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Ayurveda for healing

See a practical demonstration of Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition from India, and learn how medicinal herbs are used for common illnesses.

Understand the body’s three elements and how to balance them with: Ayurvedic Medicine Flier Aug 11 JL

herbs & rejuvenation therapy

healthy diet & lifestyle choices

techniques for emotional control

Soumya Upadhyay is an award-winning Ayurvedic physician trained in India.

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I find lists helpful – they keep me on track and tell me what to do. The library catalog can also help me to remember what to read, reread, or recommend to friends, family, or colleagues.

I’ve been exploring the “My Lists” feature in “My Account.” You will find it as the last link when you open up “My Account” – click the link and you can access any of your lists.  I find this feature very useful when I’m searching the library catalog. I can electronically mark the items I want to remember and then click on “Add Marked to My Lists.”

Since the “My Lists” feature works with the library catalog, you can also use it to request or hold books you’re ready to read. (By the way, this feature only works with items listed in the Alameda County Library catalog.)

So, try this feature. You could make several lists and then edit or delete them whenever you wish. It’s your account.

And if you’re looking for titles to add to “My Lists,” do explore the “Reader’s Corner,” “a place to explore and expand your reading pleasure.” The guide contains reviews, awards, suggestions, and much, much more.

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Art Camp coming soon!

If you have a child between the ages of 10-13, we’re hosting a 4-day art camp! Each class will be different, and we will pass out tickets to the first 40 kids that arrive for the program on the day of each program. Camp is on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning July 24th. Classes run from 3-4 pm, so we will pass out the free tickets at 2:45 pm at the Children’s Desk on each of the four Tuesdays. Classes consist of a short lecture on an art style/form and then the kids will work on an art project styled after the lecture. Each child will get to take home his/her artwork. The age limit will be strictly enforced due to the number of students in each class (limit to 40).

The Details:

Tuesdays, July 24th & 31st, August 7th & 14th. 3-4 pm (tickets passed out at 2:45 pm)

40 students per class, ages 10-13 only (kids must be within the age range at the time of class).

Please email Mary Ayers  (mcayers@aclibrary.org) or call the children’s desk at (510) 745-1421 for more information.

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Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. The term was coined by Frederik van Eeden  who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity. Lucidity usually begins in the midst of a dream when the dreamer realizes that the experience is not occurring in physical reality, but is a dream. Often this realization is triggered by the dreamer noticing some impossible or unlikely occurrence in the dream, such as flying or meeting the deceased. Sometimes people become lucid without noticing any particular clue in the dream; they just suddenly realize they are in a dream. A minority of lucid dreams (according to the research of LaBerge and colleagues, about 10 percent) are the result of returning to REM (dreaming) sleep directly from an awakening with unbroken reflective consciousness.

The basic definition of lucid dreaming requires nothing more than becoming aware that you are dreaming. However, the quality of lucidity can vary greatly. When lucidity is at a high level, you are aware that everything experienced in the dream is occurring in your mind, that there is no real danger, and that you are asleep in bed and will awaken shortly. With low-level lucidity you may be aware to a certain extent that you are dreaming, perhaps enough to fly or alter what you are doing, but not enough to realize that the people are dream representations, or that you can suffer no physical damage, or that you are actually in bed. Excerpt from the Lucidity Institute   

Books on lucid dreams @ Library

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Reading is So Delicious!

Fruit with rainbow underneath paint

About 65 school-aged kids and parents participated in the “Reading is So Delicious” craft program on July 3, 2012 at 2:00 at the Fremont Main Library. Three different crafts were offered up: fruit-shaped decorations with strings where you used a stylus to scratch away the layer of paint on each fruit decoration and reveal rainbow colors  beneath the paint layer on the fruit. Many students used their food stencils to etch out food designs on their fruits (the stencils were also used to draw on the second craft –paper plates– and you ended up with a plate of different foods to color in on each plate as there were different stencils to choose from.) The third craft was a magnet craft where you picked one of several food groups on a shape, colored them in, and then attached your magnet so you could put your craft on the fridge.

 A delicious time was had by all!

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I recently learned a couple friends of mine have started raising chickens in their backyards, and the number of people doing this seems to be growing larger and larger.  Is it a new trend lately to have chickens as pets, or is it just the joy of retrieving fresh eggs every morning, or is it because we need somebody other than mom/dad or an alarm clock to wake us up?

Fremont Library is happily going to host a program “Backyard Chicken Basics”, tonight, 7/9 at 7 pm.  Please come join us for a quick start guide to raising your chickens, and yes, in your own backyard.

This program is presented by Poultry Project members, Bayside 4-H Club, and East Hills 4-H Club.

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If you’re a fan of police procedurals on TV such as the CSI franchises, there’s one that provides a refreshing change of pace.  Here criminals are apprehended and mysteries solved when the lead character uses his skills of deduction, detection and innovation, solid police work without the help of  the high-tech tools  his counterparts enjoy today, at least on TV.

Murdoch Mysteries” is a Canadian TV series that features characters created by novelist Maureen Jennings.  Set in the 1890s, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto Constabulary applies his scientific knowledge and improvises with available materials to devise gadgets to further crime solving.  Murdoch makes collecting “finger marks” and trace evidence, not commonly done then, routine procedures at his crime scenes.  He sets up a “scrutiny camera” to capture nefarious deeds as they happen, prompting his loyal assistant, eager learner Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), to observe that he would “hate to be a copper of the future, just drinking tea and exuding intestinal vapors.”

Also assisting Murdoch as he untangles his cases is Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy), a female pathologist with progressive ideas of her own.  She and the detective obviously (for the viewer) share feelings for one another,  and their future as a couple is an unresolved subplot in the series so far.  Murdoch’s supervisor, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), often is impatient with Murdoch’s explanations of some contraption or method of analysis Murdoch is using, but Brackenreid supports Murdoch’s unusual ways and is proud of Murdoch’s successful sleuthing.

The plots suggest events and developments that we know came later in history.  Story lines also show real-life personalities of the period in fictitious situations.  In early episodes, Arthur Conan Doyle visits to observe Murdoch at work, H.G. Wells headlines a conference on eugenics, and Murdoch marvels at Nikola Tesla’s experiments.  Harry Houdini becomes a suspect in one episode.  When he exiles himself to the remote Klondike region, Murdoch befriends a young Jack London.

The Murdoch Mysteries series is not shown in the U.S.  I became acquainted with Detective Murdoch in a serendipitous moment, while browsing through the library’s DVD collection, and started following the exploits of this fascinating character, awaiting my turn on the holds list for the later DVDs.  I enjoy seeing how each episode captures the social attitudes of the time and provides reminders of how things have changed, how much of what we take for granted today in all aspects of daily living was unthinkable or totally unacceptable in the 1890s.  See for yourself; the library has all four seasons of Murdoch Mysteries in DVD format.  I can’t wait for the Season 5 DVD to become available.

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