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Write Your Story …The anatomy of a moment

The anatomy of a moment : thirty-five minutes in history and imagination / Javier Cercas ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

In February 1981, Spain was still emerging from Franco’s shadow, holding a democratic vote for the new prime minister. On the day of the vote in Parliament, while the session was being filmed by TV cameras, a band of right-wing soldiers burst in with automatic weapons, ordering everyone to get down. Only three men defied the order. For thirty-five minutes, as the cameras rolled, they stayed in their seats.

Critically adored novelist Javier Cercas originally set out to write a novel about this pivotal moment, but determined it had already gained an air of myth, or, through the annual broadcast of video clips, had at least acquired the fictional taint of reality television. Cercas turned to nonfiction, and his vivid descriptions of the archival footage frame a narrative that traverses the line between history and art, creating a daring new account of this watershed moment in modern Spanish history.

The Anatomy of a Moment caused a sensation upon its publication in Spain, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. The story will be new to many American readers, but the book stands resolutely on its own as a compelling literary inquest of national myth, personal memory, political spectacle, and reality itself.

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

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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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Mexican Tin Art

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, create an art piece inspired by Mexican tin art!  Use beads, tin, wire, and an embossing, or stamping, technique to create your own colorful craft.  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided; just bring your imagination! 

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For ages 18 and up.  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, or find out more information, please contact the  Union City Library reference desk in person or by phone at 510-745-1464 (ext. 5)

 

 

 

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Asian Art Museum @ Union City Library

FLOWER POWER

The Presentation Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of

SUMMER OF LOVE

Please join us for a multimedia talk  by Asian Art Museum.

During the Summer of Love, flowers became powerful symbols of peace, a concept plucked from Buddhist art. More than merely decorative, floral

imagery has helped convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years.

 

The Library is  wheelchair accessible. An ASL  interpreter will be provided for this program if

requested at least 7 days in advance.. Voice 510-745-1464, TDD 888-663-0660

Aggie Brenneman is and educator with interest in Asia. She lived in India, Nepal and Malaysia for more than a decade. Where she worked for Peace Corps, taught in the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and also trained in the classical dance of South India, Bharata Natyam.

Aggie holds a Masters Degree in Education (Multi-cultural Curriculum Development) from Michigan State University. She taught ancient civilizations in Par Day Middle School in Oakland for 25 years. After retiring for classroom teaching in 2006, Aggie has been working as a consultant for BATTI, TEACHER, AND DIRECTOR OF JER DD, Bay Area Teachers Training Institute. She is also a performer, teacher, and director of her dance school, The Bala Center for South Indian Classical Dance. Since 2011,she has been a volunteer docent at the SF Asian Art Museum, and truly enjoys sharing the art of this great institution,

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Write Your Story…DNA

DNA Manipulation – A Love Story

Submitted by Patricia Eng , Union City Library member

When I was a kid, I remember watching Lola Falana on a talk show.  She was a Vegas-type entertainer who was popular in the 70’s.  She spoke extensively about choosing a husband to maximize the physical beauty of her children.  Even at age 8, with my crooked teeth and glasses, I thought that was silly and shallow.

While I was in college, I took an anthropology class that required us to read a book called The Selfish Gene. It said something about how we are compelled to make life choices to assure that our genes survive and multiply.  My classmates and I were skeptical and joked about how our genes decided who was hot.  I laughed as I adjusted my glasses, my retainer wire shining as I smiled.

At the age of 28, I was single and starting to feel the bloom of youth fading.  My friend Jinah and I drove down to L.A. seeking adventure and escape from dead end jobs and relationships.  We ended up at a Korean boarding house that she found in the newspaper.  The main house had a communal living room and a kitchen where a huge pot of soup sat on the stove and rice stayed warm in a restaurant sized rice cooker.  When you opened the refrig

erator, a deliciously pungent aroma of garlic and kimchee smacked you in the face.

There were four cozy bedrooms in the main house.  We stayed in one of three make-shift rooms in a converted in-law apartment in the back yard.  The other inhabitants were a mixture of business people and secretive wanderers.  I was the only one who didn’t speak Korean.

One day, Jinah and I were lounging in the living room when a new boarder arrived.  I was immediately attracted to him.  Kwang-Min had big brown eyes and perfectly aligned teeth.  Later I found out he had 20/20 vision.  He was in America seeking business opportunit

ies.  Little did he know that he would find a new life…with me.

It’s been over 20 years since we met.  Our daughter has straight teeth and perfect vision.  Our son has braces and glasses.

 

Redesigning People

 

Submitted by Dennis Smith, Union City Library member

Probably every parent has at some time wished that they could change something about their child.  Parents of children born with a disability surly wish there had been a way to prevent it.  But many parents of healthy “normal” children are not satisfied with them and whish they could have changed something in their child’s make up.

Fathers often wish that their sons were taller, faster, stronger, generally more athletic.  Mothers hope their daughters will be attractive, with nice hair and not prone to weight gain.

Science is close to offering us both, prevention of many congenital disabilities, and perhaps customizing a child to the parent’s preferences.

No one would argue with eliminating a disability.  In a family prone to diabetes, a little genetic adjustment could end it.  Many other birth defects might be circumvented as well.  That would be wonderful if it works, but disastrous if the fix goes wrong.

 

Even if genetic alterations can eliminate some birth defects, it is the “next step” which should concern us.  Should parents be allowed to determine any of their child’s characteristics?

 

Suppose a father is allowed to design his son to be the football player he always wished he had been.  The son grows to be strong, and a fast runner, but his intellect and psychology lead him to pursue a career in music or medicine where his athletic abilities are not important.  A surgeon’s hands need dexterity not size.  What if he developed a love for horse racing?  Linebackers don’t make good jockeys.

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: August 15,  September 19 , and  October 17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

 

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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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Job Search Workshop @ Union City Library

Successful Interviews – Learn and practice interview skills

Tuesday June 13, 2017

1:30 – 3 p.m.

 Presented by the Tri-cities One-Stop Career Center 

For more information contact:  (510) 745-1464

Location: UNION CITY BRANCH – Get Directions

Library Resources on Employment Interviewing

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