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Back to School!

back to schoolWe hope you’ve had fun and been able to relax this summer. But we have to think about school! Only two weeks away!

The New Haven schools website has changed, and the new address is

back-to-school-suppliesYou can find out what school you’re closest to, where to go to enroll, and what you need to enroll.

One thing that can make going back to school exciting is getting new supplies – although sometimes your new teacher wants you to wait until school starts because they have a special list of what is needed. But you can find general lists, and sometimes your local store will have lists they’ve gotten early from the school district or you can find one on the school website. Good Housekeeping has The Ultimate Back-to-School Shopping Lists From Kindergarten to College

alarm clockDuring the summer bedtimes and morning schedules might have become a bit casual, so it’s time to start getting back on track. Set regular times to go to bed at night and get up in the morning. Get back in the habit of eating breakfast –  breakfast is very important!

clean clothesIt’s never too early to be responsible – about getting up and dressed without an argument, eating a good breakfast, planning outfits, brushing your teeth. Help yourself by being responsible in other ways: put your shoes where you can find them; dirty clothes go in the hamper; fold and put away the clean clothes so you know where to find them. Before school starts is a great time to go through your wardrobe to find items you’ve outgrown or need repair. has some great suggestions for parents “to plan ahead, [i]dentify strategies and approaches to stay organized, to help ease… seamlessly back into school and to manage… stress.”

Enjoy the end of summer, but don’t forget to gear up for change! Make this the BEST YEAR EVER!!


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Write Your Story…Put your heart on the page!


Anne PerrryFollowing from the successful film An Introduction To Writing, comes the second in the series, aimed at helping the aspiring writer to navigate the complex world of adding plots within their story so that it carefully reveals certain information needed to build storylines and characters.

Write Your Story


the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction. These are informal meetings to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing. Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

  August 16, September 20

and October 18eiffel_tower_blue

1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact :

Bruce Haase

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Henna @ the Union City Library

Pictures from our Henna Workshop on July 17!

AtmoPic.pngParticipants experimented with their own designs and received a tattoo from henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios.


A big thank you to Rachel-Anne for sharing her passion for the art and traditions of henna!RachelWorking.png

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Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

eiffel_tower_blueJoin our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction. These are informal meetings to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing. Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

 July 19, August 16,

and September 20

1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact :

Bruce Haase

Highlights of the last session meeting:

There was a great conversation and readings last session. Everyone introduced themselves and the veterans gave a great deal of encouragement to the novice throughout the session.
Terry said that she has been writing short stories, poetry, book and she is working to publish them. Meanwhile she has her blog .This is the link to the Terry’s Blog.
(Also one of her stories has been published in the Union City Library Blog:
Joyce said she started to write one story and then that became book! (16 stories has been already written). The stories find the life of their own and they have a way to become visible, Frank added. Just start writing!
Frank also shared that he just wanted to write one story inspired by the folktale jack and the beanstalk, and now it is becoming a long manuscript.  It is about an older married couple who find the magic beanstalk and the adventure that they experience in the land of giant—first they become young!
Bruce mentioned how a researcher has found out that college students who write well in college become CEO later in life. The College students with liberal studies background who live in metropolitan area and write well take away jobs from MBA graduate student from medium level Universities. ( many of Bruce writing has been published on the library blog .
Bruce said he has been writing for three years. He is writing a book in style of creative non-fiction. The key secret to writing is to allocate time every day, he discussed. Writing must not only be readable but understandable, he added. Giving example he mentioned the movie Do the right thing/Spike Lee.
Dennis read a short piece that it was in Ernest Hemingway’s style. Simple narrative  that describes an ordinary state of things , but slowly connect the readers to the situation, compel him/her to relates to the story; and to bring the reader and state of author’s mind and let him to “see” the meaning rather than to read it.
Olive said she just want to write few pages to show her grandchildren how everything was back when she was their age and compare to today life style. 
 Avi who was present with her 9 years old daughter. she said earlier in life ,she wanted to study journalism in school but now she is more interested in fiction. She has started a blog.
Suzanne was back and she said she likes to write for children, and she was going to share her one story –unfortunately her IPad did not work.
Joyce mentioned that the trend for children literature is that they like stories which is contemporary and children are the protagonist.
The prompt for the next session is a writing which involves with a musical instrument, and/or musician; that involves a loud sound.

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Teen Henna Workshop Sunday July 17, 2:00-3:30

HennaHandSalmonGet your own henna tattoo by Bay Area henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios!  Practice henna application techniques and learn about henna’s cultural traditions.  Henna leaves a temporary stain on the skin for five to ten days: permission slip needs to be signed by a parent at the time of the program or upon registration.

This class is free and supplies are provided!

This workshop is designed for teens, ages 12-19 (11 welcome if space is available). Registration is limited. To register, call 510-745-1464 (press 5) or sign up at the reference desk.


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and the

food bank logo

are proud partners for a


Who: Children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

When: 10:00 am—8:00 pm
June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 3
While supplies last; one bag per family

Where: Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd.

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Summer Virtual Food Drive

                  2016 Alameda County Summer Virtual Food Drive

food driveMay 16 – June 30, 2016

The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves
1 in 5 residents in Alameda County. Many of these residents are seniors and children. Summer vacation can mean the loss of a meal for children that rely on school lunch programs.  Hunger doesn’t take a break.  End childhood hunger in our community by donating to the Alameda County Summer Virtual Food Drive at

For every $1 donated via the Virtual Food Drive, the Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food.

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