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If you haven’t signed up for this year’s summer reading game – Read For the Win, you’d better hurry.

This Saturday, 8/13, will be the last day to sign up to play.  Once you’ve signed up, you can continue to read and play until 8/31.  This year, other than the paper bingo game, we also have an online game, which means you can win double the prizes.

And for all the adult and teen players — this year we are having a raffle if you entered your email or phone number when you sign up.  The prize will be a Fitbit band for adult and GoPro camera for teen.

Don’t miss your chance!  Read, play, and Win!!


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The ever very popular Summer Reading Game officially starts today, Monday, June 13 and will run through Saturday, August 13.  Other than a bingo game to play on the game board, this year we have an online game for you as well.  Everybody from the newborn to centenarians can play.

For the bingo game, you can sign up at your library any time during open hours starting June 13 and choose one game board depending upon your age.

Pre-readers Game Board







Kids Game Board


Teens Game Board


Adults Game Board












































Spinning starts June 20, a week after the start day,  and ends Wednesday, August 31.

For the online game, you can sign up yourself online at http://summer.aclibrary.org.

First Prizes are :

  • Pre-readers:  Inflatable mini beach ball and museum passes
  • Kids: smencil and museum passes
  • Teens: smencil
  • Adults:  book bag

Final prize for all age groups will be a book.

There will also be a raffle for Teens (a GoPro camera) and Adults (Fitbit Fitness band) when you sign up.

You can check here for detailed information on the Summer Reading Game.

We are also hosting a variety of summer programs this year.  Check here to see the whole list.

Come one and all!  Summer will not be complete without a lot of reading, prizes, and shows in your library!!


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The long waited summer reading game is finally here.  This year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm.   Anyone aged 0 to 99+ can play.  We have different games for adults, teens, children, and pre-readers.  So come one and come all, come to any library branch to sign up for the game, start to read and keep track how much time you spend reading.  Beginning on 6/15, any time you come back to the library, just bring the game board with you and you can spin, and maybe win some prizes.

We have also planned and invited various performers to come this summer.  Magic, storytelling, music concert, puppet show… you name it.  Please check our calendar to find out what, where and when.

We hope that you will have a wonderful summer ahead!!


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“Paws to Read” — Summer Reading Game of 2014 officially ended last Saturday, August 9.  “But, but, but ….,” some of you might say, “I haven’t got my final prizes yet!!!!”

No worry, even you won’t be able to sign up to play the game anymore, BUT, if you did sign up earlier and have your game board, you can still come to play and claim your prizes.  The last day to play will be Sunday, August 31.

Spinner wheel for 2014 Reading GameSo, hurry up and come on in, cool prizes are here waiting for you.  Don’t miss the last phase of the Summer Reading’s fun.  And who says the reading should stop after the summer ends??

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home_page_bannerTime flies especially when we have a lot of fun!!  Can you believe that we are already half way through the Summer Reading Game, since we started on June 9th?

There are a lot of winners in the Children’s area already.  Have you signed up and gotten your game board yet?  Look at how many dog, cat, and rabbit icons are up on the bulletin board now.  Each of them represents an enthusiastic reader who will be the final prize winners soon.

Other than the bingo game to play, there are many fun programs scheduled.  We had a concert, a comedy circus show, a movie, and even learned about the Didgeridoo (Australian Instrument) in the past few weeks.  Here are the upcoming programs:

 Tuesday, 7/15, 7 pm  The LEGO movie

Thursday, 7/17, 11:30 am  Storyteller Leona Hoegsberg from Texas, yes, TEXAS

Wednesday, 7/23, 2 pm and 3:30 pm  Magic Show

Thursday, 7/24, 11:30 am  Winnie The Pooh movie

Tuesday, 7/29, 7 pm  Jungle James Animal Adventures (with live animals!!!!!)

Wednesday, 8/6, 2 pm  Animal Crafts

Thursday, 8/7, 11:30 am and 12:45 pm Marionettes Puppet show

Free tickets are available 15 minutes before each program at the Children’s Desk.   Mark your calendar and come have some fun!  See ya!!

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Your brain loves to find something new and special. Maybe it’s traveling somewhere unknown, discovering a new recipe or restaurant, or exploring a new topic. The library is just the place for your explorations: the Summer Reading Game, “Have Book – Will Travel” launched June 10. Reading is an activity for all ages; this year’s game will take you traveling. Do check out our book display; pick up an adult game board, spin the wheel, collect your first prize (maybe a flag pencil) and final prize (a book of course), and enter our branch raffle for a special extra something.

And in addition, check out our upcoming programs. This week our featured programs include “Social and Environmental Investing” at 7 PM today and on Tuesday, at 7 PM, high school students can practice writing an SAT essay and get it immediately evaluated.

Use Event Keeper on the home page to search for programs by date or by keyword. Or, you could scan our branch calendar. Event Keeper also lets you send yourself a reminder email to yourself or to someone else.

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Thursday, June 20, 2:00-3:00 P.M.
Daffy Dave
Come and enjoy magic, juggling, and comedy all in one with hilarious Daffy Dave.  Fun for the entire family!This show will be held outdoors in the library’s back patio.  Some seating areas may not have shade.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.
Tuesday, June 25, 1-5:30P.M.
Thursday, June 27, 10:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

For incoming 4th – 7th graders.
Learn about what library workers do, how to get homework help, online databases, how things are arranged at the library, and library resources in traditional and electronic formats.  Play outdoor activities, Jeopardy game, I Spy game, and make a craft project to take home!  Registration is full.
Check out the fun we had in this camp video.

Tuesday, July 2, 2-4 P.M.
Family Movie Time: Hotel Transylvania

Rated PG, 91 minutes.
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.Seats are limited.  A ticket is required to attend.  Tickets are free and will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the movie show time. 

Tuesday, July 9 – August 20 except July 16 and August 6
Violin Classes for Kids
Lesson for Beginners: 6:30-7:00 P.M.
Skill Polishing for Intermediate Violinists: 7:30-8:00 P.M.

For ages 6-12.  Little to no experience needed.
Learn to play violin or polish your violin skills with violinist Sharon Zhen.  Sharon has earned the highest certificates from ABRSM and MTAC. She has also performed in many orchestras as first violin.Registration is required.  Click HERE to download the registration form.
Thursday, July 11, 2-3 P.M.
Red Panda Acrobats

Amazing juggling, balancing, contortion, and acrobats for all ages!
Wayne Huey was professionally trained with the Fu Hsing Acrobatic Academy in Taiwan, the Tai Yuan Acrobatic Troupe, and Shanghai Circus Schools in China. He spent seven years training at the three acrobatic schools, learning and perfecting his craft while pursuing his passions in the Chinese performance arts.Seats are limited.  A ticket is required to attend.  Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the program.

Tuesday, July 16, 7-8:30 P.M.
Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe

Astronomy program for the entire family.
Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you!  During the 1½ hours of program, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.This evening program will run past the library’s open hours so the audience can watch the night sky.  No library services will be available after it’s closed at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 23, 2-4 P.M.
Comic Strips 101 for Tweens and Teens

Come join artist Brian Kolm for a cartooning workshop and learn how to create your own comic strip. This free program is for Tweens and Teens, ages 10 and up. Due to space limitations free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program starts. You must have a ticket and be 10 years of age or older to attend. All materials will be provided.Brian Kolm is an artist and designer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, and performer most of his life. He has a BFA in illustration and film from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts).

Thursday, July 25 , 2-3 P.M.
Compost DIY for Kids

Saving the environment starting from home.
Learn how to compost and make an edible “compost cake” with chocolate and gummy worms.
For grades K to 6.  Kids grades 1 and under please bring an adult to help.This is a Girl Scout Silver Award program.  For details about the program, please contact Phoebe and Christina at silver.award60852@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 30, 2:00-3:30 P.M.
Family Game Day

Indoor and outdoor games.  Come one, come all, let’s have fun!
Some of the games will be held outdoors in the library’s back patio.  Please wear a hat to shield the sun.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, August 1 – 28, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Algebra, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Intro to Geometry, 3:45-5:45 P.M.

Four-week math preparation classes for incoming 7th-9th graders.
Prepare or sharpen your math skills for the next school year.  Learn algebra or geometry concepts with Jonathan Lu, a USA Junior Math Olympiad qualifier from MSJ High School.Registration is required. Limit to 20 seats for each class.  Click HERE to download the registration form.

Centerville Library is located at 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536
For more information, please call 510-795-2629 or email cchang@aclibrary.org or egamell@aclibrary.org

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Many of you have been asking about the Kid Power orientation meeting. We have a date (and fliers up in the library). Fremont’s potential summer volunteers must attend this orientation meeting in order to volunteer. The date is Friday, June 8th at 4 pm. Please note that potential volunteers must be available to work a minimum of six hours during the summer. Our shifts are usually two hours and volunteers usually work once every two weeks (although it depends on scheduling). If you will be gone for an extended vacation during the summer, please do not sign up as you will be taking another person’s spot. Students interested in volunteering must be entering the 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. No exceptions will be made.

The meeting should last roughly one hour. Remember, a parent should be present in the library after the orientation meeting to sign the emergency contact form and permission slip for their child. Only the volunteers will be allowed in the orientation meeting. Students will be allowed to sign up for their first shift at the orientation meeting and will receive copies of the game board and rules (which they are expected to learn prior to the start of their first shift).

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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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Lots of Fun

You may know all about the Summer Reading Game, but don’t forget to check out the weekly, free programs at the Fremont Main Library.  The first program will be a ventriloquist, Tony Boders, with cool, crazy critters:

Critter Continents!
 Visit different continents and hear from the special animals who live there!  Australian Kangaroo, African Lion in the story of the Lion and the Mouse, Penguin from Antarctica, Orangutan from Asia, and MORE!  
I look forward to seeing you at the library showcase in Fremont!  Book early for summer. 

Look at those Critters!


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