The Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library turns 10 years old this November. To celebrate this milestone the Friends of the Alameda Free Library would like to gather as many Alameda 10-year olds as possible Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to participate in a group photo to be used for marketing and in media publications.

The picture will be used to advertise the 10th anniversary celebration of the Main Library in local newspapers, on library websites and social media.


Last Monday was the first day of school for the public schools in Alameda. Playgrounds like the one at Franklin School, above, have been quiet for months but are now bustling with students. Remember to obey the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit both in school zones and just about everywhere else in town. Many kids walk and bike to school and their safety depends on safe drivers. 


The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the Alameda Education Association (AEA) reached a tentative agreement on June 8 to end a negotiation process that was almost declared an impasse.

The 11th-hour deal was struck after both sides decided to have one last meeting before both sides declared they would walk away from the negotiation table and request the Public Employment Relations Board declare an impasse (“Teacher’s Union at Odds with School District” June 9.)


On Friday, March 25, 22 current and former Wood Middle School art and band students (ranging from seventh grade to freshman year of high school) took off from San Francisco International Airport, accompanied by four Wood teachers, Ms. Shepard, Mr. Ponsaran, Mr. Reis and Ms. Verduin. After a layover in Frankfurt, Germany, we finally arrived in Madrid, Spain the next day.