What is Yoga?

The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.

The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body. Read more on American Yoga association

Materials on Yoga @ Library


By popular demands, there are two parenting classes scheduled on Saturdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, in Oct.


  • 10/18 – Behavior Issues for Toddlers and Elementary School Children

This classes will be led by Marvin Bowerman and Shalini Dayal, both MFT in Fremont.  They will cover different behavior problems, such as tantrums, disruptive behaviors, learning difficulties, and ADD & ADHD to name a few.

  • 10/25 – Success vs. Failure

How can parents and community support our children in grades 5th to 12th?  This class is focus on the mental health for students at this critical stage of life, and presented by Dr. Xie, school psychologist at the Fremont Unified School District.

**  Child care is not provided in these two classes.

A Classical Music Concert at the Library

Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Enjoy voice, flute and piano performances by students of the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music, 2 p.m.Saturday, October 11, at the Fremont Main Library. The new Anna Poklewski Academy of Music Chamber Music Orchestra will perform conducted by Loren Tayerle, director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College.

The library is wheelchair accessible.

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Make Memories, Read to Your Children

As a Children’s Librarian, fall is one of my favorite times of year.  The craziness of summer has subsided with the kids back in school.  The library is still quite busy, but not from the minute we open our doors. And there is another reason I like the fall, story times.

I love doing story time with a group of preschoolers. They are usually old enough to sit and listen for a little while, then do some activity.  We limit story time to 30 minutes for this age group, and it seems to work well. I enjoy picking out the books I’m going to read to the kids, as well as finger plays and music.  I always start off with an action song to get everyone moving.  Then I read a book. I often try to pick books that the kids can interact with.  Books where they can repeat a phrase or make animal sounds are really popular. I intersperse 3-4 books with music or fingerplays until the end when I always do the Hokey Pokey. I hope the children find this as much fun as I do.

You don’t need to be a Children’s Librarian or have any credentials to read with your children. Many years ago, way before I ever dreamed I’d be a librarian, I read to my children.  I still think of those times very fondly.  It meant a lot to the kids, and to me, even if I was tired of reading a particular book 5 times in a row! I think if you were to ask my now adult children, they would say that those times when we sat and read together, are some of their best memories, too.  I think that those experiences fostered a love of reading that they both have to this day.

So parents, put down that cell phone, tablet or laptop.  Turn off the TV set.  Is what you are missing really that important?  None of is indispensable to our job or friends, but we are indispensable to our children as they are growing.  Want them to do well as adults?  Then spend some time NOW with them reading.  It’s one of the most important things you can do.  You will be a hero in your children’s eyes and you will be creating memories that last a lifetime: yours and theirs.

Puzzled by your new iPad, smart phone, Windows 8, and more? What about Facebook, Twitter, or Skype? Our local teens, known as digital natives, can help. After all, they grew up with these devices and what they can do.

Our local teens will be back at the Fremont Main Library, starting Saturday, September 27, 2014, to help folks with questions. Drop in any time from 10:30 ‒ 12:30 p.m. Tutoring will continue through November 15, 2014.

If you have specific questions about a device or smart phone, it would be helpful to bring your manual.

Last summer our teens helped folks with questions about viruses, Skype, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, Facebook, and more.

Visiting the pyramids

Visiting the pyramids

Patterson House

Patterson House

The Marks Center for Local and California History is pleased to host a special exhibit on loan from the Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

The exhibit is open for viewing on the second floor of the Fremont Main Library through the end of October.

Presentation on Mon. Sept. 22 @ 7 p.m. Fukaya Room

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd.

Fremont, CA


Clara Patterson

Clara Patterson

Clara was born in Alvarado in 1853. With her first husband, George Washington       Patterson, and their two sons, she managed one of the largest ranches in Alameda   County. Their home at Ardenwood can still be visited.

Clara at the Palace of Athens, Greece

Clara at the Palace of Athens, Greece

 In recent research, Patterson House   Manager Christie Dentry uncovered   the story of Clara’s trip to the Holy   Land in 1900 with her second   husband, Dr. Layson. Using her diaries, photographs and letters, Through the Lens of Clara Patterson provides a unique and intimate picture of world travel circa 1900.

Patterson House Manager Christie Dentry will give a presentation about Clara Patterson and the discoveries made about her travels at a special meeting of the Washington Township Historical Society on Monday, Sept.22 at 7 p.m. In the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library.

Crime-Fighting Buddha?

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood

is a very intriguing article by

Chip Johnson on San Francisco Chronicle’s website (Monday, September 15, 2014).


I am sure God or Allah or…would not mind joining forces?





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