Archive for September, 2012

Library Program on Healthy Eating

Alameda County Nutritionist Mary Collett presents healthy eating information while her assistant prepares snacks at the Healthy Eating for Older Adults program.

Eating is so fundamental! And healthy eating is for everyone. The Alameda County Library’s last program in the current series of older adult programs will answer the following questions:

• What is a healthy eating plan?

• How do my traditional cultural foods fit into a healthy eating plan?

• Do older adults have special nutritional needs?

• What kinds of physical activities would benefit me?

• Should I take supplements?

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 at 1:30 PM at the Fremont Main Library’s Fukaya A Room. 

The presenter will be Mary Collett, MPH, RD; Ms. Collett coordinates Healthy Living Councils in several senior centers and is also part of the Alameda County Nutrition Services team. She is also a registered dietitian.

And for more information about healthy eating, please visit http://guides.aclibrary.org/food


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Welcome, Autumn

Today is the first day of Autumn.  The weather is starting to cool down from the heat of summer here and around the country. Leaves are turning beautiful oranges and reds and making a showy display of color.  It’s a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, and we need a sweater again to keep warm.  It’s starting to get dark earlier, and we spend less time outdoors than indoors.

At the library, we notice a change in the rhythm of our days. The children have gone back to school.  During the summer the library is busy all day. Now, it is quieter until school lets out, then it gets very busy.  Weekends at the library are noticibly busier, too as parents bring in their children to get the books they need for reports, and reading.

And programs, we have programs!  Check out our Event Calendar and you’ll find programs galore for yourself and for your children. Storytimes, yoga, movies, job hunting help, computer help, math tutoring, author events,  and much, much more. Come join the fun!

And when you have a chance to stop, and step away from the busyness of this time of year, take the time to smell the crisp air and appreciate the beauty around you.  And if you can reflect on this poem I found, which I think reflects what is special about this time of year, all the better.

Yellow, mellow, ripened days,
Sheltered in a golden coating;
O’er the dreamy, listless haze,
White and dainty cloudlets floating;
Winking at the blushing trees,
And the sombre, furrowed fallow;
Smiling at the airy ease
Of the southward-flying swallow.
Sweet and smiling are thy ways,
Beauteous, golden, Autumn days!                                                                                                                                      ,
Will Carleton   Autumn Days

Have a wonderful Autumn season, wherever the road takes you!

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytime is beginning for the fall session next week! There are 6 different sessions to choose from, on different days and times. Storytime begins on September 24th and ends on November 9th. These storytimes are designed for children ages 3-5 years old that are not in Kindergarten. There is no registration – just drop in! We read a variety of stories, do fingerplays and action rhymes, listen to music, tell felt board stories and more.


Mondays: 2 pm (9/24-11/5)

Tuesdays: 7 pm (9/25-11/6)

Wednesdays: 12:15 pm (9/26-11/7)

Wednesdays: 4:30 pm (9/26-11/7) –> this session is bilingual, Japanese & English

Thursdays: 4:30 pm (9/27-11/8) –> this session is bilingual, English & Mandarin

Fridays: 11:30 am (9/28-11/9)

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Meet the Author

MeetTheAuthor Sept 29 JL


Local mystery writer Nancy Curteman will discuss her latest travel-oriented crime tale, Murder Down Under.  Ms. Curteman, a former Fremont school principal, will describe why she chose Australia as the background for her novel.  The event will feature an Aussie air, with cookies to nibble on and free recipes for the desserts mentioned in the book.

Ms. Curteman will share inside information about characters and plot.

There will be a free drawing for a signed copy of her novel and copies of her book will be available for purchase and autograph.



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What do genealogy databases and LinkedIn have in common?  Well, nothing that I can think of except that the Fremont Main Library will have two separate classes on these very subjects coming soon.  They are part of the Tri-Tech Computer Skills classes that take place at the Fremont, Newark and Union City Libraries.  Since most of the classes are hands-on, you’ll need to sign up by calling 510-745-1401 or register in person at the Information Desk. 

Here are two classes scheduled at Fremont Main in September and October:

Introducing Genealogy Databases
Fremont Main Library, van Doorn Room
Saturday, September 29, 2012
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
When did your relatives come to the United States?  What was your grandmother’s maiden name?  Join us for a hands-on demonstration of Ancestry and HeritageQuest and learn how to access records from the federal census, voter registration, military and more.

Connect with LinkedIn
Fremont Main Library, van Doorn Room
Saturday, October 6, 2012
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Want to connect with employers and create a professional online presence?  Join us for a hands-on class on how to create an account and learn the basic features of this professional social networking site.

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Right-Brain, Left-Brain

The Right Brain

According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Expressing emotions
  • Music
  • Reading emotions
  • Color
  • Images
  • Intuition
  • Creativity

The Left Brain

The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. The left-brain is often described as being better at:

  • Language
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Numbers
  • Reasoning

Excerpt from About .com psychology

Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test from The art institute of Vancouver

Books on Brain and Brain Psychology @ Library

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Booklegger Orientation Next Week

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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Would you like to invest in our future by providing a better education for our children, and do something good for yourself at the same time?

Registration is now LIVE for the Fremont Run for Education. This run benefits the FEF (Fremont Education Foundation) Guy Emanuele Sports Fund. Last year over $25,000 was shared among every elementary school basketball team, every junior high school athletic program, and high school athletes in need.  Hope you will come and support this worthy cause in 2012 too.

The event will take place at Lake Elizabeth on Sunday, October 14 from 7:30 to 11 in the morning.  Mark your calendars.  After the whole summer’s healthy eatings, let’s add some exercise.

Online registration and more information can be found here.

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At the Fremont Main Library, the “Legal Reference” sign, if it is still there, will be gone soon as legal reference items are now filed in the call number 340 section of the General Reference area.  The Legal Reference section has shifted, and legal material remains available on the shelves and online.

Nolo books are popular legal reference items.  Since 1971, Nolo’s mission has been to help consumers and small businesses find answers to their everyday legal and business questions. The most popular chapters of Nolo books are free online.  Also, a search of the Alameda County Library catalog at www.aclibrary.org will produce Nolo titles.   More legal help is available under the Research tab of the library’s home page.  There the Legal Information guide includes a Legal Assistance section where there is a link to the Superior Court of California, Alameda County Self-help site.  Also under the Research tab is a listing for A-Z Resources, in particular the Legal Information Resource Center under the letter “L”.   Select an item under “Browse by Category” and two or three clicks later you’ll find a complete Nolo book, with each chapter conveniently shown as a search result.

Speaking of things legal, a while back I inherited a ruler, a Nolo promo item, from a colleague and just recently read the writing on it.  Here’s what my Nolo ruler says, tweaked to show titles in the Alameda County Library catalog.

Favorite Rules from NOLO

Be nice to your kids.  They’ll choose your nursing home.

Or read Long-term Care before you disown them!

Improve your memory:  Loan money to a student.

Or give the graduate in your life a hand with Solve your money troubles.

HR doesn’t need to know all the answers, just where to find them.

Employment law is the place to start.

Marriage is about love.  Divorce is about money.

Help a friend get a fair deal with Divorce & Money.

Life isn’t fair.  It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.

-William Goldman, “The Princess Bride”

Plan your estate can help even things out.

Treat others as you would have them treat you.

Dealing with problem employees provides fair ways to cope with office challenges.

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If you like working with children, enjoy reading, and want to make a difference to the community, we have an excellent opportunity for you!

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October through May, more than 50 children are meeting with their teen volunteers at Centerivlle Library to improve reading.  This highly appreciated popular program has helped hundreds of kids in the past 5 years.  It is a very rewarding volunteer opportunity many teens are looking for.  Applications are now open, for details and to apply, please download the application form and turn it in to the library as soon as possible.  Positions are open until filled.

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