Category Archives: Friends of the Library

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…prompt

Missing Person/ Animal/ Cellphone

 Submitted by Pushpanjali (Urmi), the Union City Library Member

I miss my first cellphone that my parents gifted to me after I finished my high school. A very basic Nokia model that was just capable to send messages, and dial numbers. And it also had Snake II — a game that I did not like particularly yet played when I was bored.

I miss that phone terribly. It rang when someone wanted to reach out to me and it delivered messages to my friends I wanted to hang out with. Otherwise, it used to just lay around somewhere on my study table.But that phone was way better than my current smartphone. Why? My current smartphone is similar to a clinging boyfriend; updating me about my whereabouts, notifying me about my daily schedule, making me look stupid by staring at it for hours, and isolating me from my surroundings. Oh! I wish I could get back that Nokia 3310.

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:   September 19 , October 17 , and November    21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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FIXIT CLINIC @ Union City Library

Saturday May 13 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Fix your broken stuff!!

Bring your broken electronic , small appliances, computer, toy, etc.

for assessment, disassemble , and possible repair. Bring and fix your broken small electronics, appliances, bikes, and toys (or at least learn more about them) with the help of fixit coaches. A textile/clothing coach will also be available. We provide the workspace, tools, and coaches. This is an all-age do-it-together (D.I.T) repair event.

HOW: Register at….

 

– Bring your broken item (carry-in only: no oversize items)
– Bring parts and tools that might be helpful (e.g. sewing supplies)
– Come ready to describe what’s wrong and what you’ve tried
– Come ready to learn and to share what you already know with others
WHO: All ages welcome: a family-friendly event: accompanied children are heartily invited! 
WHY: To make friends, learn and teach how to fix things, and have fun!

More into on Fixit Clinic check:  www.fixitclinic.org

We also need coaches! Jacks & Jills of all trades, tinkerers, and sewers are invited to become fixit coaches; all you need is curiosity and a willingness to encourage & help others open up their broken stuff and try to fix it. The library has tools, sewing machines and supplies. 

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Write Your Story…Navigating INDIWORLD

navigating-indiewordlNavigating Indieworld : a beginner’s guide to self-publishing and marketing your book / Julie A. Gerber and Carole P. Roman

Social media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling, independently published books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two self-help experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read, comprehensive guide, complete with end of chapter checklists to keep an author on track.Learn the importance of a beta reader and the value of a good editor. Know what’s needed when preparing a list for choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book. Find out what each step can cost and where you can save. This guide takes new independent authors from the first draft, through publication and the complicated world of marketing. Included is a directory of resources to help get there faster.Navigating Indieworld will end up being the ultimate travel guide for writers on their journey to published author.

Write Your Story @  the 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.

Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

Third Tuesday of the month

 February 21 & March 21

April 18

 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Write Your Story….Secrets!

storytellerThe storyteller’s secret : from TED speakers to business legends, why some ideas catch on and others don’t / Carmine Gallo

Internationally bestselling author Carmine Gallo reveals the secrets to telling powerful, inspiring, and game-changing stories that will help you achieve any goal.

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 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

  September 20, October 18

and November 15eiffel_tower_blue

1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact :

Bruce Haase

Email:ohnjca@comcast.net

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Feeling Good!

Feeling good : the new mood therapy / David D. Burns

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depressionfeeling good can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life: Recognize what causes your mood swings, nip negative feelings in the bud, deal with guilt, handle hostility and criticism, overcome addiction to love and approval, beat “do-nothingism”, avoid the painful downward spiral of depression, build self-esteem, feel good every day!

for more book on Cognitive Therapy, please check here…

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Imagine Your Library’s Future

unioncitylibraryThe Union City Library is engaged in a Master Planning process under the guidance of the architectural firm Group 4. This process involves all the branches of the Alameda County Library as well as Union City and will be a planning tool for many years to come.

Union City community members are invited to contribute their ideas at an Open House and a Community Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 7. The open house is from 3:30 to 5:30.

Drop by, meet the architects, let them know your thoughts about the future direction for your Library. A more formal community meeting will be held that evening from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Community Room. This is your chance to hear what others are thinking about as well as express your own ideas.

Union City Library needs your voice. Join us in the conversation!

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