Pleasanton's popular library is taking yet another step to help the community "Discover, Connect and Share." The city's Library and Recreation Department has announced it is launching Pop-Up Programs, bringing its well-liked offerings to new locations around town.
"Pop-Up Programs really add a nice element of surprise for children," said Lia Bushong, assistant library and recreation director. "When a child comes to a fire station or to the mall and hears a special story from a librarian, a police officer or a firefighter, it really helps them understand the importance of reading in every part of our lives."
The library staff has a commitment to sharing programs that foster discovery and connection, and, indeed, has tagged its mission "Discover, Connect and Share." Shoppers may hear a story-time when they visit the mall while others may experience virtual reality at a senior living community.
Featured programs for young children this fall will include Pop-Up story-times for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at such varied locations as Pleasanton fire stations, Stoneridge Shopping Center, the Pleasanton police station, Hively and the Firehouse Arts Center.
Older children will be able to see their favorite robots Dash and Dot pop up at the Amador Recreation Center, where they can discover and learn coding skills, starting Oct. 19.
Children of reading age can share stories with canine reading pals at Valley Humane Society with Paws to Read sessions beginning Oct. 1.
Adults also will have plenty to discover at Pop-Up Programs. Travel enthusiasts can explore the world through Oculus Rift, a virtual reality experience at the senior housing communities of Kottinger Gardens and Stoneridge Creek, beginning this month.
"It's nice that the library has someone to visit Kottinger Gardens, where not everyone has the mobility to visit the library," Kottinger service coordinator Dianamaria Baciarelli said. "By bringing the library to us, people can get connected with the community and with each other."
Trivia buffs can meet new players and form teams to test their knowledge of books, sports, movies, theater and culture at a special Library and Recreation Pub Trivia Night on Dec. 19 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Literacy learners and seniors can connect at Intermediate English Conversation Classes at the Pleasanton Senior Center, which began on Monday. And earlier this month the library also started a Books and Coffee program at the Senior Center.
All Pop-Up Programs are free-of-charge, although some require registration. Go to Pleasantonlibrary.org to download fliers with the month's activities.
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Pleasanton Library and Recreation is joining libraries nationwide this month for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind families that a library card opens new worlds -- plus provides resources to help students succeed in school and beyond.
"Our library programs serve students of all ages," senior librarian for teen services Teresa Parham said. "For younger children, we offer early literacy resources to help them learn to read and encourage school readiness, and for teens and older students, we provide access to technology and digital tools (such as laptop computers, virtual reality equipment, robotics programs) as well as classic novels on every schools' reading lists."
This year, Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are promoting the value of a library card and how libraries transform lives and communities.
Pleasanton Public Library cards are free to anyone who lives in California. They are only issued in person at the library, which has application forms. Borrowers younger than 14 must have their applications signed by a parent or guardian.
During September, the library will host activities, including a "Show Your Card" drawing for a Towne Center Books gift card. Visit the Information Desk or the children's department to participate.
Looking for Bookleggers
The library has been running its Bookleggers program for 30 years, with volunteers making presentations in Pleasanton elementary and middle schools to interest students in reading and using the library.
"Bookleggers are our library ambassadors," children's librarian Chris Spitzel said. "They extend our reach dramatically, encouraging students to discover new books and informing them about library services."
Volunteers, who are trained for eight weeks, are asked to visit six to 12 classrooms per semester for at least one school year. The fall training for new volunteers began this week. For further information, contact Spitzel at email@example.com or call 931-3400, ext. 4426.