Celebration of Alameda County Water District @ Union City Library

Quarry lake

A Water District of Our Own  

Celebration of Alameda County Water District’s

First 100 Years

 Presentation by ACWD Director Paul Sethy 

August 30, 2016—6:30-8:00 p.m

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The Friendship Factor….& more

parenting1The friendship factor : helping our children navigate their social world–and why it matters for their success and happiness / Kenneth H. Rubin, with Andrea Thompson

Parents can promote the “friendship factor” in their children’s emotional and social development, a key element that shapes their emotional and intellectual growth and ensures their future success in life.

Kenneth H. Rubin, Ph.D., an internationally renowned researcher in child development, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Director of the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland. Featured in publications such as Parents Magazine, Parenting, Redbook, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, he has also appeared on television shows such as 20/20.

parenting 2Social intelligence : the new science of human relationships / Daniel Goleman

Explores the nature of human relationships, finding that humans are “wired to connect,” and bringing together the latest research in biology and neuroscience to reveal how one’s daily encounters shape the brain and affect the body. “Humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nuture these capabilities in ourselves and others.

Raising parents, raising kids : hands-on wisdom for the next generation / Dawn Menken PhD. In this cutting-edge book, therapist, parent, and visionary Dr. Dawn Menken introduces a fresh approach to the joy and wonder of the world of parenting. Going beyond the parenting 3conventional “how to” book, this is the ultimate guide to nurturing the emotional, spiritual, and social lives of children, helping parents create a more meaningful relationship with their children by supporting their deepest nature. Loaded with practical tips, inspiring examples, and her own intimate stories, Menken uses the principles of process-oriented psychology to help parents, caretakers, and educators navigate the complex waters of conflict, power dynamics, diversity, and other social challenges, offering groundbreaking insights and techniques to tackle the burgeoning problem of bullying. Menken goes on to address typical challenges of the parenting relationship, parents’ own personal growth, and the call to parent not only our children, but also the planet, and ultimately ourselves.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 22, 2016

secret agent man goes shoppingSecret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes by Tim Wynne-Jones and Brian Won

“Secret Agent Man (S.A.M.) needs new shoes. His mom — er, sidekick, ‘K’ (short for Kay) — takes him shopping. But the operation will be dangerous: to start with, Shoe Store Man looks shifty. ‘Frisk him,’ says S.A.M. With the help of a Team of Expert Spies and keen observation skills, will Sam find that his brand-new tiger-striped shoes convey a new superpower . . . and that he can now tie his own shoelaces? Imaginative play is the mission in this witty picture book with retro illustrations that cleverly merge S.A.M.’s escapades with the ordinary world. Roar!”     [JPB WYNNE-JONES,T]

secrets of the dragon tombSecrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire

“Mars in 1816 is a world of high society, deadly danger, and strange clockwork machines. Pterodactyls glide through the sky, automatic servants hand out sandwiches at elegant garden parties, and in the north, the great dragon tombs hide marvels of Ancient Martian technology.

“Twelve-year-old Edward Sullivan has always dreamed of becoming a spy like the ones he reads of in his favorite sci-fi magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales. Instead, he spends his days keeping his eccentric family from complete disaster . . . that is, until the villainous archaeologist Sir Titus Dane kidnaps Edward’s parents as part of a scheme to loot an undiscovered dragon tomb. Edward sets out on a perilous journey to save his parents and protect the dragon tombs in the process. Turns out spywork is a bit more challenging than he had imagined. . . .”               [J SAMPHIRE,P]

one thousand thingsOne Thousand Things by Anna Kovecses

“A  visual encyclopedia of first words to see and say. Search-and-find Little Mouse on every page and discover new words with every turn of the page. Stylishly laid out, the book is arranged by theme and features fully illustrated collections of ‘things’, each clearly labeled and easy to recognize. This 80 page book covers everything from space to the human body.”          [J428.1 KOVECSES]


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Feeling Good!

Feeling good : the new mood therapy / David D. Burns

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depressionfeeling good can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life: Recognize what causes your mood swings, nip negative feelings in the bud, deal with guilt, handle hostility and criticism, overcome addiction to love and approval, beat “do-nothingism”, avoid the painful downward spiral of depression, build self-esteem, feel good every day!

for more book on Cognitive Therapy, please check here…

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 15, 2016

Relax before school starts with some light reading like graphic novels!

aw yeah comicsAw Yeah Comics! Make Way…For Awesome! by Art Baltazar and Franco

“HERE COMES THE AWESOME! Your favorite superheroes return! Cornelius, Alowicious, Hammond, and Alice! Better known as Action Cat, Adventure Bug, Awesome Bear, and . . . Adorable Action Cat! What evil threat can threaten our heroes this time? No doubt EVIL CAT will pounce again! Parallel-O-Ham commits crimes in beautiful downtown Skokie! Even the Daring Dogs commit some feats of heroism! Aw yeah!”             [ J741.5973 BALTAZAR]

pokemon x-y 7Pokemon X-Y Volume 7 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamoto

“X was a Pokémon Trainer child prodigy. But now he’s depressed and hides in his room avoiding everyone—including his best friend Y. An attack on their hometown by Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal, led by Team Flare, forces X outside… Now what?”     [ J741.5952 KUSAKA]

mickey mouse timeless talesMickey Mouse: Timeless Tales. Volume 1

“’Oh, fer gosh sakes!’ IDW’s first six issues of MICKEY MOUSE are gathered in a luxurious, collector’s volume… including great works by Andrea ‘Casty’ Castellan, Giorgio Cavazzano, Bill Wright—and sinful star turns by classic villains like the Phantom Blot, Pegleg Pete, and Professors Ecks and Doublex! With special extras for true Disney Comics aficionados, this Mickey compendium provides pages of history and excitement.”                  [ J741.5973 MICKEY]


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ZUMBA at the Union City Library!

    at the Union City Library!


Come join us for a summer night of Latin-inspired dancing fun! Shake away the stress and calories, and get ready to have a party! Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring your water, and bring your smiles! 

For all ages (12 and up). All levels welcome.  Limited spots.

Sign Up at the Reference Desk. First Come First Serve.

Call 510-745-1464 ext. 5 for more information

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Perseid Meteor Shower at its Peak, August 11-12

Perseid Meteor Shower

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

End the summer with a cosmic display of lights!  The Perseid Meteor Shower, “anticipated to be one of the best potential meteor viewing opportunities this year,” will reach its peak August 11-12, between midnight and dawn.

The meteor shower is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years.  The comet, a mixture of dirt and ice, heats up as it reaches the sun and sheds a trail of space debris in its wake.  Earth travels through these particle streams every summer, causing the Perseids.

Most years, stargazers can observe up to 60-100 meteors an hour,  but rates could reach up twice that much this year due to Jupiter’s gravity pulling more of the streams in Earth’s path.   Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office: “Here’s something to think about. The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago…And they’ve traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth’s atmosphere.”

Perseid meteors reach a “blistering speed of 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second). That’s 500 times faster than the fastest car in the world. At that speed, even a smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light when it collides with Earth’s atmosphere.” The meteors are not dangerous and burn up 50 miles above the planet.

Source: NASA’s “Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 11-12

To observe the meteor shower, The California Academy of Science provides some helpful tips and context.  Remember, be patient!

And if you can’t observe the Perseids directly, NASA is providing a live broadcast of the meteor shower via Ustream overnight on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT.  The robotic telescope service, Slooh, will also have a live stream starting at 8 pm EDT tonight here.

Some More Resources:

The next meteor shower will be the Orionids, with peak activity Oct. 21-22 (See NASA’s Meteor Showers 2016 for details and more meteor showers during the year).

Learn more about meteor showers from NASA’s “Shooting for Shooting Stars” and check out your astronomy section at your library.




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