A performance during the Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington D.C. on March 3, 1913.

In 1911, International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 8. It was organized by German socialists and women’s rights activists Clara Zetkin and Louise Zeitz. Many years later, the United Nations officially began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975.

In 1978, Sonoma County schools decided to celebrate Women’s History Week during the week of March 8.  The events held during the week were received positively by the community and the organizers went on to share their experience at a women’s history conference held at Sarah Lawrence College the following year.  Other conference participants then brought the idea of Women’s History Week to their own communities.

In 1980, Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 to be Women’s History Week in the U.S. In 1987, Congress passed a resolution expanding the celebration to the whole month of March.

Here are a few of the women’s history books available in the library catalog:

Herstory: Women Who Changed the World
edited by Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn ; introduction by Gloria Steinem

33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women’s History: From Suffragettes to Skirt Lengths to the E.R.A
edited by Tonya Bolden

Damsels Not in Distress: The True Story of Women in Medieval Times
by Andrea Hopkins

Time to Discover and Go Again

pacific pinballFor some time now I have been thinking of paying the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda a visit. I have not discoverandgobeen able to make the trip there yet but, after reading this article, I really must go soon. Of course, I will be using my library card and also encourage family members to use theirs so we can go together to Discover and Go. Consider all the fascinating places you can actually visit just using your library card. How can you resist?  It’s time you Discover and Go too!

Happy 111th Dr. Seuss!

GreenEggsYesterday was the day we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday, with crafts and fun at the Fremont Main children’s room, and puzzles to solve at Newark. We had teachers looking for books at the last minute on the weekend and even yesterday. What a great time to review some of the great books Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodore Geisel) wrote. A reminder once again of how brilliant he was — making early readers something FUN to read, not just plodding through repetition and dull rhyming words but playing with the words.  Would you eat that green eggs and ham on a boat, in a moat — in a house, with a mouse — here or there or anywhere? With a mild lesson in “try it, you’ll like it.”

A reminder that one of the early literacy (prereading) skills is phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words.  Rhymes and onomatopoeia (“buzz”, etc.) are great ways for kids to realize words are made of smaller sounds and syllables.

Here are some books that may work to read aloud to/with preschoolers to expose them to rhyming and other reading concepts.

great day upDr. Seuss’s ABC (1963)Mr Brown Moo

Go Dog, Go! (1963)

Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)

Great Day for Up! (1974)

Longer early readers:

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)

Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)

One fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960), and Fox In Socks (1965)

May you continue to enjoy Theodore Geisel’s books with your early readers, as well as his longer stories with a message like The Lorax, The Sneetches & other Stories, Horton Hears a Who, and If I Ran the Zoo.

kite craft 1Let’s go fly a kite…Yes March is a perfect month for flying a kite or making a decorative one! That, and many other art projects, and art-related storytimes will be available at all Alameda County Libraries throughout the month. Every year, in March, the library teams up with the Alameda County Arts Commission  and the Alameda County Office of Education to provide art events to library patrons.  The program is called, “Art is Education”.

This year’s theme is “Inspiring Creative Communities”. You can participate in many fun activities. All you need to do is pick up a book or flyer which lists the events at each library, or go online at http://www.aclibrary.org and check our event calendar. Choose the events you are interested in, and attend. There are programs for adults and seniors, teens, tweens , kids and families.

This is your chance to indulge (or find) the artist within you!  Join us!

“Being Mortal”

Here’s a book we should all read: “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande, surgeon, New York Magazine contributor, and Harvard professor.

Some informative quotes:

“Beautifully written . . . In his newest and best book, Gawande . . . has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.”
—The New York Review of Books

“Dr. Gawande’s book is not of the kind that some doctors write, reminding us how grim the fact of death can be. Rather, he shows how patients in the terminal phase of their illness can maintain important qualities of life.”
—Wall Street Journal (Best Books of 2014)

“Being Mortal left me tearful, angry, and unable to stop talking about it for a week. . . . A surgeon himself, Gawande is eloquent about the inadequacy of medical school in preparing doctors to confront the subject of death with their patients. . . . it is rare to read a book that sparks with so much hard thinking.”

“We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life—a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.”
—Oliver Sacks

“A great read that leaves you better equipped to face the future, and without making you feel like you just took your medicine.”
—Mother Jones (Best Books of 2014)

“A needed call to action, a cautionary tale of what can go wrong, and often does, when a society fails to engage in a sustained discussion about aging and dying.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

The Alameda County Library has 27 copies; however there are currently 57 holds. It will be worth the wait.

Nowruz Program @ Fremont Library

Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with dance performance by Shahrzad dance

academy and Persian music by Mohammad Ibrahimi .

Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (Spring Equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

Picture1Saturday February 28, 2015

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fremont Library

Fukaya Room



Sunday book review

Looking for a little inspiration on the road to a healthier life? Read Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs

“Having sanctified himself in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A. J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He didn’t want just to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far, far greater: Maximal health from head to toe.The task was massive. He had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, much of which was nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. He had to consult a team of medical advisers. And he had to subject himself to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets, and an array of practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep to his sex life all the while testing the patience of his long-suffering wife. He left nothing untested, from the caveman workout to veganism, from the treadmill desk to extreme chewing. Drop Dead Healthy teems with hilarity and warmth and pushes our cultures assumptions about and obsessions with what makes good health, allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality”–Provided by publisher
“One mans comedic journey to discover how to live as healthfully as possible”–Provided by publisher

The book was very engaging and despite some of the extreme things the author tried, a useful book as well. There are ideas woth paying attention to – especially the concept of balance.


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