Island Arts


Artwork and artists can have a great influence on their communities. Teen artists are invited to create drawings, paintings, doodles and other works of art that will inspire Alamedans to read. The art will be displayed in the Homework Center in the Main Library.


Are old toys collecting dust in your closet or attic? Come to the Library Laboratory and bring them to life again. Turn old stuff into freaky, Frankentoy creations by taking old items apart and sewing, gluing and taping them to other destroyed toys.  


Let’s be honest. We all judge books by their covers. Sometimes readers pick up books because they have a cool photograph or an interesting pattern on the cover. Other books are just as easily passed by because of an outdated, faded, or just plain ugly cover.


A new show of artwork by self-taught Alameda artist Cheryl Harawitz opens this Saturday, Oct. 1, with the specific purpose of raising funds to Save Our Elephants, which is also the show’s title. The show opens at Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park St., from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Harawitz will donate proceeds from sales of her elephant paintings both via the show and her website to the March for Elephants, a global organization dedicated to stopping the sale of ivory and putting elephants back on the endangered species list in all countries. 


Ask a Japanese child to count to three. The youngster will beam at knowing the answer and reply, “Ichi, ni, san.” Japanese who live outside their native land use these three numbers to define themselves. These three numbers express the order in which they, or their ancestors, migrated to a country outside Japan that they now call home.