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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Diabetes Self-Management Class


The Union City Library is hosting a 6-week Diabetes Self-Management course, led by Alameda County’s Public Health Department.   The series provides a supportive environment for those seeking to understand diabetes or pre-diabetes, and will cover the following:

  • Gaining a better understanding of diabetes and how it is diagnosed.
  • Learning how to eat foods you enjoy while managing your diabetes.
  • Learning how your medications work.
  • Learning the 7 self-care behaviors: healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring blood glucose, taking prescribed medications, solving problems in unusual situations, reducing the risk of complications, coping with stress and emotional issues.

This 6 week program consisting of all Thursdays in April (5, 12, 19, 26) 1-3 pm. and two Fridays in May (4, 11), 2-3:30 pm.  Please plan to attend all 6 classes.

This program is open to all Alameda County Residents 18 or older who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type II diabetes.  To register or find out more information, please call 510-383-5185 or 510-593-7690.  

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Some new Children’s Books at Union City Library

Tilly & Tank

This delightful book Tilly and Tank just arrived as a new book at the library. Here is what it is about:

Tilly the elephant is taking her morning stroll when she notices something strange on the horizon. Is it another elephant? The newcomer has a trunk and tail, but he s a very curious shade of green. Tank, on the other hand, notices an odd-looking creature approaching. It has a barrel and a turret, like Tank, but is a curious shade of blue. Is it a new enemy tank? Tank’s alarm sounds and he goes BOOM, scaring Tilly off. But when Tilly returns with a flower, Tank begins to understand that she might not be an enemy at all.
JPB Fleck

Another book that I just read at Preschool Story Time this morning is a great counting book.  It is called The Tall Tree:

tall tree

A note from the Publisher:

“High in a redwood tree is an unseen world of all kinds of animals. Readers will meet them through rhyming verses as they count them 1 to 10.”

JPB Fredericks


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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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Nowruz 2018 @ Union City Library in Pictures

Shahrzad Dance Company presened an engaging and educational program on Persian Dance, Elegant and flowing, yet rhythmic and inspiring, this visual journey showed the unique body positions, angles, and dynamics that are intrinsic to Persian aesthetics.  A brief informative lecture and audience participation were included.


Amir School of Music performed using three traditional instruments , Daf, Ney, and Santur .

Naghmeh Danishmand, a library member , as well an Miniaturist Painter was present to talk to public about Persian art ,She displayed her works and other artists. She also kindly served tea and Persian pastry after the program

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