In a group of friends who get together for dessert and a book discussion, one guy has a “management experience” in the corporate accounts side, after being on the retail side. Meanwhile, he has had to decide how to fit in cancer treatments. His wife, a medical social worker, has just changed to a different organization where she is tasked with heading a team focusing on one kind of domestic trauma.

Another friend has just left his secure FT job of 15 years to be a stay at home dad and probably start his own business in investment strategies. His wife also has interesting new challenges in her job. A third friend is deciding whether to continue in his chem-engineering job where he would likely manage the department soon, or take the risk of leaving that job to be fulltime with a company he and 3 friends started a few years ago. He supports a wife and 3 kids, one of whom has severe learning and health challenges. Even at church, one young pastor has been chosen as the lead pastor, and another pastor, his good friend who was planning to work as a team with him, has taken a position in a different church.

And then there is work. Many good people have come and gone in just the 2 years that I’ve been working for this library. Those who have stayed have gotten to know each other better. There have been serious health challenges — new life and loss of friends. We all go through changes. In times of transition — both good/exciting and hard — it is important to know what to lean on. We treasure the friends we have — friends who will listen. We value peers and mentors.

We also value ways to interact with other people’s stories. Sometimes it is easier to talk about the pain and growth in someone else’s story as we reflect on our own.  I’m reminded of the value of a book club. Some groups read a book with philosophical subtext (like Tuesdays with Morrie or The Last Lecture), or pure fiction, reflecting on life as it is. Some choose to read specifically a religious book, like the Book of James in the Bible, or stories from the Ramayana or other sacred text.
A patron today asked for a book on business topic for a book group at work. What a great way to bond with coworkers and perhaps a team feeling in the work environment! So, even as the school year ends, and schedules change, let’s take time to get together with friends, perhaps to discuss a good book, or simply to talk and listen.

From Employee to Entrepreneur

From Employee to Entrepreneur

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya A Meeting Room

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 If you are moving from employee to entrepreneur or would like to start a business, learn from Alan Olsen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Managing Partner of leading Bay Area accounting firm, Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Company (GROCO), as he provides guidance on what it takes to become and succeed as an entrepreneur.  Alan and his firm have worked with some of the most influential entrepreneurs in the world, who have helped build successful companies in Silicon Valley.  The presentation will focus on leadership in business and in personal life.  Alan will outline and discuss the five levels of leadership and provide you with a three step process for getting others to help accomplish your vision.

This event is sponsored by the Alameda County Library and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.  This event is free.  No reservations are required.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at     2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible. The library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.


Intuition: a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence: a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why: something that is known or understood without proof or evidence Merriam-Webster dictionary

Materials on Intuition@Library

fusd-header-logoThe Instrumental Music Department of Hopkins Junior High School once again invites instrumentalists from 6th to 12th grades to join the free band and orchestra program offered to eligible FUSD students in this summer.  Service learning opportunities are available to high school students.

  • program dates: June 30 to July 22
  • Program time: Monday through Fridays
  • Rehearsal venue: Chabot College, Hayward
  • Concert: Saturday, July 23, at 6 pm at Chabot College
Please visit http://tinyurl.com/jro2cwy for more information, or to complete your registration online.
The Youth Summer Music Program presented for the 22nd season by the Jenny Lin Foundation is now open for registration. All high school music students are encouraged to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to help maintain their skills and to continue performing in a group during the summer. Participants perform in three groups: Symphonic Band (directed by Greg Conway), Symphonic Orchestra (directed by Cary Nasatir), and Chorus (directed by Diana Ryan).
  • Program dates: June 20 to July 29, 2016 (6 weeks)
  • Rehearsal time: Mondays & Wednesdays 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Rehearsal venue: Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley
  • Concert: July 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Chabot College, Hayward
Please visit www.jennylinfoundation.org to register for this free summer program.


April Thoughts

I would like to highlight a lot of great events that are happening in Fremont in April.
As I look on the April event calendar, we have coding for various ages at different times, provided by outside groups who have taken registration. Sometimes we add items even after the printed calendar is published.

We are continuing with more art and craft programs for adults and teens.
We have several events focused on preparing for college and the application process and financing it.

In children’s programming, our wonderful high school volunteer, Garima, is providing several fun classes for preschoolers, one art and one dance/music time.
We also continue with other great art and science classes (some also provided by wonderful high school volunteers!) and book clubs we have throughout the month.

At the small Fremont branches, we continue to offer crafts for adults, little Legos, Scribblebots, homework help, monthly evening family story time and toddler times (Centerville). We also offer chess club and drop-in crafts and science times at Irvington.

Pause. On another train of thought…

In the busy time of spring, preparing for these programs and summer reading time, I reflect on some lines that come to my subconscious.

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;

(from The World Is Too Much with Us” by William Wordsworth. First published in Wordsworth’s Poems in Two Volumes in 1807.)

I realize this is a verse that my mom and dad have said to me over the years. There are other stanzas and segments that they have quoted to me from poems they or their parents memorized and quoted to them in elementary and high school. Nowadays, I think the poetry we memorize may be in songs and raps. There is less memorizing of the printed word.  As I look at the whole context, I may or may not agree with the sentiment, but having those lines causes me to reflect.

Some of us who are gifted express our thoughts and feelings by writing and composing. A friend and volunteer at Irvington composed some thoughtful lines after the tragedy in Brussels.

In this month of April, which is National Poetry Month, let’s take the opportunity to savor a poem — or perhaps write one. Happy Reading!




Sunday Movies @ the Library

In April the movies are about money:  Marry it.  Steal it.  Conjure it.

Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m. A New Leaf (G) 102 minutes.  Walter Matthau, Elaine May

Henry Graham is a man with a problem:  He has run through his entire inheritance and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. When his Uncle Harry refuses to give him a dime, Henry and his imaginative butler devise a plan to make his money the old-fashioned way — he can marry it.

Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. The Steel Trap (NR) 85 minutes.  Robert Cotten, Teresa Wright

A bank worker steals cash from the bank on Friday and, to keep his wife from leaving, must return the money before it is discovered missing on Monday.

Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m. Now You See Me (PG-13) 116 minutes. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo

An elite FBI squad plays a game of cat and mouse against The Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

Contact:  Fremont Main Library Information Desk (510) 745-1401.





Be Money Smart

The Fremont Main Library offers these programs to mark National Financial Literacy Month in April and Money Smart Week April 23-30.

TAX PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT  Tuesday, April 5, 7-8:30 p.m.

Learn from Brian Chong, CPA, how you can save for retirement and reduce your taxes. Brian has been doing taxes since 2001 for his clients who are mostly engineers, real estate investors, and business owners. A UC Berkeley economics graduate, Brian holds a Master’s degree in taxation from San Jose State and is also a licensed CPA and Enrolled Agent.


Dr. William Jiang, Ph.D., M.Phil., of The Ivy Advisor, will discuss the ins and outs of the college admission process, admission tests and the importance of setting up a road map for students as early as the 6th grade.   Chunchi Ma, Financial Advisor with the investment firm Waddell & Reed, will present funding and scholarship options to help parents face the key question:  Financially, are you ready?

STUDENT LOAN LAW  BASICS  Tuesday, April 26, 7–8:30 p.m.

Eric M. Boeing, consumer debt attorney, will introduce ways borrowers may choose to address their student loan situation, including:  the four government-sponsored payment reduction programs (IBR, ICR, PAYE, and REPAYE); consolidation and rehabilitation of defaulted loans; hardship deferments and disability discharges; suing schools and debt collectors;  how Bankruptcy Court can and can’t help. Eric M. Boeing’s (www.boeinglaw.com) law practice is devoted to helping people protect themselves from their creditors. He is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, Class of 2006.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible. The library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.



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