Archive for November, 2012

top ten fiction books at Fremont

Which  have  you  read?

Fifty shades of Grey / (James, E. L)
Where we belong / (Giffin, Emily)
Fifty shades darker / (James, E. L)
Gone girl : (Flynn, Gillian)
The tombs / (Cussler, Clive)
Winter of the world / (Follett, Ken)
The innocent / (Baldacci, David)
Fifty shades freed / (James, E. L)
Zoo / (Patterson, James)
The litigators / (Grisham, John)

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Medicare enrollment cardObamacare or The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is now law.

Medicare has been part of the discussion. So, what’s coming up in 2013?

Every year you have a chance to change your Medicare provider; this year’s open enrollment is from October 15 through December 7, 2012.

The Alameda County Library’s current older adult program will give you the Medicare basics. Presented by HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy), this program will provide an overview of the Medicare program including eligibility, costs, benefits, and recent changes.

The  presenter will also explain the various options for supplementing Medicare such as Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigaps), Medicare Advantage Plans and Medi-Cal, and provide information on Medicare’s prescription drug benefit.

When and Where:
This program will be presented at the Fremont Main Library, Wednesday, November 28 at 1:30 PM. If you miss this program or want to hear it again, it will be repeated at the Union City Library on December 5 at 1:30 PM.

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Happy Holidays!

Well, if you’ve celebrated Thanksgiving, the turkey and the stuffing, and probably the pies, are all gone.  You’ve survived Black Friday, and now you just want to relax and have some fun. Well if you are not glued to the TV watching football, it will be a nice weekend to get out and have some fun.  There are lots of things to do:  The Dickens Fair,  the Harvest Festival, the ice rink at Union Square are all great possibilities.  If you want to stay closer to home, you could go to a movie or eat out.  Or you could visit the library.  Many of the Alameda County libraries are having programs for children and families today.  Check out our Eventkeeper at www.aclibrary.org and find out what’ s happening.  You might find something you and your family will enjoy. While you are visiting our website, you might want to find out how to download books, audiobooks and magazines right to your mobile device. And don’t forget when you come in to the library that  we have books, magazines, cds, dvds and more for you to check out and take home to enjoy.

So when you need a break from the busyness of the holidays your library is here for you to enjoy!

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Looking for an exciting series of books to captivate a reluctant reader? This is not a new series, but it’s new to me. I started reading the Ranger’s Apprentice series (by John Flanagan) recently, and have quickly made it through seven of the eleven titles in the series. Most of the titles are under or around 300 pages (some of the later titles are longer).

I think the series would be especially entertaining for boys, but they are definitely fun for girls as well. The series centers around a young orphan, Will and his apprenticeship and subsequent friendship with the Ranger Halt. The early books focus on Will’s training with Halt and the dangers that accompany being a ranger. The books are full of adventure, sometimes mischief, friendships and most especially, action. The books are generally fast-paced reads, but they are wonderfully descriptive of the landscapes and time period, making you feel like you are a part of the story. I found myself drawn to the characters, and I truly enjoyed the battles as well as the friendships as they developed throughout the series. I’m looking forward to the last three books, and at the same time, wishing that the series wasn’t finished. This is series for action lovers, and for those who like stories similar to Robin Hood tales, without any magic thrown in.

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Soul Nurturing

  • While slight attention to the soul can go a long way, it isn’t enough to maintain the active life and give the soul mere morsels. Thomas Moore


  • People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. Plato


  • You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output — how much you produce –not in terms of the quality of your life experiences…To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution. Jean Shinoda Bolen


  • If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. Rabbi Harold Kushner


  • Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you. Julia Cameron 

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Reader’s Digest published online this month an article entitled “America’s 10 Sharpest, Smartest Cities.” The article (by Karen Cicero) praised Fremont for its low amount of smokers (“about half the national average”) and large amount of patent holders, among other things.  Yay, Fremont!

Of the 10 cities listed, two were from California (the other was San Francisco.) The outcome was “based on a formula by leading cognition experts” which included such things as education, diet and exercise habits.  Salt Lake City, Utah was cited for their library circulation rate being “nearly double the national average.”

Read the article here:



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Come and watch FUSD students compete for $1000 and the FUSS (Fremont Unified Student Store) trophy for their school!  You and your families are invited to attend the 1st Annual FUSD’s Got Talent Show.  This show is hosted by FUSS to raise money for homeless FUSD students and their families for the holidays.  All proceeds will be given to homeless FUSD students to help with the holidays.

 Location: Fremont Adult School Multi-Purpose Room, 4700 Calaveras Avenue
Date:  November 17, 2012, Saturday
Time: 12 pm – 5:00 pm
Register Online:  http://www.fuss4schools.org/activities/registration/ 
Ticket: $2 online, or $5 at the door (*Deadline to buy tickets by credit card is November 14)
Purchase Video: $20 online (* No pictures or videotaping will be allowed)

Here are the schools who have registered.  Elementary, junior high and high schools will compete separately.


Forest Park
Mission San Jose
Warm Springs




Mission San Jose High School

To learn more about FUSS, please click here.   

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Alameda County Library Branches recently held game days in celebration of the American Library Association’s International Games Day. I hope you were able to come to one of our Fremont Branches and play with us. One of the highlights at the Centerville branch’s game day was the Angry Birds.

You’d be surprised at how easy it was to make these birds and how much fun this homemade game can be. It’s a fairly inexpensive craft for families to do together and is perfect for the next rainy day, family game night, or a weekend afternoon.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Yarn (yellow, red, green, and black)
  • Craft paper (plain white paper works too. Kids can color in the eyes, noses and beaks.)
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue (I used a glue gun, but be careful because it is very easy to burn yourself!)
  • Small paper cups
  • Black pen and/or crayons (I used a sharpie to color in nostrils and eyes)
  • Scissors
  • Fork (used to make the yarn pom-poms)

You can also use popsicle sticks to help build your tower of cups. Googly eyes add an extra bit of fun to the Angry Bird faces, although I just used plain white paper. For more information and crafting instructions check out makeandtakes.com.

Learn how to create yarn pom-poms with a fork!

I didn’t use a needle to thread the yarn through the fork prongs. I found that it was easy to do that with just my index finger and thumb. I also didn’t bother to trim my pom-poms because I didn’t want to make them too small. It did take a couple practice pom-poms before I was ready to glue on the faces.

In order to make the birds and pigs different sizes I wrapped the yarn around the fork more times to make the pom-poms large and fewer times to make them small. Here is what I did for each:

  • Green pig and Yellow bird – wrap the yarn 60 times
  • Red bird – wrap the yarn 40 times
  • Black bird – wrap the yarn 25 to 30 times.

If you don’t have yarn at home you can use storebought crafting pom-poms instead. They work just as well and would be cheaper than buying the different colored yarn. If you have a slingshot you can try to launch your Angry Birds that way. We chose not to use sling shots at the library to launch our birds so we just tossed them at our tower of cups. I hope you are able to enjoy this Angry Bird craft game as much as we did at the Centerville Library!

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Job Search Workshops

These workshops are scheduled monthly at Fremont Main Library, Newark Library, and Union City Library by the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center.



 Job Search Strategies will teach you about the hidden job market and job search techniques.

Thursday, December 6 – Fremont Main Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Friday, December 7 – Union City Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Thursday, December 13 – Newark Library, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

We are at the end of the series which consists of Winning Resumes, Successful Interviews, and Job Search Strategies. The new series will be starting in January and continue through March in the Tri-City libraries. Stay tuned! Watch our Events Calendar for this series and for other programs.


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Another chance is coming up to just sit back and listen or, if so moved, to dance and swing at the Fremont Main Library.  Gus Wedermeyer’s 3 O’Clock Jump Big Band performs in the Fukaya Room 2-4 p.m. Saturday, November 10.

Recent musical offerings at Fremont Main featured the local Indian band Jhankar Live on Saturday, October 13.  The Fukaya Room was filled to capacity and still a crowd of people waited outside to be admitted.  Audience members could not resist dancing to the upbeat music of the group.

The following Saturday,  students from Fremont’s Anna Poklewski Academy of Music treated the community to an afternoon of classical music.  Again, every available seat in the room was taken.  Piano and voice talents regaled concert goers with selections including those by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Bussoni and Liszt.  The star of the show was award-winning international concert pianist Howard Na, a student of Anna Poklewski.

More music programs are lined up for the coming months at the Fremont Main Library.  All performances are free.  Stay tuned.

Coming to the Fremont Main Library November 10.

Members of the audience dance to the music of Jhankar Live.

Concert pianist Howard Na performs at the Fremont Main Library.

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