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December 26, 2007 > Infobrain


Coming Attractions at Fremont Main Library

By Angela Yang, Manager of Fremont Libraries

Fremont Main Library is one of the busiest libraries in the Bay area. It's wonderful to see people of all ages feel welcome and comfortable in the library. Families of several generations make a habit of coming to the library to borrow books or DVD's, to seek information of various subjects, to do research, and to find library materials for personal enrichment and entertainment.

In addition to housing books, online resources, multimedia materials; Fremont Main Library is also the cultural arts center that provides excellent programs year round for our diverse community.

For the very young, there are many programs to promote early childhood literacy. The Music Classes are a series of thirty-minute music class for newborns to eight months, and the adults that love them. They can experience songs, chants, instrumental jam sessions and movement activities. Baby Bounce Story time is a twenty-minute, volunteer-led story time designed specifically for children from six months to 23- month-olds, who come with a parent to enjoy good books.

The library has designed many excellent programs for pre-school and kindergarten children. Please check our website for story hours, musical and craft programs, and bilingual story hours. There are also film and craft programs for all ages.

For school age children, there are programs to promote scientific literacy. With a grant from the Lam Research Foundation at Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Math Science Nucleus Presents make great sessions such as Close Encounters: Seeing the World through Special Eyes. Children get to see how different everyday things look through the lens of a microscope, participate in hands-on activities and get an up close look at pond water. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., Math Science Nucleus Presents will offer a session called Math for Parents.

A special Junior High Web Class, to introduce Alameda County Library catalog and online resources, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. There are programs for middle school and high school students listed on the Library's online at

A series of business programs for small business owners and individuals has become available since November in the Library's Fukaya Rooms. Working with the City of Fremont and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, this new series of programs addresses issues interested to small business owners. These programs are free, and no reservations are required.

Gene Luen Yang, a Fremont resident and school teacher, whose graphic novel American Born Chinese was named a 2006 finalist for the National Book Award in the young people's literature category, will present an author's talk and book signing at Fremont Main Library on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 3 - 4 p.m. This book has also won the 2007 Michael L. Printz award for young-adult literature. It tells the story of Jin Wang, a son of Chinese immigrants, who struggles to assimilate at a predominately white school after moving from San Francisco's Chinatown to the suburbs.

As part of the library's multicultural celebration, Scottish Days will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Main Library. Exact time will be posted on the library website.

Citizens for a Better Community, South Bay Chinese Club will present a Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb.16, from 1 - 4:30 p.m. in the Main Library.

Islamic Society of the East Bay will present a moderated panel discussion of the basic tenets of the Muslim faith, with Q&A afterwards. Program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

For additional information about library programs or library services, please check the library website at, or call the library at (510) 745-1401.

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