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Words Take Wing with author Linda Sue Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
McKinley Library
McKinley Clunie Auditorium
Join us for Words Take Wing, honoring diversity in children's literature, for an evening with Newbery Award winning author, Linda Sue Park. The author is the winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal for her book, A Single Shard. The daughter of Korean immigrants, Park has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old, and her favorite thing to do as a child was to read. She is also the author of A Long Walk to Water and Nya's Long Walk.

Words Take Wing is presented in partnership and with support from the Sacramento Public Library and Sutter Health and from the School of Education at the University of California, Davis.

Time Tested Books will be offering book sales following the author's presentation.
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Gaiman 916 Ink Writing Workshop

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sylvan Oaks Library
Sylvan Oaks Meeting Room

Calling all teens and tweens! You’re invited to join 916 Ink and the Sacramento Public Library for a fun and engaging 90-minute creative writing workshop based on the works by noted English author, Neil Gaiman. With influence from some of Gaiman’s recognizable works, including Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and The Dangerous Alphabet, students will have the opportunity to play with words using fun and tangible writing prompts to guide their work in a safe and positive space. Writing will then be published in a zine and distributed at an upcoming Book Release Party.

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Fidget Blanket Workshop

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Community Room

The Sacramento Public Library presents Healthy Living for your Brain and Body, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. You’ll learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement to create a plan for healthy aging.

After the presentation, participants will create their own lap-sized fidget blanket, a great tool to provide sensory and tactile stimulation to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. No need to bring anything! This grant-funded program will provide all of the supplies you’ll need to create your own fidget blanket, including sewing machines, fabric, and “fidget items” (zippers, buttons, clips, etc.) Though the design and construction is up to you, a sewing instructor will be on-site to provide assistance. Experience with basic sewing techniques is preferred, but not required.

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Romance Book Club: The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Arden-Dimick Library
Arden-Dimick Meeting Room

Join us for the next meeting of the Romance Book Club - Between the Covers! This month's selected title is The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics from author Olivia Waite featuring:

  • Historical fiction set in Regency England
  • Astronomy and science
  • First book in the Feminine Pursuits series
Olivia Waite writes historical romance, fantasy, science fiction and essays. She reviews romance old and new for the Seattle Review of Books.



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Make Your Own Comic

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
South Natomas Library
South Natomas Meeting Room

Neil Gaiman’s comics and fiction often use the common themes in mythology, religion, and dreams when creating his stories. In this hands-on workshop, Sacramento-based comic book author Eben Burgoon will present a look at some of Neil’s most beloved stories before diving into making and developing comics ideas playing with similar themes and make comics and stories of your own.

This program presented as part of the Neil Gaiman event series leading up to his visit to Sacramento. In May, Sacramento Public Library will host Gaiman for the 2020 Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Arbuthnot Lecture. Learn more at www.saclibrary.org/gaiman.


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Neil Gaiman Adult Story Hour

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Central Library
Galleria West Meeting Room

A master of prose and verse, attend our adult story hour for tales of horror, marvel and humor by author Neil Gaiman. Your Central Library staff will immerse you in fantasy short stories written by the acclaimed author, soon to visit Sacramento. An introduction and interlude will include Gaiman book talks and readalikes by our adult books selector. 

This event will take place in the West Meeting Room of the Galleria. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

This program is presented as part of the Neil Gaiman event series leading up to his visit to Sacramento. In May, Sacramento Public Library will host Gaiman for the 2020 Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Arbuthnot Lecture. Learn more at saclibrary.org/gaiman.


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Grow Orangevale

All Day
Orangevale Library

Take a look at our Seed Library and join in our community plant & cutting swap.  Bring something from your garden and take something home to plant. We will also have gardening related programs throughout the day with speakers from the Orangevale Grange, Orangevale Water Company, The California Native Plant Society and possibly a local gardening writer.

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Debbie Arrington: Garden Trends for 2020-Grow Orangevale

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Orangevale Library

How is gardening changing? What new plants and seeds will we be growing in the year -- and decade -- ahead? Who is getting into gardening and why? Find out the latest trends and how they may impact your garden.

An award-winning journalist and lifelong gardener, Debbie is one of Sacramento's best known gardening experts. She's the co-creator of the popular Sacramento Digs Gardening blog and website. She is also the author of the weekly gardening column in the Sacramento News & Review paper. 


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