the creativity. 

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries.

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For additional information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Wild Things! Animals of the World
07/10/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Wild Things! Animals of the World

 

Tuesday, July 21 @ 3:30 PM

 

There is an amazing diversity of life on Earth.  Meet real live animals from all over the world and hear their stories. 

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Library. 

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Octopretzel: Music with a Twist
07/07/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Octopretzel!:  Music with a Twist

 

Tuesday, July 14 @ 3:30 PM

 

Two members of the band Octopretzel create effervescent, joyful music that makes people of all ages jump up and dance.  All that and puppets too! 

 

Free, thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Library.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com.



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End of Summer Party at the Fairfield Civic Center Library
07/07/2015
By Elyse Haire

CONTACT Elyse Haire  emhaire@solanocounty.com 707-784-1524

 

End of Summer Party at the Fairfield Civic Center Library

Teen End of Summer Party

Thursday, July 30, 2015

3:30-4:30PM

 

Tweens and teens are invited to celebrate the end of summer with music, games, and snacks!



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Free Family Bike Repair
07/07/2015
By Elyse Haire

CONTACT Elyse Haire  emhaire@solanocounty.com 707-784-1524

 

Bay Area Bike Mobile at the Fairfield Civic Center Library

Free Family Bike Repair

Back Staff Parking Lot near the fire station

Saturday, August 1, 2015

10:00AM-1:00PM

 

BE ONE OF FIRST 20 CHILDREN/YOUTH TO GET BIKE REPAIRS AND RECEIVE A FREE BIKE HELMET.

*Safe Routes to School information*coloring books* and more.

Special thanks to the Spare the Air Youth Program, Safe Routes to School, The Solano Transportation Authority & the California Highway Patrol.



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