Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 25, 2016

water wowWater WOW! An Infographic Exploration by Antonia Banyard and Paula Ayer

“Where did water come from before it got to Earth? Why is the water you drink the same stuff that was around when dinosaurs were alive? If water can’t be created or destroyed, how can we run out? Find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions in this vibrant book, designed to appeal to visual learners.

“Dive in and discover why water is so important to different religious faith, amazing extreme lakes and rivers around the world, the surprising connection between water access and girls’ education worldwide, how climate change affects water, and vice versa and what you can do about it.”        [J553.7 BANYARD,A]

wolf family adventuresWolf Family Adventures by Bobbie Kalman

“Meet the wolf pups! It is Spring, and the gray wolf mother has just given birth to four pups in a big hole under the ground, known as a nursery den. The pups are covered in black fur. They are deaf, and their blue eyes are shut. They snuggle up to their mother. Other wolves in their family bring them food.” Learn all about wolves, their families, and their adventures!       [J599.773 KALMAN,B]

belly laugh jokes for kidsBelly Laugh Jokes for Kids

“Why do fish live in salt water?
Because pepper makes them sneeze!

“Why can’t your nose be 12 inches long?
Because then it would be a foot!

“Belly Laugh Jokes for Kids is filled to the brim with both classic and original jokes to make readers keel over in laughter. Developed to meet the needs of the millions of children eternally hungry for joke books, this collection is complete with 350 hilarious jokes for kids. Complemented by silly line drawings created by talented illustrator Bethany Straker. Its seemingly endless supply of fresh content and splashy, engaging design make this book a sure source of fun for young readers as well as parents, siblings, and friends!”                    [J818.602 BELLY]

ronaldoRonaldo by Illugi Jokulsson

“‘The story of the ultimate footballer,’ Cristiano Ronaldo. Covers the star’s youth in Madeira, his nicknames, his record with Manchester United, and includes a list of the numerous awards he has received. Updated throughout with stats from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”                       [JB RONALDO,C]


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Write Your Story …First Dates

First Dates


The two friends were nursing cups of coffee as they reminisced in a diner.1950-1959

“I hardly remember my first prom,” Juanita said.  “It was so long ago!”

“Oh, come on, you’ve got to remember something!” Joyce commented.
What color was your dress?”

“Yellow, I think!”

“Pale yellow, bright yellow, gold?”

“Just yellow – like up there on the wall.”

Joyce turned to look.  The words on the sign were painted in an eye catching sunny yellow.

“Okay, long dress or short?”

Juanita pointed to her calf.

“Tea length,” Joyce said.  “Was it a solid color or some kind of print?  Chiffon or brocade?”

Juanita thought for a moment.  “It was all the same color, but it had a little jacket.”  Her fingers indicated that the jacket came to just beneath her bust line.

“A bolero?”

“Yeah.  It was some kind of bumpy material.  You know what I mean.”

“I don’t, but that’s okay.  Were you a senior or a junior?”

“It was eighth grade.  I went with Leverett Lemki.”

“Now we’re getting somewhere.  What was he like?”

“I don’t remember.  It was a long time ago.”

“Did he have glasses?  Was he tall or short?”

“He was tall.  I remember that.  I don’t know about the glasses.”

“Did you ask him or did he ask you?”

“I don’t remember.”

“Was he your first date?”


“And you don’t remember it?”  Joyce looked surprised.  She asked, “Was the prom in a school or someplace else?”

“A school, Decoto School.”

“If it was eighth grade, someone must have driven you there.  Your folks or his?”

“I don’t remember.  But, it wasn’t our parents.  We went with another couple.”

“Who?  Your sister or brother?  His sister or bother?”

“I don’t know.  I just know that we left early and drove around for a while.”

“You left early?  Why?”

“I don’t know.  I wasn’t into music.  I didn’t even know how to dance.”

“Was there a band?  Decorations?  Food?”

“I don’t think so.”

“How do you have a prom without a band or decorations?”

“I don’t know.  The PTA probably put it on.  They did a lot of that kind of thing.  They probably had a record player and records.”

“What kind of music did they play?”

“I don’t know.”

Joyce started naming music from the late 40s and early 50s.  Juanita shook her head ‘no’ until “Shaboom”,” Abbadabba”, and “Heart of Stone” were mentioned.

“Maybe those songs … but I don’t really remember.  It was a long time ago!  I wasn’t into music.  I was a nerd.  I guess I did the slow dances.”

“Tennessee Waltz”?  “Allegheny Moon”?


“Did you have punch and cookies or what?”

“Punch, I guess.”

“Was your dress new or borrowed?”


“Where did you get it?”

“I don’t remember.”

“A fancy shop or a department store?”

“I don’t remember.”

“That’s okay.  Was the prom in the gym?”

“We didn’t have a gym in the junior high.  They held it in the elementary school instead.”

“Really?  The Decoto School was elementary?”

“Yeah!”  Juanita laughed.

“You left early.  Did you go someplace for ice cream afterward?”

“No, we just drove around and then I went home.”

“You were what, thirteen?”

Juanita nodded yes.  “About that!”

“No wonder you don’t remember it.  You were just a kid.”

“It was a long time ago.”

The two older women pushed their chairs back from the table.  They looped purses over their arms and deposited the empty cups on the restaurant’s counter.

“That was fun!” Joyce said as they walked out the door.  “I liked hearing your story.”

The story has been submitted by Joyce Hornblower , Union City Library Member

May 28, 2016

Write Your Story @ the Union City Libraryeiffel_tower_blue

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long 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.

Meetings take place

  August 16, September 20

and October 18

1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact :

Bruce Haase

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Art for Adults@ Union city Library

Christie‘s Creative Cupboard

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Adults attended Acrylic painting with Christie.


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Family Fun @ the Union City Library

story tellingA large group of people attended the story telling program.

Eth-Noh-Tec Story Telling 1delighted the members with folk tales and myths from Asia: Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, and other Asian cultures. Engaging performances take the audiences on an adventure of the imagination, weaving a variety of traditional tales with music, movement, and wild facial gestures to bring the characters and places to life.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 18, 2016

bear's big breakfastBear’s Big Breakfast by Lynn Rowe Reed

“After a long hibernation, Bear wakes up hungry!
But what will he eat?
He knows he’s craving something with the letter B. . . .

“Will it be bark, a bee, a boa . . . or something even more surprising?”                   [JPB REED,L]

Otter - oh no bath timeOtter: Oh No, Bath Time! by Sam Garton

“Otter and Teddy love to play in the garden. But when they get dirty, they have to do something they do not love at all: take a bath! Otter Keeper says bath time is fun, but Otter and Teddy are not so sure. . . .”         [JE GARTON,S]

seventh wishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

“Charlie feels like she’s always coming in last. From her Mom’s new job to her sister’s life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie’s upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family’s attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Charlie can’t believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they’ve ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish.”                 [J MESSNER,K]

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Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

eiffel_tower_blueJoin our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long 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.

Meetings take place

 July 19, August 16,

and September 20

1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact :

Bruce Haase

Highlights of the last session meeting:

There was a great conversation and readings last session. Everyone introduced themselves and the veterans gave a great deal of encouragement to the novice throughout the session.
Terry said that she has been writing short stories, poetry, book and she is working to publish them. Meanwhile she has her blog .This is the link to the Terry’s Blog.
(Also one of her stories has been published in the Union City Library Blog:
Joyce said she started to write one story and then that became book! (16 stories has been already written). The stories find the life of their own and they have a way to become visible, Frank added. Just start writing!
Frank also shared that he just wanted to write one story inspired by the folktale jack and the beanstalk, and now it is becoming a long manuscript.  It is about an older married couple who find the magic beanstalk and the adventure that they experience in the land of giant—first they become young!
Bruce mentioned how a researcher has found out that college students who write well in college become CEO later in life. The College students with liberal studies background who live in metropolitan area and write well take away jobs from MBA graduate student from medium level Universities. ( many of Bruce writing has been published on the library blog .
Bruce said he has been writing for three years. He is writing a book in style of creative non-fiction. The key secret to writing is to allocate time every day, he discussed. Writing must not only be readable but understandable, he added. Giving example he mentioned the movie Do the right thing/Spike Lee.
Dennis read a short piece that it was in Ernest Hemingway’s style. Simple narrative  that describes an ordinary state of things , but slowly connect the readers to the situation, compel him/her to relates to the story; and to bring the reader and state of author’s mind and let him to “see” the meaning rather than to read it.
Olive said she just want to write few pages to show her grandchildren how everything was back when she was their age and compare to today life style. 
 Avi who was present with her 9 years old daughter. she said earlier in life ,she wanted to study journalism in school but now she is more interested in fiction. She has started a blog.
Suzanne was back and she said she likes to write for children, and she was going to share her one story –unfortunately her IPad did not work.
Joyce mentioned that the trend for children literature is that they like stories which is contemporary and children are the protagonist.
The prompt for the next session is a writing which involves with a musical instrument, and/or musician; that involves a loud sound.

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Teen Henna Workshop Sunday July 17, 2:00-3:30

HennaHandSalmonGet your own henna tattoo by Bay Area henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios!  Practice henna application techniques and learn about henna’s cultural traditions.  Henna leaves a temporary stain on the skin for five to ten days: permission slip needs to be signed by a parent at the time of the program or upon registration.

This class is free and supplies are provided!

This workshop is designed for teens, ages 12-19 (11 welcome if space is available). Registration is limited. To register, call 510-745-1464 (press 5) or sign up at the reference desk.


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