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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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Salaam Love & Love InshAllah

These books explore the journeys of these individuals trying to walk the line between cultural norms and personal choices as they navigate through dual identities, generational gaps, coming of age, racism  and self-actualization.

Each story magnifies the life of these young people and through them , magnifies the community psyche.

“Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth is, there are millions of Muslim men trying to figure out the complicated terrain of love, sex, and relationships just like any other American man.In Salaam, Love, Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi provide a space for American Muslim men to speak o
penly about their romantic lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts—and bedrooms. The twenty-two writers come from a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, and religious perspectives—including orthodox, cultural, and secular Muslims—reflecting the strength and diversity of their faith community and of America.By raising their voices to share stories of love and heartbreak, loyalty and betrayal, intimacy and insecurity, these Muslim men are leading the way for all men to recognize that being open and honest about their feelings is not only okay—it’s intimately connected to their lives and critical to their happiness and well-being.’

Love InshAllah “These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope,loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life.These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relevant.”

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Kindergarten Registration in Union City – already?!?

This information is from the New Haven Unified School District website:

Parents of children old enough to start kindergarten who have not yet enrolled are urged to begin the process immediately. Enrollment packets can be picked up at the Centralized Enrollment Center, adjacent to the Educational Services Center at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.

Children born between Oct. 2, 2008, and Sept. 1, 2009, are eligible to attend traditional kindergarten in 2014-15, and children born between Sept. 2, 2009, and Dec. 2, 2009, are eligible for transitional kindergarten. More information is available by calling 476-2625.

For parents of children starting kindergarten in the fall also should be aware of the Tiburcio Vásquez Health Center’s summer vaccine clinic at the Logan High Health Center. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27. In addition, free dental screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to noon at the Aug. 13 clinic.

Parents should bring their child’s immunization (yellow) card and picture identification. For more information or to make an appointment, call 471-2520, ext. 60174 or 690-6044.

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Talking into the Ear of a Donkey : Poems

“[Robert Bly] is . . . the most recent in a line of great American transcendentalist writers.”—The New York Times

With poems ranging from the ghazal form to free verse, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey is Robert Bly’s richest and most varied collection. In the title poem, Bly addresses the “donkey”—possibly poetry itself—that has carried him through a writing life of more than six decades.

from “Talking into the Ear of a Donkey”
“What has happened to the spring,”
I cry, “and our legs that were so joyful
In the bobblings of April?” “Oh, never mind
About all that,” the donkey
Says. “Just take hold of my mane, so you
Can lift your lips closer to my hairy ears.”


Robert Bly is a professional writer who makes more than $600,000 per year from his writing. Now, he’s ready to share his secrets. 88 Money-Making Writing Jobs presents the best outlets writers can find to turn their words into profit (including many that few people think to seek out).

  • Along with an overview of each job, you’ll discover:
  • A breakdown of what it typically pays
  • The nuts and bolts of what you’ll write
  • What it takes to work in the field
  • How to get started
  • Resources for finding the work

For anyone serious about a career as a writer, this guide offers the best information on how to make incredible money in ways that are fun, challenging, and make the most of your writing talents.

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