Archive for January, 2016

Music @ Library

Check out the music streaming, download and music videos at Library website.

Alexander Music & Performing Arts online includes American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound. It also includes performance videos.

Naxos Music Library contains over 75,000 tracks of music, primarily classical and traditional music from around the world. In order to listen to the music, you will need to have Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or higher.

Freegal Music offers access to about 9 million songs and 15,000 music videos. library users have a weekly download limit 3 songs or a video dowload (count as 2 of of your weekly music selection) plus one songs. For more detail info visit FAQ.

Downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Check out our new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.


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A Pleasant Surprise!

Have you ever had an experience where you saw something unexpectedly and it made you feel very excited?  Here is one such story involving a long time patron that started more than 10 years ago.

As a fourth grader, Aidan wrote “The Magic Map”, winning the Fremont Unified School District’s Young Author’s Contest.  Now he is a graduate student at the University of Chicago.  When he brought his nephew to the library this winter break, he glanced through the shelves and randomly pulled a book out of the Young Author’s collection – woah, it was HIS own!!

I was lucky enough to be at the Children’s Desk that day to share his excitement.  This picture shows him reading the book he wrote when he was 9 years old with his nephew

Aidan and his winning book!

Aidan and his winning book!


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The Lawyer in the Library Program, held the fourth Tuesday of the Law-logo[1]month at Fremont Main Library, offers a free 15-minute appointment with an attorney. Sign-ups are taken in person between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at the Information Desk on the evening of the program. A lottery at 5:50 p.m. assigns appointments, with the first one at 6 p.m. and the last at 7:45 p.m. Usually there are 16 time slots available. The LITL schedule for 2016 is:

January 26         February 23      March 22          April 26

 May 24               June 28             July 26            August 23

September 27     October 25      November 22     December—none

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15 minutes Yoga

15 minutes Yoga practice to get your new year started off right.

Books and DVD on Yoga @ Library


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Well, it’s a new year. While I may have felt like it’s just another Saturday or Monday that I work, it still feels like a new start. A chance to think about new plans.

Friends of mine had a good thought for the new year: In addition to thinking about goals and things we want to improve, make a list of things you appreciate — and one thing you accomplished in the last year– one thing you’re happy about — etc. I find this a very helpful thought as we face a new year of challenges and goals.

Kids have had the benefit of a few weeks off, and they have been asking for different books than they ask for during school. Adults are usually too busy during the holidays, with preparing food and the house for guests — decorating–wrapping presents–perhaps packing and traveling, as well. Now that it’s the new year, we usually think about goals we want to set. Or fun or exotic places we want to go on our next vacation. Maybe a new class we want to take at night. And, now that kids are going back to school and the parties are over, it’s a chance for us to think of books we haven’t read.   But, in addition to the self-improvement books, longer nights lend themselves to snuggling up with a good read that may be relaxing and entertaining, too.

As a children’s librarian, I am interested in the “latest” books (or relatively new), high quality materials to recommend to kids. So, I take a look at the ALA Notable Books, which include the Newbery (novel), Caldecott (picture books), Sibert (nonfiction), Theodor Geisel (early reader) the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre (diversity) and many other book, CD, and video awards. You can also find lists of books under consideration for 2016.

I also find, when I’m listening to the radio, I hear good book reviews at the end of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. So I took a look at recent shows, including the Saturday, January 2, Fresh Air Weekend Best Books and Films. This included book reviews from Maureen Corrigan, Television ratings by David Bianculli, and film reviews by David Edelstein. These inspire me to find books and DVDs that might be worth my time.

Happy reading and viewing to all, and Happy New Year!


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