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FBI program7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Fukaya A Room, Fremont Main Library

Here is your chance to find out anything you’ve been curious about the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Come and ask FBI representatives about identity protection, fraud prevention, cyber safety awareness, things you’d like to know about the FBI and how it operates.  The program starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, in the Fukaya A Room of the Fremont Main Library.  The library is wheelchair accessible.  An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least seven days in advance.  Contact voice 510-745-1401 or TDD 888-663-0660.

 

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JFKI’m sure you’ve seen the coverage regarding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, our 35th president of the United States.  It must seem like ancient history to many people who weren’t even born then, but to some of us it seems like yesterday.

As I watch the programs regarding JFK’s presidency, his life  and assassination, I am transported back to the 12 year old I was when it all occurred.  I was a seventh grade student at Goodwin Junior High (later renamed Kennedy Junior High) in Redwood City, CA. I was a student aide in the library when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that the president had been mortally wounded in Dallas, Texas.  Those of us in the library were confused. Mortally wounded, what did that mean?  When we found out that it meant that the president had been killed, we were all stunned.  How could this happen to such a vibrant, charismatic man?  Many teachers were visibly upset and crying. The school decided to dismiss us early that day and we headed home to our families and our TVs.

I clearly remember the next few days as we were glued to the TV watching events unfold. The capture of Lee Harvey Oswald,  him being shot by Jack  Ruby live on TV, the funeral of JFK, the riderless horse with the boots backwards, the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy, John-John’s salute as the military went by, the terrible sadness of it all.  It was the first time in my young life that I had been confronted  with such shocking events, and it made an impression on me. Those few days are something I will never forget.  It was a time that the nation came together as one to grieve, just like we did after September 11.

President Kennedy was an admirer of Robert Frost, and when he was running for president often quoted the last few lines of Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.   I have always loved that poem, one I associate with a time of promise, which was lost in an instant of madness.  In closing, I would like to share that poem with you:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Fresh produce is indeed now available at the Fremont Main parking lot on Wednesdays, from noon to 4 p.m.  This started on June 5.

One day in the not so distant future, you’ll be visiting the Fremont Main Library and leaving with a bag full of library items and another bag of fresh produce.  Fremont Main is entering into a partnership with Dig Deep Farms and Produce, a social enterprise and a project of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League.  The Dig Deep Farms website describes a weekly delivery service of fresh produce; the partnership with Fremont Main Library is a pilot project that will bring Dig Deep produce stands once a week to consumers for the first time.  That those first produce stands will be on library grounds certainly says something of Fremont Main’s role in our community.  So how about that?  With one trip to the library, you will be taking home food for the mind as well as food for the body.  It certainly is a good deal to look forward to.  You’ll know when it’s here.

Dig Deep Farms & Produce

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Flag Day is observed across the United States every year on June 14th. This observance is to commemorate the adoption of the American flag as the official flag of the United States. The first American flag is said to have been designed and hand-sewn by Betsy Ross during the time of the American Revolution. That first flag, known as the Betsy Ross flag, had 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 white stars to represent the original 13 colonies. Our flag today still has the 13 alternating red and white stripes to represent the original colonies and 50 white stars to represent the 50 States that make up the United States of America. Did you know that there are rules for how to display the American Flag? Here are a few rules to follow:

  • The flag should be flown during daylight and when it is not raining.
  • The flag should never be flown upside down.
  • The flag should not be used for advertising.
  • When lowered to be put away, no part of the flag should touch the ground, it should be received by waiting hands and arms, and folded in a ceremoniously way.
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended.

You can take a look here to see more rules for displaying the American Flag.

If you would like to make a flag craft to celebrate flag day today check out enchantedlearning.com for fun projects to make at home.

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Unlikely Allies by Joel Richard Paul is everything they didn’t teach you in school about the days leading up to the American Revolution. The year is 1776. Silas Deane, a Connecticut merchant who can’t speak a word of French, is in Versailles trying to convince Louis XVI to sell arms and ammunition to the Americans. Chosen by Benjamin Franklin to be the representative of the Continental Congress, Deane arrives in France months before Franklin and must survive by his wits alone, as the place is crawling with spies and incognito French police officers– and they’ve all got a stake in the political shenanigans that are about to take place. What help can the insolvent but determined Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beumarchais, a French playwright and one-time aristocrat offer Deane? And in any case, can Deane trust him?

These are just two of the colorful characters in Paul’s account of the long struggle to persuade Louis XVI to back the new country with much-needed supplies and then to actually get them delivered to Washington’s desperate army. It is a tale of espionage and counter-espionage, of cat-and-mouse diplomacy among men of all ranks who double-crossed each other as frequently as the wind changed. It is also the story of one of history’s most enigmatic characters, the notorious Chevalier d’Eon, a cross-dressing French soldier turned diplomat turned blackmailer, without whom the outcome of the Revolution might have been very different.

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