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Read to the Rhythm!

Summer Reading Game 2015

Signups has started!. Please take only one game board per person for the summer. Write your name on the back of the gameboard.

[Gameboards available: Pre-readers & Kids, Teens, and Adults]

Musical film

Beginning with 1928’s The Jazz Singer and ending with 2011’s The Artist, Kniffel’s overview of movie musicalsoffers a fresh and entertaining look at more than 450 examples of the genre. Kniffel, former editor of American Libraries, is an unabashed fan of musicals, and the annotations here feature his often exuberant personal views on their various film versions.

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Check out the library DVDs collection for Musical films!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 22, 2015

mom school Mom School by Rebecca Van Slyke

“In a kid’s-eye view of what would happen if Mom went to school, a little girl imagines Mom School, where all moms learn their amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes.”     [JPB VAN SLYKE,R]

heather has two mommiesHeather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

“Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because ‘the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.’ This delightful edition for a new generation of young readers features fresh illustrations by Laura Cornell and an updated story by Lesléa Newman.”          [JPB NEWMAN]

jack the true story Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff

“All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor’s cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .

“But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.”   [J SHURTLIFF]

high scoreThe High Score and Lowdown on Video Games by Stephen Krensky

“A new series about the history of fun stuff! In this book readers will learn all about how video games came to be, from Pong to Pac-Man and everything in between!”             J794.8 KRENSKY]

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Oh no she didn’t : the top 100 style mistakes women make and how to avoid them

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The author of Freakin’ Fabulous and the co-host of What Not to Wear teaches women how not to dress by pointing out hundreds of commonly made fashion mistakes and describing how to fix them, in a humorous and stylish guide to looking right.

Fabulous Fashion for Women Over 50

the Union City Library

 Wednesday, June 10. Starts 1:30 p.m.

Discover how to maintain & improve that stylishness, with Fashion Designer Susan Abplanalp.  Learn how ▪ attitude & lifestyle affect your look, ▪ an effective closet clean-out can enhance your style ▪ your own unique, and updated look can be achieved ▪ up-to-date fashions can suit women of “a certain age”.

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KidPower Volunteers at the Union City Library

The Union City Library is looking for tween and teen volunteers to help with our summer program

Read to the Rhythm!

If you are entering grades five through twelve in the fall, and are interested in helping us, ask at the Reference Desk or come to an Orientation at the Union City Library.

  • Friday, June 5, 3-4 p.m.


Earn community service hours while having fun!

The Union City Library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City, across the street from Logan High School, and next door to City Hall. Applications will be available only at the orientation.

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Style A to ZOE @ the Union City Library

StyleA popular Hollywood stylist for such celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, and Demi Moore shares insider tips on fashionable living, making recommendations for compiling a wardrobe for any occasion, traveling in high style, and decorating a home on a budget.

Fabulous Fashion for Women Over 50

the Union City Library
 Wednesday, June 10. Starts 1:30 p.m.

Discover how to maintain & improve that stylishness, with Fashion Designer Susan Abplanalp.  Learn how ▪ attitude & lifestyle affect your look, ▪ an effective closet clean-out can enhance your style ▪ your own unique, and updated look can be achieved ▪ up-to-date fashions can suit women of “a certain age”.

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Book Club @ the Union City Library

Union City Library Meeting Room

The fourth Tuesday of the Month

1 p.m.–to 2 p.m.

Esmeralda Santiago’s story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical soundswhenIwas and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

Esmeralda Santiago is the author of two highly acclaimed memoirs, The Turkish Lover and Almost a Woman, which was made into a film for PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. She has also written a novel,America’s Dream, and has co-edited two anthologies of Latino literature. She lives in Westchester County, New York

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May is Older Americans Month

PrintCelebrate this month with reading about Beatles, lisenting to their music, or waching a DVD, The Beatles like the Baby Boomers (people born during the demographic Post–World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 196400 changed popular culture forever.

Beatles vs. Stones / John McMillian

With the sophistication of a historian, the storytelling skills of a journalist, and the passion of a fan, John McMillian explores the multifaceted relationship between the two greatest bands of our time.beatles

In the 1960s the two biggest bands in the world—the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones—waged an epic battle. “The Beatles want to hold your hand,” wrote Tom Wolfe, “but the Stones want to burn down your town.” Both groups liked to maintain that they weren’t really “rivals”—that was just a media myth, they politely said—but on both sides of the Atlantic, they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock ’n’ roll debate.

McMillian reveals how music managers helped to construct the Beatles-Stones rivalry as they set out to engineer moneymaking empires. He explores how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the London suburbs. Although the Beatles always sold more records than the Stones, the Stones seemed to win greater credibility with the “right” types of fans: discerning bohemians, as opposed to hysterical teenyboppers. Later, the Beatles embraced Flower Power, while the Stones briefly aligned themselves with New Left militance. Ever since, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the “good” sixties and portrayed the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic “bad” sixties. Beatles vs. Stones explodes that split.

In a lively narrative that whisks readers from Liverpool to London to New York City—and to various recording studios, nightclubs, concerts, courtrooms, and protest rallies in between—McMillian also delves into the personal relationships between the two groups. In one chapter we see Lennon and McCartney huddle up in a rehearsal space and show the Stones how to write their own material; in another we eavesdrop on Jagger and Richards as they watch the Beatles play Shea Stadium from the visitors’ dugout. McMillian also shows us how the two groups feuded about which act would headline a legendary Poll Winners’ concert and the pernicious effect that the American businessman Allen Klein had on both bands.

Based on exhaustive research in primary sources, including overlooked teen magazines and underground newspapers, Beatles vs. Stones tells a vital story of the 1960s through the lens of music’s greatest rivalry. Spirited, insightful, and gracefully written, this is the definitive account of the friendship and rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones

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