Archive for September, 2013

Volunteers Needed



  We are seeking volunteers who love our library and have some time to support this vital community asset.


If you have good communication skills, are physically fit (can do light lifting), we would love to talk with you.


Please contact Mary Steel at 510-494-1103

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Image I find it fascinating that we celebrate EVERYTHING, or just about everything, sometime during the year.  So October being National Cookie Month makes perfect sense.   We love to eat, right?  We love sweets, yes? At least I do, so what could be better than a homemade cookie?  Plus we our on the verge of the biggest pig-out season of the year with Halloween, Thanksgiving and December holidays all coming up.

How do I know it’s National Cookie Month?  Well, I like to check a website called Holiday Insights http://holidayinsights.com for ideas of what to write about each month when my turn to blog rolls around.  I have found it most informative, and lots of fun for telling me what I should be celebrating, and what I should let you know about, so you can celebrate, too. No one knows where cookie month originated, but what the heck, let’s celebrate anyway.

I found a website called gone-ta-pott.com that says a cookie is  thus defined:

In the United States and Canada, a cookie is a small, flat baked dessert. In most English-speaking countries outside North America, the most common word for this is biscuit; in many regions both terms are used, while in others the two words have different meanings—a cookie is a plain bun in Scotland, while in the United States a biscuit is a kind of quick bread not unlike a scone.

Its name derives from the Dutch word koekje or (informal) koekie which means little cake, and arrived in the English language through the Dutch in North America. It spread from American English to British English where biscuit is still the more general term.
resource: wikipedia
So there you have it!  You can go online and find all sorts of cookie recipes for any occasion.  This year you might even want to sign up with the Food Network’s Twelve Days of Cookies.  You get a new cookie recipe in your inbox every day for 12 days around the holidays.  So heat up that oven and start baking!

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Healing Power of Humor

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects
Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier. Excerpts from Mayo clinic

Books on Humor @ library

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Audience intently listening to Alvis Ward

Audience intently listening to Alvis Ward

Who were your ancestors? Do you know?

Thanks to our Older Adult Services program last week, “Searching for your Ancestors,” I have good start for a personal research project. Our presenter, Alvis Ward, introduced us to the Oakland California Family Search Library in Oakland. He’s one of the researchers there, specializing in African-American genealogy.

The Family Search Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, is one of several centers maintained by the Latter Day Saints, and is open to all.  

In addition to an organized approach, Alvis Ward introduced us to some of the useful online resources available online. Ancestry heads the list and is only available free of charge within the Fremont Main Library as well as at the Family Search Library. His list also included the following resources:  FamilySearch.org; Genealogy.com; Facebook; and Cyndi’s list.

If you need help navigating this database, beginning this coming Saturday, our local teens return to tutor older adults. They could help you locate this database on our website as well as answer questions about computer topics, eBook readers, digital cameras, or cell phones. Tutoring begins at 10:30 AM and concludes at 12:30 PM. Dates for this program: September 28 through November 16, 2013.

And don’t forget the library catalog – a subject search for genealogy brings up 97 titles – some are DVDs and others are books. And you can extend your search to the libraries of the Link + catalog, our sharing service.


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Happy Birthday to June Foray!

June Foray's Autobiography

June Foray’s Autobiography

Today we wish to salute June Foray, otherwise known as the Cartoon Queen! Miss Foray turns 96 today, September 18, and was just honored September 15 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with the Governor’s Award at the Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Cited as “the last living member of ‘The Great Ones’, voice actors of animation’s Golden Era” on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), Foray has been in the field for over 80 years, having entered into the profession at the tender age of 12.

Here are just a few of the animated characters Miss Foray is remembered for:  Witch Hazel (Looney Tunes), Cindy Lou Who (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Lucifer (Disney’s Cinderella), and (over at the Jay Ward Productions) Foray is best remembered for Natasha Fatale (of Boris and Natasha fame) and Rocket J. Squirrel (Rocky & Bullwinkle.)

Happy Birthday, June Foray—and thank you for all of those wonderful animated memories!

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The Bookleggers

The Bookleggers

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, September 17, 2:00-3:00 pm, in Conference Room A. Training will be at the Fremont Main Library on Tuesdays, September 24-November 12, 9:15-11:45 am, also in Conference Room A. For more information about the training, please visit our Booklegger link:


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Date/Time: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Location: Niles Discovery Church, 255 H Street, Fremont, CA 94536 (Enter on 3rd Street)

It is estimated that over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones, and on the streets of their towns. That makes it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The 2011 documentary Bully is the first feature-length documentary film to show how everyone has been affected by bullying — whether as a victim, a perpetrator, or a silent bystander.

For kids who have been or will be bullied in school, it is a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. It is important, as the new school year begins, to review the reality of bullying and its impact, and to discuss what we can do about it.

Dr. James Morris, Superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District, will lead discussion after the film.

Free and open to the public (voluntary donations welcomed)

For more information contact: tricityperspectives.org, 510-797-0895, or sanjosepeace.org, 408-297-2299

Sponsored by Tri-City Independent Documentary Series, the San José Peace and Justice Center, and Niles Discovery Church

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Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room
September 10, 2013
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

A series of business seminars will be presented by Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA, and Host of the American Dreams radio show talk about Living the American Dream. Alan is Managing Partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Company (GROCO), a CPA firm in Fremont.

Alan’s recipes for success and leadership are a must for every entrepreneur, business owner and anyone who wants to be a leader in life and strive for success. Share keys to success for your personal growth and to make businesses thrive during challenging economic times and find out how to overcome adversity. The American Dream is still possible.

September 10 Self Reliance: Preparing for Life’s Challenges

November 4 Starting Your Own Business
December 17 Year End Tax Planning

Sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Company (GROCO) and the Alameda County Library System. This is a free seminar, no registration is required.

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Beyond books, CDs and DVDs, library programs bring live music and dance performances that reflect the diversity of our community.

El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School

El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School

On August 31, Ramana Vieira and Ensemble brought Portuguese fado music to the Fremont Main Library.  Coming up on September 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m, El Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School  celebrates  Hispanic Heritage Month with the color, rhythm and movement of traditional Mexican dances.  And don’t forget the Indian classical Bharathanatyam recital on Sunday, September 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Come and enjoy these cultural treats, free at your library.

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble

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Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Meeting Room
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

You are cordially invited to a Bharathanatyam recital. This performance presents nine dancers of the world renowned Pandanallur style of Bharathanatyam. Of the featured dancers, seven are professional talents from India, currently on a performance tour in California.

This pure Indian Classical dance performance is presented by Smt. Sneha Vivek, Artistic Director of Natya Ninada Performing Arts Foundation, which was established in Fremont to preserve and promote ancient Indian classical dance forms.

Smt. Sneha Vivek is a disciple of Guru “Kalashree” Vidwan Chandrashekar Navada from India, who shall grace the recital with his presence. Bharathanatyam is a form of artistic yoga, which synchronizes the inner biorhythms with the movements of the body, aptly called “the dance of the body and soul.” The different styles of dances evolved from the gurus and their cities in ancient South India.

This event is free. No reservations are required. This event is sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Library.

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