Write Your Story…Vertically Challenged


By the Library Member Rita K.


I have spent my entire life envying tall willowy long legged women, the kind who look terrific in tight jeans and knee high leather boots.  Being at the other end of the height spectrum, barely skimming four feet eleven inches currently and at my zenith five feet one, I have never enjoyed such sartorial splendor.  I have always had to hem my clothes and buy outfits that merely gave my stubby frame the illusion of height.  Being vertically challenged has infringed on every aspect of my life.  I use a ladder at home to retrieve items from not so high shelves or at the supermarket I must ambush a tall person for assistance.  My best friend has become my Reacher, which I use to reach anything I can’t normally reach which is just about everything.  Bar stools are to be avoided and present as much of an obstacle as having to scale Mt. Everest.  I have been reduced to using two cushions underneath me when seated at my dining room table to avoid having my chin rest on the tabletop.  Forget about being a spectator in a crowd – the most I could hope to see is a close up of someone’s armpit.  Trying to keep pace with a fast moving tour group has always rendered me the laggard in the rear frantically pumping my legs like Chippy the Chipmunk on a hamster wheels so I wouldn’t be left behind.  There has been one advantage, however, to being short.  During my twenties, it acted as a magnet to every short male within a radius of 100 miles looking for romance.  Having long wavy hair and a waistline helped.  Nonetheless, I oftentimes find myself cursing my short stature and praying that in my next life I come back as tall as an Amazon warrior princess, a star basketball player, or at least taller than five one.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

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:   May 15, June 19,  and July  17                                                                                                                                                                         1 p.m. — 3 p.m.






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Diabetes Self-Management Class


The Union City Library is hosting a 6-week Diabetes Self-Management course, led by Alameda County’s Public Health Department.   The series provides a supportive environment for those seeking to understand diabetes or pre-diabetes, and will cover the following:

  • Gaining a better understanding of diabetes and how it is diagnosed.
  • Learning how to eat foods you enjoy while managing your diabetes.
  • Learning how your medications work.
  • Learning the 7 self-care behaviors: healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring blood glucose, taking prescribed medications, solving problems in unusual situations, reducing the risk of complications, coping with stress and emotional issues.

This 6 week program consisting of all Thursdays in April (5, 12, 19, 26) 1-3 pm. and two Fridays in May (4, 11), 2-3:30 pm.  Please plan to attend all 6 classes.

This program is open to all Alameda County Residents 18 or older who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type II diabetes.  To register or find out more information, please call 510-383-5185 or 510-593-7690.  

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Some new Children’s Books at Union City Library

Tilly & Tank

This delightful book Tilly and Tank just arrived as a new book at the library. Here is what it is about:

Tilly the elephant is taking her morning stroll when she notices something strange on the horizon. Is it another elephant? The newcomer has a trunk and tail, but he s a very curious shade of green. Tank, on the other hand, notices an odd-looking creature approaching. It has a barrel and a turret, like Tank, but is a curious shade of blue. Is it a new enemy tank? Tank’s alarm sounds and he goes BOOM, scaring Tilly off. But when Tilly returns with a flower, Tank begins to understand that she might not be an enemy at all.
JPB Fleck

Another book that I just read at Preschool Story Time this morning is a great counting book.  It is called The Tall Tree:

tall tree

A note from the Publisher:

“High in a redwood tree is an unseen world of all kinds of animals. Readers will meet them through rhyming verses as they count them 1 to 10.”

JPB Fredericks


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Art for Adults: Matisse Collages


Tuesday, March 20th – 6:15 – 7:45 pm

Come learn the technique of “painting with scissors,” and create collages in the style of Henri Matisse. No experience necessary and all supplies are provided; just bring your imagination! 




For ages 18 and up.  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, or find out more  information, please contact the Union City Library reference desk in person or by phone at  510-745-1464 (ext. 5).


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Nowruz 2018 @ Union City Library in Pictures

Shahrzad Dance Company presened an engaging and educational program on Persian Dance, Elegant and flowing, yet rhythmic and inspiring, this visual journey showed the unique body positions, angles, and dynamics that are intrinsic to Persian aesthetics.  A brief informative lecture and audience participation were included.


Amir School of Music performed using three traditional instruments , Daf, Ney, and Santur .

Naghmeh Danishmand, a library member , as well an Miniaturist Painter was present to talk to public about Persian art ,She displayed her works and other artists. She also kindly served tea and Persian pastry after the program

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Nowruz Celebration 2018 @ the Union City Library

Nowruz Celebration @ Union City Library

Saturday March 3, 2018

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nowruz celebration with a dance performance by the Shahrzad Dance Academy, and Persian Music by the Amir School of Music.

Nowruz is celebration of  the New Year

(spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran

and Tajikistan.

Shahrzad Dance Company is proud to present an engaging and educational program on Persian Dance, an ancient art form shrouded in mystery!  Elegant and flowing, yet rhythmic and inspiring, this visual journey will showcase the unique body positions, angles, and dynamics that are intrinsic to Persian aesthetics.  A brief informative lecture and audience participation are included.  Created by world-renown choreographer and author of the ground-breaking book The Art of Persian Dance, this program features the exquisite choreographic art of Shahrzad Khorsandi.



This event is part of a series of 300 free Art IS Education events for youth and families presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.

All Library programs are free! No reservations are required.


The Union City Library is a branch of the Alameda County Library system located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, and is wheelchair accessible.

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Asian Art Museum @Union City Library

Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art

Saturday February 17, 2018

@ Union City Library

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for a multimedia talk by the Asian Art Museum.

Look again at the flower and bird on that Chinese painting, robe or vase, Most likely it has a hidden meaning or even a secret message. Learn how to decipher these symbolic images and read the secret messages in Chinese art.


For more information call 510-745-1464


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