Archive for October, 2011

You’ve  heard about a  book and it sounds interesting , but you  still aren’t  sure – you  just  want  a little  more information . Have  you  looked for a  book  trailer?  Book  trailer  are like commercials  for  books.  Sometimes  they  are made  by the author of  the book, but many  times  they are made by fans

here is  an excellent  trailer  for  the  book Graceling :

Or maybe you are waiting for Alexander McQueen : savage beauty and just want a little hint of what is inside:

The easiest way to find a book trailer is to go to you tube and put in an author’s name or a book title , but there are also site on the internet , such as book trailers for all that has lots of book trailers for kid and teen books . Have fun looking for book trailers and maybe even make your own.


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Traveling Librarian Part 2

At the beginning of this month, I traveled to Seattle, WA with my fiance. I had not been to Seattle in many years (think almost 20 years) and was interested in heading back for a much overdue visit. There were a few things that made the list of must see places before we left the Bay Area.


*See a baseball game at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners) (http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sea)


*Visit the Museum of Flight (http://www.museumofflight.org/)


*Go up to the top of the Space Needle and take photographs (http://www.spaceneedle.com/)




*Go to the Pacific Science Center (once I heard they had a butterfly house, I was sold) (http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/)

*Stop in to visit Pike’s Place Market (http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/)

*Have lots of coffee and cupcakes (which of course, was not actually on the list, but I had to throw that in there because if you visit Seattle, you must try some coffee)

I am happy to report we managed to do all of these things, plus a visit to Discovery Park, many wonderful meals, and even a little window shopping downtown. The weather was typical of Seattle, raining three of five days and sunny the next two. Puget Sound was absolutely beautiful during this time of year, surrounded in the distance by snow-capped mountains and the Seattle skyline.

If you are thinking of traveling to Seattle, I would recommend not renting a car. Traffic in the city seemed to be much like traffic in the Bay Area, and the public transportation in Seattle served us just fine. Plan for a few extras dollars for food as well. There are quite a few upscale restaurants in Seattle, and even the relatively inexpensive restaurants/diners are likely to catch you by surprise if you are not prepared, as most of the places we visited charged for each and every drink you ordered. No free refills like most restaurants here in the Bay Area, even if you ordered juice for breakfast or a soda at lunch.

My favorite place we visited was the Pacific Science Museum. I loved the butterfly house (although it was about 90 degrees inside with about 90% humidity). There were so many beautiful butterflies that I was willing to put up with the sweat, just for the chance to marvel and take more photographs. (http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/exhibits/tropical-butterfly-house)

If you asked my fiance, his favorite place we visited in Seattle would be the Museum of Flight. He loves all things air and space related, and we have been to a great many museums on our trips. This museum is quite a distance from downtown, although there is a bus that will take you to the museum from downtown. The museum is divided into two parts – the indoor exhibits about flight and space, and an outdoor “garden” of planes that you can actually walk through and take mini tours. 

If you’re interested in Seattle, check out one of the many books in the library’s coolection:





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Part 2: Other Areas in Washington

If you are you a fan of Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series, you must visit the town of Forks, Washington. “Twilight” tours are given in the area. For more information, check out http://twilight.inforks.com/

Thornewood Castle

Want the feeling of staying abroad without leaving the U.S.?  Try a stay at Thornewood Castle, in Lakewood, Washington.  Not too far from Seattle, parts of the original 16th century Gothic mansion that make up Thornewood were shipped to Washington, ca. 1907.  And it is a TV movie location: Stephen King’s spooky mini-series Rose Red and Ridley Pearson’s prequel (he also wrote Rose Red) The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer were shot there.  An overnight stay comes with breakfast. See more at www.thornewoodcastle.com

If you want to take in a movie, and happen to be in the coastal town of Port Townsend, Washington, stop at the Rose Theatre:  writer/film critic/historian Leonard Maltin says it’s “An absolute gem. I wish it were my neighborhood theater!” Robert Osborne (Turner Classic Movies) says “The Rose Theater has the best popcorn and movies imaginable.” The popcorn was pretty good! (And, of course, you can see non-spooky films here as well .)  www.rosetheatre.com

Star Wars Shop

Also in the state of Washington (Aberdeen), there is the Star Wars Shop.  It is a must stop if you are a Star Wars or Star Trek fan. The shop (which is run by Don Sucher and his sons) has (according to Wikitravel) “over 70,000 collectibles” and is a labor of love by the affable Mr. Sucher and his family. Here’s a link so you can see what it looks like and have a sneak preview should you ever find yourself road-tripping in Washington!  The store is located at 413 E. Wishkah—P.O. Box 1601– Aberdeen, WA 98520, and the phone is (360) 970-7080. Also www.myspace.com/starwarsstore

Here’s a link so you can see the inside of the store:


Happy hunting!  And a Happy Halloween.

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The first annual Bay Area Science Festival is scheduled to be held October 29th – November 6th, 2011.  This series of events is a coalition of museums, universities, colleges, research labs, and companies that are coming together to highlight the Bay Area’s science depth, and to engage children and families in the wonder of science. 

Over 150 science, technology, and engineering organizations from across the Bay Area will present the fun and excitement of science through free hands-on, interactive exhibits, large-scale experiments, demonstrations, family oriented science-themed entertainment such as theater performances or rock concerts at the three Discovery Days events:
· Cal State East Bay – Hayward (Sat 10/29, 11AM – 4PM)
· Infineon Raceway – Sonoma (Sat 11/5, 11AM – 4PM)
· AT&T Park – San Francisco (Sun 11/6, 11AM – 4PM)

This is a good opportunity for you to explore the Science world.  Want to get inspired or find a topic for your next science fair project?  You don’t really want to miss this one.  For the full event schedule, please check here.

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I was wondering what I should write about for today’s blog.  So I checked out “This Day in History” and discovered that the Toastmasters Clubs were started on 10/24/1924.  I was curious.  I’ve heard of the Toastmasters group and knew it had something to do with public speaking, but that was all.  So I decided to check out their website http://www.toastmasters.org/, and found it to be quite informative. Toastmasters was started by a man named Ralph Smedley. In his position as director of education for a YMCA, he saw that many young men needed training in public speaking and presiding over meetings.  The first meeting was in the basement of the YMCA he worked at in Santa Ana, California.  From that humble beginning the club thrived and grew into an organization that has more than 13,000 clubs with some 270,00 members in 116 countries! 

Toastmasters goal is to teach people better communication skills, give them more confidence  and to help them become a leader in their field.  If this sounds like something  you’d be interested in, then head over to their website and check it out for yourself.  There are three local clubs in the Fremont-Newark area that I found. Most clubs are open to everyone and you can go and observe a meeting and find it if this is something for you.

There are also free resources available to the general public. There are many articles in their Toastmaster Magazine archives pertaining to communication and leadership skills that may be quite useful.  Included are links  to “Need help giving a speech?” and “Questions about leadership?” that appear to be quite helpful to someone who needs to make a speech and is nt so sure how to go about it.

Happy birthday, Toastmasters International!

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Scavenger Hunt @ the Library

Can you find this in the Fremont Main library?

Can you figure out why it is where it is?

Those who submit a correct reponse by October 29th have a chance at a small prize!

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Traveling Librarian Part 1

During the spring of this year, I took a short trip up to Portland, OR. I love the atmosphere in Portland, especially the artsy feeling to many areas of the city.

My favorite art store is in Portland: Collage http://www.collagepdx.blogspot.com/. I make sure that I go by the store at least once on each trip to Portland. I am not an artist in the traditional sense, but I scrapbook and I have always loved art supplies. Collage carries so many different things, I always have to remind myself that I have to fit my clothes back in my suitcase too.  

And no visit to Portland would be complete without a trip to Powell’s Books  (http://www.powells.com/). Although again, if yo uare a book lover, make sure you leave some room in your luggage for your purchases. You may be tempted to buy more than you can carry home.   

The Multnomah County Library Central Branch is located in Portland on S.W. 10th Avenue. It is a beautiful brick building and very heavily used. The children’s area is also lovely, with a storytime room, artwork and rows upon rows of books. (http://www.multcolib.org/agcy/cen.html)

Then there would be the cofeehouses and cafes throughout Portland. More than you could ever possibly visit in one trip. Stumptown might be the most well known, but I also enjoyed Caffe Vita. Voodoo Doughnuts (http://voodoodoughnut.com/index.php) is also a well-recognized name in the Portland area, serving donut concoctions such as Captain Cruch covered donughnuts, bacon and maple bars and the namesake doughnut, a voodoo doll shaped donut. Always a fun place to stop in (and they are open late!)

We do own a few books about Portland, OR if you are planning a trip, or just curious to know more about the city:



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Do animals smile?  Find out here:  http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/do-animals-smile-2569143/#photoViewer=1 .  The animals in our lives communicate with us all the time, whether in our sleep or in our waking hours.  Oftentimes we talk to them, silently and out loud, and they answer back.  They share their wisdom, but it is up to us to figure out what they are saying.  And our relationships with our non-human friends can be complicated.  Let the Reverend Nancy Schluntz show you how to understand the animals in your life.  Reverend Nancy , an animal intuitive and interfaith spiritual guide, will be presenting “Animals as Pets, Companions and Family Members” at the Fremont Main Library, 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.  Come, listen and gain insights into the relationship you share with your friends of other species.  Be ready to ask questions and help prepare your special friends for a safe Halloween.   Remember:  1-3 p.m., Saturday, October 29, at the Fremont Main Library.

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Curious about your family tree?  Think your family history includes skeletons in the closet? Oh well, so much for halloween humor.  Well then, join us for a demonstration of two of the library’s genealogy databases Ancesty and HeritageQuest.  Fremont Main Local History Librarian Janet Cronbach will walk you through the details of how to access these databases and search through federal census records, voter registration records, military records and more. 

Topic:  Introducing Genealogy Databases
Date:  Saturday November 5th
Time:  2:00-3:30
Place:  Fremont Main Library van Doorn Room


In addition to the databases you may also want to read more about how to start your genealogy search by checking out a few books from the library:

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       I love the changing seasons and Fall has always been my favorite season of them all. Fall is in the air and on my mind after a recent trip to the Dell’ Osso Family Farm in Lathrop. I spent a fun filled night with friends looking for that perfect pumpkin, getting lost in a corn maze and shooting mini pumpkins with their pumpkin blasters. I love the way Halloween always makes me feel like a kid again! I also love the creativity that abounds this time of year. I look forward to the fantastic costumes, yummy homemade treats, and of course the incredible pumpkin carving. I’m currently searching through library books to find new ideas for Halloween decorations and pumpkin carving. It’ll be hard to top my clown jack o’ lantern pictured above (yep, I carved that!) but I’m sure going to try. The library has quite a good selection of Halloween materials. If you would like to see what we have, take a look below:

Halloween costumes

Halloween decorating

Halloween cooking

 Pumpkin carving

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