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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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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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