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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 22, 2014

Check out these new books:

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses edited by Johnathan Deaver

“Gods and goddesses–in human, animal, and other forms–were central to the ancient Egyptian way of life. Identified with the natural world, daily living, and the afterlife, they maintained order and prevented chaos from permeating the human world. The figures documented in ancient hieroglyphics are given dimension in this absorbing volume, which examines the characteristics and significance of many of the Egyptian gods and goddesses and also looks at related topics such as ancient symbols and the influence of Egyptian mythology on other cultures and belief systems.”      [J299.3121 EGYPTIAN]

Greek Gods and Goddesses by Michael Taft

“Giving Western literature and art many of its most enduring themes and archetypes, Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses at its core are a fundamental part of the popular imagination. At the heart of Greek mythology are exciting stories of drama, action, and adventure featuring gods and goddesses, who, while physically superior to humans, share many of their weaknesses. Readers will be introduced to the many figures once believed to populate Mount Olympus as well as related concepts and facts about the Greek mythological tradition.”       [J292.211 TAFT,M]

Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses by Vincent Hale

“Mesopotamian religion was one of the earliest religious systems to develop with–and in turn influence–a high civilization. Followed by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, Mesopotamian religion and mythology reflected the complexities of these societies and has been preserved in remnants of their cultural, economic, and political institutions. This absorbing volume provides a glimpse of the cradle of civilization by examining Mesopotamian religious and mythological beliefs as well as some of the many gods and goddesses at the core of their stories and also looks at epics–such as that of Gilgamesh–and other aspects of Mesopotamian life.”               [J299.21 MESOPOTAMIAN]

Roman Gods and Goddesses by William White

“While the ancient Roman pantheon in many ways resembles that of ancient Greece, there is much that sets apart Roman mythology. Romans also borrowed from the religions of ancient Egypt, Asia Minor, and the Middle East, and legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus, tied closely to the history of Rome, feature prominently in ancient stories. The major and lesser figures of Roman mythology are presented in this vibrant volume with sidebars spotlighting related facts and concepts about Roman mythology and religion.”    [J292.211 ROMAN]

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Write Your Story…how to write like CHEKHOV.

 How to Write Like Chekhov : Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work

“Chekhov wrote over 100 years ago, in a place with cultural traditions and norms quite different from our own. Yet his advice to the scribes of today is timeless: “Consciousness is the sister of talent” and “Cry but without letting the reader know you’re crying.” A shot in the arm for struggling writers and a wonderful tool for teachers. Background: Brunello (Univ. of Venice) and Lencek (Reed Coll.) introduce a collection of mindful observations and relevant advice from the father of the modern short story on how to write well. Arranged in five stages involved in the creation of a nonfiction work-general questions, specific questions, the project, the report, and the actual writing-the book provides guidelines culled from Chekhov’s letters to his publishers, family members, contemporaries, and friends, as well as from his plays and stories. The book reveals the universal truths of becoming a writer despite the different culture, conventions.”

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 thoughts

for writing. Sharing is optional.eiffel_tower_blue

Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

September 16, October 21, November 18

and December 16

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please bring pen & paper


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 18, 2014

Slow down! Enjoy every last minute of summer! Have you gone to the beach, or taken a picnic to the park? Have you roller skated, or ridden your bike? 

It’s not too late! How about calling some school friends you haven’t seen all summer. Pack a lunch and  ride your bikes to the park to have some fun and get reacquainted. 

And we have some great new books to find at the Library and enjoy:

The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp

“Princess Sue dreams of finding her Prince Charming. But when that Prince proves to be a bit more traditional than what she had hoped for, Princess Sue—along with the help of fiery dragon—becomes determined to find a way to get the fairy-tale ending that she always envisioned for herself.”       [JPB KEMP]

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

“When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?”                [J REEVE]

Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs

“Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that’s no fun for anyone.

“Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The code in this book runs on almost anything: Windows, Mac, Linux, even an OLPC laptop or Raspberry Pi!”         [J005.133 BRIGGS]

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don’t Cost a Thing by Bobby Mercer

“More than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat?”      [J530.078 MERCER]

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects: Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down by Sophie Maletsky

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today – duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!”            [745.5 MALETSKY]

Sew It! Make 17 Projects with Yummy Precut Fabric by Allison Nicoll

“Get your budding quilter sewing with 17 easy and fun projects made mostly from precuts. With the time they’ll save on cutting, they’ll be able to get down to the business of creating right away. From an earphones pouch to a pillow to, of course, quilts, and even a sleepover set—Sew It! presents kids with a broad range of projects for all skill levels that will teach them quiltmaking basics while challenging them to build their skill sets. All the projects are designed to be sewn on a domestic machine and can be completed without adult assistance.”              [J746 NICOLL]


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World Music @ the Library

Mohammad-Rezā Lotfi (1947-2014) is one of the greatest contemporary masters of the tar and setar. He is among the major figures who, in the past twenty years, have revolutionized the Persian traditional (classical) music. His original creativity and the deep-rooted emotional quality of his playing have made him the father of a new aesthetics in Persian music.

Check out the library holding for the DVD and CD of his concerts:

Art of improvisation, Niavaran concert DVD &  Mystery of love CD.


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 28, 2014

What do you need to know about, and how can you improve your, digital and information literacy?

Cloud-Based Computing by Larry Gerber

“Readers determine what cloud computing looks like and how it is revolutionizing their education today. They evaluate its use in social collaboration, data storage and utility computing, Google Apps, Docs, and Maps, email, banking and shopping, pictures, movies, and music, mobile apps and services, and how the cloud is used in everyday life. The text explains the basics in this rapidly evolving technology along with its use in business applications. Drawbacks of cloud computing are also addressed, including issues of security, privacy, and ethics, and access, control, and stability concerns.”            [J004.6782 GERBER]

Building Apps by Laura La Bella

“With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, apps have taken the world by storm and captured the collective imagination. They range in nature from delightfully frivolous and whimsical to sturdily practical and utilitarian, simple and straightforward to dazzlingly elaborate. In an incredibly brief period of time, they have become fundamental to the smooth and pleasurable functioning of most people’s daily lives. App designers are the new rock stars of the programming world. Any [one] seeking to learn what apps are, how they work, and how they can be designed, programmed, tested, and sold to the highest bidder will find all these questions answered in these pages.”                              [J005.1 LA BELLA]

Publishing Your e-Book by Daniel E. Harmon

“Readers consider e-book technology and services, and how to launch an e-book (choosing a platform, platform-specific formatting, etc.) and marketing their e-book to an audience. This engaging narrative presents e-book success stories of young authors, and investigates the reasons for publishing an e-book. It’s a handy how-to guide that enhances writing and communication skills while helping [readers] in their quest to becoming published authors on the Internet.”                [J070.5797 HARMON]

Understanding Digital Piracy by Susan Meyer

“With the rise of the Internet and the explosion of Web-based entertainment, digital piracy has become a startlingly common crime and a huge problem that robs companies, artists, and other content creators of their creative and financial due. The fundamentally unfair nature of the crime and the harsh consequences of this illegal behavior need to be brought home to [readers] in a very visceral, high-impact way. By framing the discussion as property theft pure and simple and putting a human face on the victims, who are the very people [tweens and] teens respect and idolize–musicians, actors, directors, authors, gamers, programmers–this text does exactly that.”                [J364.1662 MEYER]

Gamification: Using Gaming Technology For Achieving Goals by Therese Shea

“Designed for readers who are interested in the cutting edge of computers and technology, and how it interacts with daily life. The text introduces the new concept of gamification, which turns daily behaviors, such as losing weight, into a game that rewards success. Readers are introduced to examples of gamification programs in areas such as environmentalism, education, and health, among others.”                      [J795 SHEA]

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San Francisco: A Food Biography

sanfranciscoSan Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco’s famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city’s culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms to markets, from markets to kitchens, and from kitchens to tables, focusing on how people experienced the bounty of the City by the Bay.”

Erica J. Peters is the author of Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam. Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century (2011).she lives in the Bay Area and is director and cofounder of the Culinary Historians of Northern California.

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Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase

and write your memoir. Bruce is life long reader, he noeiffel_tower_bluew writes memoir-based, creative non-fiction.

These are  informal meetings ,

to support each other and organize your thoughts

for writing. Sharing is optional.

 Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

July 15, August 19,

and September 16

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please  bring pen & paper

For more information contact Bruce Hasse


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