A Water District of Our Own
Celebration of Alameda County Water District’s
First 100 Years
Presentation by ACWD Director Paul Sethy
August 30, 2016—6:30-8:00 p.m
also check out a book on this subject …
Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes by Tim Wynne-Jones and Brian Won
“Secret Agent Man (S.A.M.) needs new shoes. His mom — er, sidekick, ‘K’ (short for Kay) — takes him shopping. But the operation will be dangerous: to start with, Shoe Store Man looks shifty. ‘Frisk him,’ says S.A.M. With the help of a Team of Expert Spies and keen observation skills, will Sam find that his brand-new tiger-striped shoes convey a new superpower . . . and that he can now tie his own shoelaces? Imaginative play is the mission in this witty picture book with retro illustrations that cleverly merge S.A.M.’s escapades with the ordinary world. Roar!” [JPB WYNNE-JONES,T]
Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire
“Mars in 1816 is a world of high society, deadly danger, and strange clockwork machines. Pterodactyls glide through the sky, automatic servants hand out sandwiches at elegant garden parties, and in the north, the great dragon tombs hide marvels of Ancient Martian technology.
“Twelve-year-old Edward Sullivan has always dreamed of becoming a spy like the ones he reads of in his favorite sci-fi magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales. Instead, he spends his days keeping his eccentric family from complete disaster . . . that is, until the villainous archaeologist Sir Titus Dane kidnaps Edward’s parents as part of a scheme to loot an undiscovered dragon tomb. Edward sets out on a perilous journey to save his parents and protect the dragon tombs in the process. Turns out spywork is a bit more challenging than he had imagined. . . .” [J SAMPHIRE,P]
One Thousand Things by Anna Kovecses
“A visual encyclopedia of first words to see and say. Search-and-find Little Mouse on every page and discover new words with every turn of the page. Stylishly laid out, the book is arranged by theme and features fully illustrated collections of ‘things’, each clearly labeled and easy to recognize. This 80 page book covers everything from space to the human body.” [J428.1 KOVECSES]
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life: Recognize what causes your mood swings, nip negative feelings in the bud, deal with guilt, handle hostility and criticism, overcome addiction to love and approval, beat “do-nothingism”, avoid the painful downward spiral of depression, build self-esteem, feel good every day!
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Relax before school starts with some light reading like graphic novels!
Aw Yeah Comics! Make Way…For Awesome! by Art Baltazar and Franco
“HERE COMES THE AWESOME! Your favorite superheroes return! Cornelius, Alowicious, Hammond, and Alice! Better known as Action Cat, Adventure Bug, Awesome Bear, and . . . Adorable Action Cat! What evil threat can threaten our heroes this time? No doubt EVIL CAT will pounce again! Parallel-O-Ham commits crimes in beautiful downtown Skokie! Even the Daring Dogs commit some feats of heroism! Aw yeah!” [ J741.5973 BALTAZAR]
Pokemon X-Y Volume 7 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamoto
“X was a Pokémon Trainer child prodigy. But now he’s depressed and hides in his room avoiding everyone—including his best friend Y. An attack on their hometown by Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal, led by Team Flare, forces X outside… Now what?” [ J741.5952 KUSAKA]
“’Oh, fer gosh sakes!’ IDW’s first six issues of MICKEY MOUSE are gathered in a luxurious, collector’s volume… including great works by Andrea ‘Casty’ Castellan, Giorgio Cavazzano, Bill Wright—and sinful star turns by classic villains like the Phantom Blot, Pegleg Pete, and Professors Ecks and Doublex! With special extras for true Disney Comics aficionados, this Mickey compendium provides pages of history and excitement.” [ J741.5973 MICKEY]
| at the Union City Library!
Come join us for a summer night of Latin-inspired dancing fun! Shake away the stress and calories, and get ready to have a party! Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring your water, and bring your smiles!
For all ages (12 and up). All levels welcome. Limited spots.
Sign Up at the Reference Desk. First Come First Serve.
Call 510-745-1464 ext. 5 for more information
End the summer with a cosmic display of lights! The Perseid Meteor Shower, “anticipated to be one of the best potential meteor viewing opportunities this year,” will reach its peak August 11-12, between midnight and dawn.
The meteor shower is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years. The comet, a mixture of dirt and ice, heats up as it reaches the sun and sheds a trail of space debris in its wake. Earth travels through these particle streams every summer, causing the Perseids.
Most years, stargazers can observe up to 60-100 meteors an hour, but rates could reach up twice that much this year due to Jupiter’s gravity pulling more of the streams in Earth’s path. Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office: “Here’s something to think about. The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago…And they’ve traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth’s atmosphere.”
Perseid meteors reach a “blistering speed of 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second). That’s 500 times faster than the fastest car in the world. At that speed, even a smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light when it collides with Earth’s atmosphere.” The meteors are not dangerous and burn up 50 miles above the planet.
Source: NASA’s “Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 11-12”
To observe the meteor shower, The California Academy of Science provides some helpful tips and context. Remember, be patient!
And if you can’t observe the Perseids directly, NASA is providing a live broadcast of the meteor shower via Ustream overnight on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT. The robotic telescope service, Slooh, will also have a live stream starting at 8 pm EDT tonight here.
Some More Resources:
The next meteor shower will be the Orionids, with peak activity Oct. 21-22 (See NASA’s Meteor Showers 2016 for details and more meteor showers during the year).
Learn more about meteor showers from NASA’s “Shooting for Shooting Stars” and check out your astronomy section at your library.