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History Club at Union City Library!

Children entering Grades 3-6 — join the History Club at Union City Library on Wednesdays from 2-3 PM.  This Wednesday, June 21, the topic will be The Gold Rush!

This program is taught by a National History Bee Finalist.  Join us for this free program. No sign-ups required.

 

 

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Children’s Art Around the World–Russia

June 19 FLYER

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 17, 2017

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

“Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons–will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can’t join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can’t forget his birds and what his family has left behind.One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last.”

Beautiful pictures by the author as well: using mixed media, Del Rizzo creates vivid, imaginative illustrations for her book. [JPB D]

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Ossiri and the Bala Mengro (2016) by Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby; illustrated by Hannal Tolson

“A Traveler girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practice playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told by a Romani storyteller and a picture book author, this original tale offers a fascinating insight into Travelling lifestyles and cultures.” [JPB O]

Marlo

Marlo (2017) by Christopher Browne.

“When Marlo’s owner tells him to take a bath, he imagines a wild underwater adventure in which he must find and rescue his friend Duck.” [JPB B]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 13, 2017

Secret Life of Squirrels

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose

“The third book in the popular series featuring photographic squirrels is sure to be a big Valentine’s Day hit!

This title is the companion to sleeper hit picture book The Secret Life of Squirrels and Merry Christmas, Squirrels! Featuring photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible picture book is sure to surprise and delight readers and animal lovers of every age!

Mr. Peanuts spends his days climbing trees and gathering nuts–but he wishes he had a Special Squirrel friend share his time with. When Mr. Peanuts receives a letter from a Secret Squirrel Admirer, he soon finds himself falling in love!” [JPB Rose]

Lotus and Feather

Lotus & Feather by Ji-li Jiang, illustrated by Julie Downing

“A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl’s reed whistle, much to the delight of the other children. One day, when the village floods, Feather helps raise the alarm as Lotus and her grandfather urge their neighbors to get to high ground. Feather is a true friend to Lotus, but the time comes when Lotus must be a true friend to him–by encouraging him to migrate with the rest of the cranes. The next spring, Feather miraculously returns, and that’s not all . . . he has brought new life to the nearby lake.

Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.” [J Jiang, J]
A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
“A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers” [JB Keats]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 27, 2017

oneminute

Somin Ahn, author and illustrator
In one minute, you can blink your eyes twenty times, hug your dog, plant seeds, say good-bye, watch the rain, or even save a life. So much can occur in this sliver of time—one minute can feel like a singular experience. This poignant picture book is at once an introduction to time for young readers, an ode to living each moment with purpose, and a thoughtful exploration of how children experience one minute (may it seem short or long) playfully, profoundly, and with a boundless sense of possibility.[JPB Ahn]
under-the-sea
written and edited by Joanna McInerney; illustrated by Paul Boston
An interactive introduction to coordinates and how to navigate around a map invites children to imagine a mode of transport and embark on adventures through fantasy worlds where they must navigate around sleeping sea dragons, across gorilla-guarded bridges and through pesky road obstructions that require readers to solve math problems.[J526 McInerney]
a-texas-year
written by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
Meet Luis, Alexis, Christopher, Ethan, and Mia – Texan kids representing a blend of culture and race that typifies this amazing state. They’ll take you through a year in the life of Texan kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to the everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. A Texas Year is a picture book bursting with state pride. It’s a snapshot of who Texans are, blending modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and multicultural heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing five Texan children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of this great state. From the plains and canyons of the Panhandle to the beaches and wetlands of the Gulf Coast, vibrant cities and friendly country towns, this is the Texan childhood.[J305.23097 McCartney]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 13, 2017

 

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Margo Thinks Twice / written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo by 
Margo is an imaginative, adventurous little girl who has just one problem worry has found its way into her life. She sometimes feels nervous and uncomfortable, especially inside the wild world her imagination creates. Whenever her mom gives instructions, Margo’s mind turns the everyday advice into worst-case scenarios. Luckily, Margo’s mom comes up with an idea to ease her daughter’s anxieties and encourage her inventive spirit in a positive way.”
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I’m a Veterinarian  / written and illustrated by Brian Biggs

“In I’m a Veterinarian (a just-released board book), we see what it’s like in a day in the life of a town animal doctor. Tinyville Town’s veterinarian begins her day at home with her two cats, two dogs, and one fish. Once at work, she examines a firefighter’s dalmatian, who is not feeling well at all. Follow along as the vet runs tests and makes a surprising discovery! This book will comfort a child bringing a beloved pet to the vet for the first time, and satisfy an inquisitive child’s curiosity about what an animal doctor does, how they are able to diagnose so many different kinds of pets, and how their office is different from their own doctors.”
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A Forever Friend / by Judy Katschke ; illustrated by Serena Geddes
“Misty Inn is up and running, and the Dunlaps have a full house. Willa is thrilled that Kate, her best friend from Chicago, is going to come to Chincoteague for a visit. But it’s been a whole year since they’ve seen each other, and Willa soon realizes their friendship is not as easy as it had once been. Adding to the tension is the fact that aChincoteague friend, Sarah Starling, is away at camp for the week, not to mention the fact that Ben seems to disappear early in the morning and not show up again until dinner. So Willa is on her own to figure out how to start anew with her oldest friend

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