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Some New Children’s Books

Astronaut who painted

This is the true story of Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon.  From”Journey to the Moon on the Apollo 12 mission with astronaut and artist Alan Bean! As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan’s paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon.”  For ages 3-6, JB Dean, A.



Using simple words and real-life examples, this book shows kids how to be assertive with other kids–and with adults. Kids will learn to feel better about themselves, stronger and more secure inside, and more in charge of their lives. They’ll read about effective ways to deal with intense feelings and to build self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, they’ll learn strategies for building inner security to cope with powerlessness and uncertainty and discover ways of protecting themselves when using social media.

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“A biography of Norman Mineta, from his internment as a child in Heart Mountain Internment Camp during World War II, through his political career including serving in congress for ten terms during which time he was instrumental in getting the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 passed which provided reparations and an apology to those who were interned”–  This book is so powerful. For ages 10+

JB Mineta, N.


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Some New Summer Children’s Books

Let’s take a look at some new summer Children’s books that have arrived at the library recently:

The first book, Sea Glass Summer, by Michelle Houts, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline is a lovely story about a young boy named Thomas who visits his grandmother at her cottage by the sea.  He finds some sea glass on the shore and dreams of seagoing ships and how broken bits of glass get into the sea.

JPB Houts

Sea Glass Summer

Another new book that has recently been added to our collection is Hello by Fiona Woodcock. This picture book tells the story of a tall sister and her small brother, and their trilling, rollicking adventures near the sea.  This book is full of words that contain the letter pair LL.

JPB Woodcock


Come in and find other new books that have been added to our collection and remember to play the Summer Reading Game!


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Write Your Story…How Does Your garden Grow!

The Breeze of last November contained an article by Union City Senior Commissioner, and Park Resident, Anita Roque, about her good work volunteering in a Community Vegetable Garden. Now she has put to paper some thoughts about gardening.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Seeds are the beginning of life, just as human life begins from a seed in the womb. Seeds need water, fertilizer, sun and nutrients as we need them, too. As seeds mature into the plants. We also mature into our body. Some plants do better in different seasons, like the cactus, it likes hot weather others like warm and cool as in the spring, just like we do. Plants have their season but can become ill, they too have diseases, we’ll call fungus and weeds, we too have our own illnesses which can interfere with our life’s season. Some plants need pruning to cut back to make room for new growth, as we do also to make changes for new growth as we should in our lives. After months of hard work, it’s time to reap the benefits of your hard work and harvest your fruit and vegetables and appreciate their contribution to our lives until our season of life ends. To Love gardening teaches a lot about ourselves such as endurance, wisdom, appreciation, sharing, thankfulness, and healthy eating. So love yourself as the beautiful flower you are because you are your own garden.

Submitted by Anita Roque

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 21, June 18, and July 16

1 p.m to 3 p.m.                                                                                     


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Write Your Story…On Stories and Storytelling

From the internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art–the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.

One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story–from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others–and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, Daemon Voices is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed and best-selling writers at work today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He lives in Oxford, England.

To learn more, please visit or follow him on facebook at Philip Pullman author, and on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

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: February 19, March 19, and April 16                                                                                                   


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Write Your Story…The Thorn Necklace

For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist’s Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing

Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the award-winning Weetzie Bat series. Her writing has been called “transcendent” by The New York Times, and her books have been included in “best of” lists compiled by Time magazine and NPR.

In this long-anticipated guide to the craft of writing, Block offers an intimate glimpse of an artist at work and a detailed guide to help readers channel their own experiences and creative energy. Sharing visceral insights and powerful exercises, she gently guides us down the write-to-heal path, revealing at each turn the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences onto the page.

Named for the painting by Frida Kahlo, who famously transformed her own personal suffering into art, The Thorn Necklace offers lessons on life, love, and the creative process.

Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books of stories, nonfiction, and fiction, including the Weetzie Bat books, her series of magical-realism novels. She has received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award, and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association, the New York Times Book Review, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles, a city the New York Times says she describes “better than any writer since Raymond Chandler.” She teachers writing at UCLA, Antioch University, and numerous workshops across the country.
Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, co-founder of the literary journal 101 Word Story, co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, and the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo (Chronicle Book)

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: January 15, February 19, and March 19                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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New Children’s Books

Well, here it is, almost the end of the year, and it is high time to tell you about some new children’s books that we have at Union City Library.

Here Come the Helpers

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The first one is Here Come the Helpers by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Barbara Bakos. This is a board book that helps to teach the young about some of the many professions that help us, including police, firefighters, tow truck drivers, and emergency medical technicians.  Find this book in the board book area.


The next new book to look for is titled Eavesdropping on Elephants: How Listening Helps Conservation by Patricia Newman.  This book is an in-depth account of elephant researchers and how they better learned how elephants communicate.


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The book addresses the question as to how understanding how forest elephants communicate can help scientists find ways to protect them. Come behind the scenes of Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project to see what’s being done to keep these majestic animals safe.

The third new book we are going to highlight is titled Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past by Claire Eamer and Drew Shannon.

Out of the Ice

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As the Earth’s climate continues to warm, the permafrost melts, glaciers are receding and ice patches are shrinking. It is a unique time on our planet, one that has resulted in a treasury of preserved organic material (e.g., caribou droppings and human and animal remains) and inorganic artifacts (e.g., tools and clothing) is being revealed by the big melt, providing us with entirely new information about how people and animals lived up to several thousand years ago. But it’s a race against time for archaeologists because as soon as the objects begin to thaw, they also begin to disintegrate.  Come check out this fascinating book!

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

“This important book is about the lifelong journey from ?What will people think?’ to ?I am enough.’ Brown’s unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.”

–Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

“Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you.” 

–Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind

“Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené’s research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life.”                                 

 –Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living ? a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, And to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studies how shame affects the way people live, love, parent, work, and build relationships. A dynamic public speaker, she frequently presents on the topic of shame resilience at conferences and public events. Visit her popular blog to learn more.

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