Archive for January, 2014

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

This seminar is an interactive panel discussion with lenders offering advice in today’s tough lending environment. It is a must for any business owner interested in securing debt financing. You will learn how a wide range of banks and other lending organizations evaluate your loan application and the types of funding they can provide.

This seminar provides an overview of how to get “capital ready” before you approach a lender to insure a greater chance of success. Panelists will consist of a Micro Lender, 7a Lender, 504 Lender, Alternative Financing Lender, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

This seminar is free. Advance reservations are required. Please register online at http://acsbdc.org/events2. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Alameda County Library System, the City of Fremont, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC).


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Do you know someone with a puzzling electronic device or computer? Perhaps it was a gift of a laptop, iPad or an eBook reader from a son or daughter or grandchild. Or, maybe it’s a question about a computer program.

The Fremont Main Library can help. Beginning next Saturday, February 1, 2014, teens from local high schools will again tutor adults through the Teen/Senior Computer and Gadget Help Program. This session’s teens are multilingual, speaking Farsi, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, and Burmese. They can tutor in English or the language participants are most comfortable using. The spring program will run February 1 through April 19, 2014, Saturday mornings, 10:30 -12:30 AM.

No need to registrar – just drop in. Tutoring is on a one-to-one basis. Participants may get help with specific questions or may take a structured lesson about Computer Basics, Windows Basics, Microsoft Word Basics, Internet Basics, or Email Basics.

Questions are varied: Participants may need help with Facebook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, their cell phone camera, downloading music, Gmail, using Google, and even more.

Here are some comments from our participants about what they liked:
“I felt very comfortable asking questions and receiving assistance …”
Reason for coming: “Loading electronic books on my iPad and iPhone.

“Excellent. I learned a lot.”
Reason for coming: “Uploading pictures on Facebook.”

“My 2 different tutors were very informative.”
Reason for coming: “All kinds of questions: to build up my confidence with computers.

“How patient and courteous my tutor was.”
Reason for coming: “Smart phone.”

When our teens are not available, do ask for help with the librarians on duty. We have answers, too.

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Fun February Facts!

triviaHey, trivia lovers!  How much do you know about the month of February? I found the quiz below on a web site called Trivia  Champ, http://triviachamp.com . Have fun and see how much you know about the shortest month of the year.  Answers are at the bottom. 

1> February was called Solmonath by the Anglo-Saxons.  What does this mean?

a. Mud month

b. New Year

c. New Beginning

d. Winter End

2> What is the birthstone for February?

a. Amethyst

b. Sapphire

c.  Emerald

d.  Ruby

3> If you were born on February 6, what would your zodiac sign be?

a. Aquarius

b. Taurus

c. Cancer

d. Leo

4> What is the flower for the month of February?

a. Violet

b. Gardenia

c. Lily

d. Sunflower

5> Which  awards show normally occurs at the end of February?

a. Tony Awards

b. Academy Awards

c.  Grammy Awards

d.  Golden Globes

6> Which legendary character is recognized on the 12th of February?

a. Paul Bunyan

b. Johnny Appleseed

c. Peter Parker

d. William Tell

7> If you were born on the 24th of February, what would your Zodiac sign be?

a. Cancer

b. Pisces

c. Gemini

d. Libra

8> Which of these famous rockers was born on the fourth of February?

a. Paul McCartney

b. Alice Cooper

c. Eric Clapton

d. Sting

9> What animal predicts the weather on February second?

a. Groundhog

b. Spider

c. Rattlesnake

10> What huge celebration occurs in Brazil in February?

a. Independence Day

b. Mardi Gras

c. New Years

d. All Saints Day

Answers: 1> Mud Month, 2> Amethyst, 3>Aquarius, 4>Violet, 5>Academy Awards (this year it’s March 2, so it would not interfere with the Olympics). 6> Paul Bunyan, 7>Pisces,  8>Alice Cooper, 9> Groundhog, 10>Mardi Gras

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Fremont Main Library
Thursday, January 23, 2014
9 – 10:30 a.m.

Image and branding consultant Italina works with business owners who need to
upgrade their online presence through social media, website, and video. She
helps small names become big brands by getting more visibility online. Learn about:

 Leveraging LinkedIn
 Facebook for Business
 Email Marketing
 Video and Website presence

Italina has a Juris Doctor and worked in the legal field prior to realizing her passion for branding, marketing, and public relations. “Italina Image & Branding” was recently featured in Evolution Magazine as a Business Trendsetter. For more on the Online Presence Expert, visit ItalinaImage.com.

Sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Alameda County Library.
This seminar is FREE to all attendees. Refreshments will be served.

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7 – 8:30 p.m.

Find out about new tax laws, and how to maximize deductions to reduce your tax burden for the coming year. Learn from Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and Managing Partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. (GROCO), how to benefit from certain tax strategies. Learn from Alan, host of the American Dreams radio show, about “Living the American Dream”. Strategies for personal income taxes and business taxation will be given, touching on topics of investments, retirement, wealth management, estate planning, and more..

Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. is a full service provider of tax services and offers solutions to clients in the Corporate, Estate and Trust, Individual, Limited Liability Company, Not for Profit, Tax Exempt, Partnership, and S Corporation income tax areas. Areas of expertise:

• Strategic Tax Planning
• Corporate, Partnership & Trust Tax Preparation
• International Tax Services
• Non-Profit Organization Returns
• Shareholder Tax Issues
• Stock Option Planning
• Payroll and Sales Tax Consulting

This free program is sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Library.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader, by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader, by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Yesterday would have been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 85th birthday were he still alive. If you are looking for a King biography for young people, in the children’s section of the library we have several. Of recent vintage, for younger readers (gr. K-3) there is Martin Luther King, Jr., (2012), by Kitson Jazynka. For older grades (6-8) there is Martin Luther King, Jr.: Civil Rights Leader (2014), by Kristina Carlson Asselin. Dr. King is also featured in the collective biography, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who Changed the World (2012), by Andrea Davis Pinkney. The latter features such important figures in black history from different eras as Dr. King, Benjamin Banneker, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X and Barack Obama. If
you have trouble finding any these, we will be happy to put them on hold for you.

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The Bookleggers

The Bookleggers

How would you like to have children hanging on your every word? Bring together books, children, and libraries through community service? BECOME A BOOKLEGGER, and experience the satisfaction of bringing the joys of reading to children in grades Kindergarten through eighth. Eight weeks of training at the Fremont Main Library (to be held on Tuesday mornings, 9:15-11:45 am, January 28 through March 25, 2014) will introduce volunteers to booktalking, reading aloud and storytelling skills; regular visits in the Fremont Unified School District will follow.

The orientation meeting for prospective volunteers will be held on Tuesday, January 21 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Conference Room A, at the Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont.

Come join us for an exciting volunteer opportunity! The Fremont Main Library is part of the Alameda County Library system.

For more information, please call (510) 745-1421 (Children’s Information Desk.)

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Fremont Library has planned a series of six Parenting workshops conducted in Mandarin Chinese in 2014These free workshops are held on Saturdays at 3 pm.  Topics includes:

  • January 18 – Telling Your Child About SEX – When & How
  • April 5 – Positive Discipline
  • June 21 – Communication
  • July 5 – Relationship Boundary
  • Sept 27 – Anger Management
  • Dec 6 – Achieve True success

The first one is scheduled this coming Saturday on Sex Education.

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2014年舉辦一系列的親子教育中文講座.  講座時間為週六下午三點至四點半, 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女士主講, 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.



  • 1/18/14 – 如何與孩子談性
  • 4/5/14 – 正面的管教方法
  • 6/21/14 – 有效的溝通
  • 7/5/14 – 關係界限
  • 9/27/14 – 憤怒管理
  • 12/6/14 – 品格培養

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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Relaxation techniques are a great way to help with stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body.

There are several main types of relaxation techniques, including:

  • Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this relaxation technique, you use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress. You repeat words or suggestions in your mind to relax and reduce muscle tension. For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation. In this relaxation technique, you focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group. This helps you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You become more aware of physical sensations. One method of progressive muscle relaxation is to start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for at least five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.
  • Visualization. In this relaxation technique, you form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation. During visualization, try to use as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about such things as the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot and loosen any tight clothing.

Remember that relaxation techniques are skills. And as with any skill, your ability to relax improves with practice. Be patient with yourself — don’t let your effort to practice relaxation techniques become yet another stressor. Excerps from Mayo clinic  

Is there anything I should watch out for?

Relaxation techniques are considered very safe. There have been unusual cases where people become more, rather than less, anxious when using the techniques because of a heightened awareness of body sensations. Even more rare are reports of pain, heart palpitations, muscle twitching, and crying spells associated with the use of relaxation techniques. When this happens, it is often related to the process of relaxing and reflecting inward such that emotions become very poignant.

Experts advise people with schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis (thought disorders that distort reality) to avoid relaxation techniques. Excerpt from University of Maryland Medical Center

Relaxation materials @ Library

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