Line Dancing with Mike Quebec

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MQPicJoin us on Saturday March 25th, 3:30 – 4:30 for Line Dancing with Mike Quebec.  Get your heart rate pumping with a mix of country, Hip Hop, and 50’s and 60’s Rock n’Roll line dances!  No experience necessary for this free Fun and Fitness program.   Be sure to bring water and a towel.

For ages 12 and up.  Space is limited, so  make sure you register.  Call 510-745-1464 (ext. 5) to reserve your spot or sign up at the Union City Library reference desk.

*** This program is part of Union City Library’s monthly Fun and Fitness series***  

Checkout a video of previous line dancing fun at Fremont Library!

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Write Your Story…. San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference Take-aways

Submitted by Terry Connelly, Library Senior Member.

February 16-19 I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. It was a sold out event, with hundreds of “wannabe” authors as well as established publishers, authors, agents, editors and author coaches.

There were many interesting sessions, in fact, too many for one person to attend.

I took notes, so as to remember the bits and pieces of advice given. Following are those things that seemed most important.

  1. Creative nonfiction is now called narrative fiction. Memoir falls into this category. The nice thing about the title change is that it allows for the recalled essence of dialogue that most likely took place.
  2. Book Club fiction are those pieces that inspire discussion and tends to appeal to women readers. Think JoJo Moyes. Commercial fiction are titles that appeal to a wide range of reader. Think Gone Girl.
  3. In terms of what agents want to see and don’t want to see, here are a few tips:
    1. No prologues or epilogues for debut authors. They feel this is “a lazy way to jumpstart tension”
    2. No first lines of dialogue.
    3. Skip flashbacks altogether unless there is something about the memory that adds to the emotional history of a character.
  4. Be careful about including diverse characters unless you are well informed about the particular group. For example, when including an African-American character, verify with a trusted source to make sure that you are not typecasting or stereotyping. Avoid writing in dialect unless you are very familiar with that dialect, and it is important to the essence of the story.
  5. Within each scene, look at how the flow of time is reported. How much time has elapsed? But avoid terms such as “three days later”.
  6. Within scene, also be aware of change. In each segment, there must be a starting place and then an ending place, and change must have occurred. There is external change, in which a character moves from one place to another. Internal change is the most powerful, as this lets the reader see how it impacts the character.
  7. When editing, it nothing is happening in a scene, no forward movement, no choice-making or risk-taking, then delete.
  8. Characters should behave in a logical way, unless strange behavior is part of the character’s M.O. People come to story to see logical human behavior, verified with an underpinning of evidence. Must believe that the character is a living human being. People do stupid things all the time. Readers question what in their lives forced them to act that way.
  9. Be watchful for the “dreaded middle”, which is the part of a scene where things get too slow. When this happens in your work, cut the scene or condense it into another. Ask yourself if the scene needs dialogue or action. Make it fast and punchy to keep readers engaged. Introduce a new obstacle that must be surmounted.
  10. Make sure there are no passive characters. Empower them by putting them in situations that force them to take action.
  11. Avoid dreams, waking up and overheard conversations.
  12. Your villain, whether it be a person or a force, needs to arrive early.
  13. Create a history for each character before you write the first scene. Know who your character is, what he/she wants, what motivate him/her, and when confronted with a problem, does the character feel trapped or betrayed.
  14. When writing an emotional scene, try to channel that emotion before beginning. Feel the anger or the hurt. Remember what falling in love feels like.

I hope these tips help!

Write Your Story @  the Union City Library


Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Meetings take place

Third Tuesday of the month: March 21 & April 18 ,

and May 16  1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 13, 2017

Secret Life of Squirrels

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose

“The third book in the popular series featuring photographic squirrels is sure to be a big Valentine’s Day hit!

This title is the companion to sleeper hit picture book The Secret Life of Squirrels and Merry Christmas, Squirrels! Featuring photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible picture book is sure to surprise and delight readers and animal lovers of every age!

Mr. Peanuts spends his days climbing trees and gathering nuts–but he wishes he had a Special Squirrel friend share his time with. When Mr. Peanuts receives a letter from a Secret Squirrel Admirer, he soon finds himself falling in love!” [JBP Rose]

Lotus and Feather

Lotus & Feather by Ji-li Jiang, illustrated by Julie Downing

“A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl’s reed whistle, much to the delight of the other children. One day, when the village floods, Feather helps raise the alarm as Lotus and her grandfather urge their neighbors to get to high ground. Feather is a true friend to Lotus, but the time comes when Lotus must be a true friend to him–by encouraging him to migrate with the rest of the cranes. The next spring, Feather miraculously returns, and that’s not all . . . he has brought new life to the nearby lake.

Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.” [J Jiang, J]
A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
“A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers” [JB Keats]

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NOWRUZ CELEBRATION 2017 @ Union City Library

Union City Library Presents
Nowruz Celebration

Saturday March 4, 2017

 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 Please join us for a performance by the Shahrzad Dance Company in celebration of Nowruz, the

New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

 Shahrzad Khorsandi is the author of The Art of Persian Dance and is the founder of http://www.dancepersian.org.

 This event is part of a series of 150 free Art IS Education events for youth and families presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.

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Art for Adults (Oil Pastels)

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March 16th, 2017

Thursday 6:15 -7:45 pm

Learn how to draw and blend with oil pastels! Follow a design or create your own masterpiece. The program is free. No experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided. For ages 18 and up.

Registration is required.  Call 510-745-1464 (ext. 5) to reserve your spot, or register in person at the Union City Library reference desk.

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This event is part of a series of over 300 free Art IS Education events for youth, families and adults presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 27, 2017

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Somin Ahn, author and illustrator
In one minute, you can blink your eyes twenty times, hug your dog, plant seeds, say good-bye, watch the rain, or even save a life. So much can occur in this sliver of time—one minute can feel like a singular experience. This poignant picture book is at once an introduction to time for young readers, an ode to living each moment with purpose, and a thoughtful exploration of how children experience one minute (may it seem short or long) playfully, profoundly, and with a boundless sense of possibility.[JPB Ahn]
under-the-sea
written and edited by Joanna McInerney; illustrated by Paul Boston
An interactive introduction to coordinates and how to navigate around a map invites children to imagine a mode of transport and embark on adventures through fantasy worlds where they must navigate around sleeping sea dragons, across gorilla-guarded bridges and through pesky road obstructions that require readers to solve math problems.[J526 McInerney]
a-texas-year
written by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
Meet Luis, Alexis, Christopher, Ethan, and Mia – Texan kids representing a blend of culture and race that typifies this amazing state. They’ll take you through a year in the life of Texan kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to the everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. A Texas Year is a picture book bursting with state pride. It’s a snapshot of who Texans are, blending modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and multicultural heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing five Texan children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of this great state. From the plains and canyons of the Panhandle to the beaches and wetlands of the Gulf Coast, vibrant cities and friendly country towns, this is the Texan childhood.[J305.23097 McCartney]

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The Art of Persian Dance

artiseducation2017The Art of Persian Dance is the first book published to establish a formalized pedagogy which encompasses the foundational principals of Persian dance technique. The Art of Persian Dance provides the structure and vocabulary for teaching a style of dance that has been part of Persian culture for millennia. It details body positions, rules for achieving correct body line, and descriptions and illustrations of the patterns and transitions that define the technowruz2017nique. Shahrzad has spent almost 20 years studying and exploring the depths of aesthetics distinct to Persian culture once the center of the ancient Persian Empire to isolate those elements that define the movements as Persian. Her vast repertoire of original choreography is based on these Persian aesthetics. Her commitment to creating a comprehensive method for teaching this technique, including categorization of movements and positions, and establishing a nomenclature, have made her a pioneer in the dance community.

Shahrzad Dance Company @ Union City Library

Nowruz Celebration

Saturday March 4, 2017,  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for the performance by Shahrzad Dance Company. 

The dance piece Rangin-kaman (Rainbow) is a story about peace and dialogue between civilizations. The dance will be performed in the style of classical Persian dance, accompanied by brief narrations between the sections. The program will also include an interactive Persian dance demonstration, and a question & answer session.

Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

 

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