March was Art IS Education month, and in cooperation with the Alameda County Arts Council and the Office of Education, the Alameda County Library branches presented many fun programs all about creativity – music, dance, art, literature, and crafts.
Union City Library patrons enjoyed making book art and a Mandala paper quilt, which is now hanging on the wall in the Children’s Area of the Library!
Come visit the Library and admire the beautiful art work, made by members of our community!
Students of the Natanjali Dance Academy under the direction of Kalpana Kamalanathan performed Bharatanatyam style dance at Union City Library on Saturday March 3rd for Art Is Education Month. Bharatanatyam is an ancient Indian classical dance form from South India that originated over 4,000 years ago. Along with the performance Ms. Kamalanathan explained what the students are learning about music and dance including rhythm, and melody, as well as yoga and discipline. Art Is Education Month presents a showcase of youth arts learning in Alameda County during the month of March each year. For more information go to www.artiseducation.org/10/
Last Saturday artist Marion Coleman demonstrated the art of quilting and encouraged kids, teens, and parents to draw self portraits for our community quilting project. The drawings were colored with special fabric crayons and the artists selected background papers to compliment their self portraits. Next Marion will transfer the drawings to fabric with her iron. She will design borders and put the art together and stitch the quilt. We can’t wait to see how it will look. To see a sample quilt come to the children’s area of the Library. We have one in the display case. The finished quilt will be hung in the children’s picture book area of the Library.
In Pursuit of Silence: listening for meaning in a world of noise
Prochnik (Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the (Purpose of American Psychology) covers a topic of growing interest—how to find quiet in our noise-polluted world. Unlike Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann (One Square Inch of Silence), Prochnik is not writing with an agenda; he also avoids being political or superficial. Instead, he carefully explores the issue
from multiple directions to understand why some of us crave quiet and others do not and the implications of constant noise on our hearing and behavior as well as on society at large. Prochnik visits a monastery to discuss silence with monks and interviews medical, psychological, and acoustic specialists. He also examines, noise mapping, deaf architecture, our speech and how our minds process silence, and the “noise” our ears hear if we are deaf or in a completely quiet environment. He concludes that the conflict between silence and noise will not disappear, that a small expenditure on expanding silence provides larger returns than a huge expenditure on reducing noise, and, most important, that noise is changing our society. VERDICT This significant book will appeal to readers who enjoyed Anne LeClaire’s Listening Below the
Noise and Sara Maitland’s A Book of Silence as well as fans of Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Gilbert. –Library Journal Reviews Celebrate Creating the community through Art@ the Library on Saturdays March 5th and March 26 Shahrzad Dance Academy
Family Altered Books Workshop with artists Marion Coleman and Marjorie DeQuincy http://marioncoleman.blogspot.com. Experience the colorful and energizing dance of Ollin Anahuac Aztec Dancers of Union City http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ollin-Anahuac-Aztec-Dance-Group/180566655309591. Creating Community Through Art is part of ART IS EDUCATION, an annual celebration of youth arts learning in Alameda County during Arts Education Month. Presented through a partnership between Alameda County Library, the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership. Funded in part by the Friends of the Union City Library. For more information about the annual event go to www.artiseducation.org.
Why is self expression through art important for youth? Find out at our community family arts day at the Union City Library on Saturday March 5th from 1-4 PM. We will have a display of winning poster art by students in the New Haven Unified School District. This year the theme is how to help the environment and the Earth. Take a tour of our wall mural painted by James Logan High School students in the teen area of the Library and meet the artists. Find out how much fun it can be to create a new artwork out of an old discarded book at our