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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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Celebrate Older American Month 2018…Ageless Soul!


“Beautifully and eloquently written…Thomas Moore convinces us that we age best when we embrace our age, live agelessly, and remember every day to find the endless joy nestled inside our soul.”

– Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, New York Times b

Bestselling author of Super Brain and Super Genes

Thomas Moore is the renowned author of Care of the Soul, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller. In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, uplifting, and inspiring path toward aging, one

that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled,  loving, and connected person.Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on the soul of medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations, rather than a diminishing experience, one that each of us has the tools—experience, maturity, fulfillment—to live out. Subjects include:*Why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression

*The vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people                                        *The many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life                                             *Sex and sensuality                                         *Building new communities and leaving a legacy

Ageless Soul teaches readers how to     embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, accept invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they get older.


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Write Your Story…Vertically Challenged


By the Library Member Rita K.


I have spent my entire life envying tall willowy long legged women, the kind who look terrific in tight jeans and knee high leather boots.  Being at the other end of the height spectrum, barely skimming four feet eleven inches currently and at my zenith five feet one, I have never enjoyed such sartorial splendor.  I have always had to hem my clothes and buy outfits that merely gave my stubby frame the illusion of height.  Being vertically challenged has infringed on every aspect of my life.  I use a ladder at home to retrieve items from not so high shelves or at the supermarket I must ambush a tall person for assistance.  My best friend has become my Reacher, which I use to reach anything I can’t normally reach which is just about everything.  Bar stools are to be avoided and present as much of an obstacle as having to scale Mt. Everest.  I have been reduced to using two cushions underneath me when seated at my dining room table to avoid having my chin rest on the tabletop.  Forget about being a spectator in a crowd – the most I could hope to see is a close up of someone’s armpit.  Trying to keep pace with a fast moving tour group has always rendered me the laggard in the rear frantically pumping my legs like Chippy the Chipmunk on a hamster wheels so I wouldn’t be left behind.  There has been one advantage, however, to being short.  During my twenties, it acted as a magnet to every short male within a radius of 100 miles looking for romance.  Having long wavy hair and a waistline helped.  Nonetheless, I oftentimes find myself cursing my short stature and praying that in my next life I come back as tall as an Amazon warrior princess, a star basketball player, or at least taller than five one.

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:   May 15, June 19,  and July  17                                                                                                                                                                         1 p.m. — 3 p.m.





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Diabetes Self-Management Class


The Union City Library is hosting a 6-week Diabetes Self-Management course, led by Alameda County’s Public Health Department.   The series provides a supportive environment for those seeking to understand diabetes or pre-diabetes, and will cover the following:

  • Gaining a better understanding of diabetes and how it is diagnosed.
  • Learning how to eat foods you enjoy while managing your diabetes.
  • Learning how your medications work.
  • Learning the 7 self-care behaviors: healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring blood glucose, taking prescribed medications, solving problems in unusual situations, reducing the risk of complications, coping with stress and emotional issues.

This 6 week program consisting of all Thursdays in April (5, 12, 19, 26) 1-3 pm. and two Fridays in May (4, 11), 2-3:30 pm.  Please plan to attend all 6 classes.

This program is open to all Alameda County Residents 18 or older who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type II diabetes.  To register or find out more information, please call 510-383-5185 or 510-593-7690.  

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Some new Children’s Books at Union City Library

Tilly & Tank

This delightful book Tilly and Tank just arrived as a new book at the library. Here is what it is about:

Tilly the elephant is taking her morning stroll when she notices something strange on the horizon. Is it another elephant? The newcomer has a trunk and tail, but he s a very curious shade of green. Tank, on the other hand, notices an odd-looking creature approaching. It has a barrel and a turret, like Tank, but is a curious shade of blue. Is it a new enemy tank? Tank’s alarm sounds and he goes BOOM, scaring Tilly off. But when Tilly returns with a flower, Tank begins to understand that she might not be an enemy at all.
JPB Fleck

Another book that I just read at Preschool Story Time this morning is a great counting book.  It is called The Tall Tree:

tall tree

A note from the Publisher:

“High in a redwood tree is an unseen world of all kinds of animals. Readers will meet them through rhyming verses as they count them 1 to 10.”

JPB Fredericks


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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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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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