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Minimalism is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions to the least possible. Living with only the bare essentials has not only provided superficial benefits such as the pleasure of a tidy room or the simple ease of cleaning, it has also led to a more fundamental shift. It’s given me a chance to think about what it really means to be happy. Excerpt from the book. 

Materials on the topic @ Library

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The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages reading of popular literature among the young people. Since 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

Young readers recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these titles are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. The committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees.  Then students from all over California are encouraged to read the nominees and vote for their favorite.

There are five categories: primary (Grades K-3), intermediate (Grades 3-6), middle school/junior high (Grades 6-9), young adult (Grades 9-12), and picture books for older readers (4th Grade and up).  If you are a young reader fall into any of these categories, you can vote your favorite nominees online or submit the ballot postmarked by April 1, 2017.  Winners will be announced on May 1, 2017.

check here and scroll down for the 2016 – 2017 nominees for each category.

Have fun reading and voting, and wait and see if your favorite title will be the next winner!

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Wimpy Kid Book 11 (GalleyCat)

If you are one of the millions fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, here is the exciting news.  The eleventh installment is going to be out on Nov. 1, 2016.

The waiting list is growing now, so why wait?  Be the first ones to read it.  Click here to reserve your copy.

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak remarks about the power of fiction on Ted talk:

“We tend to form clusters based on similarity, and then we produce stereotypes about other clusters of people. In my opinion, one way of transcending these cultural ghettos is through the art of storytelling. Stories cannot demolish frontiers, but they can punch holes in our mental walls. And through those holes, we can get a glimpse of the other, and sometimes even like what we see.”

Books by Elif Shafak @ Library

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Where (not at the Fremont Main Library):

Old Main Library/Teen Center, 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway (take Sailway Drive to Central Park)

 

Fremont Friends of the Library members get to preview 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8. Membership, available at the door, is $10 per address and runs January to December.

 

Book sale hours are:

Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 10, 12 noon to 3 p.m.

 

Books are $1 per inch stacked, while records and maps are 25 cents each.

Children’s books, SPECIAL books, sheet music, CDs, DVD and jigsaw puzzles are individually priced.

Specially featured are books on American railroads, both old and modern trains.

On Sunday only, $5 per paper grocery bag. Bring your own bags, and no boxes!

 

Book sale items are donated from the libraries and private individuals. All proceeds are given to the Fremont library system to purchase equipment, books, children’s programs, etc.

 

For more information, please call Mary at 510-494-1103 or Lois at 510-792-6684.

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The ever very popular Summer Reading Game officially starts today, Monday, June 13 and will run through Saturday, August 13.  Other than a bingo game to play on the game board, this year we have an online game for you as well.  Everybody from the newborn to centenarians can play.

For the bingo game, you can sign up at your library any time during open hours starting June 13 and choose one game board depending upon your age.

Pre-readers Game Board

 

 

 

 

 

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Kids Game Board

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Teens Game Board

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Adults Game Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning starts June 20, a week after the start day,  and ends Wednesday, August 31.

For the online game, you can sign up yourself online at http://summer.aclibrary.org.

First Prizes are :

  • Pre-readers:  Inflatable mini beach ball and museum passes
  • Kids: smencil and museum passes
  • Teens: smencil
  • Adults:  book bag

Final prize for all age groups will be a book.

There will also be a raffle for Teens (a GoPro camera) and Adults (Fitbit Fitness band) when you sign up.

You can check here for detailed information on the Summer Reading Game.

We are also hosting a variety of summer programs this year.  Check here to see the whole list.

Come one and all!  Summer will not be complete without a lot of reading, prizes, and shows in your library!!

 

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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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Get Your Own Library to Go!

Fremont Library eBook HelpStop into the Fremont Main Library from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on:

Saturday March 5th and March 12
Saturday April 2nd and April 9th

and get help downloading books and audiobooks onto your Internet capable device.  Try TumbleBooks for Kids pick an eBook from OverDrive for your high school class, listen to a romance novel from OneClick Digital, read a biography from 3M or find out about Project Management Software from Books 24×7  (TumbleBooks and Books 24×7 cannot be downloaded).  There’s something for everyone and all you need is your library card.

Our volunteers will walk you through the steps or provide handouts if you don’t have time to stay.  Take advantage of what your library card provides and walk around with a book in your pocket all the time!

 

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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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10th diary

The 10th Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Old School will be out on 11/3/15.  Did you put your name on the waiting list yet?  We’d ordered 50 copies, but the wait list is growing.  So reserve yours today and be the first ones to read it.

 

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