Archive for March, 2016

The Fremont Main Library offers these programs to mark National Financial Literacy Month in April and Money Smart Week April 23-30.

TAX PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT  Tuesday, April 5, 7-8:30 p.m.

Learn from Brian Chong, CPA, how you can save for retirement and reduce your taxes. Brian has been doing taxes since 2001 for his clients who are mostly engineers, real estate investors, and business owners. A UC Berkeley economics graduate, Brian holds a Master’s degree in taxation from San Jose State and is also a licensed CPA and Enrolled Agent.


Dr. William Jiang, Ph.D., M.Phil., of The Ivy Advisor, will discuss the ins and outs of the college admission process, admission tests and the importance of setting up a road map for students as early as the 6th grade.   Chunchi Ma, Financial Advisor with the investment firm Waddell & Reed, will present funding and scholarship options to help parents face the key question:  Financially, are you ready?

STUDENT LOAN LAW  BASICS  Tuesday, April 26, 7–8:30 p.m.

Eric M. Boeing, consumer debt attorney, will introduce ways borrowers may choose to address their student loan situation, including:  the four government-sponsored payment reduction programs (IBR, ICR, PAYE, and REPAYE); consolidation and rehabilitation of defaulted loans; hardship deferments and disability discharges; suing schools and debt collectors;  how Bankruptcy Court can and can’t help. 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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My Last Day!

good bye catToday is my last day to work for Alameda County Library.  Leaving is bittersweet as most partings are. I started my career with the library almost 22 years ago, as Services as Needed Library Clerk, moved on to permanent part-time Library Clerk, then Library Assistant for many years, then finally Librarian.

My co-workers, with rare exceptions, have been loving, generous, professional, hard-working,  sharing people. I consider many of them  friends, and hope to keep in touch.  I will miss them all.  They are what made the day-to-day job not only bearable, but quite often fun! We helped each out when we were short-handed (a frequent occurrence), or needed a break or just encouragement.   I have many wonderful memories of our times together.

My patrons at Fremont, Irvington and Niles have been both wonderful and difficult, but that’s what made the days interesting!  I am thankful for the kindness many of them have shown me.  I have enjoyed watching many kids grow up from story times to adulthood.  It has been a privilege to know them and their families. And I am thankful for those who have become friends.

Now is the time for change. I want time to do more than work, go home, sleep, eat and start all over again. No more working weekends  sounds like a dream to me. I don’t want to get upset all the time, dealing with administrative decisions that don’t make sense in any way, shape or form.Not to mention that they  deeply hurt morale. How staff is treated DOES matter.I salute those who work so hard every day, and don’t get a lot of appreciation for all that they do.  There is a lot more to library work , than just being at a desk.

Now it’s time for me to move to a new phase of my life.  I have a new grandson, and more on the way.  I’ll have time to do some of the things I haven’t had the time or energy to do for a long time. For the first time in many years, I’ll be a library patron, not employee. Wish me luck.





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safe kids dayThis is a community event that provides free new booster car seats to families across Alameda county.  500 free new booster car seats will be distributed in conjuction with Safe Kids Day.  The family must live in Alameda County, and meet the applicable income threshold.  Both the child and vehicle must be present for installation of the booster car seat.

  • Date: Saturday, March 19
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum Parking Lot, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, Ca 94621

For more information, email info@Seats4Safety.org, or visit http://www.Seats4Safety.org.


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Mark your calendar.  On March 18-20 is the spring book sale of the Friends of the Fremont Library.  Here’s the link to the flyer with all the juicy details.  I had trouble attaching the flyer itself.

Click to access book-sale4.pdf



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Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with dance performance by Farima Berenji dance academy and Persian music by Amir school of music.

Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (Spring Equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

Saturday March 12, 2016

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fremont Library

Fukaya Room

2400 Stevenson Blvd

Fremont, CA 94538

Fukaya Room


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If you do, you know that the RBdigital Gateway leads you to Zinio emagazines, IndieFlix (now renamed InstantFlix) streaming videos, and the FastPencil self-publishing writing, editing and formatting platform. Now add to this list ComicsPlus comics and graphic novels, “with unlimited access to over 16,000 popular and classic titles”. If you don’t have an RBdigital account and have a current Alameda County Library card, now is a good time to explore this service.  To open an account, find the Research tab on www.aclibrary.org, select “A-Z Resources”, then any of the four components (ComicsPlus, FastPencil, InstantFlix, Zinio).  You will then find the RBDigital Gateway registration page.  Enjoy.



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Happy March!

https://shop.arborday.org/images/membership/hero-memberships.jpgThe month of March brings such promise. There are beautiful scents in the air, and sight of flowers blossoming in the ground and on the trees. Promise of warmth, but still cool/cold at night.

For the library, we celebrate the natural beauty *and* human creativity with Art IS Education month in March. We have a collaboration with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the County Office of Education to provide special art and craft programs for adults, teens, and kids, in addition to our regular art and maker programs.
Most branches will have a workshop for teens & tweens to make Creative Sidekicks.https://i0.wp.com/www.aclibrary.org/eventkeeper/Graphics/NWK/creative%20sidekicks.png
Also, back by popular demand, a chance for the whole Family to Make a Book.  See our whole booklet for over 300 events in all the branches.

March 1st and 2nd, especially, we children’s librarians (and teachers) celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday in some locations. And we feature Dr. Suess’ wise and whimsical approach to early reading and storytelling with small and big themes of care for the environment, being yourself, trying new things, and respecting others. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b5/Seuss-cat-hat.gif/220px-Seuss-cat-hat.gif

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b8/HortonHearsAWhoBookCover.jpg  https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/a5/4e/ae/a54eae8c22309b52ad69e31ab3f09c4e.jpg

There’s a lot to celebrate and experience in the Library. Come join us!




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