Archive for April, 2012

                                                     A bright FUTURE is waiting for you ! !


The Alameda County Library has a lot to offer and we want you to get as much as you want to ensure the best future you can have.

With your free membership and Alameda Library Card you will have access to things like our extensive databases including 1700 periodicals, 4700 magazines, 89 wire services many of which are updated daily so you can get up to date data on current events before the books could even come to our shelves.

 We have an online Literary Criticism site, and an Opposing Viewpoint site that help you understand the pros and cons of some of the most controversial topics out there right now. You can even take practice tests for such careers as Firefighter, Paramedic, Nursing,  Teaching, and so many more.

One of my favorite things is the free Museum passes you can print from the comfort of your home. And if you have some spare time why not learn a new language with our Mango Language sites.

Students ready for college can get a “plan your future  pathway” guide to help select your future career complete with testing that help pinpoint your strengths and interests. Practice  GED,  PSAT, SAT,  ACT and  CHSPE tests online are always available.

We have links to self-help and managed hotlines to help you deal with issues you may be experiencing or may need as a   referral for  a friend, or just to talk with someone about whats currently going on with you.

For our younger visitors, primary and secondary students can log on and communicate with a live tutor on our “Homework Help” website, this is available until 10 pm for those last minute problems you just can’t solve yourself.

If you’re not taking advantage of your Library you are truly missing out on a lot of fun and learning.

Come experience us at any of our great  local locations throughout Alameda County, we’re here and eager to help  you.

Our Webite is listed on your Alameda Library Card and is www.aclibrary.org


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Need to learn a computer application quickly? Need to practice for a critical test? Need to review algebra, English grammar, or another skill? Look no further than your library.

Learning Express, one of the Alameda County Library’s databases, will get you up to speed quickly. Their extensive list of tutorials, exercises, practice tests and library of ebooks has something for everyone.

When Microsoft upgraded Word, I used Learning Express to demystify the ribbon, the office button and the quick access toolbar. And thank goodness, I could answer others’ questions after learning what to do.

To find out what Learning Express can do for you, you could browse the complete list of Learning Centers. The “Popular Software Tutorials” module contains the Microsoft Office tutorials including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and even Access.

Recently Learning Express has added a new module, “Computer & Internet Basics” to its Learning Centers – look for it at the bottom of the list. This module could help older adults with their computer questions while our teens take a break for two months.

Here’s how to reach Learning Express remotely:

  1. Library Home Page: www.aclibrary.org
  2. Choose A-Z Resources from the drop-down list under Resources.
  3. Next, choose “L” databases and then Learning Express Library. You will be asked for your 14 digit library barcode number.




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Are you wondering what you’re missing by not jumping into social media?  Are you curious about all  this online tech and their apps?  Are you asking yourself right now what an app is?  Well, Tri-Tech Computer Skills classes offered at the Fremont, Newark and Union City Libraries will help to answer some of those questions for you.  Every month, the schedule of classes changes at each library and range from basic Microsoft applications to general hands-on information about various social media software.   Since all the classes are hands-on, space is limited and registration is required.  If you miss a class you’ll find it will be offered again at one of the three libraries.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Twitter:  Saturday, April 28th 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Union City Library (call 510-745-1464 x 7 to register)
Skype:  Saturday, April 28th 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Newark Library (call 510-795-2627 x20 to register)
PowerPoint Basics (1): Saturday, May 5th, 12:30-2:00 p.m -Fremont Main Library (call 510-745-1401 to register)
Google Docs: Saturday May 12th, 10:30-12 p.m – Newark Library (call 510-795-2627 x20 to register)
Watching TV & Movies on the Internet:  Saturday May 19th, 12:30-2 p.m. – Union City Library (call 510-745-1464 x 7 to register)
PowerPoint Basics (2): Saturday, May 5th, 12:30-2:00 p.m -Fremont Main Library (call 745-1401 to register)
eBooks & eAudiobooks @ your Library: Saturday May 26th, 10:30-12.m. – Newark Library (call 510-795-2627 x20 to register)

Join us for a class and be in the know about social media.  Before you know it you’ll be Facebooking, after you finish working on your GoogleDocs, while you use your smartphone to Skype!!!

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The recent passing of Dick Clark got me to thinking about the music that has most influenced my life.  Growing up, I heard a lot of 30’s and 40’s music (my parent’s favorites) and some rock (my older sister’s favorites).  I  wasn’t  really too much into music until I got into my twenties.  Then I fell hard for a lot of  the singer-songwriters of the 70’s.

My first big musical crush was Simon and Garfunkel.  I loved their music and could sing (quite out of tune), most of their songs from memory.  The “Sounds of Silence”   and “The Boxer”  were two of my favorites.  I also loved James Taylor “AKA Sweet  Baby James”, adored Carly Simon and Janis Ian, and Carole King, and John Denver. America‘s “Sister Golden Hair” defined my relationship with a man I loved. Lionel Richie and the Commodores “Hello” made me cry. I was sad for weeks after the deaths of Jim Croce and Harry Chapin. You get the drift. There are many others I loved and I could go on and on and on. Unfortunately, or possibly fortunately, there’s not time or room to list them all.

I still love the music from the 1970’s.  It was and still is as, they say, “the soundtrack of my life”.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a lot of different music and really enjoy performers like Adele and Daughtry and Garth Brooks.   I am a faithful “American Idol” viewer. However, it’s the music of my youth that I keep going back to in both happy and sad times. 

And now with the advent of wonderful music services like Pandora, Rhapsody and Spotify, I can customize the music to hear my favorites pretty much anytime or anywhere I want.  They bring me so many memories, and I still love singing with them in my off-key voice. 

Thank you, Dick Clark, for all the wonderful music and musicians you introduced to us.  May you rest in peace.

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Did you know that this week (April 15th – April 21st) is National Volunteer Week. It is a chance for organizations to say thank you to their volunteers in appreciation for all of the hard work volunteers do for our community. We would like to take the time to say thank you to all of our wonderful library volunteers here at the Fremont Library (and all of our Alameda County Libraries) for your tireless efforts to keep the library running smoothly. Thank you to our shelvers, our Bookleggers, our computer help, our Homework Center volunteers and coordinator, our storytime readers and everyone else that I’ve left off of this list. We truly do appreciate each and every one of you and your dedication to the library. Without your assistance, the library and it’s programs would not run as smoothly (or in many cases even be possible).


(click here for a note from the President about the volunteers in America: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/presidential-proclamation-national-volunteer-week-2012)

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Meet Anisa Mahmoud Ulrich

Lifting the ChaderiI’m looking forward to our next Meet the Author event at the Fremont Main Library. 

Anisa Mahmoud Ulrich’s life has many ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ aspects which she shares with an open heart in her memoir, Lifing the Chaderi: My Life as an Afghan Refugee.

I am reading her book now and find it engrossing, empowering and hard to put down. It offers a rare look into the Afghan experience.

Please join me at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday May 12 at 2:30 to meet this amazing, brave woman and learn more about her story. Books will be available for purchase at $15. (Sales tax will be waived.)

Anisa grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1960s and studied to become a nurse in the 70s. In 1978 she returned from a special study program in the United States to find a very different political climate with conflict between a new communist regine and the opposing Mujahidin. As the fighting escalated, Anisa and some of her family became refugees, escaping first to Pakistan and eventually to the United States. It took another 25 years before it was possible for Anisa to return to Afghanistan and reconnect with her homeland.

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Come to experience the joy of Argentine tango, music and dance at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday, May 19, 2012, 2 – 4 pm.  Free tickets will be handed out at 1:30 pm in Fukaya Room A.

Tango in the Square, San Francisco

The Bay Area Argentine Tango Association will present an afternoon of Argentine tango.  The afternoon will start with a ‘mixed tanda’ (set of songs) to demonstrate the workings of tango as a social dance form — all tango dancers are invited to dance.  They will then be teaching a 30 minute class on the basics of connecting with a partner.   No partner is required.  However, wear leather-soled shoes, if possible.

There will be a tango dance party (a milonga) after class, where you can dance and practice your tangoing skills.  It is open and FREE to everyone.

Registration is not required.

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In Russia April 12th is Cosmonautics Day. This holiday celebrates the first manned flight into space. This year marks the 51st anniversary of that space flight. Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet Cosmonaut, became the first man in space by orbiting around the Earth in a Vostok 1 spacecraft. His trip around the Earth lasted a total of 108 minutes. Exactly twenty years later NASA launched the first orbital flight of the space shuttles program. The Columbia went into space on April 12th, 1981 and orbited the Earth 37 times during the trip. Around the world April 12th is known as Yuri’s Night in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned flight  and the collective space exploration milestones reached since. If you would like to learn more about space and space travel you might enjoy a trip to the Chabot Space & Science Center. There is a multimedia exhibit called NASA’s Destination Station at The Tech Museum through this Sunday, April 15th.

If you would like to know more about space travel you can take a look at space.com or take a look at what materials we have at the library here. We also have biographies about Yuri Gagarin here.

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New book on Creativity

You’ve been there: In the middle of a hot shower, the solution to a problem that had been particularly vexing suddenly becomes clear, like a light bulb going off overhead. But what quirk of your subconscious is responsible for that? What happens in our brains during that “ah-ha” moment — that shower-induced epiphany — and how does it differ from the type of creativity involved in writing a poem or inventing a new mathematical equation? Jonah Lehrer  explores those questions in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works…..(Read more)

Books on Creativity @ library

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Joseph Pulitzer

Journalist Joseph Pulitzer was born today, April 10, in 1847. Of course he is best known for establishing a prize in his name (the Pulitzer, first awarded in 1917, for excellence in newspaper journalism—now also online journalism–, musical composition, and literature). But what you may not know was Pulitzer was also a disillusioned Republican who changed his party to Democratic, and also waged war against William Randolph Hearst through circulation of his newspaper, the New York World (Hearst’s paper was the New York Journal, ironically purchased from Pulitzer’s brother Albert). Further irony: Joseph Pulitzer—associated now with excellence in journalism– was accused during his time of yellow journalism.  Joseph Pulitzer died October 29, 1911.

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