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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 27, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013 is Memorial Day

“The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.” http://www.timeforkids.com/news/meaning-memorial-day/40391

Observe this important commemoration at one of many local events.


Summer is quickly approaching, and there are only one and a half weeks of school left. If you are looking for something fun to do, and you are going to be in grades 5 through 12 next year, consider being a KidPower volunteer at the Union City Library! We ask you to commit to working at least eight hours – although you are definitely welcome to put in many more! Have fun while earning community service hours, and help out the Library at the same time.

Two orientations meetings are scheduled:

  • Friday, May 31, 4-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8, 1-2 p.m.

You only need to attend one, so come and join KidPower and help with our summer programming and with this year’s Summer Reading Game

Have Book, Will Travel!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 30, 2012

It’s not too late! There’s still time to read and play the Alameda County Library Summer Reading Game, Reading is SO Delicious! Come in to any branch of the Library to pick up a game board. If you already have one but forgot about the game, well, look around and find it!

Think about how much time you’ve spent reading already! It’s a cinch! Mark your board then bring it in to the Library to spin and stamp and WIN!

There are still great programs planned for you to enjoy. And be sure to check out the Reading Game blog – it’s full of jokes, crafts, videos, recipes, book suggestions, and places to go and have fun.

Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s passing quickly. ENJOY!

And you might want to read Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

“‘My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn’t freckled, and eyes like summer storms.’

“Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of Everything on a Waffle is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose’s parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive, somewhere.”   A Newbery Honor Book         [J HORVATH]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 11, 2012

Today we forego the book reviews and talk about SUMMER!

Alameda County’s 2012 Summer Reading Game is “Reading is So Delicious“. Sign up starting Monday, June 11, take your game board home, and start reading!

Sign up for the FIRST EVER Build-Your-Own Musical Instrument Summer Day Camp! The camp, for kids aged 6 – 12, will run 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25-29 at the Union City Library. You will make and play a REAL musical instrument. This is for school-age children, registration is required, and you must commit to attend each day of the program. As with all Library programs, this is FREE and all materials and instruction are supplied.

Entering grades 5 – 9 next school year? Become a KidPower volunteer! Help with programs and the Summer Reading Game, and get Community Service credit. If you missed the KidPower orientations, come in to the Library anyway; it’s not too late!

Traditionally we do not present our usual Toddler and Preschool Story time programs during the summer as we concentrate on the Reading Game and family programming. However we do have a four-week Toddler-Preschool Stories and Blocks series scheduled Wednesday mornings, 10:30-11:30 a.m.July 11 – August 1. A half-hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays will precede a Duplo Lego block play period. No registration required, just come in and have fun! For kids five and under and their families.

We have some wonderful, exciting Saturday programs planned for the entire family!

  • June 23               2 p.m.          Ventriloquist Steve Chaney
  • July 7                   2 p.m.          Drummmmm
  • July 21                 1 p.m.           Carnival of Chaos
  • August 4             2 p.m.           Puppet Art Theater

All programs are funded in part by the Friends of the Union City Library and the Alameda County Library Foundation. No registration, just come and enjoy!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 4, 2012

School is almost out, Summer is almost here! Time to think about being a KidPower volunteer and playing the Summer Reading GameReading is SO Delicious!

Entering grades 5 – 9 next school year? Become a KidPower volunteer at the Union City Library! Help with programs and the Summer Reading Game, and get Community Service credit.

Two KidPower orientations are scheduled:

  • Friday, June 1, 3-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 7, 7-8 p.m.

If you miss the orientations, come in to the Library anyway; it’s not too late to volunteer! Each Library organizes their own KidPower program, and Union City would love to have YOU be a volunteer. Call 510-745-1464 ext. 7 for more information, or come to the Library at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 15, 2011

Some fun reads for the end of summer:

Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie by Bill Doyle

“After Keats and Henry lose their bikes, they need money — fast. So the help-wanted ad at the supermarket seems ideal for them. All they have to do is weed Hallway House’s garden, find some lightbulbs in the attic, sweep the garage . . . and battle a shark-headed zombie. But no one told them about the giant bookworms in the library, the toe-biting carpet in the halls, and the kitchen sinkhole!”


Junonia by Kevin Henkes

“Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.

“Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?

“Alice’s friends are all returning, too. And she’s certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can’t wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?”                 [J HENKES]

Addie on the Inside by James Howe

“The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…  just a bit obnoxious.

But as seventh grade progresses, Addie’s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough and that doesn’t help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up.”

Follows The Misfits and Totally Joe.                                [J HOWE]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 1, 2011

Just a few more short weeks of summer! You still have time to play and win the Summer Reading Game, One World, Many Stories. Many fun programs are scheduled, and they are all free!

It’s not too late to take a vacation, or have fun locally visiting parks and museums. In fact, you can borrow free passes to several area museums just by having a Library card! Call your local Library branch for availability. The Union City Library currently has passes for the Asian Art Museum and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, and the Oakland Museum. The passes are available on a first-come-first-served basis; you can call the Library [510-745-1464 ext. 7] and if it’s available that day we can hold it for a short time.

Family movie night can be inexpensive fun. Plan ahead to get your favorite films at the Library. You might have to wait until our copy is returned or we get one sent from another branch. Don’t forget — it doesn’t cost anything to request Library materials! Just don’t forget come and get it, or let us know you won’t be able to pick it up.

So relax, borrow a good book from the Library, find a shady place outdoors, and read! Play and win the Summer Reading Game, and plan a fun day at MOCHA, the Charles Schulz Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, or the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Before you know it, the back-to-school shopping will begin!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 13, 2011

Summer is almost here, and school is almost out in Union City! I hope your summer is a fun and relaxing  time filled with friends and family, and adventures new and old! Beaches, parks and pools are waiting — and lots and lots of great books to read and enjoy.

And don’t forget to pick up your game board for this year’s Alameda County Library Summer Reading Game for Kids,

Although you don’t have to read books from the Library to play the Library’s Summer Reading Game, the Library is a wonderful place to find all kinds of wonderful things to read and enjoy! Here are some examples:

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond

“Meet Charlie.

“He’s a ranch dog. Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved. Charlie has dangly ears, floppy skin, and big fat paws. And he loves living in the country. That’s because he works like a dog…fixing fences, gardening, and helping his family out on the range.

“Yep, it’s all work, all the time for Charlie the ranch dog. In fact, he’s probably working right now…


“A ranch dog’s work is never done!”                             [JPB DRUMMOND]

My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

“Sadie has wanted to go the zoo forever, but something always gets in the way. Not today! Today they are finally on their way, and nothing can stop them – not a broken arm or a lost dog or a surprise visit. Not even her dad’s observation: “Sadie, it’s raining.” Because when Sadie looks out her window, not only is it not raining on her side of the car, the sun is shining and people are watering their lawns and wearing sunglasses. Even when the road on Dad’s side starts looking more like a river, Sadie can barely see a raindrop fall on her side of the car. This warmhearted tale of a child’s optimism and a father’s loving patience is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone, no matter the weather.”                            [JPB FEIFFER]

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert

“Would you believe that Ralph the dog can talk? Yip, yip, yip–it’s true!

“The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as “roof,” “rough,” “bark,” and “wolf.”

A fun book with great illustrations!         [JPB EHLERT]


This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

“What comes after 1 + 1?

“Just about anything!

“In this fanciful collection, Amy Krouse Rosenthal puts together unexpected combinations that always add up to something special. Whether it’s “wishes + frosting = birthday” or “birds + buds = spring,” each equation is a small delight. This Plus That shows again and again that life’s total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.”                             [JPB ROSENTHAL]

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KidPower Volunteer Program at Union City Library

The Union City Library is looking for tween and teen volunteers to help us for our summer program.

One World, Many Stories  is the theme of this years Summer Reading Game.  KidPower Volunteers help with the game and with other programs we have scheduled this summer.

If you are entering grades six through nine in the Fall, and are interested in helping us, ask at the Reference Desk or come to one of the Orientations at the Union City Library. Earn community service hours while having fun!

The two orientations are scheduled for:

  • Saturday, June 11, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 17, 3 – 4 p.m.

You only need to attend one orientation, and if you can’t make it either of those two times come in anyway and we’ll train you. Paperwork will be available at the orientation meetings. No need to register, just come in.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 1

Summer! Who can believe it’s here so soon! The Union City Library has a lot of great summer reading for you — and don’t forget the Summer Reading Game, Be Creative @ Your Library, and all the special programs we have planned for you. Here are some book suggestions for you to enjoy!

Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler

Think you would like to be a princess and get to wear beautiful, fancy clothes all day? After reading about Princess Bess’s busy day, perhaps you’ll better appreciate being able to wear what you want!                [JPB CUYLER]

Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha R. Vamos

“Before you were here, tu papi carved a mecedora from the wood of an old walnut tree so you and I could rock and cuddle together.

The members of a familia lovingly prepare for a new bebé. A tenderly written story, with Spanish words woven throughout, tells readers how Mami is eating healthy food, Papi is building a rocking chair, Abuela is painting elefantes and tigres in the nursery, and brother and sister are helping with baby names.” [JPB VAMOS]

Red, White and True Blue Mallory by Laurie Friedman

“Mallory is excited to be traveling to Washington, D.C., with her fourth-grade class, but nothing about the trip goes as she expected. Written in a travel-journal format with sketches, doodles, and pasted-in photos, this 10th Mallory title includes facts and trivia about the nation’s capital.” [J FRIEDMAN]

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis

“In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war — Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families have left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.

… Ellis provides an historical overview and brief explanations of context, but other than that allows the children to speak for themselves.” [J305.23086 ELLIS]

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