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Puzzled by your new iPad, smart phone, Windows 8, and more? What about Facebook, Twitter, or Skype? Our local teens, known as digital natives, can help. After all, they grew up with these devices and what they can do.

Our local teens will be back at the Fremont Main Library, starting Saturday, September 27, 2014, to help folks with questions. Drop in any time from 10:30 ‒ 12:30 p.m. Tutoring will continue through November 15, 2014.

If you have specific questions about a device or smart phone, it would be helpful to bring your manual.

Last summer our teens helped folks with questions about viruses, Skype, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, Facebook, and more.

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Do you like to have your preschoolers learn some Chinese?

Starting in 2014, Fremont Unified School District’s very own Chinese Immersion Program at the Azevada Elementary School will be coming to the library and host a Chinese Immersion Preschool Storytime on the 2nd Friday of each month from 2 to 2:45 pm.

This program includes word games and craft activities at the end of the storytime, and is sponsored by the Chinese Immersion Parents’ Council of Fremont.

Here are some pictures if you missed our first storytime in January:

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Do you know someone with a puzzling electronic device or computer? Perhaps it was a gift of a laptop, iPad or an eBook reader from a son or daughter or grandchild. Or, maybe it’s a question about a computer program.

The Fremont Main Library can help. Beginning next Saturday, February 1, 2014, teens from local high schools will again tutor adults through the Teen/Senior Computer and Gadget Help Program. This session’s teens are multilingual, speaking Farsi, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, and Burmese. They can tutor in English or the language participants are most comfortable using. The spring program will run February 1 through April 19, 2014, Saturday mornings, 10:30 -12:30 AM.

No need to registrar – just drop in. Tutoring is on a one-to-one basis. Participants may get help with specific questions or may take a structured lesson about Computer Basics, Windows Basics, Microsoft Word Basics, Internet Basics, or Email Basics.

Questions are varied: Participants may need help with Facebook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, their cell phone camera, downloading music, Gmail, using Google, and even more.

Here are some comments from our participants about what they liked:
“I felt very comfortable asking questions and receiving assistance …”
Reason for coming: “Loading electronic books on my iPad and iPhone.

“Excellent. I learned a lot.”
Reason for coming: “Uploading pictures on Facebook.”

“My 2 different tutors were very informative.”
Reason for coming: “All kinds of questions: to build up my confidence with computers.

“How patient and courteous my tutor was.”
Reason for coming: “Smart phone.”

When our teens are not available, do ask for help with the librarians on duty. We have answers, too.

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Decades ago, in another century and in another country, I had to take mango languagesSpanish language classes in school.  Ostensibly this was to enable us, members of younger generations, to appreciate the country’s history and literature.  Critics, however, saw this as a continuing reminder that Spain had ruled the Philippines for 400 years and kept the natives in the dark, maintaining educational institutions solely to benefit the peninsulares and the insulares–Spaniards from the mainland who lived in the new colonies and the full-blooded Spaniards born on the islands.  With typical youthful shortsightedness, I saw my Spanish classes only as requirements to meet in order to graduate high school, then college.   Since then, here as an adult in our diverse community, I have been taking lessons off and on, trying to learn the language.

I do remember some things of my college Spanish classes.  One professor, pronunciatorin particular, required the class to memorize sayings, and for our final exam we had to write down as many of those observations on life that we could remember.  Two adages have stayed with me all these years:

El que se pica, ajos come.   I admit I have used or been reminded of this saying at times, especially on occasions that prompted thoughts of “if the shoe fits…”  as well as “serves you right.”  After all, he who feels the sting most likely bit into the garlic, right?

Hay que darle tiempo al tiempo.  This one appears to be meant for anyone expecting something.  Researchers perhaps?  In this age of instant gratification, one is told to be patient, to wait and to allow things to happen in due time.  Be that as it may, I say now is the time to wish one and all:  Feliz Navidad, prospero año y felicidad!

Explore the Library’s language learning resources.

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San Francisco

Disney California Adventure

New York

London, England

Shanghai, China

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Moscow, Russia

Taipei, Taiwan

Sydney, Australia

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Amaze and impress your family and friends with your ability to speak multiple languages.  It’s possible with the Alameda County Library’s new language learning database Pronunciator.  It’s totally interactive when you set it up with a microphone or webcam.  Just create a Pronunciator account with your library card and log in each time to start learning.  

Don’t forget to look through our Language Learning Guide for language books and other online resources.   Make a commitment to learn another language for your New Years resolution.  ¡Si se puede!

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                                                     A bright FUTURE is waiting for you ! !


The Alameda County Library has a lot to offer and we want you to get as much as you want to ensure the best future you can have.

With your free membership and Alameda Library Card you will have access to things like our extensive databases including 1700 periodicals, 4700 magazines, 89 wire services many of which are updated daily so you can get up to date data on current events before the books could even come to our shelves.

 We have an online Literary Criticism site, and an Opposing Viewpoint site that help you understand the pros and cons of some of the most controversial topics out there right now. You can even take practice tests for such careers as Firefighter, Paramedic, Nursing,  Teaching, and so many more.

One of my favorite things is the free Museum passes you can print from the comfort of your home. And if you have some spare time why not learn a new language with our Mango Language sites.

Students ready for college can get a “plan your future  pathway” guide to help select your future career complete with testing that help pinpoint your strengths and interests. Practice  GED,  PSAT, SAT,  ACT and  CHSPE tests online are always available.

We have links to self-help and managed hotlines to help you deal with issues you may be experiencing or may need as a   referral for  a friend, or just to talk with someone about whats currently going on with you.

For our younger visitors, primary and secondary students can log on and communicate with a live tutor on our “Homework Help” website, this is available until 10 pm for those last minute problems you just can’t solve yourself.

If you’re not taking advantage of your Library you are truly missing out on a lot of fun and learning.

Come experience us at any of our great  local locations throughout Alameda County, we’re here and eager to help  you.

Our Webite is listed on your Alameda Library Card and is www.aclibrary.org

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