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The Winter Emergency Warming Center will  be open every time it rains or drops below 40 degrees by the City of Fremont in collaboration with Compassion Network CitySERVE.

Location – Senior Center (Wing A), 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538

Volunteers and food donors are needed when it opens.  Please spread the words to anybody who might be interested in being a donor, volunteer; or be in need of this service.

Let’s all have a warm and safe winter!



Why  do  people borrow  books from  the library ?  Some read a  lot of books and we  have a lot. Borrowing books can  help with  your budget.   Maybe,  you are a reviewer and you  like to  read a few chapters before you  commit to  a book.   Or  you are a taster and you like  to read a little  of this  book and a  little  of  that book….There are all  kinds of reasons to  borrow  from  the library.

We  have  physical  books in  hardback, paperback  and large  type.   If  you  are a commuter, a  walker, or someone that likes to  keep  their hands  busy  you  know that  we  have audio books on CD.   Do you  also  know  that  we  have eBooks  and eAudbioooks?   Yes,  you  can borrow books from  the library  and download  them to  your  computer, tablet  , smartphone or eReader.

Not  everyone likes the idea of eBooks,  but  there are a few  advantages.  The first is  that as long as  your library  card is good and  you  have an internet  connection, you  can get  them  anywhere  and anytime.  So  when  you are on vacation, or  you  can’t  sleep  at  night or you need to research that  technical  question for work , we  are  open.

The second advantage – something you can  not do  with   a printed book- is  change  the font size.  or  even  the font .  Some readers  even  let you  change  the  color of the text  or  background.   There are ways to customize  the book so  it  easier for you  to  read  and less of a strain on  your  eyes.

The third advantage, for both eBooks and eAudiobooks is that  you don’t get overdue  fines.   When  your  time is  up,  the book or audio file  will stop  working. That’s  it.   Most data bases  will give  you an email warning, some even let  you  renew , but  there are  never  fines.

Are  there disadvantages?  yes.   First  your  library  card  ha to  be  up-to-date and  you  have to come in to  see us if  your  card is expired.   Second,  there is  a  learning curve.   Each database works  a  little  differently, so I’d try to  learn one at  a time.  Often there is a piece  of  software that  needs to be downloaded and  another password to create. The  final  disadvantage – is  the same as  using print  books  from  the library.  We only have  so many copies  of  an eBook, so you might have to get on  a  list.

To explore  eBooks  open this Link

And  if  you  have any problems – ask  a librarian  for  help

Fremont’s Greatest Strength

In an open letter to the community, the City of Fremont calls diversity its greatest strength and reaffirms its values of being a compassionate city:  http://bit.ly/2fFFRzV

And from the people of Fremont comes a resounding echo!







Find Bruce Beasley’s “Unity” at the corner of Stevenson Blvd. and Paseo Padre Parkway, just outside the grounds of the Fremont Main Library.


Niles Festival of Lights and Parade

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The Niles Festival of Lights and Parade which for many Fremont residents signals the start of the holiday season will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday, November 27 with the tree lighting at 6 pm at Niles Blvd.

Always the Friday after Thanksgiving, the “Train Of Lights” also lights up the Niles night – a decorated 14-car steam train, glowing in the dark, and rolling away with 500 passengers on a ride through Niles Canyon – a sight must see.

Stores and restaurants in the area will be open for business, and there will be a lot of dressed up characters and fun things to do for children.


Come join people line Niles Blvd, live sound/DJ Service, floats, Mexican horses, Santa, giant balloons, old cars, sleds, antique tractors, fire engines, bikers, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, Snoopy and even 20 members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers (Star Wars). Come early, carpool or take public transportation to avoid parking challenge.

This event is FREE.

Free Fruits to Pick

Avocado price is surging:

Here’s why avocado prices are skyrocketing at California grocery stores.


However, there are free ones awaiting your pick:

Map shows where to find free fruit on Bay Area streets


Where exactly are those free fruits?  Here is a map:


The crowd-sourced map


Let’s save them from going to waste.





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.

Government Grants


For Small Business & Nonprofit Research Institutions

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are the federal government’s largest R&D grant programs, aimed at joint venture opportunities of public/private sector partnerships for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions.

This seminar will provide an overview of the programs, qualifications and eligibility requirements for funding, how to search for solicitations, steps to preparing a proposal, and tips for improving your chances of receiving funding. Presented by Charles Eason, SBIR/STTR Specialist with Norcal Small Business Development Center Tech Futures Group, and President of OPTEMA Development Corporation.

Registration is required, please register at http://acsbdc.org/node/21560.

Sponsored by the City of Fremont, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) and the Fremont Main Library, a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center.

The Fremont Main Library is now a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center. Our Grant Center is located on the 2nd Floor of the Fremont Main Library.

As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases:

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
  • Philanthropy Insight/Foundation Maps

The fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an  extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.

To learn more about Foundation Center resources available at this location, please talk with a staff member.

Connect with the Grant Resource Center: (510)745-1444

Gertrude RooshanGrant Center Librarian: grooshan@aclibrary.org

Foundation Center: http://www.foundationcenter.org