Archive for November, 2013

“What separates rich from poor other than their bank accounts?”   Dave Ramsey listed 17 things:



Besides eating less junk food and gambling less, rich people read to get smarter.  A whopping 88 percent of them read at least 30 minutes a day for education or career reasons.  Only “2 percent of poor individuals do the same.” 

And they don’t just read–about 63 percent of the wealthy listen to audio books while commuting to work. 


86 percent of wealthy people believe in life-long education.


Like parents, like children. Rich people make their children read too.  About 63 percent make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month.  Only “3 percent of poor individuals do the same.”


Libraries have it all, be it books, audio books and even ebooks.







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Book jacket, "Street Cat Named Bob"


It’s the season to be thankful. Of the things to be thankful for, I celebrate our connection to the animals we know and love. Rusty and Rudy, our two Maine coon cats have deeply enriched our lives; we in turn keep them active and happy.

James Bowen, of London, England, and a former street musician, also has much to be thankful for. He tells the story of his relationship with his ginger cat in “A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life.” Bob found James’ apartment when he was very hungry and injured; James nursed him back to health. Refusing to be separated from James, Bob went everywhere with James, sometimes riding on his shoulders. So, they became inseparable and famous too. YouTube features videos of their intertwined lives.  There’s much more to their story – there are six copies listed in our catalog, currently all are checked out.

While waiting to read this this title, you can discover other titles you might enjoy by doing a subject search using the tern, “Human-Animal Relationships.”



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JFKI’m sure you’ve seen the coverage regarding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, our 35th president of the United States.  It must seem like ancient history to many people who weren’t even born then, but to some of us it seems like yesterday.

As I watch the programs regarding JFK’s presidency, his life  and assassination, I am transported back to the 12 year old I was when it all occurred.  I was a seventh grade student at Goodwin Junior High (later renamed Kennedy Junior High) in Redwood City, CA. I was a student aide in the library when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that the president had been mortally wounded in Dallas, Texas.  Those of us in the library were confused. Mortally wounded, what did that mean?  When we found out that it meant that the president had been killed, we were all stunned.  How could this happen to such a vibrant, charismatic man?  Many teachers were visibly upset and crying. The school decided to dismiss us early that day and we headed home to our families and our TVs.

I clearly remember the next few days as we were glued to the TV watching events unfold. The capture of Lee Harvey Oswald,  him being shot by Jack  Ruby live on TV, the funeral of JFK, the riderless horse with the boots backwards, the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy, John-John’s salute as the military went by, the terrible sadness of it all.  It was the first time in my young life that I had been confronted  with such shocking events, and it made an impression on me. Those few days are something I will never forget.  It was a time that the nation came together as one to grieve, just like we did after September 11.

President Kennedy was an admirer of Robert Frost, and when he was running for president often quoted the last few lines of Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.   I have always loved that poem, one I associate with a time of promise, which was lost in an instant of madness.  In closing, I would like to share that poem with you:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Go Fly a Kite

Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong

Did you know that on this date in 1967, Philip and Jay Kunz flew a kite 28,000 feet, thereby getting into the Guinness Book of World Records? Speaking of kites, there is a special exhibit on display at  The Walt Disney Family Museum. It is Water to Paper, Paint to Sky:  the Art of Tyrus Wong. Known for his work on the Disneyanimated film, Bambi (1942), Mr. Wong (now 102!) has many accomplishments, and one of them is kite-making. An exhibit of Mr. Wong’s work will be on display through February 2014. The Walt Disney Family Museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street in The Presidio, in San Francisco. Tickets for films are complimentary when you pay your regular admission price, but if you are just going to see the film, there is a charge for that. If you are just going through the museum galleries, give yourself at least 2 hours.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10am-6pm:  it is closed Tuesdays. You can buy food on the premises (there’s a café), but you can’t take pictures of the displays.  For more information (and current admission prices), please visit:


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Display your creative side here at the Library.

Display your creative side here at the Library.

The Fremont Main Library is a great place to pick up your traditional books and DVDs, however, have you ever considered using the Library as one more tool in your toolbox to showcase your talents.
The Library has several display cases that are available to the public for use. These displays allow others to find out about you, your organization, and your interests. If you have anything you wish to share and can help us enhance the lives of the general public, please check us out. These cases are reserved for the entire month and are secure and quite attractive, the shelves and lighting can be set up to highlight your displays. The cases are various sizes so feel free to come on in and decide which one might benefit your display. You can reserve any of these six display cases up to six months in advance. The number to make reservations is (510) 745-1424.
As with all programs offered at the Library there is no charge for this service. The Children’s area also has wall space in the Computer room and the Picture book area that can be reserved for group youth art. The number to reserve this area is (510) 745-1421, and ask for Sally Kusalo.
During the month of October, our very own multi-talented Library Clerk, Marilyn Hudson, displayed her lovely collection of gourd art. She enjoys working on these masterpieces in her art studio run from her residence. She was gracious enough to share some of her art with us and everyone was amazed and enlightened by how she can make such lovely pieces from a gourd. If you have time feel free to come speak with her about her art and get ideas to spark your creativity ( on her breaktime, of course). Here are some pictures from the front lobby rotunda display case of Marilyn’s gourds.

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The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning “sleep.” Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person’s mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses….. Read more on University of Maryland Medical Center

Books on Theraputic use of Hypnosis @ Library

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On This Date in 1850…

…Chess player Mikhail Chigorin was born. Considered one of the last players in the “Romantic chess” style (Wikipedia), Chigorin is known for his excellent showing in the Hastings 1895 chess tournament where he finished second. Many of the great chess players of the time played this tournament.  On the 50th anniversary of his death, Chigorin was honored with his own postage stamp in the Soviet Union (1958.)

Speaking of chess, don’t forget to stop by the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday, November 16 for International Games Day—we will be playing chess from 11 am-4pm. The Fremont Main Library will be open 10 am-5 pm.

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