Lunch for the Librarians

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To celebrate National Library Week, FAL delivered lunch to our creative, hardworking and dedicated librarians on April 12. Pictured are library associates Shirley Wong, Paulette Brewer and Ella Norris. Thanks for all you do!

Help wanted: Volunteers to plan concert series

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This fall will mark the tenth anniversary season of Alameda’s Live @ the Library concert series. This highly successful set of events brings well-known musical artists to the Alameda Main Library for three separate concerts, usually held in September, October … Read More

Meet FAL board member Eileen Savel

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What are your earliest memories of reading and books? I remember my mother reading Robert Louis Stevenson poems from his collection, “A Child’s Garden of Verses” to me at the age of four. I enjoyed hearing “The Swing”, “The Land … Read More

Friends bask in the Sun

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FAL enjoyed some publicity on the front page of the Alameda Sun recently, with an opportunity to describe our organization and how we support Alameda’s libraries. Click here to see the story.      

Digital headliners installed thanks to Friends fundraising

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Last year, Library Director Jane Chisaki requested digital flat screens for each library to update patrons on events, programs, and calendar changes. The cost including installation, was about $10,000. The Friends’ “Ten Years, Already?!” campaign (celebrating the first decade of … Read More

Meet New Book Sale Chair Peg Rosen

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Born and raised in San Francisco, Peg has been an avid reader as long as she can remember. “I discovered the Friends semi-annual book sales after my family moved to Alameda in 1998. Attending and buying during those sales immediately … Read More

FAL volunteers celebrated

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The contributions of FAL volunteers were celebrated on a sunny July afternoon at Dragon Rouge restaurant flanking the estuary. Board President Karen Butter, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, Council Member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, and Library Director Jane Chisaki spoke, thanking the … Read More

FAL Board Member Honora Murphy

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Meet FAL Board Member Honora Murphy What are your earliest memories of reading and books? My parents and siblings were great readers, and I followed their lead. Do you enjoy “actual” books? Ebooks? Both? I love the feel and smell … Read More

FAL Board Member Luzanne Engh

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Meet 2017 FAL Board Member Luzanne Engh What are your earliest connections to libraries? My appreciation for libraries began in junior high school when I joined the Library Club. As club members we read and reported on all new books … Read More

Degas Art Docent Lecture

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The Degas Art Docent Lecture on July 17, 2017 at the Alameda Free Library drew a standing room only crowd. The event was sponsored by Friends of the Alameda Free Library.