Archive for May, 2014

In honor of Sunday movies rotatorFather’s Day, the Sunday movies in June at the Fremont Main Library will feature fathers and fatherhood.  Showtime is 2 p.m.  Scheduled for showing are:

June 1          Father of the Bride (Steve Martin, PG)

June 8          John Q (Denzel Washington, PG-13)

June 15        Big Fish (Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, PG-13)

June 22        Warrior (Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, PG-13)

June 29        Martian Child (John Cusack, PG)

Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.


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The summer reading game theme for 2014, Paws to Read, will celebrate our animal friends. Animals have been memorable companions for numerous folks. Try the following: John Katz: A Good Dog: The Story of Orson Who Changed My Life (636.7374 Katz), James Bowen: A Street Cat Named Bob: and how he changed my life (B Bown, J) or Denis O’Conner: Paw Prints in the Moonlight (636.80092 O’CONNER)

And there’s so much more – mysteries, fiction, advice, animal crafts, and even laughter, all with an animal theme. Please browse the book display on the first floor for suggestions.

Spinner wheel for 2014 Reading Game

The summer reading game is for all ages. The game will run June 9 through August 9, using a bingo game format. Adults can pick up their game boards at the Information Desk or at the Children’s Department. You’ll win prizes by reading or doing the optional activities. Each spin of the spinner wheel represents 30 minutes of reading or an optional activity. However, the best prize is the one you give yourself, taking the time for enjoyable reading.

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Ready for a break and can’t wait for summer?

Discover & Go

If you haven’t checked out Discover and Go, yet, now is the perfect time to take advantage of free passes to local museums and parks. Plan yourself a fun weekend staycation with the fam to hold you over till summertime.


Below is a handful of current, or upcoming events for the month of May and June from museums or attractions that are also listed on Alameda County’s Discover and Go.


Bugs in Berkeley 

UC Botanical Garden and Bug Day: June 15th, 10am-4pm 




“Join Garden docents and entomologists for a weekend of fun and exciting insect related programs. From tours of the Garden in search of pollinators to hands on demonstrations and interactions with live specimens this is sure to “bee” a great event. ” 


Lawrence Hall of Science and Xtreme BUGS: Now till September 1st

“Xtreme BUGS are marching, flying, and crawling into the Hall! Get up close to these massive, moving, and buzzing insect and arthropod models. Come experience the wonder (and sometimes the creepiness!) of getting up close and personal to the bugs that are usually hidden from view.” 


Comics and Cartoon Fanatics 

Take the BART to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Cartoon Art Museum:  Now till September 14


“The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition will include all of the original artwork from the historic first issue from 1984, other early covers and interior artwork from series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and their associates from Mirage Studios, storyboards and animation cells from the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and material from the popular TMNT Adventures comic book originally published by Archie Comics.”





The Cartoon Art Museum is located near many museums that are also listed on our Discover and Go!, including Children’s Creativity Museum,  whose historic carousel will reopen  this Saturday, May 17th 



If you’re taking BART home, get off at Lake Merritt stop and visit OMCA’s Sunshine and Superheroes: San Diego’s Comic-Con: May 23rd to May 31st. This special exhibit will include a photo booth where kids can take pictures of themselves in costumes. If your adventures are on a Friday, OMCA also hosts a special night of music, food trucks, and kids art progams that begin at 5pm.


Outdoorsy Type?

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point is hosting a Birds of Prey Day Monday, May 26th from 10am to 5pm

“What makes a bird a bird of prey? And how do they hunt and survive? This Memorial Day, learn about these amazing avians during our feather-filled family event. Get up close to roving birds of prey and attend special programming.”


So what are you waiting for? Summer is quickly approaching, and passes get booked fast!  Log on to Discover and Go and browse these and many more offerings.

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Sacred space

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” – Joseph Campbell

You can get started creating a sacred space by following a few easy steps:

  1. Decide what “sacred” means to you. Do you need a space for yoga, meditation or spiritual connection?
  2. Dedicate a spot in your home that can become sacred. It doesn’t have to be a whole room. It can be a corner of a room, the top of a dresser, or any other space you can find.
  3. Create your own altar. Find personal items which are meaningful to you.
  4. Surround yourself with inspirational icons. Fill your space with meaningful quotes, spiritual symbols, calming music, plants, and any other items that uplift your spirit. Connecting with our spiritual selves opens up an amazing well to drink from when stresses come our way.
  5. Create a ritual. Once you’ve created your sacred space, how will you honor it? Will you use it to meditate for a few minutes every morning? Will you just sit, with your eyes closed, enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet? Your ritual can be simple or complicated but, whatever you elect to do, make it meaningful to you. Excerpts from article by Debbie Woodbury Huffington post

Books on Sacred space @ Library


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Do you want to know what books children are reading, and which ones they really like?  The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, the Academy Awards of children’s literature, is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens.

In 2008, the Children’s Choice Book Awards was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more.  Winners are announced during Children’s Book Week, which was established in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.   It is administered by Every Child A Reader, a  literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children’s Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

2014 winners of the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards will be announced this coming Wednesday at 6 pm eastern time.

This year’s finalists are:

Illustrator of the Year
Oliver Jeffers, The Day The Crayons Quit (Philomel)
Victoria Kann, Emeraldalicious (HarperCollins)
James Dean, Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (HarperCollins)
Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat (Viking)
Grace Lee, Sofia the First: The Floating Palace (Disney Press)
Author of the Year
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (Amulet)
Rick Riordan, The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) (Disney/Hyperion)
Veronica Roth, Allegiant (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)
Rush Limbaugh, Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans (Threshold/S&S)
Rachel Renee Russell, Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Aladdin/S&S)
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge)
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier (Disney/Hyperion) Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long (Little, Brown)
Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper (Knopf)
Cougar by Stephen Person (Bearport Publishing)
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick)
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)
Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon (Blue Sky/Scholastic)
Fifth to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
Prince Puggly of Spud by Robert Paul Weston (Razorbill)
Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane (Scholastic)
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli (Knopf)
Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)
Teen Book of the Year
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Press)
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry/S&S)
Smoke by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry/S&S)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Putnam)

Have you read any of these?  Which one do you think will be the winners of 2014?  If you haven’t read any of them yet, check our catalog, or come to your local library to find them!!



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Celebrate May

May is here, which means that summer is soon approaching! While Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday, there are some others coming up which are really fun to celebrate.

May is National Barbecue Month as well as National Hamburger Month…and National Blood Pressure Month too!

We have great resources about different ways to cook outdoors and to celebrate the upcoming summer. Come check out a cookbook about barbecue (http://bit.ly/1jBLfOi), or plan a camping trip (http://bit.ly/1j4jxFn).

If you happen to know a child entering 7-9 grades, we even have a volunteer opportunity here at the library; the Summer Reading Game is fast approaching, and we need help! Check out our Kid Power! volunteer opportunities (http://bit.ly/1orj2u4), and we hope to see you soon!

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Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers (Courtesy of www.firstpalette.com)

Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers (Courtesy of http://www.firstpalette.com)

Cinco de Mayo (or Fifth of May ) is also known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla) and is celebrated in Mexico and the United States. On this date in 1862, the Mexican Army defeated the attacking French forces (which were twice as large) after the French invaded Mexico in 1861 at the Battle of Puebla. Their victory was short-lived, but with the U.S. on Mexico’s side, the French began their retreat in 1866. Mexican President Benito Juarez began establishing a government a year later, in Mexico City.

The making of paper flowers has been associated with this holiday for years. Here’s a great link to make Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers for Cinco De Mayo!


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I love to wander among the library shelves ,picking up random books and finding something new. Sometimes, I want a little more direction . A few weeks ago I read Devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America / Erik Larson . ( really good- about the Chicago world’s fair ). when I read that book , I remembered that I really enjoy history and I decided to see out some more nonfiction. I went to our new database, BookBrowse. BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “behind the book” backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. One of the ways to browse for books is to look at the read alike page. I find looking by author is better than by title. I also went to nonfiction – and browse by time period. I ended up finding a lot of books to add to my huge to-be-read list. So What book did I end up with ?  Eighty days : Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s history-making race around the world / Matthew Goodman

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With your computer, Android or I-device, you can get started. Or else you can start at this page where eReaders are compared and quick start guides for various devices are provided.  ebooks

If any electronic resource in the library catalog catches your eye, note the alternate author on the item record, the one that is not a person’s name, e.g. One Click, Overdrive, etc. Then go back to the library home page and select “eBooks & eAudiobooks” on the right hand side, under Using Your Library. Once you’ve opened the eBooks & eAudiobooks page, find the tab for your alternate author for directions on how to download your item. A quick start guide may be available for your device; see the first paragraph. If you experience hiccups along the way, use “Ask us!”. Type in a keyword, or submit your question if it has not been answered, and you will receive a reply at the email address you provide.

An alternative is to check the Fremont Main branch calendar and find a Saturday morning when dedicated eBook help is scheduled. Bring your device and your library card.

Or you can always ask for help at the Information or Reference desk in the library. Keep in mind that at either desk you will be competing for the librarian’s attention as other patrons may be in line for unrelated matters.

So, don’t let eBooks or your device intimidate you. Help, self-help or otherwise, is available.

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