Archive for December, 2012

There will be ongoing job classes presented by the Tri-City One-Stop in Fremont, Newark and Union City ( 3 classes) from January to March. Also upcoming will be the LINK TO JOBS classes (5 classes) in Fremont every Monday evening during the month of April.

Schedules are shown below:

Tri-City One Stop Classes:
Presented by the Tri-Cities One Stop Career Center, Newark

Fremont Main Library – 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont (510-745-1440)
Newark Library – 6300 Civic Terrace, Newark (510-795-2627 x20)
Union City Library – 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City (510-745-1464 x7)

JAN— Winning Resumes
Friday, Jan. 11, @ the Union City Library 3:30 – 5 p.m.
*Thursday, Jan. 17, @ the Newark Library 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, @ the Fremont Main Library 3:30 – 5 p.m.

FEB—Successful Interviews – Learn interview techniques and practice your interviewing skills
to increase your odds of getting an offer
Friday, Feb. 8, @ the Union City Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, @ the Fremont Main Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
*Thursday, Feb. 21, @ the Newark Library, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

MAR—Job search Strategies – Learn about the hidden job market & job search techniques
Friday, March 8, @ the Union City Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, @ the Fremont Main Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
*Thursday, March 21, @ the Newark Library, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

*Registration is required for Newark Library only.
Sign up at the Information Desk, call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20

LINK TO JOBS Classes in Fremont only.

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room
Monday Evenings, April 1-29, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Link up with the Fremont Main Library for FREE job help and training! These classes will teach you library and online resources you can use to effectively target your job search. You can attend individual classes or all of the sessions. Knowledge of the Internet will be helpful.

April 1: Career Strategies
April 8: Networking
April 15: Hidden Jobs vs. Advertised Jobs
April 22: Researching Companies and Industries
April 29: Salary Search/Support Groups

To register, please e-mail: grooshan@aclibrary.org or call (510) 745-1440.


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clip-art-little-polar-bear-022578Looking for something fun to do with your kids this winter break? Stop by the Fremont Library next Wednesday (January 2nd) at 2 pm to do a craft project. We are making cute polar bear wall hangings. All supplies will be provided by the library. You will need to pick up your free tickets at the Children’s Desk beginning at 1:45 pm the day of the program. We are meeting in Fukaya B in the children’s area of the library.

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Color: What does it Mean?

Picture of poisettiaColor – it’s magical! And, in December we wear our reds and greens. For us it symbolizes the holidays – Santa Clauses, Christmas trees, and red candles.

However, if we have the opportunity to visit other places and other worlds, we’ll find different meanings and different celebrations. For example, according to Jennifer Kyrnin (of About.com), in China, red symbolizes “good luck, celebration, summoning” while in the West, red also symbolizes “excitement, danger, love, passion, stop, Valentine’s Day.”

Green is also a special color. In the West, it connotes “spring, new birth, go, money, Saint Patrick’s Day, Christmas (with red) and in contrast, in the East, “Eternity, family, health, prosperity, and peace.”

You can pursue the study of color through our library. Color is an essential element in art, painting, or web design. You could try John Gage’s “Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism,” or “Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction,” available through our Link + service.
Or, in the Alameda County Library, “Pantone guide to communicating with color” by Leatrice Eiseman.

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Well, it’s almost the end of the year, but  your library isn’t slowing down yet!  Today at Fremont Main  there are three sessions of cookie making with Loren for the 5-8 year olds.  Each child will get to decorate one cookie to take home for themselves and one cookie to donate for a person in need.  Registration is required at the Children’s Information Desk (510-745-1421).  At 1:30 p.m., there will be Music Together for children 0-5 years old and their parents, then at 2 p.m., a Science for Youth Lecture for kids in the 4th through 6th grades is planned.

Next Wednesday at  2 p.m.  we’ll keep the kids entertained with Santa Paws 2 at 2 p.m. and Baby Bounce for Walking babies under 2 years old at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday will feature Lapsit for prewalkers at 2 p.m. and Origami for 8-10 year olds at 4 p.m. (free tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the program).  Last, but not least, on Saturday, December 29 we will have Family Crafts from 10:30 to Noon.

So if it’s cold or rainy outside, think about the library and all the fun you can have here!  And don’t forget, we have books, magazines, cd’s , dvds,  and books on cds to keep you entertained at home!

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Amaze and impress your family and friends with your ability to speak multiple languages.  It’s possible with the Alameda County Library’s new language learning database Pronunciator.  It’s totally interactive when you set it up with a microphone or webcam.  Just create a Pronunciator account with your library card and log in each time to start learning.  

Don’t forget to look through our Language Learning Guide for language books and other online resources.   Make a commitment to learn another language for your New Years resolution.  ¡Si se puede!

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December is one of my favorite months. I enjoy the change in the weather and all of the winter festivities and holiday happenings. I especially enjoy the beautiful holiday lights displayed in my neighborhood and around town, but those aren’t the only lights I’ll look for this month. Did you know that one of the most wondrous light displays in the world is happening this week? It’s not a holiday display, it’s a meteor shower! The Geminid meteor shower is occurring December 10th through the 16th, and is expected to peak overnight from the 13th to the early morning hours of the 14th. The Geminid meteors get their name from the constellation of Gemini, which the meteors seem to radiate from as they traverse the night sky. There is a new moon on the 13th which should provide dark skies to easily see the meteors in locations with clear weather.

Unfortunately for the Bay Area there is a storm moving in and visibility might be hindered or non-existent in some areas. If the skies do clear you should be able to see the Geminid meteors from many locations. If the lights are too bright where you are try taking a drive away from the city glare. The meteors should be visible Thursday night starting around 9 or 10 pm, but the best time to view the meteors is very late, between midnight and 2 am. If the skies are clear you can expect to see approximately 80 to 120 meteors per hour during peak time. Take a look at this time-lapse video of the Geminid meteors from a previous year to get an idea of what you might see.

If it’s too cloudy outside or if you would prefer to be warm while watching the Geminid meteors, you can watch them from the comfort of your own home! NASA will be live streaming the meteor shower and featuring a live chat module starting at 8 pm PST on Thursday, December 13th. You can find more information here.  If the skies are clear and you decide to brave the winter weather to view the meteor shower outside, be sure to keep warm!

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Early on in “How the French Invented Love,” Marilyn Yalom cites a poll of older French and American adults, who are asked whether “true love can exist without a radiant sex life.” Some 83% of Americans said it could. Only 34% of French respondents said so.

In France, Ms. Yalom concludes, sexual desire isn’t optional. “A Frenchman or woman without desire is considered defective, like someone missing the sense of taste or smell,” she explains. And where we Americans expect adults to control their urges, the French treat passion as “an irresistible fate against which it is useless to rebel.” ….Read more of this review by  PAMELA DRUCKERMAN on Wall Street Journal

Books on Love @ Library

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Guardians of Childhood

The Rise of the Guardians (released November 21 in theaters) is based on the William Joyce series for children, Guardians of Childhood.  Projected to be a 13-book series, some of the books are novels, and the rest are picture books.

Picture books so far (will be 6):

Man in the Moon (2011)                                                                                                                                                      The Sandman: the Story of Sanderson Manswoozie  (2012)

Novels so far (will be 7):

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King  (2011)                                                                                                                                                  E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core  (2012)                                                                                                                                      Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies (2012)

The books are set 200 years before the storyline in Rise of the Guardians. The characters in the film are Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost  (the names listed in the Internet Movie Database are shorter!) These Guardians battle nemesis Pitch who threatens the beliefs of the world’s children. Stay tuned for more books in the series!

Rise of the Guardians

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While computers are so much part of our lives, offer us and our children essential resources to explore and learn now, we have to remember that the Internet can be a very vulnerable place for our children too.  With that in mind, we’d like to share a publication from the FBI that provides parents with resources, tips and answers to better understanding of Internet safety.

This publication is a MUST read for all parents.

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If you were at the Fremont Main Library mid-afternoon on Saturday, November 10, in all likelihood you heard Gus Wedemeyer’s Three O’Clock Jump Big Band play music that made you feel like dancing.  If you missed it, the performance is on You Tube as several postings.  Here’s the opening portion.  For future events at the library, make sure to check the library’s online calendar.  Mark 2-3 p.m. Saturday, December 8, now so you won’t miss the Hillside Woodwind Quintet perform holiday favorites and classical melodies in the Fukaya Room.


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