Archive for August, 2011

Come learn about the benefits at the Fukaya Room in the Fremont Main Library on Saturday, September 10th, 11:00 pm- 1:00 pm.

We will explore the latest and most astonishing discoveries into the preventive, healing, and pain-relieving effects of meditation with a physician/researcher with 38 years of meditation experience.  Dr. Marshall Zaslove has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1969.  He has been practicing meditation daily for over 30 years.  This workshop is based on ‘Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation’ by Rajinder Singh.

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Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Business owners! Don’t miss out on this exclusive seminar! Any business owner who is in international trade, import and export, or who has to pay foreign or domestic taxes should attend this free event.

 A forum on domestic and international tax issues will be presented by Ron Cohen, Partner at GROCO, Lindsay Mohrman and Carla Frolich, Local Representatives with ADP, and Eric Chow, Assistant VP of the Bank of America.

Three world class leaders in their fields, GROCO, Bank of America and ADP, have teamed up to offer the Fremont business community valuable insights into mitigating domestic and international tax liabilities and business risk.  From strategic planning to minimize risk, to operating structures and procedures to maximize efficiency; you’ll have the opportunity to listen to and ask the experts on international business, tax, payroll, and banking best practices.

This free program is sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Library. For more information please contact Nina Moore, Fremont Chamber of Commerce at   nmoore@fremontbusiness.com or (510) 795-2244 x 107.

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Ever since  I can remember I have loved libraries.  Big or small, they all have a certain magic for me.  I remember when I was a child in Redwood City, CA and I went to the Schaberg Branch. It seemed huge to me then,  and I thought it must hold all the books in the world.  It was a special place that held a world of imagination, and I loved my trips there.  I have memories of searching the shelves for that “just right” book.  The library was a quiet place for reading and studying. No one would ever have dared to scream, yell, run, throw things around, and generally make a mess for someone else to clean  up. And food or drinks were a big no-no.

Well, fast forward, about 45-50 years later (it’s hard to realize I’m that old!). and things have certainly changed.  The libraries of yesteryear are gone and we will not see them again.  Libraries are now noisier, busier, and in many ways more alive and vibrant than when I was a child. That they are a place that community can meet, work and spend time together is a wonderful thing.  Libraries serve  the needs of their communities with materials and programs that are appealing, educational and fun.

I work at  three libraries here in Fremont: Fremont Main,  Niles Library, and the Irvington Library every week.   Each library has its own personality and distinct community. I feel it is a real privilege to serve so many people in this city.  I have gotten to know many patrons well over the years and am very happy to have formed some great relationships.   I am very fortunate to work in a profession that I love. 

There are some things happening in our libraries,  however, that I find quite distressing.  In fact, I will admit they make me very, very angry.  I must say that if you are reading this, you are probably not one of the people who incur my anger.  Most library patrons are well-mannered, considerate  and care about how they treat their local library.  Then there are those that cause me to shudder at their behavior. 

Here is a list of some of the behaviors that I believe are downright rude and unacceptable in the library: yelling, running, parents ignoring their screaming child who disturbs everyone around them,  leaving materials on the floor, pulling materials off the shelf and letting the rest  fall over,  randomly sticking materials back on shelves where they don’t belong, leaving personal trash (food, wrappers, drink containers etc) everywhere.  There are many times that I look around the library at the end of the day, and it is a total mess.  I can’t understand why people would treat the great privilege of having a free public library so disrespectfully. 

The library does its best to provide a clean, safe, appealing environment.  Library staff work very hard to get materials back on the shelves so they are available.  Unfortunately,  the library is working with a smaller staff and budget than it had before, so we have fewer people to get everything done.  If we have to spend time picking up and cleaning up after people who treat the library as their own personal garbage can with no respect or concern for anyone but themselves, then we have less time to get materials on the shelves.  We have less time to spend with patrons.

So the next time you come to the library, remember that you play a very important part in its well-being.  Show consideration to those around you, by not running or yelling, or leaving materials on the floor or trash everywhere.  The library is a wonderful asset to the community, but we need your help to make it work better for everyone.  Take good care of your library and make sure that your children do too. Let others know that we all share this wonderful place, and if we want it to be a place our communities can be proud of, then we need to pitch in and do our part. 

Pass it on: Love your library?  Then treat it kindly!

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I am  not into antiques , or  collecting in any big way . However a lot of people are .  As I  poked around in our  catalog – I  found  this  list  of
Novels. Also a  list  of  kids books. And of course , the non fiction books on collecting, caring for, price guides, and starting a business are here too.

So if I’m not interested, what brought this up?

The 48th Annual Niles Antique Fair & Flea Market, which is this weekend, of course.

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Summer fun winding down . . .

But don’t fear, the Alameda County Libraries are ready to schedule all your favorite and beloved regular standby programs and some new exciting ones to join.

The Summer Reading Game has provided fun and learning opportunites for thousands of kids, and great rewards along the way for their reading efforts. Now  we will once again reinstate our Preschool Storytimes, Toddler Times and Lapsit and Baby Bounce Programs, Homework Center where kids can come and receive help from any available High School volunteer with their specific homework questions (this differs greatly from tutors). Each branch will schedule fun and educational programs available at differing times at their branches. Check ACLIBRARY.ORG for specific information for your desired age group and activites.

We look forward to serving your needs and enhancing your life!

See you soon…

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It’s almost that time again. Kids are heading back to school and the days are sadly getting shorter. Check out one of these books about school and autumn to get you in the mood for fall!

 The Busy Little Squirrel: JPB Tafuri

 Animals in Fall: JE 578.43 Rustad

 Autumn: an alphabet acrostic: JPB Schnur

  Autumn Leaves: J581.48 Robbins

 Clifford’s First Autumn: JPB Bridwell

 It’s Fall, Dear Dragon: JE Hillert

 Fall: JE 508.2 Smith

 Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf: JPB Ehlert

 Mouse’s First Fall: JPB Thompson

 I’m Telling You, Dex, Kindergarten Rocks!: JPB Davis

 Splat the Cat: JPB Scotton

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If you’re like most teenagers, you spend a lot of time on a cell phone or instant messenger chatting with friends and uploading photos, videos, and music to websites. You may have online friends whom you’ve never met in person, with whom you play games and exchange messages.

Teens’ lives exist in many places such as school hallways, part-time jobs, and friends’ houses. Now many teens also have lives on the Internet. And bullying has followed teens online.

Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens.

Whether you’ve been a victim of cyberbullying, know someone who has been cyberbullied, or have even cyberbullied yourself, there are steps you and your friends can take to stop cyberbullying and stay cyber-safe.

Check out the following resources to learn more about preventing cyberbullying: 

https://www.ncjrs.gov/internetsafety/cyber.html – National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Internet Safety – Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking

http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/bullying/cyberbullying.pdf – Stop Cyberbullying Before It Starts (PDF) provides useful information for parents

http://www.cyberbullying.us/ provides cyberbullying research, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, tips and strategies, news headlines, a blog, and a number of other helpful resources on their comprehensive public service website. 

http://www.stopcyberbullying.org has a fun quiz to rate your online behavior, information about why some people cyberbully, and how to stop yourself from cyberbullying. 

http://www.wiredsafety.com provides information about what to do if you are cyberbullied. 

http://www.stopbullyingnow.com has information about what you can do to stop bullying.

While we take the advantage of today’s advanced technologies, let’s stay SAFE too!

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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Ray Bradbury at Dark Carnival, 1993

Tomorrow (August 22) will be Mr. Ray Bradbury’s 91st birthday. We had the great good fortune to meet Mr. Bradbury at the Dark Carnival Bookstore of the Imagination in Berkeley, California, in 1993 (indeed, the bookstore’s name is taken from Bradbury’s famous short story collection: here’s their websitehttp://www.darkcarnival.com/).  Also, Mr. Bradbury appeared at the late Forrest J Ackerman’s Famous Monsters Convention in Arlington, Virginia in 1993 and Son of Famous Monsters Convention at Universal City, California, in 1995 where we got to see him both times.  Mr. Bradbury and Mr. Ackerman’s friendship (along with special effects legend Ray Harryhausen)  goes way back to the 1930’s, as all three of them shared a love for all things science fiction and what Forry always called “imagi-movies,” a term which encompasses  science fiction, fantasy , and “horror” films.

 Mr. Bradbury has another great love, and that is of the institution called the library. It is well-know that in his younger years Ray Bradbury used the rental typewriters in UCLA’s Lawrence Clark Powell Library’s basement to type his work, including Fahrenheit 451. He also spent many hours in the public library, which is where he says he got his education, “not the college” and in June, 2009 spoke in behalf of the H.P. Wright Library in Ventura, California, which was on the chopping block (and unfortunately closed November 2009.)

 We wish Mr. Bradbury the best birthday ever, thank him for all of the wonderful books he’s written that grace the library’s shelves, and salute him for his support of libraries everywhere.

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What happens when you put a character similar to Pogo in the middle of an adventure Tolkien would have written?  Why you get BONE of course!  Bone is the award winning graphic novel created by Jeff Smith.  The books are full of action, adventure, comic relief and strange characters on a quest.   I picked up the first volume of Bone and finished off all nine volumes before I knew it.  If you’ve never read a graphic novel but like the possibilities in the story, give it a try.  Don’t be embarrassed to have someone catch you reading a “comic”, believe me, if you’ve ever been to a comic book convention you’ll know that plenty of adults read them.  Head to your local branch and check out the first volume and before you know it you’ll be looking for the rest .

By the way, if you’re not familiar with Pogo, think of a cute yet philosophical possum living in Okefenokee Swamp.  This creation of cartoonist Walt Kelly ran as a newspaper comic strip for many years.  Jeff Smith credits Walt Kelly as one of his inspirations.

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Bay Area wanderings

I recently took a day trip to the coast, where we stopped in Half Moon Bay for an afternoon. It’s a beautiful place to see the ocean and the California coastline, although admittedly, the water is never warm. There are many beaches along the coast, as well as a few hiking trails. If you love water sports, there are plenty to be found in the Half Moon Bay area. There are windsurfers galore, parasurfers out taking advantage of the strong gusts, and surfers catching waves as the tide comes in.

If you like microbreweries, Half Moon Bay has it’s own, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (http://www.hmbbrewingco.com/). The restaurant has a very lovely patio out front with heaters and a fire pit for the cooler evenings. Our favorite restaurant, however, now resides in downtown Half Moon Bay, on Main Street. It’s Italia (http://www.itsitaliarestaurant.com/) has long been a favorite restaurant, with delicious pastas and the best pizza I’ve ever had. We have taken quite a few trips out to Half Moon Bay, just to have dinner at this restaurant. If you are looking for a night out, I would highly recommend taking a trip over to the coast. There are many small stores along Main Street, including a book store, art gallery and a couple of local bakeries.

If you are interested in visiting Half Moon Bay or other locations here in Northern California, check out one of our many travel books. Here are just a few suggestions:

Half Moon Bay memories : the coastside’s colorful past / by June Morrall El Granada, Calif. : Moonbeam Press, c1978


Fodor’s 2011 Northern California New York : Fodors Travel Publications, c2011


Weekend adventures in San Francisco & northern California by Carole Terwilliger Meyers Berkeley, Calif. : Carousel Press, c2009


(photos by Mary Ayers)


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