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Dave Rocha Jazz Trio

April 22, 2017      Saturday 3 – 4pm

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and we invite you for a special celebration at the Union City Library!  Master horn and trumpet player Dave Rocha and his jazz trio will perform jazz standards, pop and show tunes, and original compositions.  The program is free and open to all, no registration required!


Enjoy some sample tracks below:

A Portrait of Jennie –  A beautiful ballad with flugelhorn, piano, drums and bass.

Let’s Cool One – This unique arrangement alternates between 5/4 and 4/4 time every four measures. It features flugelhorn, piano, drums, and bass.

Sombrero Sam – Some Latin jazz, including trumpet, small Hammond organ, bass and Latin percussion.

You can find the full page of available CD/Audio Samples here.


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Logan Folklórico @ Union City Library

El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School cheer up a rainy Friday afternoon with a performance in the library (October 14th).

The dance troupe performed dances from four different states of Mexico, and Logan Folklórico founder and dance instructor Jaime Huertas gave more depth about the traditions of music and dance from each region.

For those who missed the performance, Logan Folklórico will be having its annual Concierto de Primavera in May!  The concert will include many more folk dances from Mexico as well as Puerto Rico. Check out past performances here.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ Union City Library


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by | Wednesday, October, 12, 2016 · 12:58 pm

ZUMBA at the Union City Library!

    at the Union City Library!


Come join us for a summer night of Latin-inspired dancing fun! Shake away the stress and calories, and get ready to have a party! Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring your water, and bring your smiles! 

For all ages (12 and up). All levels welcome.  Limited spots.

Sign Up at the Reference Desk. First Come First Serve.

Call 510-745-1464 ext. 5 for more information

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 7, 2016

bea in the nutcrackerBea in the Nutcracker by Rachel Isadora

“Bea and her friends are excited to put on their costumes and dance onstage in The Nutcracker! Bea is going to be Clara, and Sam is going to be the Prince. They will dance in the ballet’s magical Land of Sweets. Yum!”              [JPB ISADORA,R]

lily and bearLily and the Bear by Lisa Stubbs

“Lily likes nothing better than to imagine and draw the things she loves. She draws cats and birds and boats and houses, and one day she makes a very special drawing of a bear who comes to life. Lily shows Bear her favorite things, and Bear shows Lily his—because everyone knows that friends help friends see the world in a new way. That’s why Lily and Bear are forever friends!”     [JPB STUBBS]

one bear extraordinaireOne Bear Extraordinaire by Jayme McGowan

“Bear wakes up one morning with a song in his head, but something is missing. What’s a one-bear band to do? He travels the forest in search of his song and meets a few other musicians along the way, but even with their help, his song still feels incomplete. Will Bear find the perfect accompaniment and learn that every song sounds sweeter with friends by his side?”                    [JPB McGOWAN,J]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 1, 2016

redRed by Jan De Kinder

“In this poignant story, a girl finds it funny when her classmate starts blushing on the school playground. Her friends laugh along with her, but one student takes the teasing too far. Torn between her sympathy for her classmate and her fear of the bully, the girl must make a difficult choice.”  A United States Board on Books for Young People 2015 Outstanding International Book Award winner.        [JPB DE KINDER]

wrinkled crownThe Wrinkled Crown by Anne Nesbet

“In the enchanted village of Lourka, almost-twelve-year-old Linny breaks an ancient law. Girls are forbidden to so much as touch the town’s namesake musical instrument before their twelfth birthday or risk being spirited away. But Linny can’t resist the call to play a lourka, so she builds one herself.

“When the punishment strikes her best friend instead, Linny must leave home to try to set things right. With her father’s young apprentice, Elias, along for the journey, Linny travels from the magical wrinkled country to the scientific land of the Plain, where she finds herself at the center of a battle between the logical and the magical.”              [J NESBET]

food of the worldFood of the World by Nancy Leowen and Paula Skelley

“With simple, rhyming text and vibrant full-page photographs, young readers will love this showcase of the world’s diversity. From clothing to food to homes to our very faces, humans are both individual and universal.”                                     [ J394.12 LOEWEN]

big problemThe Big Problem (And the Squirrel Who Eventually Solved It): Understanding Adjectives and Adverbs by Nancy Loewen

“The squirrels have a problem. A BIG, POLKA-DOTTED problem. And they’re watching NERVOUSLY, CURIOUSLY to see what it will do next. This goofy little story, complemented by informational back matter, teaches readers the differences between adjectives and adverbs.”             [J425.5 LOEWEN]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 9, 2014

Today is the day! Come in to the Library, sign up for Paws to Read, the Summer Reading Game for 2014, and pick up a game board! Then start reading!

Read to yourself, read to someone else, listen while someone reads to you, or listen to a recorded book. You can read magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, eBooks, and of course books! They can be books you already own or borrow from a friend or the Library. Keep track of how much time you spend in reading by coloring in one bone shape on the game board — then, beginning Monday, June 16, bring the board with you to the Library where you can start spinning and stamping!

When you get your first Bingo by stamping a line,  you win prizes! If you continue to read, spin and stamp until you cover the entire board, you win more prizes!

You have all summer to play and win, so take your time! If you do cover your board and want to continue to play, you may — however, everyone  wins only one set of prizes.

Here are some great new books you might like:

Tugboat by Michael Garland

“Make way for a small boat with amazing strength. The powerful little tugboat can do big jobs—such as pulling an ocean liner, a cargo ship, barges, even a bridge! It maneuvers the tall ships and tugs the fireworks barge.

“Stunning paintings of vibrant harbor scenes in every kind of weather.”                         [JPB GARLAND]

The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

“Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes’ honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

“Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together–and work apart–in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.”       [J JOBIN]

Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome

“Expressive poetry honors the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in Chicago in 1936.

“It wasn’t soft
It wasn’t black
It wasn’t sweet
It wasn’t white
It was swing

“Brought together by the love of playing jazz music, Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman broke the color barrier in entertainment when they formed the Benny Goodman Trio with Gene Krupa.”    [J781.65092 CLINE-RANSOME]



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