Alameda Library

Have a question about an employment problem? Need help with a landlord-tenant matter? Trying to settle a family member’s estate? Check out the Lawyers in the Library program at the Alameda Free Library.

The Lawyers in the Library Program is a countywide service offered by Legal Access Alameda, the pro bono arm of the Alameda County Bar Association. It is staffed by volunteer attorneys and hosted by Alameda’s libraries. 

Registration for the 2019 Summer Reading Program at the Alameda Free Library is now open. Created to encourage reading as well as life-long learning, this eight-week program is open to everyone from birth through adult.

Like last year, registration and the tracking of reading and activity completion will take place online, enabling anyone to take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using the computers at the library. All three library branches will have a supply of physical game boards available to those who prefer them. 


The city is updating its 2008 Local Action Plan for Climate Protection and now gathering a first round of public input. Residents can assist the city with a community survey, which will help the city understand the peoples’ values and priorities around reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responses to the impacts of climate change. 

The survey is now available online at, in-person at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., and at the front desk of most city departments. The survey will close Friday, Aug. 10. 

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Registration for “Reading Takes You Places,” the free 2018 Summer Reading Program at the Alameda Free Library, begins Friday, June 1. Created to encourage reading as well as life-long learning, this eight-week free program is open to all ages. No library card required.

Readers are invited to “Family Fun Day,” the Summer Reading Program kickoff event at the Main Library on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fun Day will feature games, crafts and a circus-comedy performance by Coventry & Kaluza. 


Teens can get a hand creating their first long-form creative writing efforts during National Novel Writing Month at a creative writing workshop just for teens at the Alameda Library. The workshop will help young writers learn how to get started with writing, tips for combatting writer’s block, and how to edit and polish manuscripts. 

Experts on the topic to speak at Alameda Library Nov. 14

College loan debt is ranked second in all consumer debt, behind mortgages. The outstanding student loan debt is nearly $1.3 trillion and continues to grow. Some seven million borrowers are currently in default of their student loans. Knowing these figures helps motivate parents and students to learn proactive strategies they can employ in their own college planning. 


Just love eating chocolate while studying? The library has the perfect event set for Alameda’s chocolate-loving students. The Teen Advisory Board is hosting open study halls for high school students that allow for study with classmates, work on group projects or other homework — oh yeah, and eat chocolate. The library provides chocolate, Wi-Fi and a place to sit. 


The Friends of the Alameda Free Library is sponsoring “Made in Alameda: A Local Showcase” at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. from noon to 5 p.m., this Saturday, March 18. The event will showcase more than 20 authors, artists, artisans and inventors. 

The afternoon includes nine authors giving talks, three do-it-yourself workshops and information tables set up in the Stafford Community Room. Visitors will have a chance to chat about all the different works. Some participants may also have items for sale.



Is the end of summer bumming you out? Have you exhausted all your summer activities? Come and get “board” at the library! 

Play board games, card games, dice games and more at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Teens are invited to play from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Regina Stafford Community Room at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

The library will provide a selection of board games and participants may also bring their own games to play. Friendly competition is encouraged and players of all skill levels are invited to participate. Teens, ages 13 to 18, only. 

An upcoming presentation with docent Avril Angevine will explore San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s longstanding history of showcasing and nurturing California artists. Angevine will focus on the Northern California scene from the 1950s through the 1980s, when local artists, nurtured by the area’s educational institutions, developed a rich visual culture. Highlights include works from celebrated artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, Joan Brown, Robert Arneson and Jay Defeo.