Alameda Free Library

In honor of learner and tutor accomplishments, Alameda Reads will hold a celebration from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 23 at the Alameda Free Library’s main branch.

Mayor Marie Gilmore and members of the Alameda Kiwanis Club recently honored eighth graders who earned the club’s Hope of America awards.

The city is seeking a new poet laureate. Applications are due July 10.

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San Francisco-based author Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, stopped by the Alameda Free Library on Tuesday for some April Fool's day fun.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter has developed a strategic plan intended to guide the nonprofit’s operation of the Alameda Animal Shelter for the next three years.

An Alameda-based company has been nominated as a finalist for an East Bay Economic Development Alliance Innovation Award. Singulex is being considered for a life science award for an advanced diagnostic test it developed for early detection of cardiovascular disease. The company is one of 16 finalists for the awards, which will be presented on February 13 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. More information on the awards is available on the alliance’s website.

The Alameda Firefighters Association is holding its 14th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 on the west lawn of Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Avenue. At the event, which is for children ages 3 to 10 children can receive a free pumpkin while supplies last along with goodies, do crafts and check out fire engines and trucks. Participants must be Alameda residents.

The Alameda Free Library is seeking community members interested in reading aloud as part of the library’s upcoming Community Banned Books Reading Marathon. The library is seeking volunteers to read for up to 30 minutes at a time during the main library’s open hours between September 22 and September 28. Readers may participate as individuals, as a small team or group, and can read once a day, daily or several times in one day. The library will provide carts of banned and challenged books from which to choose.

Cheryl Taylor and her daughter Julia Ruderman, 6, attend an inaugural event at the main library on Monday. Photo by Michele Ellson.

The crowd attending Monday’s inauguration viewing event at the Main Library was smaller and more subdued than the standing-room-only one that turned out when President Barack Obama was first sworn into office four years ago, with a handful of local League of Women Voters stalwarts gathering in the early morning darkness in the library’s main meeting room and a few dozen more arriving as the sunlight filtered in.