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Here is what is happening on Tuesday next week:

Tuesday May 28, 2013 Go To Top
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Homework Help Center
The Homework Help Center is open Monday – Thursday from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Closed on school holidays. It is staffed by high school students and intended for children in grades K – 6 who have homework questions.

Contact: Children’s Information Desk (510) 745-1421

Location: FREMONT BRANCH – Get Directions

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6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Lawyer in the Library
This program offers a free appointment with an attorney who will help define your problem, get you started on a solution and make a referral when needed. Each time slot is 15 minutes. Sign up in person between 5-5:45 pm at the Information Desk on the evening of the program. A lottery is held at 5:50 to award slots. Persons wishing an appointment must be present at the time of the lottery.

Contact: Fremont Main Library Information Desk (510) 745-1401

Location: FREMONT BRANCH – Get Directions

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6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Read to a Dog
Volunteers from the Ohlone Humane Society will be bringning trained assisted therapy dogs for children to read to or just hug and pet. This is a free drop-in program that requires tickets for the following reading times 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Contact: Children’s Information Desk (510) 745-1421

Location: FREMONT BRANCH – Get Directions

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7:00 PM – 7:20 PM Toddler Time for 2 year olds
Toddler Time is a 20 minute program for children 24 – 35 months old and a parent. It consists of stories, songs and fingerplays. This free program runs through June 11.

Contact: Children’s Information Desk (510) 745-1421

Location: FREMONT BRANCH – Get Directions

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7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Operation Enable Anti-Bullying Workshop
Operation Enable

Anti-Bullying Workshop

put on by the pacific autism center for education – youth commission

workshop with fun activities

Contact
http://pacificautism.org/ for more information

Contact: Fremont Main Library Information Desk (510) 745-1401

Location: FREMONT BRANCH – Get Directions

and of course, many event reminders show up on the fremont Facebook Page.

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classic iced teaWho knew?  An entire month devoted to my favorite beverage!  Now you may think it’s silly to devote a blog entry to iced tea and you may be right.  However, I think sometimes amid all the  sadness of  current events,  such as terrible natural disasters and terrorism, here and abroad, we need to find something fun to help us remember that there is more to life. 

So, I’ve chosen to write about iced tea.  I love iced tea, plain or flavored.  I find it enjoyable and relaxing with or without a meal.  I have to have my glass of iced tea sometime during the day or the day just isn’t complete for me.  I drink so much iced tea throughout the year, that my son claims ice tea runs in my veins! Some people must have coffee or soda throughout the day.  I don’t drink coffee and rarely will drink a soda.  Many love having a glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage and that’s fine.  I used to enjoy those beverages when younger. Now, they just don’t appeal to me. I don’t need the buzz alcohol provides to enjoy myself.  And frankly, I take too many medications to mix them with alcohol.  So iced tea it is, please.  

Of course, I had to look into how June became iced tea month.  So I did a little sleuthing on the internet.  According to eHow food:  Legend has it that a tea vendor at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis popularized the drink. When visitors to the sweltering event turned down free hot tea, he ran it through iced pipes to chill the beverage. Word quickly spread about his cold tea. Iced tea can be brewed from loose tea, made from instant or bagged tea or purchased ready to drink in bottles and cans. Unsweetened, it is a low calorie cooling drink

Read more: How to Celebrate National Iced Tea Month | eHow http://www.ehow.com/how_2330646_celebrate-national-iced-tea-month.html#ixzz2U91Mdou3

Iced tea is a genuine American invention and favorite!  How to make iced tea?  Follow these simple directions:

By Cynthia Measom, eHow Contributor


While some tea bags are marketed as “cold brew” friendly, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the other type of tea bags to brew tea in cold water. While the bags designated for cold brewing may work faster, you can get the same results with standard tea bags, while avoiding the added effort of heating water and steeping the tea before cooling.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

  • 1-1/2 qts.of cold water
  • Container with lid
  • 6 to 8 standard-size tea bags
  • Refrigerator
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      Fill a container with 1-1/2 quarts of cold water. A clear container is helpful so you can see the color of the tea as it brews. Tie the strings of six to eight standard-size tea bags together.

    • 2

      Submerge the bags into the container of water, leaving the top of the strings hanging over the side.

    • 3

      Place the lid on the container to anchor the strings. Put the closed container in the refrigerator.

    • 4

      Wait 8 to 24 hours before removing the tea bags and drinking the cold brewed tea. If you like stronger tea, wait longer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use more tea bags if you like stronger tea — less if you like a weaker beverage.

Or follow ehow’s instructions if you prefer to make sun tea:

By Kylie Worthington, eHow Contributor

Fresh sun tea is a delicious and refreshing summer beverage. It’s also a healthier alternative to sodas, especially if you go easy on the sweeteners, because tea is rich in antioxidants. It’s also quite economical, since the only required ingredients are tea and water. But it does require some patience because although the process is very simple, sun tea takes a couple hours to make.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

  • 1-gallon glass pitcher
  • 8-10 tea black bags
  • Water
  • Sugar or honey (optional)
  • 1 Lemon (optional)
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      Place tea bags in a glass pitcher, tying the ends to the handle of the pitcher for easy removal later. Glass pitchers are best for sun tea, since plastic can negatively affect the taste of the tea when it sits in the sun.

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      Fill the pitcher with water. The tea bags might float at first, but they will sink as they soak up water and become heavy.

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      Place the pitcher in a sunny area, such as near a window or on a porch. If you’re leaving it outside, place a clean dish towel over the top to keep bugs and dirt out.

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      Leave the pitcher in the sun for about two hours. The amount of time you leave it out will depend on how strong you want the tea.

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      Remove tea bags.

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      Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar if desired. Simply add the honey or sugar and stir the tea until it’s combined. For sweet tea, use about 1 cup of sugar or honey per gallon.

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      Flavor with lemon if desired by squeezing fresh lemon juice into the pitcher, and stir. You can also use grapefruit, lime or orange juice to flavor your tea.

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      Serve over ice.

Once you have prepared your ice tea, it’s time to pour a large glass  and relax, preferably enjoying the sun and beauty of a summer’s day.  And remember to give a toast to Iced Tea Month!



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Anti -bullying workshop

On Tuesday  May  27th at 7pm , there will be  an anti bullying  workshop by  Operation Enable.    It  will  be  a workshop full of fun activies.

Operation enable is part of  the pacific  autism center  for  education  – youth commission.  To  learn  more  about  the work  of  the Pacific  Autisim  center  for  Education, go here.

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Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

The world has lost a giant in the world of special effects.  Stop motion/Dynamation pioneer Ray Harryhausen passed away at the age of 92 on May 7. Countless Baby Boomers remember 1953’s The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (in which Ray Harryhausen brought to life The Beast, based on “The Fog Horn,” penned by his good friend Ray Bradbury.)  We also remember the octopus in It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955), the flying saucers in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), the Ymir in 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957),the myriad of creatures in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), and especially the skeleton scene in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). When asked which was his favorite of the creatures he created, Mr. Harryhausen was quoted in the May 7th edition of The Guardian as saying, “It would be Medusa. But don’t tell the others.” Medusa appeared in Clash of the Titans (1981). Mr. Harryhausen received a career Academy Award for Technical Achievement (the Gordon E. Sawyer Award) in 1992. At the program, actor Tom Hanks famously said, “Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane–I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made!”

(Check for 3 Worlds of Gulliver and Clash of the Titans on DVD in the Alameda County Library, and Ray Harryhausen: an Animated Life and A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman, both by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton, in the non-fiction book section.)

Mr. Harryhausen may have left this world, but the mythical creatures he created will be enjoyed by generations to come.

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Most of us live in a constant state of fear—of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn’t have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity. The worries of the past and the anxiety of the future disappear as we discover the power of the present moment. Not only are we are able to handle challenging emotions as they arise, but we can summon feelings of well-being and contentment, no matter what the unknown may bring.

Rooted in the moment, we have the capacity to restore balance and happiness and be present with what is beautiful and affirming inside us and around us, every day. Excerpt from Parallax press

Books by Thich Nhat Hanh @ Library

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The children’s literature world has lost a most singular writer. Elaine Lobl (E.L.) Konigsburg passed away April 19, from complications of a stroke: she was 83. Konigsburg is also the only children’s author to have won the prestigious Newbery Award (given for excellence in children’s literature by the American Library Association) AND the Newbery Honor in the same year (1968), for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth, respectively.

Other books Ms. Konigsburg has written include Silent to the Bone, Up From Jericho Tel, A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, Father’s Arcane Daughter and The View From Saturday (for which she won another Newbery in 1997.)  Paul Vitello, in the New York Times (April 22, 2013) had the following quote listed in his obit for Ms. Konigsburg:  “Children’s books, she once said, are ‘the key to the accumulated wisdom, wit, gossip, truth, myth, history, philosophy, and recipes for salting potatoes during the past 6,000 years of civilization.’ “

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  is a favorite of lots of readers. One of this writer’s colleagues (herself a published writer) stated, “My husband and I were so disappointed when we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and discovered they’d gotten rid of the fountain where Jamie and Claudia had collected coins.  How dare they!” And this writer has fond memories of Mixed-Up Files because she booktalked it years ago at her interview for her current position! Writer/illustrator Brian Selznick (who himself won the Randolph Caldecott Award—the American Library Association award for excellence in picture book illustration in 2008) references Konigsburg’s Mixed-Up Files several times in his book, Wonderstruck. Selznick said in a Publisher’s Weekly interview (Sue Corbett, August 4, 2011) that it was one of his favorite books, and then added “I mean, it’s one of everybody’s favorite books.”

And it will be for years to come.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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WIMPY8TEASER

The newest diary of Greg Heffley – Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 will go on sale in the United States in November 2013. Following major marketing and social media promotions in the U.S.,  seven international publishers will launch their respective campaigns around the world. The United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Greece, Japan, Korea, and Norway will release the book in their respective territories just after the U.S. debut.

Books in the core Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney include:

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007),
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008),
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009),
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009),
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), and
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011).
  7. The Third Wheel,  (2012)

Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (2011) and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (2011).

Here are some trivia for the series to share with you:

  • On November 13, 2012, book 7 in the series, The Third Wheel, released with a 6.5-million-copy first printing in North America.
  • These books are a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list (the first book in the series has remained in the top 150 for more than 200 weeks) and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
  • The series has remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since the publication of the first book.
  • More than 85 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in print around the world.
  • The series have been sold in more than 44 territories in 42 languages.
  •  Author Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.
  • Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million internationally.
  • The book series won Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012 (and is nominated for one in 2013)
  • Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012.
  • These books have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe.
  • The Wimpy Kid Island on poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited on the site.

Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books.  If you are struggling on leading your kids into reading, if you hadn’t heard about this series from your kids, if you wanted to know why you couldn’t always find Jeff Heffley in the library, click here to reserve your copy; and stay tune for the newest development of the Wimpy Kid ….

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