Community Corner: Readers sought for Banned Books week and more

Community Corner: Readers sought for Banned Books week and more

Michele Ellson

The Alameda Free Library is seeking community members interested in reading aloud as part of the library’s upcoming Community Banned Books Reading Marathon. The library is seeking volunteers to read for up to 30 minutes at a time during the main library’s open hours between September 22 and September 28. Readers may participate as individuals, as a small team or group, and can read once a day, daily or several times in one day. The library will provide carts of banned and challenged books from which to choose. Sign-up sheets are available at the second floor reference desk in the main library, 1550 Oak Street, or by calling the reference desk at 747-7716.

The Alameda Police Department is now taking applications for its 27th annual Citizen Police Academy. The academy starts on September 10 and runs every Tuesday for 10 weeks, with classes from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. November 12. The class aims to give Alamedans a better understanding of their local police department, and will offer instruction on patrol procedures, criminal investigations, hands-on defensive tactics, handgun safety as well as hiring and recruitment. It also includes a tour of Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. The class is free of charge and available to people who are 18 and older and live or work in Alameda, are able to attend all of the sessions and have no prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions. Applications are available at the front desk of the police department, at 1555 Oak Street, or by e-mailing

Alameda High School alumnus Evan Shum has been selected to take part in Tata ISES, a two-month experiential learning program in Mumbai, India. As part of the program, Shum has been tasked with helping to create and develop an employee volunteer portal for workers at Tata Capital. Shum now a University at California, Davis student, who returns on September 17, was captain of Alameda High’s water polo team and received the school’s alumni scholarship when he graduated, in 2011.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department still has space in some of its after school programs, which begin when school starts on Monday. The programs include the Recreation Afterschool Program, a supervised program which serves students in first through fifth grades at most of Alameda’s elementary schools (and kindergarten at Maya Lin and Paden) at local parks; Parks & Playgrounds, a free, drop-in program which offers a variety of activities for students in kindergarten through fifth grade; Club Underground, an after school program that buses Alameda’s middle school students to The Underground Teen Center at the Veterans Building, 2203 Central Avenue; and The Underground Teen Center, a supervised program that offers computers and television, a pool table, video games and more to all Alameda students in grades six through 12. Additional information is available on the park department’s website or by calling 747-7529; registration and payments may be made in person between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the park department, which is located at 2216 Santa Clara Avenue.