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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