Posts Tagged ‘Libraries’

People need books and libraries! So, some of the latest innovations are pop up libraries, of which there are many all over the world and nearby, too.

A New Mexico friend sent me a lengthy news article featuring scenic Carrizozo’s (NM) tiny, free, pop up libraries for its 984 residents – their pop up libraries are wooden boxes housing donated books, which keep changing. The principle: take one, return one.

Pop up libraries in the Alameda County Library system are more sizeable and are placed in non-traditional spaces such as the Santa Rita Jails (Start with a Story); the District Attorney’s Office/Family Justice Center (opened July, 2013), Ashland Youth Center (opened July, 2013) and NewPark Mall, 3.5 miles from the Fremont Main Library.

ImageAt NewPark Mall, librarians come every 3rd Thursday of the month, bringing a morning of fun including a story time, live entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

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Free 15-minute consultations with an attorney will again be available the scalefourth Tuesday of each month January through November.  Sign up in person at the Information Desk starting at 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. on the day of the program:

January 28            February 25            March 25

April 22                  May 27                 June 24

July 22                  August 26              September 23

October 28           November 5           December-no program

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While computers are so much part of our lives, offer us and our children essential resources to explore and learn now, we have to remember that the Internet can be a very vulnerable place for our children too.  With that in mind, we’d like to share a publication from the FBI that provides parents with resources, tips and answers to better understanding of Internet safety.

This publication is a MUST read for all parents.

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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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In our daily lives as librarians we often feel that we and our profession are not fully understood. As a librarian, how could I bring the message across but through a book?  How could I also show that we are not stereotypes and that many of us are as unique as the rest of the community? What better way to reveal the profession and to gain insight into the inner workings of the library professional but through anecdotes?

The book by Marilyn Johnson entitled “This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All”, published in 2010, is such a book. You will find the book under the call number 023.2 Johnson – please check the library catalog for availability at http://www.aclibrary.org

Here is a summary:

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us–neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled–can get along without human help. And not just any help–we need librarians, who won’t charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age? This book is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Here are bloggers, radicals and visionaries who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.


The frontier — Information sickness — On the ground — The blog people — Big brother and the holdout company — How to change the world — To the ramparts! — Follow that tattooed librarian — Wizards of odd — Gotham city — What’s worth saving? — The best day

Happy reading! See you in the library!

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Traveling Librarian Part 1

During the spring of this year, I took a short trip up to Portland, OR. I love the atmosphere in Portland, especially the artsy feeling to many areas of the city.

My favorite art store is in Portland: Collage http://www.collagepdx.blogspot.com/. I make sure that I go by the store at least once on each trip to Portland. I am not an artist in the traditional sense, but I scrapbook and I have always loved art supplies. Collage carries so many different things, I always have to remind myself that I have to fit my clothes back in my suitcase too.  

And no visit to Portland would be complete without a trip to Powell’s Books  (http://www.powells.com/). Although again, if yo uare a book lover, make sure you leave some room in your luggage for your purchases. You may be tempted to buy more than you can carry home.   

The Multnomah County Library Central Branch is located in Portland on S.W. 10th Avenue. It is a beautiful brick building and very heavily used. The children’s area is also lovely, with a storytime room, artwork and rows upon rows of books. (http://www.multcolib.org/agcy/cen.html)

Then there would be the cofeehouses and cafes throughout Portland. More than you could ever possibly visit in one trip. Stumptown might be the most well known, but I also enjoyed Caffe Vita. Voodoo Doughnuts (http://voodoodoughnut.com/index.php) is also a well-recognized name in the Portland area, serving donut concoctions such as Captain Cruch covered donughnuts, bacon and maple bars and the namesake doughnut, a voodoo doll shaped donut. Always a fun place to stop in (and they are open late!)

We do own a few books about Portland, OR if you are planning a trip, or just curious to know more about the city:



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The demonstrations in Egypt have made headlines since January 28th and we can only hope for the best outcome from the efforts of the Egyptian citizens.  Many librarians are also maintaining contact with Egypt’s library community.  As many of you may know, Egypt is the home of one of the most famous libraries in history.

The Ancient Library of Alexandria, although not the first recorded library, has its place in the heart of the history of libraries.  The Director of the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Ismail Serageldin, has tried to keep the library community apprised on the status of the library and has provided photos of the wonderful collaboration of individuals who have protected the library and its cultural treasures from potential damage.  Take a look at the photos of teens and others who joined together to protect the library during demonstrations, a true testament to the cultural pride of the community.

If you want to know more about the history of The Ancient Library of Alexandria or libraries in general, check out these books at your library:

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The California legislature is seriously considering borrowing 8% of library property taxes on 2009/2010. This will force the Library to cut hours, services and programs. This chart demonstrates the significance of the loss of these revenues.

$1.2 Million Loss

Librarian – 32,597 hours
Library Clerk – 42,826 hours
Page 56,127 hours

Books – 34,158
CDs – 60,000
DVDs – 39,695

Children’s Programs – 2,400 programs
Teen Programs – 2,492 programs
Literacy Training – 3,692 programs

“Libraries are more essential than ever. Reading is still the most basic survival skill in today’s information driven world.” William Ecenbarger

How can you help?

Please support your library by asking the State Legislature to exempt libraries from the Proposition 1A property tax shift. A sample letter is attached for your reproduction and use in contacting the following legislators.

(Sample Letter)

Time is of the essence, so phone calls and faxes are preferred, letters are also welcomed.

The Honorable Karen Bass
Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol, Room 219
P. O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0047
(916) 319-2047 phone
(916) 319-2147 fax

Senator Ellen Corbett
State Capitol, Room 5108
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4010 phone
(916) 327-2433 fax

Senator Loni Hancock
State Capitol, Room 3092
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4009 phone
(916) 327-1997 fax

The Honorable Sam Blakeslee
Assembly Republican Leader
State Capitol
P. O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2033 phone
(916) 319-2133 fax

Assemblymember Alberto Torrico
State Capitol, Room 3160
P. O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0020
(916) 319-2020 phone
(916) 319-2120 fax

The Honorable Dennis Holingsworth
Senate Republican Leader
State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4036 phone
(916) 447-9008 fax

Senate President pro Tempore
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4006 phone
(916) 323-2263 fax

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi
State Capitol
P. O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0018
(916) 319-2018 phone
(916) 319-2118 fax

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
State Capitol
P. O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0014
(916) 319-2014 phone
(916) 319-2114 fax

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-2841 phone
(916) 558-3160 fax

Thank you for your help!

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13 Very Cool Libraries

Thursday Thirteen #61

I have a keen interest in libraries. (hmmm…wonder why that is…) So, this week, I’m bringing you links to 13 Very Cool Libraries. Obviously, there are many more than I could ever list here, so please let me know about any cool libraries you are familiar with.

13 Libraries of Coolness:
1. The Library of Congress – If you have an American history project of some sort, check out their American Memory project.

2. Trinity College Library, Dublin – Home of the Book of Kells.

3. The British Library – Home of the Magna Carta, and you can read it online.

4. Bibliothèque nationale de France – They have a whole exhibition on the topic of King Arthur. (Mind you, it helps if you can read French, but they do offer a great deal of English translation.)

5. The National Library of Scotland – You can read the Last Letter of Mary Queen of Scots on their site.

6. Oxford University’s Bodleian Library – Among other things (you know that Tolkien worked at this University, yes?) they have an online exhibition about The Wind in the Willows.

7. National Library of Australia – Among other things, they offer a digital collection of early Australian printed music.

8. Library and Archives Canada – Home of the Canadian Genealogy Center.

9. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – Among other things, they offer digital access to important American Historical Documents.

10.NYPL – This well known library has, among other things, a digital collection of Native American portraiture.

11. LAPL – Check out the LAPL photo collection.

12. Mariposa County Library – Yosemite Valley Branch
– This tiny library branch may not have a huge collection (though they have excellent access through Interlibrary Loan) but if you live in Yosemite Valley, this place is Heaven on Earth.

13. Fremont Main Library – I’m cool, and I work here, therefore the library is cool. 😉 (We also have all sorts of programs, databases, and even a huge orange stuffed shark.

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This video is originally from the NBC Nightly News, reporting on how libraries are becoming even more popular during the economic downturn. Makes sense to me.

Libraries Offer Free Relief from Tough Times:

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