The Alameda County Library is a proud partner at REACH Ashland Youth Center. Our mission is to bring access to information that promotes enjoyment and learning to our young members, as well as to encourage literacy within our neighborhoods. We operate a library collection of 2,000+ books and magazines, provide reference services and host a variety of programs. These programs have included book clubs, author visits, and arts and craft workshops. We look forward to bringing new creative programs; until then, sign up for a library card and continue checking back for updated calendars!
INAUGURAL BOOK PUBLICATION FOR REACH Coming in Spring, 2016: OUR FIRST BOOK OF ART AND CREATIVE WRITING COMPOSED BY YOUTH WILL BE PUBLISHED! We are now accepting poetry and short stories, and original artwork composed by youth ages 11 to 24, to be included in this REACH literary publication planned for Spring, 2016. We’re excited to promote the artistic efforts of our talented REACH members, and to offer a concrete avenue for the professional publication of their writing and visual art.
THE EXPLORE YOUR MIND CLUB: MEETS EVERY TUES. 4 PM – 5:15 PM
This club meets every Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:15pm to discuss the things we love in a youth-oriented atmosphere. Join us to read & discuss short stories, poetry, graphic novels, and books. We talk about the environment, our futures, our lives, and the world. We listen to music, watch videos & do lots of other cool stuff including writing our own life stories, writing new song lyrics, and trying our hand at poetry. We share our ideas in a peer environment, having conversations that ignite our imaginations.
KEEP IT LIT CLUB—MEETS EVERY MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY, FROM 4: 00 – 5:30PM
Keep It Lit is a literacy program of the Alameda County Library in collaboration with the REACH Ashland Youth Center. Keep It Lit provides the space for youth to express themselves, be heard, learn from each other and create and uplift their own knowledge and understandings of the world they live in. The program provides up to 10 youth participants per session with literacy instruction in small group settings.
Keep It Lit uses reading and writing as tools to examine social, economic, and political situations in life. Using multiple approaches to reading and writing, we encourage critical thinking and discussion as a form of literacy development. In this class youth participants engage in discussions that reflect relevant topics they get to choose with the instructor.
Some topics and areas of focus participants have explored include and are not limited to the following:
- Social justice/injustice (racism, oppression, resiliency, etc.)
- Health awareness (food industry-effects on health and society, food access, public health)
- SMART & SMARTER Goals
- Creating and using the power of affirmations and other tools for self-empowerment
- Current and historical events
- Books (Yummy, Knock Out Games, The Way It Went Down, and much more)
- Social media/media literacy
- Poetry by youth members of REACH and prominent authors
The REACH Literacy Specialist is Nakia Dillard. You can reach Nakia at (510) 745-1488, or by her email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FILM CLUB: A movie theater inside REACH: Every month, we screen engaging and stimulating FREE movies on the third Friday of the month, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the ASHLAND ROOM, located on the 1ST FLOOR . There is free popcorn and an interesting discussion afterward. Previous movies have included Fruitvale Station, Freedom Writers, Super Size Me, The Book Thief, Soul Surfer, and Selma. This program is open to all community members; you do not have to be a member of REACH to attend the Film Club.
POETRY WRITING CLASS: Each Summer the Library sponsors a 9 week class to teach youth the basic tools of the poet. We read poetry by well-known poets like Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah, Langston Hughes, and Francisco X. Alarcón. We also look at writing by lesser known teen poets from a diversity of backgrounds, including several local poets who live and write in California. Class attendees study the tools of metaphor and simile as we draw from our own life experiences to practice the art of writing effective poetry. We also hold Open Mics at REACH to practice expressing our poetry in an oral format.
Anahy won a pair of BEATs headphones for participating in the REACH Library summer reading program. Anahy read tons of books and now is enjoying her prize.
Your REACH librarian is Giovanna Capone. Giovanna’s hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 11- 7 PM, and Wednesday and Thursday 10 – 6pm.
Her email and phone are:
For more information on the Alameda County Library and to access our online resources, visit us at www.aclibrary.org