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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You need not take a trip to the library to do your legal research. With a click of your computer mouse, Divorce Without Courtthe Alameda County Library website can lead you to sources of the information or forms you are looking for. Let the library’s Legal Information Guide help you find your way to different courts, California laws, municipal codes, legal forms and documents and immigration law. Use your library card to access the library’s Legal Information Reference Center database and its collection of complete Nolo books on popular topics such as business and corporations; family affairs and divorce; patents, money and financial planning; copyright and trademarks; property and real estate; immigration and travel; wills and estates; and rights and disputes.  (Note:  Librarians cannot give legal advice.) To learn more about these online legal information resources, bring your library card and join us at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prior registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or call (510) 745-1401.

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Thursday, June 20, 2:00-3:00 P.M.
Daffy Dave
Come and enjoy magic, juggling, and comedy all in one with hilarious Daffy Dave.  Fun for the entire family!This show will be held outdoors in the library’s back patio.  Some seating areas may not have shade.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.
Tuesday, June 25, 1-5:30P.M.
Thursday, June 27, 10:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

For incoming 4th – 7th graders.
Learn about what library workers do, how to get homework help, online databases, how things are arranged at the library, and library resources in traditional and electronic formats.  Play outdoor activities, Jeopardy game, I Spy game, and make a craft project to take home!  Registration is full.
Check out the fun we had in this camp video.

Tuesday, July 2, 2-4 P.M.
Family Movie Time: Hotel Transylvania

Rated PG, 91 minutes.
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.Seats are limited.  A ticket is required to attend.  Tickets are free and will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the movie show time. 

Tuesday, July 9 – August 20 except July 16 and August 6
Violin Classes for Kids
Lesson for Beginners: 6:30-7:00 P.M.
Skill Polishing for Intermediate Violinists: 7:30-8:00 P.M.

For ages 6-12.  Little to no experience needed.
Learn to play violin or polish your violin skills with violinist Sharon Zhen.  Sharon has earned the highest certificates from ABRSM and MTAC. She has also performed in many orchestras as first violin.Registration is required.  Click HERE to download the registration form.
Thursday, July 11, 2-3 P.M.
Red Panda Acrobats

Amazing juggling, balancing, contortion, and acrobats for all ages!
Wayne Huey was professionally trained with the Fu Hsing Acrobatic Academy in Taiwan, the Tai Yuan Acrobatic Troupe, and Shanghai Circus Schools in China. He spent seven years training at the three acrobatic schools, learning and perfecting his craft while pursuing his passions in the Chinese performance arts.Seats are limited.  A ticket is required to attend.  Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the program.

Tuesday, July 16, 7-8:30 P.M.
Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe

Astronomy program for the entire family.
Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you!  During the 1½ hours of program, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.This evening program will run past the library’s open hours so the audience can watch the night sky.  No library services will be available after it’s closed at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 23, 2-4 P.M.
Comic Strips 101 for Tweens and Teens

Come join artist Brian Kolm for a cartooning workshop and learn how to create your own comic strip. This free program is for Tweens and Teens, ages 10 and up. Due to space limitations free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program starts. You must have a ticket and be 10 years of age or older to attend. All materials will be provided.Brian Kolm is an artist and designer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, and performer most of his life. He has a BFA in illustration and film from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts).

Thursday, July 25 , 2-3 P.M.
Compost DIY for Kids

Saving the environment starting from home.
Learn how to compost and make an edible “compost cake” with chocolate and gummy worms.
For grades K to 6.  Kids grades 1 and under please bring an adult to help.This is a Girl Scout Silver Award program.  For details about the program, please contact Phoebe and Christina at silver.award60852@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 30, 2:00-3:30 P.M.
Family Game Day

Indoor and outdoor games.  Come one, come all, let’s have fun!
Some of the games will be held outdoors in the library’s back patio.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, August 1 – 28, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Algebra, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Geometry, 3:45-5:45 P.M.

Four-week math preparation classes for incoming 7th-9th graders.
Prepare or sharpen your math skills for the next school year.  Learn algebra or geometry concepts with Jonathan Lu, a USA Junior Math Olympiad qualifier from MSJ High School.Registration is required. Limit to 20 seats for each class.  Click HERE to download the registration form.

Centerville Library is located at 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536
For more information, please call 510-795-2629 or email cchang@aclibrary.org or egamell@aclibrary.org

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