Christie‘s Creative Cupboard

Thursday May 5, 2016 –6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Create your own design of Mexican Tin Art!TinArt_sun_smiling

supplies and instruction will be provided; and the class is free!

 This class is 24 attendees.   Please register by calling 510-745-1464.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 25, 2016

when i grow upWhen I Grow Up… by Gill McLean

“Fergus is only a little pup, but what should he be when he grows up? His friends all have different ideas and it seems there’s a lot more to being a dog than he first thought! Who will help him decide what to be?”         [JPB McLEAN,G]

black dragonThe Black Dragon by Julian Sedgwick

“Talented magician Danny, who is half-Chinese, half-British, and dwarf strongman Zamora try to find the connection between the disastrous end of the circus Mysterium, where Danny’s performer parents were killed, and the disappearance of his guardian aunt,who is investigating sinister gangs in Hong Kong.”                          [J SEDGWICK,J]

little girls little bookThe Little Girl’s Little Book of Art by Kathryn Dixon

“Paintings by thirty of the most talented and renowned artists the world has produced. Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci and ending with Paul Klee, the paintings in this book have been specially selected to appeal to a little girl. Your little girl can explore the pages of this book and see artworks with colors, subjects and scenes that she can relate to and enjoy. Every painting has the potential to engage her imagination, spark her curiosity, and encourage her to want to learn to know more about art, artists, and the creative process.”                                [J709 DIXON,K]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 18, 2016

everybody sleeps butEverybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

“Every kind of bird and beast has to sleep, from the monkeys in the jungle to the whales in the ocean to the ants under the ground.

“But not Fred. His to-do list is far too long! Armed with plenty of imagination, this determined little boy and his attempts to resist bedtime are sure to strike a chord with today’s over scheduled families. Drowsy animals of all stripes look on in disbelief as Fred keeps on going and going and going, until . . .

“Could it be that, after so much activity, even Fred needs to rest? Shhh. Close the book softly, and please let Fred sleep.”                            [JPB SCHNEIDER,J]

unicorn hunterThe Unicorn Hunter by Che Golden

“‘Gripping, mystical and adventurous, young readers will be as hooked as Maddy was the minute she set foot inside that creepy-as-hell old castle,’ raved Irish World said of The Feral Child.

“Maddy’s adventures continue in The Unicorn Hunter. The adults of Blarney have always lived in fear. The faeries of Tir na nOg exist on their doorstep, and they could unleash terror on the mortal realm at any time.

“But eleven-year-old Maddy is not afraid. The unicorn that holds the key to balance and peace in both worlds is injured, and Maddy knows she is the only one who can track down whoever hurt her.

“Can Maddy survive the force and cunning of the Tuatha, who rule Tir na nOg? Or will she end up a mere pawn in their own power games?” The trilogy concludes with The Raven Queen.            [J GOLDEN,C]

investigating the water cycleInvestigating the Water Cycle by Candice Ransom

“Water is essential to life on our planet. Water is constantly moving between Earth’s surface, the air, and the ground. But did you know that water cannot be created or destroyed? Or that water is not only a liquid but also a solid and a gas? See the water cycle in action in this fascinating book.”           [J551.48 RANSOM,C]

brain gamesBrain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain by Jennifer Swanson

“QUICK: Name the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built. Give up? Here’s a hint: It’s housed in your head and it’s the one thing that makes you YOU. Your brain is mission control for the rest of your body and steers you through life. Not bad for something the size of a softball that looks like a wrinkled grey sponge! In this fascinating, interactive book — a companion to the National Geographic Channel hit show – kids explore the parts of the brain and how it all works, brainy news nuggets from a neuroscientist, plus fun facts and crazy challenges.”                        [J612.82 SWANSON,J]


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Union City Needs Your Input!


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Alameda County Library | Community Survey

library logoAlameda County Library is developing a master plan for library services and facilities over the next 10-20 years.

Take our community survey and let us know what library services are important to you. The survey only takes 5 minutes to complete. We are committed to incorporating the voice of the community and value your input to help us shape the future vision of Alameda County Library.

Click HERE to give us your opinions, experiences, and ideas!

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Poetry– Appalachian to the Golden Hills of California

Appalachian ElegyAppalachian Elegy : Poetry and Place

Author, activist, feminist, teacher, and artist bell hooks is celebrated as one of the nation’s leading intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her unique pseudonym from the name of her grandmother, an intelligent and strong-willed African American woman who inspired her to stand up against a dominating and repressive society. Her poetry, novels, memoirs, and children’s books reflect her Appalachian upbringing and feature her struggles with racially integrated schools and unwelcome authority figures. One of Utne Reader’s “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life,” hooks has won wide acclaim from critics and readers alike. In Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks continues her work as an imagist of life’s harsh realities in a collection of poems inspired by her childhood in the isolated hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. At once meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant volume draws the reader deep into the experience of living in Appalachia. Touching on such topics as the marginalization of its people and the environmental degradation it has suffered over the years, hooks’s poetry quietly elegizes the slow loss of an identity while also celebrating that which is constant, firmly rooted in a place that is no longer whole.

 California poetry : from the Gold Rush to the present

edited by DaCalifornia Poetryna Gioia, Chryss Yost & Jack Hicks

This book brings together 150 years of the finest California poetry by authors of all schools and ideas. California Poetry also reveals the state’s rich cultural and environmental legacy, from the early days of Spanish settlers to the more recent emergence of the Asian and Latino worlds: a reflection of lives closely tied to mountains, deserts, verdant valleys, and the vast shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 11, 2016

loe from the very hungryLove From the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special on Valentine’s Day—or any day.”               [JPB CARLE,E]

in the footstepsIn The Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

“Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy—though you wouldn’t guess it by his name: his father is part white and part Lakota, and his mother is Lakota. When he embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, he learns more and more about his Lakota heritage—in particular, the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota and American history. Drawing references and inspiration from the oral stories of the Lakota tradition, celebrated author Joseph Marshall III juxtaposes the contemporary story of Jimmy with an insider’s perspective on the life of Tasunke Witko, better known as Crazy Horse (c. 1840–1877). The book follows the heroic deeds of the Lakota leader who took up arms against the US federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Along with Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse was the last of the Lakota to surrender his people to the US army. Through his grandfather’s tales about the famous warrior, Jimmy learns more about his Lakota heritage and, ultimately, himself.”       [J MARSHALL,J]

sex, pubertySex, Puberty and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey

“This friendly book talks to teens on the subject that is first and foremost in the minds of adolescent boys and girls: Sex. Separate chapters titled Boy Stuff and Girl Stuff describe body changes that occur during puberty, with frank and open discussions about male and female genitals, how they feel, and how they function. Chapters that follow discuss typical teen problems, as well as those entirely new feelings that come with sexual development, and offer tips on making it through those sometimes exciting, sometimes crazy teen years. Learn how to deal with crushes, controlling parents, pimples, kissing, dating, hormones, menstruation, sexual activity, condoms, contraception, pregnancy, STDs, sexual impulses, and more. New to this edition is information on social networks, protecting yourself online, maintaining a positive body image, mental health, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. Includes line drawings on most pages.”           [J613.951 BAILEY,J]

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