Alameda Free Library

The Alameda Free Library will present a Youth Code Camp in the computer lab for an additional week. Especially designed for youth from ages 7 to 18, the program includes an open invitation for parents to join the fun. 

Lead intructor Manish Sinha from Youth Code Camp will make a special appearance to teach this workshop. Sinha is a UC Irvine and Columbia University-educated software engineer, who has worked in the White House and on Wall Street for Morgan Stanley. 

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.

The Alameda Free Library will present a free screening of the documentary film Before the Flood featuring Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. The preview of the film not yet released in theaters will be held at Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. No registration is required.

Donate socks, snacks through Library’s Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board at the Alameda Free Library is seeking donations for a socks-and-snacks drive benefitting Operation Dignity. The board will collect items at the Main Library on 1550 Oak St. until Monday, Oct. 22. 

Bring new, adult-sized socks, such as tube socks and warm socks, to the library for donation. Individually wrapped snacks are also requested, including: crackers, granola bars, oatmeal, hot chocolate, protein shakes, nuts, pretzels, applesauce cups, pudding cups and dried soup. 


Local residents can take advantage of a free screening of the award-winning documentary film Straws on Wednesday, May 30, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Alameda Free Library. The audience will also hear from Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, about how Alameda is leading the straw-free movement. Nunez inspired Alameda’s student movement to eliminate plastic straws (and now all plastic food ware) in Alameda.

The Alameda Free Library will host animal visitors this Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Department of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Families will have the opportunity to meet animals from the Oakland Zoo at 11 a.m., Wild Things, Inc. at 1 p.m., and Tracy the Animal Guy at 3 p.m. In between each event, the library will have supplies available for children to make animal-themed crafts.

Friends of the Alameda Free Library sponsors this free event. Seating is first-come, first-served, and a full room is expected.


The Alameda Free Library is happy to announce that library patrons are now able to pay library fines and fees online using a credit or debit card.

Customers can log on to their online account through the library catalog. Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted and there is a minimum transaction amount of $5.

Currently this resource can only be accessed from the Main Library website, however look out for mobile access in the near future.


While the City of Alameda pays for some library events, most find financial support from the Friends of the Alameda Free Library (FAL). Residents who wanted to support the library with a wider variety of materials and programs began the organization in 1974. 

FAL raises money through activities, most notably the twice-yearly used-book sale at Alameda Point and the Live @ the Library concert series each fall. The organization’s volunteers also run Dewey’s Café at the Main Library, where proceeds from food and drink sales go into fundraising coffers.


The Alameda Free Library launches its new Sensory Friendly Family Film series with the film The Secret Life of Pets this Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Stafford Meeting Room at 1550 Oak St.

Sensory Friendly Family Films give individuals with sensory sensitivities an opportunity to enjoy movies in a safe and accepting environment. The movies are family friendly and appropriate for all ages. The lights are dimmed, the volume is lowered and individuals are welcome to move around and make noise.


The Alameda Free Library has a number of events coming up this month designed specifically for young people in the Island City.