Archive for June, 2014



Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay Beach

It’s summer and our thoughts turn to spending time at the beach. And when we go to the beach it’s fun to take a good summer read along.  I love listening to National Public Radio, more commonly known as NPR. They have the most fascinating programs, in my opinion, you can find anywhere. Want some great book lists?  They have those, too. Just go to http://www.npr.org  and you will find a plethora of good reads!

Here’s one example: http://www.npr.org/2014/06/11/321053916/summer-reading-three-books-to-take-you-to-new-frontiers. These are three books that are guaranteed to take you far away from home: Rohan Wilson’s novel, “The Roving Party”, Kseniya Melnick’s story, “Snow in May,” and “Point of Direction” by Rachel Weaver. And this is just the beginning!

Local radio host on KQED, Michael Krasny, offers up another list  from listeners. Head on over to: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201406031000 and you will find quite a variety of suggestions.

If you are looking for suggestions for kids, NPR has that covered too. Last year they published this list of 100 must reads for kids 9-14: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/05/207315023/the-ultimate-backseat-bookshelf-100-must-reads-for-kids-9-14.

Keep on checking NPR.  More  2014 lists will be coming.  This summer you have no excuse for not finding a good book to read!  And don’t forget to visit the library and play our summer reading game: Paws to Read.  You’ll get rewards for all that summer reading you are doing!

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Text messaging

Smart phone, text messaging, phishing, Pinterest, Twitter, 3G networks, Kindle HD, and even more: What does it all mean? How do these activities, devices, and applications affect me?

The Fremont Main Library can help. Beginning next Monday, June 30, 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, and Mandarin. They can tutor in English or the language participants are most comfortable using. The summer program will run June 30 through August 18, Monday afternoons, 1:30 -3:30 pm.

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

When are teens are not available, do ask for help with any librarian on duty. We have answers, too.


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Soccer player kicks the ball. The colorful vector illustrationWell, why not?  You only get to see World Cup Soccer every four years, so here’s your chance to stop into the library, pick out some books and cheer your favorite teams all in one place.  Be prepared to watch the best players in the world as we bring you World Cup Soccer on the big screen.   Bring your family and friends and and root for your favorite teams.

Here are the remaining games we will be showing at the Fremont Main Library:

  • Saturday June 21st:  9:00 a.m. Iran vs. Argentina
  • Thursday June 26th:  9:00 a.m.  U.S. vs. Germany
  • Saturday July 12th:  1:00 p.m.  3rd place, Teams TBD
  • Sunday July 13th:  12:oo p.m.  Final Game,  Teams TBD

After the game is over, check out some of our soccer books, magazines and films and continue the spirit of the games!

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Art of Listening

Behind the words is where the heart lies. That’s where you get to connect to another human being on a whole different level. The way to really see and learn about people is by learning how to listen, and seeing and learning about people is a key to finding real meaning behind this life.

The art of listening to others is similar to reading and beginning to understand the Scriptures. The more you study the Scriptures, the more you can dive into the meaning of them. The stories that were told have layers of meaning. How deeply we can dive into them depends on the teacher and the readiness of the student. The way to become a good listener is by not taking anything too personally. Being detached helps you really hear the other person, not your self or your projections. It’s like my friend said to me, “I was in the same place 10 years ago, but I didn’t hear a word this teacher said. Now I am ready to hear.” Excerpts from Huffington Post by Osi Mizrahi

Books on Listening @ Library



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Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Born on June 10, 1928 (the same year as Mickey Mouse), Maurice Sendak will be remembered for such children’s classics as Where the Wild Things Are (1963), In the Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981), to name but a few.

Sendak won the prestigious Caldecott Award (an award given for excellence in illustration) for Wild Things in 1964: One little boy loved the book so much, he was moved to write a letter to Mr. Sendak, which he answered. The lad’s mother then wrote Sendak again to report “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” Sendak considered this the ultimate compliment! (Wikipedia).

Maurice Sendak developed a love of reading and drawing at a young age. Health problems forced him to bed often as a youngster, allowing him time to read and discover a world of classic literature. When he was 12, young Maurice saw Disney’s Fantasia, and it was then that he decided he wanted to be an illustrator. Sendak also had a life-long love of all things Mickey Mouse, collecting on his favorite character and naming the main character Mickey in his book, In the Night Kitchen. Sendak never “wrote down” to children—he didn’t believe in doing so. He went on to design sets for Ballet (Nutcracker) and opera (Magic Flute). Mozart (the composer for Magic Flute) was one of Sendak’s “Gods”—along with Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson.

Mr. Sendak passed away in 2012, but will be remembered for his unique work.

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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

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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Come and find out from representatives of the Alameda County Water District.  Learn about the water shortage, current mandatory water use restrictions water drop and ACWD conservation programs.

The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1401 or TDD (888)663-0660.

Monday, June 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Fremont Main Library Fukaya Meeting Room


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Paws to Read

The Summer Reading Game is starting June 9! Kids, Teens, and Adults are welcome to come into any Alameda County Library to sign up.  You can earn prizes for reading – and you can read or listen to any book you want!

Parents, bring in your kids to sign them up and you can sign up too. Prevent the summer slide-back between the end of one school year and the beginning of another – read every day!

You can read:

At a pool

In a bathtub

On vacation

At home

Under a tree (in a tree too!)

and so many other places!!

Where do you like to read!

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