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Write Your Story…Color

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, 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:  November 20, December 18,

and January 15       1 p.m. — 3 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                    

Color Prompt

Coloring  the life.

The day color,

the flowers color,

the butterfly color,

the sky color,

evergreen color.

People don’t like

The clouds color.

Shear the dark

And fill

The rainbow color.

Child only

Plays with color.

Not aware

The secrets of life.

The quarrels

In people life.

Let us start again

In life.

Fill the nation

With bright color.

Time is short

In life.

Grab all colors.

The childhood color,

The prime youth color

The decline color.

And himself dye

Parwana to

The new color!


-Parminder S. Parwana , the library member



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Write Your Story…What do you see when you look in the mirror!

submitted by Stacy Sorrells

 Eighteenth Birthday

Oh hello, you, I mean me. Yup still me. Let’s see eighteen today. I honestly thought I’d burst into flames by now, but here I stand. Should I have gotten a manicure or something? No. that would have been a total waste of money. Look at these fingernails so short and ragged. I have such man hand’s; rough boney man hands. That’s what I get for working as hard as a man.

Oh wow, the dark circles under my eyes are back again. Maybe I should start using old lady cream now that I am an adult.


What I really need more sleep; better sleep and a better diet. My lips are still the best though and thank God that hasn’t changed, naturally full and garnet red. I’ll never need to buy lipstick. But I’ll also never have a female friend. My pore less porcelain skin is no help either. Girls do everything under the sun to avoid pimples while I’ve prayed for just one,  just to fit in and feel normal. My vending machine diet is proof I’ve made a solid effort.  At this point, I’ll take anything a beauty mark, a mole, a freckle, even a tan. But there is just this white, this soft glowy white skin. Oh, thank goodness for you nose.  Still here in the center of my face and average as ever.  Jealousy among us females ridiculous. So glad school is finally over.

Oh, my hair, my poor poor hair you are just like me; a hot mess.  I was hoping you’d pull a Benjamin Button, and the silver streaks would turn brown. Guess I’m to continue looking like an old hag from behind. And let me see…yup, those silver crescent shapes are still in my eyes. Why not gold or green?; Had to be effing silver. I’m so freaking weird.

I guess I was hoping for something magical to happen, something radical. But there is nothing new to report. Still strange, still hiding my diagnosis from the world; still seeing eyes; still feeling watched; still dreaming of that man who won’t turn and face me. The only thing changing today is my age and this home; no more foster families to navigate. Well, time to pack and get out of here.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, 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:  October , November 20, and December 18.                                                                                                                                             1 p.m. — 3 p.m.





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Eat What You Grow…Gardening Series @ Union City Library

Gardening workshops with Lori Caldwell

Wednesdays, June 13, June 27, and July 11—4:30 to 6:30 P.m.

Learn how easy and fun gardening can be!

Join Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional & Garden Educator Lori Caldwell to learn the basics to be a successful gardener. She will be present three workshops this summer.


Eat What You Grow

Wednesday June 13

There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. Topics such as: crop rotation, seeds vs, starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting, seedlings, watering, irrigation and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on re-use able materials will also be discussed.

Big Gardens in Small Spaces:

Adventures of container Gardening June 27

This class is geared toward people who don’t have a lot of space and want to grow their own food. Topics such as maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens & crop rotation will be covered. Growing in containers is a great way to start a garden or add-on to maximize your already existing garden possibilities!!

Gardening All Year:

Prepping Your Garden for Fall Wednesday July 11

One of the many benefits of our climate is being able to garden year-round!!

Fall/Winter is still a great time to garden. This class will go over some great techniques on how to transition to your Fall garden:  cool-weather, edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching & planting natives.

  Lori‘s Blog: 

Facebook Page: CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education

There are more than 500 titles in the Library collection under the subject gardening. check it out!

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Celebrate Older American Month!

STAGEBRIDGE @ Union City Library


Thursday, May 31, 2018

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 Join us for Never Too Late, a musical revue featuring songs, outrageous skits, and hilarious strolls down memory lane. Stagebridge showcases the rich and varied experiences of older adults to a multigenerational audience. The program is led by Artistic Director Joanne Grimm and Musical Director Scrumbly Koldwyn on the piano.

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Art for Adults @ Union City Library

Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Watercolor Workshopwith local artist

Naghmeh Danishmand.
Supplies will be provided .
This class is limited to 18 people.
Call 510-745-1464, or visit the
library for registration.Arts 

For titles on watercolor painting technique, check here…

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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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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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