Union City Library Homework Center Coordinator Job Announcement

Deadline for applying: September 5, 2015

The Union City Library is currently recruiting for a temporary part-time, grant funded Homework Center Coordinator. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. The Homework Center Coordinator works Monday through Thursday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, throughout the school year (mid to end of September 2015 – June 2, 2016), excepting for breaks for school holidays. The salary is $21/hour.

The Homework Center Coordinator is responsible for the daily operation of the Library’s Homework Center program.

For further information, contact: Joan Weagle, Teen Services Librarian, at 510.284.0628 or email at MWeagle@aclibrary.org. Applications and resumes can be dropped off at the Union City Library Reference Desk attention: Joan Weagle.


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 24, 2015

room for bear Room For Bear by Ciara Gavin

“Waking up in the springtime and embarking on a search for a new home, Bear finds a perfect place with the family of five little ducks despite being rather too large to fit in.

“Can five little ducks find room for one big bear in their home—and in their hearts?”       [JPB GAVIN]

work and more work Work and More Work by Linda Little and Oscar T. Perez

“Tom lives in the countryside in the mid 1800s, and he’s curious what is it like in the town, the city, and the world beyond? ‘It’s all work and more work,’ everyone tells him. Determined to find out for himself, Tom sets off with a bit of bread and cheese in a bundle . . . He encounters crowded marketplaces, bustling wharves, and storms on the high seas. In China he sees how tea is made; in India he watches men make deep blue dye from indigo; in Ceylon he marvels at the skill of cinnamon peelers. Eventually he returns home with stories and gifts, showing his parents the riches to be found all over the world. This wonderful book includes an illustrated afterword about the different kinds of work mentioned in the story, work that was done when, in the days before steam, nothing moved except through the power of wind, water, and muscle.”       [JPB LITTLE,L]

fort Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

“In this boys-will-be-boys summer story about friendship and revenge, eleven-year-old Wyatt and his friend Augie aren’t looking for a fight. They’re having the best summer of their lives hanging out in the fort they built in the woods, fishing and hunting, cooking over a campfire, and sleeping out. But when two older boys mess with the fort–and with another kid who can’t fight back–the friends are forced to launch Operation Doom, with unexpected results for all concerned, in this novel about two funny and very real young heroes.”                     [J DEFELICE,C]

tortoise and the hareThe Tortoise and the Hare: an Aesop Fable retold and illustrated by Bernadette Watts

“A classic re-envisioned and retold by Bernadette Watts—one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists! When Tortoise says to Hare, ‘I bet I can beat you in a running race!’ everyone laughs. Tortoise puts one foot in front of the next. Hare stops to nibble carrot tops and cabbages. . . . Who will have the last laugh? ‘The Hare and the Tortoise‘ has been a favorite with generations of children around the world. Bernadette Watts’s lovable animals and sumptuous settings bring great warmth and charm to this timeless tale. Little listeners will celebrate anew with all the animals at the finish line!”                                 [J398.2452 WATTS]

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Tapping the Apocalypse

novellaSaturday September 5, 2015 

3 – 4:30 p.m

“Writing About Your Turning Points

We’ve all had horrible experiences that have shaped our  lives–destroying some aspect of ourselves, allowing a new self to emerge. For this reason, many of the best moments in memoirs   happen when    something terrible happens to the narrator. This workshop will tease out these moments, giving advice on pacing, building scene and character, and cultivating a strong narrative voice.”

Novella Carpenter , The author of the best selling  Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer & Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild

She will be here at the Union City Library to present a Writing Workshop.

*to read more about Novella Carpenter check this link…


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JAZZ @ the Union City Library


 Wakefield Jazz Quintet 


the Union City Library 

Wednesday August 26,  6:30 p.m.


                                                               jazz                                         Jazz:A Film by Ken Burns
Traces the origins and history of jazz, focusing on the individual musicians who helped shape its development

for more titles DVD, CD, Books on this subject , check out the Library holdings….

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 17, 2015

back to schoolHurry up and enjoy your summer! It is almost time to go BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

There are lots of places to get tips on preparing, including WebMD and OrganizedHome.

Many schools and teachers want students to go back to school before buying supplies because they have a list. But here are a few suggestions:

School supplies

Although it’s difficult to predict what different teachers will require, you can get ahead of the game by buying certain staples. Here’s a general list of items that elementary school students usually need:

Glue stick
backpackNo. 2 pencils, or mechanical pencils
Colored pencils
Box of crayons
Water-based markers
Ballpoint pens
Loose-leaf notebook paper
Pocket folders
Printer paper
Drawing paper
Construction paper
A plastic ruler with English and metric measurements
Pencil sharpener
School box (for storing items)
Scotch tape

Here are some additional items middle and high school students usually need:

Two combination locks (one for the hall locker and one for the gym locker)
Binder dividers

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Why Do We Need Libraries?

This is a great TED Talk from 2013. Enjoy – it is worth watching!

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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 eiffel_tower_bluememoire-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

August 18, September 15, and October 20….1 — 3 p.m.

 Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information: Bruce Haase,  Email: ohnjca@comcast.net

or  Union City Library 510-745-1464  

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH –Get Directions


Write Your Memoir : The Soul Work of Telling Your Story

Write your memoir

Allan G. Hunter is a professor of literature at Curry College, where he also teaches memoir writing for the Blue Hills Writing Institute. He is the author of Life Passages,The Six Archetypes of Love, and Stories We Need to Know. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
This title along with several other titles are available in electronic format …you may read it online with your library card.

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