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Parents, grandparents, and caregivers – mark your calendar!!

If you would like to plan a fun summer for your child, come to the Summer Program Fair scheduled on Friday, March 10, from 6 to 8 pm at the American High School – Rotunda, 36300 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, Ca, 94536.

There were more than 70 vendors and around 1,000 people at the fair last year.  Come to see what abundant programs/activities you can find for your child to do this summer.


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FUSS & InPlayFremont Unified School District’s Students Store (FUSS) is partnered with InPlay, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help all children and youth engage in out-of-school programs to ignite their individual interests and talents.

They offer Fremont families a free online searchable activity directory of local after-school and summer activities.  Check here if you like to know what activities are offered through out the city.

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Want to find out the talents of our students and staff in the Fremont Unified School District? The 4th annual talent show is the right event for you to enjoy.  The students are trying hard to win up to $2,400 in total for their schools, so the competition is hot.  Acts include singing, dancing, martial art, flute, band, electric guitar, violin, piano, etc… Come one and all, and cheer for them!

Date: Saturday, Nov 14.

Time: 11 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm

Location: Mission San Jose High School, Room C120, 41717 Palm Avenue, Fremont, CA 94539

Emcees: Dr. Jim Morris (FUSD Superintendent), Ms. Sherea Westra (FUDTA President), Ms. Nina Moore (Former FUSD Board Trustee)

Judges: Mr. Eman Isadiar (Fremont Symphony Orchestra Executive Director), Ms. Sharon Coco (FUSD Administrative Assistant to Board and Superintendent), Mr. Larry Sweeney (4-Term FUSD Board Trustee)

Tickets cost: $5/ea online purchase; $10/ea at the door.  Participants and children 3 and under are free.  Net proceeds will go to support FUSD schools, programs, and students.

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The long waited summer reading game is finally here.  This year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm.   Anyone aged 0 to 99+ can play.  We have different games for adults, teens, children, and pre-readers.  So come one and come all, come to any library branch to sign up for the game, start to read and keep track how much time you spend reading.  Beginning on 6/15, any time you come back to the library, just bring the game board with you and you can spin, and maybe win some prizes.

We have also planned and invited various performers to come this summer.  Magic, storytelling, music concert, puppet show… you name it.  Please check our calendar to find out what, where and when.

We hope that you will have a wonderful summer ahead!!


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happy_valentines_day The last day of January is here (already!) and February, the shortest month of the year, is about to make it’s entrance. February may be short but it’s an important time of  year. Lest you need to be reminded, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. It is the one day of the year that is specially set aside to let those we care about, whether in a friendly or romantic way, know just how much they mean to us.

And, of course, the libraries want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Two of our lovely smaller libraries, Niles Library and Irvington Library, will be having programs in which the whole family is invited to participate. Both programs will be led by Christie of Christie’s Creative Cupboard.

Niles Library program will be on Tuesday, February 10 at 3:30 PM. Families will have the opportunity to work together on Valentine greetings. All supplies will be provided for this free program.  Due to space limitations, participation is available upon a first-come basis. So arrive a little early and be prepared to have fun!

Irvington Library will have a program the following day, Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 PM.  This program will be a little different. Families will have the fun of working together to make a beautiful, tissue-decorated cardboard heart.  This will be fun to keep as a decoration for your home or to give as a gift. Free tickets will be given out 15 minutes prior to the program, so please be on time to get your place! This program is also free, and all materials are provided.

Hope you can make it to one or both of these fun programs.  Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


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We are deep into fall now, and November is nearly here.   As we near Thanksgiving, we think of the time we will be spending with family and friends.  Thanksgiving is not just a yearly celebration, it is a chance to look back over our year and remember the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for.

We are so stressed out, worried, harried, pushed for time and resources that we forget that there are many things we have to be thankful  for.  I first saw this saying on a plaque in a gift store. My daughter bought it to put up as a reminder to herself that no matter what was going on in her life, she had many good things too.  Hopefully, the good will outweigh the bad, but if all you see is bad, then stop and try to find something that makes you thankful.  It doesn’t have to be big.  Maybe the way a friend smiles at you, or your pet that is always there to greet you is something you can be grateful and thankful about. I’m not being a Pollyanna when I say that if we look for the good we will find something.

With these thoughts in mind, I thought it would be fun to have families come to the library and create something that reminds them of the things they are thankful for. Irvington Library will be having a program on Wednesday,  November 12 at 3:30 P M where will create a “Thankful Journal” which everyone in the family can contribute to. It is a chance for each family member to express themselves, and remember the good things they are thankful for. We will be handing out free tickets for this event 15 minutes prior to its start.


Make a family thankful journal









Niles Library is also having a program for families to express the things they are thankful for. There we will be creating a “Thankful Tree” with each leaf expressing someone or something we are thankful for.That program will be held on  Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 PM.Space is limited, so seating will be available on first-come basis.

I hope you and your family will be able to participate in one or both of these activities. Remember, all events are free, and supplies will be provided.

thankful tree

Family Thankful Tree

If you are unable to make these events, then maybe you can have a family project over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Go online and put in “Thankful Journal” or  “Thankful Tree” and you will find images and instructions which will help you design your own. Whatever you do, try to take some time to remember the things that you are thankful for!

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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~Author Unknown

I know that it’s still summer, but already you can start to feel that little nip in the air at night,  and know that summer is on it’s way out. Kids are back to school, and the whole routine of homework, after school activities, sports and more has begun again.

Well, the library is calming down a bit after all the summer excitement of the Summer Reading Game, and  nonstop programs.   At the library we are busy getting ready to return to our routine of story times.  Specifically, story times for young children.  I work at three libraries in Fremont: Fremont Main Library, Irvington Library and Niles Library.   And I am looking forward to one of my favorite parts of the job: story times!  Starting the week of September 9, both Niles and Irvington will begin their story times for preschoolers 3-5 and the following week Fremont starts their story times for preschoolers.  Check our event calendar for specific times and days.  You might also want to check out what great storytimes other Alameda C ounty Libraries are offering.

.At storytime, we not only read the children books.  We play music, dance, sing and generally have a fun time.  We make reading fun.  The children learn so much by coming to storytime.  They learn to sit and listen with a group of children.  They learn to see colors, shapes, alphabet, numbers, and follow a story.  They learn to get up and dance and use their creativity. We help create a love of books and reading that will help the children as they progress through school and their lives.

They learn that with reading they can go anywhere they choose.  They can live many lives through the stories that books have to tell.  Make reading a priority for your child.  Come to your local library and join us for storytime!

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Yes, that time of year is coming sooner than you think!  January has only a few days left, then whoosh here comes February the month of romance and Valentines.

No one knows for sure where Valentine’s Day comes from, but there are a couple of popular theories. Some believe that Valentine’s Day started in ancient Rome with the celebration of Lupercalia, a day which honored Lupercus and Faunus and the founders of Rome. It was celebrated on February 15.  Another theory is that there were two saints and a priest named Valentine.  One saint was executed on February 14th and 227 years later, Pope Gelasius named February 14, Valentine’s Day for him. The priest named Valentine disobeyed the Emperor and secretly married couples.

According to web sources, the modern day celebration of Love began in England and France.The first Valentine was sent in 1415 on February 14 when a French Duke was in jail and sent a Valentine to his wife.  Valentine’s candy was first given in the late 1800’s.  Valentine’s Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. In addition to the United States, England, France, Australia, Canada and Mexico celebrate this special day. In the United States alone, over a billion cards are sent to mark the day. Roses are the traditional flower to give on Valentine’s Day and over 100 million roses are usually sold in the three-day period around Valentine’s Day.

How did Cupid get involved?  He is the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.  Cupid often appears on Valentine cards with his bow and arrow, which when shot at someone inspire magical feelings of love. So there you have a very brief history of Valentine’s Day.

Check the eventkeeper listings and you’ll find that Fremont Main, Niles and Irvington are all celebrating Valentine’s Day with special programs.  So enjoy Valentine’s Day whether you have a special sweetie or not.  Celebrate the love in your life from family and friends.  And have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Come and watch FUSD students compete for $1000 and the FUSS (Fremont Unified Student Store) trophy for their school!  You and your families are invited to attend the 1st Annual FUSD’s Got Talent Show.  This show is hosted by FUSS to raise money for homeless FUSD students and their families for the holidays.  All proceeds will be given to homeless FUSD students to help with the holidays.

 Location: Fremont Adult School Multi-Purpose Room, 4700 Calaveras Avenue
Date:  November 17, 2012, Saturday
Time: 12 pm – 5:00 pm
Register Online:  http://www.fuss4schools.org/activities/registration/ 
Ticket: $2 online, or $5 at the door (*Deadline to buy tickets by credit card is November 14)
Purchase Video: $20 online (* No pictures or videotaping will be allowed)

Here are the schools who have registered.  Elementary, junior high and high schools will compete separately.


Forest Park
Mission San Jose
Warm Springs




Mission San Jose High School

To learn more about FUSS, please click here.   

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Ah, summer!  Time to rest, relax and recharge! There’s only one thing.  The kids are out of school! How to fill in those long summer days?  Take them to your library, where both you and your kids can play the Summer Reading Game, and see some wonderful family entertainment all free of charge to  you.  Sound like a great deal? Well it is.  All our libraries will be looking to keep you busy this summer. 

Our Summer Reading Game this year is entitled “Reading is So Delicious!.  You can start signing up and playing beginning June 11.  We will have games for preschoolers right through adults this year.  The games will last until August 11, so you will have plenty of time to have fun reading and playing.

In addition, all libraries will be having wonderful programs.  At Niles and Irvington, we have a wonderful line-up of programs and performers planned for you.  We will will have educational programs about growing your own food, and easy make a snack ideas for kids (don’t tell the kids, though, they’ll be having so much fun they won’t notice).  We are having a clown, puppets, music and magic too!  Even Science Magic.  So log on to aclibrary.org, click on events and go to either Niles or Irvingon events.  Then come check out our wonderful entertainment.  You’ll be glad  you did.  See you this summer!

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