February 28, 2006 > Events at your library
Events at your library
by Sallie Pine
The Fremont Main Library is a busy place. On average, over 2000 people come in through the gates every day. On a recent Saturday, we had nearly 3300. One thing that brings people in is the wonderful library programs. All kinds of topics, aimed at all ages - children, teens, and adults, including some especially for seniors - are addressed. On Saturday, Feb. 11, over 400 people attended the Chinese New Year celebration co-sponsored by Citizens for a Better Community, Tri-City Chinese School, and the South Bay Chinese Club and included demonstrations of traditional crafts, dance, music and martial arts.
As part of the celebration of Fremont's 50th anniversary, we are having a series of lectures on various aspects of local history. These occur on the 3rd Wednesday of every month beginning at 7 p.m. On March 15, Ed Pentaleri, board member of the Washington Township Historical Society and the Museum of Local History will discuss the wine industry of the Fremont area, beginning with Mission San Jose. Find out about a little-known aspect of Fremont's heritage and its connections to Gold Rush entrepreneurs, robber barons, immigrants, and natural disasters.
Another major event in March is the Friends of the Fremont Library book sale in the Old Main Library/Teen Center at 39770 Paseo Padre Pkwy. There is a members-only book sale preview on Friday, March 10 from 7p.m. to 9 p.m., with the regular sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday features a "clearance sale;" bring your bag and fill it for only $3. (No boxes, please!). The Friends are also looking for donations to use in the sale. Take advantage of this to do some spring cleaning and bring your used books, CDs and DVDs by the library. If you have an easily carried small amount, bring them to the returns desk during library open hours or if your load is larger, drive around to the back of the building nearest Paseo Padre and drop them off at the loading dock Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Other upcoming March events include a storytelling workshop for children in grades 4 to 8, a book and movie discussion for teens on Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, filmmaker Khadijah Chadly showing her work on the celebrations and everyday life of Muslim women in Morocco, and more. The Alameda County Library maintains a calendar of events on its webpage, www.aclibrary.org. Click on the large "All Events" button on the left side of the page. You will see a calendar of the current month and events at all county libraries. Use the drop boxes just above the listing of events to limit results by branch, type of event, or to look at a different month's calendar. There's something for just about everyone.
Database of the month: auto repair reference center
With your library card, you can get information for the do-it-yourselfer auto mechanic. Click on the Articles & Databases link under the Research Center heading. Then click on Auto Repair, then on Auto Repair Reference Center. Click on the link, and you will get a box prompting you for the 14-digit library card number on the back of your card. Type it in, and you'll see a screen to choose the year of your vehicle. Then choose, the make (Ford, Toyota, etc.), model (Civic, Malibu, etc.), and sub-model or engine type if needed. You will then see a "Topics" page from which you can select Repair Procedures, Service Bulletins and Recalls, Wiring Diagrams, Labor, Specifications, and Maintenance Intervals. Once you click on Repair Procedures, a list of topics will be shown on the left with little blue "books" next to them. Pick the topic of interest and the book will open revealing the chapters in it. For example, for a 1998 Toyota Tacoma, choose Brakes, then Disc Brakes. You get a detailed drawing of the components of the vehicle's brakes. From there you can click the forward arrow at the bottom of the screen or open the "book" on the left to see its "chapters." If you click on Removal & Installation, you get more detailed drawings of the specific parts, and step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to remove old disc pads and install new ones.
There are also wiring diagrams for most vehicles, specifications lists (for brakes, capacities, tune-up, valves, etc.), a cost estimator for jobs, assuming you know generally how much per hour is charged for diagnostic work, and how much for labor. Everything can be printed. Look also for the blue tabs at the top of the screen for care & repair tips and for trouble shooting. Even if you don't want to try to fix your car yourself, there is a lot of useful information under these that can help you figure out what might be going wrong, or to help things run well for longer. Check it out. If you would like help using the Auto Repair Reference Center or any other databases, call our reference desk at 745-1444.
If you don't have a library card and would like to get one to use this database and many others, go to www.aclibrary.org, and click on the Get a Library Card link under the Using Your Library heading. Print out a copy of the registration form and bring it with you to any Alameda County Library branch with some identification showing your name and current address.