Archive for May, 2012

Ah, summer!  Time to rest, relax and recharge! There’s only one thing.  The kids are out of school! How to fill in those long summer days?  Take them to your library, where both you and your kids can play the Summer Reading Game, and see some wonderful family entertainment all free of charge to  you.  Sound like a great deal? Well it is.  All our libraries will be looking to keep you busy this summer. 

Our Summer Reading Game this year is entitled “Reading is So Delicious!.  You can start signing up and playing beginning June 11.  We will have games for preschoolers right through adults this year.  The games will last until August 11, so you will have plenty of time to have fun reading and playing.

In addition, all libraries will be having wonderful programs.  At Niles and Irvington, we have a wonderful line-up of programs and performers planned for you.  We will will have educational programs about growing your own food, and easy make a snack ideas for kids (don’t tell the kids, though, they’ll be having so much fun they won’t notice).  We are having a clown, puppets, music and magic too!  Even Science Magic.  So log on to aclibrary.org, click on events and go to either Niles or Irvingon events.  Then come check out our wonderful entertainment.  You’ll be glad  you did.  See you this summer!


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Find us on Facebook!

The Fremont Main library now has a facebook page.   Like our page so you can get current information on events @your library.  As  you  know,  we  have a calender on  the library webpage, but some things  happen at the last  minute.  For  example, our  lobby book sales that  happen once a month.   We  usually  have  just  a few days  notice before we  have them (the lobby  book sale  is run  by volunteers ) .  

So  Join us  on Facebook , see pictures  of  what is going on, and last-minute changes to  our  calender.

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Many of you have been asking about the Kid Power orientation meeting. We have a date (and fliers up in the library). Fremont’s potential summer volunteers must attend this orientation meeting in order to volunteer. The date is Friday, June 8th at 4 pm. Please note that potential volunteers must be available to work a minimum of six hours during the summer. Our shifts are usually two hours and volunteers usually work once every two weeks (although it depends on scheduling). If you will be gone for an extended vacation during the summer, please do not sign up as you will be taking another person’s spot. Students interested in volunteering must be entering the 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. No exceptions will be made.

The meeting should last roughly one hour. Remember, a parent should be present in the library after the orientation meeting to sign the emergency contact form and permission slip for their child. Only the volunteers will be allowed in the orientation meeting. Students will be allowed to sign up for their first shift at the orientation meeting and will receive copies of the game board and rules (which they are expected to learn prior to the start of their first shift).

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Our new music program for 3 to 5 years old “Hummin’ & Strummin’ With Greg” has been successfully ended its first session.  For the past 5 weeks, Greg, a previous preschool teacher, came every Tuesday with his guitar and sang with our young members and their parents and caregivers.  Greg  has an amazing power to immerse his audience in a 30-minute fun and musical program.

Here are some shots from the program:

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If you haven’t heard yet, we have a really fun Manga program for kids ages 10-12!  Manga are Japanese comic books that are characterized by very distinctive and highly stylized illustrations.  If you enjoy comic books and graphic novels and are interested in improving your drawing skills, come join us!  Karen Luk, a professional illustrator and comic artist, will be teaching you the secrets of drawing Manga faces, expressions and characters.  Karen’s work was on display just a few short months ago at the Cartoon Art Museum.  I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of her art and I’m definitely looking forward to this program at my library branch.  Here are the upcoming dates and locations.

Niles Library – Tuesday, May 15th @ 3:15 p.m.

San Lorenzo Library – Wednesday, May 16th @ 3:30 p.m.

Centerville Library – Thursday, May 17th @ 3:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library – Tuesday, May 22nd @ 4 p.m.

Irvington Library – Wednesday, May 23rd @ 3:15 p.m.

Call your library branch for registration information.

Check out Karen Luk in action below:


If you are unable to come to one of our manga programs you might want to take a look at the manga drawing books the library has here.

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New Economics Foundation’s (nef) Happy Planet Index is an innovative measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is created around the world.

It is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives. The second compilation of the global HPI, published in July 2009, shows that we are still far from achieving sustainable well-being and puts forward a vision of what we need to do to get there read more

Books on Environmental protection , Sustainable living Happiness,  Human ecology — Philosophy @ Library

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Today, May 8, was the date self-taught golfer Francis Ouimet was born in Brookline, Massachusetts back in 1893 (he passed away in 1967). Frequently referred to as the “father of amateur golf,” Ouimet overcame great obstacles (not coming from a wealthy family, and a father who wanted him to give up golf and do “something useful”) to play the game he loved, going on to win the U.S. Open in 1913. You can read his story in The Greatest Game Ever Played, by Mark Frost (796.35209 Frost), or watch it in the film of the same name (Mark Frost wrote the screenplay), one of the best sports films this writer has ever seen. If you visit Brookline, Massachusetts, you will see a statue of Francis Ouimet and his caddy, Eddie Lowery.

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I’m avoiding eating meat these days because of what’s been in the news:

  • The recent discovery of mad cow disease in Tulare County, California
  • Pink slime
  • Meat glue

Need I say more?  Actually, I turned to the Library’s A-Z Resources for more information on these three concerns.  Choosing Power Search, I found out among other things:

On the mad cow disease found in Central California:  The case was “atyptical”, not classic bovine spongiform encephalopathy, meaning the cow contracted the disease spontaneously rather than through the feed supply.  The risk of transmission generally comes when the brain or spinal tissue of an animal with BSE is consumed by humans or another animal.  Meat from the sick cow never entered the food chain so there is no danger here of anyone contracting a human degenerative brain disease known as variant Creutzfield-Jakob.

On pink slime:  What a former U.S. government scientist called “pink slime” is “lean finely textured beef” in the meat industry.  Pink slime is fatty trimmings used as a filler for ground beef.  The fatty trimmings are more susceptible to contamination than other cuts of beef and are sprayed with ammonium hydroxide–ammonia mixed with water–to remove pathogens such as salmonella and E.coli.  Even though U.S. public officials deem it safe to eat, fast-food chains and supermarkets have rejected the product, and hundreds of U.S. school districts have demanded its removal from school lunch programs.

On meat glue:  We eat glued meat when we sink our teeth into chicken nuggets, hotdogs and sausages.  The “glue” used is either meat juices or a natural enzyme that links meat proteins, transglutaminase (beware of polysyllables!). When the meat is cooked, the enzyme or juices are cooked, too. Once they’re cooked, they are just more protein to digest.  If the enzyme is used in the product, the meat must be labeled as “formed” or “reformed with water and TG enzyme”.  The use of meat glue creates “steaks” or chicken-breast tenders or ham slices that have uniform shape and sizes.  The process also puts to good use small pieces of perfectly edible meat trimmed from larger pieces.  Lady Gaga’s meat dress likely was shaped and held together using transglutaminase.

Pink slime and meat glue may not pose health risks but for me they bring out “yuck” and “eeww” issues.  My real fear is unknowingly consuming meat from a diseased animal and then, as a result, I find myself suffering from hastened dementia, blind and with no coordination.  To be safe, I’m staying away from steaks and hamburgers.  I don’t know for how long, but I’ll sure try.

To find the library’s databases, start at the Alameda County Library home page www.aclibrary.org, hover your cursor over the Research tab and select A-Z Resources.  Make sure to check “full text” when results are returned in any search you do.  In the meantime, here are video clips on pink slime and meat glue.


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Our Art IS Education project is finally completed and on display for our patrons to enjoy!  Stop by to look at all the amazing artwork our creative children made!

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