This week is the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week. Actually, every week should be Consumer Protection Week. And why not? We read or hear about massive security breaches that expose our personal information to unpalatable use. We may be drawn into scams, lured by advertising claims that are too good to be true, that leave us deep in debt, and then we wonder what we can do to protect ourselves. Educating ourselves is one way. At the National Consumer Protection Week site, federal, state and local agencies and organizations come together as partners to bring to consumers, as the FTC Consumer Protection Bureau’s director puts it, “practical and timely information to help you recognize and report scams, manage debt, use technology wisely, evaluate products and services, fight identity theft and see the truth behind advertising claims.” Take a look and learn.
And this being tax season, the California Franchise Tax Board warns taxpayers to be careful of scammers. Here is the FTB’s Top 12 Tax Scams.
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March 3 was Dr. Seuss Day. We celebrated here at the Fremont Main Library with a story and some fun crafts. Celebrate at home by reading some of Dr. Seuss’ funniest and silliest books (they can be found here: http://bit.ly/1exN5cF).
Our crafts were fun and silly! Try them at home:
- Rainbow goo!
1 1/2 cup clear glue
1 1/2 cup liquid starch
Liquid food coloring
Mix the glue and liquid starch until it feels slimy. Separate into four equal portions and add a few drops of food coloring to each portion. Mix again. Place on a flat surface and mix, play, and get messy!
- Painting Graham Crackers
1 package graham crackers
Liquid food coloring
Separate the vanilla pudding into a few small containers. Mix a few drops of liquid food coloring into each container. Use your fingers to paint the pudding onto your graham cracker canvas.
- Monster Feet (Grinch Feet)
2 sheets of any color foam
1 sheet of another color foam
Make a stencil of your child’s foot while in shoes. Then add as many crazy elements as you want to the stencil: only three toes, pointy toes, spikes on the side, etc. Trace that to the 2 sheets of foam and cut out. Cut out an oval-shaped hole for your child to put their feet through. Use the other foam sheet to add nails, spikes, or designs.
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Are falls are problem for older adults? A resounding yes!
One out of three older adults 65 or older falls each year. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.*
Some time ago, as a library volunteer, I delivered books to Evelyn, a lively lady in her eighties. Evelyn became a friend, with whom I played Scrabble and discussed good reads. She introduced me to “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier. However, while getting up one night, she fell, breaking her arm. She was hospitalized. Eventually, I said goodbye to a friend.
However, falls are preventable. Tina Maria Scott from Alameda County’s Public Health Department will discuss “Falls Prevention” at the Fremont Main Library, Wednesday, February 26 at 1:30 PM. She will present information about changing behaviors, nutrition and medication management, fitness, and home safety. There will be opportunities to ask questions.
*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/adultfalls.html (Page last updated 2013.)
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In March, Alameda County Libraries will be partnering with the Alameda County Arts Commission, and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate Art Is Education month. During March we want to emphasize arts education and creativity by hosting a series of some 150 free Art is Education events for the kids, teens and adults of Alameda County, These, programs will be at all our libraries, little and big, throughout the county! They will give you a chance to stretch your creative muscles , by creating fun, but meaningful art, that helps tell YOUR story of your place in this wonderful, diverse community of ours! Check out our events calendar online or stop by any library to pick up a brochure or flier to find out what’s happening, then join in the celebration!
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Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with Dance performance by Ballet Afsaneh and Persian music by Ebrahimi brothers. Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (Spring Equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.
Saturday March 1, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
Books, DVDs and CDs in Farsi Language @ Library
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Archie Comics (Issue # 1)
Yes, everyone’s favorite Riverdale high-schooler debuted in Archie
on February 11, 1942, with his own comic (Archie Andrews had been seen earlier in Pep Comics
#22 in 1941.)
Back in 2011, the #1 issue in the Archie series sold for $167,300 at the February Heritage auction! That is one of the highest prices ever paid for a non-superhero comic.
Archie is still going strong at over 70 years of age—check http://www.archiecomics to see what is happening with the series. There is even one out now called Archie Babies, the exploits of Archie and his friends Betty, Veronica, and Jughead at the Wee Tots Nursery School!
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Do you like to have your preschoolers learn some Chinese?
Starting in 2014, Fremont Unified School District’s very own Chinese Immersion Program at the Azevada Elementary School will be coming to the library and host a Chinese Immersion Preschool Storytime on the 2nd Friday of each month from 2 to 2:45 pm.
This program includes word games and craft activities at the end of the storytime, and is sponsored by the Chinese Immersion Parents’ Council of Fremont.
Here are some pictures if you missed our first storytime in January:
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