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Nowruz 2018 @ Union City Library in Pictures

Shahrzad Dance Company presened an engaging and educational program on Persian Dance, Elegant and flowing, yet rhythmic and inspiring, this visual journey showed the unique body positions, angles, and dynamics that are intrinsic to Persian aesthetics.  A brief informative lecture and audience participation were included.


Amir School of Music performed using three traditional instruments , Daf, Ney, and Santur .

Naghmeh Danishmand, a library member , as well an Miniaturist Painter was present to talk to public about Persian art ,She displayed her works and other artists. She also kindly served tea and Persian pastry after the program


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Nowruz Celebration 2018 @ the Union City Library

Nowruz Celebration @ Union City Library

Saturday March 3, 2018

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nowruz celebration with a dance performance by the Shahrzad Dance Academy, and Persian Music by the Amir School of Music.

Nowruz is celebration of  the New Year

(spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran

and Tajikistan.

Shahrzad Dance Company is proud to present an engaging and educational program on Persian Dance, an ancient art form shrouded in mystery!  Elegant and flowing, yet rhythmic and inspiring, this visual journey will showcase the unique body positions, angles, and dynamics that are intrinsic to Persian aesthetics.  A brief informative lecture and audience participation are included.  Created by world-renown choreographer and author of the ground-breaking book The Art of Persian Dance, this program features the exquisite choreographic art of Shahrzad Khorsandi.



This event is part of a series of 300 free Art IS Education events for youth and families presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.

All Library programs are free! No reservations are required.


The Union City Library is a branch of the Alameda County Library system located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, and is wheelchair accessible.

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Asian Art Museum @Union City Library

Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art

Saturday February 17, 2018

@ Union City Library

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for a multimedia talk by the Asian Art Museum.

Look again at the flower and bird on that Chinese painting, robe or vase, Most likely it has a hidden meaning or even a secret message. Learn how to decipher these symbolic images and read the secret messages in Chinese art.


For more information call 510-745-1464


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Write Your Story… I’ll Meet You at the Lamppost


submitted by the Library Member, Venessa Mason

It has been 25 long years

My celebrated friend

There was a time you visited much more often

I miss you desperately

And would love to see you again,

But rather than wait, I will let more time pass.


The other morning was a close call

Sub-degrees were on my side,

And I half-hoped that you would make a surprise visit

It seemed a ridiculously simple request at the time

But alas, another near miss.


Idle musings, remembering how you appeared

At times, audaciously

Erupting with seismic force;

Attacking with a firm and determined grasp on anything, anyone in your path

Gravity working overtime

As you advanced vigorously, endless and Earthward

Tapering off but for a moment, then pouncing again,

Stronger than before.


More often though, you unfolded like a lullaby

Melodious, gentle, and paced

A graceful curtsy on an easy wind

You were a lovely cosmos of awe-inspiring configurations

Beauty beyond reckoning

Such loveliness Glistening against the light of the moon as evening fell into night.


How precise your cognitive map,

Guided, no doubt, by some Divine Hand

Knowing always a perfect arrangement

Transforming Block after City block into tidy rows

Of miniature houses hiding under pearly bonnets;

As a body, a silvery forest

You made your mark, indelibly.


Never you mind, the naysayers

I welcome you always………anytime

You make for me, a special event of the every day

Saturating the scene with merriment

And Featuring picturesque views

That add aesthetic value to the mundane.


My heavens!  That ten-block trek from school to home, was

Each afternoon, a fretful anticipation

But you made an adventure of it

Indulging our fancies with Frolic and Fun fights

Slipping and sliding haphazardly we were, otherwise endeavoring to remain upright.



Michigan flashbacking, and I am there once more

Spying neighbors digging for hours to level a parking space out front

Daring anyone to swoop in while they are away.


Everyone in resonance on streets downtown, all having the same idea as they brave the elements

Seeking refuge just inside tall heated buildings

Hustling and bustling, bundling up, Trampling through, and

Pausing just for a moment to greet an acquaintance or to catch a breath.


Then, the slowest crawl……. through traffic on I-94,

Hours it took, to travel minutes away


What stress?

Free from worries, I was

Giddy with exhaustion, I loved it all

That’s how it played out affectionately, under your spell

…….. I loved it all.


One quiet night I dashed out into the middle of the street

And danced with abandon in a vague brand of madness

Just having my own private parade under the lamppost

Surely neighbors peering through curtains


Wondering whether some loony had just escaped WARD 7.



On and on I danced with you

For as long as I could, for as long as you stayed

I wished it were longer

I know, I know.

You must move on; disappear, actually.


There are days when my only dream is to drift forward with you, to the past

To the site of memories held dear

And maybe at the right place and

At the right time

A hunch?  A hope

I will find you there, back on the job

For a chance again, to dance under the lamppost.


‘Til then, I’ll bide my time

Get on with my day

And delight in the comforting thought that

In this world,

At this very moment,

At least Somewhere…….it is snowing.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

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.

Third Tuesday of the Month:  February 20, March 20, and 17

 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Write Your Story Workshop With Anita Amirrezvani & Persis Karim @ Union City Library

SATURDAY February 3, 2018

11:30a.m to 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a three-hour writing workshop in a safe, comfortable setting with novelist Anita Amirrezvani and poet/editor Persis Karim.

Through a series of writing exercises, you will be

assisted in getting your story on the page as fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

This creative writing workshop teaches specific

techniques to strengthen your writing and offers supportive feedback.

Anita Amirrezvani: Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published 2012. Anita teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at the California College of the Arts.

Persis Karim: She has edited three anthologies of Iranian-American literature  including A World  Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans, Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora . Her poetry has been published in numerous national journals and magazines. She teaches literature and creative writing at San Jose State University.

For registration call 510-745-1464



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Write Your Story… A Moment in Time Prompt

This prompt really inspired one of the members to write the outline to her life story…she plans to work on this , however she agreed to share her inspiration because of the prompt.

A Moment in Time/an Aha Event/ Split /second Timing

By Meg Green/ Union City Library Membber

What a thought provoking assignment! Mine have been a sequence of aware nesses, from deciding to accept my parents offer to send me away to college as they awaited 7th baby and took in a foreign exchange student from Bolivia whose host family of 4 didn’t work out.

To choosing a BS in Elementary Education as a major supposing it would be the easiest course of study to obtain a degree in rather than going for Social Work which the head of Dept. said I was more suited for. Consequently, the money did not accumulate as it might have.

To accepting a secretarial position at the University of San Francisco which led to an administrative asst. spot in Campus Ministry for a few years. Later we would use the Faculty Lounge for our wedding reception after marriage in the Mission Dolores Basilica.

To managing the gift shop in San Francisco’s Cathedral of the Assumption on Nob Hill ad  meeting folks from all over the world. Then to selling ads for the San Francisco Magazine which was not my cup of tea but there was told about the Johnson o Conner aptitude Test which was a 2 day test in a human engineering lab to help determine what I was born to do. It shed light on my manual dexterity which enable me to enter Moler Barber College and start a new career with The Barbers I n the St. Francis Hotel. Thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

To getting to hear Mother Theresa gives her talks in 3 churches in San Francisco while volunteering at A Free pregnancy Center. And bursting into tears when she took both my hands into hers saying “God Bless you”

To adopting a sibling pair in our 40s and seeing them striving in their 20s to cathing out their own life journeys with more than a few ups and downs. Whose life is perfect anyway? As my dad once said to me, “We got you to 18 and hoped for the best”. Six of us have at least one degree. But he thought #7 named after himself and who also loved flying earned more money than the first 6 of his children. Tom is a pilot for frontier and takes advantage of free travel.

To teaching for Hayward Unified Older Adult and Substantially Handicapped program later changed to 55+ and then becoming a caregiver with in Home Support Services while serving on the Senior Commission here in Union City.

In my mind’s eye mine had been a “rosary or series of Aha events” which I hope and pray can keep on keeping on free of dementia until my last breath. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN but my father never accepted it and was able to keep her at home until her heart gave out. He fulfilled her prophesy that were she to die before him. He’d remarry and go through all their savings. I ‘ve seen too many families fight when large amount money ….

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

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.

Third Tuesday of the Month:  December 19 ,January  16, and February 20

 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Book Club @ Union City Library

“took a deep breath, tasting dust and eucalyptus, and moved past the smeary lights of the veranda. In the small park across the road, smooth clay had been spread like a dusting of confectioners’ sugar,”
― Paula McLainCircling the Sun

“Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman–Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit. ”

Chicago Sun-Times”–Provided by publisher

The Book Club at the Union City Library will be discussing this book on Tuesday November 7, 2017 –1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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