Posts Tagged ‘food’

As you go about shopping and thinking of gifts to give to your loved ones and friends, please don’t forget those who are less fortunate than you, especially those who are hungry.

You can drop off your food at any of the County libraries: Fremont, Newark, Union City, Irvington, Centerville, Niles, San Lorenzo, Castor Valley, Dublin, and Albany.

You can give food 3 ways:

  • In Library food donations until January 31st – by dropping off the food into food barrels in our libraries
  • Virtual food drive – the link on our website to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for e-donations until January 31st. This is a first time the Alameda County Library System is offering a Virtual Food Drive
  • Food for Fines until December 31st

 If you have any questions as to how this works, please consult our Question and Answer Guide. Food 4 Fines Q & A

Happy Holidays!

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What are the similarities and the differences among all the people who live in the different parts of this planet Earth?  For instance, the crops we plant, the food we consume, and the ways we prepare our meals can be quite similar, yet still different.  One example of this is: rice is a main source of food for both Asian as well as Latino cultures, however, the method of preparation is quite different. I just came across a good book that shows the interesting facts around the world:

Hungry Planet  by Faith D’Aluisio 

Here are some pictures from the book:

One week of food in different countries.

Japan : The Ukita family of Kodaira City.
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25.
Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily.
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11.
Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide.
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07.
United States: The Revis family of North Carolina.
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98.
Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca.
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09.
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna.
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27.
Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo.
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53.
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo.
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55.
Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village.
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03.
Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp.
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23.
By glancing through the catalog, I also found some other books that will give you insights on the rest of the world that you may not be familiar with.
by Menzel, Peter
 by Faith D’Aluisio
by James Solheim
by  David J. Smith
 by Menzel, Peter
Women In The Material World
By D’Aluisio, Faith
By Bernhard, Emery
By Jonathan Garfunkel
To Be A Kid
By Ajmera, Maya
Have fun reading.  As this summer’s reading game states, it is  One World but Many Stories.

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One  of  the  things I love about living in  this area is that there is so much  to do. I  came  from  a  very  small, quiet  town on  the east coast  and now,sometimes there are too  many  choices.

Tonight, you could go to  the  local  silent film  Museum – where they  are  showing a  Talking Picture!

This Sunday in Niles you can hear a great , free concert and this time around there will be some fabulous food trucks including The Sweet Bakery and the fiveten burger .

This lecture on Monday at the library Looks interesting

for other ideas:

how about a link to  the local  theater  company Broadway West.

Fremont Coffee Roasting often has music.
Here is a link to some of the programs put on by East Bay regional parks
For more ideas look at the Tri City Voice .

Enjoy your city!

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On November 24, Centerville Library held an open house for Larry Van Deusen’s “My Global Village” paintings and it was a great success!  Many people came to admire the beautiful artwork and chatted with Mr. Van Deusen.  More than 20 international snacks and drinks were served to celebrate the global theme.  There were dishes from Ireland, Spain, China, India, Israel, Japan, just to name a few.   Children were having fun trying to find the hidden letter in each painting.  Some people stopped at the desk to watch the paintings slideshow.  It was such a nice event!  We would also like to thank our County Librarian Jean Hofacket, and all other library administrators and staff for taking the time from their busy schedule to attend this open house.

But the fun did not end here, if you headed to the meeting room, you would see families and friends were having a good time playing board games, toys, and Wii games together.   

 It was an awesome afternoon at Centerville Library! Thank you all for coming!  Thank you if you brought in the refreshments! Last but not least, a big thank you to all our wonderful teen volunteers!  Without your help, the open house and family game time would not have been so successful.  You are the best!


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I like to cook and experiment with new recipes.  Summer brings new food. But I have to admit that when it gets hot, I  spend more time watching the Food network , than I do cooking. I also like to read cookbooks. I did a random check of various food network stars and here are just a few of their cookbooks that I found in the Alameda County Library: Rachael Ray , Barefoot Contessa, Ellie Krieger, Alton Brown, and Tyler Florence.  Click on any of these authors/chefs and reserve a book today. 

Not really in the mood  for a cookbook, but you still want  to read about food? How about that fearless eater, Anthony Bourdain.  We even  have copies of his  television show , No Reservations , which is on the Travel Channel.  Need a taste of his writing?  Try one of his blogs.

Who are your favorite food writers? Are there any cookbooks you like to read for pleasure?

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