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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