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Another year has gone by.  I’d like to share a video of the major events at our library in 2011.  It was another busy year with many fun and/or educational family activities.  The happy faces in this video make me feel rewarded and look forward to the coming year.  Enjoy the video and have a wonderful 2012!

*Video quality can be adjusted to HD but the playback may lag on some computers.

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Is Facebook safe?  As Facebook becoming a huge social networking media among teens, even tweens or younger children if they faked their age (yes, sadly more than 7.5 million kids under 13 are on Facebook), more and more parents are concerned about what their children are doing on this website.  To help parents understand Facebook and learn how to use privacy and security settings so they can advise their children in social media safety, the Centerville Library is offering Facebook Basics classes for parents in multi-languages.  Our first session will be offered in Mandarin on Thursday, November 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.  If needed, a one-on-one appointment with a teen volunteer can be arranged to assist you through the process of setting up a Facebook account.

怎麼辦? 我家的青少年整天掛在Facebook上, Facebook到底安不安全? 您知道嗎? Facebook的人口數, 已使它成為世界第三大國了, 是個”非識不可”的社交網站. 為了因應許多家長的需求, Centerville圖書館決定推出Facebook入門與安全設定課程, 第一場將以中文進行, 歡迎想讓 “擔心” 變 “放心” 的家長踴躍參加!  日期為11月10日, 1:00-2:00 PM.   如有需要, 課後還可另行安排時間, 由青少年義工輔導您建立Facebook帳號.

Centerville圖書館地址如下, 詳情請洽張小姐(Chien), 510-795-2629, email: cchang@aclibrary.org

The Centerville Library is located at 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536

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The 9-week “One World, Many Stories” summer reading game started on June 13 and will be coming to an end on August 13.  To celebrate this international theme, Centerville Library added a little taste of other cultures in many of our summer events.  At ventriloquist Tony Borders’ show, his cool and crazy critters from around the world brought kids a very fun time full of facts about animals from different continents.  Gary Lapow’s show made a houseful of kids laugh, dance, and sing “All around the world” with sign language.  Magician Dan Chan stunned the audience with his amazing tricks and “Bian Lian” (face-changing), a Chinese national secret dramatic art.  The week after the second Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie came out, we held two Jeopardy games for kids to see how much they know about the world of wizards and witches. Then last week, 250 kids participated in the International Crafts and Games Day, and went home with hands full of world crafts and their names translated into other languages.  What a wonderful reading theme and cultural summer!  To see pictures or videos of Centerville Library’s summer events please visit our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/CentervilleLibrary or click on the direct links below:

We will have  another summer program on August 4 featuring Thomas John, a very funny juggler.  It will be held outdoors in the library’s patio.  Don’t miss Centerville Library’s last show of the summer! 

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 Yesterday I was asked if we had books in Telugu and Kannada, two of the many Indian languages, in the library. Going over a bunch of patron requests I notice many people requesting us to have magazines in Gujarati, while a bunch others ask when we would start carrying DVDs in Tamil.

It is hard sometimes to even explain why we do not carry collections in all those languages. It is not that we are not aware of what our communities need. We also value input from library patrons. We do. But for the libraries, it all comes down to the budgets we operate with. We do the best we can with the limited budgets.

 And believe me, money is not the only issue here. Acquiring language material is not as simple  as it looks. It has many unique challenges. Is there a reliable vendor for the language, is the vendor local, do they have someone on the staff who speaks and understands English, do they carry most formats we need, do they have an active and workable website, are they reasonable in pricing, are they punctual in providing material – these are just some of the scenarios.

 However, it is extremely important for us to serve you, our communities.  And it is even more important for us to know what you need. So, please keep sending your suggestions by all means. In spite of limited budgets and challenges in finding the good language material, we will do the best we can.

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Tuesday, June 21, 1:00-5:30 P.M.
Thursday, June 23, 10:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

A 2-day camp for kids entering 4th-8th grades. Classes include the library and library jobs, resources for homework help, Internet safety and cool websites, making multimedia posters, Jeopardy Game, carfts and more. Registration required and is already full.
Check out how much fun we had in this 2009 camp video.
Tuesday, June 28, 4 P.M.
Tony Borders’ Cool, Crazy Critters

Bring the whole family in to hear about other continents straight from the animals that live there! Ventriloquism and a touch of magic!
This show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.
Thursday, July 7, 2 P.M.
Food, Fun, and Foolishness Around the World

Songs, stories, and riddles brought to you by legendary children’s entertainer Gary Lapow. This show will be held in the library’s meeting room. Seats are limited. A ticket is required to attend. Tickets are free and will be available at the Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the begining of the show.
  Thursday, July 14, 1:30 P.M.
Dan Chan the Magic Man

Magic + climbing in a giant balloon + 變臉Bian Lian (what’s that?) + more!
This show is full of surprises and excitement!
The show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.
Tuesday, July 19, 2-5 P.M.
Harry Potter Jeopardy! Beginners Level for grades 4 and under, books 1-3

Calling all Harry Potter fans!
So you’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, now it’s time to play Jeopardy!
Registration is required.  Click HERE for more details.
Thursday, July 21, 2-5 P.M.
Harry Potter Jeopardy! Expert Level for grades 8 and under, books 1-7

Calling all Harry Potter super fans!

So you’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, now it’s time to play Jeopardy!
Registration is required. Click HERE for more details.
Tuesday, July 26, 2-4 P.M.
International Crafts and Games for Kids

Come have fun making crafts of other cultures and play games, and get your name translated into other languages! All materials are provided.
Some part of this event will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.
Thursday, July 28, 4 P.M.
Jewelry Making Workshop with Chelsee Robinson
Learn how to make jewelry and take home your beautiful project. Keep it for yourself or give it to someone you love.
For teens only. Limit to 25 seats.
A ticket is required to attend. Find out how to get tickets HERE.
Thursday, August 4, 2 P.M.
Funny Juggler Thomas John
Bring the whole family in to watch Thomas John’s hilarious juggling show! You will be laughing out loud the entire time!
This show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Besides material in English, Alameda County libraries carry collections in several community languages.

Chinese, Hindi, Farsi, and Vietnamese are the ones most in demand in the  Fremont area.

Depending on availability for purchase, the library collects material in these languages for children, teens and adults.

Depending on availability of the formats, we collect books, DVDs, CD books and music CDs in these languages.

Fremont library users love our DVDs!

The Indian film industry, known as Bollywood, produces over one thousand movies each year, the largest number in the world movie industry.

Bollywood movies are watched in countries with NRI (non-resident Indian) population in Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and some African countries.

Regular movie theaters in the Bay area also play some Bollywood movies along with Hollywood movies.

A new Hindi movie, Band Baja Barat, was recently playing on Big Cinemas in Fremont and Century Theater in Union City.  A young and ambitious woman, Anushka Sharma, assisted by her male partner, Ranveer Singh, starts her own business of wedding planning and makes it a big success. It is a pretty good and funny movie. If you get a chance, go catch it!!

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Because –>the B(ee) is after it! <-
(highlight the space between the arrows to reveal the answer)

February is sweet and festive at Centerville Library.  We have prepared two free special holiday events for kids and their family.

Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜發財!

The Year of the Rabbit falls on February 3 this year.  In traditon, the Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days starting with the new moon on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The extended celebration can begin 10 days before the New Year Day with different activities and traditions taking place every day.  To learn more about Chinese New Year, click HERE.

Many Alameda County libraries offer a special program in celebration of this most important Chinese holiday.  At Centerville Library, we will be playing the Lantern Riddle Game for 2 weeks. You may play it at the library or on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/centervillelibrary

看中文謎語

See English Riddles

Lantern Riddle Game
Day: February 3-17.
Time: Library Open Hours or anytime on Facebook.

Bring the whole family in anytime during our open hours to see all the colorful lantern riddles on display. The riddles are in English or Chinese, some are easy and some are challenging. There is also a “super riddle” in each language. A paper lantern will be rewarded for each riddle solved and of course, a “super prize” for the “super riddle”. Up to two riddles can be solved per day per person. So stop by every day and see how many you can solve! Click on the links above and below the lanterns to preview the riddles.
*Prizes are limited and subject to change.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
Day: Tuesday, February 8.
Time: 1-6 PM.

Make a pop-up Valentine’s card, an origami heart flower, or a special Valentine with your very own creative design. All materials are provided. Just stop by anytime between 1 and 5:30 PM and join the fun! Younger children please bring a adult friend to help.

Get directions to Centerville Library: Google map

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