The Art of Persian Dance

artiseducation2017The Art of Persian Dance is the first book published to establish a formalized pedagogy which encompasses the foundational principals of Persian dance technique. The Art of Persian Dance provides the structure and vocabulary for teaching a style of dance that has been part of Persian culture for millennia. It details body positions, rules for achieving correct body line, and descriptions and illustrations of the patterns and transitions that define the technowruz2017nique. Shahrzad has spent almost 20 years studying and exploring the depths of aesthetics distinct to Persian culture once the center of the ancient Persian Empire to isolate those elements that define the movements as Persian. Her vast repertoire of original choreography is based on these Persian aesthetics. Her commitment to creating a comprehensive method for teaching this technique, including categorization of movements and positions, and establishing a nomenclature, have made her a pioneer in the dance community.

Shahrzad Dance Company @ Union City Library

Nowruz Celebration

Saturday March 4, 2017,  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for the performance by Shahrzad Dance Company. 

The dance piece Rangin-kaman (Rainbow) is a story about peace and dialogue between civilizations. The dance will be performed in the style of classical Persian dance, accompanied by brief narrations between the sections. The program will also include an interactive Persian dance demonstration, and a question & answer session.

Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

 

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 13, 2017

 

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Margo Thinks Twice / written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo by 
Margo is an imaginative, adventurous little girl who has just one problem worry has found its way into her life. She sometimes feels nervous and uncomfortable, especially inside the wild world her imagination creates. Whenever her mom gives instructions, Margo’s mind turns the everyday advice into worst-case scenarios. Luckily, Margo’s mom comes up with an idea to ease her daughter’s anxieties and encourage her inventive spirit in a positive way.”
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I’m a Veterinarian  / written and illustrated by Brian Biggs

“In I’m a Veterinarian (a just-released board book), we see what it’s like in a day in the life of a town animal doctor. Tinyville Town’s veterinarian begins her day at home with her two cats, two dogs, and one fish. Once at work, she examines a firefighter’s dalmatian, who is not feeling well at all. Follow along as the vet runs tests and makes a surprising discovery! This book will comfort a child bringing a beloved pet to the vet for the first time, and satisfy an inquisitive child’s curiosity about what an animal doctor does, how they are able to diagnose so many different kinds of pets, and how their office is different from their own doctors.”
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A Forever Friend / by Judy Katschke ; illustrated by Serena Geddes
“Misty Inn is up and running, and the Dunlaps have a full house. Willa is thrilled that Kate, her best friend from Chicago, is going to come to Chincoteague for a visit. But it’s been a whole year since they’ve seen each other, and Willa soon realizes their friendship is not as easy as it had once been. Adding to the tension is the fact that aChincoteague friend, Sarah Starling, is away at camp for the week, not to mention the fact that Ben seems to disappear early in the morning and not show up again until dinner. So Willa is on her own to figure out how to start anew with her oldest friend

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Man Woman Relationships

Succulent wild love : six powerful habits for feeling more love more often / by SARK and Dr. John Waddell

Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr. John Waddell is a truly revolutionary book about expanding the love in your life and having the skills and tools to keep love flowing. Everyone wants to feel more love more often. This book shows you exactly how to do that and keesucculent-wild-lovep doing it.

For years SARK has filled her cup of self-love and shared the overflow with others. Through SARK’s vulnerability, insight and colorful out-of-any-box explorations in books such asSucculent Wild Woman, Transformation Soup and Eat Mangoes Naked, readers have been inspired to accept and love themselves.

From that foundation, SARK is now expanding her self-love capacities to include a deep, intimate relationship with another. This book shares her transformative journey and shows readers how they can do the same with the significant others in their lives.

For much of her life SARK feared committing to a life partnership, even as she was looking for ever more expansive ways to share her love. In this book, with delightful art and sharing intimate experiences, SARK illuminates the fears and obstacles that kept her—and keep many others—from living happily in intimate partnerships.

Using stories of transformation and practical advice, SARK and her partner, clinical psychologist and spiritual teacher Dr. John Waddell, present six simple but profound habits that will empower readers to keep their relationships harmonious—and from that foundation, help them experience more love more often.

Rather than emphasizing finding the right partner, Succulent Wild Love focuses onbeing the right partner. If you are looking for someone to make you happy, they will always fall short. If you are looking for someone with whom to share your happiness, you will always have enough.

Succulent Wild Love is an inviting book that is both practical and magical, filled with effective guidelines and SARK creativity. There are real-life, insightful stories and innovative ways for the reader to play and practice, SARK’s trademark poetry and art, along with the logical psychological principles that Dr. Waddell provides. This combination reminds readers that they already are Succulent, Wild and Loving — and can experience feeling that way more often.

 Check the library catalog for more title under the same subject Man Woman Relationships

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 6, 2017

dark-dark-caveA Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman

“On a cold night, under a pale moon, a brother and sister explore a dark, dark cave. Strange creatures skitter along the walls while bats brush past. A wild howl makes the cave feel just a teensy bit darker. But readers are in for a delightful surprise when a beam of light reveals a softer side of the cave.”                    [JPB HOFFMAN]

my-dad-at-the-zooMy Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo

“The long-awaited follow up to My Dad Is Big and Strong, My Dad at the Zoo, is another tale of role reversal in which dad reverts to the unsocialized, wild ways of childhood. Probably tired from all of his wearying antics around bedtime, here Dad heads off to the zoo with his son and goes completely zany.”             [JPB SAUDO]

my-dogs-a-chickenMy Dog’s a Chicken by Susan McElroy Montanari

“Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog.

“Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed. With a bow in Pookie’s hair, Lula Mae declares her a show dog. When she runs circles around the other chickens, Pookie is a shepherd dog. And when Cousin Tater sneaks up with a snake and Pookie starts bawk, bawk, bawking, well, she’s a guard dog, too. Then Lula Mae’s brother, Baby Berry, wanders away, and who do you think comes to the rescue?”                         [JPB MONTANARI]

dipper-and-mabelDipper and Mabel and the Curse of the Time Pirates Treasure by Jeffrey Rowe

“Once upon a time . . . travel, Blendin Blandin searches for the legendary Time Pirates’ Treasure, and he needs Dipper and Mabel’s help! They journey through time, exploring the dragon-infested medieval era, the weird-and-wild west, and the laser-and-giant-baby-filled future. Will they make the right choices to find the greatest treasure ever known? Or is it only a matter of time before the twins and Blendin are clutched by the hands of time?! This book features 272 pages of hilarious and thrilling adventures and original artwork!”                                    [J ROWE]

ticket-to-indiaTicket to India by N. H. Senzai

“A trip to India turns into a grand adventure in this contemporary novel about the Great Partition, from the award-winning author of Saving Kabul Corner and Shooting Kabul.

“A map, two train tickets, and a mission. These are things twelve-year-old Maya and her big sister Zara have when they set off on their own from Delhi to their grandmother’s childhood home of Aminpur, a small town in Northern India. Their goal is to find a chest of family treasures that their grandmother’s family left behind when they fled from India to Pakistan during the Great Partition. But soon the sisters become separated, and Maya is alone. Determined to find her grandmother’s lost chest, she continues her trip, on the way enlisting help from an orphan by named Jai.”               [J SENZAI,N]

emergency-vehiclesEmergency Vehicles by Rod Green

“Lift the flaps and look inside to learn all about amazing emergency vehicles!

“Look inside an ambulance, police car, fire engine, rescue helicopter, lifeboat, and more to discover their inner workings. With more than forty flaps to lift, Stephen Biesty’s award-winning and best-selling artwork brings these rescue vehicles to life in a whole new way.”                    [J629.225 GREEN]

This is my last Monday Children’s Book Reviews blog entry. I have enjoyed sharing them, and I hope you have enjoyed reading them!

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Write Your Story…Navigating INDIWORLD

navigating-indiewordlNavigating Indieworld : a beginner’s guide to self-publishing and marketing your book / Julie A. Gerber and Carole P. Roman

Social media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling, independently published books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two self-help experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read, comprehensive guide, complete with end of chapter checklists to keep an author on track.Learn the importance of a beta reader and the value of a good editor. Know what’s needed when preparing a list for choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book. Find out what each step can cost and where you can save. This guide takes new independent authors from the first draft, through publication and the complicated world of marketing. Included is a directory of resources to help get there faster.Navigating Indieworld will end up being the ultimate travel guide for writers on their journey to published author.

Write Your Story @  the Union City Library


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Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, 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.

Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

Third Tuesday of the month

 February 21 & March 21

April 18

 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 30, 2017

library-dayLibrary Day by Anne Rockwell

“One day, a young boy visits the library for the very first time. While he’s there he listens to stories, reads books and magazines, and learns that there are also movies, crafts, chess, and puppet shows—something for everyone! With simple, lyrical text and bright illustrations that jump off the page, Library Day brings the joys of reading vividly to life.”            [JPB ROCKWELL]

boundersBounders by Monica Tesler

“In the first book of a brand-new adventure series, 12-year-old Jasper and his friends are the first team of cadets—Bounders—to be trained as high-level astronauts, but they soon learn that Earth Force, the space-military agency that trained them, has an ulterior motive for sending them into space and they must decide whether to rebel against the organization that brought them together, or fulfill their duty and protect the planet at all costs.”                 [J TESLER,M]

it-cant-be-true-2It Can’t Be True! 2 by Margaret Parrish

“How many bees does it take to make a jar of honey? Did you know sharks are so sensitive that they can detect the current from batteries 1,000 miles apart? Believe it or not, it’s true!

“Discover more amazing and seemingly impossible facts in It Can’t Be True 2! By combining hard to believe facts with CGI renderings and photographs, this book places information with visual aids that puts everything to scale. Kids will love the weird, out-of-this-world facts for just about anything, and they will be excited to share them with everyone!”     [J031.02 IT]

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Free Zumba Class

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Free Zumba Class, 3:30-4:30 pm this Saturday, January 28th!

Jump-start your New Year’s exercise resolution or just try out something new.  Bring comfortable shoes and water, and get ready to shake away the stress and calories in an afternoon of Latin-inspired fun!

Ages 12 and up.  First come, first served; call 510-745-1464 (ext 5) to reserve your spot.

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