Archive for August, 2012

Join us at this informative seminar for small businesses in Fremont.

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The holidays can be the best time to re-launch your marketing plans to increase sales, bring in new business, and reconnect with current customers. If you’re looking for opportunities to cost-efficiently boost your holiday marketing, this seminar is for you. Topics will include:

• Creating a holiday marketing plan
• Leveraging traditional and new marketing tools to increase holiday sales
• Holiday marketing tips
• Using the holidays to increase the value of yourbrand.

This seminar is FREE to all attendees.  Advance reservations are required.  Refreshments will be served.  Register on-line at  http://acsbdc.org/events2

Sponsored by the Alameda County Library with generous assistance from the City of Fremont, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.


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healthy lunches

If you have been at the library this summer, you know we have been talking about healthy eating. School is starting soon, so it is time to think about school lunches . Maybe mom and dad need some ideas for their own lunches. In the following video there are 5 lunches, but I bet you get some of you own ideas just by watching:

and if you need more ideas try this ebook or maybe this book

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Health –it’s the most important item in everyone’s life. Want to find out more? The City of Fremont’s “Four Seasons of Health Expo – Engaging in Aging” will take place this Wednesday, August 29, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Fremont Senior Center. This event will feature speaker presentations, health screenings and demos of Blissful Yoga, Zumba, and low impact exercise.

The presentations will include information about the changes in health care policies and ways to exercise your brain. Health screenings will give you the opportunity to ask a pharmacist questions, get your blood pressure, blood sugar, bones, or teeth checked.

The Senior Center is serving both a breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Yum!

The Fremont Library will have a table too. Come and see us and find out how we can help you connect with more information and services you need to lead a healthy and active life.

For more information, please see the City of Fremont’s website.

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If you’ve been to any of the Alameda County Libraries, you’ll know that many of our summer programs have centered on food.   Even though we may be winding down our summer healthy eating programs and our “Reading is so Delicious” summer reading games at the libraries, you’ll be able to continue your own healthy eating habits as well as help others who may not have access to healthy foods.

 You can continue on your own healthy eating habits by checking out a few of the many cookbooks (either electronic or print) and you can help others by dropping healthy non-perishable food into the Fremont Main Library’s two food barrels located near our check-out and returns desks.  The barrels are from the Alameda County Food Bank and they will be there all year round so any time you step into the library you’ll have an opportunity to contribute.  For more information go to the Alameda County Food Bank website and see how your donations make a difference.  There’s even a link to shop and contribute virtually. I guess giving can also be so delicious!

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Red China?

Have you ever seen a read beach before?  Click on the link below for a real stunning view!

Timing could not have been better.  If you travel to China this fall, you will sure be dazzled by the Red Beach in Panjin.  Panjin is located in Liaoning Province, China.

Panjin is a city in Liaoning Province in China


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The Bookleggers

Enjoy working with kids? Love reading kids’ books? You might like to become a Booklegger. The Bookleggers are volunteers from our community that visit students in grades K-8 in the Fremont Unified School District, presenting book programs.  There will be an orientation at the Fremont Main Library on Tuesday, September 18, 2:00-3:00 pm, in Conference Room A. Training will be at the Fremont Main Library on Tuesdays, September 25-November 13, 9:15-11:45 am, also in Conference Room A. For more information about the training, please visit our Booklegger link:  http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/1159/259356/VolsWanted2012Sept_Nov.pdf

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Greg Heffley is coming back to you in different ways now.

The third movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, landed in theaters on August 3.  The movie picks up the story where 2011’s Rodrick Rules left off and incorporates plot elements from the third and fourth titles (The Last Straw and Dog Days) in the book series.  In preparation for the theatrical release of Dog Days , Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has launched a national retail campaign, carrying a full range of Wimpy Kid products – bookmarks, book lights, and a prank kit (moldy cheese and flies in ice ~~ Yuck!!) in one of the nation-wide chain stores.   This makes it seem like Greg is everywhere around you.

The newest and seventh book, The Third Wheel, is scheduled to be published on November 13, with a first printing of more than 6.5 million copies.  It will be published nearly simultaneously in seven countries in Europe, Australia, and Asia.  If you would like to know whether Greg gets a date for the Valentine’s Day dance, you won’t want to miss this book.

The Wimpy Kid series has sold more than 75 million copies worldwide and is available in more than 41 countries so far. The two previous films based on the books have grossed nearly $150 million globally.  This is how popular Greg has become.

So now you know why you often couldn’t find him in the library.  If you want to meet him, hurry up and reserve your copy here.  Be aware that the waiting list is getting longer and longer now.  After you reserve it, just be patient and wait for your old friend to come back and meet with you.

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Are you looking for something fun for the family to do as we come to the end of the summer?  There are lots of fun family friendly activities in the Bay Area including many that are free! Check out some ideas below:

Discover & GoIf you haven’t tried it already this is a great time to see what museums are available through the Alameda County Library’s Discover & Go Museum Pass Program. All you need to do is be at least 15 years old and have a Library Card and you can request free (or discounted) museum passes. There are so many options it might be hard to make a decision. You can have up to 2 requests at a time. Take a look and you might discover something new!

If your museum of choice isn’t available through our Discover & Go program you can see a list of San Francisco Bay Area museums that offer free days here . There are many fantastic museums that offer a free day each month. These free days are generally at the beginning of the month, so your opportunity for August may have passed, but keep it in mind for the rest of the year. The museums are often very busy on those days, but well worth it!

If you like to fly kites and are interested in learning about how kites stay in the air, you should check out the Wind Fair. It’s happening this weekend on Sunday, August 12th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a free program all about air and motion. It will be held outside the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

If you are an animal lover like me you might enjoy the Lake Merritt Squirrel Walk. This is a free educational program that takes you on a guided walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland while teaching you all about the local squirrels. Meet up at the entrance to Fairyland in Oakland tomorrow, August 11th at 12:00 pm.

Something that might be fun for grownups who are interested in architecture is the Art Deco walking tour in San Francisco. The next tour will be on Sunday, August 12th at 11:00 am. If you are interested in learning about Art Deco style buildings in the Marina District of  San Francisco check out the details here.

One final suggestion for summer fun for free is to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. If you can find a place free of city lights you might get a chance to check out the meteor shower and all its incredible beauty this weekend. You can see the meteors after 10:00 or 11:00 pm. For more information from NASA take a look here.

These are just a few fun ideas for you and your family to take part in as the summer wraps up. I hope you have had a wonderful summer so far and get a last chance for some family fun time before the kids head back to school.

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Beginner Meditation

Meditation is a simple technique which has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind. It allows one to see through the mind’s conditioning and thereby to live more fully present in the moment. Excerpt from Spirit Rock Meditation Center website.

Books & AV on Meditation @ Library

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Are you a  long term global investor? Then the global economic update by the IMF should be of concern. Take a look at the statistics:  World Economic Update

If you are trying to keep up with the daily news on the world economy, there is no better way then to visit  the Fremont Main Library where we house the Financial Times at the Periodicals Desk on the 2nd Floor.

See you soon.

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