Write Your Story—Christmas in literature

The man who invented Christmas : how Charles Dickens’s A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits

As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.

LES STANDIFORD is the author of the critically acclaimed Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, and Washington Burning, as well as ten novels. Recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, he is director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Follow the link for more titles on Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Christmas carol 

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Sense of Something Greater : Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley

Welcome to Silicon Valley’s search for fulfillment and purpose beyond devices, money, and power. 

With worker stress at an all-time high, particularly in the fast-paced technology industry, it’s no surprise that Google, Salesforce, and Apple have adopted mindfulness and meditation into their workplace culture. Studies show mindfulness practice increases emotional intelligence, reduces stress, and enhances health and overall well-being. 
A Sense of Something Greater goes deeper than the current mindfulness trend, into the heart of Zen practice. For Les Kaye, Zen is more than awareness––it’s also “the continued determination to be authentic in relationships, to create meaningful, intimate, intentional bonds with people, things, and the environment.” Kaye’s teachings are paired with interviews with current tech employees and Zen practitioners, conducted by journalist Teresa Bouza. A Sense of Something Greater is an essential book for business leaders, mindfulness meditators, and Zen practitioners alike.

Les Kaye worked for IBM in San Jose, California, and for over thirty years held positions in engineering, sales, and management. Les started Zen practice in 1966 with a small group in the garage of a private home. He was ordained a Zen monk by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki in 1971. In 1985, he was appointed teacher at Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California. His first book, Zen at Work, includes stories of how his own meditation practice enhanced the quality of his life and work. He and his wife Mary live in Los Altos. 
Teresa Bouza is a journalist with extensive experience in Europe and the United States, most recently covering technology and innovation in Silicon Valley. She has worked for The Wall Street Journal as well as Spain’s global news agency EFE and the Spanish business daily Cinco Dias. Bouza has a master’s degree from Columbia University and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford in 2012.for more book on these subjects follow the links :Religious life — Zen BuddhismEmployees — Religious life ;  Spirituality and work




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A world of three zeros : the new economics of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions

A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of an emerging new economic system thatcan save humankind and the planet.

Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today’s most trenchant social critics. Now he declares it’s time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken–that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest.
Is this a pipe dream? Not at all. In the last decade, thousands of people and organizations have already embraced Yunus’s vision of a new form of capitalism, launching innovative social businesses designed to serve human needs rather than accumulate wealth. They are bringing solar energy to millions of homes in Bangladesh; turning thousands of unemployed young people into entrepreneurs through equity investments; financing female-owned businesses in cities across the United States; bringing mobility, shelter, and other services to the rural poor in France; and creating a global support network to help young entrepreneurs launch their start-ups.
In A World of Three Zeros, Yunus describes the new civilization emerging from the economic experiments his work has helped to inspire. He explains how global companies like McCain, Renault, Essilor, and Danone got involved with this new economic model through their own social action groups, describes the ingenious new financial tools now funding social businesses, and sketches the legal and regulatory changes needed to jumpstart the next wave of socially driven innovations. And he invites young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens to join the movement and help create the better world we all dream of.
Muhammad Yunus, a native of Bangladesh, was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. In 1972 he became head of the economics department at Chittagong University. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, a pioneer of microcredit, an economic movement that has helped lift millions of families around the world out of poverty. Yunus and Grameen Bank are winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Christmas Mystery & Romance

  • Novels you can devour in a few hours
  • Impossible to stop reading
  • All original content from James Patterson
  • Check out library catalog for your holidays reading.
  • Or if you are a fan of Romance reader , join us for Union City Book Club discussion on Tuesday  December 4, 2018 .                                                                  The title is What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander. For more Christmas and Romance Check here!

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Write Your Story…Color

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Join our library group, 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.

Third Tuesday of the Month:  November 20, December 18,

and January 15       1 p.m. — 3 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                    

Color Prompt

Coloring  the life.

The day color,

the flowers color,

the butterfly color,

the sky color,

evergreen color.

People don’t like

The clouds color.

Shear the dark

And fill

The rainbow color.

Child only

Plays with color.

Not aware

The secrets of life.

The quarrels

In people life.

Let us start again

In life.

Fill the nation

With bright color.

Time is short

In life.

Grab all colors.

The childhood color,

The prime youth color

The decline color.

And himself dye

Parwana to

The new color!


-Parminder S. Parwana , the library member


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Write Your Story…What do you see when you look in the mirror!

submitted by Stacy Sorrells

 Eighteenth Birthday

Oh hello, you, I mean me. Yup still me. Let’s see eighteen today. I honestly thought I’d burst into flames by now, but here I stand. Should I have gotten a manicure or something? No. that would have been a total waste of money. Look at these fingernails so short and ragged. I have such man hand’s; rough boney man hands. That’s what I get for working as hard as a man.

Oh wow, the dark circles under my eyes are back again. Maybe I should start using old lady cream now that I am an adult.


What I really need more sleep; better sleep and a better diet. My lips are still the best though and thank God that hasn’t changed, naturally full and garnet red. I’ll never need to buy lipstick. But I’ll also never have a female friend. My pore less porcelain skin is no help either. Girls do everything under the sun to avoid pimples while I’ve prayed for just one,  just to fit in and feel normal. My vending machine diet is proof I’ve made a solid effort.  At this point, I’ll take anything a beauty mark, a mole, a freckle, even a tan. But there is just this white, this soft glowy white skin. Oh, thank goodness for you nose.  Still here in the center of my face and average as ever.  Jealousy among us females ridiculous. So glad school is finally over.

Oh, my hair, my poor poor hair you are just like me; a hot mess.  I was hoping you’d pull a Benjamin Button, and the silver streaks would turn brown. Guess I’m to continue looking like an old hag from behind. And let me see…yup, those silver crescent shapes are still in my eyes. Why not gold or green?; Had to be effing silver. I’m so freaking weird.

I guess I was hoping for something magical to happen, something radical. But there is nothing new to report. Still strange, still hiding my diagnosis from the world; still seeing eyes; still feeling watched; still dreaming of that man who won’t turn and face me. The only thing changing today is my age and this home; no more foster families to navigate. Well, time to pack and get out of here.

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Asian Art October 2018 Programs @ Union City Library

Asian Art Museum Community Speaker Program Series

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



This is truly beautiful exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. Kimono, netsuke, swords, lacquerware, screens, and scrolls.  Come explore the variety, complexity, and beauty of Japanese art.  For the Japanese, the functionality of an object was not enough; it also had to be aesthetically pleasing and display the skill of the artisan, the taste of the patron, and the values of the culture.  Luxuriate in this fascinating program highlighting some of the exquisite objects in the Japanese collection of the Asian Art Museum.

Jim Brown, A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business who is currently a docent at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, will give this talk. During his career as executive recruiter, he has traveled to more than 47 countries throughout the world.

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PERSIA: Crossroads of Art and Culture

 Explore the unique and fascinating art of the ancient Middle East.  Persia, a land at the crossroads of trade, religion, and culture, with its unique and varied artistic styles has influenced other cultures from Rome to China, and been impacted by them in return.

Greater Persia, which included what is now the Iranian plateau, Iraq, Afghanistan, and parts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, had a shared cultural heritage. Although this area was conquered many times by external forces, the Persian culture survived, and even converted the conquerors. From the 4th millennium BCE to the present day the art of this area has continued to influence the world. The Arabs, the Turks of Central Asia, the Mongols all adopted aspects of Persian culture as well as introducing their own culture to enrich that of Persia.  Persian culture was also exported to its neighbors, even as far away as India and China, and been impacted by them in return

The Docent LauraBeth Nelson will illustrate, using objects in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, some of the cultural ideas that developed and continued over a period of 6000 years.





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