Archive for June, 2013

Kelly Williams Brown new book, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy (ish) Steps” is meant to help her peers navigate the rocky shoals of maturity, to guide those 20-somethings who are just figuring out that radio silence is not an acceptable breakup technique, and food does not spontaneously manifest itself in the refrigerator.

“One of the most jolting days of adulthood comes the first time you run out of toilet paper,” Ms. Brown said. “Toilet paper, up until this point, always just existed.”

The idea for “Adulting” (which has just been optioned for television by J. J. Abrams, executive producer of the “Lost” series) was refined when Ms. Brown worked as a reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., consulting her Facebook friends for a column about what skills or possessions they should have by the age of 30. Excerpt from New York Times

Books on “adulthood- humor” @ Library

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Your brain loves to find something new and special. Maybe it’s traveling somewhere unknown, discovering a new recipe or restaurant, or exploring a new topic. The library is just the place for your explorations: the Summer Reading Game, “Have Book – Will Travel” launched June 10. Reading is an activity for all ages; this year’s game will take you traveling. Do check out our book display; pick up an adult game board, spin the wheel, collect your first prize (maybe a flag pencil) and final prize (a book of course), and enter our branch raffle for a special extra something.

And in addition, check out our upcoming programs. This week our featured programs include “Social and Environmental Investing” at 7 PM today and on Tuesday, at 7 PM, high school students can practice writing an SAT essay and get it immediately evaluated.

Use Event Keeper on the home page to search for programs by date or by keyword. Or, you could scan our branch calendar. Event Keeper also lets you send yourself a reminder email to yourself or to someone else.

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pic_icecream_coneI love finding unusual facts about the many months of the year, and all the variety of things we as a country celebrate.  Of course we know July 4th is a big national holiday that celebrates our independence from Britain, but it is also usually a very warm, if not hot, month all over the United States.  And guess what? It turns out July is also National Ice Cream Month.  Yes, it was declared to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984 by our president, Ronald Reagan, and the third Sunday of July, this year the 21st, is National Ice Cream Day.

According to a website, ice-cream recipes.com,  http://www.ice-cream-recipes.com/ice_cream_month.htm, folks in the United States eat more ice cream than any other country in the world.  Also, according to this website, ice cream goes all the way back to 200 BC. in China.  It is reputed that Nero had ice brought down from the mountains to freeze his favorite drinks.  It is also said that Marco Polo came back from his travels to the far east with a recipe for sorbet.  Who knows?  Some if not all of this could be folklore.  If you get a chance to visit this website you will find some fun ice cream recipes.  The website even has an article about Fried Ice cream, and how it is made!

I do enjoy ice cream every now and then. However,  I’ve discovered you can eat too much of a good thing!  My favorite flavors are rocky road and cookie dough.  What are yours?  I’d love to hear from you.

Check out our Alameda County Library Catalog for the many books we have about ice cream for both kids and adults. The one I have pictured here is written by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson.  So enjoy the hot days of July and eat an ice cream dessert.  Just don’t eat too much and get a tummy ache! Happy National Ice Cream Month!

cookbook ice cream

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This Date in History

samorse[1]On June 20, 1840, Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) patented the telegraph. The far-reaching consequences of that act were debated in the O’Reilly v. Morse case in 1854. One of the issues was that abstract ideas should not be eligible for patents. This claim has even been applied to art that is generated by computer software (see: Wikipedia, O’Reilly v. Morse, for more information.) There were several issues debated in this case, including whether or not Morse was the first to invent the telegraph!

For more on the subject, check out The invention of the Telegraph and Telephone in American history, by Anita Louise McCormick; Samuel Morse, by Mona Kerby; or Lightning man: the accursed life of Samuel F.B. Morse / Kenneth Silverman.

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Hot Dog!


The origin of the hot dog, that perennial summer favorite, is a bit unclear. The “frankfurter” (from Frankfurt, Germany) has been around since the 13th century (Wikipedia).  The term “wiener” comes from Vienna, but it was the same idea (with a little beef thrown into the pork mixture!) The origin of the term “hot dog” is likewise ambiguous.

The hot dog has been linked (no pun intended) to another summer favorite, baseball, since the late 1800s. And on this date (June 11) in 1939, the King and Queen of England got their first taste of a hot dog while visiting the U.S. at a party being held by Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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ch workshop 2

Fremont Library is going to have the 2nd Parenting workshop conducted in Mandarin Chinese on June 15.  These free workshops are held quarterly on Saturdays at 3:30 pm.  Topics includes:

  • March 23 – Early Childhood Development
  • June 15 – Positive Discipline
  • Sept 7 – School Aged Children Development
  • Dec 7 – Homework/Chores and Responsibility

Lectures will be offered by speakers who are licensed teachers from Herald Family Rebuilding Center located at the Fremont Family Resource Center followed by a Q and A session.  No registration is required.  Please call (510) 745-1421 for more information.

Fremont圖書館將於2003年舉辦一系列的親子教育中文講座.  講座將於每三個月舉辦一次, 時間為週六下午三點半至五點 此講座由持有加州教師執照, 現任角聲護家中心主任的周紅主講, 周紅有多年教授情緒管理以及親子關係的經驗, 她並將帶來護家親子講師團隊與大家一起研討親子教育的各種議題 講座結束後並有問題解答及分享時間.

第二次講座訂於六月十五日星期六下午三點半至五點. 歡迎為人父母或對教養孩子有興趣的朋友們來參加.


  • 3/23/13 – 嬰幼兒(0-5 歲)的身心發展
  • 6/15/13 – 正面的管教方法
  • 9/7/13 – 學齡兒童 (6-12 歲) 的身心發展
  • 12/7/13 – 學校作業及家事分擔?

講座無需報名,免費參加,詳情請電(510) 745-1414 鄒小姐 或電郵 jtsou@aclibrary.org 查詢

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June 5 would have been the 94th birthday of children’s author Richard Scarry.  Scarry wrote very not-scary books about Busytown, which was populated by animals.  He authored or illustrated over 150 books in his lifetime!  In the 1980s, many of his books were made into popular animated videos.  There were even toy sets made based on his very popular books.We have lots of Richard Scarry’s books and DVDs – come check them out!


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