EdRev (Education Revolution) is a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Join Parents Education Network (PEN) to celebrate the eighth annual Education Revolution, EdRev 2016.  There is a professionally jury-ed art contest for students who learn differently.

Categories include:

  • Visual Art: painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper
  • Writing: poetry, essay, short story
  • Video: short film, up to 3 minutes
  • Music: up to 3 minutes of music

Any medium must describe your learning difference.  One submission per student in any art form.  The deadline is March 11, 2016.

All work will be displayed in the Art Gallery at EdRev 2016 at AT&T Park on Saturday, April 16, 9 am to 4 pm.  Participants and a parent/guardian will be invited to attend EdRev and see the work on display in the Art Gallery.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with attendees if they wish to do so.

Check here for submission forms and more information.

Avoiding Tax Pitfalls

Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Meeting Room
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn from Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and host of the American Dreams radio show on KDOW 1220 AM, on how to avoid common tax pitfalls in 2016. A few are new pitfalls; others are perennial problems taxpayers face each filing season. These pitfalls could end up costing you, either in the form of a larger tax bill, a smaller refund, or even an audit.

Alan Olsen is the Managing Partner of Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP (GROCO.com) the largest CPA firm in Fremont.

This free program is sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, GROCO, and the Alameda County Library System. No registration is 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.

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, a day we can’t relate to so much, in this area of California. Nevertheless, when I was looking for story time ideas, I was reminded of a few fun books that relate to midwinter, and the promise of spring. These include:

Brownie Groundhog & the February Fox by Susan Blackaby
Punxatawney Phyllis, by Susanna Leonard Hill

However, it also got me thinking of the movie, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray as a cynical weather man for a small news station who is living for his own pleasures and with disdain or disregard for his fellow humans. He meets another news reporter, a kind-hearted, and beautiful Andie McDowell.  Murray resents that he is sent to Punxatawney, PA, every year for the “same old” stupid ritual: looking for the groundhog to come out of the ground and look for his shadow. The town of Punxatawney becomes a symbol of mindless repetition. SO, Bill Murray goes through his day in Punxatawney being rude to the waiter, yelling at a driver who almost hits him, and generally being a jerk. However, he tries to impress Andie McDowell’s character, and fails miserably. Then he wakes up the next morning to find he has to go through the same day again….and again….and again….
He tries to improve his attitude just to win McDowell’s affection. As he does this, he realizes he wants to be a nicer person for its own sake, not just to be with a nice person like Andie.

I love this movie because it makes a person think about all the ways we may feel like we’re going through the same rut. Maybe it’s preparing for job interviews over and over and over. Trying to improve each time, but finding the bar has moved/the expectations have shifted and expanded, as Bill Murray’s character found. Or maybe it’s passing an important entrance test or, yes, impressing that special someone.

It’s a humorous movie that can influence a moment of reflection, if one is so inclined.

In general, winter is a great time to catch up on some new or nearly new movies. I finally got to see Monuments Men, which was sadder than I expected. Art historians and architects at the end of WWII saving works of art before they could be stolen or destroyed by the Nazis as they retreated and headed for certain defeat. Several of these over-30 men, not fit for combat, risked and gave their lives for the stories of men and civilization to be preserved.

We have requests for books like   1001 movies you must see before you die / general editor, Steven Jay Schneider ; updated by Ian Haydn Smith

And, of course, with the Oscars coming up, you may want to get on the list for some of the Oscar nominees, even if they are not yet available on video for the library.

Happy viewing, and enjoy what we call winter — a cold day with some rain occasionally!

Music @ Library

Check out the music streaming, download and music videos at Library website.

Alexander Music & Performing Arts online includes American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound. It also includes performance videos.

Naxos Music Library contains over 75,000 tracks of music, primarily classical and traditional music from around the world. In order to listen to the music, you will need to have Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or higher.

Freegal Music offers access to about 9 million songs and 15,000 music videos. library users have a weekly download limit 3 songs or a video dowload (count as 2 of of your weekly music selection) plus one songs. For more detail info visit FAQ.

Downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Check out our new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.


A Pleasant Surprise!

Have you ever had an experience where you saw something unexpectedly and it made you feel very excited?  Here is one such story involving a long time patron that started more than 10 years ago.

As a fourth grader, Aidan wrote “The Magic Map”, winning the Fremont Unified School District’s Young Author’s Contest.  Now he is a graduate student at the University of Chicago.  When he brought his nephew to the library this winter break, he glanced through the shelves and randomly pulled a book out of the Young Author’s collection – woah, it was HIS own!!

I was lucky enough to be at the Children’s Desk that day to share his excitement.  This picture shows him reading the book he wrote when he was 9 years old with his nephew

Aidan and his winning book!

Aidan and his winning book!


The Lawyer in the Library Program, held the fourth Tuesday of the Law-logo[1]month at Fremont Main Library, offers a free 15-minute appointment with an attorney. Sign-ups are taken in person between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at the Information Desk on the evening of the program. A lottery at 5:50 p.m. assigns appointments, with the first one at 6 p.m. and the last at 7:45 p.m. Usually there are 16 time slots available. The LITL schedule for 2016 is:

January 26         February 23      March 22          April 26

 May 24               June 28             July 26            August 23

September 27     October 25      November 22     December—none

15 minutes Yoga

15 minutes Yoga practice to get your new year started off right.

Books and DVD on Yoga @ Library



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