Archive for January, 2015

happy_valentines_day The last day of January is here (already!) and February, the shortest month of the year, is about to make it’s entrance. February may be short but it’s an important time of  year. Lest you need to be reminded, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. It is the one day of the year that is specially set aside to let those we care about, whether in a friendly or romantic way, know just how much they mean to us.

And, of course, the libraries want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Two of our lovely smaller libraries, Niles Library and Irvington Library, will be having programs in which the whole family is invited to participate. Both programs will be led by Christie of Christie’s Creative Cupboard.

Niles Library program will be on Tuesday, February 10 at 3:30 PM. Families will have the opportunity to work together on Valentine greetings. All supplies will be provided for this free program.  Due to space limitations, participation is available upon a first-come basis. So arrive a little early and be prepared to have fun!

Irvington Library will have a program the following day, Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 PM.  This program will be a little different. Families will have the fun of working together to make a beautiful, tissue-decorated cardboard heart.  This will be fun to keep as a decoration for your home or to give as a gift. Free tickets will be given out 15 minutes prior to the program, so please be on time to get your place! This program is also free, and all materials are provided.

Hope you can make it to one or both of these fun programs.  Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


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Do you have questions? The Fremont Library is the place to come for answers for those perplexing smart phones, Kindles, tablets, and more.

Local high school teens will provide one-on-one tutoring beginning this coming Saturday, January 31, from 10:30 -12:30 p.m. This program, the Teen/Senior Computer and Gadget Help Program, will continue through April 11, 2015, so you can return for follow-up questions or more help.

In past sessions, teens have helped set up email accounts; tutored folks in Excel or Word; answered questions about the Internet; and much, much more.

No need to register in advance; just come with your questions; we have answers.

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The Spirit of Invention Moves On

If you pick up the newspaper or listen to the news, it seems like invention related to personal technology and social media take the spotlight.  I love to keep up with this information but I breath a sigh of relief when I see invention and technology that could provide a more profound benefit to people than the latest app craze.  Here are a few that I read about last year that caught my attention:

  • One of my favorites is the technology that makes plastic out of air.
  • The problem of drinkable water is huge so the Slingshot Water Purifier is a great breakthrough (it also mentions an extremely cool earlier invention, the Stirling Engine that unlike the internal-combustion engine requires only an external heat source to run).
  • As a bicycle rider, I love the idea of the inflatable bicycle helmet, both functional and fashionable and also a life saver.
  • Imagine the impact a foldable microscope that costs as little as fifty cents can have on the health of developing countries.
  • Now that they have fulfilled their kickstarter objectives, Circuit Scribe lets you draw circuits instantly before you create your final product.  Great for all those new invention ideas.
  • Finally, although it’s a way off, I’m still waiting for that electric driverless car that will help lower air pollution as well as hopefully making driving to work safer.

If you have your own favorite new technology that isn’t strictly related to personal social technologies, tell us about them.  Also stop by the library and read how inventors and inventions change how we do things and their impact on our lives.

The Tinkerers How To Fly A Horse Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History A Tribute to Diversity and Innovation

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Since our Parenting classes in 2014 were such successful and welcome by the parents, this year we are scheduling seventeen Parenting classes/workshops — six in English, six in Mandarin, and five parenting brown bag Q/A in Mandarin.

In Jan., both the Parenting workshops are on Saturday, 31st:

  • 10:30 am – Transitions to Preteen Years (in English)
  • 2:00 pm – 如何與ABC兒童青少年溝通 (in Mandarin)

The Parenting Q/A is on Thursday, 1/22, from 12 to 2 pm.  Bring any your questions/concerns on parenting and a brown bag lunch to talk to a licensed Parenting educator.


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Reading Resolutions


Besides resolutions to be healthier (eat differently, exercise more) and use time better (take time for ourselves, or our families, etc.), many of us may want to broaden our knowledge of the world–through our reading. I would like to read more nonfiction in 2015.

For ideas about good books, there are many places to start —

At aclibrary.org there is a tab for Reader’s Corner at the bottom right of our home page frame.

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On the Readers’ Corner page, there is a box for BookBrowse in the top middle.


Find your next great read with BookBrowse.com Reviews, recommendations, read-alikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more. Acess from home using your library card number.
This is a great resource for “Read alike” suggestions. If you like Mary Roach (humorous, but informative nonfiction in the sciences), you can find a list of authors who may (or may not) be similar.

Readers Corner_screenOn the left side of the Readers Corner page, there is a list of Inside This Guide — with AC Library lists of books by genre.

Below that, there is a list of Award winners — Man Booker, National Book Award, Pulitzer, etc.

And below that, links to Reviews from SF Gate (online version of the SF Chronicle reviews) and NY Review of Books.

There are links to three(3) web sites where you can keep and share your own books (like Goodreads 🙂 And other web sites for book lovers.

You can find in the right column, Bestsellers – a link to NY Times Bestsellers.

There you can subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter of the top few “New bestsellers”.

Actually there are many ways to track down New Books from our Readers’ Corner.

Happy hunting for informative, amusing, or profound literature in the new year. And best of luck with your other resolutions!

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The Fremont Main Library continues to offer movies on Sundays.  With the start of a new year (Happy New Year!), movies in January will show people in their personal pursuits, new beginnings.  Shows start at 2 p.m. in Fukaya Room B.  Scheduled for showing are:


awakeningsJanuary 11 – Awakenings (Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro; PG-13).  Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams), a research physician, uses an experimental drug to “awaken” the catatonic victims of a rare disease. The awakening of the first patient proves a rebirth for the doctor.


better lifeJanuary 18 – A Better Life (Demian Bichir, Jose Julian; PG-13).  Carlos Galindo dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S.  When his wife leaves him, Carlos’s only goal becomes to make sure his son Luis is given the opportunities he never had.

PleasantvilleJanuary 25 – Pleasantville (Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire; PG-13). A brother and sister are magically transported through their television set and into the black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.



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