Archive for September, 2008

October is a great month for the Fremont Libraries. October is when the Book Clubs return to the Centerville and Irvington Branches.

On October 9th from 4 to 5pm, by popular request, we will be doing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . What was your favorite part? Is there anything you would change? If there was an eight book what would like to see in it?


  On October 22nd from 330 to 430 pm , we are discussing Coarline by Neil Gaiman. The Story:Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others. Do you like to explore? Have you ever found anything you didn’t want to find? Have you ever wondered how brave you would be if you found something really creepy?

To join the book clubs, come into the libraries and sign up; or Call the Centerville (795-2629) or Irvington ( 795-2631) libraries;  or email Beth .  Limited copies of the books are available for check out.

Read Full Post »

It’s Banned Books Week!

September 27 – October 4, 2008 is Banned Books Week

Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a book that someone out there doesn’t want you to. It’s the lure of the forbidden. If you need some suggestions, check out the list of books below. I’ve linked the books in the list to our catalog so that you can place holds on the ones that intrigue you.

From the ALA Frequently Challenged Books Site:

The most frequently challenged books of 2007

The following books were the most frequently challenged in 2007:

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 420 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. According to Judith F. Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the number of challenges reflects only incidents reported, and for each reported, four or five remain unreported.

The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8 ) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Off the list this year, are two books by author Toni Morrison. “The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved,” both challenged for sexual content and offensive language.

The most frequently challenged authors of 2007

1) Robert Cormier
2) Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3) Mark Twain
4) Toni Morrison
5) Philip Pullman
6) Kevin Henkes
7) Lois Lowry
8 ) Chris Crutcher
9) Lauren Myracle
10) Joann Sfar

Get out there and celebrate your freedom to read!

Read Full Post »

Podcasting in Plain English

I attended a very interesting class on Podcasting yesterday. This was one of the videos that the instructor showed us. I’m posting it here for all of you folks out there who want a better idea as to what Podcasts are. Enjoy!

Podcasting in Plain English (from the CommonCraft Show):

Read Full Post »

13 Classic Radio Shows

Thursday Thirteen #38

Hello all. This week I’m hearkening back to the days of yesteryear. I bring you a blast from the past. 13 facts about 13 classic radio shows. Please enjoy.

Do you have a request for something you would like to see 13 facts about? Let me know.

Video killed the radio star?
1. The Saint (1945-1951) – Vincent Price was one of the actors who portrayed Simon Templar. (listen)

2. The Shadow (1930-1954) – Originally, The Shadow was created as a narrator fot “The Detective Story Hour.” (an online documentary)

3. Dragnet (1949-1957) – The theme music was not yet in place when the show started. It was added within the month. (listen)

4. Tales of The Texas Rangers (1950-1952) – This show was developed by Stacy Keach and starred Joel McCrea. (listen)

5. Buck Rogers (1932-1947) – In Buck Roger’s 25th century, Niagara is the capital of the US. (listen)

6. Flash Gordon (1935-1936) – Flash’s radio run wasn’t very long. His spot was soon taken by Jungle Jim. (listen)

7. Gunsmoke (1952-1961) – The Gunsmoke theme was written in ten minutes, as the composer had overslept that morning. (listen)

8. Hopalong Cassidy (1948-1952) – This radio show was a gamble that paid off big time for Walter and Shirley White, who financed the original episodes with their own money. It also paid off for Bill “Hopalong” Boyd who had purchased the rights to his films with borrowed money in preparation for the TV market. The return on their investments was phenomenal. (listen)

9. Tarzan Of The Apes (1932-1936, 1950-1953) – The original Jane was played by Joan Burroughs, the daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs. (listen)

10. The Whistler (1942-1955) – Dorothy Roberts whistled the theme weekly for thirteen years. (listen)

11. The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin (1930-1934, 1955) – The actual Rin-Tin-Tin provided his own sound effects until his death, at which point RinTin-Tin Jr. took over. (official Rin Tin Tin site)

12. Fibber McGee and Molly (1935-1959) – Fibber and Molly were played by Jim and Marian Jordan for the entire run of the show. A word to the wise? Don’t try to open Fibber’s closet, no matter what you’re looking for. (Radio Hall of Fame page)

13. Dick Tracy (1934-1946) – This show was based on a comic strip by Chester Gould. (listen)

The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning

Read Full Post »

Ah, the trials of an imaginative, resourceful and thoroughly independent minded, yet vastly misunderstood genius. Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter have combined to create an ingenious and yet unwittingly nefarious heroine who has, among other things, the idea to staple her brother’s hair to his pillow, to tell her brother’s fortune (he’s soon going to be eaten by hyenas), to walk backwards to school, and to set Joey Whipple’s shoe on fire. The list of her trespasses goes on and on. One begins to think that her ideas are perhaps not as guileless as she would like us to believe. Has our nameless narrator learned her lesson by the end of the story? Hardly. But just what deliciously dastardly deeds she has up her sleeve is anyone’s guess. Who knows what other 17 things she may soon not be allowed to do anymore?

Check holdings or place a hold.

Read Full Post »

A Stop on the Silk Road: The Archaeology of Afghanistan
Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room
Saturday, October 4, 2008, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Fremont Main Library invites you to a presentation about archeological sites and objects of Afghanistan. This program is in celebration of a traveling exhibition of extraordinary archaeological treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul. This exhibition has been in the National Gallery of Art and will be in San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum from October 24, 2008 to January 25, 2009. It will also travel to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This presentation is by Nadia Tarzi, Executive Director and founder of the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the archaeology and cultural heritage of Afghanistan. For more information, visit www.apaa.info.

This event is free. No reservations are required. Seating limits will be observed. For more information, call (510) 745-1401. 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 7 working days notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or 510-489-1655 (TDD).

– Farah

Read Full Post »

I have the privilege of working at Centerville Library, a small yet very busy and culturally diverse library in northern Fremont. Many of our customers are new immigrants who are still learning English. We understand that sometimes services are better delivered in the language the customers are more familiar with. As a start, we will be offering a new program for Mandarin-speaking families. Besides the popular bilingual storytime, and the 0-5 parenting workshop offered during the storytime session (many thanks to the Infant and Toddler Program, City of Fremont, for the continuing support), we now have a parenting class that will meet regularly at Centerville Library. The October class is scheduled on October 2nd at 12:30 – 2:00 pm. This new parenting class is led by Dr. Shu-Ling Chen. Dr. Chen has a Ph.D in early childhood and parenting education. She has been giving seminars and a leader of parenting groups in the Bay Area for 17 years. Dr. Chen is also the author of a well-known Chinese parenting book.

Since the program is conducted in Mandarin, information on the class below is written in Chinese.

Dr. ShuLing Chen 陳姝伶博士 簡介:
陳姝伶博士畢業於台大社會系,社會研究所。畢業後曾任職內政部及台北護專。赴美後,於University of Oregon的幼兒教育系進修,專攻幼兒認知發展及親職教育,取得幼教碩士及博士學位。陳姝伶女士在取得博士學位後,於1991年11月成立親子樂園,至 今已十多餘年,藉著定期聚會,讓住在大聖荷西地區的父母們有一個共同學習成長以及分享經驗的機會。陳博士不但在親子樂園中與父母們分享幼教專業,也經常在灣區的中文學校和社團中演講。陳姝伶博士並與陳怡菁女士合著有”教出這樣的好孩子: 幼教博士陳姝伶的媽媽經”一書

Centerville Library 非常幸運地獲得陳博士的首肯,自十月份起在北本館成立父母成長班,希望能服務有需要的華人家長。這樣的機會真的很難得,座位有限,請趕快報名喔 ! 詳情請看 這裡

本月主題: 談兒童的學習: 如何提高學習動機與培養正面的學習態度
時間: 十月二日星期四下午12:30至2:00

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »