Archive for April, 2016


Intuition: a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence: a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why: something that is known or understood without proof or evidence Merriam-Webster dictionary

Materials on Intuition@Library

Read Full Post »

fusd-header-logoThe Instrumental Music Department of Hopkins Junior High School once again invites instrumentalists from 6th to 12th grades to join the free band and orchestra program offered to eligible FUSD students in this summer.  Service learning opportunities are available to high school students.

  • program dates: June 30 to July 22
  • Program time: Monday through Fridays
  • Rehearsal venue: Chabot College, Hayward
  • Concert: Saturday, July 23, at 6 pm at Chabot College
Please visit http://tinyurl.com/jro2cwy for more information, or to complete your registration online.
The Youth Summer Music Program presented for the 22nd season by the Jenny Lin Foundation is now open for registration. All high school music students are encouraged to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to help maintain their skills and to continue performing in a group during the summer. Participants perform in three groups: Symphonic Band (directed by Greg Conway), Symphonic Orchestra (directed by Cary Nasatir), and Chorus (directed by Diana Ryan).
  • Program dates: June 20 to July 29, 2016 (6 weeks)
  • Rehearsal time: Mondays & Wednesdays 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Rehearsal venue: Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley
  • Concert: July 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Chabot College, Hayward
Please visit www.jennylinfoundation.org to register for this free summer program.


Read Full Post »

April Thoughts

I would like to highlight a lot of great events that are happening in Fremont in April.
As I look on the April event calendar, we have coding for various ages at different times, provided by outside groups who have taken registration. Sometimes we add items even after the printed calendar is published.

We are continuing with more art and craft programs for adults and teens.
We have several events focused on preparing for college and the application process and financing it.

In children’s programming, our wonderful high school volunteer, Garima, is providing several fun classes for preschoolers, one art and one dance/music time.
We also continue with other great art and science classes (some also provided by wonderful high school volunteers!) and book clubs we have throughout the month.

At the small Fremont branches, we continue to offer crafts for adults, little Legos, Scribblebots, homework help, monthly evening family story time and toddler times (Centerville). We also offer chess club and drop-in crafts and science times at Irvington.

Pause. On another train of thought…

In the busy time of spring, preparing for these programs and summer reading time, I reflect on some lines that come to my subconscious.

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;

(from The World Is Too Much with Us” by William Wordsworth. First published in Wordsworth’s Poems in Two Volumes in 1807.)

I realize this is a verse that my mom and dad have said to me over the years. There are other stanzas and segments that they have quoted to me from poems they or their parents memorized and quoted to them in elementary and high school. Nowadays, I think the poetry we memorize may be in songs and raps. There is less memorizing of the printed word.  As I look at the whole context, I may or may not agree with the sentiment, but having those lines causes me to reflect.

Some of us who are gifted express our thoughts and feelings by writing and composing. A friend and volunteer at Irvington composed some thoughtful lines after the tragedy in Brussels.

In this month of April, which is National Poetry Month, let’s take the opportunity to savor a poem — or perhaps write one. Happy Reading!




Read Full Post »

In April the movies are about money:  Marry it.  Steal it.  Conjure it.

Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m. A New Leaf (G) 102 minutes.  Walter Matthau, Elaine May

Henry Graham is a man with a problem:  He has run through his entire inheritance and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. When his Uncle Harry refuses to give him a dime, Henry and his imaginative butler devise a plan to make his money the old-fashioned way — he can marry it.

Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. The Steel Trap (NR) 85 minutes.  Robert Cotten, Teresa Wright

A bank worker steals cash from the bank on Friday and, to keep his wife from leaving, must return the money before it is discovered missing on Monday.

Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m. Now You See Me (PG-13) 116 minutes. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo

An elite FBI squad plays a game of cat and mouse against The Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

Contact:  Fremont Main Library Information Desk (510) 745-1401.





Read Full Post »