Write Your Story …Active Setting

Active setting

A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting will show you how to create vivid, detailed settings that bring your story to life. You’ll learn how to deepen character development, anchor readers to a specific time and place, reveal backstory without slowing things down, elevate action sequences, and more.

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 Fiction -- Technique

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

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.

eiffel_tower_blue  Meetings take place   February 16,  March 15, and April 19

1 — 3 p.m. Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact : Bruce Haase                                       Email:ohnjca@comcast.net

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Attention Book Lovers!


kids readingLike to read? Like to talk about what you read?
For kids in grades 1 – 6

We are starting book discussion groups JUST FOR YOU!!! We are still planning, so come in or email, let us know what you want!

Email for more information

zohra.karimi@gmail.com or pryan@aclibrary.org


We’re here for YOU!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 8, 2016

1-2-3 zooborns1-2-3 Zooborns! by Andrew Bleiman

“Combines endearing animal photos with bouncy text and a fact-filled glossary in a number-themed primer that encourages young children to practice early counting skills.”                    [JPB BLEIMAN]

book of beastsThe Book of Beasts by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman

“Matt and Emily Calder’s travels through time come to a thrilling conclusion in the third book of the Hollow Earth trilogy as the siblings struggle to close Hollow Earth—and keep the monsters inside.

“Twins Matt and Emily Calder may be divided by time, but they are united in their mission to close Hollow Earth before the monsters inside can destroy the world. The key to success lies with their Animare talents: they can draw things into life and travel in time through art. But there are monsters outside Hollow Earth as well. Monsters intent on taking control of the beasts for themselves. And the worst monster of all is their own father…”                              [J BARROWMAN]

iron railsIron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad by Martin W. Sandler

“Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the building of the transcontinental railroad, brought to life with archival photos.

“In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.”                     [J385.0978 SANDLER]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 1, 2016

redRed by Jan De Kinder

“In this poignant story, a girl finds it funny when her classmate starts blushing on the school playground. Her friends laugh along with her, but one student takes the teasing too far. Torn between her sympathy for her classmate and her fear of the bully, the girl must make a difficult choice.”  A United States Board on Books for Young People 2015 Outstanding International Book Award winner.        [JPB DE KINDER]

wrinkled crownThe Wrinkled Crown by Anne Nesbet

“In the enchanted village of Lourka, almost-twelve-year-old Linny breaks an ancient law. Girls are forbidden to so much as touch the town’s namesake musical instrument before their twelfth birthday or risk being spirited away. But Linny can’t resist the call to play a lourka, so she builds one herself.

“When the punishment strikes her best friend instead, Linny must leave home to try to set things right. With her father’s young apprentice, Elias, along for the journey, Linny travels from the magical wrinkled country to the scientific land of the Plain, where she finds herself at the center of a battle between the logical and the magical.”              [J NESBET]

food of the worldFood of the World by Nancy Leowen and Paula Skelley

“With simple, rhyming text and vibrant full-page photographs, young readers will love this showcase of the world’s diversity. From clothing to food to homes to our very faces, humans are both individual and universal.”                                     [ J394.12 LOEWEN]

big problemThe Big Problem (And the Squirrel Who Eventually Solved It): Understanding Adjectives and Adverbs by Nancy Loewen

“The squirrels have a problem. A BIG, POLKA-DOTTED problem. And they’re watching NERVOUSLY, CURIOUSLY to see what it will do next. This goofy little story, complemented by informational back matter, teaches readers the differences between adjectives and adverbs.”             [J425.5 LOEWEN]

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The Relationship Workshop @ the Union City Library

Art of Love


Saturday February 6


3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Jila Behnad, Licensed marriage and Family therapist


At this workshop you will learn and experience how to:

Understand more clearly each other’s emotions

Recognize underlying reasons for your conflicts

Learn how to repair and forgive

Improve your communication

Address negative interaction patterns

Together, we will address the issues that are most frequently at the root of relationship distress:

How much do I matter to you?

Do you really have my back?

for books on this topic check  here

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Union City Library Kids’ Book Club

Does your child love to read?

Capture J book clubJoin us for a new Kids’ Book Club at the Union City Library.  Children must be in 1st through 6th grades to participate.

Organizational meeting on Friday, Feb 5, 2016 @ 3:30 pm – no need to register for this meeting!

It’s free! It’s fun! It’s the perfect after school activity for your kids!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 25, 2016

lailahs lunchboxLailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

“Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.”                      [J FARUQI,R]

shaken upShaken Up by Alex Morgan

“When Devin, the girl who usually inspires confidence in her friends and teammates, has her confidence shaken by a series of events, she must turn to others for support.

“When Devin experiences an earthquake, she’s more freaked out than she expected she would be.

“The earthquake is just the first in a series of events that shake Devin’s confidence. She fails a test in a subject she knows well. Her crush seems to have his attention on another girl. And worst of all, her soccer game is off.

“Now Devin, the girl who usually inspires confidence in her friends and teammates, will have to turn to them for support.”  The fifth book in the series The Kicks.         [J MORGAN,A]

dream on amberDream On, Amber by Emma Shevah

“‘My name is Ambra Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto.

“‘I have no idea why my parents gave me all those hideous names but they must have wanted to ruin my life, and you know what? They did an amazing job.’

“As a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculous name, Amber’s not feeling molto bene (very good) about making friends at her new school.

“But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and he isn’t coming back. Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister’s birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own…”       [J SHEVAH,E]



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