Decades ago, in another century and in another country, I had to take Spanish language classes in school. Ostensibly this was to enable us, members of younger generations, to appreciate the country’s history and literature. Critics, however, saw this as a continuing reminder that Spain had ruled the Philippines for 400 years and kept the natives in the dark, maintaining educational institutions solely to benefit the peninsulares and the insulares–Spaniards from the mainland who lived in the new colonies and the full-blooded Spaniards born on the islands. With typical youthful shortsightedness, I saw my Spanish classes only as requirements to meet in order to graduate high school, then college. Since then, here as an adult in our diverse community, I have been taking lessons off and on, trying to learn the language.
I do remember some things of my college Spanish classes. One professor, in particular, required the class to memorize sayings, and for our final exam we had to write down as many of those observations on life that we could remember. Two adages have stayed with me all these years:
El que se pica, ajos come. I admit I have used or been reminded of this saying at times, especially on occasions that prompted thoughts of “if the shoe fits…” as well as “serves you right.” After all, he who feels the sting most likely bit into the garlic, right?
Hay que darle tiempo al tiempo. This one appears to be meant for anyone expecting something. Researchers perhaps? In this age of instant gratification, one is told to be patient, to wait and to allow things to happen in due time. Be that as it may, I say now is the time to wish one and all: Feliz Navidad, prospero año y felicidad!
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From December through mid-February, Monarch Butterflies will migrate. There are some popular places within the Bay Area to take a look at these amazing creatures. We have information on lots of butterflies here at the library: http://bit.ly/IfeUNy
In honor of these amazing insects, here are some butterfly related crafts!
Coffee Filter Butterfly
Watercolor Paints OR Markers and a spray bottle of water
- Flatten the coffee filter
- Have your child paint it all over with watercolors OR color it with marker and then spray with water
- Let it dry
- Clip it down the middle with the clothes pin
Voila! A butterfly!
Two empty toilet paper rolls
Yarn or string
- Decorate the outside of the toilet paper rolls
- Glue them together, long ways (side-by-side) and let dry
- Punch a hole on the outside of each roll of toilet paper (mirror image ways)
- Tie the yarn or string through the holes
- Go searching for butterflies!
English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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“What separates rich from poor other than their bank accounts?” Dave Ramsey listed 17 things:
Besides eating less junk food and gambling less, rich people read to get smarter. A whopping 88 percent of them read at least 30 minutes a day for education or career reasons. Only “2 percent of poor individuals do the same.”
And they don’t just read–about 63 percent of the wealthy listen to audio books while commuting to work.
86 percent of wealthy people believe in life-long education.
Like parents, like children. Rich people make their children read too. About 63 percent make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month. Only “3 percent of poor individuals do the same.”
Libraries have it all, be it books, audio books and even ebooks.
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It’s the season to be thankful. Of the things to be thankful for, I celebrate our connection to the animals we know and love. Rusty and Rudy, our two Maine coon cats have deeply enriched our lives; we in turn keep them active and happy.
James Bowen, of London, England, and a former street musician, also has much to be thankful for. He tells the story of his relationship with his ginger cat in “A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life.” Bob found James’ apartment when he was very hungry and injured; James nursed him back to health. Refusing to be separated from James, Bob went everywhere with James, sometimes riding on his shoulders. So, they became inseparable and famous too. YouTube features videos of their intertwined lives. There’s much more to their story – there are six copies listed in our catalog, currently all are checked out.
While waiting to read this this title, you can discover other titles you might enjoy by doing a subject search using the tern, “Human-Animal Relationships.”
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I’m sure you’ve seen the coverage regarding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, our 35th president of the United States. It must seem like ancient history to many people who weren’t even born then, but to some of us it seems like yesterday.
As I watch the programs regarding JFK’s presidency, his life and assassination, I am transported back to the 12 year old I was when it all occurred. I was a seventh grade student at Goodwin Junior High (later renamed Kennedy Junior High) in Redwood City, CA. I was a student aide in the library when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that the president had been mortally wounded in Dallas, Texas. Those of us in the library were confused. Mortally wounded, what did that mean? When we found out that it meant that the president had been killed, we were all stunned. How could this happen to such a vibrant, charismatic man? Many teachers were visibly upset and crying. The school decided to dismiss us early that day and we headed home to our families and our TVs.
I clearly remember the next few days as we were glued to the TV watching events unfold. The capture of Lee Harvey Oswald, him being shot by Jack Ruby live on TV, the funeral of JFK, the riderless horse with the boots backwards, the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy, John-John’s salute as the military went by, the terrible sadness of it all. It was the first time in my young life that I had been confronted with such shocking events, and it made an impression on me. Those few days are something I will never forget. It was a time that the nation came together as one to grieve, just like we did after September 11.
President Kennedy was an admirer of Robert Frost, and when he was running for president often quoted the last few lines of Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. I have always loved that poem, one I associate with a time of promise, which was lost in an instant of madness. In closing, I would like to share that poem with you:
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
|by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
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Did you know that on this date in 1967, Philip and Jay Kunz flew a kite 28,000 feet, thereby getting into the Guinness Book of World Records? Speaking of kites, there is a special exhibit on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum. It is Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: the Art of Tyrus Wong. Known for his work on the Disney-animated film, Bambi (1942), Mr. Wong (now 102!) has many accomplishments, and one of them is kite-making. An exhibit of Mr. Wong’s work will be on display through February 2014. The Walt Disney Family Museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street in The Presidio, in San Francisco. Tickets for films are complimentary when you pay your regular admission price, but if you are just going to see the film, there is a charge for that. If you are just going through the museum galleries, give yourself at least 2 hours.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10am-6pm: it is closed Tuesdays. You can buy food on the premises (there’s a café), but you can’t take pictures of the displays. For more information (and current admission prices), please visit:
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Display your creative side here at the Library.
The Fremont Main Library is a great place to pick up your traditional books and DVDs, however, have you ever considered using the Library as one more tool in your toolbox to showcase your talents.
The Library has several display cases that are available to the public for use. These displays allow others to find out about you, your organization, and your interests. If you have anything you wish to share and can help us enhance the lives of the general public, please check us out. These cases are reserved for the entire month and are secure and quite attractive, the shelves and lighting can be set up to highlight your displays. The cases are various sizes so feel free to come on in and decide which one might benefit your display. You can reserve any of these six display cases up to six months in advance. The number to make reservations is (510) 745-1424.
As with all programs offered at the Library there is no charge for this service. The Children’s area also has wall space in the Computer room and the Picture book area that can be reserved for group youth art. The number to reserve this area is (510) 745-1421, and ask for Sally Kusalo.
During the month of October, our very own multi-talented Library Clerk, Marilyn Hudson, displayed her lovely collection of gourd art. She enjoys working on these masterpieces in her art studio run from her residence. She was gracious enough to share some of her art with us and everyone was amazed and enlightened by how she can make such lovely pieces from a gourd. If you have time feel free to come speak with her about her art and get ideas to spark your creativity ( on her breaktime, of course). Here are some pictures from the front lobby rotunda display case of Marilyn’s gourds.
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