Alameda Free Library


“You’re more likely to marry Johnny Depp, or swallow a tugboat, than you are to end up where you set out in life…” So says Louis Trager in the new collection of writings I Believe published by Alameda Reads, a free service of the Alameda Free Library. 


This Sunday, June 12, the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., will host a board game program for adults ages 18 and older. “Grown Up Gaming” will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Regina Stafford Community 

The program will feature “Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension,” a game where players move ships through a black hole and gravitate toward the nearest object. Players must get out of the black hole and dodge debris and other ships. Come play this easy-to-learn board game, along with many others.


The Alameda Free Library will be among the first screening sites for the new Wolf OR-7 Expedition documentary film Saturday, June 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Library. A question-and-answer session with expedition member Jay Simpson will take place after the screening.


Are you an artist? Are you creative? If the answer to either of those questions is “no” then you may be a “Bad Artist.” 

This Saturday, May 14, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., the Alameda Free Library will host a Bad Art program for adults at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The library will supply feathers, glitter, rhinestones and recycled materials to help bring out anyone’s long-dormant inner artist. Artistic abilities and skills are not necessary, but a willingness to try and a sense of humor is requested. 

Stuck without tools and need to fix your bike? Luckily, the city’s efforts to be bike friendly have resulted in the installation of a free-to-use bike repair station conveniently located near the Alameda Main Library. The bicycle pump and tools station expands the city’s mission to promote eco-friendly travel options.

On Dec. 28, 2015, the Alameda Free Library screened the PBS documentary The City Dark. Inspired by that showing, the library is soliciting entries for a community art project.

Participants should create — in art forms of their choice — a piece for display in the library. 

They should use their most-impactful night-sky experience as inspiration. Entries should be smaller than a two-foot square. Artists should bring their creations — each no more than a two-foot square — to the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., by Tuesday, March 1.

The Alameda Free Library will welcome New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen via a live video stream on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main library, 1550 Oak St. Gerritsen will converse with the audience from her home in Maine about her bestselling novels, including her thrilling Rizzoli & Isles series, which inspired TNT’s popular television show. The event is a part of the Library Talks project.

If you haven’t been outside to play, explore, or just be, for a long time it can seem a little daunting. Where do I go? What do I need to take? What will I do? These are all very legitimate questions. 

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Get outside with the Alameda Free Library’s Library Outside program. The typical day for an American adult is a whirlwind of tasks.
Breakfast, commute, work all day or evening, or night (if you’re lucky at only one job, but sometimes at two or three), commute, shopping, dinner, chores, prep for the next day, check emails, check social media, contact family and friends.