Archive for June, 2015

fourth-of-july-clip-art-July-4-2014Here we are at the end of June and the 4th of July is within sight! Hopefully, you have had a wonderful summer so far. No school pressures with the kids on summer vacation, maybe a little more time to relax, bbq or do whatever you enjoy , and just maybe a trip away from home.  However, if going away is not in your budget, then check out things closer to home. A good starting place is your local library.

You can find out what’s happening at the library by either dropping in and talking to one of our friendly library staff or check our calendar on our internet web-site, http://www.aclibrary.org and go to events.  You can choose to focus on events in a few ways: either by specific  library or event, date or age level.  As an example, on July 5th the Main Library in Fremont is showing the old-time movie”Yankee Doodle Dandy” if you need a chance to rest and cool-off from your 4th of July fun.

Alameda County Libraries offer events year-round, but if you are looking for a cure to the “I’m bored!” of summer, then check us out.  You are sure to find something fun, educational or both at your library!  And while you’re here, don’t miss a chance to sign-up for the Summer Reading Game “Read to the Rhythm.”  We have games for all ages: pre-reader, kids,  teens and adults. As with all of our programs, it’s free and fun. It’s a great way to keep reading going through the summer.  We have cool prizes for everyone, so come check it out. Make the library part of your summer. And have a spectacular 4th!


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Anime Day & Manga Swap

manga swap flier-page-001This Tuesday, June 23 2015, come join us for snacks and anime! We’ll also have some manga to check out- bring your old manga to swap with others, or just come to hang out and watch anime. Click the image to enlarge it and check out the details!  See you there.

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One of the best places to visit for nature lovers and nature enthusiast is Tilden Regional Park’s Botanic Garden.  The Botanic Garden displays many of California native plants.



Specimens of plants have been brought in from all corners of the state for the public to enjoy. The garden is open from 8:30 AM  to 5:00 PM from October 1st until May 31st and from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM from June 1st until September 30th and closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

To see the prominent plants at a particular time of the year and for more information, check out Tilden Regional Park’s Botanical Garden Website.

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The long waited summer reading game is finally here.  This year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm.   Anyone aged 0 to 99+ can play.  We have different games for adults, teens, children, and pre-readers.  So come one and come all, come to any library branch to sign up for the game, start to read and keep track how much time you spend reading.  Beginning on 6/15, any time you come back to the library, just bring the game board with you and you can spin, and maybe win some prizes.

We have also planned and invited various performers to come this summer.  Magic, storytelling, music concert, puppet show… you name it.  Please check our calendar to find out what, where and when.

We hope that you will have a wonderful summer ahead!!


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Ecopsychology studies the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. The field seeks to develop and understand ways of expanding the emotional connection between individuals and the natural world, thereby assisting individuals with developing sustainable lifestyles and remedying alienation from nature. Theodore Roszak is credited with coining the term in his 1992 book, The Voice of the Earth. He later expanded the idea in the 1995 anthology Ecopsychology with co-editors Mary Gomes and Allen Kanner. Excerpt from Wikipedia

“Funny how psychiatrists are absolutely inspired when it comes to mapping sexual dysfunction, but fail to chart the strong emotional bond we have with the natural habitat. It’s time for an environmentally based definition of mental health. So the next time you’re feeling down, take yourself off to the woods for a few days.”  excerpt from the Nature of Sanity by Theodore Roszak

Books on Ecopsychology @ library

Articles on Ecopychology @ EBSCOHoste

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Traditionally, the Chinese eat Zongzi (Chinese Tamale) and have dragon boat races to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival.  This year, it falls on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Further info on Dragon Boat Festival (or Duanwu Festival):

Dragon Boat Festival

See if you can make the zongzi yourself:

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You Are Actually Drinking SUGAR!

you are drinking sugar

pineapple watermelon water 1

melon water 2

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National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday of June each year.  To mark the day (June 5 this year), you can pick up a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme locations.  Watch the video to see the Salvation Army’s role in how this sugary celebration came to be.

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Drought Resistant?

20150602_frontgardenIt’s finally June — and a lovely day, as we sit under the grey clouds and/or see the blue sky and sun peek through.It’s warm(ish) and the flowers are blooming.

This made me think of several issues. Drought resistant gardening?

I have belatedly been reading and planning this late spring. Apparently, it’s best to plant in the fall. New plants, even drought resistant ones, need a lot of water for the first year. (For books on drought tolerant plants, consider the Dewey # 635.9525 and nearby, in your library).

But then what made me even consider the flowers? I decided to take 20 minutes extra this morning to “smell the roses,” by sitting near them.

Most of us are in the middle of busy days and weeks — even long weekends that become busy with food preparation, family gatherings, and chores around the house — and getting kids through the end of the school year and filling in the gaps in summer plans with educational programs and other activities.20150602_rosesTrees2

Sometimes we need to ensure we ourselves are “drought resistant.”

So, here’s a suggestion: take a moment to find a passage in a favorite book: scripture, poetry, or beautifully-written prose.
(If you’re in a library, you might drop by the 150’s, 190’s, or 200s for the former and 811+ for poetry).

Perhaps read a thought for the day. Perhaps allow a few minutes more than usual to dwell on this thought. It can be refreshing, like “deep watering” my gardener friend tells me our roses need. Then it’s easier to gear up for dealing with the phone/internet company, getting to work, or picking up the kids –whatever is next on the “to do” list!

Most of all, enjoy nature’s prelude to summer!

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