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Painting Workshop!


Let your creative energies flow with this abstract art program!  Learn to paint in the style of abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.  Listen to music to inspire your artwork, or work from a template.  No experience necessary and all supplies will be 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).  Or email prubanova@aclibrary.org to reserve your spot!



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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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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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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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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 25, 2016

when i grow upWhen I Grow Up… by Gill McLean

“Fergus is only a little pup, but what should he be when he grows up? His friends all have different ideas and it seems there’s a lot more to being a dog than he first thought! Who will help him decide what to be?”         [JPB McLEAN,G]

black dragonThe Black Dragon by Julian Sedgwick

“Talented magician Danny, who is half-Chinese, half-British, and dwarf strongman Zamora try to find the connection between the disastrous end of the circus Mysterium, where Danny’s performer parents were killed, and the disappearance of his guardian aunt,who is investigating sinister gangs in Hong Kong.”                          [J SEDGWICK,J]

little girls little bookThe Little Girl’s Little Book of Art by Kathryn Dixon

“Paintings by thirty of the most talented and renowned artists the world has produced. Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci and ending with Paul Klee, the paintings in this book have been specially selected to appeal to a little girl. Your little girl can explore the pages of this book and see artworks with colors, subjects and scenes that she can relate to and enjoy. Every painting has the potential to engage her imagination, spark her curiosity, and encourage her to want to learn to know more about art, artists, and the creative process.”                                [J709 DIXON,K]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 28, 2015

by trolley By Trolley Past Thimbledon Bridge by Ashley Bryan and Marvin Bileck

“As sleep starts the journey into the blue, marvelous threads unravel dreamy images out of the blue revealing animals, far-off places, a circus, games, toys, wind, rain, a touch of this and a touch of that, words and wordplay. A poem accompanies the whimsical illustrations, perfectly capturing the sense of awe and excitement of childhood.”             [JPB BRYAN,A]

henrys starsHenry’s Stars by David Elliot

“One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees?”    [JPB ELLIOT,D]

hit & miss Hit & Miss by Derek Jeter with Paul Mantell

“‘Just try to make solid contact, stay level and in control. Positive thoughts only, right?’

“That’s the advice Derek’s father gives him about batting—and a lot more. As luck would have it, he’s on the Red Sox this year, and they seem to have more talent than the Tigers, the team he was on when last season ended in disappointment. His best friend, Vijay, is with him again, and Derek gets the same number—13!—that his father wore in college. Now if the new kid with the chauffeur turns out to be a player, well, the Red Sox might just win it all.

“But as Derek finds out, both baseball and life are hard. Before the season is over, he’ll break out of a slump, bring his teammates closer together, learn a new sport, solve the mystery of why his sister Sharlee seems so quiet and suffer the consequences for violating ‘The Contract’ he had signed with his parents. Before he can move closer to his dream, there are many lessons to be learned.”              [J JETER,D]

how to draw with your funny boneHow to Draw With Your Funny Bone by Elwood H. Smith

“If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression.”                                 [J741.2 SMITH,E]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 3, 2015

grandma in blue Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin and Harry Bliss

“When a young boy learns about what makes art special—sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it tells a story—he realizes that these same characteristics are what make his grandmother special, too. As a result, he finds the inspiration to create his own masterpiece that’s one of a kind.”                     [JPB MENCHIN,S]

worst class trip ever barryThe Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

“In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation’s capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack – or maybe not.”                 [J BARRY,D]

nitty gritty gardening book Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons by Kari Cornell

“Grow your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers! Become a gardener in any season with these fun and easy projects. You don’t even need a garden space—many of these activities can be done by planting in containers to set on a porch or a patio or even in a window. Try your hand at growing potatoes and strawberries. Plant bright flowers that attract butterflies, birds, and bees. Learn how to get daffodils to bloom in the winter! You can even make your own compost. Colorful photographs and simple step-by-step drawings make each project easy to follow for gardening success. Ready to get your hands dirty and your garden growing?”                                 [J635.083 CORNELL,K]

chicken followed me homeA Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers About a Familiar Fowl by Robin Page

“Why did the chicken cross the road? To follow you home! Learn all about a not-so-basic bird in this delightful nonfiction picture book.

“What’s that? A chicken followed you home? Now what do you do?

“Author-illustrator Robin Page leads a step-by-step, question-and-answer-style journey through the world of chickens. Along the way you’ll explore different breeds, discover different types of coops, and learn everything there is to know about chicken reproduction and hatching.”                            [J636.5 PAGE,R]


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