Alameda: Palestinians Tell Their Stories at Main Library

From Alameda Sun

“Everyone has a life story, and many are being told at Alameda’s Main Library at 1550 Oak St. An exhibit that combines black-and-white portraits of 26 Bay Area Palestinians with audio recordings is on display. The library’s largest meeting room was filled to capacity with well over 100 people for the opening reception on Feb. 11.The multimedia storytelling project Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay showcases recorded interviews with Palestinian-Americans that reveal the complexities of living with hopes for Palestine in a country that is often hostile to those aspirations.The reception kicked off the month-long multimedia exhibit at the library. It featured tables of Middle Eastern food catered by Oakland’s Bacheesos Restaurant. A musical duo from Oakland, Birana di Mara on violin and Faisal on percussion, added ambience with their authentic Arabic selections.“Alameda is a tapestry of many cultures, races, ethnicities and religions that make us a vibrant, diverse community,” stated Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, who is of Lebanese and Syrian descent, as she welcomed the crowd. “Alameda has a rich history of Palestinian residents and businesses.”The overall theme of the exhibit draws on the immigrant experience and the importance of belonging, weaving together experiences from both Palestine and the Bay Area.”

Alameda County Library System Hacked

From Fremont Patch

” Those who patronize the Alameda County libraries may have had their personal information compromised.KCBS reported Wednesday that customers received an email stating the library’s records were hacked.”An email to library members says officials were contacted last month by someone claiming to have information from the library system’s entire database of users,” the news station reported. “That contact included the names and addresses of about three dozen library patrons. The person also threatened to sell the information.”

Newark Library Adds Service on Sundays

From Newark Patch

“Responding to the community’s request for increased library service, the Newark Library is pleased to announce new hours of service on Sundays. Beginning on September 11, 2016, the Library will be open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Funding provided by the City of Newark enables the Library to add hours of service on Sundays. The Library will hold a celebration on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will include a magic show and balloon art for the whole family.”

STEM education at your Newark Library

From Contra Costa Times

” One of our main goals at the Newark Library is to support lifelong learning and we are taking this to heart by providing fun and exciting programs for our community that supports STEM education. STEM education focuses on science, technology, engineering and math in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. By hosting programs and events at the library that promote STEM education we hope that participants walk away with knowledge that will expand their minds and interest in STEM for their future in education and their career.”

Library lovers toss the book at Alameda County’s disposal system

from the San Francisco Chronicle

“The idea that a public library system would toss out hundreds of thousands of books without rhyme or reason just doesn’t sound right. But that’s what appears to have happened in Alameda County’s 10-branch library system over the past two years. Watchdog activists believe the library has discarded almost 400,000 books from its shelves. County officials contend that the number is closer to 172,000 books, and they say many of these books are passed to friend-of-library groups for sales or are recycled.”