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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

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October 15

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One event on October 15, 2022 at 12:00 am

One event on October 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

One event on November 5, 2022 at 12:00 am

Alameda County Library kicks off Let’s Gather, a series of family-friendly programs celebrating the cultural heritage of its immigrant communities. Image: Photo by J K on Unsplash.

October 1 & 22: Joy 101 

This program will be in two parts. The first part will be entitled, “What Brings You Joy?” Arianna Wheat, or another licensed marriage and family therapist, will lead participants through several exercises that involve sharing of their stories and culture using their intuition and Drama Therapy techniques. This will culminate in a collective poem about joy written by participants.

The second part of this program involves creating storyboards with lines from the poem and placing them strategically around Lake Elizabeth. We will try to have the lines translated to community languages so that families who do not read English are able to participate. Lake Elizabeth is located behind our library. It is a man- made lake with a two-mile walkway around the lake. Participants (those who contributed to the poem and others) will enjoy a walk around the lake while engaging, socializing and sharing with others. Participants are invited to stay for snacks and conversation after completing the walk. 

October 15: Día de los Muertos Ofrendas in the Library

Starting October 15, 2022, all Alameda County Library branches welcome the public to enjoy Mexican ofrendas in the public space. Staff at each library will work collaboratively to create the ofrendas and educate the community about the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Enjoy a Mexican hot chocolate kit and explore the ofrendas with librarian Christina Lacayo.

• Learn about an important Mexican holiday
• Learn how to make a cultural drink
• Share in honoring and remembering lost loved ones

November 5: Food Stories

Meet immigrants from the Alameda County community who have started their own food business. Experience cuisines from neighbors’ home countries and learn the stories behind the food. Join the library to:

• Become inspired to start a business
•Learn how others like themselves got started
• Share their stories and ideas
• Get feedback from professionals in the field
• Tips on how to uplift the community

This program is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.


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Fremont Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd
Fremont, 94538
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