Posts Tagged ‘Fremont Main Library’

Mark your calendar.  On March 18-20 is the spring book sale of the Friends of the Fremont Library.  Here’s the link to the flyer with all the juicy details.  I had trouble attaching the flyer itself.

Click to access book-sale4.pdf



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If you do, you know that the RBdigital Gateway leads you to Zinio emagazines, IndieFlix (now renamed InstantFlix) streaming videos, and the FastPencil self-publishing writing, editing and formatting platform. Now add to this list ComicsPlus comics and graphic novels, “with unlimited access to over 16,000 popular and classic titles”. If you don’t have an RBdigital account and have a current Alameda County Library card, now is a good time to explore this service.  To open an account, find the Research tab on www.aclibrary.org, select “A-Z Resources”, then any of the four components (ComicsPlus, FastPencil, InstantFlix, Zinio).  You will then find the RBDigital Gateway registration page.  Enjoy.



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Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Meeting Room
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn from Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and host of the American Dreams radio show on KDOW 1220 AM, on how to avoid common tax pitfalls in 2016. A few are new pitfalls; others are perennial problems taxpayers face each filing season. These pitfalls could end up costing you, either in the form of a larger tax bill, a smaller refund, or even an audit.

Alan Olsen is the Managing Partner of Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP (GROCO.com) the largest CPA firm in Fremont.

This free program is sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, GROCO, and the Alameda County Library System. No registration is required.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible. The Library will provide an ASL interpreter, for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660.

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The Lawyer in the Library Program, held the fourth Tuesday of the Law-logo[1]month at Fremont Main Library, offers a free 15-minute appointment with an attorney. Sign-ups are taken in person between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at the Information Desk on the evening of the program. A lottery at 5:50 p.m. assigns appointments, with the first one at 6 p.m. and the last at 7:45 p.m. Usually there are 16 time slots available. The LITL schedule for 2016 is:

January 26         February 23      March 22          April 26

 May 24               June 28             July 26            August 23

September 27     October 25      November 22     December—none

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Finally, the media is making a movie to create awareness of the dramatic global phenomenon of the extinction of many of the earth’s species.

The New York Times article is based on the release of two movies on similar missions “Racing Extinction” and “This Changes Everything,” both exploring the devastation humanity has wrought on the natural world. Both films offer messages of hope, profiling people who have helped stop, animal by animal, acre by acre, the pillaging of wildlife and land.

This will be a global event. On December 2, the Discovery Channel plans to broadcast it in prime time in about 220 countries and territories. We have to say to the world and to each other ‘For a moment, stop, and look at the issues that the film raises.’

Promoters and Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and his company Vulcan, are pushing for laws banning the trafficking of endangered species, among other initiatives, and exhorted, via social media and a website, supporters to do the same. Director Psihoyos is professing that each voice and each act, no matter how small, counts. Outrage generated by his movie “The Cove” helped reduce dolphin killings in Japan to 6,000 a year from 23,000.

The same concern led to the photo exhibit at the Fremont Main Library showing the beauty of the African Grey Parrot thriving in the wild in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Being exploited by the government and illegal traders the parrots are trapped in nets, bound to each other wing to wing, then stuffed by the hundreds into crates. Half of the parrots die in transport.

The legal quota is 5,000 parrots a year from the Congo and 7,000 from Cameroon. These countries can no longer sustain this kind of trade, the parrots are near extinction. The cruelty to these birds is extreme and unnecessary, the number exported are in the thousands, and their habitats are being destroyed. This lucrative trade points to the greed of the Congolese government and that of illegal traders. The birds who survive are exported mostly to Asia and the Middle East. Europe has agreed to ban imports.

How can you help?

If greedy governments cannot be stopped, then petitions sponsored by the World Parrot Trust and FLY FREE can make a difference. Help petition CITES to stop the imports into their member countries. CITES is an organization of governments who propose to protect nature and wildlife on earth. They need to be convinced of the necessity to stop this greed and brutality.

Birds belong in nature, they need to be wild and free, they need to fly and thrive, not end up in our cages for our amusement picking their feathers and mutilating themselves.

Come see our exhibit and be a witness to the sadness we have inflicted. Help those innocent lives who cannot help themselves.

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It’s summer, and we’re already half way through the Summer Reading Game. Many of you have signed up and finished. Some of you are just starting. There’s plenty of time to start now and finish by August 8.

I find more people inquire about using eBooks and eAudiobooks. Perhaps the next book in a series the kids want is available in eBook format first, although you might still have to place a hold. Or, perhaps you really want some audiobooks to listen to on a road trip, and the CD Book isn’t available or is on hold for someone else.

On our website you can find guides for using the various platforms (Overdrive, Enki, etc.) with your particular Android, iPad, Nook, Kindle, or other device. Look for eBooks on the bottom right column on our homepage. On the next page, click on Overdrive (or OneClick or other options). Then you’ll see a list of guides for your device for that particular platform. After trying it out at home, if you need more guidance, ask our librarians at any information desk. Just be prepared for a bit of a wait, as we have longer lines than usual as we’re giving out summer reading prizes 🙂

Meanwhile I have a list of kids’ books I want to read, suggested by various children’s librarians in the Bay Area as “distinguished” books, including several titles that are just available this year.  Here are three of them…

alabamaGone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Williams-Garcia (April 2015). She wrote the Newbery Honor winner, One Crazy Summer(2010), about three sisters (ages 11, 7 and 5) who spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland with their mom. They are enrolled in free breakfasts and peace day camp provided by the Black Panthers — where they learn about pride in their heritage, and learn how to stand up for themselves. They also learn that the family that loves them may not be related by blood — and some of the family that loves them most is back in Brooklyn. One summer later, the girls travel to the Deep South, to Alabama, to visit their paternal grandmother and great grandma. They learn about a slower lifestyle, a more polite way, but a place where small rivalries and grudges are held onto for decades. These girls may be the catalyst for reconciliation in their family — but they have a few things to learn from their aunties, as well!

The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold (ill. Emily Gravett), March 2015. About the life of an imaginary friend — and what does he do when the girl who imagines him is fading away? An interesting existential question! (I’m intrigued to know more about the story A.F. Harrold will unfold to us) imaginarythe-honest-truth

The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart (January 2015), which is an adventure of a boy and his dog, surviving in nature. But the boy has a terminal diagnosis. He’s sick enough to need to go to the hospital for treatments. But before that happens, he wants to climb a mountain in Washington state. He uses ingenuity and creativity just to get himself and his dog out of the city. I can’t wait to see what happens next…

Whether you’re reading Harry Potter #1, or Percy Jackson for the first or fifth time — or trying something brand new — enjoy the summer for the opportunity to read something different, thought-provoking, or fun!

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Anime Day & Manga Swap

manga swap flier-page-001This Tuesday, June 23 2015, come join us for snacks and anime! We’ll also have some manga to check out- bring your old manga to swap with others, or just come to hang out and watch anime. Click the image to enlarge it and check out the details!  See you there.

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One of the best places to visit for nature lovers and nature enthusiast is Tilden Regional Park’s Botanic Garden.  The Botanic Garden displays many of California native plants.



Specimens of plants have been brought in from all corners of the state for the public to enjoy. The garden is open from 8:30 AM  to 5:00 PM from October 1st until May 31st and from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM from June 1st until September 30th and closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

To see the prominent plants at a particular time of the year and for more information, check out Tilden Regional Park’s Botanical Garden Website.

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If your book club is between books, there may be something for you in the library’s book group kits.  At the www.aclibrary.org home page, do a title or keyword search for “book group kit” to find a list of titles.  Each kit consists of a bag that contains one study guide and ten copies of the title, so members of your book club won’t have to go and find their own copy.

Childcare providers and parents can search for “story times to go”.  The search results will list thematic kits containing books and materials for children.  The materials come in a blue bin and may include a DVD, puppets and books, depending on the theme.

Holds can be placed as usual on titles in group kits and story times to go.  Check them out.

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Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Enjoy voice, flute and piano performances by students of the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music, 2 p.m.Saturday, October 11, at the Fremont Main Library. The new Anna Poklewski Academy of Music Chamber Music Orchestra will perform conducted by Loren Tayerle, director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College.

The library is wheelchair accessible.

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