Digital Library : Social Media for Social Good : A How-to Guide for Nonprofits

Social Media for Social Good : A How-to Guide for Nonprofits bsocial

Spread your message instantly and easily—even on a shoestring budget

“In a world that seems to be overpopulated with social media experts, Heather is the real thing. Her passion and intuition have made her an invaluable resource to the nonprofit community.”

Heather Mansfield is the creator and principal blogger at Nonprofit Tech 2.0 ( and its many related resources about social media and mobile technology. She has more than 500,000 online followers, fans, and friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, and Foursquare, and has presented more than 500 social media webinars and training to nonprofits worldwide.

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Free Bicycle Skills Class @ the Union City Library

Sunday, November 8, 2-4 pm

Urban Cycling 101 @ Union City Library

Free classroom workshop, no bike required!

Bike with confidence.Bike for the future. Bike for fun!

For details and registration, go to or

or contact Bike East Bay at 510.845.7433 extension 2.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 28, 2015

by trolley By Trolley Past Thimbledon Bridge by Ashley Bryan and Marvin Bileck

“As sleep starts the journey into the blue, marvelous threads unravel dreamy images out of the blue revealing animals, far-off places, a circus, games, toys, wind, rain, a touch of this and a touch of that, words and wordplay. A poem accompanies the whimsical illustrations, perfectly capturing the sense of awe and excitement of childhood.”             [JPB BRYAN,A]

henrys starsHenry’s Stars by David Elliot

“One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees?”    [JPB ELLIOT,D]

hit & miss Hit & Miss by Derek Jeter with Paul Mantell

“‘Just try to make solid contact, stay level and in control. Positive thoughts only, right?’

“That’s the advice Derek’s father gives him about batting—and a lot more. As luck would have it, he’s on the Red Sox this year, and they seem to have more talent than the Tigers, the team he was on when last season ended in disappointment. His best friend, Vijay, is with him again, and Derek gets the same number—13!—that his father wore in college. Now if the new kid with the chauffeur turns out to be a player, well, the Red Sox might just win it all.

“But as Derek finds out, both baseball and life are hard. Before the season is over, he’ll break out of a slump, bring his teammates closer together, learn a new sport, solve the mystery of why his sister Sharlee seems so quiet and suffer the consequences for violating ‘The Contract’ he had signed with his parents. Before he can move closer to his dream, there are many lessons to be learned.”              [J JETER,D]

how to draw with your funny boneHow to Draw With Your Funny Bone by Elwood H. Smith

“If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression.”                                 [J741.2 SMITH,E]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 21, 2015

when on earth When on Earth? History As You’ve Never Seen It Before!

“In more than 60 specially commissioned maps, this one-of-a-kind history book shows where, when, and how history happened.

“Find out how the first farmers lived and worked. Discover the Viking world. Learn about the Arab Spring. Beautiful illustrations, 3-D graphics, clear annotations, and fun facts bring history to life and show how it fits in to the world at large. When on Earth? is perfect for any student of history, giving a guide to our shared past and a birds-eye view of the history of life on Earth.”         [J909 WHEN]

my big worldMy Big World by Dr. Sophie Dauvois

“Here is a new approach for young children to the geography and science of our planet. Starting with a child at home eating lunch, the book goes on to explore the horizons of the wider world, including plants and animals, rivers and oceans, mountains and forests, weather and seasons, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Featuring imaginative and humorous images and a large, friendly format, the book offers a unique way for children to make connections with their world. The investigations are led by a little girl named Koko who poses instructive questions, and is aided by three intrepid explorers. With things to do both on and off the page, including games, recipes, and crafts, children are able to comprehend each topic through playing and learning.”                      [J032.02 DAUVOIS,S]

barrons amazing Barron’s Amazing Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World by Jen Green and Christiane Engel

“Who says geography and social studies have to be boring? When kids crack open this insanely illustrated atlas, they’ll never look at continents, cities, landmarks, and world culture in the same way. Includes fold-out and pop-up maps, fun cultural facts, historical notes, and more.”               [J912 GREEN]

amazing world atlasAmazing World Atlas by Deborah Murrell, Philip Steele ; illustrator, Alice Lickens

“Finally, Lonely Planet has made the Atlas kids have been waiting for! With 160 pages of illustrated maps, engaging infographics, mind-blowing photography and a large dose of humour, this is the atlas that shows kids aged 8 and up what the world is really like.”             [J912 MURRELL,D]



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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 14, 2015

banjo and ruby red Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

“Banjo is a hardworking farm dog and Ruby Red is a haughty chicken, and they never see eye to eye. But when Ruby Red falls ill, the tables seem about to turn. Stunning illustrations perfectly capture the endearing personalities of boisterous Banjo and headstrong Ruby Red.”            [JPB GLEESON,L]

flunkedFlunked by Jen Calonita

“Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

“Until she gets caught.

“Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?”                      [J CALONITA,J]

archie greene and the magicians secret Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D. D. Everest

“On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn’t recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn’t know he had and a world he never knew existed.

“With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner. The book waited four hundred years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.”                                         [J EVEREST,D]

nest is noisyA Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

“From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests. From tiny bee hummingbird nests to orangutan nests high in the rainforest canopy, an incredible variety of nests are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children whether in a classroom reading circle or on a parent’s lap.”     [J591.564 ASTON]

learning about colonial america with arts and crafts Learning About Colonial America With Arts and Crafts by Paul Challen

“Life in colonial America differed greatly depending on where you lived. Colonists in New England were often close to cities and centers of trade. Many colonists in South lived on or around plantations. Learn about these different ways of life and make crafts influenced by different facets of colonial life, including candles and bonnets.”                                   [J973.2 CHALLEN,P]


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Writing Your Story…memoir writing workshop

Tapping the Apocalypse : Writing Workshop with the Author Novella Carpenter

On September 5th, Novella Carpenter lead a very intimate and intense workshop on memoir writing for 12 participants at the Union City Library.Tapping the Apocalypse was the theme of this workshop. She stated that “moments in memoirs happen when something terrible happens to the narrator”.  She encouraged the members to write for 10 minutes. And she said to select a time frame in the one’s past that stands out as the lowest point of one’s life . Start with that moment. and tell the story . Tell the story in a Writing Workshop with Novella Carpenter2way that you would tell a child. Explain, use words. She said “words are free”, use them. See the humor and do not make oneself the victim in the story , she added! In this 1 1/2 workshop, she covered elements of writing  scene ,dialogues, and the writer’s voice and many other details and technique from her own writing experience.She also shared the titles of her favorite memoirs :The Glass Castle, The Liar’s Club, The Writing Workshop with Novella CarpenterUnprejudiced Palate, This Boy’s Life, and Open.

 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 the third Tuesday of the Month

 September 15, October 20,  and November 17

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

For more information: Bruce Haase


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Preschool Story Time at the Union City Library

Introduce your 3 – 5 year-old child to the joy of reading — bring them to Preschool Storytime at the Library!

No registration is required for this ten-week series running September 14 – November 16.  The Union City Library Preschool Story Time, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., is a fun introduction to books, fingerplays and stretches for our youngest Library patrons. Stay after the stories for a fun and relaxing play time.

We have a special surprise for the first week – MUSIC TOGETHER with Cristal Garcia!

It’s free! It’s fun! Come join us!
For more information contact: Patricia Ryan (510) 284-0625

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH – Get Directions

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