Archive for September, 2014

As a Children’s Librarian, fall is one of my favorite times of year.  The craziness of summer has subsided with the kids back in school.  The library is still quite busy, but not from the minute we open our doors. And there is another reason I like the fall, story times.

I love doing story time with a group of preschoolers. They are usually old enough to sit and listen for a little while, then do some activity.  We limit story time to 30 minutes for this age group, and it seems to work well. I enjoy picking out the books I’m going to read to the kids, as well as finger plays and music.  I always start off with an action song to get everyone moving.  Then I read a book. I often try to pick books that the kids can interact with.  Books where they can repeat a phrase or make animal sounds are really popular. I intersperse 3-4 books with music or fingerplays until the end when I always do the Hokey Pokey. I hope the children find this as much fun as I do.

You don’t need to be a Children’s Librarian or have any credentials to read with your children. Many years ago, way before I ever dreamed I’d be a librarian, I read to my children.  I still think of those times very fondly.  It meant a lot to the kids, and to me, even if I was tired of reading a particular book 5 times in a row! I think if you were to ask my now adult children, they would say that those times when we sat and read together, are some of their best memories, too.  I think that those experiences fostered a love of reading that they both have to this day.

So parents, put down that cell phone, tablet or laptop.  Turn off the TV set.  Is what you are missing really that important?  None of is indispensable to our job or friends, but we are indispensable to our children as they are growing.  Want them to do well as adults?  Then spend some time NOW with them reading.  It’s one of the most important things you can do.  You will be a hero in your children’s eyes and you will be creating memories that last a lifetime: yours and theirs.

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Puzzled by your new iPad, smart phone, Windows 8, and more? What about Facebook, Twitter, or Skype? Our local teens, known as digital natives, can help. After all, they grew up with these devices and what they can do.

Our local teens will be back at the Fremont Main Library, starting Saturday, September 27, 2014, to help folks with questions. Drop in any time from 10:30 ‒ 12:30 p.m. Tutoring will continue through November 15, 2014.

If you have specific questions about a device or smart phone, it would be helpful to bring your manual.

Last summer our teens helped folks with questions about viruses, Skype, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, Facebook, and more.

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Visiting the pyramids

Visiting the pyramids

Patterson House

Patterson House

The Marks Center for Local and California History is pleased to host a special exhibit on loan from the Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

The exhibit is open for viewing on the second floor of the Fremont Main Library through the end of October.

Presentation on Mon. Sept. 22 @ 7 p.m. Fukaya Room

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd.

Fremont, CA


Clara Patterson

Clara Patterson

Clara was born in Alvarado in 1853. With her first husband, George Washington       Patterson, and their two sons, she managed one of the largest ranches in Alameda   County. Their home at Ardenwood can still be visited.

Clara at the Palace of Athens, Greece

Clara at the Palace of Athens, Greece

 In recent research, Patterson House   Manager Christie Dentry uncovered   the story of Clara’s trip to the Holy   Land in 1900 with her second   husband, Dr. Layson. Using her diaries, photographs and letters, Through the Lens of Clara Patterson provides a unique and intimate picture of world travel circa 1900.

Patterson House Manager Christie Dentry will give a presentation about Clara Patterson and the discoveries made about her travels at a special meeting of the Washington Township Historical Society on Monday, Sept.22 at 7 p.m. In the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library.

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Crime-Fighting Buddha?

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood

is a very intriguing article by

Chip Johnson on San Francisco Chronicle’s website (Monday, September 15, 2014).


I am sure God or Allah or…would not mind joining forces?




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Meet the Author: Elizabeth Lew of House of Liu

house of liu



Join Elizabeth Lew on a whirlwind tour of five thousand years of history on Saturday, October 18, 2-4 pm, at the Fukaya Room, Fremont Main Library. Ms. Lew, who is turning 90 this year, is a third generation Chinese American. From ancient China to present day America, Ms. Lew shares her family’s history with the book House of Liu. To study the Liu family tree is to study history as family members were either historical figures or were in the thick of history as it unfolded.


Copies of House of Liu and CDs will be available for purchase.

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Picture1Please join us for this workshop/talk about happiness. In this fun, interactive, and lighthearted talk, Javy W. Galindo explains how happiness need not be pursued, but chosen. Galindo shares seven insights from his new book “Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails” on how to choose happiness and why it is often a difficult choice to make.

Jay W. Galindo is lecturer in John F Kennedy University and De Anza College.


 Date: Saturday October 25, 2014  Picture2

 Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

 Place: Fukaya Room

           Fremont Library

           2400 Stevenson Blvd

           Fremont, CA 94538

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Books on happiness @ library

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Fremont Library has planned a series of six Parenting workshops conducted in Mandarin Chinese in 2014.  These 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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“America may be running out of sea captains and librarians.”, according to

Help Wanted: Librarians, Sea Captains in Wall Street Journal








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