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Art for Adults (Oil Pastels)


March 16th, 2017

Thursday 6:15 -7:45 pm

Learn how to draw and blend with oil pastels! Follow a design or create your own masterpiece. The program is free. No experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided. For ages 18 and up.

Registration is required.  Call 510-745-1464 (ext. 5) to reserve your spot, or register in person at the Union City Library reference desk.



This event is part of a series of over 300 free Art IS Education events for youth, families and adults presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.


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Teen and Tween Henna Program at the Union City Library

 Teens and Tweens are invited to create and choose their own designs for a Mehndi Henna program 3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Union City Library. Henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques.

Participants need permission slips signed by parent or guardian. Sign-up and permission slips are at the reference desk. The Union City Library is across the street from Logan High School at 24007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.

This event is part of a series of 150 free Art IS Education events for youth and families presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.

For more information contact: (510) 745-1464 Ext. 5 or come in to the Library after we open Friday at 2 p.m.

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Art IS Education!



In honor of Art IS Education month in March, Alameda County Library is presenting a series of over 100 free arts events for youth and families. Art IS Education is an annual celebration of youth arts learning is Alameda County, during National Arts Education Month. The Art IS Education theme this year is “Every Child is Creative: Together We Create Our World.” Join the fun at the events, explore creative activities for the whole family, and be part of creating our world together! Here is what’s happening at the Union City Library:

Sunday March 2, 9, and 16 1:30 to 3 pm:  Journaling Workshop for Tweens

Children’s Author Sarah Hines Stephens will lead the children through the process of starting and keeping a journal. Keeping a journal is a great way to express thoughts and feelings as well as improving reading and writing skills.

Mondays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10:30 – 11 am: Music and Movement

This fun and stimulating program provides a way for children aged 1 – 5 years to explore their creativity through singing, clapping, and dancing.

Tuesdays , March 4, and 18, 1 – 3 p.m.:  Write Your Story 

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.

Tuesdays, March 4 and 11, 11 am – 12 pm: Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 – 11:30 am: Toddler Time

In honor of Art IS Education, Preschool Storytime and Toddler programs will include stories about creativity and a simple craft. Storytimes are geared for children aged 3 – 5 years, and Toddler Times are for children aged birth to 3 years accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, March 8, 3 – 5pm: Looking & Making: A Photography Workshop for Teens

Photographer Paul Mueller will conduct a photography workshop for teens including a short walk outside making photos then returning indoors to look at and discuss the photos just made.

Wednesday March 12, 6 – 8 pm: Writing Workshop with Author Mary B Morrison

Mary B. Morrison, New York Times best-selling author is the up and coming artist with a multiple book-to-film deal.  Mary has seventeen published novels including her newest release, If I Can’t Have You. She started her work with self-publishing . She will be here to discuss Writing. Lift Every Voice and Write is Mary’s non-profit. The organization is established to help increase literacy and support students interested in pursuing writing as a career.

Friday, March 21, 3:30 to 5 pm: Teen Henna Program

Tweens and teens are invited to draw their dreams – directly on to their bodies – during a special Mehndi Henna program at 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 21. Participants will create their own designs that are important to them.

Sunday March 23, 3:30 to 4:30 pm: Nowruz Celebration – Ballet Afsaneh Performance

This is the celebration of the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Ballet Afsaneh presents the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road networks of Eurasia. “Afsaneh” is a wonderful word, shared by the major language groups of the Silk Road, meaning “legend” or “mythic story”.

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Art IS Education

March was Art IS Education month, and in cooperation with the Alameda County Arts Council and the Office of Education, the Alameda County Library branches presented many fun programs all about creativity – music, dance, art, literature, and crafts.

Union City Library patrons enjoyed making book art and a Mandala paper quilt, which is now hanging on the wall in the Children’s Area of the Library!

Come visit the Library and admire the beautiful art work, made by members of our community!

Mandala quilt 2

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Student Dancers Perform for Art Is Education Month

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Students of the Natanjali Dance Academy under the direction of Kalpana Kamalanathan performed Bharatanatyam style dance at Union City Library on Saturday March 3rd for Art Is Education Month. Bharatanatyam is an ancient Indian classical dance form from South India that originated over 4,000 years ago.  Along with the performance Ms. Kamalanathan explained what the students are learning about music and dance including rhythm, and melody, as well as yoga and discipline. Art Is Education Month presents a showcase of youth arts learning in Alameda County during the month of March each year. For more information go to www.artiseducation.org/10/.

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Community Quilt Project for Art Is Education Month

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Last Saturday artist Marion Coleman demonstrated the art of quilting and encouraged kids, teens, and parents  to draw  self portraits for our community quilting project. The drawings were colored with special fabric crayons and the artists selected background papers to compliment their self portraits. Next Marion will transfer the drawings to fabric with her iron. She will design borders and put the art together and stitch the quilt. We can’t wait to see how it will look. To see a sample quilt come to the children’s area of the Library. We have one in the display case. The finished quilt will be hung in the children’s picture book area of the Library.

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The weather is pleasant , the flowers are blooming, out of the soil, The swallows are returnnig to begin the song -of the hope!

In Pursuit of Silence: listening for meaning in a world of noise

Prochnik (Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the (Purpose of American Psychology) covers a topic of growing interest—how to find quiet in our noise-polluted world. Unlike Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann (One Square Inch of Silence), Prochnik is not writing with an agenda; he also avoids being political or superficial. Instead, he carefully explores the issue
from multiple directions to understand why some of us crave quiet and others do not and the implications of constant noise on our hearing and behavior as well as on society at large. Prochnik visits a monastery to discuss silence with monks and interviews medical, psychological, and acoustic specialists. He also examines, noise mapping, deaf architecture, our speech and how our minds process silence, and the “noise” our ears hear if we are deaf or in a completely quiet environment. He concludes that the conflict between silence and noise will not disappear, that a small expenditure on expanding silence provides larger returns than a huge expenditure on reducing noise, and, most important, that noise is changing our society. VERDICT This significant book will appeal to readers who enjoyed Anne LeClaire’s Listening Below the
Noise and Sara Maitland’s A Book of Silence as well as fans of Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Gilbert.  –Library Journal Reviews  Celebrate Creating  the community through Art@ the Library   on  Saturdays March 5th and March 26 Shahrzad Dance Academy

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