Library Hosts Free Events Throughout December

December 1, 2017 – English Conversation Group at 10am-11am (Friday)
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 2, 2017 – West Sacramento Friends of the Library Book Sale at 9am-4pm

Come and check out the book sale put together by the West Sacramento Friends of the Library. Paperbacks – $0.50 and hardbacks – $1.00. Bargain Sunday – $4.00 a bag. All proceeds benefit programs and collections at the library. Please contact the WSFOL directly at (916) 375-6465, ext. 4 or email to wsfol99@yahoo.com for more information.

December 2, 2017 – One-on-One Technology Help at 11am-12pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have a question about your laptop, tablet, or phone bring it in to get answers.  If you have a general technology problem, you can get help using our laptop or tablet.  Tech Help One-on-One sessions will be 20 minutes and by appointment only so please register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

December 3, 2017 – West Sacramento Friends of the Library Book Sale at 10 am-3 pm

Come and check out the book sale put together by the West Sacramento Friends of the Library. Paperbacks – $0.50 and hardbacks – $1.00. Bargain Sunday – $4.00 a bag. All proceeds benefit programs and collections at the library. Please contact the WSFOL directly at (916) 375-6465, ext. 4 or email to wsfol99@yahoo.com for more information.

December 6, 2017 – Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) at 11 am-12 pm

Come and meet a representative from the Yolo County Health & Human Services once a month from 11am-12pm about adult and dislocated worker training services.  Starting October 2017, WIOA will only be at the library once a month for one hour.

December 6, 2017 (Wednesday) – English Conversation Group at 4 pm-5 pm 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 7, 2017 – One-on-One Technology Help at 3 pm-4 pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have a question about your laptop, tablet, or phone bring it in to get answers.  If you have a general technology problem, you can get help using our laptop or tablet.  Tech Help One-on-One sessions will be 20 minutes and by appointment only so please register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

December 7, 2017 – Fair Housing Pop up Clinic at 3 pm-5 pm
Staff attorneys and coordinators will be on hand to assess and address your fair housing issues.  Facing discrimination at your home?  Overly restrictive rules from management? Questions about your rights under the fair housing laws?  Come speak with Project Sentinel staff to get help!

December 8, 2017 (Friday) – English Conversation Group at 10 am-11 am 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 9, 2017 – Gingerbread Decorating at 1 pm-2 pm

Come join us for a special Gingerbread Man decorating event. You will be able to decorate your very own gingerbread man made out of cardboard.

December 11, 2017 – Love on a Leash at 4 pm-5 pm

Love on a Leash® (LOAL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing an avenue for volunteer pet therapy teams to engage in meaningful and productive animal assisted therapy. Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to join us for a fun “Read to a Dog” program. Parents or caregivers are asked to stay with their child and help with the reading. This helps build confidence in reading out loud. After 10 visits, a participant can pick 1 free book.

December 11, 2017 – Holiday Concert at 6 pm-7 pm

Come join us in the library for a FREE concert featuring the River City High School Jazz Band – Syncopating Sea-Monkeys directed by Ms. Felicia Weatherly!

December 13, 2017 (Wednesday) – English Conversation Group at 4 pm-5 pm 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 13, 2017 – Teen Club at 5 pm-6 pm (Teen Room)
Teens are invited to participate in our bi-weekly program at the library focused on teen development through engaging activities. Snacks will be provided. Great for ages 13-18. 

December 14, 2017 – Multi-Sensory Story Time at 6 pm-7 pm
Children ages 1 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for an inclusive story time with a focus on children with special sensory needs. Story time will be using adapted books and sensory toys.

December 14, 2017 – All Things String at 6 pm-8 pm
Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new!

December 15, 2017 (Friday) – English Conversation Group at 10 am-11 am 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 16, 2017 – One-on-One Technology Help at 11 am-12 pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have a question about your laptop, tablet, or phone bring it in to get answers.  If you have a general technology problem, you can get help using our laptop or tablet.  Tech Help One-on-One sessions will be 20 minutes and by appointment only so please register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

December 18, 2017 – S.T.E.A.M.ing Mad – Holiday Lanterns at 4 pm-5 pm
Create a holiday lantern using Melted Crayon Art and Popsicle sticks. And guess what – it really will have a light. Great for tweens and teens.

December 18, 2017 – Tales for Tails at 4 pm-5 pm
Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to join us for a fun “Read to a Dog” program. You will get to meet up to 4 (FOUR!) very special dogs and their handlers.

Animals are ideal reading companions because they: 1. Listen attentively; 2. Do not judge, laugh or criticize; 3. Allow children to proceed at their own pace; and 4. Are less intimidating than peers. Parents or caregivers are asked to stay with their child and help with the reading. This helps builds confidence in reading out loud. After 10 visits, a participant can pick 1 free book.

December 20, 2017 – What’s Happening Seniors? at 12 pm-1:30 pm
Want to get together with interested, active seniors to make new friends, share stories, learn from one another, and find out What’s Happening in West Sacramento and beyond?

December 20, 2017 (Wednesday) – English Conversation Group at 4 pm-5 pm 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 20, 2017 – Evening Book Club at 6 pm-7 pm
Come see old friends and meet new ones for a lively discussion. Books are collected and distributed at the meeting. This month’s reading selection will be “The Little Paris Book Shop” by Nina George. Please contact Cindy at (916) 731-5504 for more information.

December 22, 2017 (Friday) – English Conversation Group at 10 am-11 am 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 25, 2017 – Library Closed – Christmas Day

December 27, 2017 (Wednesday) – English Conversation Group at 4 pm-5 pm 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

December 27, 2017 – WSFOL Monthly Meeting at 6 pm-8 pm
The West Sac Friends Of the Library meets the last Wednesday of the month.  WSFOL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving the West Sacramento community supporting library programs and services. WSFOL is always recruiting for new friends.

December 28, 2017 – All Things String at 6 pm-8 pm
Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new!

December 29, 2017 (Friday) – English Conversation Group at 10 am-11 am 
Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors


On-Going Programs: 

*Food for Fines is a program in which library cardholders who donate one food item to clear $1 from their Yolo County Library overdue fines.

Bilingual Russian Story – Tuesday at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Children up to 5 years of age and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Russian and English. Arts and crafts will also be provided as part of this story time.

Bilingual Spanish Story – Saturdays at 11 am-12 pm
Children up to 5 years of age and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Spanish and English. Arts and crafts will also be provided as part of this story time.

Buddy Reading – Mondays at 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Practice reading with an older “buddy”. Each child will be paired up with a high school student from the River City High School Interact Club for a 30-minute reading session.  This helps builds confidence in reading out loud and comprehension in reading.  After 10 visits, a participant can pick 1 free book. Registration Required.

Homework Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 pm-5:30 pm.
FREE after school program for students in grades 3 through 8 to receive homework help. Pre-Registration is required. Registration application is free and available at the Information/Reference Desk at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library. If there is any question, please call (916) 375-6469 to speak with the Homework Center Assistant.

Hug-a-Bye Baby – Thursdays at 11 am-12 pm
Children up to 12 months old and their parents or caregivers are invited to this lap-sit program that features language development through songs, picture books, finger-plays and lullabies.

Mother Goose – Tuesdays at 11 am-12 pm
An award winning program for children (ages 12 to 36 months) and their parents or caregivers that combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children develop emotionally and socially while encouraging a positive attitude towards learning.

Preschool Story Time– Wednesdays at 11 am-12 pm
Children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, song and finger-plays to help develop early literacy skills and encourage group participation.

 

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Thanksgiving Closures of City Services

In observance of Thanksgiving, many services throughout the City will be temporarily unavailable. City offices, including the Community Center and Recreation Center, are closed Thursday, November 23rd through Friday, November 24th.

There will be no garbage service on Thursday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The holiday will result in a one day change to your service day. For example, if your regular service day is Thanksgiving Day (Thursday), it will be moved to Friday and Friday service moved to Saturday.

 

The Police and Fire Department patrols and emergency services will continue without interruption.


The City of West Sacramento wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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West Sacramento Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec 1

We invite you to join us for West Sacramento’s ultimate holiday celebration. Unite with your community members from all over West Sacramento for a fun and free event in front of City Hall.

The streets in front of City Hall will close on the evening of December 1st and transform into an event all generations in West Sacramento will enjoy and remember!

There will be live music and entertainment, local snacks, shopping with local makers, free kids activities including holiday coloring station… and of course free pictures with Santa and the annual tradition of lighting our community holiday tree.

Sponsorship opportunities still available! Call (916) 371-7042 or email austin@WestSacramentoChamber.com.

 

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Donate Food and Clear Your Library Fines

The annual “Food for Fines” program is underway! The program allows library cardholders who donate one food item to clear $1 from their Yolo County Library overdue fines and also feed the hungry this holiday season.

Yolo County Library cardholders can donate food from November 20 through December 31 at the circulation desk of any Yolo County Library location. There is no limit to the number of donations and no limit to the reduction in fines cardholders can receive. Library cardholders are welcome to donate even if they do not have any overdue fines!

Donated items will be given to the Yolo Food Bank. Suggested donations include the following:

  • Canned tuna or meats
    ● Canned fruits and vegetables
    ● Canned or dry beans or low-sodium soups
    ● Canned or boxed meals
    ● Cereal, rice or pasta (whole grains)
    ● 100% fruit juice or shelf-stable milk
    ● Peanut butter

Rusty or unlabeled cans, non-commercial items, alcoholic beverages or mixes, food packaged in glass; or perishable, expired, open, used or homemade items are not accepted.

Last year, the Yolo Food Bank received 4,381 pounds of food from the Food for Fines program. This year the goal is to collect 6,000 pounds of donated food.


Read more information about the Food for Fines program, or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook.

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Kid’s Home Run Wins National Ideas Challenge

The City of West Sacramento’ Kid’s Home Run has been selected as one of the winners of the NewDEAL 2017 New Ideas Challenge – a competition among rising and innovative state and local policymakers to propose the best ideas for expanding opportunity and improving government in the new economy.

The Kids’ Home Run program won in the “Future of Communities” category, which includes ideas that strengthen communities and recognize that everyone benefits when more people have the best chance to contribute positively.

Kid’s Home Run begins with universal preschool, and then provides:

  • seed funding for college savings accounts when kids enter kindergarten
  • paid internships in relevant industry sectors or jobs types for West Sacramento high school students
  • college and career pathways
  • digital badges for community service and achievements
  • free community college
  • the chance to earn scholarships up to $1,000

“The City of West Sacramento Home Run initiative isn’t just making West Sacramento the best place to raise a family and grow up as a child, but it also makes our city the best place to find high quality talent ready for skilled entry and mid-level jobs,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.


Other winners:

The Future of Workforce: Community College Gap AssistanceSenator Kate Bolz, Lincoln, NE

The Future of Business: BankLocalGeneral Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Rhode Island

The Future of Govt: Denver: An Entrepreneurial CityMayor Michael Hancock, Denver, CO

The Future of Families: Portable Benefits: Supporting Workers in the Gig Economy  –Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Mount Laurel, NJ

The Future of Rural America: Statewide Imagination Library PartnershipRepresentative Clarke Tucker, Little Rock, AR

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West Sacramento Gets Funding For Bike/Pedestrian Freeway Overcrossing

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing

Conceptual drawing-looking to the west

The City of West Sacramento has been awarded funding to construct the Sycamore Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing which will connect the City’s north and south neighborhoods. The California Natural Resource Agency awarded the City approximately $5.1 million dollars to construct a bicycle and pedestrian route over Highway 50 connecting Joey Lopes Park to Westmore Oaks Elementary School. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing is currently in the design phase, which is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed by spring of 2020. Total Project cost is approximately $ 6.3 Million.

“For a century, our city has been divided north and south by state and federal transportation infrastructure, so this is a particularly welcome step by the California Natural Resources Agency,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This critical trail overpass reconnects neighborhoods and links people with schools, parks, amenities, and each other as part of West Sacramento’s expanding pedestrian and bike network.”

The City has recently completed several projects to increase bike travel in West Sacramento including the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and the Linden Loop Road Diet. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing project further implements the vision of the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan which aims to provide safe and convenient mobility options for residents.

Earlier this year, West Sacramento installed bike share stations in eight locations as part of the Tower Bridge Bike Share program. 50 bikes are currently available for use. Electric rental bikes are being added at these locations in the spring of 2018.

Related: Natural Resources Agency Urban Greening Grant Program

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Grand Gateway Project Begins in Washington District

The City of West Sacramento has begun construction of the Grand Gateway and Washington District Infrastructure Project. The project will create a Grand Gateway entrance to the City core where the Bridge District, Washington District and Downtown converge; add and replace more than 10,000 lineal feet of storm drain, water and sewer mains to facilitate development; improve transportation to better accommodate transit, bicycles, pedestrians and automobiles.

Grand Gateway

  • New 7th Street Segment (West Capitol Avenue to Tower Bridge Gateway)
  • New traffic signal Tower Bridge Gateway – 7th Street intersection
  • New Transit / Streetcar Stop on westbound Tower Bridge Gateway
  • Signal removal and modification at West Capitol Avenue & 5th Street intersection
  • Two-way separated bicycle path along West Capitol Avenue (Grand Street to 5th Street)
  • Convert West Capitol Avenue auto segment to one-way (eastbound) for traffic

Washington District

  • Wider sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, way-finding and public art on E Street (5th Street to 3rd Street)
  • Bike lanes, wider sidewalks, street lights and landscaping on F Street (5th Street to 3rd Street)
  • Road resurfacing along 5th Street
  • Add 3,200 LF of water mains
  • Replace 3,200 LF of storm drain
  • Replace 5,500 LF of sewer mains

Residents and businesses should expect minor travel delays and plan accordingly.  Please take caution when driving and walking around the construction area.

Construction is estimated to be complete in March 2019.


Learn more in the project details.

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City Hall Closed for Veterans Day Friday, Nov 10

City offices and the Arthur F. Turner Community Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 10th.

City services of the Police and Fire Departments will continue without interruption. No public meetings are scheduled during the closure period. Curbside services, such as trash, recycling and yard waste will continue to be provided on regular collection days. City Hall will reopen on Monday, November 13th.

To help mark the occasion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8762 will be displaying American flags along West Capitol Avenue.

The City of West Sacramento thanks all veterans for their service to the nation!

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On-Demand Rideshare Transit Coming to W. Sacramento

  

The City of West Sacramento has announced the selection of New York-based rideshare company, Via, to launch the nation’s first ever city/private partnership for on-demand public transportation service. The 1-year Pilot program will allow users to book a shared ride anywhere in the City for a flat-fare similar to the cost of riding the bus, making it easier and more affordable to get where they need to go— without having to rely on a personal vehicle.

“The partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”

Via was the top-ranking firm among several leading competitors, including Lyft, Uber, and Chariot, following a request for proposals in May, 2017 to provide an innovative transportation alternative.

Mercedes rideshare van

Under Via’s shared ride proposal, the Pilot would connect multiple passengers, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle with others who are headed in the same direction. Via’s proposal includes up to 10 Mercedes-Benz Metris Vans dedicated to the Pilot, and leverages a strategic partnership with UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) led by Dr. Susan Shaheen, an internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, to evaluate the performance of the service.

Using the Pilot service, riders would be able to book a seat simply by using a smartphone app or by making a phone call. Working closely with Via and longstanding partner Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) , the City will also explore free or reduced fares to and from transit stops, as well as bikeshare stations, and major events to better connect residents to a range of mobility options.

The Pilot is envisioned to support car-free living in the burgeoning Riverfront Districts, while also making it easier for mobility-challenged households, including seniors and residents who don’t own a car, to access important amenities, such as recreation centers, grocery stores, or medical facilities.

The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.

“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision, and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.

The City Council will be considering an award of contract to Via in December, which would be supported in part by a grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). The Pilot service is anticipated to launch in Spring 2018, pending Council approval.

 

 

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