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EdRev (Education Revolution) is a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Join Parents Education Network (PEN) to celebrate the eighth annual Education Revolution, EdRev 2016.  There is a professionally jury-ed art contest for students who learn differently.

Categories include:

  • Visual Art: painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper
  • Writing: poetry, essay, short story
  • Video: short film, up to 3 minutes
  • Music: up to 3 minutes of music

Any medium must describe your learning difference.  One submission per student in any art form.  The deadline is March 11, 2016.

All work will be displayed in the Art Gallery at EdRev 2016 at AT&T Park on Saturday, April 16, 9 am to 4 pm.  Participants and a parent/guardian will be invited to attend EdRev and see the work on display in the Art Gallery.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with attendees if they wish to do so.

Check here for submission forms and more information.

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As fireworks, bell ringing, barbecues and picnics mark the significance of today’s date in most places, in my mind are the opening lines of a Billy Joel song:  They say that these are not the best of times, but they’re the only times I’ve ever known. Billy Joel sings the song below.  Billy Joel music CDs are in the Alameda County Library catalog, or search for downloadable (free) music in Freegal.

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Thursday, June 20, 2:00-3:00 P.M.
Daffy Dave
Come and enjoy magic, juggling, and comedy all in one with hilarious Daffy Dave.  Fun for the entire family!This show will be held outdoors in the library’s back patio.  Some seating areas may not have shade.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 1-5:30P.M.
Thursday, June 27, 10:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

For incoming 4th – 7th graders.
Learn about what library workers do, how to get homework help, online databases, how things are arranged at the library, and library resources in traditional and electronic formats.  Play outdoor activities, Jeopardy game, I Spy game, and make a craft project to take home!  Registration is full.
Check out the fun we had in this camp video.

Tuesday, July 2, 2-4 P.M.
Family Movie Time: Hotel Transylvania

Rated PG, 91 minutes.
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.Seats are limited.  A ticket is required to attend.  Tickets are free and will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the movie show time. 

Tuesday, July 9 – August 20 except July 16 and August 6
Violin Classes for Kids
Lesson for Beginners: 6:30-7:00 P.M.
Skill Polishing for Intermediate Violinists: 7:30-8:00 P.M.

For ages 6-12.  Little to no experience needed.
Learn to play violin or polish your violin skills with violinist Sharon Zhen.  Sharon has earned the highest certificates from ABRSM and MTAC. She has also performed in many orchestras as first violin.Registration is required.  Click HERE to download the registration form.
 
Thursday, July 11, 2-3 P.M.
Red Panda Acrobats

Amazing juggling, balancing, contortion, and acrobats for all ages!
Wayne Huey was professionally trained with the Fu Hsing Acrobatic Academy in Taiwan, the Tai Yuan Acrobatic Troupe, and Shanghai Circus Schools in China. He spent seven years training at the three acrobatic schools, learning and perfecting his craft while pursuing his passions in the Chinese performance arts.Seats are limited.  A ticket is required to attend.  Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the program.

Tuesday, July 16, 7-8:30 P.M.
Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe

Astronomy program for the entire family.
Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you!  During the 1½ hours of program, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.This evening program will run past the library’s open hours so the audience can watch the night sky.  No library services will be available after it’s closed at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 23, 2-4 P.M.
Comic Strips 101 for Tweens and Teens

Come join artist Brian Kolm for a cartooning workshop and learn how to create your own comic strip. This free program is for Tweens and Teens, ages 10 and up. Due to space limitations free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program starts. You must have a ticket and be 10 years of age or older to attend. All materials will be provided.Brian Kolm is an artist and designer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, and performer most of his life. He has a BFA in illustration and film from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts).

Thursday, July 25 , 2-3 P.M.
Compost DIY for Kids

Saving the environment starting from home.
Learn how to compost and make an edible “compost cake” with chocolate and gummy worms.
For grades K to 6.  Kids grades 1 and under please bring an adult to help.This is a Girl Scout Silver Award program.  For details about the program, please contact Phoebe and Christina at silver.award60852@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 30, 2:00-3:30 P.M.
Family Game Day

Indoor and outdoor games.  Come one, come all, let’s have fun!
Some of the games will be held outdoors in the library’s back patio.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, August 1 – 28, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Algebra, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Geometry, 3:45-5:45 P.M.

Four-week math preparation classes for incoming 7th-9th graders.
Prepare or sharpen your math skills for the next school year.  Learn algebra or geometry concepts with Jonathan Lu, a USA Junior Math Olympiad qualifier from MSJ High School.Registration is required. Limit to 20 seats for each class.  Click HERE to download the registration form.

Centerville Library is located at 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536
For more information, please call 510-795-2629 or email cchang@aclibrary.org or egamell@aclibrary.org

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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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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.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ardenwood
Azevada
Blacow
Brier
Forest Park
Green
Grimmer
Leitch
Mattos
Mission San Jose
Nile
Parkmont
Warm Springs
Weibel

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS

Centerville
Hopkins
Horner
Thornton

HIGH SCHOOLS

Irvington
Kennedy
Mission San Jose High School
Washing

To learn more about FUSS, please click here.   

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If you’re a fan of police procedurals on TV such as the CSI franchises, there’s one that provides a refreshing change of pace.  Here criminals are apprehended and mysteries solved when the lead character uses his skills of deduction, detection and innovation, solid police work without the help of  the high-tech tools  his counterparts enjoy today, at least on TV.

Murdoch Mysteries” is a Canadian TV series that features characters created by novelist Maureen Jennings.  Set in the 1890s, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto Constabulary applies his scientific knowledge and improvises with available materials to devise gadgets to further crime solving.  Murdoch makes collecting “finger marks” and trace evidence, not commonly done then, routine procedures at his crime scenes.  He sets up a “scrutiny camera” to capture nefarious deeds as they happen, prompting his loyal assistant, eager learner Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), to observe that he would “hate to be a copper of the future, just drinking tea and exuding intestinal vapors.”

Also assisting Murdoch as he untangles his cases is Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy), a female pathologist with progressive ideas of her own.  She and the detective obviously (for the viewer) share feelings for one another,  and their future as a couple is an unresolved subplot in the series so far.  Murdoch’s supervisor, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), often is impatient with Murdoch’s explanations of some contraption or method of analysis Murdoch is using, but Brackenreid supports Murdoch’s unusual ways and is proud of Murdoch’s successful sleuthing.

The plots suggest events and developments that we know came later in history.  Story lines also show real-life personalities of the period in fictitious situations.  In early episodes, Arthur Conan Doyle visits to observe Murdoch at work, H.G. Wells headlines a conference on eugenics, and Murdoch marvels at Nikola Tesla’s experiments.  Harry Houdini becomes a suspect in one episode.  When he exiles himself to the remote Klondike region, Murdoch befriends a young Jack London.

The Murdoch Mysteries series is not shown in the U.S.  I became acquainted with Detective Murdoch in a serendipitous moment, while browsing through the library’s DVD collection, and started following the exploits of this fascinating character, awaiting my turn on the holds list for the later DVDs.  I enjoy seeing how each episode captures the social attitudes of the time and provides reminders of how things have changed, how much of what we take for granted today in all aspects of daily living was unthinkable or totally unacceptable in the 1890s.  See for yourself; the library has all four seasons of Murdoch Mysteries in DVD format.  I can’t wait for the Season 5 DVD to become available.

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