Archive for January, 2013

You, too, can learn to use a computer, a cell phone, a camera; all it takes is a little time. At the Fremont Main Library there are books, online lessons, and programs to help you learn.

Our tutoring program, the Teen/Senior Computer and Gadget Help Program will begin again, starting February 9, 2013, Saturday mornings, 10:30 – 12:30 pm. This program will continue through April 20 and then will continue in the summer.

The Library recruits high school teens who will help you master your computer, cell phone, tablet, digital camera or whatever you need help with. No reservation is required. Drop in with your questions or you can take a structured lesson about Computer Basics, Windows Basics, Microsoft Word Basics, Internet Basics, or Email Basics.

EBooks and eAudiobooks have taken off with folks asking for help with downloading to various devices. In February, the Library is offering eBook help Saturday mornings from 10:30 – 12:30 PM.

In addition to our Teen/Senior tutoring program, from time to time we offer one-day classes on a single topic. Look for the announcements on event keeper or inside the library at the Information Desk. And do check out Library’s guide to computer resources.

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Yes, that time of year is coming sooner than you think!  January has only a few days left, then whoosh here comes February the month of romance and Valentines.

No one knows for sure where Valentine’s Day comes from, but there are a couple of popular theories. Some believe that Valentine’s Day started in ancient Rome with the celebration of Lupercalia, a day which honored Lupercus and Faunus and the founders of Rome. It was celebrated on February 15.  Another theory is that there were two saints and a priest named Valentine.  One saint was executed on February 14th and 227 years later, Pope Gelasius named February 14, Valentine’s Day for him. The priest named Valentine disobeyed the Emperor and secretly married couples.

According to web sources, the modern day celebration of Love began in England and France.The first Valentine was sent in 1415 on February 14 when a French Duke was in jail and sent a Valentine to his wife.  Valentine’s candy was first given in the late 1800’s.  Valentine’s Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. In addition to the United States, England, France, Australia, Canada and Mexico celebrate this special day. In the United States alone, over a billion cards are sent to mark the day. Roses are the traditional flower to give on Valentine’s Day and over 100 million roses are usually sold in the three-day period around Valentine’s Day.

How did Cupid get involved?  He is the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.  Cupid often appears on Valentine cards with his bow and arrow, which when shot at someone inspire magical feelings of love. So there you have a very brief history of Valentine’s Day.

Check the eventkeeper listings and you’ll find that Fremont Main, Niles and Irvington are all celebrating Valentine’s Day with special programs.  So enjoy Valentine’s Day whether you have a special sweetie or not.  Celebrate the love in your life from family and friends.  And have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Congressman Honda represents the -17th District – the cities of Fremont, Newark, San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale.

Mr. Honda will have Satellite Office locations at:

Fremont Main Library, on the 2nd Floor, Room 13
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Fridays of each month (excluding holidays)
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Newark Library
4th Friday of each month (excluding holidays)
Hours 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

You can also contact him at:

District Office
Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2001 Gateway Place, Suite 670W
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-436-2720
Fax: 408-436-2721
Website: http://www.Honda.house.gov

More Information

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We have two art programs returning to the library in February and March. The first is Book Party, which was a successful storytime and craft program that ran last year during the spring, and is returning February 20th. Our first session was actually yesterday, and participants had a great time hearing two of Mo Willem’s pigeon books (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy).Pigeon FingerpuppetAfter the stories, each child made a set of fingerpuppets (a pigeon, duckling and Mad Cow) from the new activity book from the series: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Pigeon-Finish-This-Activity/dp/1423133102/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358462532&sr=8-1&keywords=dont+let+the+pigeon+finish. The kids had a blast coloring in their puppets and making them as “crazy” looking as they could.

Upcoming dates for future Book Party programs are: February 20th, March 20th, April 17th and May 15th. We meet in Fukaya Room A (with the exception of March, when we will be in the storytime theater). Program meets from 4-5 pm. All ages are welcome, but the stories and crafts are geared towards children ages 5-7 years old. Young children should have an adult helper present.

Our other returning program is Fun with Origami, run by our teen volunteer, Vanessa. Vanessa prepares two-three new origami projects each session and shows the kids how to fold them. Beacuse of the limited supply of paper, classes will be limited to 20 students, ages 8-10 years old. There is no registration for these classes, but you must pick up your free ticket at the Children’s Desk beginning at 3:45 pm the day of each program.

Origami Classes are on Thursdays, February 7th & 21st and March 7th & 21st. Classes are 4-5 pm in Fukaya Room A.

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What do you think about a book-less library?  Read this link and take your stand:


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Flash Book Sales!

We  have  book sales in  our lobby, that  raise  money  for  our  programs. But  they  depend on our  volunteers , so we  are  never completely  sure  when  we  will have  them .   How can  you  find  out  about  them?   Like  our  facebook page and see when  the  books sale are  happening – or all  the  other current happenings  @Your library



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Esalen is neither a school, nor a church, nor a spa, nor an inn, nor a monastery  and yet its utterly unique mixture contains a bit of all of the above.

The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff

With the new year, Esalen steps into our second half-century of pioneering deep change in self and society, opening and enriching our lives, our relationships, and our shared culture in ways unimagined fifty years ago. This tradition continues and even accelerates in our programs today, as we take the tools created by Esalen (and our ever-growing number of partners), and find new integral applications, new synergies of tools and methods in whole-person education, in leadership training and organizational development, social action, sustainability, spiritual activism, and more

Esalen boasts breakthroughs in fields from Gestalt psychology to nuclear physics, from philosophy to economics, from body work to citizen diplomacy. Esalen sponsored Boris Yeltsin’s first visit to the United States, immediately after which he resigned from the Communist Party. The rest, as they say, is history. Excerpts from http://www.esalen.org/

Books on Esalen Institute @ Library

Books on Personal growth @ Library


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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, January 22, 2:00-3:00 pm, in Conference Room A. Training will be at the Fremont Main Library on Tuesdays, January 29-March 26, 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/1159/609638/VolsWanted2013_Jan.pdf

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After taking a break in December, the Lawyer in the Library program at Fremont MainLaw-logo[1] resumes this month.  On the fourth Tuesday each month, from January through November, those who wish to speak with an attorney can submit their names in person from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Information Desk.  At 5:50 p.m. names will be drawn to assign 15-minute free on-site consultations with a member of the Alameda County Bar Association who will help define the problem and make referrals when needed.  Persons seeking an appointment must be present at the time of the lottery.  Occasionally more people sign up than can be accommodated, so a visit with a lawyer is not guaranteed.  The 15-minute consultations start at 6 p.m., with the last one at 7:45 p.m.

The 2013 Lawyer in the Library schedule at Fremont Main is shown below.  Information on other Lawyer in the Library programs can be found here.  Be sure to call the host library to inquire about its registration procedure, which varies from location to location.  For more information, contact the Fremont Main Library Information Desk at (510) 745-1401.

January 22          February  26           March  26              April 23

May 28               June 25                    July 23                   August 27

September 24      October 22              November 26         December–no program

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San Francisco

Disney California Adventure

New York

London, England

Shanghai, China

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Moscow, Russia

Taipei, Taiwan

Sydney, Australia

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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