Archive for February, 2014

Falls Prevention-

Are falls are problem for older adults? A resounding yes!

One out of three older adults 65 or older falls each year. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.*

Some time ago, as a library volunteer, I delivered books to Evelyn, a lively lady in her eighties. Evelyn became a friend, with whom I played Scrabble and discussed good reads. She introduced me to “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier. However, while getting up one night, she fell, breaking her arm. She was hospitalized. Eventually, I said goodbye to a friend.

However, falls are preventable. Tina Maria Scott from Alameda County’s Public Health Department will discuss “Falls Prevention” at the Fremont Main Library, Wednesday, February 26 at 1:30 PM. She will present information about changing behaviors, nutrition and medication management, fitness, and home safety. There will be opportunities to ask questions.

*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/adultfalls.html (Page last updated 2013.)


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ImageIn March, Alameda County Libraries will be partnering with the Alameda County Arts Commission, and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate Art Is Education month. During March we want to emphasize arts education and creativity by hosting a series of some 150 free Art is Education events for the kids, teens and adults of Alameda County, These, programs will be at all our libraries, little and big, throughout the county!  They will give you a chance to stretch your creative muscles , by creating fun, but meaningful art, that helps tell YOUR story of your place in this wonderful, diverse community of ours!  Check out our events calendar online or stop by any library to pick up a brochure or flier to find out what’s happening, then join in the celebration!

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Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with Dance performance by Ballet Afsaneh and Persian music by Ebrahimi brothers. Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (Spring Equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

Saturday March 1, 2014

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fremont Library

Fukaya Room

2400 Stevenson Blvd.

Fremont, CA 94538

Books, DVDs and CDs in Farsi Language @ Library



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Archie Comics (Issue # 1)

Archie Comics (Issue # 1)

Yes, everyone’s favorite Riverdale high-schooler debuted in Archie on February 11, 1942, with his own comic (Archie Andrews had been seen earlier in Pep Comics #22 in 1941.)

Back in 2011, the #1 issue in the Archie series sold for $167,300 at the February Heritage auction! That is one of the highest prices ever paid for a non-superhero comic.

Archie is still going strong at over 70 years of age—check http://www.archiecomics to see what is happening with the series. There is even one out now called Archie Babies, the exploits of Archie and his friends Betty, Veronica, and Jughead at the Wee Tots Nursery School!

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Do you like to have your preschoolers learn some Chinese?

Starting in 2014, Fremont Unified School District’s very own Chinese Immersion Program at the Azevada Elementary School will be coming to the library and host a Chinese Immersion Preschool Storytime on the 2nd Friday of each month from 2 to 2:45 pm.

This program includes word games and craft activities at the end of the storytime, and is sponsored by the Chinese Immersion Parents’ Council of Fremont.

Here are some pictures if you missed our first storytime in January:

immersion ch 1



immersion ch 2



immersion ch 3

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Thanks again to my library card, I will be visiting the Exploratorium in discoverandgoSan Francisco next week.  Make no mistake:  I made the reservation last November, and that was after months of checking almost daily the library’s Discover & Go site, where passes to the Exploratorium are snapped up almost as soon as dates are opened.  My lucky day came and I immediately made my reservation.  Now I won’t be able to make another reservation to the Exploratorium until next year, not able to even check available dates.  I understand on February 1 passes were released for April and all have been taken.  Anyway, the moral here is to keep on trying and to be ready and flexible with the date of your trip to any popular Discover and Go venue.  Just keep trying; free passes to Discover & Go venues are well worth the time and effort a qualified library card holder spends to get them.

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National Pie Month

February is National Pie Month – a rather delicious month to celebrate! Pie comes in many flavors: sweet fruit pies, airy mousse pies, savory vegetable pies, and even quiches. Below you will find a recipe for Miss Adina’s favorite pie recipe (and lemons are in season!) Come into the library and check out our amazing pie and baking cookbooks.
We even have pie-filled eBooks which you can check out with your smartphone or tablet and an Alameda County Library card! Check it out at http://bit.ly/1dA8TUE

Lemon Meringue Pie
• 4 egg yolks (Keep egg whites for meringue)
• 1/3 cup cornstarch
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons butter or shortening
• 1/2 cup lemon juice
• 2 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (All the zest you can get from the lemons you just juiced!)
Heat oven to 375°F
Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl and set aside. Mix the cornstarch, water, sugar, salt, and butter/shortening in a pot and bring the liquid to a boil (med-high should be fine). Boil it for one minute, and then remove from the heat, constantly stirring. One small scoop at a time (or if using a whisk to mix, one whisk-full at a time), add the hot mixture to the eggs until half the hot mixture is now in the egg bowl (this is called tempering).
Put the egg mixture back in the pot and put it on low, stirring constantly for one minute. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and zest. Pour the mixture into your pie shell and top with the meringue (below) while the egg mix is still hot. Make sure the meringue goes all the way to the edges of the pie crust!

• 4 egg whites
• 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
• 2 tablespoons sugar
Using a hand or a stand mixer, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until mostly firm (soft peaks will form if you turn the whisk upside-down). Slowly add the sugar until stiff peaks form (1-2 minutes). Cover the pie with this.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the meringue is golden. Remove the pie from the oven and let cool completely (preferably on a wire rack).

Eat and enjoy! Refrigerate any uneaten portion, or give it to a hungry librarian.

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