Posts Tagged ‘Youtube’

You may be aware that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that it’s also National Frog Month? It sure is! Frogs are very interesting animals known as  amphibians. That means they live in both water and on land during their lifetime. Frogs start life as tadpoles living in the water and then they change into a frog. This change is called metamorphosis. April is almost over but there is still to time learn about frogs and amphibians. The library has lots of books about frogs you can read. You can also learn about frogs from the WorldBookDigital database that is provided through Alameda County Library.

Here are a few frog facts that I found really interesting:

-Frogs don’t drink water, they absorb it through their skin.
-Frogs can breathe air through their skin too.
-Frogs have eyes that rotate so they can see in almost every direction.

Take a look at theses websites to learn more about frogs:

kidzone.ws – learn all about a frogs life and habitat

sfbaywildlife.info – learn about frogs in the San Francisco bay area

oaklandzoo.org – learn about amphibians at the Oakland Zoo

Animal Diversity Web – listen to different frog sounds

A celebration of National Poetry Month and National Frog Month:

Here is a frog haiku written by Matsuo Basho, a famous Japanese poet.

The old pond–
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.


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If you were at the Fremont Main Library mid-afternoon on Saturday, November 10, in all likelihood you heard Gus Wedemeyer’s Three O’Clock Jump Big Band play music that made you feel like dancing.  If you missed it, the performance is on You Tube as several postings.  Here’s the opening portion.  For future events at the library, make sure to check the library’s online calendar.  Mark 2-3 p.m. Saturday, December 8, now so you won’t miss the Hillside Woodwind Quintet perform holiday favorites and classical melodies in the Fukaya Room.


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Alameda County Library Branches recently held game days in celebration of the American Library Association’s International Games Day. I hope you were able to come to one of our Fremont Branches and play with us. One of the highlights at the Centerville branch’s game day was the Angry Birds.

You’d be surprised at how easy it was to make these birds and how much fun this homemade game can be. It’s a fairly inexpensive craft for families to do together and is perfect for the next rainy day, family game night, or a weekend afternoon.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Yarn (yellow, red, green, and black)
  • Craft paper (plain white paper works too. Kids can color in the eyes, noses and beaks.)
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue (I used a glue gun, but be careful because it is very easy to burn yourself!)
  • Small paper cups
  • Black pen and/or crayons (I used a sharpie to color in nostrils and eyes)
  • Scissors
  • Fork (used to make the yarn pom-poms)

You can also use popsicle sticks to help build your tower of cups. Googly eyes add an extra bit of fun to the Angry Bird faces, although I just used plain white paper. For more information and crafting instructions check out makeandtakes.com.

Learn how to create yarn pom-poms with a fork!

I didn’t use a needle to thread the yarn through the fork prongs. I found that it was easy to do that with just my index finger and thumb. I also didn’t bother to trim my pom-poms because I didn’t want to make them too small. It did take a couple practice pom-poms before I was ready to glue on the faces.

In order to make the birds and pigs different sizes I wrapped the yarn around the fork more times to make the pom-poms large and fewer times to make them small. Here is what I did for each:

  • Green pig and Yellow bird – wrap the yarn 60 times
  • Red bird – wrap the yarn 40 times
  • Black bird – wrap the yarn 25 to 30 times.

If you don’t have yarn at home you can use storebought crafting pom-poms instead. They work just as well and would be cheaper than buying the different colored yarn. If you have a slingshot you can try to launch your Angry Birds that way. We chose not to use sling shots at the library to launch our birds so we just tossed them at our tower of cups. I hope you are able to enjoy this Angry Bird craft game as much as we did at the Centerville Library!

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Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run on this day, August 11th, in 1929. He was the first baseball player to do so. Since that day 24 other players have reached 500 homers too. See who else is in the 500 Home Run club here. Babe Ruth has long been regarded as one of baseball’s heroes. His career homerun record of 714 at his retirement in 1935 would stand for almost 40 years before being bested by Hank Aaron in 1974. If you are interested in Ruth’s baseball statistics look here. Check out what the library has to offer on Babe Ruth here. Be sure to watch the old footage of the Bambino in action below. 

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 Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

My favorite short-tempered duck made his debut on this day in 1934 in the Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon called The Wise Little Hen. According to Disney cannon June 9th is Donald’s official birthday. So let’s celebrate Donald Duck by watching his first movie below.

If you would like to learn more about Donald Duck check out the Disney Wiki page about him here.

Be sure to check out the Library’s collection of Donald Duck books and movies here.

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Click on the present to see what’s inside!

Many of the pictures in this multimedia poster have a link to the video of the event. Click on some of them and enjoy!

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The IRS on YouTube…

Apparently, the IRS has its own YouTube channel full of tips and useful information. Check it out here. In teh meantime, here is one of their “useful tip” videos to give you an idea of what the channel is like.

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How to Build a Planet

An astronomer from NASA/JPL explains how a planet is formed. Yep. Youtube really does have everything.

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Centerville held a 2-day Kids Library Camp on June 23rd and 25th. The registration was full in three days but the inquiries never stopped, even when the camp was already in session. Thirty-six kids in grades 4 to 7 attended and all left with happy comments like “It was awesome!”, This was a really fun camp. I want to do it next year!!!”, “This was so rad!” Wow!

Take a look of this video to see what kids were learning and the fun we all had. I tried to cover all the sessions in the order they were presented but had to leave out the exciting Contest. The pictures of the contest were deleted by mistake. 😥

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Recently, at San Diego Comic-Con 2009, there was a panel discussion of the upcoming Twilight Saga film known as New Moon. Since I know that there are at least a dozen of us in this world who couldn’t make it to that sold-out event, I am posting the panel here for you to watch courtesy of Youtube. Be warned. There is much in the way of screaming.

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2if-gpLsuM
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llkL78izRCg
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MISB-sjDkSQ
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyE0wad71RE
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeQyWL4RDZA
Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4qoNnTctiE

(Pssst! You didn’t hear this from me, but if you want to see the new clips shown during the panel, go here and here. Also? There’s a lot of screaming. Mind your ears.)

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