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Driven : from homeless to hero, my journeys on and off

driven“The legendary NFL receiver, all-time receptions and yards leader for the Green Bay Packers, and Dancing with the Stars champion looks back on his life and career. Now, in his memoir, Driver recalls what it was like to go from living in a U-Haul trailer with his mom on the streets of Houston to earning a spot on the Packers roster and becoming one of Brett Favre’s favorite targets on the way to football stardom. He takes you inside the locker room with legends such as Favre and Reggie White, and recalls his more recent roles as a veteran leader for stars like Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings during the 2010 Super Bowl season and as a Dancing with the Stars winner. A seventh-round draft pick in 1999, Donald Driver was given little chance of making the Packers roster, much less of becoming a 1,000-yard receiver, a beloved icon for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, and a Super Bowl champion. But in a life of adversity, Driver has overcome obstacle after obstacle and has become one of the most popularplayers in the NFL

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Mind wishpering….

 Mind whispering

Mind whispering : a new   map to freedom from self-defeating emotional habits / Tara Bennett-Goleman

Drawing on the latest   ideas in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and Eastern traditions, the New   York Times bestselling author of Emotional Alchemy reveals how to move beyond   negative emotional patterns and achieve lasting emotional freedom.

Calming the emotional storm : using dialectical behavior therapy skills to manage your emotions & balance your life / Sheri Van Dijk

Calming the EmCalming the emotionalotional   Storm is your guide to   coping with difficult emotions calmly and responsibly by using powerful   skills from dialectical behavior therapy. This method combines cognitive   behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices to change the way you   respond to stressful situations. By practicing these skills, you can stop   needless emotional suffering and develop the inner resilience that will help   you weather any emotional storm.• Establish a balanced   life for an everyday sense of well-being
• Let go of unwanted worries and fears
• Become better at accepting yourself and others
• Work through a crisis without letting emotions take over

Emotional chaos to clarity : how to live more skillfully, make better decisions, and find purpose in life / Phillip Moffitt

“No matter how hard we try, life is often difficult, disappointing, and stressful. Consequently, we are often in the turmoil of emotional chaos resulting from a reactive mind that is grasping and fearful. But in this inspiring and prescriptive book, Phillip Moffitt shows us how to move from emotional chaemotional chaosos of the reactive mind to the clarity of the responsive mind. This is what Moffitt calls skillful living and it empowers us to live more satisfying lives and move towards our goals without fear. Elegantly written with both precision and passion, Emotional Chaos to Clarity puts a finger on challenges experienced by nearly everyone.”-

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Frost and the Christmas Trees

Christmas   Trees
by   Robert Frost
A Christmas Circular   Letter

The city had withdrawn   into itself

And left at last the   country to the country;

When between whirls of   snow not come to lie

And whirls of foliage   not yet laid, there drove

A stranger to our yard,   who looked the city,

Yet did in country   fashion in that there

He sat and waited till   he drew us out

A-buttoning coats to   ask him who he was.

He proved to be the   city come again

To look for something   it had left behind

And could not do without and keep its Christmas.

He asked if I would   sell my Christmas trees;

My woods—the young fir   balsams like a place

Where houses all are   churches and have spires.

I hadn’t thought of   them as Christmas Trees.

I doubt if I was   tempted for a moment

To sell them off their   feet to go in cars

And leave the slope   behind the house all bare,

Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon.

I’d hate to have them know   it if I was.

Yet more I’d hate to   hold my trees except

As others hold theirs   or refuse for them,

Beyond the time of   profitable growth,

The trial by market   everything must come to.

I dallied so much with   the thought of selling.

Then whether from   mistaken courtesy

And fear of seeming   short of speech, or whether

From hope of hearing   good of what was mine,

I said, “There   aren’t enough to be worth while.”

“I could soon tell   how many they would cut,

You let me look them   over.”

“You   could look.

But don’t expect I’m   going to let you have them.”

Pasture they spring in,   some in clumps too close

That lop each other of   boughs, but not a few

Quite solitary and   having equal boughs

All round and round.   The latter he nodded “Yes” to,

Or paused to say   beneath some lovelier one,

With a buyer’s   moderation, “That would do.”

I thought so too, but   wasn’t there to say so.

We climbed the pasture   on the south, crossed over,

And came down on the   north.

He said,   “A thousand.”

“A thousand   Christmas trees!—at what apiece?”

He felt some need of   softening that to me:

“A thousand trees   would come to thirty dollars.”

Then I was certain I   had never meant

To let him have them.   Never show surprise!

But thirty dollars   seemed so small beside

The extent of pasture I   should strip, three cents

(For that was all they   figured out apiece),

Three cents so small   beside the dollar friends

I should be writing to   within the hour

Would pay in cities for   good trees like those,

Regular vestry-trees   whole Sunday Schools

Could hang enough on to   pick off enough.

A thousand Christmas   trees I didn’t know I had!

Worth three cents more   to give away than sell,

As may be shown by a   simple calculation.

Too bad I couldn’t lay   one in a letter.

I can’t help wishing I   could send you one,

In wishing you herewith   a Merry Christmas.


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Book Club @ the Union City Library

JacketCA84JLQWThe perfect mistress / Victoria Alexander

Widowed Julia, Lady Winterset, has inherited a book that every gentleman in
London seems to want. Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can’t let the
obstinate Julia release the shameless memoir that could ruin his family’s name,
but the only way to stop her may be equally sordid, for his rivals are intent on
seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book.

Tuesday December 17, 2013

The fourth Tuesday of the month


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 21, 2013

It’s almost here — HALLOWEEN! Let’s see what we cn find to put us in the mood!

Halloween Origami by Ruth Owen

“Bats, pumpkins, ghosts, and frogs are just some of the Halloween symbols featured in this informative guide. Readers will learn to transform a flat sheet of paper into something truly spooky. Easy-to-follow instructions allow readers to create a multitude of imaginative objects.”                     [J736.982 OWEN]

Halloween Sweets and Treats by Ruth Owen

“Halloween is the king of candy holidays. This spooky book of recipes goes beyond candy corn and chocolate and delves into wickedly tasty delights. Readers will be introduced to a wide array of Halloween delicacies as they learn measurements and cooking tips.”       [J641.568 OWEN]

Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea

“Goslings are on the prowl in this holiday board book from the popular Gossie&Friends series! While Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo are tricking and treating, Ollie is thinking about how sharing is better than scaring.”         [JPB DUNREA]

Happy Halloween! by Stan and Jan Berenstain

“It’s the best Halloween treat ever—a collection of three Berenstain Bears Halloween books in one! Included are The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest, and The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin, sweet and spooky tales that are the perfect ingredients for a whole lot of Halloween reading fun!”                    [JPB BERENSTAIN]

Hailey’s Halloween by Lisa Bullard

time for Hailey’s favorite holiday—Halloween! She plans her costume. She also
carves jack-o’-lanterns with her family. Finally, it’s time for Hailey to
trick-or-treat with her friends.”               [J394.2646 BULLARD]

Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book

“Illustrator Ralph Masiello brings a haunting twist to his popular drawing series by presenting step-by-step diagrams that show young artists how to draw ghosts, witches, jack-o’-lanterns, skeletons, a haunted house and more.”   [J743.87 MASIELLO]

A Halloween Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette

“This cookbook is full of spookily simple, and frighteningly fun recipes that even young children can make. With recipes like Jack O’ Lantern Juice, Eyeball Salad and Slithery Sandwiches, young chefs are sure to enjoy cooking creatively. Most recipes in this collection make one to two servings, which makes them perfect for after school snacks or fun one-on-one creative time with a parent.”      [J641.568 SCHUETTE]

Glue & Go Costumes for Kids: Super-Duper Designs With Everyday Materials by Holly Cleeland

“With readily available supplies and basic tools such as scissors and a glue gun, you can create unique, oversize, eye-catching costumes. You won’t believe how simple it is to transform a kid into corn on the cob, a cupcake, pencil, racecar, monster, basket of flowers, birdhouse, hot air balloon, plate of bacon and eggs, or other unforgettable disguise. These 28 clever ideas are showcased in fabulous full-color photographs and are made with easy-to-find materials, including plastic cups and plates, cardboard boxes, fabric and foam core. A fantastic resource for teachers, librarians, and parents.”          [J646.478 CLEELAND]

Illegally Easy Costumes for Kids: 100 Costumes with Simple Patterns, No-Sew Shortcuts, Last-Minute Solutions, Treat Bags & Accessories by Leila Peltosaari

“This book will make you a costume wizard. Create an unforgettable outfit for a child for Halloween and other occasions. 100 costumes with lavish full-color photos and user-friendly visual index, simple patterns in three sizes
for children 3-12 year-olds, no-sew shortcuts, last-minute solutions, treat bags
& accessories. Easy-to-follow instructions and well-organized layout. Most
costumes can be made without a sewing machine, many in just one evening, some even in an hour or less. Creative and comfortable designs range from traditional and storybook characters, animals and clowns to celestial beings, cultural tributes, and country costumes.”       [J646.478 PELTOSAARI]

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Friends Forever

friends forever

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 30, 2013

Originally posted on Union City Library Blog:

Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin

Will the barnyard animals trick—or treat—Farmer Brown? Find out in this Halloween tale from the creators of Click, Clack, Moo.

“Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed. But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.

“There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!”                 [JPB CRONIN]

Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know by Martha Brockenbrough

“A howl in the distance. The biggest footprint you’ve ever seen. A blurry figure in the distance. These are the clues that lead us to believe there is something out there—Bigfoot.

“Already a fan of the wildly successful FINDING…

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Ghost Stories

I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Steve Earle

Fans of Texas   singer/songwriter Earle know that he can tell a story in a three-minute song,   but with his debut novel (after the story collection Doghouse Roses), he   proves that he can successfully sustain plot and character through a   full-length work. Doc has lost his license to practice medicine but still   tends to the whores, victims and/or perpetrators of street crime, and   occasional unwanted pregnancy in San Antonio’s South Presa corridor. Doc is   haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams (he might have had a hand in Hank’s   journey to the grave), and most of the proceeds from his illicit medical   practice go to support his own heroin habit. Then a Mexican girl seeking to   terminate a pregnancy is brought to his room. Because Graciela bleeds   profusely after the procedure, Doc moves her into his room. Soon she   insinuates herself into his life and his medical practice, and Doc is feeling   the call of the needle much less frequently. While Graciela herself is slow   to heal, the patients she touches seem to mend as if by miracle, eventually   bringing Doc and the other residents at the boardinghouse unwanted attention   from both the church and the law. VERDICT At once gritty and tender, this is   an arresting story of pulling oneself back from the precipice and finding the   beauty in the darkest of corners. Fans will seek it out, but readers don’t   have to be familiar with Earle’s musical career to fall under its spell.Library Journal Reviews

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Chess Club Returns to the Union City Library

What is chess? Chess is a board game for two people. The rules can be learned pretty easily – but learning chess can be a lifelong endeavor.

“Chess is everything: art, science, sport and of course a war over the board, a mental torture. Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe, but those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing.”

Kids ages 8-14 can start learning about Chess at the Union City Library beginning this Saturday, September 14. No registration is required for this ongoing program, Saturdays 3:30-5 p.m.

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The Book Club @ the Union City Library

LacunaThe LACUNA


Harrison William Shepherd, a highly observant writer, is caught between two worlds–in Mexico, working for communists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and later in America, where he his caught up in the patriotism of World War II–in a gripping story about identity and the power of words by the best-selling author of The Poisonwood Bible.

*There are two meetings for discusion of this title  .  Tuesdays September 24 & October 22 @ 1 p.m.

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