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Book Club @ the Union City Library

Book Club
Tuesday July 3, 2018

Handmaid’s Tale:A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction. 



Book Club

Tuesday August 7, 2018

Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis: Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons ofthe pas


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Eat What You Grow…Gardening Series @ Union City Library

Gardening workshops with Lori Caldwell

Wednesdays, June 13, June 27, and July 11—4:30 to 6:30 P.m.

Learn how easy and fun gardening can be!

Join Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional & Garden Educator Lori Caldwell to learn the basics to be a successful gardener. She will be present three workshops this summer.


Eat What You Grow

Wednesday June 13

There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. Topics such as: crop rotation, seeds vs, starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting, seedlings, watering, irrigation and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on re-use able materials will also be discussed.

Big Gardens in Small Spaces:

Adventures of container Gardening June 27

This class is geared toward people who don’t have a lot of space and want to grow their own food. Topics such as maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens & crop rotation will be covered. Growing in containers is a great way to start a garden or add-on to maximize your already existing garden possibilities!!

Gardening All Year:

Prepping Your Garden for Fall Wednesday July 11

One of the many benefits of our climate is being able to garden year-round!!

Fall/Winter is still a great time to garden. This class will go over some great techniques on how to transition to your Fall garden:  cool-weather, edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching & planting natives.

  Lori‘s Blog: 

Facebook Page: CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education

There are more than 500 titles in the Library collection under the subject gardening. check it out!

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Celebrate Older American Month 2018…Ageless Soul!


“Beautifully and eloquently written…Thomas Moore convinces us that we age best when we embrace our age, live agelessly, and remember every day to find the endless joy nestled inside our soul.”

– Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, New York Times b

Bestselling author of Super Brain and Super Genes

Thomas Moore is the renowned author of Care of the Soul, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller. In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, uplifting, and inspiring path toward aging, one

that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled,  loving, and connected person.Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on the soul of medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations, rather than a diminishing experience, one that each of us has the tools—experience, maturity, fulfillment—to live out. Subjects include:*Why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression

*The vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people                                        *The many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life                                             *Sex and sensuality                                         *Building new communities and leaving a legacy

Ageless Soul teaches readers how to     embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, accept invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they get older.


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 Join us for Never Too Late, a musical revue featuring songs, outrageous skits, and hilarious strolls down memory lane. Stagebridge showcases the rich and varied experiences of older adults to a multigenerational audience. The program is led by Artistic Director Joanne Grimm and Musical Director Scrumbly Koldwyn on the piano.

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Privacy Week Movie

Choose Privacy Week

May 1st – 8th is American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week, an “event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy.”  The theme for 2018 is Big Data is Watching You, a focus on the “growing threat of ‘big data’ analytics, especially in a time when technology, mobile computing, social media, and the growing adoption of ‘big data’ analytics pose new threats to everyone’s right to privacy.”  Please see the full press release from ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom for more information.


To kick off Choose Privacy Week, Union City Library will be showing Citizenfour 5:45-7:45 on Tuesday May 1st:

Filmmaker Laura Poitras and  journalist Glenn Greenwald encounter Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The film not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance—it makes you feel them.  After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.

Rating: R (for some language)

Light snacks will be provided. Tickets handed out at the Reference Desk May 1st.


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Write Your Story…Vertically Challenged


By the Library Member Rita K.


I have spent my entire life envying tall willowy long legged women, the kind who look terrific in tight jeans and knee high leather boots.  Being at the other end of the height spectrum, barely skimming four feet eleven inches currently and at my zenith five feet one, I have never enjoyed such sartorial splendor.  I have always had to hem my clothes and buy outfits that merely gave my stubby frame the illusion of height.  Being vertically challenged has infringed on every aspect of my life.  I use a ladder at home to retrieve items from not so high shelves or at the supermarket I must ambush a tall person for assistance.  My best friend has become my Reacher, which I use to reach anything I can’t normally reach which is just about everything.  Bar stools are to be avoided and present as much of an obstacle as having to scale Mt. Everest.  I have been reduced to using two cushions underneath me when seated at my dining room table to avoid having my chin rest on the tabletop.  Forget about being a spectator in a crowd – the most I could hope to see is a close up of someone’s armpit.  Trying to keep pace with a fast moving tour group has always rendered me the laggard in the rear frantically pumping my legs like Chippy the Chipmunk on a hamster wheels so I wouldn’t be left behind.  There has been one advantage, however, to being short.  During my twenties, it acted as a magnet to every short male within a radius of 100 miles looking for romance.  Having long wavy hair and a waistline helped.  Nonetheless, I oftentimes find myself cursing my short stature and praying that in my next life I come back as tall as an Amazon warrior princess, a star basketball player, or at least taller than five one.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, 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:   May 15, June 19,  and July  17                                                                                                                                                                         1 p.m. — 3 p.m.





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Art for Adults: Matisse Collages


Tuesday, March 20th – 6:15 – 7:45 pm

Come learn the technique of “painting with scissors,” and create collages in the style of Henri Matisse. No experience necessary and all supplies are 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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