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Financial Literacy 101

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April 22 – 29 is Money Smart Week, a national education campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Starting April 22nd, Union City Library will be holding a series of free financial literacy workshops offered by World System Builder as part of their national  financial literacy campaign. From paying for college to planning retirement, the topics covered touch on the many stages and concerns of financial life.  The first session will be an introduction and overview of the series.  Open to all ages.  See the full workshop schedule below:


Workshop Schedule

April 22nd, Saturday, 12:30 – 1:15 – Introduction

May 17th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Debt Management

May 24th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Insurance

May 31, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Investment

June 7th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Retirement

June 14th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Estate Planning

BookStockMoneyContact the Union City Library’s reference desk for more information at 510-745-1464 (ext. 5).


Don’t forget to ask about financial literacy resources provided through your library!  Come visit us at the reference desk or call by phone.


More Resources:

MyMoney.gov is website guide developed by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, focusing on resources for earning, spending, investing, protecting and borrowing money.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a free program provided by the nation’s certified public accountants, which breaks down resources by life stages (student, business owner, retired, parent etc.).


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 12, 2015

my autumn book My Autumn Book
by Wong Herbert Yee

“A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray in order to observe all of the amazing changes that autumn brings.”                        [JPB YEE,W]

my pet humanMy Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

“Oliver is an independent kitty. He has his run of the neighborhood and looks at his animal friends with their fussing humans with pity. But when a freckle-faced girl moves into town, Oliver sees the opportunity to train a human to provide him with a few creature comforts. And if he can help her adjust to her life and make a new friend, that’s just all in a day’s work. The real surprise comes, however, when Oliver needs Freckles just as much as she needs him.”       [J SUROVEC,Y]

school for sidekicks School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough

“Evan Quick has spent his whole life dreaming of becoming a hero. Every morning he wakes up and runs through a checklist of test to see if he’s developed powers over night, and every day it is the same thing – nothing. No flying, no super strength, no heat rays or cold beams. No invulnerability – that always hurt to check – no telepathy, no magic. Not even the ability to light a light bulb without flipping a switch. And now, he’s finally ready to give up.

“But then, the class field trip to the Mask Museum is interrupted by a super villain attack, and Evan somehow manages to survive a death ray. Even better, Evan’s favorite Mask, Captain Commanding, shows up to save them all — and when things go very wrong, it’s Evan who finds the strength to come to Captain Commanding’s rescue.

“Yet the hero’s reception Evan is expecting never happens. Before he even gets the chance to say hello, Evan is bundled away to The Academy, an institution derisively called The School for Sidekicks by its students. Forced to take classes like Banter Basics and Combat with Dinnerware, while being assigned as an ‘apprentice’ to Foxman – a Mask widely considered a has-been — Evan starts to worry that he’ll never be able to save the day…”             [J McCULLOUGH,K]

make money choicesMake Money Choices by Mary Reina

“People use money to buy all sorts of things– some things they want and some things they need. Young readers discover the difference and find out how to make good money choices with simple, engaging text and colorful images.”                        [JE 332.024 REINA,M]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 24, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving week – and you’re probably out of school! What to do? The possibilities for fun are ENDLESS!!

Last week the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 came out in the theaters, and this week The Penguins of Madagascar will debut.

And it’s always fun to decorate the house with fun crafts, like place mats and centerpieces. I just did a quick Google search and came up with some cool stuff, like:

Mod Mayflower            [http://www.parenting.com/gallery/thanksgiving-crafts-ideas]

  1. Cut off the bottom of a cup. Cut two slits with the tip of your scissors at the center edge of the cup. Place the cup, bottom side up, into the center of a cup holder.
  2. Cut 2 paper rectangles per boat to make sails. Cut 2 tiny slits at the center of each sail at the top and bottom. Push stirrers through the slits.
  3. Add a paper flag to the top of each mast. Push the sticks into the slits in the cup.                                                                                                                                                                     Turkey Game and Place Mat  To make this fun Thanksgiving craft, cut out two circles from construction paper for the body and head, and accent with paper to create the eyes, beak, and feet. Ask each child to create feathers from paper scraps, googly eyes, chenille stems, and other small crafts items. Then use the decorated turkeys as charming place mats.  [http://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/crafts/easy-thanksgiving-kids-crafts/#page=2]

You can also find Thanksgiving craft ideas in books at the Library!

Or you can just enjoy your free time reading a good book:

Always by Emma Dodd

Whether you’re happy, sad, good, or bad, you will always be loved!     [JPB DODD]

The Turtle of Oman: A Novel by Naomi Shihab Nye

“When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.”               [J NYE]

The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking by Martin Jenkins

“What can take the form of a stone with a hole in the middle, a string of shells, a piece of paper, or a plastic card? The answer is money, of course. But when did we start using it? And why? What does money have to do with writing? And how do taxes and interest work? From the Stone Age to modern banking, this lighthearted and engaging account traces the history of the stuff that makes the world go round.”                      [J332.4 JENKINS]


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Lend a Hand, Be a Friend

It’s great to start the day with a full stomach – cereal, toast and milk, or maybe eggs, bacon and juice – you’re ready to face the world! It helps you stay awake in class and feeds your brain so you can listen and learn. Maybe cookies or fruit will be waiting for you at the end of the day, to tide you over until dinner. And that helps you get a good night’s sleep to be ready for the next day.

But not everyone can expect a good breakfast and dinner. Sometimes parents don’t have a job, or their job doesn’t pay a lot of money, and with the costs of everything, like housing, gas, and food, going up all the time it can be very hard to keep a family well fed. It can happen to anyone.

And without enough of the right kind of healthful food, it can be hard to sleep, hard to stay awake in school, hard to learn.

But help is available, and that help can come from people like you and me! We can donate money; we can donate time by helping out at food banks; we can donate food by picking up a few extra cans or boxes the next time we go shopping. Donations of food can be dropped off many different places, including the Union City Library! Many grocery stores take donations of food and money.

And the Alameda County Community Food Bank makes donating VERY easy! Just click on this link to visit their Virtual Food Drive!

I hope your family doesn’t need to use this resource, but if you do it’s a good feeling to know help is available! And sharing just makes you feel good!


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 8

One Giant Leap by by Robert Burleigh

“Commemorating the 40th anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon, this book is a tribute that transports readers to the stars, where they will experience the moon landing just as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did.”                         [JPB BURLEIGH]

The Pied Piper’s Magic by Steven Kellogg

“In a story loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, an elf acquires from a miserable witch a magic pipe that allows him to transform things, including the mean-spirited Grand Duke who rules over a rat-infested town” [JPB KELLOGG]

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

“When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe — just maybe — capture the heart of a prince.” [J BERRY]

Money Madness by David A. Adler

This beginning guide to economics will have readers thinking about the purpose, and not just the value, of money. From bartering, early forms of currency, credit cards, and digital payment, here is a clear and thorough introduction to money. [J332.4 ADLER]

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