Instant style : your season-by-season guide for work and weekend

in stylefrom the editors of In style ; written by Kathleen Fifield ; designed by Studio Usher

A comprehensive guide to fashion for every season of the year outlines essential clothing items for winter, spring, summer, and fall and demonstrates how to complement them to accentuate one’s personal style, including more than five hundred photographs, shopping calendars, and tips on editing one’s wardrobe and organizing one’s closet.

Fabulous Fashion for Women Over 50

@  the Union City Library


Wednesday, June 10. Starts 1:30 p.m.

Discover how to maintain & improve that stylishness, with Fashion Designer Susan Abplanalp.  Learn how ▪ attitude & lifestyle affect your look, ▪ an effective closet clean-out can enhance your style ▪ your own unique, and updated look can be achieved ▪

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Still Alice–Library Member’s Book Review

Still Alice / Lisa Genova

Summary: “Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease.”

Review: I just finished Lisa Genova’a book “Still Alice,” it is a ‘must read’ … Here is what I posted on Ms Genova’s Facebook page:Still Alice
Bruce Haase
Today at 1:23pm
Dear Ms. Genova, My wife and I just finished “Still Alice,” a most excellent book. Easily in my top 25 of all-time, I’m 71 and have been an avid reader all of my life. In the two days that it took me to read the book, a few times I became Alice and forgot that I was reading, having to turn the page reminded me that I was reading a book. Few books have given me that experience, “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Or I’ll Dress You In Mourning” are two others that grabbed me so completely. “Still Alice” is not only a terrific story with a almost too real central character, it is also very well written and informative. Most importantly it, Is A Very Important Book !!! An important book that should be read by just about everyone in all countries. Alzheimer’s is a most human problem that knows no boundaries. As far as your ‘writer’s voice’, thank you for your choice in using Fiction. “Alice” could never have spoken to humanity as well in non-fiction, she whispered, not shouted, in my ear and now resides in my mind. She reminds me to beware and pay attention to those around me and myself. Alice and Lisa, two castle sentries, are warning us all to be on the alert. The old saw, “Reading non-fiction is like listening to a master play scales, while fiction can be a symphony!” is proven true once again by “Still Alice” Thank You again for your Symphony of broadening knowledge. btw We now have a must see movie to watch on the netflix machine and your Latest Books to Read. With Sincerity and Affection, Bruce & Margaret Haase, Fremont, CA


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 18, 2015

families families familiesFamilies, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang

“A host of silly animals in dozens of combinations demonstrate all kinds of nontraditional families! Cleverly depicted as framed portraits, these goofy creatures offer a warm celebration of family love.”          [JPB LANG,S]

island of dr librisThe Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

“What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

“Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!”             [J GRABENSTEIN,C]

feathers not just for flying Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

“A visual introduction to some of the many uses of feathers profiles 16 bird species and invites aspiring naturalists to explore informative sidebars that underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. By the author of No Monkeys, No Chocolate.”                [J598.147 STEWART]

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Book Club @ the Union City Library

Union City Library Meeting Room

The fourth Tuesday of the Month

1 p.m.–to 2 p.m.

Esmeralda Santiago’s story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical soundswhenIwas and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

Esmeralda Santiago is the author of two highly acclaimed memoirs, The Turkish Lover and Almost a Woman, which was made into a film for PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. She has also written a novel,America’s Dream, and has co-edited two anthologies of Latino literature. She lives in Westchester County, New York

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I’ ll Drink to That :A Life in Style,With a Twist

life in styleEighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through clothes, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career.A Chicago native, Halbreich moved to Manhattan at twenty after marrying the dashing Sonny Halbreich, a true character right out of Damon Runyon who liked the nightlife of New York in the fifties. On the surface, they were a great match, but looks can be deceiving; an unfaithful Sonny was emotionally distant while Halbreich became increasingly anguished. After two decades, the fraying marriage finally came undone. Bereft without Sonny and her identity as his wife, she hit rock bottom.

After she began the frightening process of reclaiming herself and started therapy, Halbreich was offered a lifeline in the form of a job at the legendary luxury store Bergdorf Goodman. Soon, she was asked to run the store’s first personal shopping service. It was a perfect fit.

Meticulous, impeccable, hardworking, elegant, and—most of all—delightfully funny, Halbreich has never been afraid to tell it to her clients straight. She won’t sell something just to sell it. If an outfit or shoe or purse is too expensive, she’ll dissuade you from buying it. As Halbreich says, “There are two things nobody wants to face: their closet and their mirror.” She helps women do both, every day.

Fabulous Fashion for Women Over 50


the Union City Library

Wednesday, June 10. Starts 1:30 p.m.

Discover how to maintain & improve that stylishness, with Fashion Designer Susan Abplanalp.  Learn how ▪ attitude & lifestyle affect your look, ▪ an effective closet clean-out can enhance your style ▪ your own unique, and updated look can be achieved ▪

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KidPower Volunteer Orientations

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

Read to the Rhythm!

If you are entering grades five through twelve 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. Two orientations are scheduled:

  • Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, June 5, 3-4 p.m.

Earn community service hours while having fun!

The Union City Library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City, across the street from Logan High School, and next door to City Hall. Applications will be available only at the orientations.

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Write Your Story….How Literature Saved My Life!


How literature saved my life

by David Shields
Blends criticism, anthropology, and biography to celebrate the power of literature, concluding that the fundamental truths found in literature render it an essential component of life.

Write Your Story 

Join oeiffel_tower_blueur 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 the third Tuesday of the Month

   May 19, June 16 and July 21 ….1 — 3 p.m.

 Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information: Bruce Haase,  Email:

or  Union City Library 510-745-1464

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH –Get Directions

the following text is submitted by Bruce Haase


“Cuyahoga:”   ‘Following Mr. Kooke’

by Bruce Haase

fiction   April, 2015

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A month after Mr. Kooke’s suicide, he wasn’t in the news anymore. The people in the Collinwood neighborhood were still talking about it though. That didn’t bother me, but all the jokes about him did bother me, a lot. Ok, So he was an embezzler, and a bigamist, and was about to be arrested and exposed. They said he took a cowards way out, and would burn in hell for it. Well, some people said that anyway, most just made jokes about the three wives and eight kids. Even some of the people I liked told those stupid jokes. Both kids my age and adults said all of that stupid stuff, I lost some respect for those people.

Mr. Kooke had been a friend of everyone, he made everyone feel good and laugh. It didn’t matter if you were 7 or 70, he talked to you like you and your opinions were important to him. He was happy to see you and he was always generous, we had thought he was a very successful traveling salesman, I guess his personality is what made all of us see him like that.

It turned out that it was all an act, I still couldn’t totally believe it all. It was true though, but he was still a friend, and I missed him. I didn’t make any silly jokes about him or his three families. His first family was still on my Aunt’s street, his first son, Brandon, was still our friend and we saw him now and again…

At school I must have seemed upset and Diane Hall and Nojocks were concerned about me. They thought that I was too quiet and withdrawn. Diane planned on the three of us going to the Library and talking to Miss Thomlensen and The Professor. Both of them thought that I needed to emotionally unload to the smartest people we knew.

We got to the Library right after school, in 9th grade, we got out a little earlier; so we’d have about an hour and a half before I had to deliver my afternoon papers.

The five of us sat at the table that was off by itself. All of us knew the whole story about Mr. Kooke, so I got right into how all the stupid jokes and the stuff being said was getting to me. Miss Thomlensen explained that many people didn’t know what to say when things bother them, so they said stupid things to escape their pain and confusion. I hadn’t thought of that before and felt better. I decided to give all of those folks a little, “benefit of the doubt.” I smiled to myself when I realized that was an escape for me too, me being upset with other people’s discomfort wasn’t helping me, but understanding and forgiving them wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Then we all started talking about Mr. Kooke, and why he went so far afield from the norm. We all had something to say and finally the Professor gave his opinion. He was always quiet and reserved, but when he spoke with his heavy Balkan accent, he had the silent attention of everyone. He was “The Professor,” and the real thing.

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He told us about a middle-aged, male bird, a Robin, that lived around the big lawn in front of the sewage treatment plant. This Robin hated his position in life, the cards he had been dealt. Searching for worms after a rain or when the sprinklers turned off frustrated Mr. Robin. He had a high opinion of himself. He had dreams and goals; eating worms was demeaning, at least for him it was. The other Robins seemed content with worms, but he knew he was better than them.

When he was a young Robin, he had seen a mighty Hawk take out a huge Seagull over the lake. He was enthralled by the power and speed of the Hawk, he thought of the grand meal the Hawk would enjoy and not even finish. The Hawk would eat what he wanted  and leave the rest for lessor creatures. A mighty Hawk would never lower himself to be a worm-eater. From that day on, Mr. Robin would dream and fantasize that he was a Hawk, a top predator taking what he wanted.

Most days this Robin would spend some time trying to fly faster and higher, trying to make his little eyes see prey, and plan on how he would take it, if he wished. On one fateful day he was at his maximum altitude, his small wings struggling to soar even higher on an updraft. His concentration was so complete he never saw a real Hawk diving out of the sun.

In a blinding flash of pain he was hit from above and behind. His left wing and spine were both damaged. Out of control he spun and fluttered down. He suddenly realized that he was not a Hawk, he was just another one of the multitude, a worm-eater. Off to his left he spotted the Hawk lining up for the kill. Mr. Robin knew his fate, but looking down he saw salvation. A cabin cruiser with a great polished fore deck was waiting for him. He tucked his wings and legs and feet in tight. He dove faster than he ever had before. With a few tiny adjustments he was on target. With pride he puffed out his brightly colored chest, leaned his little head back and smiled. Filled with the joy of controlling his own destiny he hit the deck, snapping his fragile neck and dying instantly. Someone on the boat took a bucket of water and with a flourish, washed the small bloody smear and body overboard.

Mr. Robin’s body was in the water only seconds before a couple of Northern Pike ripped it to shreds. Since he was dead, Mr. Robin was spared the shame and indignity of being dismembered by fish. Only the most pathetic of birds get eaten by fish.

We were all silent for a bit, Nojocks spoke first, “So you think Mr. Kooke was a Robin that thought he was a Hawk?”

Always clever, Diane said, “No, Mr. Kooke was a man who couldn’t abide with his true position in the pecking order of life.”

They all looked at me, “Thinking about it all, I guess that Mr. Kooke was sort of a vain, preening sort of guy. He thought he deserved more than he had, and he did what he did to get it.”    It was time to deliver my newspapers, so we broke up.

As I walked along, with my two canvas bag straps crossed, bandolier style across my chest, and my hands mindlessly folding papers, I thought about what I had learned. I still liked Mr. Kooke and I’d miss him. Maybe I understood his suicide better now. I was 14 and he was my second suicide already. I hoped there wouldn’t be too many more.

I thought about Miss Thomlensen and The Professor, two of the smartest people that I knew. They were Hawks soaring high above. The worm-eaters were walking far below, heads down, looking down for a scrap…

I realized that Miss Thomlensen and The Professor had spent their lives on “that famous path less traveled”, their path lined with bookshelves, and that had made all the difference. Smiling to myself, I thought I’d write that one down, (proud of my use of the poem) so I could show my friends. I wished that I could have shown it to Mr. Kooke, he would have laughed heartily and punched my shoulder…    (end)

A chapter from the book, “Cuyahoga” that I hope to finish by Spring 2016…                                                                             

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