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SACRAMENTO -- Hands on Sacramento is a program of Community Link (formerly Community Services Planning Council) and offers countless opportunities for residents to lend a hand and volunteer. Through their online matching system, Hands On Sacramento strives to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and groups for meaningful volunteer experiences that change our community!

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Sacramento -- Crayons, watercolors and glitter -- lots of glitter! -- adorn artwork created by young artists participating in Saturday's contest to win cash prizes, sponsored by the Friends of Southgate Library.

Thanks to Comics & Collectibles on Fruitridge Road, every artist received two free comic books to take home on the final day of Dia! Many Children...Many Cultures...Many Books program at Sacramento County libraries.

Nicole Powel, children's librarian, says this program celebrating Sacramento's multi-cultural diversity highlights 2012's schedule of events emphasizing in-home reading for all children and their parents. "By coming to these library events," she explains, "children are provided with free books to take home and keep.

Oh, No! Mr. Bill at Free Library Program -- Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5.

Oh, No!  Mr. Bill at Free Library Program -- Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5.

Christian Hill, a six-grade student at Florin Elementary School, is a regular participant at Southgate Library's free educational programs because, he says, "They're fun, entertaining and help pass time! "

Christian joins teens on Tuesday to create animated stories on a mini-TV taught by Artworks' instructors. Christian and his friends are shown how to create stories combining old-fashioned animation "flip" books with today's digital media.

For information about daily programs celebrating Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5, contact www.saclibrary.org and remember there are many children, many cultures and many books! (Who remembers RoseAnn RoseAnna Danna?)

Writing workshop with Peter Ho Davis - May 12 & 13

Writing workshop with Peter Ho Davis - May 12 & 13

Sacramento writer Valerie Fioravanti believes there are fiction and creative nonfiction writers in the greater Sacramento area hungry for learning experiences from what she refers to as Master Teachers.  These are writers with rich publication and teaching histories, the kind of writers who teach in the best MFA programs and writers conferences across the country, teachers who write craft texts or edit prominent magazines, such as the Atlantic Monthly.

Upcoming Workshop - May 12 & 13 (location Midtown)

Peter Ho Davies is the author of the story collections Equal Love & The Ugliest House in the World and the historical novel The Welsh Girl. His work has appeared in Harpers, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Granta named him a “Best Young British Novelist” in 1993.

Legacy Boutique hosts 'Create your Legacy' Book Drive

SACRAMENTO, CA - Legacy Boutique has partnered with Reading Partners to host a book drive through April 7.

All week long the downtown boutique invites people to bring in a new or gently used book to donate to children in Sacramento and help give back to the community.

Volunteer sign-ups are available for those who wish to donate their time to help struggling young readers in the Sacramento community.

Legacy Boutique is celebrating it's one year April first anniversary with the week-long book drive and various discounts and raffles.

Green-Hair Principal Rewards Wire Elementary Students

Green-Hair Principal Rewards Wire Elementary Students

Sacramento -- Wire Elementary students in South Sacramento enjoy a "Healthy Breakfast" treat while celebrating a victory with Principal Bao Moua, who dyed her hair green because students read 51,717 book pages during the school's Read-A-Thon. Principal Bao promised to dye her hair green if students read 40,000 book pages by the end of March. Apparently, students eagerly read 25% more than required to see their principal with green hair. In this case, reading connects Wire's 460 students to fun and knowledge!

Short story contest deadline extended to March 31

Short story contest deadline extended to March 31

The deadline for the 2012 Short, Short Story Contest has been extended until March 31 -- so you still have time to submit your entries (or even write your story).

All writers are welcome to enter

  • 750 Word Maximum
  • Prizes: 1st – $100 | 2nd – $50 | 3rd – $25
  • Cover page: Type your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, title, and word count.  Include one cover page for each entry.
  • Submit three (3) copies.  Entries will not be returned, but authors retain all rights.
  • Entry Format:  All entries must be typed, double-spaced in black, 12 point Times New Roman font, on one side of 8 1/2″  x 11” white paper.  For additional pages, put title on upper left corner and page number on upper right corner.