Archive for November, 2011

Veteran’s day

Yes, we are closed today.  But  if  you  are  a veteran  you might one to come in and check  out some of  the books  we  have  on benefits for veterans. See you Saturday

A classic poem from World War I in honor of today:

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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Job Forum

The Job Forum sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce meets weekly at the SF Chamber offices to provide free job search coaching, advice, and counsel for San Francisco Bay Area job seekers. Topics Include: Job search planning for effective results, how to find contacts, how to develop clear job objectives, how to focus review of resumes. Arrive by 6:25 pm please. Our next sessions are: Wednesday, Nov 16 Wednesday, Nov 23 Wednesday, Nov 30 Wednesday, Dec 7.

  • Free!!

Click here for more information

When:  Thursday, November 10, 2011 – Saturday, December 10, 2011 ; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Sponsor:  The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Where: 235 Montgomery St. 12th floor, San Francisco, CA


Business Growth Workshop  

Register Now

Join us for an interactive workshop that will teach you how to efficiently and effectively read the paper in 30 minutes.


  • Ability to navigate the paper in just 30 minutes
  • Gain qualified/warm leads
  • Increase your knowledge of the local community you do business in
  • Network and get connected with your business community
  • PROFIT from every issue!

For more info, contact Karrie Langan at 415-288-4964 or klangan@bizjournals.com

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011; 7:30am-9:00am

Where: San Francisco Business Times, 275 Battery Street Ste, San Francisco, CA 94111


Keiretsu Forum presents the Sixth Annual Angel Capital Expo

Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. The Expo is bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. Invitation is extended to accredited investors only. See definition of “accredited investor” at http://www.sec.gov/answers/accred.htm.

  • $295 General Registration; $95 Early Bird Registration

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Nina Quasebarth
(415) 573-0753

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011; 7:30am- 3:00pm

Where: Julia Morgan Ballroom (465 California Street, San Francisco CA 94104)


How to Grow Your Business

Register Now

Learn about extensive resources available to you through the media mix of newspaper, digital and events. We’ll cover strategies, quick tips and actionable items to help you get more out of your business news, networking and lead-generating efforts to bolster the bottom line and start seeing immediate results.

Great for sales teams, team leaders, business owners, and anyone responsible for business development, customer retention, sales and marketing.

For more info, contact Twyla Sulesky at 408-299-1871 or tsulesky@bizjournals.com

When: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 11:30am-1:00pm, 39488 Stevenson Place, Suite 100, Fremont, CA 94539

Cost: Free

Suggested Dress: Business Attire


Work at Home Business Expo

Due to downsizing in the economy, are you searching for new opportunities? Join the “Work at Home” business movement by attending the Work at Home Business Expo. Most of the home business models have low start-up cost and are low risk. Meet more than 100 legitimate home based businesses and find the right one for you. Get to know businesses that have become success stories like Speaking Roses, Bamboopink, Akea Life, Wine Shop at Home and many more. Learn the necessary tools of successfully starting and running a home based business from experienced small business professionals.

  • $10 at door, $8 advance online. Active Military w/ ID and children under 12 free.

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Barbara Ramirez

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 – Monday, April 30, 2012; 10:00am-5:00pm

Where: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

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California Economic Indicators is a bimonthly summary of economic trends and data relating to the State of California.

Developments in California over the most recent months are reviewed in a brief text, and then summarized in current data tables which show changes over the previous year. Much of the data in the report has been seasonally adjusted by the source agency or by the Department of Finance. Reference dates for U.S. business cycles, as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research, are also shown. Finally, a list of sources is provided to assist readers in obtaining any additional information on the statistical series published.

Click on this link for the  July-August, 2011 data.

For additional data and timelines go to:


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On this day in 1969, Sesame Street made its national television debut on Public Broadcasting Service  (PBS). Through the vision of Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett , the brilliance of Jim Henson’s Muppets was showcased on a first of its kind television show for kids. A show that focused on education through entertainment.

Sesame Street had already been on television for over 10 years before I first tuned in. As a child growing up in the 1980’s Sesame Street played an important and influential role in my life. Times were simpler then, as they always are when we look back. We didn’t have cable television with 100’s of channels. There were no computers, no internet. There were no handheld game devices, no cell phones. I spent a lot of my time outside playing and indoors reading. I did however have my own TV, and I was the only kid on the block who did. It was the smallest black and white TV set that I had ever seen. Through that tiny colorless screen I was allowed access to one of the most stimulating shows for children on television. It’s funny to look back now and realize that a show as vibrant and colorful as Sesame Street could captivate a young child watching on a small black and white screen, but it did. The reason being is that Sesame Street was quality programming that tapped into the cognitive and developmental needs of children while being fun at the same time.

Sesame Street was the main attraction for me on PBS . I would watch and listen as I played in my room. I was an only child at that time, but I never felt alone when Sesame Street was on. I felt a connection and a camaraderie with the Muppets and the people who inhabited the Street. They were my teachers, my friends, my family. Sesame Street taught me the basics like numbers, letters, colors, and shapes, but also broadened my horizons and my understanding of the world around me by introducing me to different types of music and interesting cultures. Through make-believe characters and real life-like stories Sesame Street taught me many important  lessons. The most important lesson I took away from Sesame Street during those young years and continue to put into practice today in my adult life is how to be a good person and treat people with respect. Who knew that monsters would be so good at teaching children how to be human! All the while Sesame Street presented information and taught concepts with a creativity, humor, charm and compassion that continues to inspire me today. So in honor of all the wonderful things that Sesame Street has shared with me, here are a couple of my favorite clips with Grover (my favorite character) I’d like to share with you.

Did you know Sesame Street has a Youtube channel. You can watch classic and current clips of the show or search for clips with your favorite characters here. If you want to know more about the characters of Sesame Street take a look at the Wiki page.

If you would like to see what Sesame Street materials the library has to offer, click here. You might be interested in learning more about the history of Sesame Street, if so be sure to check out  Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street.

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Tri-City One Stop (Ohlone) will offer free job workshops at the Fremont, Union City and Newark Libraries. The series will be held once a month at the three locations by Laura Dillon. The series will consist of:

  • Resume Writing
  • Effective Job Search Strategies
  • Orientation/Overview of WIA Program and Accessing Free Career Services through the One-Stop

The first in the series will be on:


Free Workshops

Newark Library, Thursday, December 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Union City Library, Friday, December 2, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Fremont Library, Wednesday, December 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Learn about the hidden job market and job search techniques that will increase your chances of finding a job at Newark Library on Thursday, December 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Union City Library on Friday, December 1, 3:30 – 5 p.m. or at Fremont Library on Wednesday, December 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.  Presented by the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center, Newark, this free workshop is a must for job seekers who want to stay competitive in today’s market.

 Registration is required for the Newark Library workshop.  Sign up at the Information Desk, call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20 or e-mail btelford-ishida@aclibrary.org.  Workshops at Union City and Fremont Libraries are drop-in.

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Fariba Nawa, an award-winning Afghan-American journalist, covers a range of issues and specializes in immigrant and Muslim communities in the United States and abroad. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but has traveled extensively to the Middle East and South Asia. She lived and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007, and witnessed the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. Read more ….

Meet the Author program @ Fremont Library will host Fariba Nawa on two Dates:

Dec. 19, 2011 Program in Farsi Language

March 5, 2012 Program in English Language

Books @ the library on Afghanistan.

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Tom Wyrsch-Filmmaker Extraordinaire

Tom Wyrsch

Remember Creature Features on TV and the Space-Con Conventions in Oakland? Playland-at-the Beach and the Sutro Baths in San Francisco? Sonoma County filmmaker Tom Wyrsch does. In fact, Tom has gone so far as to preserve all of these legendary Bay Area icons with documentaries. A personal friend of both Creature Feature hosts Bob Wilkins and John Stanley, Wyrsch’s first documentary was Watch Horror Films, Keep American Strong:  a Journey into Creature Features. Featuring interviews with Wilkins, Stanley and others associated with Creature Features, this documentary chronicles the show’s run from 1971-1984 at KTVU TV in Oakland and beyond. Back to Space-Con: the Story of the 1970’s Sci-Fi Conventions takes a look at some of the early Star Trek conventions (which were held in Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) and how these fan-based cons renewed Paramount’s interest in the ST franchise.

Wyrsch also did a documentary called Remembering Playland, a fond look at the history of San Francisco’s popular amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach. All of these films played at the Balboa in San Francisco and in theaters around the Bay Area, and all were well received. All three are now available on DVD at November Fire: http://www.garfieldlaneproductions.com/Garfield_Lane.php. Just click on the DVD you are interested in, and it will take you to the November Fire site to order it.

Tom’s latest is not yet out on DVD: debuting November 4, 2011 at the Balboa Theatre is Sutro’s: the Palace at Land’s End. This is an 84-minute documentary covering the history of the Sutro Baths, interviews from people who remembered them, plus hundreds of photographs.

Thanks, Tom, for taking the time to preserve these Bay Area legends.

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Blue Nights by Joan Didion

I’ll make a confession.  I’m not much of a non-fiction reader.   I’d like to blame it on years of schooling and having to read text books, millions of articles and essays and assigned non-fiction books but really I think it’s just because I like to escape into a good piece of fiction.  Luckily for me writers like Joan Didion manage to keep me looking for both their fiction and non-fiction works so I don’t feel like I’m totally missing out.

Joan Didion’s newest book Blue Nights was recently released and if you’re not on the waiting list for this book, add your name and get ready for stellar writing.  Blue Nights is a memoir as well as an elegy to her only child Quintana Roo who passed away just a few years after the sudden death of Joan’s husband, writer John Gregory Dunne.  John’s death and Joan’s reaction and exploration of his death are examined in her book, The Year of Magical Thinking.  Knowing that Joan Didion would eventually need write about the loss of her daughter, I have been waiting to see how she will turn this very personal grief into an insightful and thought provoking work that goes beyond the telling of the loss of a child.  

You can listen  to an  interview with Joan Didion about Blue Nights along with an excerpt from the book on the NPR website .  Below is a quote from Joan as she reads from her book during this interview: 

When I began writing these pages, I believed their subject to be children: the ones we have and the ones we wish we had, the ways in which we depend on our children to depend on us, the ways in which we encourage them to remain children, the ways in which they remain more unknown to us than they do to their most casual acquaintances, the ways in which we remain equally opaque to them, the ways in which our investments in each other remain too freighted ever to see the other clear, the ways in which neither we nor they can bear to contemplate the death or the illness or even the aging of the other.

As the pages progressed, it occurred to me that the actual subject was not children at all, at least not children per se, at least not children qua children. Their actual subject was this refusal even to engage in this contemplation, this failure to confront the certainties of aging, illness, death, this fear.

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Mark your Calendar for this seminar:

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Monday, December 5,  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Mark Jennings, an Executive Staffing Consultant with 20 years experience demystifies the job hunt process and takes a practical, hands-on approach from the eyes of a job seeker.  He explains what you must do NOW if you expect to get hired in this economic climate. In just 120 minutes you will learn:

  •  The 4 key things that must be on everyone’s resume
  • When to implement your 23 second advertisement
  • What the LF is and why it’s the key to getting hired
  • The 7 P’s to a successful job hunt
  • The One word that will separate you from your competition
  • 3  ways to ensure your resume gets in the hands of the decision maker
  • How to get a hiring manager to call and beg you to join their company
  • The 7 second introduction
  • How to discuss the 19 things that are never on a resume
  • A guaranteed phrase that will get you job referrals

 This seminar is free. No registration is required.


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In our daily lives as librarians we often feel that we and our profession are not fully understood. As a librarian, how could I bring the message across but through a book?  How could I also show that we are not stereotypes and that many of us are as unique as the rest of the community? What better way to reveal the profession and to gain insight into the inner workings of the library professional but through anecdotes?

The book by Marilyn Johnson entitled “This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All”, published in 2010, is such a book. You will find the book under the call number 023.2 Johnson – please check the library catalog for availability at http://www.aclibrary.org

Here is a summary:

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us–neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled–can get along without human help. And not just any help–we need librarians, who won’t charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age? This book is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Here are bloggers, radicals and visionaries who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.


The frontier — Information sickness — On the ground — The blog people — Big brother and the holdout company — How to change the world — To the ramparts! — Follow that tattooed librarian — Wizards of odd — Gotham city — What’s worth saving? — The best day

Happy reading! See you in the library!

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