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Between the Stacks: Services you might have missed

Do you know that the Sacramento Public Library offers free technology and genealogy assistance? Or that book clubs for adults and teens are hosted at local branches? Do you know that there are activities for children through age 5, separate activities for teens, workshops to help you find employment, movie screenings and programs that will broaden your interests?

Branches throughout the system offer assistance with e-eaders, basic computing, Internet, email and more. Recently, the Arcade branch offered a series of courses dealing with Adobe InDesign and other design software. Several branches, like Rio Linda, offer drop-in technology help. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 1:30-2:45 p.m. If you want to learn about Craigslist, you might stop by the Franklin branch on Saturday, July 6, 1-2 p.m. For a more complete listing, check the events page of the Sacramento Public Library and narrow the search to technology instruction.

Is genealogy your interest? Schedule an appointment with one of several volunteer genealogists at the Central branch to assist in your search. These free, 45-minute sessions may prove invaluable in your quest for ancestral knowledge, and are offered in the Genealogy Center on the second floor. Yes, the Sacramento Public Library has a Genealogy Center. Throughout the year, guest speakers present programs on a variety of genealogy topics. Ask how you can be added to the mailing list for program notices.

If you’re looking for a book club, then look no further than the Sacramento Public Library. In the next week, several branches will discuss books like Dorothea Benton Frank’s “Bulls Island,” Diane Mott Davidson’s “Catering to Nobody,” John Irving’s “In One Person: A Novel,” M.L. Stedman’s “The Light Between Oceans” and Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms.” Search the book club listings at the library’s events calendar or check with your local branch.

These are but a handful of offerings from the Sacramento Public Library. Check the main website or, better yet, visit your local branch and ask about events. You just might be surprised to discover raptors, pizza making, a new book or even a long-forgotten craft.

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