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Mexican Tin Art


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! 



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


The Presentation Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of


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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Children’s Art Around the World–Russia

June 19 FLYER

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Summer Reading Game for all ages @ Union City Library

The More that you read. the More things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go ! ~Dr Seuss

The Summer Reading Game will starts on June 1 !

Read or do activities to earn points and prizes!

For activities there are many choices. And many adventure .

Go to one of the festivities celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love !

Use the Library passes for  Discover & Go  !The portal provides instant online access to free and low-cost tickets to museums, science centers, zoos, theatres, and other fun local.

Attend one of the Library events , Check the Event Keeper online for the list!

Attend Bay Area Book Festival! June 3 & 4, Downtown Berkeley.

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