Silk Road Multimedia Presentation@Union City Library

Traveling the Silk Road Spanning centuries of history, this engrossing book–created in conjunction with the world-famous American Museum of Natural History–takes an epic journey to major stops in China, Uzbekistan, Iraq, and beyond. 

Not only did people from many lands trade their goods along this incredible network of routes, they also exchanged their languages, religions, art, and technology in what can be seen as man’s first engagement in globalization.

 

Mark Norell is curator and chair for the division of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. He earned his PhD from Yale University prior to coming to the museum. His recent books include Discovering Dinosaurs (1995), A Nest of Dinosaurs (2000), Unearthing the Dragon (2005), and the coffee table book The Dinosaur Hunters: The Extraordinary Story of the Men and Women Who Discovered Prehistoric Life, published with co-author Lowell Dingus in 2008. Dr. Norell lives in New York City.

 

Denise Leidy is curator for the department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her Masters degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University and has traveled widely on the Silk Road. She published The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning last year and has also written a new catalogue of the Chinese Buddhist and Daoist sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She curated an exhibition on Khubilai Khan and the Mongols in China that opened in November 2010. Dr. Leidy lives in New York City.

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road Describes the experiences of Xuanzang, a seventh-century pilgrim looking for Buddhist scriptures, the twelfth-century Mongol warlord Genghis Khan, and the thirteenth-century merchant Marco Polo as they traveled on the Silk Road.

The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World

Sunday October 8, 2017

at 3 P.M.

Please join us for a multimedia talk  by Asian Art Museum.

Before jet planes and smartphones, merchants and pilgrims spent months traveling over perilous land and sea routes to carry luxury goods and new ideas thousands of miles across lost civilizations. Accompany the travelers over high mountain passes and parched deserts on their voyages of discovery and exchange.

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Asian Art Museum Multimedia Presentation @ Union City Library

The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World

Sunday October 8, 2017

at 3 P.M.

Please join us for a multimedia talk  by Asian Art Museum.

Before jet planes and smartphones, merchants and pilgrims spent months traveling over perilous land and sea routes to carry luxury goods and new ideas thousands of miles across lost civilizations. Accompany the travelers over high mountain passes and parched deserts on their voyages of discovery and exchange.

To read more on this subject, check the catalog: here

 

 

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Write Your Story— Turning Point Prompt

The Unfamiliarity

 Submitted by Pushpanjali (Urmi), the Union City Library Member

Through out my life, I have always been on move; never sticking to a place for long and trying to adjust to new surroundings. So when I needed to move to Irving, Texas in early 2016, I just packed my bags without any thoughts. After all, I had lived across six states in India while surviving through different schools, colleges, and jobs. ‘It’s no big deal,’ I said to myself.

 

I was wrong. The moment I came out of the airport, it took me a while to realize that the cars on the road were driving on the right side. Back in my country, we drive on the left side of the road! Right there, I was scared like hell. It was definitely not love at the first sight.

Whenever I start residing at a new place, I try to look out for some elements in my surrounding that were common at the places I lived before. Funny as it might sound but it brought me some comfort on staring at a tall, rusty, dimly lit streetlight standing next to the apartment that I called ‘home’ for the next one year. That streetlight sweetly reminded me of something about my parents’ house.

While there were a ton of unfamiliar stuffs around me, I focused on finding out the similarity. Of course, the familiar outlets of Subway, StarBucks, and Pizza Hut assured me that all was well. The hot Texas sun, the cool night sky, and sparrows visiting my patio soothed me and reminded me of some of my favorite childhood memories. Halloween seemed familiar; customs to remember the departed souls exist in every culture. And Christmas was more cheery with cakes, hot chocolates and snowfall. Did I mention that the snowfall was new to me and still I loved it?

But the most important were the people around me; some friendly faces who welcomed me with open arms and hearts, and friends who made me feel at home. I have moved on again, to Union City, California. A lot of things look familiar now. And I’ve realized that the beauty of the nature, and smiles and hugs from people remain the same across geographical boundaries.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, 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:

 October 17 ,  November 21, and December 19                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seed Saving Workshop

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Join us on Saturday, September 23rd, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, for a Seed Saving Workshop presented by Master Gardener, Irene Beebe!

As summer is coming to an end, it’s time to move your gardening to the next level by    saving the seeds of your bounty for next year!  Learn about the importance of saving seeds, which seeds are the easiest to save, and techniques for collecting, processing, and storing seeds.  We’ll demonstrate how to save seeds from beans, lettuce, and tomatoes, and you’ll  receive detailed instructions and resources to further your seed-saving adventures.  This free program is for gardeners of all levels!  No registration required.

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Ms. Beebe has been an Alameda County Master Gardener since 2014, volunteering at the Quarry Lakes and Lakeside demonstration gardens, answering questions at the Help Desk, and doing outreach through the speakers’ bureau. She also has a certificate in Landscape Horticulture from Merritt College.

 

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Write Your Story…prompt

Missing Person/ Animal/ Cellphone

 Submitted by Pushpanjali (Urmi), the Union City Library Member

I miss my first cellphone that my parents gifted to me after I finished my high school. A very basic Nokia model that was just capable to send messages, and dial numbers. And it also had Snake II — a game that I did not like particularly yet played when I was bored.

I miss that phone terribly. It rang when someone wanted to reach out to me and it delivered messages to my friends I wanted to hang out with. Otherwise, it used to just lay around somewhere on my study table.But that phone was way better than my current smartphone. Why? My current smartphone is similar to a clinging boyfriend; updating me about my whereabouts, notifying me about my daily schedule, making me look stupid by staring at it for hours, and isolating me from my surroundings. Oh! I wish I could get back that Nokia 3310.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, 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:   September 19 , October 17 , and November    21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Mexican Tin Art

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, create an art piece inspired by Mexican tin art!  Use beads, tin, wire, and an embossing, or stamping, technique to create your own colorful craft.  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided; just bring your imagination! 

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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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Flower Power / A Multimedia Talk

Thursday August 31, 2017 at 3 p.m.

The Presentation Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of

SUMMER OF LOVE

Please join us for a multimedia talk  by Asian Art Museum.

During the Summer of Love, flowers became powerful symbols of peace, a concept plucked from Buddhist art. More than merely decorative, floral

imagery has helped convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years.

 

 

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