Big Gardens in small spaces

The Adventures of Container Gardening

@  Union City Library

Saturday May 28, 2016

2:30 to 4 p.m.

Join BaGardening workshop Loriy – Friendly Landscape

Professional & Garden Educator
Gardening workshop

Lori Caldwell to learn the basics to be a successful first time gardener.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 23, 2016

tell me a tattoo storyTell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee and Eliza Wheeler

“A  modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.”                  [JPB McGHEE,A]

whyWhy? by Crispin Boyer

“The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What’s on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section’s got you covered. What’s in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn’t Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, we’ve got the expert information you need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep kids digging for answers. Answers include all kinds of fascinating extra info like top ten lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities. Now, go stump your parents!”                    [J031 BOYER]

picturepediaPicturepedia: An Encyclopedia on Every Page

“Thousands of detailed, full-color photographs and illustrations catalog subjects ranging from history and space to the natural world and prehistoric life in a mini-encyclopedia that provides capsule profiles, visual timelines and other essential facts.

“Chapters on science and technology, nature, geography, culture, sports and hobbies, and history cover insects, musical instruments, spacecraft, world maps, famous discoveries, prehistoric life, and more. Every double-page spread contains a wealth of information on a given topic, with galleries, lists, sequences, facts, timelines, and much more; while every topic is illustrated with up to 100 photos, graphics, and illustrations.”             [J031 PICTUREPEDIA]

awesome ideasAwesome Ideas by Daniel Lipkowitz

“LEGO® Awesome Ideas is an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination. Beautifully clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built up while also providing step-by-step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models.

“With creative model ideas and visual tips and techniques, LEGO Awesome Ideas will inspire anyone, from beginners to accomplished builders.”         [J689-725 LIPKOWITZ]

top 10 gamingTop 10 Gaming by Paul Terry

“Top 10 for Kids Gaming is a game-ready book full of checklists about gaming which display fun facts and illustrations in a humorous way that only kids understand. It has more than just Top 10 lists. A team of four cool kids interject humor and introduce “Killer Facts” and “The Lowdown” details.”                        [J794.8 TERRY]

jazz dayJazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill and Francis Vallejo

“When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own a good camera, didn’t know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame ofHarlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians’ mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer’s day. Francis Vallejo’s vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author’s note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane’s famous photograph.”                    [J811.6 ORGILL,R]


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Write Your Story…THE CALL OF BOOKS

The Call of Books

the story submitted by the Union City Library memberTeresa Connelly

I love books. I love the weight of them in your hands. The way they balance so nicely, with little effort, falling only if you let it happen. And I don’t. I worship books for they take me into worlds where I will never go, into situations that I’ll never experience, into characters’ minds that, with luck, I’ll fall in love with.

I love the way a new book smells. Crisp and fresh as a spring breeze just after a storm. The pages turn with effort and often times stick together, making me work for every word. The binding, not yet creased, so that it almost squeaks when opened for the first time. The difficulty reading the syllables inside the crease…making me appreciate even more the effort the author put into the work.

I love owning books. I cannot go down the aisles of Target without stopping in the book section. I gently pick up a book, examine the cover image, imagine the story, turn it over and read the back. I open to the first page and read a paragraph. I can tell by that little encounter whether or not I’ll like the book. Whether it will speak to me, enticing me to delve in as if for a swim. I always buy at least one book, then take it home and add it to my pile.

We do not have a bookstore here, where I live, so when I am able to go into one, my eyes light up and adrenaline flows. It’s the same rush someone gets before climbing El Capitan in Yosemite or skydiving out of a plane. My eyes dart here and there, latching onto titles that are intriguing and covers that beckon. It doesn’t take me long to pick up a book and cradle it to my chest. To carry it with me through the store like a mother carrying her brand new baby.

I go from one section to the next, skipping some, stopping at others, always searching for the prize. I know that I could walk out with ten books, twenty books, maybe even fifty if I didn’t exercise self-control.

My love of books did not begin as a child, for we had no books at home and did not go to the library. My parents did not read to me and there were no relatives living nearby who took on that role. When I began school, I was introduced to reading. It did not come easily to me. Vowels made no sense and consonants jumbled together in so many different combinations that I could not formulate them into words. My teachers must have grown tired of saying the same things over and over to me, of sounding out the same words time after time.

It was not until fourth grade that it suddenly made sense. Thankfully I had a kind teacher who let me borrow books and bring them home to read over and over again. I don’t recall how many books I borrowed, but it must have been quite a few, for by the end of that year I was an excited and fluent reader. And then we moved into the country.

In order to get to school, my mother learned to drive. This turned out to be a blessing, for she sometimes took us into town to the library, where we could research topics for school as well as check out books. I began with nonfiction, reading everything I could about Native American people. From there I branched into stories about horses, reading entire collections by select authors. Back to nonfiction and biographies, where I learned about men and women who overcame odds to accomplish wonderful things.

One summer a most wonderful thing happened that forever changed my life. A bookmobile came into our neighborhood and parked a few houses down the street. At first I was only allowed to check out four books, which I easily read in the week. Soon the librarian allowed me five, and then six books as I always returned them in the same condition they had been when I checked them out.

I was hooked. Each book carried me away from my home life and into magical worlds. Worlds of real people doing marvelous things as well as fairies and monsters who battled for the salvation of humanity. I read with the abandon of an escape artist, giving my whole self to the story, enchanted until the very end. And then immediately picking up the next book and beginning a new adventure.

I don’t know what I would have done in life if it weren’t for the gift of reading that my teachers gave me. My mom had an eighth grade education and while my dad graduated from high school, he never went beyond that level. In my family, girls married at fourteen, dropping out of school to tend babies and home. And that was their life. Which would also have been mine, but through reading I discovered possibilities and opportunities that went far beyond marriage, motherhood and home.

Because of books my life is richer than it would be without them. I always have something waiting in the wings to enchant me. Something to carry me away. Something in which to immerse myself from the first page to the last.

I cannot imagine a world without books.eiffel_tower_blue

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our 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  June 21, July 19, and August 16

1 — 3 p.m. Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact : Bruce Haase                             

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May is Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month

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 Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States is a rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

 The Asian Pacific American Heritage : A Companion to Literature and Arts /Editor: George J. Leonard, editor

Asian Pacific American Heritage bookMeeting the challenge of teaching multiculturalism Students-and their teachers-encountering literature and arts from unfamiliar cultures will welcome the special help this book provides. Instructors who are unfamiliar with Asian Pacific cultures are now being asked to explain a reference to the Year of the Rat, Obon Season, or to interpret a haiku. When Amy Tan refers to the Moon Lady or the Kitchen God, what does she mean? Is Confucianism actually a religion? This book answers these and many o
ther questions, for students, teachers, and the librarians to whom they turn for help.

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More Changes at the Union City Library!

confusedA while back I posted that big changes had arrived at the Union City Library, especially in the Children’s Area. I hope you had a chance to check things out.

Well, it’s time to come back in because we’ve had more changes, and it’s looking GREAT!

New Children’s Books can be found right when you enter the Library – where you used to find series paperbacks.

successAll the paperbacks have moved around the corner from the Children’s magazines – and the Children’s Graphic Novels have moved also! They are now where the New Books used to be.

Sound confusing? It actually makes a lot of sense and will make finding what you want a lot easier!


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 16, 2016

i'll catch you if you fallI’ll Catch You If You Fall by Mark Sperring and Layn Marlow

“Who will keep the boy safe?
“I will,” said his mother. “I will hold him close…
and never let him lean too far.”

“Big or small, near or far, we all need someone to watch over us. This touching picture book is a reassuring tale about a journey and the people who are with us as we travel through life. It is for anyone who has wondered,Who will keep me safe? and for anyone who has answered, I will.”                                     [JPB SPERRING,M]

my life with the liarsMy Life With The Liars by Caela Carter

“This is a stunningly unique and poignant story of one girl’s strength and courage as she decides who she is and what she will believe in.

“Behind the white-washed walls of the compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, ‘live in the light,’ and all would be well. Zylynn was excited to turn thirteen and begin the work of bringing others into the light, to save them from the liars and the darkness of the outside world. But when she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, Zylynn is confused, and desperate to return to her home.

“Zylynn resists her new life—until she finds small comforts, like shampoo, the color pink, and strawberries. But as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Zylynn must make a difficult decision—to stay here with the enemy, or find her way back to the light. And neither may be what they seem.”           [J CARTER,C]

art of lego scale modelingThe Art of LEGO Scale Modeling by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman

“Amazing, fan-built LEGO recreations of real-life vehicles, showing off every amazing detail with high-quality photographs.

“You’ll love poring over dozens of models, including Formula 1 racers, construction vehicles, ships, trains, airplanes, and all kinds of trucks.

“Authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman share their own impressive LEGO models as well as highlight models from builders around the world.The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling also includes tips and tricks that describe the design and building process.”                                        [ J629.221 GLAASKER]

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Afternoon with the Author Timothy Swenson @ the Union City Library

Sunday May 22, 2016

3 to 4 p.m.

Timothy Timothy SwensonSwenson is an historian specializing in Union City history.

He has been researching and writing on local history since 2000.

For over 1 00 years a sugar beet factory existed in Alvarado, California.

The factory was founded by Ebenezer H. Dyer and his family built and ran the plant for a number of years.

From this, E. H. Dyer created a business of building sugar beet factories around the world.

The title is available online….

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