TECH CONNECT 2 NATURE at the Union City Library

geochachingCalling all kids of ages 7-12, come out to our first Tech-Connect 2 Nature workshop! Learn how to get more inclined to the outdoors technologically through geocaching and other outdoors apps. Activities will also include reading, arts and crafts and a treasure hunt!

  • Sunday July 5
  • 2 – 4 p.m.

This is a Girl Scout Gold Award Project in conjunction with the Library and the city of Union City

Space is limited. This program is free.
For more information contact: (510) 745-1464 Ext. 5

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 29, 2015

red Red by Jan De Kinder

“A girl finds it funny when her classmate starts blushing on the school playground. Her friends laugh along with her, but one student takes the teasing too far. Torn between her sympathy for her classmate and her fear of the bully, the girl must make a difficult choice.”       [JPB DE KINDER]

tiger boy Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

“When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching—he wants to sell the cub’s body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs.

“The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel’s preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn’t mind—he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends.

“But through his encounter with the cub, Neel learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.”     [J PERKINS,M]

tagged Tagged by Diane C. Mullen

“When Liam, a fourteen-year-old graffiti artist, can’t keep his grades up and is threatened by a local gang in the projects of Minneapolis, his mother sends him to Lake Michigan for the summer.”                  [J MULLEN,D]

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Read to the Rhythm!

Summer Reading Game 2015

Signups has started!. Please take only one game board per person for the summer. Write your name on the back of the gameboard.

[Gameboards available: Pre-readers & Kids, Teens, and Adults]

Musical film

Beginning with 1928’s The Jazz Singer and ending with 2011’s The Artist, Kniffel’s overview of movie musicalsoffers a fresh and entertaining look at more than 450 examples of the genre. Kniffel, former editor of American Libraries, is an unabashed fan of musicals, and the annotations here feature his often exuberant personal views on their various film versions.

 –Book Review

Check out the library DVDs collection for Musical films!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 22, 2015

mom school Mom School by Rebecca Van Slyke

“In a kid’s-eye view of what would happen if Mom went to school, a little girl imagines Mom School, where all moms learn their amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes.”     [JPB VAN SLYKE,R]

heather has two mommiesHeather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

“Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because ‘the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.’ This delightful edition for a new generation of young readers features fresh illustrations by Laura Cornell and an updated story by Lesléa Newman.”          [JPB NEWMAN]

jack the true story Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff

“All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor’s cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .

“But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.”   [J SHURTLIFF]

high scoreThe High Score and Lowdown on Video Games by Stephen Krensky

“A new series about the history of fun stuff! In this book readers will learn all about how video games came to be, from Pong to Pac-Man and everything in between!”             J794.8 KRENSKY]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 15, 2015

Today is the first day to start playing the Summer Reading Game, Read to the Rhythm! Bring your game board in to any branch of the Alameda County Library, spin the wheel for every 30 minutes you’ve spent reading or doing other special activities, and travel along the path. Win prizes when you reach the FIRST PRIZE and FINAL PRIZE spaces! And along the way have lots of fun and great reading!

Don’t forget that this Sunday, June 21st, is Father’s Day.

return to augie hobble Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith

“Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale–or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he’s failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won’t acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won’t leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he’s turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in–until the unthinkable happens and Augie’s life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning.”                              [J SMITH]

eyewitness universeUniverse by Robin Kerrod

“Whether you have special interest in space exploration or the origins of the universe, or you want to find more resources available outside of school, Eyewitness: Universe is the ideal choice for learning more about the universe.

“DK’s Eyewitness series is perfect. It  presents information with a combination of photography, small nuggets of information, and fact-packed annotation so you can really dig into topics without becoming overwhelmed. One picture at a time, Eyewitness books teach big subjects in easy ways.”     [J523.1 KERROD]


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Write Your Story@ the Union City Library

Your Life is a Book : How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir

Your lifeEveryone has a story to tell. Learn how to write your memoir and get published with the help of two well-known publishing professionals.Your Life is a Book guides budding writers though the transformative process of memoir writing to publication. In addition to exploring the unique elements of crafting a memoir—story arc, point of view, dialogue, where to start (not the beginning!)–Your Life is a Book also focuses on the self-exploration, awareness, and understanding that this emotional literary project triggers. With proven writing exercises and prompts, this book is a practical and enlightening guide to perfecting the art of memoir writing.

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join oeiffel_tower_blueur senior library memberBruce 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

    June 16, July 21, and August 18 ….1 — 3 p.m.

 Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information: Bruce Haase,  Email:

or  Union City Library 510-745-1464

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH –Get Directions

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 8, 2015

Today is the first day to sign up for the

Kristin_SHELF_COLOR2015 Summer Reading Game

Read to the Rhythm

and pick up your game board!

All ages, from babies to great-great-great-grandparents, can play the game and win great prizes! You have all summer to enjoy books and other activities, then come to the Library any time it is open to play the game. Registration opens June 8, and game play begins June 15. You can register and play at any branch of the Alameda County Library, and win one set of prizes.

Summer Reading graphicYour game board includes suggestions for reading, listening, and activities – but you aren’t limited to that! You can read anything, including magazines, blogs, eBooks, and listen to recorded books.

Your Libraries also have lots of fun programs scheduled during the summer – magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, music! Check here to find them – and they’re all FREE!

So let’s have the BEST SUMMER EVER at the Union City Library and all branches of the Alameda County Library!

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