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Summer Reading Game Raffle Prizes Awarded!

Congratulations to our Summer Reading Game Prize raffle winners!   As always, the Summer Reading Game is free to play, and all adults and teens who complete the game’s 25 hours of reading and activities are automatically entered into the raffle.  This year, the Teen Prize was a GoPro Camera and the Adult Prize was a Fitbit.  One winner from the Adult and Teen categories is randomly chosen from all those who complete the game.  Everyone who completes the game gets to claim a free book and fun midway prizes.  Hope to see you next summer when we resume play!


Congratulations to Deborah, our Teen winner, and Vineet, our Adult winner!

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Write Your Story….Secrets!

storytellerThe storyteller’s secret : from TED speakers to business legends, why some ideas catch on and others don’t / Carmine Gallo

Internationally bestselling author Carmine Gallo reveals the secrets to telling powerful, inspiring, and game-changing stories that will help you achieve any goal.

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

  September 20, October 18

and November 15eiffel_tower_blue

1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact :

Bruce Haase

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NEW! Story Time with Ms. Risa at the Union City Library!

Join Ms. Risa for stories, songs, finger plays and fun, Sunday afternoon at the Union City Library.

story timei2 – 3 p.m. Sunday September 11, 2016

This free program is for children ages 3 – 5 years. No registration is required.

The Union City Library is a branch of the Alameda County Library.

34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City

Call the Reference Desk 510-745-1464 ext. 5, or visit the Library website for more information.

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Feeling Good!

Feeling good : the new mood therapy / David D. Burns

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depressionfeeling good can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life: Recognize what causes your mood swings, nip negative feelings in the bud, deal with guilt, handle hostility and criticism, overcome addiction to love and approval, beat “do-nothingism”, avoid the painful downward spiral of depression, build self-esteem, feel good every day!

for more book on Cognitive Therapy, please check here…

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Perseid Meteor Shower at its Peak, August 11-12

Perseid Meteor Shower

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

End the summer with a cosmic display of lights!  The Perseid Meteor Shower, “anticipated to be one of the best potential meteor viewing opportunities this year,” will reach its peak August 11-12, between midnight and dawn.

The meteor shower is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years.  The comet, a mixture of dirt and ice, heats up as it reaches the sun and sheds a trail of space debris in its wake.  Earth travels through these particle streams every summer, causing the Perseids.

Most years, stargazers can observe up to 60-100 meteors an hour,  but rates could reach up twice that much this year due to Jupiter’s gravity pulling more of the streams in Earth’s path.   Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office: “Here’s something to think about. The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago…And they’ve traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth’s atmosphere.”

Perseid meteors reach a “blistering speed of 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second). That’s 500 times faster than the fastest car in the world. At that speed, even a smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light when it collides with Earth’s atmosphere.” The meteors are not dangerous and burn up 50 miles above the planet.

Source: NASA’s “Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 11-12

To observe the meteor shower, The California Academy of Science provides some helpful tips and context.  Remember, be patient!

And if you can’t observe the Perseids directly, NASA is providing a live broadcast of the meteor shower via Ustream overnight on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT.  The robotic telescope service, Slooh, will also have a live stream starting at 8 pm EDT tonight here.

Some More Resources:

The next meteor shower will be the Orionids, with peak activity Oct. 21-22 (See NASA’s Meteor Showers 2016 for details and more meteor showers during the year).

Learn more about meteor showers from NASA’s “Shooting for Shooting Stars” and check out your astronomy section at your library.




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BikeMobile @ Union City Library

Thank you to BikeMobile for holding their free bike repair clinic on Wednesday, August 3rd, just outside the Union City Library!


Bike experts gave new life to old and damaged bikes and explained bike mechanics and best practices to participants.


BikeMobile was able to help 16 people with their bikes!  If you have a bike in need of repair please check back for this program soon.



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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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