Notes from the Library Director

[Now that we are in the month of] September, I am thrilled to invite you to join us in celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month here at the Alameda Free Library. Since 1987, this annual event has held a special place in our hearts as we mark the beginning of the school year and extend an open invitation to individuals of all ages to discover the joys and benefits of library membership.

At the Alameda Free Library, we believe that a library card is a gateway to a world of knowledge, imagination, and exploration. Throughout September, we proudly unite with libraries across the nation, under the guidance of the American Library Association, to ensure that every person has the opportunity to obtain their very own library card. As an added motivator, we have two new library card designs to choose from. Featuring the artistry of the esteemed Caldecott-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen and the “Let Freedom Read” design that draws attention to the harms of censorship.

Our library stands as a community hub, a place where everyone has the freedom to read, learn, and discover. The broad range of resources and programs we offer cater to the diverse interests of the community. With the power of technology, we bring the library to you, wherever you are.

Through platforms like Hoopla and Libby, you can access eBooks and audiobooks, while Kanopy allows you to stream critically acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more. And for those who enjoy hands-on experiences, our partnership with Creativebug presents a plethora of virtual Do-It-Yourself classes, all accessible with your library card.

Furthermore, I encourage you to stay up to date with our programs for all ages by checking out our online calendar. This month we are pleased to welcome former Alameda Poet Laureate Julia Park Tracey in discussion of her new book, The Bereaved, on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Stafford Room at the Main Branch. Additionally, our Teen and Adult Library Bingo challenge offers a chance to win an exciting library-related swag bag.

Lastly, we will be pushing 1,000 books before kindergarten to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers. For more details on these programs, please contact or visit us at any of our locations.

Thank you for being a part of the Alameda Free Library community. We look forward to serving you and helping you embark on your journey of exploration.

Warm regards,

— Marlon Romero, Alameda Main Library Acting Library Director