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Tour Date Extended for Library Foundation Tour to Seattle and Vancouver
05/18/2015
By Ann Miller

Solano County Library Foundation
601  Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
707-421-8075 

 

CONTACT:  
Ann Cousineau, acousineau19@gmail.com;  Georgia Chun, gchun@comcast.net

 

 

DEPOSIT DATE EXTENDED FOR LIBRARY FOUNDATION TOUR TO TO SEATTLE AND VANCOUVER

 

Tour organizers have extended the signup date to June 1, 2015 for the Solano County Library Foundation’s tour to Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Travel dates are September 12-22, 2015.

 

The tour features harbor cruises, gourmet meals, boutique hotels and specially arranged tours of literary and cultural landmarks.  In Seattle the group will visit the Seattle Underground, the new the new Chihuly Garden of Glass, enjoy a private tour of the Seattle Public Library and a special walking tour based on the novel “Hotel on the Corner of Better and Sweet.”

 

The Canadian portion of the tour includes a tram ride high above Vancouver to Grouse Mountain, a horse-drawn carriage ride in Stanley Park, a visit to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens and a walking tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

 

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Solano County Library Foundation and its work to support literacy in Solano County. For further information contact Ann Cousineau at acousineau19@gmail.com or Georgia Chun at gchun@comcast.net



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ANIMATOR AND STUDENT OSCAR WINNER TO VISIT VACA LIBRARY
05/01/2015
By Ann Miller

 

ANIMATOR AND STUDENT OSCAR WINNER TO VISIT VACA LIBRARY

 

Kristina Yee, a native of Fairfield, will be at the Vacaville Public Library-Town Square on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. to discuss her film about the first female aeronautical engineer, “Miss Todd,” and her new book, which was adapted from the film. She won an Academy Award in the student division for the film, the first time an animated film won the honor. She will screen portions of her film, demonstrate the puppets she used to make it, and dis¬cuss animation and her path to becoming a filmmaker. An artist’s reception and book signing will follow her presentation.



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MORE CHOICES FOR LIBRARY EBOOK BORROWERS
05/01/2015
By Ann Miller

MORE CHOICES FOR LIBRARY EBOOK BORROWERS

 

Solano County Library customers now have a new resource for free, bestselling e-books. The 3M Cloud collection consists of a range of current bestselling and popular fiction and non-fiction, including some titles for teens. Unlike Overdrive, the library’s other e-book platform, 3M Cloud is not shared outside of Solano County Library’s members. Library card holders can access it by going to www.solanolibrary.com and clicking the eBook tab.  “We have seen a growing demand for downloadable books. With the addition of more best sellers via 3M Cloud we hope that our customers will find more of what they like to read most,” said Bonnie Katz, the director of Solano County Library.



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Caterpillar Puppets Presents Los Tres Cabritos Traviesos/ The Three Billy Goats Gruff
04/24/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Caterpillar Puppets Presents Los Tres Cabritos Traviesos/ The Three Billy Goats Gruff


Tuesday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m.


How do you celebrate Children’s Book Week and Cinco de Mayo at one time?  With a bilingual puppet show of a classic folk tale, of course!  Watch those three naughty goats go up against the troll.  Paquito, our puppet MC, will try to teach his dog some tricks.  If you know Spanish, you can help him. 

 

This program is 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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Cultural Arts Tour to Seattle and Vancouver
04/20/2015
By Ann Miller

CONTACT:  
Ann Cousineau, acousineau19@gmail.com;  Georgia Chun, gchun@comcast.net

 

April 15, 2015

 

CULTURAL ARTS TOUR TO SEATTLE AND VANCOUVER

 

Grab your passport and join Solano County Library Foundation’s Ninth Cultural Arts tour, and explore Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Travel dates are September 12-22, 2015. To reserve a space, deposits are due May 8, 2015.

 

In Seattle, the group will explore the new Chihuly Garden of Glass, experience a private tour of the award-winning Seattle Public Library, roam the subterranean passages in the Seattle Underground Tour and take a walking tour based on the best-selling novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.”

 

The Canadian portion of the tour includes a “sky ride” to Grouse Mountain, a horse-drawn carriage ride in Stanley Park, a visit to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens and a walking tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The 10-day tour features harbor cruises, gourmet meals and lodging in boutique hotels. There will be a free day in each city for personal adventures.

 

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Solano County Library Foundation and its work to support literacy in Solano County. For further information contact Ann Cousineau at acousineau19@gmail.com or Georgia Chun at gchun@comcast.net



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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free two-hour information session
04/16/2015
By Ryan King

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free two-hour information session at 10:30 a.m. May 9 at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky Street.


The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process.


The public is invited, and USCIS officers will be on hand to discuss the naturalization process step-by-step and provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. They will demonstrate the citizenship interview and answer questions about it.


Free educational materials will be handed out while supplies last.
 



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LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS DURING NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
04/08/2015
By Ann Miller

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

 

April 8, 2015

 

LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS DURING NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

 

Solano County Library will celebrate over 900 volunteers who have been “contributing members” of the library in the past year.  Library volunteers serve the community in a number of roles, from tutoring adult literacy learners and providing homework help afterschool, to delivering books to the homebound and coaching computer skills.   But that is just the beginning.  “We work with lawyers who donate their time giving legal advice, Friends of the Library and Library Foundation volunteers who raise funds, and groups such as PAWs who bring their specially trained dogs to listen to children read in the library,” said Muffy Walker, the library’s volunteer coordinator. 

 

To celebrate theses volunteer “points of light” the library is honoring every volunteer who contributed over 100 hours in the past year with a special President’s Volunteer Service Award, which includes a lapel pin, a letter from President Obama, and a certificate that recognizes “the commitment to strengthen our nation and communities through volunteer service.”  Library volunteers will also be among those recognized at a Solano County Board of Supervisor’s meeting on Tuesday, April 14.  During National Volunteer Week, which is also National Library Week, April 12-18, the many faces of library volunteers will be featured in posters in library branches and on the library’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. “Library volunteers are much more than the many hours they contribute, they represent the best of Solano County.  They bring out the best in all of us,” adds Walker.



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Bilingual Poetry Writing Workshop for Teens with Tim Z. Hernandez
04/08/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

Bilingual Poetry Writing Workshop for Teens with Tim Z. Hernandez


Thursday, April 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Join us for an evening with award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez. If you are a long-time student of poetry or even a beginner, this workshop is for you. This event is for teens who long to write poetry and prose in English or Spanish.  Adults and pre-teens are welcome too.  This event is sponsored jointly by Poets & Writers, the California Center for the Book, and the Friends of the Vacaville 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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Children’s Day Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Library
04/02/2015
By Natasha North

Children’s Day Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Library

 

The John F. Kennedy Library is celebrating Children’s Day/Book Day - el Día de los Niños/el Día de los Libros on Saturday, April 25th and what a celebration it will be! 

 

Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher Olga Loya uses a dramatic mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America. Stories from the Philippines and Africa will also be featured in this multicultural performance. She is an award-winning author of the bilingual Spanish-English book Magic Moments. Ms. Loya has been a featured storyteller at festivals in Mexico and the United States and we are honored to have her share her talents at our “Día” event.

 

The wonderful young dancers of Napa Valley Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional folkdances of Mexico. The troupe was established in 1992 and dancers as young as five years old delight crowds.

 

Light refreshments will be served and each child attending the program may select one free book to keep, while supplies last.

 

Día is a nationally recognized initiative held each year with the vision of spreading “bookjoy.” It emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.  Día programs have the goal of celebrating children and connecting them to the world of learning through books and libraries. 

 

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 at 1:00 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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Solano County Library is in need of volunteers for its Adult Literacy Services.
04/02/2015
By Lori Fetters

Solano County Library is in need of volunteers for its Adult 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 Wednesday, April 15 OR Saturday, April 18. 

 

For more information call 784-1526 or visit the library’s literacy website at www.solanolibrary.com/literacy.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
03/16/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

 

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

 

Teen Advisory Board


Thursday, March 26 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 discussing program plans for the spring and summer. Feel free to invite a friend to join us. 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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Bay Area Bike Mobile
03/16/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

March 16, 2015
 

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


Bay Area Bike Mobile


Tuesday, March 24, 3:00-6:00 p.m.


Get your bike fixed for free.  A team from the Bay Area Bike Mobile will work on as many bikes as time allows. All ages are welcome, but children and teens will have first priority.  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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Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor's Lab
03/12/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor’s Lab


Tuesday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.


Design. Build. Test.  Discover. Solve real –world challenges using science and engineering. What will we work on? It will be a St. Patrick’s Day surprise!  Challenging and fun for ages 7-18. All materials provided.  Free, thanks to the Friends of 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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Cycle Celebration at the JFK Library
03/03/2015
By Natasha North

Cycle Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Library


Saturday, March 14th 1:00 – 3:30


The John F. Kennedy Library is about to get overrun, in the best sense of the word. In this special Cycle Celebration, community partners will be bringing safety information and bike repairs to young people.

 

Bay Area BikeMobile will make free repairs and adjustments to the bikes of the first twenty kids to sign up on the day of the event. They can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like brake pads, chains, seats, grips and tires. They can also usually replace shifters, brake calipers, and brake levers, as well. BikeMobile helps keep youth rolling to school safely while reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Their services are funded by Spare the Air Youth.

 

While twenty lucky kids will get their bikes repairs, everyone can benefit from the information shared by other partners. Representatives from Safe Routes to School will be present to give away free helmets and other goodies, while supplies last. Their program encourages students to walk and bike to school and supports these activities with educational events throughout the year. The California Highway Patrol will demonstrate bicycle safety.

 

This free event is being held on Saturday, March 14th beginning at 1:00 in Unity Plaza, on the south side of the John F. Kennedy Library.


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



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Microsoft Word 2010 Workshop for Teens
02/27/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Microsoft Word 2010 Workshop for Teens


Thursday, March 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Teens are invited to improve their basic skills with Microsoft Word 2010 in this informative workshop.  Come with your questions and leave with more confidence. 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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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
02/10/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 


Thursday, February 19th 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 discussing program plans for the spring and summer. Please note this meeting is one week earlier than our usual monthly meeting. Feel free to invite a friend to join us. 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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African-American Genealogy for Beginners Workshop
02/06/2015
By Linda Beckemeyer

Linda Beckemeyer, Librarian, Fairfield Civic Center Library
Email: labeckemeyer@solanocounty.com

 

Presenter:  Cynthia McDaniels
Email: sistacyn@sbcglobal.net


 Solano County Library Will Be Presenting a Half Day Workshop:
“African-American Genealogy for Beginners”
Free to the Public
Saturday, February 14, 1-3PM
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Computer Center

 

Since Alex Haley’s “Roots”, many African-Americans have had the desire to research their family’s history. They usually find out that they don’t really know where or how to start. “It would have been great to attend a workshop presenting the fundamentals needed to get started in family research for African Americans when I began my search”, says Cynthia McDaniels, a retired Human Resources Administrator, “AKA” Genealogy Consultant. She will be a presenter   of a half day workshop for beginners in African-American Genealogy. The workshop will consist of an explanation and demonstration of the steps necessary to start researching one’s African-American Ancestry.

 

The African-American method of research is not unlike any other genealogy research in many basic respects. But it is in knowing when there are exceptions and what other paths may be
followed specific to African Americans, to help in the search. “Had I known when I began what I have learned and experienced over the past years, in many instances, I could have found in months the answers it took me years to find”, states McDaniels.

 

During her twenty-four year journey, McDaniels has traced her father’s family, back five generations and her mother’s four. As an extra bonus, she has found many lost and/or missing relatives in the process. This workshop will teach beginners, her time-proven, methods for research. The workshop will be at the Fairfield Civic Center Library Computer Center, Saturday February 14th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

 

McDaniels is currently writing her family’s history and completing the necessary requirements to become a certified genealogist. She is a member of the African-American Genealogy Society of Northern California, the Angelina County (TX) Genealogy Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.



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Free Tax Preparation
01/26/2015
By Serena Enger

CONTACT:   Serena Enger, smenger@solanocounty.com

 

FAIRFIELD — Earn It, Keep It, Save It, a coalition of nonprofit partners, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Children’s Network, United Way of the Greater Bay Area, and Solano County Library announce a series of four Super Saturday Free Tax Preparation events in  February.

 

The Fairfield Civic Center Library at 1150 Kentucky Street will host the first event on Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  Customers earning less than $53,000 can have their taxes prepared for them and submitted electronically.

 

Other events will be held on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with last intake at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library branch, on Saturday, February 21 at the John F. Kennedy branch in Vallejo, and on Saturday, February 28 at the Suisun City branch.  Spanish speakers will be available.

 

Customers must bring a photo ID, a Social Security card or ITIN, W-2s from all jobs held in 2014, savings and checking account and routing number for direct deposit, last year’s tax return, and the household’s health coverage information (1095-A if bought through Covered CA).

 

For more information, call 211, or The Children’s Network at 707-421-7229, ext. 109 or Solano County Library at 1-866-572-7587 or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org for additional events throughout the tax season.



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Free Concert at the JFK Library
01/22/2015
By Sabine Salek

CONTACT:   Sabine Salek slsalek@solanocounty.com

 

FREE CONCERT AT THE JFK LIBRARY


Saturday afternoon, January 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the JFK Library’s Joseph Room, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, the classical a cappella vocal group, “Coro D’Amici,” will present a free concert of sacred and secular music for unaccompanied voices from the Renaissance and the Twentieth Century.

 

Michael Senturia, the group’s director, is a Professor Emeritus of Music at UC Berkeley, where for thirty years he conducted the University Symphony and taught in the Department of Music.  Once retired from the University and after acquiring a degree in Library Science, he worked as an adult services reference librarian for the Solano County Library at the JFK Branch in Vallejo.  During his time there he introduced regular, free monthly music events at the library, which has continued to this day.

 

Coro D’Amici has existed in one form or another since 1981.  Its members come from the East Bay and include professionals from a variety of fields, all of whom have also trained as musicians.  The group meets once a week to enjoy each other’s company and to sing unaccompanied classical repertoire from Renaissance to Modern.  In 2005 the group toured Italy, singing in Fiesole, Florence, Siena and Rome.  In recent years the group has enjoyed giving Bay Area concerts in Berkeley, Vallejo and Martinez.

 

Members of the group, in addition to Mr. Senturia, are Joan Bell, Rob Calvert, Christy Dana, Sean Dougall, Pat Jennerjohn, John Kelly, Pauline Ma-Senturia, Sonja Maund, Jo Maxon, Tom Mugglestone, Carol Paxson, Will Schweller, and Edna Yeh.



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Meet the Raptors! Birds of Prey at the Library
01/14/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Wednesday, January 21st at 3:30 PM


Who will you meet?  A hawk, an eagle, an owl, a kestrel?  Sallie, a human from the California Raptor Center, will introduce us to real live birds which are no longer able to live in the wild. 

 

Free.  Thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries for letting us “adopt” a raptor. 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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Matrix Parent Network Workshops to be held at the John F. Kennedy Library
01/06/2015
By Natasha North

Parents of children with special needs are invited to sign up for monthly workshops conducted by the Matrix Parent Network. These free meetings are held at the John F. Kennedy Library at 505 Santa Clara St. in Vallejo and registration is required. The mission of Matrix is to empower families of children with special needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.

 

“Skills for Effective Advocacy and Leadership” will be held Monday, January 12th from 6:00 – 8:00. This workshop with help participants discover what skills are needed for effective parent advocacy and self-advocacy for students 14 years+ with a disability.

 

Space is limited. To register, visit www.matrixparents.org or call 1-800-578-2592.



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LIBRARY CELEBRATES PROMISES MADE FOR FRACTION OF PENNY SALES TAX
01/06/2015
By Ann Miller

A fraction of a penny, 1/8th of a cent to be exact, is the make-or-break sales tax that has meant so much to Solano County Library.  Not only do these fractions of pennies add up to 25% of the library’s budget, they are also a tangible indication of the support Solano County Library enjoys from its community.  In 1998, the sales tax measure known as Measure B, passed by over a 68% majority.  In return, voters were promised more books, more hours and more services for young people. Library leaders delivered on that promise, even when the recession meant sharp reductions in the library’s budget and other public libraries struggled to keep their doors open.  In 2012, Solano County residents renewed their trust in the library with an 80% majority for Measure L, an extension of the tax to maintain the promises made in 1998, making the library the hub of lifelong learning in Solano County.

 

What’s next for Solano County Library?  The programs that were important during the recession will remain, as many people are still feeling the economic pinch.  Job help, technology training, legal advice and tax prep will continue to be important services.  As new studies confirm the importance of brain development in the first five years of life, the library continues its innovation of programs for young children so that they are ready to learn when they go to school. As part of the educational infrastructure, the library is initiating more programs that inspire exploration in science, engineering and technology.  The library continues to adapt to the formats favored by the community, with free online magazines, downloadable books and tutoring, online and in person.

 

Solano County Library will celebrate the community’s ongoing support with the following events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Promises Made, Promises Kept Events


Monday, January 12
3:30 p.m.
Magic Dan
Fairfield Cordelia Library

 

Tuesday, January 13
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Circus Arts
Suisun City Library

 

Wednesday, January 14
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dan Chan, Magician
Fairfield Civic Center Library

 

Wednesday, January 21
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Enjoy a Sweet Treat
Rio Vista Library

 

Thursday, January 22
4 p.m.
Performers, Food, and More
Vacaville Town Square Library

 

Saturday, January 31
3 p.m.
Classical Concert Coro D'Amici
John F. Kennedy Library



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New Library Program for English Learners
12/30/2014
By Lani Clarke

One of the most challenging aspects of learning a new language is gaining the confidence to engage others in conversation. The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center will introduce a new weekly program to support adults with limited English language skills practice speaking and listening in English.

 

The first ESL Club meeting takes place in the library’s Conference Room on Wednesday, January 7 at 5:30 pm.  This program is not intended as a substitute for ESL instruction, but is meant to be an informal way to enhance the speaking skill of ESL learners.  All are welcome. 

 

The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For more information, call the library at 866-572-7587.



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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library- Cultural Center
12/09/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Teen Advisory Board


Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 PM


Teens 12-18, join us for a chance to have your voice heard and earn volunteer credit.  Enjoy snacks while we have an informal meeting to share ideas.  Feel free to invite a friend to come along. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. 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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December Family Night with the Fabulous Puppet Art Theater
12/09/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

 

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


December Family Night with the Fabulous Puppet Art Theater!


Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.


Families are invited to celebrate the festive season with a special holiday version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Free, thanks to the Friends of 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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Winter Crafts for Teens and Tweens
12/09/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

December 2, 2014
 

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

 

Winter Crafts for Tweens and Teens


Wednesday, December 10 from 3:00-5:00 PM


Tweens and Teens join us for a winter wonderland of craft activities.  Make a snow globe, decorated cookies, and design your own gift bags. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. 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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Extreme Couponing: How to Save Money on Your Daily Purchases
12/02/2014
By Ann Miller

Fairfield Civic Center Library
1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

 

January 5, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Becker-Balmer Meeting Room

 

 Extreme Couponing: How to Save Money on Your Daily Purchases

 

    “ Learn how to save money while being safe and strategic with your shopping."  Stephanie Boydell from Golden 1 Credit Union will share ideas with families looking for creative ways to save money on their everyday purchases.  



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Library Joins War Ink Exhibit to Open Dialogue Between Vets and Civilians
11/24/2014
By Ann Miller

CONTACTS:


Ann Miller, Solano County Library
707-784-1506, amiller@solanocounty.com

 

Christopher Brown, Contra Costa County Library
(925) 817-9833   Email: cmbrown@gmail.com

 

 

LIBRARY JOINS WAR INK EXHIBIT TO OPEN DIALOGUE BETWEEN VETS AND CIVILIANS

 

 

ENTER THE EXHIBIT

 

War Ink Exhibit


Solano County Library is helping Americans struggling to find meaningful ways to honor the nation’s 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans by supporting WAR INK, a powerful new online exhibit that opened on Veteran’s Day. The honest and emotionally raw collection of original video, photography and audio interviews uses the memorial tattoos and words of 24 veterans to open a dialogue between civilians and returning vets.


 As a depository for human stories and narratives, Solano County Library saw this exhibit as an ideal complement to its mission and is now actively promoting the exhibit. “Libraries have a duty to provide resources to all citizens but place special emphasis on serving our returning veterans—a segment of our community that has been overlooked. Libraries also collect the stories that tell us who we are as a society,” said Ann Miller, the Library’s marketing and community relations officer.


“WAR INK emerged out of a need to recognize veterans’ stories of service and sacrifices and to bridge the divide between the veteran and civilian communities,” said WAR INK co-creator Jason Deitch, a former Army medic and military sociologist. “This is both an exhibit and a forum, using tattoos as a springboard for veterans to share their stories.”


 Stark, beautiful, disturbing and often darkly humorous, the featured tattoos in WAR INK are a visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult for veterans to discuss openly. But the creators of WAR INK and the 24 men and women who bravely shared their stories and their tattoos hope their openness will help civilians develop a deeper understanding of their experiences and provide a safe entry point to honestly and authentically engage in a conversation.


“Veterans need ways to reconnect with their communities,” said Chris Brown, WAR INK co-creator and senior manager at the Contra Costa County Library, which will launch the program along with over 20 other libraries throughout California. “As librarians we’re pleased to play a part in bridging that gap and sharing the poignant stories of our veterans.”


The sudden transition from war to civilian life leaves many vets facing deep feelings of alienation and isolation. Tattoos, Brown and Deitch explain, are a shared form of expression between many civilians and vets, and offer a unique gateway to conversations which can begin to build that community.
 “Every tattoo on my body tells a story,” said WAR INK veteran Ron “Doc” Riviera of Santa Cruz, California. “If people would just ask, they wouldn’t get a movie or a book, they would get the real thing.”


Elegantly produced, WAR INK walks visitors through four multimedia chapters. In the veterans’ own words, they remind guests that “We Were You” by sharing their experiences before they entered the military. The “Changed Forever” chapter is a searing examination of the horrors of war, followed by “Living Scars,” a candid look at the physical and emotional wounds of their military experiences. The exhibit’s final chapter, “Living Not Surviving,” tells of the challenges veterans face, but also of their strength and resilience as they try and return to their communities.”


To tell the WAR INK story, Dietch and Brown assembled an impressive coalition of diverse partners, including the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative and premier photographer Johann Wolf. Video for the site was directed by filmmaker Rebecca Murga and the online exhibit was designed by Favorite Medium.


WAR INK was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, and made possible with support from the following funders and donors: Cal Humanities, the Pacific Library Partnership and StoryCorps.


Support for veterans begins by really listening to their stories and experiences. Visit the WAR INK exhibit at www.warink.org



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LIBRARY HOSTS BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANET TASHJIAN & ILLUSTRATOR SON
11/05/2014
By Ann Miller

 

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

 

LIBRARY HOSTS BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANET TASHJIAN & ILLUSTRATOR SON

 

Janet Tashjian, a novelist specializing in books for young people, will visit local schools and libraries December 9-11 as part of Solano Kids Read, a community reads program sponsored by the Solano County Library Foundation.  The purpose of Solano Kids Read is to inspire a love of reading by bringing nationally celebrated authors to meet with children in Solano County.  “In our interviews with teachers, parents and kids, we hear again and again how jazzed kids are to meet these favorite authors,” said Ann Miller, Solano County Library’s marketing and community relations officer.  This year we are especially excited that her son, who is also her illustrator, is coming.  Tashjian’s son Jake illustrated “My Life as a Book” as well as two other books and an upcoming series. 

 

Two public events are scheduled along with five school events throughout the county.  Janet and Jake Tashjian will discuss their work and sign books at 7 p.m. on December 9 at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.  The Vacaville Public Library-Town Square will host a writers’ workshop with the mother/ son team at 4 p.m. on December 10. 

 

“My Life as a Book” follows Derek, an active boy and “reluctant reader” as he struggles through a summer reading assignment. The summer becomes more interesting as he finds unexpected friendships, uncovers a mystery about a drowned girl, and discovers that stories are all around us. Tashjian’s name is familiar to many readers because of the cult favorite “The Gospel According to Larry” series that is taught in many middle and high schools. Her first novel, “Tru Confessions” was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie.

 

Mark Flowers, a librarian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo, suggests that the book is popular with kids who love to read as well as those who don’t.  “Jake Tashjian’s hilarious drawings of Derek’s vocabulary words make this a perfect choice for kids like Derek who struggle with reading. Kids who already love to read will be sucked-in by Derek’s magnetic personality and the mysteries that surround him.”

 

For more information go to www.solanolibrary.com/kidsread or call 1-866-57-ASKUS



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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party
10/24/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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


Diary of a Wimpy Kid party

 

Tuesday, November 4th at 4:00 p.m.


Join us as we celebrate the release of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.  Enter our prize drawing to win a free copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. 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 - Bats in the Library!
10/21/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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


Family Night-Bats in the Library!


Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.


Do you think bats are scary?  Bats think we are scary! Meet some real live bats, and Corky, their human friend.  Learn the truth about bats, and how humans and bats can live together.  This program is for the whole family.  Free, thanks to the Friends of 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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Music, Story and More!
10/17/2014
By Kristen Murray

CONTACT:   Kristen Murray 707-784-1551 kcmurray @solanocounty.com

 

Music, Story and More!

 

On Tuesday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m. the Fairfield Cordelia Library welcomes Green Golly & Her Golden Flute.  Green Golly brings to life a Rapunzel like tale full of music, adventure and fun! Rapunzel may have been horrified to spend her days trapped in that big old tower but not Green Golly. She was so inspired she couldn’t help but make music.  This introduction to the complex, creative and beautiful world of classical music inspires children to listen actively and imagine creatively.

 

Green Golly is brought to us all the way from New York City by musicians Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel.   The Green Golly Project was started as a way to introduce young children to classical music in a fun and engaging way but has grown to be so much more.  Using the flute, guitar and their storytelling talent they bring Green Golly to life much to the delight of their audience! Visit Green Golly online at www.greengolly.com.

 

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



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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
10/15/2014
By Lani Clarke

Contact: Lani Clarke             
Phone: (707) 784-1541 
Email: laclarke@solanocounty.com


Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale


The Fall book sale for the Vacaville Libraries begins soon.  Thousands of books and other materials for people of all ages will be available at remarkably 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 23—become a member at the door.  From October 24 through October 27, the sale is open to everyone.  Sunday and Monday are Five Dollars a Bag Days—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.

 

For questions regarding this event, please call the library at 1-866-57-ASKUS.



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Izi Holokahi performs at JFK Library
10/10/2014
By Sabine Salek

CONTACT:   SABINE SALEK slsalek@solanocounty.com

 

Izi Holokahi performs at the John F. Kennedy Library on Saturday November 1st at 2:00 pm.


Enjoy a ukulele concert at the Kennedy Library in Vallejo featuring local performer Izi Holokahi.  Mr. Holokahi was learned to play in his birth state of Hawaii and he has performed at many venues in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area.  His passion for ukulele is evident in his performances, classes, and Ukesperiment workshops.  This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st and is part of the First Saturday series of cultural events.  Thanks to the Vallejo Friends of the Library for their generous support of library programs. 



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Get the Dirt on Composting at the Library
10/09/2014
By Lani Clarke

CONTACT:  Lani Clarke (707) 784-1541, FAX (707) 451-0987

E-MAIL: laclarke@solanocounty.com


Get the Dirt on Composting at the Library


Composting is good for your garden, good for your budget, and saves water—so why doesn’t every gardener have a compost pile?  It may be because people think it’s complicated, smelly, and a lot of work—none of which is true.

 

Master Gardener Teresa Lavell offers a 3-part weekly series on composting at Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, beginning with Composting 101 on October 16.   This session is an introduction to composting.  On October 23, Ms. Lavell explores active and passive composting techniques, and on October 30 she will explain how worm composting works.   All sessions start at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge to participate, and no registration is necessary.  Call the library at 866-572-7587 for additional information.


The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a partnership among the University of California, USDA, county governments, and California residents.  To find out more about Master Gardeners, contact UC Cooperative Extension at (707) 784-1321.



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Free Flu Shots @ Your Library
10/07/2014
By Ann Miller

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

 

WHACK THE FLU WITH FREE FLU SHOTS @ YOUR LIBRARY


Solano County Library, in cooperation with Solano County Public Health, will be offering free flu shots at six branches in October and November on a first come, first served basis.  Call 1-866-57-ASKUS for more information.


1 - 4 p.m., Monday, October 6, Rio Vista Library, 44 So. 2nd Street.
1 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, Vacaville Public Library - Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive.
1 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail Drive.
1 - 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, Vacaville Public Library - Town Square, 1 Town Square Place
1 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky Street.
1 - 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo.



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Ancestry Library Edition-Genealogy Open Workshop Session
10/06/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Ancestry Library Edition-Genealogy Open Workshop Session


Wednesday, October 15 from 7:00-9:00 PM


Come join us to explore Ancestry Library Editions & HeritageQuest Online at our open workshop session.  Beginners and advanced welcome.  No sign-ups are necessary, but seating is limited.  Bring your laptops if you wish; we have wireless.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive Vacaville, CA.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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Songs and Dances at the JFK Library
09/25/2014
By Sabine Salek

 

CONTACT:   SABINE SALEK slsalek@solanocounty.com

 

John Bennett and Karen Balabanian perform “Songs and Dances” at the John F. Kennedy Library


The John F. Kennedy Library is proud to present a special performance of “Songs and Dances” by pianist Karen Balabanian and cellist John Bennett on Saturday October 4th at 1 p.m.  This Vallejo-based husband and wife duo has performed at venues throughout the Bay area, including The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, and with local groups like the Vallejo Chorale Society.  Mr. Bennett is a member of the Napa Valley Symphony and the Vallejo Symphony.  Ms. Balabanian was a member of the Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, and was co-founder of First Presbyterian Chamber Concerts. This free concert is made possible by the generous support of the Vallejo Friends of the Library.



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State Librarian, Greg Lucas Comes To Solano County To Celebrate International Literacy Day
08/25/2014
By Ann Miller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

 

STATE LIBRARIAN, GREG LUCAS COMES TO SOLANO COUNTY TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 

 

In honor of International Literacy Day, Solano County Library will host a program featuring Greg Lucas, the California State Librarian on Sept 8.  Lucas will speak about his work with the State Library and the campaign to eliminate adult illiteracy in California. Also on hand to share their stories will be a student and a volunteer tutor who are involved in the Library’s literacy program.

 

“The primary focus of the event and indeed, the entire month of September, is to build awareness of the impact of low literacy skills on adults in the community and the effect on the entire family,” said Joanne Wright, the Library’s literacy services program manager.

 

The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Solano County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street, in Fairfield, CA.  Throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Library’s literacy services will be showcased in an interactive display in the lobby. Adult learners, volunteers and staff will be on hand to talk about the work of the program and to increase awareness of adult literacy issues in our community.  “Currently 141 adults who want to learn to read better are on a waiting list for a tutor. We know from our volunteers that this is one of the most rewarding ways to give your time. We call it ‘giving the gift of reading,” said Wright.



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