Archive for April, 2014

People need books and libraries! So, some of the latest innovations are pop up libraries, of which there are many all over the world and nearby, too.

A New Mexico friend sent me a lengthy news article featuring scenic Carrizozo’s (NM) tiny, free, pop up libraries for its 984 residents – their pop up libraries are wooden boxes housing donated books, which keep changing. The principle: take one, return one.

Pop up libraries in the Alameda County Library system are more sizeable and are placed in non-traditional spaces such as the Santa Rita Jails (Start with a Story); the District Attorney’s Office/Family Justice Center (opened July, 2013), Ashland Youth Center (opened July, 2013) and NewPark Mall, 3.5 miles from the Fremont Main Library.

ImageAt NewPark Mall, librarians come every 3rd Thursday of the month, bringing a morning of fun including a story time, live entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

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National Library Week will be observed April 13-19 with the theme “Lives change @ your library®” this year.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

In honor of National Library Week, CNN wants to hear from people who love to tour and photograph libraries around the world. Share your original photos of the libraries you love the best and what makes them so special, and you could be featured in a story on CNN Travel. For more info, click here.

Here are some awesome photos on Fodor’sTravel to share with you!!

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Importance of Sleep

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer. Excerpt from Harvard health publication

Books on sleep @ library

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Year’s end, all
corners of this
floating world, swept.

                                             -Matsuo Basho

We are busy ,  and one of  the small things  we can  do to  ease our  busy days is to  find  a  small bit of  beauty  or  just a few  words  that add to  our  thoughts.  National  Poetry  month  is a good  time to find some new words  or revisit  some  classics:

to find  more poetry  ,  visit  the Fremont Library facebook page all month.

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Hostess Twinkies

Hostess Twinkies

Yes, that venerable snack cake is 84 year old today. Invented in 1930 by James Alexander Dewar, they were originally filled with banana cream. (Dewar invented Twinkies to use his shortcake molds during the off season when strawberries weren’t available for the shortcakes.) A shortage of bananas during World War II forced the Hostess Company to switch to vanilla cream, which proved to be more popular (2013 saw the return of the banana cream variety on shelves alongside their vanilla cream cousins.)

Did you know there was a chocolate-covered variety? According to a July 16, 2013 article in the New York Post, these are known as Chocodiles and were a West Coast edition of the snack cake, and could only be found in Hostess outlets in the Western U.S. Bidding for them on eBay was pretty competitive. Even the regular variety went for big bucks on the secondary market a while back when it was announced that Hostess was in trouble and the Twinkie would no longer be manufactured, but the Twinkie is back (under new management), and waiting for you at your favorite store where snack cakes are sold!

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A Kinder Divorce comes back to the Fremont Main Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, KinderDivorceApril 29. Kimberly Parker-Wesley, JD, and Sara Bisikirski, LCSW, co-mediators at California Family Mediation Services, are committed to alternative dispute resolution in their desire to minimize the trauma divorce and other conflicts can inflict upon families. In this educational workshop for people facing divorce or separation, the attorney-therapist mediation team discusses information families need to make informed choices, including:

– the pros and cons of different divorce processes
– options for making adjustments to court orders
– legal, financial & emotional issues surrounding divorce
– community resources available to assist in the divorce process.

The Fremont Main Library at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard is wheelchair accessible. The Library will provide an ASL interpreter with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.

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You are cordially invited to a Pop and Rock and Jazz and Hip Hop concert in the Fukaya Room of Fremont Main Library at 2 p.m., Saturday April 12.

Dream Achievers is a music ensemble made up of talented young musicians with autism who have participated in the Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) music program.

They pursue the infinite possibilities in music with a repertoire ranging from Sesame Street to Gangnam Style.

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What do you do with those coupons that come with the newspaper or in the mail? Docoupons you just set them aside to recycle? If, like me, you need a little convincing that those pages are dollar stretchers, let expert Caroline Jiminez show how we can use coupons to maximize our grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars’ worth of everyday supplies for just pennies. Come to the Fremont Main Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 14, for Couponing 101.

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