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Archive for December, 2011

Where to buy a book

It  was  hard to  watch  our  book  stores close in Fremont. I love  to  give  books  as gifts , and  I  really  love  to stumbled upon  books that I  didn’t  even  know were out  there .  But  where to go for books?   This  Saturday  December  17th  from about  11-  4 pm ,  I  suggest  the Fremont  Main  Library  Lobby.   In  the lobby  you  will find  all kinds of  gently  used  books  that  have  been  donated to  library .   As  a  bonus , the money  you  use to  buy  a  gift, will be  a gift t o  library  as  well.  All  the  money from  the book sale is  used to  put  on  various  programs  at  the  library.

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Make a snowflake

 

How to make a snowflake:  
 

Step 1: draw a circle on your piece of paper. (Using the compass here is super easy, but you could print a circle off of the computer, or trace around a plate or another circular object).

 

 

Step 2: Fold your circle in half.

 

 

Step 3: Fold the circle in half again (you should have a quarter of a circle now).

 

 

Step 4: Fold the circle in half one more time. You should be left with a folded triangular shape (looks like a piece of pie).

 

 

Step 5: Draw some patterns on your snowflake. Start with simple geometric shapes. Maybe half a heart, some half circles, and a few triangles? After you practice, you can make more intricate shapes.

Important to remember: you do not want to cut all of the folded side of your snowflake. You may cut some shapes out of the folded side, but leave at least a few small spaces uncut. This will keep your snowflake together.

 

 

Step 6: Cut out the shapes you drew. Take your time and make them look as nice as you possibly can. The cleaner the cuts, the nicer your snowflake will look.

 

 

Step 7: Carefully unfold your snowflake. You’re all finished! Now you can add glitter, or paint or whatever else you like to decorate your snowflake.

 

 Just a few notes if you are curious about how to tell which part of the snowflake you are working on. If you cut a shape out of the tip of the folded paper, you will end up with a hole in the center of your snowflake. If you want the center of your snowflake to be solid, leave the tip of the folded paper uncut.

The top curved edge of the folded paper will be the outside edge of your snowflake. You can play around with designs to see what you like.

Any designs you cut on either long side of the folded paper will end up being the designs on the quadrants of the finished snowflake.

There are plenty of otehr designs for snowflakes available on the internet. Do a search for snowflake patterns or snowflake templates and you should find quite a few. Enjoy!

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Considering Meditation

Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
-Lao Tzu

Meditation is a glorious link to connect and harmonize the two ends of life – material and spiritual.
-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer.
-Muhammad

My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword.
-Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe

Within you is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
-Herman Hess

I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
-Einstein

To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer the universe.
-Eckhart Tolle

Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments.
-Nietzsche

Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come
back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there
is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we
know what to do and what not to do to help.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

I have discovered that all of mans unhappiness derives from
only one source, not being able to sit quietly in a room.
-Blaise Pascal

Titles on Meditation @ ACLibrary

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Adventures in Jazz

Students keeping rhythm in Adventures in Jazz

On Saturday, December 10, from 2-3 pm,  Adventures in Jazz  performed at the Fremont Main Library. This talented group of musicians (consisting of a keyboardist, a trumpet player, a bassist and drummer) each gave an introduction to their instruments (including its place in a jazz setting), discussed basic musical elements (composing, conducting, tempo and rhythm) played separately, played as a group, and encouraged audience participation. Geared towards elementary school and middle school students, the adults in the audience had a great time as well. For more information about the group, please visit www.DaveRochaJazz.com.

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Well, I think we do come to this age of Computer.  Yes, there are so many things we can do on the computers; sometimes even more than what we can think of.  But – ever had days like these?? 

Don't you just hate the Technical Support lines??

Run for your life and your COMPUTER!

C'mon, go get a life!

Lol... poor kitty

You think you can control it? No way!

This is exactly how it looks under my desk !!

What a handy set up 🙂

I hope this hasn't happened to you yet .....

Been there, done that?  Yes, No, Maybe so??  I do hope these are not quite true for you.  Try to wean yourself from your computer for a while and come visit your library.  You’ll find treasures here.  🙂

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Scrabble Game Board

The Fremont Main Library hosts a monthly Scrabble Game Night on the second Monday of the month. Our next game night is this coming Monday, December 12 starting at 7 p.m.

As an added bonus, playing Scrabble will help keep your brain fit. Your brain craves three things: variety, challenging activities, and novelty, according brain experts such Alvaro Fernandez. Playing Scrabble with other people is fun and can also be challenging, especially if your opponents are better players than you. Each game is a new experience – maybe you can use all your letters and score an extra 50 points!

Our enthusiastic and supportive regulars never miss a night and they welcome new players. Conversation is part of the evening – we talk about new words and sometimes new ideas as we play.

And a personal note: If you’re traveling by train, you might meet someone who wants a Scrabble Game, as I did, traveling to Albuquerque. Our one-hour plus game involved my sister, her friend, me and our traveling companion, who had her pocket-size Scrabble Game at ready. She swore by Scrabble, saying that it kept her mind fit.

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On a recent trip to San Francisco I took advantage of the Free Passes to Bay Area Museums available at the Alameda County Library.  I was planning on going to the city in the evening for a concert, but then thought “Hey, why not make a whole day of it!” I’ve encouraged library patrons to use the museum passes. So, in planning my city activities for the day I decided it would be a great time to try out the Discover & Go museum tickets myself. I went on to the Alameda County Library website (aclibrary.org) to see which museums I could get tickets for on this particular day. It turns out that the Cartoon Art Museum (one of my favorite museums in the city) was available. So I clicked on my museum of choice and printed out my single page ticket. Then off to the city I went! It was really that easy.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street and is just around the corner from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Yerba Buena Gardens. It is also not too far from Union Square and Powell St., where you can hop on one of the famous San Francisco Cable Cars. If you are in the area I suggest you check out the Cartoon Art Museum. This museum is definitely a little gem if you are a fan of editorial cartoons, newspaper comics, comic books, and graphic novels or anime. Take a look at their website and facebook pages to get an idea of what to expect. Current exhibits include: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 70 years of Archie comics, Last Stop: Troubletown, and a very poignant look at how cartoonists remembered the events of September 11th on the tenth anniversary. There are many other comics to view as well, including some from the early 1900s. So if you are interested in the history and evolution of cartoon art be sure to check this museum out.

If you would like to get tickets to the Cartoon Art Museum or any other Bay Area Museum participating in our Discover and Go program go to aclibrary.org. Use the pull down tab labeled Services and click on Museum Passes. Next, click on the Discover & Go ticket icon on the left. Then you will need to log in with your last name and library card number. From there you can browse museum ticket availability by venue or date. There are so many wonderful choices!

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