Archive for November, 2015

Finally, the media is making a movie to create awareness of the dramatic global phenomenon of the extinction of many of the earth’s species.

The New York Times article is based on the release of two movies on similar missions “Racing Extinction” and “This Changes Everything,” both exploring the devastation humanity has wrought on the natural world. Both films offer messages of hope, profiling people who have helped stop, animal by animal, acre by acre, the pillaging of wildlife and land.

This will be a global event. On December 2, the Discovery Channel plans to broadcast it in prime time in about 220 countries and territories. We have to say to the world and to each other ‘For a moment, stop, and look at the issues that the film raises.’

Promoters and Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and his company Vulcan, are pushing for laws banning the trafficking of endangered species, among other initiatives, and exhorted, via social media and a website, supporters to do the same. Director Psihoyos is professing that each voice and each act, no matter how small, counts. Outrage generated by his movie “The Cove” helped reduce dolphin killings in Japan to 6,000 a year from 23,000.

The same concern led to the photo exhibit at the Fremont Main Library showing the beauty of the African Grey Parrot thriving in the wild in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Being exploited by the government and illegal traders the parrots are trapped in nets, bound to each other wing to wing, then stuffed by the hundreds into crates. Half of the parrots die in transport.

The legal quota is 5,000 parrots a year from the Congo and 7,000 from Cameroon. These countries can no longer sustain this kind of trade, the parrots are near extinction. The cruelty to these birds is extreme and unnecessary, the number exported are in the thousands, and their habitats are being destroyed. This lucrative trade points to the greed of the Congolese government and that of illegal traders. The birds who survive are exported mostly to Asia and the Middle East. Europe has agreed to ban imports.

How can you help?

If greedy governments cannot be stopped, then petitions sponsored by the World Parrot Trust and FLY FREE can make a difference. Help petition CITES to stop the imports into their member countries. CITES is an organization of governments who propose to protect nature and wildlife on earth. They need to be convinced of the necessity to stop this greed and brutality.

Birds belong in nature, they need to be wild and free, they need to fly and thrive, not end up in our cages for our amusement picking their feathers and mutilating themselves.

Come see our exhibit and be a witness to the sadness we have inflicted. Help those innocent lives who cannot help themselves.

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Late autumn and early winter bring some of the most iconic and celebrated holidays in American culture. For many people, these holidays are a time when families get together and form many fond memories. Below you will find a list of the most celebrated holidays of the season. Happy holidays from the Alameda County Libraries!

Diwali\Deepvali, November 9th-13th

During the festival of Diwali, homes and night skies are bright and festive with light! This ancient Hindu holiday is celebrated over four or five days, and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Lamps and lights are lit around homes and temples, and firecrackers are set off at night. Many people honor Diwali by cleaning, paying off old debts, and wearing new clothes.

Veteran’s Day, November 11th

Veterans Day is a time for Americans to honor and give thanks to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday, with schools, places of business and government offices closing out of respect.

Thanksgiving, November 26th

Feasts celebrating and giving thanks for the harvest were a common occurrence in colonial New England. However, it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became an official annual holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November. Today many American families celebrate by gathering for a home-cooked meal that traditionally includes foods such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Hanukkah, December 7th- December 14th 

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, according to the Hebrew calendar, and lasts for 8 days. Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish Maccabees defeat over the tyrant rule of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV. Jewish families celebrate by lighting candles in a menorah, eating traditional foods, and exchanging money or gifts.   

Winter Solstice, December 22nd 

The Winter Solstice celebrates the shortest day of the year as well as the longest night. Winter solstice symbolizes rebirth for many cultures.

Christmas Day, December 25th 

Christmas Day is a holiday many Christian families celebrate to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. During this holiday, families give gifts to friends and to each other. Many people like to decorate Christmas trees and visit relatives.

Kwanzaa, December 26th- January 1st 

Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African American traditions, families and values. Families tend to give gifts during Kwanzaa celebrations.

 New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve, December 31st-January 1st

New Year’s Eve celebrates the end of the Gregorian/ Western calendar. During this holiday, people celebrate by welcoming the New Year at midnight on New Year’s Eve, many cultures have different customs for bringing in the new year. 

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Want to find out the talents of our students and staff in the Fremont Unified School District? The 4th annual talent show is the right event for you to enjoy.  The students are trying hard to win up to $2,400 in total for their schools, so the competition is hot.  Acts include singing, dancing, martial art, flute, band, electric guitar, violin, piano, etc… Come one and all, and cheer for them!

Date: Saturday, Nov 14.

Time: 11 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm

Location: Mission San Jose High School, Room C120, 41717 Palm Avenue, Fremont, CA 94539

Emcees: Dr. Jim Morris (FUSD Superintendent), Ms. Sherea Westra (FUDTA President), Ms. Nina Moore (Former FUSD Board Trustee)

Judges: Mr. Eman Isadiar (Fremont Symphony Orchestra Executive Director), Ms. Sharon Coco (FUSD Administrative Assistant to Board and Superintendent), Mr. Larry Sweeney (4-Term FUSD Board Trustee)

Tickets cost: $5/ea online purchase; $10/ea at the door.  Participants and children 3 and under are free.  Net proceeds will go to support FUSD schools, programs, and students.

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Little Kids Rock

Preschool music is not only “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “The Wheels on the Bus,” although we love familiar, favorite songs during story times.

I didn’t know much about other preschool music until the four several years. In that time, I’ve heard concerts and dance parties geared toward ages 0 to 5, and parents, with some really fun music. Award winners like Alphabet Rockers, Alison Faith Levy, and Lucky Diaz come to mind.

We have new furniture to hold the CDs, so now they are in order, and easier to find. But it’s still always fun to browse what is here.  We have one CD by Lucky Diaz, call number J782.42083 DIAZ. And one by Alison Levy CD J782.42083 LEVY.

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The mix tapes we use for Stay & Play also have a lot of other great artists and sources. Some include Party in my Tummy — about including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Another one is Pancakes & Syrup — it’s breakfast time. Also “Brush Brush Brush” about how to brush your teeth. And we end with a fun song about cleaning up, What a Mess What a Mess, What a Mess. I found out these songs come from Yo Gabba Gabba. We have several music CDs and DVDs from this program. One CD call number is: CD J781.546 YO

The Alphabet Rockers are also a lot of fun with a rap beat — I’ve heard them perform, as well.  According to our catalog summary, ” Alphabet Rockers is comparable to Yo Gabba Gabba and Choo Choo Soul in their hip hop style, beats, and catchy educational tunes” and include songs such as “Eat the Rainbow” and “Go!”…See CD J781.649 ALPHABET

We hope you enjoy our story times for preschool (January) or toddlers (November/December), and check out the fun music CDs we have for little ones.

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at Fremont Main Library – Fukaya A Meeting Room
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Is a debt collector threatening to sue you? Has a debt collector actually filed a lawsuit against you? Have they gotten their judgment, and are they now garnishing your wages? Regardless of where you are in the process, come and learn from Eric M. Boeing, Consumer Debt Attorney, who will discuss: Cease and desist letters, Debt settlement/negotiation, Answering their complaint, Representing yourself as a defendant, Seeking protection from the Bankruptcy Court.

Listen and leave armed with the information you need so you can choose your own plan of attack.

Eric M. Boeing’s (www.boeinglaw.com) law practice is devoted to helping people protect themselves from their creditors. He is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, class of 2006.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, 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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Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Meeting Room
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Come hear Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA, and host of the American Dreams radio show talk about year-end tax strategies and what you can still do for 2015. Listen to Alan discuss tax strategies for you, your business, and how the American dream is still possible. Alan is the Managing Partner of Greenstien, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP (GROCO.com) the largest CPA firm in Fremont.

This free program is sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, GROCO, and the Alameda County Library System. No registration is required.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, 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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Slow Life Movement

The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. It began with Carlo Petrini’s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986 that sparked the creation of the slow food organization. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas, like Cittaslow (Slow Cities).

The World Institute of Slowness presented a vision for an entire “Slow Planet” and a need to teach the world the way of Slow. The Slow Movement is not organized and controlled by a single organization. A fundamental characteristic of the Slow Movement is that it is propounded, and its momentum maintained, by individuals who constitute the expanding global community of Slow. Excerpts from Wikipedia

Books on Slow movement @ Library and Link +

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Screenagers: a film


 It explores how learning, playing and socializing online affects teens’ developing attention span, fragile self-esteem and moral instincts.  It examines the real risks of failing in school, social isolation and digital    addiction. The film also explores solutions for handling screen time, and provides parents with tools to help young people develop self-control and find balance in their digital lives.

Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other devices. That doesn’t include the time they use screens for school and homework. ‘Screenagers: How Much Screen Time is Healthy?’ is a documentary that explores how much screen time is too much.

Join us for an exclusive pre-release screening and discussion with community members and leaders!

2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fukaya Room

Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd

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