Archive for June, 2011

If you just need to find something to do for a few

minutes, or you want to remember something from

a movie or song, a great place to go is Youtube.com .

It works like Google search to find songs from old

movies and the best part is you can then relive the

moment. I have several short clips of favorite scenes

from movies on my Iphone to watch when I want.  This is

a great way to enjoy the experience over and over.

A great app to access Youtube from your

smartphone is MXtube. It is super fast and easy

to use to download clips.

A few of my favorites clips right now are:

Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song [Official Alternate Version]

Lost in Space Forever

A Knight’s Tale Dance Scene

You can probably tell where my tastes, or lack of it

lies, but use it to find what you like and then enjoy

enjoy ENJOY!

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I all started back in 1910 when the mayor of Spokane, WA proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  The idea was publicly supported by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924 and finally presidentially proclaimed in 1966.  It was assured of annual recognition by PL 92-278 of April 1972.

Hey, it’s also celebrated on the same day in Britain!

It's Great to be a Father!

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Stanford’s acclaimed Summer Science Lecture Series will be on the lawn next to Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center on some Thursday evenings this summer. You are invited to go early and wander through the Cantor, have dinner at the Art Center’s Cool Café, or bring your own picnic. You can then settle on the lawn outside of Cantor to hear fascinating and informal lectures about leading research from some Stanford’s most esteemed professors. 

All of the talks will be delivered in terms understandable to the lay public.  So bring your family (high school age and up) and enjoy!  The Outdoor Science Series is sponsored by the Stanford Office of Science Outreach and Stanford Continuing Studies.  All lectures begin at 7pm and are free.

Thursday, June 30
Using Fiberoptics and Genes from Algae to Solve Problems in Psychiatry

Karl Deisseroth
Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry 
Thursday, July 14
Shark and Awe: The Extreme Life of the Sea

Stephen Palumbi
Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor in Marine Sciences
Thursday, July 28
Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

Jeremy Bailenson
Associate Professor of Communication

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Our monthly preschool crafts program will continue this summer! We will host four preschool crafts on TUESDAYS (not Wednesdays). Each of the four programs will feature a different craft activity meant for children ages 3-5 years old. A parent is expected to attend with their child, but we will not allow older siblings to attend as there will not be enough space. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesdays, June 28th, July 12th and 26th, and August 9th from 1:30 – 2pm.  We will pass out free tickets before each program, beginning at 1:15pm. Each child attending the program must have a ticket to attend. We have 50 spots in each program.

For more information, please contact the Children’s Desk at (510) 745-1421 or e-mail Mary Ayers at mcayers@aclibrary.org .

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I  just  read Naked Heat .  This is a  mystery  novel, based on  the TV  show Castle, supposedly  written by the  character Richard Castle, from the  TV show.   Umm , yeah.  It  sounds like  a  really  bad idea.  Actually,  The book was pretty  good.  It  kept  a  lot of  the voice  of  Richard  Castle – But still told  a decent  mystery. 

If  you  haven’t  watched  the  show ( reserve  it  here ) , Castle  is the  story  of a mystery  writer that has just killed off his very  detective , because he just  has nothing more to tell about  him.  But He still owes  his publisher  a book  or two. So  he shadows  a police  detective on which  he  bases his next novel.  The  show is a comedy /mystery  show  with witty  barbs, comic situations, and many  elements from crime shows. The books (  reserve  them  here ) are very similar.  Both  the  show  and the books are light entertainment for  warm  summer  days .

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The Mozart of Our Time?

Emily Bear, born on August 30, 2001, is a music prodigy from Rockford, Illinois. Her talent at the piano was discovered by her grandmother when she was two years old. She started to write her own music at the age of three.

Of all the public performances so far, Emily has made six appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and played at the White House for President George W. Bush when she was six years old.  She has several CDs.  People simply wonder if she is the Mozart of Our Time?
  Unusual talents like Emily are a decided blessing to us and deserve to be nurtured:


Raising a star : the parent’s guide to helping kids break into theater, film, television, or music / Nancy Carson ; with Jacqueline Shannon  791.023 CARSON     


Musical prodigies : perilous journeys, remarkable lives / by Claude Kenneson  780.87 KENNESON   


There are certainly many more young talents to appreciate:


Hiding in the spotlight : a musical prodigy’s story of survival, 1941-1946 / Greg Dawson  B DAWSON,Z


Beyoncé : singer-songwriter, actress, and record producer / Chuck Bednar  JB BEYONCE


Django / Bonnie Christensen  JB REINHARDT,D


Mozart : his life & music / Jeremy Siepmann  B MOZART,W


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We have lots of upcoming family programs at the Fremont Library this summer! And the best part? They’re all free to attend! Check out a few of our programs coming up in the next couple of weeks below (check our website at www.aclibrary.org for a complete list of events).

Thursday, July 23rd: Cool, Crazy Critters with ventriloquist TONY BORDERS. For preschoolers and older. Due to seating limitations, free tickets will be vailable 15 minutes before the program at the Children’s Information Desk. Shows at 11:30 and 12:45.


Saturday, June 25th: Music Together. Free tickets for each session will be available at 1:15 p.m to attend this sample music class for newborns to age 5 years of age and a parent. The class is presented by Music Together and includes songs, chants, music and dance. Program at 1:30 pm.


Science for Youth. Join members of the Science for Youth Team, local high school students passionate about science. The program is intended for students in grades 4-5-6 but younger and older children are welcome too. Program at 4 pm.

Monday, June 27th: Registration begins for Lapsit (at 1 pm). Lapsit is designed for babies who are not yet able to walk.  It consists of a 20 minute storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and lapjogs or bounces, followed by an informal “Stay and Play” for 20 minutes. 

Tuesday, June 28th: Preschool Crafts. Preschool Crafts for the summertime! Children ages 3-5 years old and a parent/caregiver are invited to attend this free program. We will have a new craft at each program. We will pass out free tickets to the first 50 children at the Children’s Desk beginning at 1:15 pm the day of the program. All supplies will be provided for the crafts. Program begins at 1:30 pm.


Read to a Dog Program. Volunteers from the Ohlone Humane Society will be bringning trained assisted therapy dogs for children to read to or just hug and pet. This is a free drop-in program. Program begins at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, June 29th: Magic Dan! Magic and fun with MAGIC DAN. For elementary aged children. Due to seating limitations, free tickets will be vailable 15 minutes before the program at the Children’s Information Desk. Programs are at 2 pm and 3:30 pm.


Friday, July 1st: Baby Bounce Storytime for Walkers under 2 Years of Age. This volunteer-led storytime is designed for babies who can walk. It consists of stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and lapjogs or bounces. Program begins at 11:30 am.


Music for Minors (program also begins at 11:30 am). Join Ms. Patricia for 30 minutes of songs and stretches in English, Spanish and French. For children preschool through grade 2. This free program is in partnership with Music For Minors.


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Welcome Summer

The day on which the summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight and the shortest night.  This year, in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins today, June 21, at 10:16 a.m.  It is officially the first day of summer.  To mark the date, the US National Parks will all be free to access, as entrance fees will be waived.  Today would be a good day to get away, since temperatures in the San Francisco Bay area will hit three digits.  See other ways to celebrate the day:

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Are you a young writer who… 

   Wants to express your ideas in essays, stories and poems?

   Wants to learn and improve in the craft of writing?

   Wants to meet professional authors and learn from them?

Enter the Fremont Area Writers’ contest by July 14, 2011!

Fremont Area Writers is sponsoring a fun contest for students (elementary through high school) in Fremont, Newark and Union City. Contestants are asked to write articles about living in the Tri-City area. Subjects may be fiction or non-fiction and limited to 500 words.  There is no entry fee. 

Submit your articles to: 

Myrla Raymundo, 3107 San Ramon Ct., Union City, CA 94587 by July 14, 2011.

You will be notified if you are selected as one of the finalists. Finalists will be asked if they want to read their articles in front of the Judges.

There will be prizes awarded for each age group and a grand prize. 

The awards presentation will take place Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 1:30-4:00 at Paddy’s Coffee Shop, 3900 Smith St., Union City


Questions?  Contact Myrla Raymundo (510) 378-6376

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When I drove to work today I heard about “smart meters” on the news, which brought me to think of smart phones, smart pills and other “smart” things that people have devised. Are we really smart in a human and humane way?

The other new buzz word “green” that you see on the news, read in magazines and in books, and which is being promoted on television by hefty ads from companies who are trying to be “green”. Are they just mere buzz words?

The more we can define these words and what they mean to the earth’s ecology and people’s health the more aware we will become.

The economic aspect of human ecology and the corporate planet scenario are the driving forces. What can we do? Become aware and educate ourselves.

Librarians are in a good position to promote “green” intelligence. Librarians can spread the word by distributing books, giving green workshops; thereby sowing seeds and educating about the environment.

Some good materials on the subject:

Green Intelligence: creating environment that protect human health, by John Wargo[ 2009]. 363.7 Wargo.

Trading Softly: paths to ecological order. Thomas Princen. [2010] 304.2 Princen.

Our Choice: a plan to solve the climate crisis. Al Gore. [2009]. 363.73874 Gore .

Collapse (videorecording). National Geographic [2010]. DVD304.28 Collapse.

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