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Elvis is in the house - Woodland Opera House on March 1

Elvis is in the house - Woodland Opera House on March 1

.... A tribute to the early years of Elvis Presley and ..... Read More

African American Folktales February 2

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is pleased to present “African and African American Folktales” on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 2:45 p.m.  This special event for the whole family will include a performance by the amazing Kirk Waller, a storyteller who utilizes his musicality, physicality, emotion and spoken word to convey a wide array of African and African American folktales, stories and legends.

This program will be held in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis.  The Blanchard Room is accessible for persons with disabilities.  Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Davis Branch Library, all programs are free and no reservations are required.

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Digital Media Download Workshops in January

Three workshops to assist residents with using the Yolo County Library’s free digital media download service will be held in January at the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, located at 315 E. 14th Street in Davis.

“In addition to traditional print material, the library provides a variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks for download,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “We invite patrons to learn more about this service by attending one of the workshops offered.”

On Wednesday, January 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the workshop will focus on how to use the service to download eBooks to a Kindle or the Kindle Reading App.  Participants should bring their charged device, wireless laptop (optional), library card, USB cable and Amazon.com account sign-in and password.  This workshop will be held in the Children’s Activity Room.

Library Offering Free & Low-Cost Museum Passes to Cardholders

The Yolo County Library is pleased to partner with the award-winning Discover & Go program by providing library cardholders free and low-cost passes to over 40 museums, science centers, zoos, theaters and other cultural venues throughout Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area starting December 1 through 2014. 

In Yolo County alone, library card holders will have access to the Gibson House Museum and Explorit Science Center, two well-known, hands-on learning centers for families.

This unique partnership between cultural venues and libraries, launched by Contra Costa County Library in 2011, invites millions of California library cardholders to discover rich, one-of-a-kind cultural venues in their own backyard.  The Discover & Go program reintroduces people from every community, age group and economic background to the powerful world of personal discovery.

A New Holiday Tradition Begins! Watch the Book, Then Cook the Book – Film to Food Project

Are you ready for a classic holiday film, and a meal to match?  The Davis Food Co-op and Yolo County’s Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library are proud to announce, “Watch the Book, Then Cook the Book – Film to Food Project”.

This holiday season, come enjoy an exclusive film screening of the holiday classic portraying Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women.  Along with the film, the Davis Food Co-op will present a cooking class based on foods depicted in novel.

“Join us as we partner with the Davis Food Co-op to bring three popular pastimes – fiction, film and food – together for the holidays,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “Get inspired to start your own tradition!”

Watch the film on Thursday, November 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and then attend the Little Women Cooking Class on Thursday, December 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Library Branches Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

The Yolo County Library will be recognizing Native American Heritage Month in November with an exhibit on display in several branch libraries from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, and with related film screenings throughout the month.

“It is an honor to host the first Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation display,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong. “Please take time in November to visit one of the host branch libraries in Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Esparto and Yolo to reflect on and celebrate Native American Heritage Month.”

A selection of films featuring Native Americans will also be shown at the Davis, Winters and West Sacramento branch libraries as follows:

Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street in Davis

Sunday November 3, 1:00 p.m., “Geronimo, An American Legend” (1993, rated PG-13)

Sunday, November 3, 4:00 p.m., “Smoke Signals” (1998, rated PG-13)

10-Day Festival Celebrating Sacramento's Unique Architecture Oct 10 - 19

10-Day Festival Celebrating Sacramento's Unique Architecture Oct 10 - 19

The 10-day Sacramento Architecture festival is a super fun festival, filled with events like an architecture bike tour,  a pub crawl, drawing safari for kids and farm-to-fork tour!

Appreciate the River City with Bike Tours, Drawing Safaris, Building Tours or a Pub Crawl.

The American Institute Of Architects, Central Valley Chapter (AIACV), announces the second annual Central Valley Region Architecture Festival.