Archive for July, 2014

How’s your driving? Traffic got you down? Not happy with gridlock?

You can tune-up your driving skills at the “Drive Smart: Senior Traffic Safety Seminar” conducted by the California Highway Patrol on August 20 at the Fremont Main Library. The seminar will include information about compensating for age-related changes; driving skill tune-up; safe driving tips; a confidential self-evaluation; and more.

On completion of the seminar, participants will receive a certificate which usually entitles them to an automobile insurance discount.

Registration is required: Sign up at the Information Desk, Fremont Main Library or call 510-745-1401 to register.

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In my never-ending quest to find fun days to celebrate, I’ve found the perfect day for those who love books!  Book Lovers Day is officially August 9. According to the website. Holiday Insights, this is a day to encourage folks to sit in the shade, relax and read a good book. There is some controversybook-lovers-day-8-9-2-550x320y about the date of this holiday, and some place it in November on the first Saturday of the month.  Well, I say, no problem! Feel free to celebrate either or both days!  I like the idea of sitting on my small deck and relaxing with a book, and maybe even dozing off a little.  A bit of heaven for a reader. Now, what should I read? Maybe one of those fun,  Magical Cats mysteries by Sofie Kelly would be good.  Any suggestions?  What are you reading and enjoying this summer?  Comment with your suggestion, and I’ll compile a list of library readers favorite summer reads, and list it in my blog in September. After all, if you don’t get to read it now, then you can always wait for the next Book Lovers Day in November!

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The Best Burger Chain Is in Fremont!

You may have never heard of it but Consumer Reports names it the best in America in its August issue, which is available at most branches.


At Fremont Main, you can request it at the Reference Desk on the second floor.


The Habit Burger Grill claimed the top spot for the best-tasting burger in the country, beating out competitors like In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys.”  The Habit Burger Grill has local presence in Fremont.


This Consumer Reports article is also available online (with a valid library card) through a search in the library’s EBSCOHost database: http://guides.aclibrary.org/ .

Tip: type burger into the search box for Consumer Reports and click on Search. On the next screen, sort by Date Newest and voila:






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Maisie Dobbs is the main character in a mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear. I say mystery series, but the books feel more like historical novels that happen to have a mystery. The books take place in post world war I England and are rich with historical detail. In the first book , Maisie Dobbs, we meet Maisie as she is setting up her new detective agency in London. The mystery starts quickly, and as we get closer to solving the mystery, we learn much about Maisie’s past. This novel gives an excellent picture of the wold pre-World War I and immediately after. In the second book, Birds of a Feather, the mystery is more complex and we are beginning to see some of the longer term consequences of war.

These books can be found in both book  and ebook formats.


If  you enjoy  historical  mysteries you  might  also  want  to  try  the  mysterys by Edward Marston. I enjoy his Railway Detective series.

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home_page_bannerTime flies especially when we have a lot of fun!!  Can you believe that we are already half way through the Summer Reading Game, since we started on June 9th?

There are a lot of winners in the Children’s area already.  Have you signed up and gotten your game board yet?  Look at how many dog, cat, and rabbit icons are up on the bulletin board now.  Each of them represents an enthusiastic reader who will be the final prize winners soon.

Other than the bingo game to play, there are many fun programs scheduled.  We had a concert, a comedy circus show, a movie, and even learned about the Didgeridoo (Australian Instrument) in the past few weeks.  Here are the upcoming programs:

 Tuesday, 7/15, 7 pm  The LEGO movie

Thursday, 7/17, 11:30 am  Storyteller Leona Hoegsberg from Texas, yes, TEXAS

Wednesday, 7/23, 2 pm and 3:30 pm  Magic Show

Thursday, 7/24, 11:30 am  Winnie The Pooh movie

Tuesday, 7/29, 7 pm  Jungle James Animal Adventures (with live animals!!!!!)

Wednesday, 8/6, 2 pm  Animal Crafts

Thursday, 8/7, 11:30 am and 12:45 pm Marionettes Puppet show

Free tickets are available 15 minutes before each program at the Children’s Desk.   Mark your calendar and come have some fun!  See ya!!

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While Campbell’s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world’s great mythological traditions, he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology. He did, however, have much to say on the subject. Between 1972 and 1986 he gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses, exploring the figures, functions, symbols, and themes of the feminine divine, following them through their transformations across cultures and epochs.

In this provocative volume, editor Safron Rossi—a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library—collects these lectures for the first time. Excerpts from Joseph Campbell Foundation

Excerpt from the book  Goddesses: Mysteries of feminine divine

Many of the difficulties that women face today follow from the fact that they are moving into a field of action in the world that was formerly reserved for the male and for which there are no female mythological models. The woman finds herself, consequently, in a competitive relationship with the male, and in this may lose the sense of her own nature. She is something in her own right, and traditionally (for some four million years) the relationship of that something to the male has been experienced and represented, not as directly competitive, but as cooperative in the shared ordeal of continuing and supporting life. Her biologically assigned role was to give birth to and to rear children. The male role was to support and protect. Both roles are biologically and psychologically archetypical. But what has happened now—as a result of the masculine invention of the vacuum cleaner—is that women have been relieved, in some measure, of their traditional bondage to the household. They are moving into the field and jungle of individual quest, achievement, and self-realization, for which there are no female models. Moreover, in pursuing their distinct careers they are emerging progressively as differentiated personalities, leaving behind the old archetypal accent on the biological role—to which, however, their psyches are still constitutionally bound. The grim prayer of Lady Macbeth before her deed, “unsex me here!” must be the unspoken, deeply felt cry of many a new contender in this masculine jungle.

Books by Joseph Campbell@ library


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Are you one of the hundreds of people who know the library has music? That’s correct! we have music every second Saturday at the Fremont Library.   Here is our next group:

Pilgrim (July 19, 2-3:30 pm)

Pilgrim is a local country and country rock band that also plays some classic rock. They have an extensive song list which covers music by such artists as Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Beatles, and many more.

For more information on the band, visit their web site at:


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The two movies lined up for free showings at the Library this month will take viewers to Washington D.C.  Showtime is 2 p.m. movies rotator The movies are:

 July 6      Being There (Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine; PG)

July 20     National Treasure (Nicolas Cage; PG)

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible.  Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.


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Munchies for a Makeover

We can certainly eat our way into beauty, according to Eat pretty by Jolene Hart:



“At the molecular level, fruit and veggies break down to repair and rebuild skin, hair and nails.”  Stocking the following four summer must-haves is recommended:


1 Bell Pepper


Goal: Slow the aging process

Perk: Score up to 600 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C, which fights collagen depletion


1/2 Cucumber



Goal: Reduce your fluid retention

Perk: This water-rich food rebalances and rehydrates your body, so your release extra water.



1 Cup Pineapple

Goal: Get gorgeous hair

Perk: The nutrient vitamin B6, which supports hair growth and natural hair color, is found in this tropical treat.


1 Cup Watermelon




Goal: Guard against the sun’s rays

Perk: The melon contains lycopene, an antioxident pigment that helps defend against UV damage


For recipe ideas, visit:

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Happy Birthday, Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos was born on this day in 1951.  Gantos is an award winning author who has written a variety of children’s books covering different genres – adventure, realistic fiction, mysteries, and more.  Gantos won the Newbery award in 2011 for Dead End in Norvelt, but was recognized before then as an outstanding author.

Jack Gantos

Come check out his books, or even his biography…and find out why this children’s author went to jail!

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