Archive for April, 2015

Join us this Saturday, April 18, 10:30 a.m.  Rosalie, a former ballet dancer, will lead us dancing into Spring!

Line Dancing is great fun for the novice as well as the experienced because there is a wide range of dances from the simple 18-count Electric Slide to complex 96-count dances. In this hour, we will begin to explore this world-wide movement, learning steps to music that ranges from country and pop to Latin and the ballroom.  Learn a way to stay fit and have lots of fun!

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Just in time for National Library Week:

“These days, the definition is refreshingly open to interpretation.  So says Alex Johnson in his spirited new book, “Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World’s Most Unusual Libraries”“…


As of last checking, we don’t have this book in the collection just yet.

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Yes, two more, on top of our endless storytime list.  🙂

#1  Shake, Rattle & Read is created during the regular Preschool Storytime session but for the younger group.  While Preschool Storytime is designed for 3 to 5 years old, Shake, Rattle & Read are for children 18 months to 3 years old.  They are scheduled on Mondays at 2:30 pm on April 20 and May 4.  Music, finger plays, puppets and stories will be included.  Tickets are available at 2:15 pm at the Children’s Desk.


#2  The Stratford School’s Preschool Storytime is led by the staff of the Stratford School on Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 pm.  It is a storytime includes music and songs.  No registration necessary.

Hope these newly added program will fit into your busy schedule.  Come join us and have some fun.

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Emotional Hygiene

If you don’t know what emotional hygiene is, don’t worry; most people don’t. Here’s a brief definition. In much the same way that dental hygiene involves brushing our teeth and flossing every day, and personal hygiene involves cleaning ourselves and taking care of physical injuries when we sustain them, emotional hygiene refers to being mindful of our psychological health and adopting brief daily habits to monitor and address psychological wounds when we sustain them.

Seven tips for improving your emotional hygiene:

  1. Pay attention to emotional pain — recognize it when it happens and work to treat it before it feels all-encompassing.
    The body evolved the sensation of physical pain to alert us that something is wrong and we need to address it. The same is true for emotional pain. If a rejection, failure or bad mood is not getting better, it means you’ve sustained a psychological wound and you need to treat it.
  2. Redirect your gut reaction when you fail.
    The nature of psychological wounds makes it easy for one to lead to another. Failure can often drive you to focus on what you can’t do instead of focusing on what you can. That can then make you less likely to perform at your best, which will make you even more focused on your shortcomings, and on the cycle goes. To stop this sort of emotional spiral, learn to ignore the post-failure “gut” reaction of feeling helpless and demoralized, and make a list of factors that you can control were you to try again.
  3. Monitor and protect your self-esteem. When you feel like putting yourself down, take a moment to be compassionate to yourself.
    Self-esteem is like an emotional immune system that buffers you from emotional pain and strengthens your emotional resilience. As such, it is very important to monitor it and avoid putting yourself down, particularly when you are already hurting. One way to “heal” damaged self-esteem is to practice self-compassion.
  4. When negative thoughts are taking over, disrupt them with positive distraction.
    When you replay distressing events in your mind without seeking new insight or trying to solve a problem, you’re just brooding, and that, especially when it becomes habitual, can lead to deeper psychological pain. The best way to disrupt unhealthy rumination is to distract yourself by engaging in a task that requires concentration (for example, do a Sudoku, complete a crossword, try to recall the names of the kids in your fifth grade class). Studies show that even two minutes of distraction will reduce the urge to focus on the negative unhealthily.
  5. Find meaning in loss.
    Loss is a part of life, but it can scar us and keep us from moving forward if we don’t treat the emotional wounds it creates. If sufficient time has passed and you’re still struggling to move forward after a loss, you need to introduce a new way of thinking about it. Specifically, the most important thing you can do to ease your pain and recover is to find meaning in the loss and derive purpose from it.
  6. Don’t let excessive guilt linger.
    Guilt can be useful. In small doses, it alerts you to take action to mend a problem in your relationship with another person. But excessive guilt is toxic, in that it wastes your emotional and intellectual energies, distracts you from other tasks, and prevents you from enjoying life. One of the best ways to resolve lingering guilt is to offer an effective apology.
  7. Learn what treatments for emotional wounds work for you.
    Pay attention to yourself and learn how you, personally, deal with common emotional wounds. For instance, do you shrug them off, get really upset but recover quickly, get upset and recover slowly, squelch your feelings, or …? Use this analysis to help yourself understand which emotional first aid treatments work best for you in various situations.The same goes for building emotional resilience. Try out various techniques and figure out which are easiest for you to implement and which tend to be most effective for you. But mostly, get into the habit of taking note of your psychological health on a regular basis. Excerpts from IDEAS TED by Guy Win

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D&G imageThis week is Spring Break for the Fremont public schools (yay!). Of course, there’s a lot happening at the Fremont Main, including Math and Science camp (MASE) for 5th & 6th grade on Monday Tuesday Wednesday. And, we start preschool story times (see web site for times) after a 4-week session of toddler times in March. We will restart our Shake Rattle & Rhyme Toddler times every other Monday starting April 6 @2:30pm.  But also, it’s a great opportunity to get outside in the FRESH AIR, or at least break out of work/school routine and afterschool activities. Perhaps it’s a chance to hop on BART to San Francisco or take a drive to Santa Rosa to the Charles Schulz Museum, or San Jose Tech Museum — or scores of other venues.  Check out our aclibrary.org, the Discover and Go link from the home page. If you sign in with your library card number, you can find a list of venues available for a given day. Try to discover something new during this spring break!

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Girl Reading Under an Oak Tree, 1879 (oil on canvas), Winslow Homer
How shall we celebrate poetry month?
Let us count the ways
We could write a poem once a week
Or even once a day
We could borrow books of poems
From the Fremont Library
And read them in a nearby park
Beneath a lovely tree
We could learn about poetry styles and themes
In a Gale Series online
Or read a poet’s biography
Robert Frost or Gertrude Stein
We could check out poetry movies
Such as Sylvia or Howl
Or visit some dear childhood friends
Like Pussycat and Owl
Through April and through every month
Does it matter so much which?
Poems, poem, everywhere!
And every drop so rich.

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Mark your calendar.  All programs are from 7-8:30 p.m. at the library. MSW_responsive_logo

Tuesday, April 7: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR RETIREMENT Sam Oceguera and Brian Chong, both licensed Mass Mutual financial planners, will discuss ways to improve your ability to retire how and when you want.

Monday, April 13: ESTATE AND TRUST PLANNING Meet James J. Phillips, experienced Probate and Estate Planning Attorney serving Alameda County, who will speak on estate planning, trusts, probate, and related tax matters.

Monday, April 27: FINDING FINANCIAL BALANCE See how combining time-tested principles of risk management with sensible strategies for long-term tax-reduction can give you the potential to grow your assets and increase your net spendable income in retirement. Speaker F. Thomas Laniecki has conducted close to 100 seminars and over 1,000 one-on-one financial education sessions for employees at Bay Area companies on a variety of financial topics and employee benefits.

Tuesday, April 28: MAKING THE MOST OF SOCIAL SECURITY Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or widowed, there may be ways to maximize the lifetime Social Security benefits you receive. Chunchi Ma, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, leads this educational workshop.

The Fremont Main Library is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard, and is wheelchair accessible. The Library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.

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