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A Tale of Two Cities Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Galleria West Meeting Room

Please note changes to the schedule: Book the Second dates and chapters have changed, as seen below.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . .“


Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is the best-selling novel of all time. Set in London and Paris around the French Revolution (1789-1799), it tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris, and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met. Originally published in 1859 in 31 weekly installments in Dickens' literary periodical All the Year Round, we will read and discuss it in sections.

Any edition will suffice; however, many will use the Dover Thrift Study Edition of the novel. You may order your copy via the library catalog and pick it up at your local branch.

 
  • January 5: Book the First

  • January 26: Book the Second, Chapters I to XII

  • February 9: canceled

  • February 23: Book the Second, Chapters XIII to XXIV

  • March 8: Book the Third, Chapters I to IX

  • March 22: Book the Third, Chapters X to XV


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Baby Storytime

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Parents and caretakers participating in baby storytime with very young children
Central Library
Bond with your baby and make new friends! Baby Lapsit Storytime is designed to encourage early literacy development through shared reading, songs, games and movement. Recommended for birth through 24 months, but older kids are welcome. In Kids' Place on the lower level.
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Book a Genealogist

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Central Library
2nd Floor
Do you need help with researching your family’s history?  Central Library’s volunteer genealogists are available to assist you with a free, 45-minute session in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor.  Appointments are offered on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.  To make an appointment, please register online, call the library at 916-264-2920, or visit a Sacramento Public Library branch in person.  Bring names and dates of your family members with you to the appointment. 
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The City College Art Balls: 1927-1947

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Central Library
Galleria West Meeting Room
Join us as Bruce Marwick of the Sacramento Art Deco Society presents the remarkable story of the City College, formerly Sacramento Junior College, Art Balls. The Art Balls were designed and staged by the college's Art Students' League, and starting in 1931, held at Memorial Auditorium. The league gave thousands of dollars in profits back to art students in the form of scholarships.

The lecture will be held in the West Meeting Room at Central Library, located at 828 I Street. Admission is free. 
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Book a Genealogist

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Central Library
2nd Floor
Do you need help with researching your family’s history?  Central Library’s volunteer genealogists are available to assist you with a free, 45-minute session in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor.  Appointments are offered on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.  To make an appointment, please register online, call the library at 916-264-2920, or visit a Sacramento Public Library branch in person.  Bring names and dates of your family members with you to the appointment. 
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Book a Genealogist

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Central Library
2nd Floor
Do you need help with researching your family’s history?  Central Library’s volunteer genealogists are available to assist you with a free, 45-minute session in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor.  Appointments are offered on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.  To make an appointment, please register online, call the library at 916-264-2920, or visit a Sacramento Public Library branch in person.  Bring names and dates of your family members with you to the appointment. 
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Baby Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rancho Cordova Library
Rancho Cordova Meeting Room

Bond with your baby and make new friends!  Build your baby’s early learning skills through songs, rhymes, reading and toys.  Designed for ages birth to 18 months and their caregivers.    


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Baby Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
caregivers hold babies during storytime
Belle Cooledge Library
Belle Cooledge Community Room
Bond with your baby and make new friends! Baby storytime encourages early literacy development with shared songs, rhymes, lap bounces, and simple stories, geared toward infants and their caregivers. Stay after for a 30-minute Stay and Play.
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Baby Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Parents and caretakers participating in baby storytime with very young children
Southgate Community Library
Southgate Meeting Room

Bond with your baby through songs, rhymes, movement, stories, and more. Meet other adults with babies and stay for play time featuring age-appropriate toys. Designed for ages birth to 18 months.


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English (ESL) Class for Adults

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Arcade Library
Arcade Meeting Room
Join us on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings for English as a Second Language classes, presented by the San Juan Unified School District. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while learning about American culture. Parents with children are welcome! Activities for children will be provided during class, including a storytime on Wednesdays led by a librarian. Students may begin attending anytime. The classes are FREE, but registration with SJUSD is encouraged. The instructor will give you information about registration at your first class.
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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fair Oaks Library
Fair Oaks Meeting Room

Children and their caregivers are welcome to join us for fun songs, stories, fingerplays and activities that can help build early literacy skills for children.

This event developed by Sacramento Public Library youth librarians in support of our early learning priority.

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Preschool Storytime

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Elk Grove Library
Preschoolers (ages 3-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, music, and more!

Additional parking is available south of the library at Journey Church, located at 9645 Elk Grove Florin Rd.

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Bilingual Storytime / Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Arden-Dimick Library
Arden-Dimick Meeting Room
Talk, sing, read, write, and play with us. Enjoy 30 minutes of fun stories, songs, rhymes, and movement in English and Spanish. Designed for ages 0-5. 

Habla, canta, lee, escribe, y juega con nosotros. Disfruta de 30 minutos de cuentos divertidos, canciones, rimas, y movimiento en inglés y español. Para niños de 0 a 5 años.
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Teen Space

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Small group of teens playing video games
Belle Cooledge Library
Belle Cooledge Community Room
Join other area teens in our community room for our after school drop-in Teen Space! Hang out, geek out and mess around games, crafts, and friends! Teen Space occurs weekdays from 2:30 - 4:30 PM (except Thursdays 1:30 - 4:30 PM) and is open to teens and tweens 12 - 18 years old.
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научно-художественная программа для семей/STEAM Mondays

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Sylvan Oaks Library
Sylvan Oaks Meeting Room
Пожалуйста, присоединяйтесь к нам по понедельникам в библиотеке для научно-художественной программы. Будет весело и информативно. Лучше всего подходит для возрастов от 3 до 12 лет.

Информация и помощь на русском языке.

Please join us on Mondays at the library for a family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program! It will be fun and informative for all ages. Information and assistance will be available in Russian and English languages.
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Homework Zone

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Rancho Cordova Library
A drop-in session for students in grades 1 - 8 who need help with their homework. Homework Zone is led by a trained volunteer Homework Zone Coach.
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After School Meals at the Library

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sylvan Oaks Library
Sylvan Oaks Meeting Room
Meals at the Library provides healthy, free meals to kids when school is out. By satisfying hunger we put the focus back on reading and learning. Bring the kids for a meal and spend time at the library. Every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm. Ages 18 and younger. 
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Homework Zone

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Southgate Community Library

K-8 students are invited to visit the library Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6 pm for help with homework. Helpful volunteer Homework Zone coaches are here to provide encouragement and basic assistance.

No registration required.

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Tech Help

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Rancho Cordova Library
Stop by the Rancho Cordova Library for drop-in tech help on computers, digital devices, and/or smartphones. Library staff will assist patrons with their questions.
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Chair Yoga and Meditation

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Arden-Dimick Library
Arden-Dimick Meeting Room
Each meeting includes • Simple chair yoga for beginners (if you can sit, you can do this!) • Easy meditation for relaxation • Short talk on a health & wellness topic Facilitated by Marilyn Buehler, M.Div.
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Friends of the Library Book Sale

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
South Natomas Library
South Natomas Meeting Room
Find great bargains on great books at the Friends Book Sale! Public sale takes place during library open hours through Saturday, February 1st.
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Knitting Club

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knitting needles and knitted project
Belle Cooledge Library
Belle Cooledge Community Room
Enjoy a relaxing morning of knitting with fellow yarn enthusiasts. Anyone interested in knitting and crocheting (even beginners), are welcome to join in. This is not an instructional class, but assistance is available. Bring your own supplies and a project to work on.
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Toddler Storytime

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fair Oaks Library
Fair Oaks Meeting Room
Please join us for a special storytime for toddlers (about 18-36 months old) and their caregivers filled with songs, action rhymes, books, and movement. Stay afterward for a toddler play time.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library.
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Baby Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
North Highlands-Antelope Library
North Highlands-Antelope Community Room
Join us for this free program for you and your baby (0 to 18 months). We will encourage early literacy development and parent/child interaction through stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays and more.
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Process Art

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
South Natomas Library
Join us for a process art program for toddlers and preschoolers. Make sure to wear your messy clothes for this fun program! This program will be held in our Kids Space.
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