REACH Ashland Youth Center Library
16335 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94578
Phone: (510) 481-4500
Library Manager: Danielle Wilson
Monday: 11 am - 7 pm
Tuesday: 11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 11 am - 7 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.
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.
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.