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Play & Learn Workshops at the Winters Community Library in March

The Winters Community Library, a branch of the Yolo County Library system, located at 708 Railroad Avenue in Winters, will host a four-part parenting workshop for the parents and caregivers of children ages 1 to 4 in March. The series will be held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in March (March 6, 13, 20 and 27).

During the series, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers will have the opportunity to play together with developmentally appropriate toys, learn together with an early childhood specialist, and get to know other parents in the community with like-aged children.  Dramatic play, music and art, gross and fine motor skills, as well as books and puppet play will be incorporated into the series.  Presenters will include a pediatrician, an occupational therapist, a child psychologist and a nutritionist.

Parent Forum for WUSD Budget and Program Planning

Parent Forum for WUSD Budget and Program Planning

The Washington Unified School District (WUSD) is inviting parents to play a role in developing a plan that will provide optimum educational benefits for all students. A parent meeting, Feb. 18, will seek input in creating the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a vital element of California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Please get involved in decisions facing the WUSD on how new state education funds will be spent on West Sacramento students. The WUSD plan must address the needs of all students, and include a special focus on low income, English learners, and foster youth.

Parents, please attend the public meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Washington Unified School District, room 75, 930 Westacre Rd. (the portable building across the street from the skate part.)... Read More

Arthur F. Turner Library Winter Book Sale

Arthur F. Turner Library Winter Book Sale

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will host the winter book sale, Saturday, Feb. 8 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday, Feb. 9 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) The sale will include books for adults and children, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, audio books, and LPs. Sale prices Saturday usually range from 10-cents to 1-dollar. On Sunday, the sale price is $3 per bag! For more information: (916) 375-6465, ext. 4, or email WSFOL99@yahoo.com.

The Arthur F. Turner Community Library is located at 1212 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento 95691... Read More

African American Folktales February 2

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is pleased to present “African and African American Folktales” on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 2:45 p.m.  This special event for the whole family will include a performance by the amazing Kirk Waller, a storyteller who utilizes his musicality, physicality, emotion and spoken word to convey a wide array of African and African American folktales, stories and legends.

This program will be held in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis.  The Blanchard Room is accessible for persons with disabilities.  Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Davis Branch Library, all programs are free and no reservations are required.

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Health Department Offers More Flu Vaccine Opportunities

(Woodland, CA) – With the increase in seasonal influenza (flu) activity nationwide, the Yolo County Health Department is again urging residents who have not been vaccinated this year to do so. To assist, the department will be offering a special free flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, January 25, and will be extending its regular immunization clinic on Monday, January 27 as there will be no clinic held on the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 20.

Increase in Flu Activity is Reported

Increase in Flu Activity is Reported

Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, says while we are seeing an increase in flu activity in California it is not an unexpected increase, nor is it too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

"California is seeing an accelerated increase in flu activity over the past few weeks," said Dr. Chapman. "You can help prevent further spread of the flu by getting a flu shot."

While influenza activity varies from year to year and is unpredictable, California generally sees an increase in cases in late December or early January and it often peaks in February or March. According to CDPH surveillance indicators, influenza activity in California is beginning to show a steady increase and is now considered to be widespread. Currently, there are more hospitalizations at this point than expected, based on historical trends.

Library Offering Free & Low-Cost Museum Passes to Cardholders

The Yolo County Library is pleased to partner with the award-winning Discover & Go program by providing library cardholders free and low-cost passes to over 40 museums, science centers, zoos, theaters and other cultural venues throughout Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area starting December 1 through 2014. 

In Yolo County alone, library card holders will have access to the Gibson House Museum and Explorit Science Center, two well-known, hands-on learning centers for families.

This unique partnership between cultural venues and libraries, launched by Contra Costa County Library in 2011, invites millions of California library cardholders to discover rich, one-of-a-kind cultural venues in their own backyard.  The Discover & Go program reintroduces people from every community, age group and economic background to the powerful world of personal discovery.