Two programs at the Pacifica Libraries deserve some recognition: one fairly new and the other a continuingly popular program.
The fledgling program is the Walk and Talk Book Club. Started by Pacifica Library Circulation Supervisor Paula Teixeira, this program incorporates the body and the mind with the spirit of nature. Wanting to develop a program of exercise in a library setting, Paula Teixeira decided that taking a hike and discussing a book seemed like the ideal way to satisfy both needs. Book club coordinator Gail Benjamin suggested the name Walk and Talk Book Club and the latest of numerous book clubs at the Pacifica Sanchez Library was born.
The next selection for the Walk and Talk Book Club is “Red-tails In Love,” a wildlife drama set in Central Park in new York City. Two red-tail hawks meet and start a family on a ledge of a high rise apartment building while being viewed daily by a staunch group of hawk watchers. for the next book club meeting a special guest, retired library assistant and long time bird watcher Robbie Fischer, will lead a birding hike in beautiful San Pedro Valley Park.
The long-standing program, Musical story Time, is back from its winter hiatus starting Friday, April 22, through Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m., and will be at the Pacifica Sanchez Library.
This program is a great way to introduce children to the joys of music and storytelling along with feeling comfortable interacting and participating in a group setting. Kids can see that there is a time and place to get silly and have fun as no one gets sillier and has more fun than the performers.
With regulars Thom Ball on guitar and vocals, Nicol Cassidy-White on keyboards and vocals, and with special guests like retired children’s librarian Barbara Amberg, substitute librarian Ashley Larsen, Barbara Bruxvoort, Sue Beckmeyer, and Ellen Ron, this makes for a rousing hour of merriment and fun.
Some of the songs and stories for these upcoming theme days include Earth Day — Gardens are our mind! come read beautiful books like Kevin Henkes’ my Garden and sing fun, silly songs like the Beatles’ Octopus’ Garden.
Cinco de Mayo — come sing some great bilingual Spanish songs with us, such as Escala Musical (the music scale) or the always fun Pio, Pio, Pio.
Mother’s Day — We’ll be reading great stories to celebrate Moms, like Keiko Kasza’s a Mother for Choco or P. D. Eastman’s Are you my Mother? Baseball Season — come help us “Root, Root, Root” for the home team as we sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame and read from the book of the same name by Maryann Kovalski. Summer Vacation — going on a summer vacation? come hear fun, brand new stories about some of your favorite characters and their summer vacations. Join Trixie and her beloved stuffed bunny as they travel the world in Mo Willem’s Knuffle BunnyFree or catch up with Olivia as she travels to Italy in Ian Falconer’s Olivia goes to Venice.
Here are some of the other upcoming events at the Pacifica Libraries:
•20-30 Something Book Group: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pacifica Sanchez Library. this month’s discussion is on “Crazy for the Storm” by Norman Ollestad.
Crazy for the Storm is about a young teen’s relationship with his father, and his own harrowing journey of survival after a tragic plane crash. new members always welcome.
•Teen Movie and Game Night: On Friday, April 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m at the Pacifica Sanchez Library. Kick off spring with a night of gaming and the movie Step up 3! We’ll have the Wii game Just Dance 2, plus board and PC games. Free refreshments! Grades 6-12 welcome.
•a Thriving Eco-System in your Garden: On Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 at the Pacifica Sanchez Library there will be a slide show and talk by Jim Howard. Convert your yard into beautiful native wildlife habitat and watch how quickly the critters make it their favorite spot! It’s easy and inexpensive to create food, water, and shelter for native insects and birds. this presentation shows great photos of a local backyard restoration project, and shares some important lessons for the beginning habitat gardener. Jim Howard is the District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in San Mateo County. He has degrees in Environmental Management and Forest Management.
•a Beekeeping program is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pacifica Sanchez Library. Richard Baxter, president of the Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo, will present a program on urban beekeeping. There will be honey tasting from various hives.
•The wildly popular Sanchez Family Movie Night presents “James and the Giant Peach,” based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Snacks, crafts and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. a fun, free event for all ages.
•Spend Mother’s Day at the Pacifica Sanchez Library: Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m., join us for an afternoon of art, fashion, and chocolate as we present the de Young Museum docent program Balenciaga and Spain. Cristobal Balenciaga was one of fashion’s most noted courtiers, using the romance, drama, and majesty of Spain to develop his legendary designs. this event is not to be missed!
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