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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 making 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
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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Music Sharing and Concrete Writing party for Teens
06/30/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

 

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

 

 

Music Sharing and Concrete Writing Party for Teens at the Vacavillel Public Library-Cultural Center.

 

Wednesday, July 8 at 3:30

 

Enjoy a wide range of music as we share with each other.  B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) if you want to share music.  Create your own concrete art project or just come for the music. 

 

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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Stuffed Animal Sleepover
06/29/2015
By Kristen Murray

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

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Thursday, July 16 @ 6:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Fairfield Cordelia Library

5050 Business Center Dr., Fairfield                                        

 

Calling all stuffed animals!  Join us for our 4th annual stuffed animal sleepover.  Kids can bring their stuffed animals for an evening of stories, songs and snacks.  Then the animals get to stay overnight for some fun.  Return the next day to pick up your animal and receive a picture of the adventures they had.  Wear your favorite pajamas and get ready for some fun!  Perfect for the whole family!

 

For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or check us out online at www.solanolibrary.com.



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Magical Mary! Magic, juggling and comedy!
06/26/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Magical Mary:  Magic, juggling and comedy

 

Tuesday, July 7 @ 3:30 PM

 

She’s magical! She’s Mary! She’s Magical Mary!  Her magic is so good, she’s won awards.  It’s her first time here, so give her a big warm Vacaville welcome.

 

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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Library Literacy Volunteers Needed
06/24/2015
By Teresa Lavell

 

Library Literacy Volunteers Needed

 

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

 

Join Solano County Library Literacy Services in our efforts to enhance the lives of adults and their families.  Teaching adults to read, write and/or improve their English speaking skills is a way you can make a positive impact in your community in just three hours a week.  Solano County Library Literacy Services will hold volunteer tutor preparation this fall.  Change a life, change your community.  

 

For more information, visit www.solanolibrary.com—click Literacy or call 1-800-450-7885 or 707-784-1526.



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Flag Day - it's a Vacaville tradition
06/22/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Flag Day-It’s a Vacaville Tradition

 

Tuesday, June 30 @ 10:30 AM

 

Make your own flag and then get in line for the big parade inside the library.  It’s simple, but amazingly fun.

 

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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Teen Advisory Board
06/22/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Teen Advisory Board

 

Thursday, June 25 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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Fantasy on Strings! From Fairyland’s own Puppet Company
06/12/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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


Fantasy on Strings!  From Fairyland’s own Puppet Company


Tuesday, June 23 @ 3:30 PM


Dozens of three-foot high marionettes take children on a musical journey.  They’ll meet dragons, disco dancing ducks, tap dancing skeletons, and other fanciful creations.  This is the Pup pet Company’s most popular show.

 

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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Swing Dance Workshop for Teens, Nearly Teens and Teens at Heart
06/12/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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


Swing Dance Workshop for Teens, Nearly Teens and Teens at Heart


Tuesday, June 23 @ 7:00 p.m.


Join Christine and John Mani in this fun dance workshop.  Don’t be shy; come join us as we learn together.  No experience, no special skills, and no partner needed. 

 

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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ZunZun Brings you the Water Beat
06/05/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

ZunZun Brings you the Water Beat

 

Tuesday, June 16 @ 3:30 PM

 

Listen to ZunZun’s joyfully contagious music while you dance the Washing Machine, the Sprinkler and the Drought Limbo.  Have fun and learn to save water 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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Scratch Art CDs: Recycled craft project for teens and nearly teens
06/04/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

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

 

Scratch Art CDs:  Recycled craft project for teens and nearly teens.

 

Wednesday, June 10 at 3:30

 

Create beautiful designs with this easy and fun craft project.  Keep it simple, or make it elaborate.  What a cool use for old CDs!  

 

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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Germar the Magician: Magic and Comedy in Two Languages
06/02/2015
By Elizabeth Molyneux

 

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


Germar the Magician:  Magic and comedy in two languages


Tuesday, June 9 @ 3:30 PM


Germar kicks off our summer reading celebration with amazing magic and rib-tickling humor.  Bilingual  in English and Spanish.  Everyone is welcome. 

 

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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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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