Freebies for Kids: Cooling Down at the Library

Local libraries offer free activities all summer long.

Did you know that libraries around the Tri-Valley offer free activities for children all summer long? Check out these activities with your kids.

Walnut Creek:

Monday at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley branch, storyteller Bonnie Lockhart will lead families in songs and storytelling. 

Visit the same branch July 14 at 4 p.m. to learn East Indian dancing. On July 25 at 7 p.m., the Ygnacio Valley branch will host book bingo. This is a fun event at which families play bingo and win books.

Join the main Walnut Creek library in celebrating its first year in its remodeled location. There will be a celebration in the Oak View Room on July 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Fratello Marionettes will be there, and there are sure to be some birthday surprises, too. 


On July 30, the Danville Library will host the Kalakoil dance troupe, which will perform Bharatanatyam. Watch Indian dancing and learn a few steps of your own.

And, the Danville Library is hosting Paws to Read, a program in which elementary school children read stories to dogs. Call or visit the library for more information.

Two computers are available at the Danville Library for kids to play educational games. There also are computers in the children's area that can access cool websites. Check out www.starfall.com for awesome activities for ages 3 to 7.

San Ramon

Each week, the main San Ramon Library hosts toddler story time Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. This summer, family movie time is offered weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m.

The Dougherty Station Library hosts preschool story time for 3- to 5-year-olds on Thursdays each week at 1:15 p.m.

Both of the San Ramon branches also have puzzles daily for children to solve.


Each Wednesday, the Dublin Library has something special for children. 

Next Wednesday, there will be a drum performance for youngsters at 1 or 2 p.m. The branch also hosts family story time Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

For 7- to 10-year-olds, the library is holding “Chill Zones”  every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Teen volunteers will host reading corners, arts and crafts, and board games.


Wednesday is the day for free library fun in Pleasanton, too, all summer long. On Wednesday, the East Bay Vivarium Reptile Show will return to the library at 4 p.m. with all kinds of creeping, crawling critters.

On July 20, children can meet cats from around the world in a presentation by the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund.


On Wednesday, children can do crafts at 10:30 a.m. or see a show by Buki the Clown at 2:30 p.m.

Each week, the Livermore Library also hosts story time Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and family story time Mondays at 7 p.m.

Make your rounds and visit several of the libraries in the Tri-Valley. Each one offers fun and free events. 

Whether you choose to watch a magic show, Science come alive, read to a furry friend, or listen to a librarian read stories, your children will be learning without realizing they are doing so all season.


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