Archive for September, 2011


Two MSJHS students made the news at the last School Board meeting.  Sumukh Sridhara and Andrew Han have developed an iPhone app for FUSD.  Called iFUSD, it allows users to more easily access the FUSD website.  This app is free through your Apple apps store.
The article  from the TriCity Voice can be read with these links:
This app will have on-going maintenance and is on the FUSD server to ensure proper messages and information. I feel this is a great tool for anyone having to deal with the ocean of information that is the FUSD website. Truly a great idea and so very easy to navigate. You can call the school with the push of a button, get directions and a map all the schools,  go to I-parent for a quick update of your students grades,  and there are even  links to parent and student resources. Thanks so much from your fans (the overwhelmed parents).
Check it out for yourself you’ll love it.

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Each month we will have a book party right here at the Fremont Library! We will read a story or two, and then do a craft or have a snack related to our books/theme for the day. We want to show you how much fun you can have with books and stories. Crafts and related snacks help children remember the story and remember it fondly.

Our book party will meet in the Storytime Theater in the children’s area of the library. We are meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 5:30 pm. Please be right on time if you are attending, as we have another group in the room right at 6 pm. We hope to see you there as we share a Halloween story and craft!

For more information, contact Mary Ayers at (510) 745-1408 or email at mcayers@aclibrary.org.

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John Stanley has been sharing his love of films with Bay Area folks for years. Whether it was an actor interview in his capacity as entertainment writer for 33 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, as the host of KTVU TV’s Channel 2 program Creature Features  from 1978-1984, or as a lecturer at Elderhostel/Bay Area Classic Learning events, John is always out there, enthusiastically talking about films and the folks who make them.

John Stanley

Luckily, John has preserved some of the material from Creature Features on DVD, and has written film books (notably, his Creature Features Movie Guides) some of which are available to the public on John Stanley’s website.  Those of us who grew up with Creature Features are very grateful that John has made these available!

John’s newest book is The Gang That Shot up Hollywood. Packed with over 750 photos, the book contains cameos of stars John has interviewed over the years while at the San Francisco Chronicle such as James Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, and Jane Russell. Some of John Stanley’s books are also available here in Alameda County Library: check your local library catalog.

 At the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (37417 Niles Blvd. in Fremont, California), John Stanley will be hosting Tom Wyrsch’s documentary, Back to Space-Con on Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm. For more info: http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org/halloween-30-11.htm

For a history of Creature Features (including the first years, from 1971-78, with host Bob Wilkins): www.stanleybooks.net/creaturefeaturestv.html

For John Stanley’s Creature Features DVDs and books: www.stanleybooks.net/cfstore.html

For The Gang That Shot Up Hollywood: www.stanleybooks.net

For information on John Stanley’s work with Elderhostel/Bay Area Classic Learning: http://www.stanleybooks.net/elderhostel.html

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It is once again time for the Happy Fish Fun Run which benefits the Fremont Education Foundation’s Guy Emanuele Sports Fund (GESF). The GESF provides $200 scholarships to high school students in Fremont Unified School District that wish to participate in sport, but can not afford it without financial help.

  • Date: Sunday, 10/09/11
  • Location: Lake Elizabeth/Central Park, Fremont

Participants will receive Refreshments, Awards, T-shirt, & goodie bags as a token as appreciation.

While you are running and walking 5k/10k, your kids can stay at the Kids’ Corral which is a supervised, enclosed area with activities planned for them.  There is also a FREE Family Fitness Expo that includes children and family activities.

Hurry up and sign up for this meaningful event – having fun, getting fit and support our local students all at once.  For more information, please click here.

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Remembering Our Past

 If you were born in the 1920’s, as my parents were,  you vividly remember Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, the day which brought the United States into World War II.  My generation, the Baby Boomers, remembers John Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.  I can still tell you where I was, and what I was doing  when I heard the news. I think it was the first time that tv connected this country with its minute by minute coverage of the aftermath, including the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald live on tv, and the funeral of JFK  in Washington, D. C.  My children who were born in 1979 and 1982,  remember  the horrendous September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  It’s quite shocking to realize  it has already been 10 years, and there are many people who have been born since then, and will view that day as history, not comprehending how it felt to live through those times.

Some people view history as dry, boring facts.   If that describes you, then you are in for a surprise. Online there are many websites you can visit that make history come alive in a way that textbooks cannot . Go to the Library of Congress American Memory Website, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html, and you will find a fascinating treasure trove of American History. The  home page is not  impressive, but once you click on one of the many subjects offered you are in for a treat. Not only articles, but films and photographs will take you right into the events of the past.

Another great place to go is “America’s Attic”, the Smithsonian website, http://www.si.edu/,  and you will find a lot of great pictures, articles, and interactive exhibits.  Want to see Julia Child’s Kitchen?  It’s there for you to view http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibition.cfm?key=38&exkey=59 and learn about.  Through the Smithsonian website you can visit exhibits from all 19 museums.

Interested in Colonial America and it’s history?  The Colonial Williamsburg website, http://www.history.org/history/index.cfm, has pictures, articles, teacher information and even Colonial recipes you can try!  Check this out: http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/food/index.cfm.   Recipes are adapted for 21st century cooking. 

What about the Civil War? Among the many sites on the web,  the Civil War  Home Page  www.civil-war.net/, has pictures, articles, an index to all subjects covered, recommended books and so forth.  Another good website is Civil War, http://www.civilwar.com/, with good links to information about battles, people and life during the civil war.

And of course, if you are old enough, you will remember, or possibly been told, by your parents of life during the Great Depression.  PBS has some wonderful programming about this on their program “The American Experience” and its companion website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/  where you can find links to programs about different aspects of the depression simply by searching Great Depression.

There are a multitude of resources available online and through our library’s website that will help make history come alive.  I’ve just mentioned a couple of them. Go online and search and enjoy learning about where our country came from, and where it’s going.  I wish you a fascinating journey in your online travels!

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Happy Fall

Despite the warm temperatures – Fall arrived today. Today is known as the autumnal equinox. It is one of the times of the year when day light and night-time are almost equal. You can read more about it here.

And fall means it is time for soups , stews, and other things that go in the slow cooker.

Happy fall!

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Find strategies to improve your resume so that employers can find you. Learn how to effectively search for a job and which online source you need to use. Where can you find those hidden jobs and when to use the classifieds effectively?  Find out how library materials and databases can help you with tests and skill building; and with company and industry research. How can support groups help you and where can you find them?

Find the answers by joining us at the Fremont Main Library for the LINK TO JOBS classes.


Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Monday Evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Link up with the Fremont Main Library for FREE job help and training!  These classes will teach you library and online resources you can use to effectively target your job search. You can attend individual classes or all of the sessions. Knowledge of the Internet will be helpful.

  •  October 3:             Career Strategies
  • October 10:            Networking
  • October 17:            Hidden Jobs vs. Advertised Jobs
  • October 24:            Researching Companies and Industries
  • October 31:            Salary Search/Support Groups

To register, please e-mail: grooshan@aclibrary.org or call (510) 745-1440.

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I never skip the comics page

Almost without fail, I read the newspaper in the morning.  I start with the front page and work my way through the different sections, at least skimming the articles beneath the headlines and always saving the comics page for last.  I never skip the comics page because there I find profound truths and observations. 

Uncover profundities in the library by browsing where the call numbers start with 741.5.

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Become a Booklegger!

Enjoy working with kids? Love reading kids’ books? You might like to become a Booklegger. The Bookleggers are volunteers from our community that visit students in grades K-8 in the Fremont Unified School District, presenting book programs.  There will be an orientation at the Fremont Main Library on Tuesday, September 20, 2:00-3:00 pm, in Conference Room A. Training will be at the Fremont Main Library on Tuesdays, September 27-November 15, 9:15-11:45 am, also in Conference Room A. For more information about the training, please visit our Booklegger link:


For more information about the Bookleggers:


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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game  by Michael M. Lewis is another book that has been turned into a movie.  The movie, rated PG-13,  stars Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane and comes out in  theaters beginning September 23rd.  Moneyball follows the Oakland Athletics and General Manager Billy Beane as he builds one of the lowest paid teams in baseball into a success.  His budget constraints and his own personal style have Beane following a new set of rules in order to build a winning team.

You’ll also find other books by Michael M. Lewis at the library including: Liar’s Poker : Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street , The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game , and The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine .  

You can also catch up on your Oakland A’s history by checking out DVDs and books available at the library or just head out to the ballpark.   GO A’s!!

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