Logan Folklórico @ Union City Library

El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School cheer up a rainy Friday afternoon with a performance in the library (October 14th).

The dance troupe performed dances from four different states of Mexico, and Logan Folklórico founder and dance instructor Jaime Huertas gave more depth about the traditions of music and dance from each region.

For those who missed the performance, Logan Folklórico will be having its annual Concierto de Primavera in May!  The concert will include many more folk dances from Mexico as well as Puerto Rico, and will feature the James Logan High School band and choir. Check out past performances here.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 17, 2016

pondPond by Jim LaMarche

“When Matt is out for a late winter hike he sees a trickle of water in the old deserted and junk filled dirt pit at the edge of his neighborhood. With quiet appreciation, Matt can imagine the pond that must once have been there, shining in the early spring light, freezing in the winter for skating and the perfect place for swimming in the summer.

“Can Matt’s discovery transform a forgotten pond to its natural wonder? With his idea of making the pond whole again, Matt rallies his friends, Katie and Pablo, and together they work through the spring, clearing debris, moving rocks to hold the water, and looking for leaks. But would there be enough water to fill the pond? Can they bring the pond back?”     [ JPB LAMARCHE,J]

countrysideCountryside: The Book of the Wise by J. T. Cope

“‘You have a power within you, one that is within everyone…It’s the same power that fills that building, that keeps that tree alive…and the same power that has attracted your attention…I know it’s all a bit strange to you, but I assure you it is quite real…’ Eleven-year-old Luke Rayburn has never seen a skyline without skyscrapers or fallen asleep to anything but the sound of traffic. But his life is about to change in ways he never imagined. When his father leaves for a year of military service, Luke and the rest of his family move into their grandparents’ home in the remote town of Countryside, a place like no other. Reachable only by a mysterious traveling tunnel and horse-drawn carriage, centaurs roam the landscape and shadowy wraiths slip among the trees. There, Luke will be drawn into a centuries-old quest for an almost-forgotten book whose secrets will determine the fate of the world. He will have to reach deep to discover the power within him as he battles the forces of darkness and an alliance of sinister men who seek to destroy any who get in their way. Luke’s only hope is to find the book before they do, but to do so he’ll need help from someone he never expected as the forces of evil come to bear on the magical world of Countryside.”     [ J COPE,J]

real-or-fakeReal or Fake: Far-Out Fibs, Fishy Facts, and Phony Photos to Test For the Truth by Emily Krieger

“Can you tell the truth from a tall tale? Spot a phony photo a mile away? Figure out a fib in five seconds flat? Put your amateur detective skills to work in this fun and wacky book. See if the truth triumphs as you encounter suspicious stories, fishy facts, lying lists, and more. You’ll also learn about history’s greatest hoaxes, secrets behind a good fake, internet urban legends, plus bonus information that will leave you second-guessing everything you’ve ever read. Complete with awesome photos and hilarious collage art, this is one book that you have to read to believe…or not!”                                [ J081 KRIEGER]

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Cuentos en español y la hora de jugar


1:30 a 2:30 pm
20 de octubre
al 15 de diciembre 2016

Biblioteca Union City

Esta sesión de cuentos
es conducida en español.

Los niños disfrutarán 60 minutos
de cuentos,  manualidades  y juegos.

Para niños de 0 – 5 años

Biblioteca Union City, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City CA

For more information call 510-745-1464 ext. 7 or click here




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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ Union City Library


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 10, 2016

lucy-and-companyLucy and Company by Marianne Dubuc

“Whether they’re searching for the perfect picnic spot, buried treasure or a cozy nest for baby chicks, Lucy and company always find fun–and plenty of surprises–along the way!”            [JPB DUBUC,M]

wolfs-boyThe Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

“Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people. But that can never be. He was born with a club foot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter’s sacred weapons.

“Shunned by the other boys, Kai turns to his true friends, the yellow wolves, for companionship. They have not forgotten the young human they nurtured as an abandoned infant. When Kai discovers a motherless cub in the pack, he risks everything to save her, bringing her back to live with him.

“But as winter draws near, Kai’s wolf grows ever more threatening in the eyes of the People. When the worst happens, Kai knows that they must leave for good. Together, they embark on a journey into the north – a place of unimaginable danger – that tests the power of friendship and the will to survive.”                                        [J BECKHORN,S]

tricky-vicTricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

“In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. ‘Count Victor Lustig,’ moved to Paris hoping to be an artist. A con artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to ‘sell’ the Eiffel Tower to one of the city’s most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again. Vic was never caught. For that particular scam, anyway. . . .

“Kids will love to read about Vic’s thrilling life, and teachers will love the informational sidebars and back matter. Award-winner Greg Pizzoli’s humorous and vibrant graphic style of illustration mark a bold approach to picture book biography.”        [JB LUSTIG,V]

distance-between-usThe Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

“When her parents make the dangerous and illegal trek across the Mexican border in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced to live with their stern grandmother, as they wait for their parents to build the foundation of a new life.

“But when things don’t go quite as planned, Reyna finds herself preparing for her own journey to ‘El Otro Lado’ to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years: her long-absent father. Both funny and heartbreaking, The Distance Between Us beautifully captures the struggle that Reyna and her siblings endured while trying to assimilate to a different culture, language, and family life in El Otro Lado (The Other Side).”         [JB GRANDE]

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Cosmic Ray Planetary Theater Coming to the Union City Library!

chabotThe Portable Planetarium is coming to the Union City Library! 

Saturday, October 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

Step into a world of astronomy, mystery, and education!

Due to space limitations registration is required. 

To register, pick up a ticket at the Reference Desk  the day of the program

Recommended for 2nd grade students through adults

The Union City Library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City, CA.  Call 510-745-1464 ext. 5 for more information.


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California Perennials

california-perennialsThis color illustrated guide for general readers explains step-by-step techniques for creating and maintaining a garden using plants native to California; the plants have been chosen for benefits such as minimal maintenance, erosion control, fire safety and habitat preservation. The book begins by introducing native trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, vines, and monocots, then gives instruction for planting, care, and maintenance.

Alameda County Master Gardeners Series @

Union City Library

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.mastergardener

 Garden Talk on Maintaining California  Native Perennials


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