Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 3, 2015

grandma in blue Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin and Harry Bliss

“When a young boy learns about what makes art special—sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it tells a story—he realizes that these same characteristics are what make his grandmother special, too. As a result, he finds the inspiration to create his own masterpiece that’s one of a kind.”                     [JPB MENCHIN,S]

worst class trip ever barryThe Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

“In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation’s capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack – or maybe not.”                 [J BARRY,D]

nitty gritty gardening book Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons by Kari Cornell

“Grow your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers! Become a gardener in any season with these fun and easy projects. You don’t even need a garden space—many of these activities can be done by planting in containers to set on a porch or a patio or even in a window. Try your hand at growing potatoes and strawberries. Plant bright flowers that attract butterflies, birds, and bees. Learn how to get daffodils to bloom in the winter! You can even make your own compost. Colorful photographs and simple step-by-step drawings make each project easy to follow for gardening success. Ready to get your hands dirty and your garden growing?”                                 [J635.083 CORNELL,K]

chicken followed me homeA Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers About a Familiar Fowl by Robin Page

“Why did the chicken cross the road? To follow you home! Learn all about a not-so-basic bird in this delightful nonfiction picture book.

“What’s that? A chicken followed you home? Now what do you do?

“Author-illustrator Robin Page leads a step-by-step, question-and-answer-style journey through the world of chickens. Along the way you’ll explore different breeds, discover different types of coops, and learn everything there is to know about chicken reproduction and hatching.”                            [J636.5 PAGE,R]

 

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TECH CONNECT 2 NATURE at the Union City Library

geochachingCalling all kids of ages 7-12, come out to our fourth Tech-Connect 2 Nature workshop! Learn how to get more inclined to the outdoors technologically through geocaching and other outdoors apps. Activities will also include reading, arts and crafts and a treasure hunt!

  • Thursday July 30
  • 3 – 5 p.m.

This is a Girl Scout Gold Award Project in conjunction with the Library and the city of Union City

Space is limited. This program is free.
For more information contact: (510) 745-1464 Ext. 5

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 27, 2015

rodeo red Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins

“Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt—until Side Swiping Slim [her new baby brother] shows up. Red is sure that anyone who hollers that much will be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents seem smitten. When that scallywag sets his eye on Rusty, Rodeo Red had better figure out a way to save her best friend in all the world. Can she make a bargain with a varmint?”                           [JPB PERKINS,M]

boy who lost fairylandThe Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

“When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Red Wind, he becomes a changeling – a human boy – in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate, while attending school and learning about human kindnesses – and un-kindnesses.”     [J VALENTE,C]

castle hangnail Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

“When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones.) But the castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed (So wicked! REALLY wicked!) and begins completing the tasks required by the Board of Magic for approval, everyone feels hopeful. Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all: that she isn’t who she says she is.”                       [J VERNON,U]

periodic tableThe Complete Periodic Table: More Elements With Style by Adrian Dingle

“Do you confuse boron with barium or chlorine with fluorine? Fear not! Basher Science has come to the rescue by mixing science and art to create a unique periodic table. From unassuming oxygen to devious manganese, the incredible elements show you the periodic table as you’ve never seen it before.

Basher Science: The Periodic Table gives a face, voice and personality to the chemical elements, making learning chemistry easy and a whole lot more fun. This new expanded edition reflects the latest discoveries, and now each of the 115 elements has not just a picture but an information-packed page all to itself.”         [J546.8 DINGLE]

 

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We’re Going to a BOOK SALE!!!

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Going on NOW!!!

Bargains galore at the Union City Library Friends’ Book Sale!

Treasures! Brand new books! Fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, children’s books – we have them all, and all at BARGAIN PRICES!!!

Today until 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.

The Union City Library is at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, across the street from Logan High School, in the same complex as City Hall and the Police Station. Call 510-745-1464 ext. 5 any time the Library is open or visit our website

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Art Classes for Seniors at the Union City Library

Registration is required as space is limited, and will open July 24.

 

Alice Feng artAlice Feng has been studying and enjoying art for most of her young life and now wants to share it with others! She will be teaching a series of two art classes for Seniors ages 65+ at the Union City Library. 

Registration is for the series.The classes are free.

Fridays, August 7, August 14

     2 – 3:30 p.m.

Call the Library Reference Desk, 510-745-1464 ext. 5, or come in to the Library. The Union City Library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City.
For more information contact: call (510) 745-1464 Ext. 5 or email pryan@aclibrary.org

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH – Get Directions

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Art Classes for Seniors at the Union City Library

Registration is required as space is limited, and will open July 23.

 

Alice Feng artAlice Feng has been studying and enjoying art for most of her young life and now wants to share it with others! She will be teaching a series of three art classes for Seniors ages 65+ at the Union City Library. 

Registration is for the series.The classes are free.

 Thursdays, July 30, August 6, August 13

     1 – 2:30 p.m.

Call the Library Reference Desk, 510-745-1464 ext. 5, or come in to the Library. The Union City Library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City.
For more information contact: call (510) 745-1464 Ext. 5 or email pryan@aclibrary.org

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH – Get Directions

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 20, 2015

tiny wish The Tiny Wish by Lori Evert

“Anja, the kind and brave heroine of the bestselling The Christmas Wish, returns in a springtime adventure. When Anja wishes to be tiny to win a game of hide-and-seek, her wish comes true! Just a few inches tall, she must find her way home with the help of some new animal friends. Extraordinary photographs and enchanting text will leave readers wondering, ‘Did that really happen?’”            [JPB EVERT,L]

grandfather tangs storyGrandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert

“”Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker’s pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions.”                [JPB TOMPERT,A]

lost track of time The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt

“Penelope is an imaginative girl, whose every day has been rigidly scheduled by her mother–until one day she falls through a hole in her calendar and lands in the Realm of Possibility, where she discovers that it, too, is stuck in a track of time, and only she can save it.”              [J BRITT,P]

great warThe Great War: Stories Inspired by Items From the First World War by David Almond and others

“In a powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for readers young and old.

“A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection, illustrated throughout by award-winning Jim Kay and featuring photographs of the objects with accounts of their history and the authors’ reasons for selecting them.”        [J GREAT]

 

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