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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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ACL logo

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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Summer Reading Starts Monday!


The Battles that count aren’t the one for Gold Medals .

The struggles within you, the invisible, inevitable, battles inside all of us_that’s where its at.

Jesse Owens, four times Olympic gold medalist (1913-1980)

  The lovers : Afghanistan’s Romeo & Juliet : the true story of how they defied their families and escaped an honor killing
by  Rod Nordland


An astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world. Zakia and Ali were fromthe lovers different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, and Ali, shy and tender, had fallen in love. Defying their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia’s large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family’s honor. They are still in hiding. Despite a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Rod Nordland, then the Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, had watched these abuses unfold for years when he came upon Zakia and Ali, and has not only chronicled their plight, but has also shepherded them from danger. The Lovers will do for women’s rights generally what Malala’s story did for women’s education. It is an astonishing story about self-determination and the meaning of love that illustrates, as no policy book could, the limits of Western influence on fundamentalist Islamic culture and, at the same time, the need for change.”

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Environmental psychology ; Mind & Body

Mind and BodyHow the Body Knows Its Mind/Sian Beilock

The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel

An award-winning scientist offers a groundbreaking new understanding of the mind-body connection and its profound impact on everything from advertising to romance.

The human body is not just a passive device carrying out messages sent by the brain, but rather an integral part of how we think and make decisions. In her groundbreaking new book, Sian Beilock, author of the highly acclaimedChoke, which Time magazine praised for its “smart tips…in order to think clearly…and be cool under pressure,” draws on her own cutting-edge research to turn the conventional understanding of the mind upside down in ways that will revolutionize how we live our lives.

At the heart of How the Body Knows Its Mind is the tantalizing idea that our bodies “hack” our brains. The way we move affects our thoughts, our decisions, and even our preferences for particular products. Called “embodied cognition,” this new science—of which Beilock is a foremost researcher—illuminates the power of the body and its physical surroundings to shape how we think, feel, and behave. Beilock’s findings are as varied as they are surprising. For example, pacing around the room can enhance creativity; gesturing during a speech can help ensure that you don’t draw a blank; kids learn better when their bodies are part of the learning process; walking in nature boosts concentration skills; Botox users experience less depression; and much more. From the tricks used by advertisers to the ways body language can improve your memory, Beilock explains a wealth of fascinating interconnections between mind and body and how mastering them can make us happier, safer, and more successful.

Happy City / Charles Montgomery

Transforming our lives through urban design 

happy cityAfter decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and tower dwelling an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl?

The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic

cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a “sexy” lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris’s urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have transformed their lives by hacking the design of their streets and neighborhoods.

Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery’s own urban experiments,Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting our cities for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city, the green city, and the low-carbon city are the same place, and we can all help build it.

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How Birds Can Save the World?

The living bird : 100 years of listening to nature

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

“All over the world, birds have the universal power to connect us with nature in ways that no other organism can. We love them, we wThe Living Birdant to live with them, and-perhaps most important is today’s changing world-we cannot bear the idea of living without them.

         But it is bird’s ability to help us gauge the state of the natural world that takes our simple wonder to another level. Birds can tell us how well-or how poorly-we have managed the world in which we live. Because many birds are closely adapted to the conditions of specific habitats, their populations can serve as “barometers” for the condition of their landscape. Like the canary in the coal mine, birds give us early warning signals when habitats become degraded.”


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Big Gardens in small spaces

The Adventures of Container Gardening

@  Union City Library

Saturday May 28, 2016

2:30 to 4 p.m.

Join BaGardening workshop Loriy – Friendly Landscape

Professional & Garden Educator
Gardening workshop

Lori Caldwell to learn the basics to be a successful first time gardener.

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