Tinker Bus to Visit the Alameda Free Library

Courtesy photo    The Tinker Bus, a former school bus turned STEAM laboratory and classroom, will visit libraries on upcoming Saturdays.

The Alameda Free Library and Tinker Bus have teamed up to bring a working science, technology, art and mathmatics (STEAM) lab to all three branch libraries on the first Saturday of November, December and January. A classroom on wheels, the Tinker Bus, is designed to help young makers think outside the box. Kids in first through fourth grades will be able to tinker, play, ask questions, solve problems and learn in this mobile maker space.

One session will be held at each of the three Alameda Free Library branches and registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to sign up at their neighborhood libraries and to only sign up for one session, so as many children as possible will have opportunities to participate.

This Saturday, Nov. 3, the Tinker Bus will be at the Main Library at 10:30 a.m. To register, call the Children’s Department at 747-7705. The Main Library, located at 1550 Oak St., is served by AC Transit routes 21, 51A and O.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Tinker Bus will be at the West End Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. To register, call 747-7767. The West End Branch Library, located at 788 Santa Clara Ave., is served by AC Transit routes 20, 51A and O.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, the Tinker Bus will be at the Bay Farm Island Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. To register, call 747-7787. The Bay Farm Island Branch Library, located at 3221 Mecartney Road, is served by AC Transit route 21.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Alameda Free Library, these programs are free and open to the public. All library branches are wheelchair accessible and have bicycle racks available.

For more information on this and other library programs, visit www.alamedaca.evanced.info/signup/Calendar or contact the Children’s Department at 747-7705.