Happy Halloween!

Extreme Halloween : The Ultimate Guide to Making Halloween Scary Again

by Tom Nardone

The author of Extreme Pumpkins II presents another volume of spooky holiday ideas, featuring projects to transform your home, yard, and wardrobe, including a cake that bleeds, an alligator in a leaf pile, and a toilet bowl of candy.


Big Book of Halloween : Creative & Creepy Projects for Revellers of All Ages

b Laura Dover Doran 

A creative guide to the Halloween holiday presents detailed instructions for a variety of entertaining projects for all ages, including costumes for children and adults, spooky decorating ideas, recipes for Halloween treats, and tips on carving pumpkins.

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Write Your Story…Halloween!

Bruce Haase ( senior library member ) has submitted the following memoir:

Bruce Haase

Bruce Haase

“Halloween Haunted House”

Ned was trying to convince No Jocks and I that he came from a long line of entrepreneurs, and we could make some cash this Halloween. He had a plan but needed the two of us to help him with the details and to back him up with the plan.

I had never been totally trusting of Ned, and asked him, “What the hell is an entrepreneur?

Naturally No Jocks answered with, “That’s a French guy that wears girl’s clothes!” I punched him on the shoulder, and Ned slapped him on the top of the head.

I made a mental note to stop at the library to find out what an entrepreneur was. Then I could figure out if Ned was one.

Ned told us his plan, I fine tuned it, and No Jocks nervously said, he’d go along with it if we would.

The plan was to brag that the three of us would go to the door of the old Haunted Mansion on Nottingham and get in, if someone answered, we said we weren’t afraid of ghosts, or whoever answered. We would bet all comers.

The rest of the plan was our secret. We would meet at one pm on the Saturday before Halloween in front of our school if we got enough kids to bet against us.

We ended up with a bunch of fifty cent bets. If we won we’d split $9.50 three ways and if we lost, well, it would be a $3 hit for each of us and Ned had to pay the extra fifty cents. It was his idea, right…

All three of us were there early on Saturday and we pedaled our bikes up Nottingham and crossed over to the overgrown drive way. We knew someone still lived there, we’d all seen the light or two in the windows at night. No one that we knew had ever been down that driveway before, at least, not in our lifetimes. It was big and old and falling apart, overgrown everything. A few outbuildings that had collapsed or were threatening to. A tall rusty flagpole leaned further than Pisa. Ned and I mumbled it was time to see if it was truly haunted. No Jocks said he could get the $3 from his uncle if we decided to back out. We both punched him…

After a breathless 200 foot ride we’re at the door, as Ned raises his hand to knock the door opens…

I swear it creaked. Now, realize that the three of us are in the seventh grade, two of us are tall, No Jocks is only about 4-11 though. The real old lady that answered is shorter then him and has a sweet smile. It turned out that there were two of them living there, both in their 80’s. They had been born in the house in the 1870’s, not in a hospital, but born in the house! There was a room especially for birthing and dying and those kinds of things. They told us you wouldn’t want to mess up a nice room with dis-tasteful goings’ on. The family had made their money selling sharpening stones to the Union Army in the Civil War and all the later wars, they added bayonets and such, all the way into WWII when they sold the company. At one time their property was 640 acres, now sold down to around 8 acres.

We explained our bet with the other kids to them and they loved it. They told us they hadn’t seen a trick-or-treater for at least ten years. They would be awake and ready for us on Halloween, only before 8pm. That was bedtime, you see.

At around 6:30 pm on Halloween eight of us showed up, five of the kids we had bet with, were the witnesses and waited at the sidewalk. None would go down the driveway with us. The old lady’s opened the door and had Witches hats on and tried to screech, we had to screech for them. We went in and closed the door and the five of us had a good laugh. We hung out for maybe ten minutes and after promising to visit them again, they gave us carrots and apples and each a brand new Two Dollar bill. There were only three kids waiting for us, two had run away.

We had won our bets, every kid had paid off without a hassle. We were famous at Saint John’s School, all the grades and even the teachers were impressed. We never told a soul about the early visit, on that Saturday afternoon.

A few days later, when I stopped a Sonny’s Garage they told me that, “The little No Jocks kid had been in there saying that we had gone to the Nottingham Haunted House on Halloween and there were two old ladies that gave us each a two dollar bill.” He didn’t have his bill for proof because he had spent it, so they didn’t believe him.

I pulled out my wallet and withdrew the new two dollar bill, with a whistle I kissed it, smiled and casual as you please, strolled out. I looked back and said, “the No Jocks never lies!”

When I delivered the afternoon paper to Moe’s Tavern they asked me about No Jock’s story, I showed the bill and smiled. I vowed to carry that bill with me from then on.

For a couple of years No Jocks and I visited the old lady’s, Ned never did. After all, he was an entrepreneur and they don’t always honor their commitments.


Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase

and write your memoir. Bruce is lifelong reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction.

These are informal meetings ,

to support each other and organize your thoughtseiffel_tower_black_and_white

for writing. Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

November 18,  December 16, January 20

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please bring pen & paper

For more information: Bruce Haase  Email:ohnjca@comcast.net


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 27, 2014

A Library Book For Bear by Bonny Becker

“Bear is quite sure that he already has all the books he will ever need and can see no reason to go to the Library for more. Yet his friend Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, thinks otherwise. When Bear reluctantly agrees to go with Mouse to the big Library, neither rocket ships nor wooden canoes are enough for Bear’s picky tastes. Will Mouse ever find the perfect book for Bear?”                                    [JPB BECKER]

Frostborn by Lou Anders

“Destined to take over his family farm in Norrøngard, Karn would rather play the board game Thrones and Bones, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and more.” The first book in a planned series.                    [J ANDERS]

 Dinosaur! Dinosaurs and Other Amazing Prehistoric Creatures As You’ve Never Seen Them Before by John Woodward

“The lost world of velociraptor, stegosaurus, allosaurus, and other prehistoric monsters come to life as never seen before in Dinosaur!

“Packed with photorealistic computer generated images, detailed cross-sections and cutaways revealing the inner workings of dinosaurs, simple annotations, and clear concise definitions explaining each dinosaur and prehistoric beast at a glance — Dinosaur! revives the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Eras and brings young readers into the action.”       [J567.9 WOODWARD]

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Book Club…Dear Life Stories

Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. 

Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young
woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out.While most of these stories take place in Munro’s home territory—the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron—the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the book ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories “autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact.” A girl who can’t sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard.Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

from Publisher Summary

 BOOK CLUB Meeting Tuesday October 28, 2014 @ the Union City Library , 1 p.m.


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 20, 2014

Fancy Nancy’s Fabulous Fall Storybook Collection by Jane O’Connor

“A treasury of six autumn-themed Fancy Nancy stories finds her enjoying the activities and holidays of the season in such tales as Halloween… Or Bust! and Apples Galore!”    [JPB O'CONNOR, J]

5-Minute Spooky Stories

“A collection of Halloween stories featuring Disney characters includes Rapunzel planning a Halloween party, Nemo and his friends searching a sunken ship, and Vanellope and Ralph stumbling upon a haunted house.”                          [JPB FIVE-Minute]

Creating Halloween Crafts by Dana Meachen Rau

“Provides step-by-step instructions, tips, and techniques for creating Halloween costumes and decorations. Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. They also provide an opportunity to learn how to draw meaning from technical texts. The activities in this book push readers to read for comprehension, use information gained from the text and illustrations to follow step-by-step directions, determine relationships among steps in a technical process, and build the skills they need to make the perfect crafts for the Halloween season.”                       [J745.59416 RAU]

Trick-or-Treat Safety by Megan Cooley Peterson

“Using simple text and informative photographs, this book teaches children how to be safe while walking around the neighborhood.”                [JE 394.2646 PETERSON]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 13, 2014

New books are great, but older books also have wonderful ideas! Check these out:

Children’s Costumes: A Treasure Trove of Amazingly Original Designs — Simple to Make and Fun to Wear by Gill Dickinson

Well, what can I add to that? The title says it all!           [J646.478 DICKINSON]

Nifty, Thrifty, No-Sew Costumes and Props by Carol Ann Bloom

“Enhance the power of imaginative play or dramatic productions by creating a full wardrobe of interchangeable costumes—for a wide variety of characters, animals, and creatures—without picking up needle and thread.”             [646.47806 BLOOM]

Dress Up by Moe Casey

“Presents a variety of costumes for all types of occasions, suggesting how to design, make, and use them.”                [J646.478 CASEY]

Fabulous Fun Costumes by Juliet Moxley

“Who needs to pay outrageous prices for boring costumes when you can make them yourself? Basic sewing techniques are all you need to delight any child who wants to dress up like a bunny, ghost, clown, fairy, mermaid, or dinosaur. Four-color photos guide you through the process of making each costume.”                 [ 646.4786 MOXLEY]

Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes by Angela Wilkes

“An exciting book offers hundreds of interesting projects to entertain children, including step-by-step instructions for creating funny faces, hats, headdresses, and crafty clothes; how to turn a box into a monster, robot, animal, or bird; and how to create wigs and beards from yarn and cotton.”                                [J646.478 WILKES]

Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U by Rosie O’Donnell

“A a fresh and fun collection of 100 easy craft projects for parents and kids (age 5 through 12). Projects include bunny piñatas for spring, tie-dye T-shirts for summer, creepy costumes for Halloween, very merry garlands for the holidays, Valentine’s Day bouquets, and much more. Packed with practical advice, step-by-step instructions, and gorgeous full-color illustrations, Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U offers plenty of inspiration for craft projects the whole family can enjoy on holidays, rainy days, or any “crafty” day!”                       [745.5 O'DONNELL]


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Write Your Story……..On a Bicycle at 84

On A Bicycle at 84

by: Arthur Thistlewood, Library member

Not long ago a text entitled TRAINING THE MIND  came to my attention. In the introduction , the author explains that your mind plays tricks on you, so beware! I thought to myself, how can that be? But then you realize  the tricks are simply ways your mind is not always aware of itself, that you, yourself, never know how old your are. Im my case, being over eighty causes lapses of awareness that causes problems.bicycle

Prepare for a laugh.

For the Independence Day celebration, my nephew and I had camped beside a lake near Sacramento. We cooked and swam and walked lazily, and enjoyed camping before heading back to the city and the daily grind. With the camper ready to haul to storage, Steve noticed his bicycle in the rear view mirror was still standing near the spot where we had parked.
“Would you mind walking the bike over to storage while I drive over there and store the camper?”

“Glad to do it, “I replied, so I got out of the truck and walked back to where the bicycle was still parked.

Jauntily, I began to push the bike. After about seven minutes I had progressed about 75 yards toward the storage area. O noticed a ledge to my left, so I stepped up on the ledge to mount the bike, but couldn’t get my log over the frame. Thant should have warned me, but, unthinking, I continued to push the bike along. Even though I hadn’t ridden a bicycle for many years, I did not realize I might be too old to jump on a bicycle and ride.

After pushing along a few more yards, I came to some steps to my  left whick led up to the pool house. This time I thought sure I could manage to ride the rest of the way to storage , and casually threw my leg over the bicycles as if to start riding it.

Well, the bicycle took on a life of its own; I was 40 years too old just to ride a bicycle. I watched in consternation as the bicycle gloriously continued its way with me on it. Instead of proceeding cautiously along the drive, the bicycle twisted this way and that, turning right down the grassy slope into the lake.  PLOP. Although undamaged, I was suddenly wet up to my eyelashes.

Fortunately for me, several people were working nearby; everyone came running to pull the bicycle and me out of the water. Whew!

No one was laughing, but I realized just how lucky it was I hadn’t hurt myself as I attempted to do something I could have done easily twenty years ago.

There It was: my mind had played a trick on me I had not thought for one second that I was incapable of just riding the bike wherever it needed to go. We sometimes hear stories of senior citizens getting themselves into difficulty trying to perform some task that had been quite easy a few years ago. All that’s left to say is, please think a moment, because you might not wind up wet but undamaged as I did.


Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase

and write your memoir. Bruce is lifelong reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction.

These are informal meetings ,

to support each other and organize your thoughtseiffel_tower_black_and_white

for writing. Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

October 21, November 18 and December 16

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please bring pen & paper

For more information: Bruce Haase  Email:ohnjca@comcast.net



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