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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 7, 2015

labor.day.03Today is Labor Day. “Labor Day is a holiday in the United States that is dedicated to workers across the country. The intention of the holiday is to recognize the contributions that laborers make to the United States as a whole. The public holiday always falls on the first Monday in September.”

messy jesse Messy Jesse by Paula Bowles

“Jesse is good at making all kinds of things. But he’s especially good at making messes! One day, he makes a mess so big that he gets lost in it. His friends try to find him, but they get lost, too! How will they ever find their way out?”               [JPB BOWLES,P]

ten pigsTen Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson

“One pig looks to take a relaxing bath in solitude, only to be joined by another pig, then another, then another. When Pig Number 10 jumps into the crowded tub, the first pig comes up with a plan to enjoy his bath.”                     [JPB ANDERSON,D]

year we sailed the sun The Year We Sailed the Sun by Theresa Nelson

“Orphaned Julia never expected to be sent away, especially not to the ill-named House of Mercy. But adventure awaits her in this historical journey, based on a true story.

“’Go home,’ eleven-year-old orphan Julia Delaney is told, but home for her is gone. Spirited and strong, Julia faces a cruel life at an orphanage—the House of Mercy—blistering cold winters, and countless disappointments. But not even hopeful Julia can imagine what awaits her in Montana—and with the help of a miracle or two, she sets the sun a-sailing.”                     [J NELSON,T]

astrotwinsProject Blastoff by Mark Kelly

“A team of middle schoolers prepares for blastoff in this adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut, based on the childhoods of real-life astronauts Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott.

“It’s a long, hot summer and Scott and Mark are in big trouble for taking apart (aka destroying) their dad’s calculator. As a punishment, they’re sent to their grandfather’s house, where there’s no TV and they have to do chores. And Grandpa is less tolerant of the twins’ constant bickering. ‘Why don’t you two work together on something constructive. What if you built a go-kart or something?’ Grandpa suggests.

“But it’s not a go-kart the twins are interested in. They want to build a rocket. With the help of Jenny, nicknamed Egg, and a crew of can-do kids, they set out to build a real rocket that will blast off and orbit the Earth. The question soon becomes: which twin will get to be the astronaut?”                        [J KELLY,M]



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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 24, 2015

room for bear Room For Bear by Ciara Gavin

“Waking up in the springtime and embarking on a search for a new home, Bear finds a perfect place with the family of five little ducks despite being rather too large to fit in.

“Can five little ducks find room for one big bear in their home—and in their hearts?”       [JPB GAVIN]

work and more work Work and More Work by Linda Little and Oscar T. Perez

“Tom lives in the countryside in the mid 1800s, and he’s curious what is it like in the town, the city, and the world beyond? ‘It’s all work and more work,’ everyone tells him. Determined to find out for himself, Tom sets off with a bit of bread and cheese in a bundle . . . He encounters crowded marketplaces, bustling wharves, and storms on the high seas. In China he sees how tea is made; in India he watches men make deep blue dye from indigo; in Ceylon he marvels at the skill of cinnamon peelers. Eventually he returns home with stories and gifts, showing his parents the riches to be found all over the world. This wonderful book includes an illustrated afterword about the different kinds of work mentioned in the story, work that was done when, in the days before steam, nothing moved except through the power of wind, water, and muscle.”       [JPB LITTLE,L]

fort Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

“In this boys-will-be-boys summer story about friendship and revenge, eleven-year-old Wyatt and his friend Augie aren’t looking for a fight. They’re having the best summer of their lives hanging out in the fort they built in the woods, fishing and hunting, cooking over a campfire, and sleeping out. But when two older boys mess with the fort–and with another kid who can’t fight back–the friends are forced to launch Operation Doom, with unexpected results for all concerned, in this novel about two funny and very real young heroes.”                     [J DEFELICE,C]

tortoise and the hareThe Tortoise and the Hare: an Aesop Fable retold and illustrated by Bernadette Watts

“A classic re-envisioned and retold by Bernadette Watts—one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists! When Tortoise says to Hare, ‘I bet I can beat you in a running race!’ everyone laughs. Tortoise puts one foot in front of the next. Hare stops to nibble carrot tops and cabbages. . . . Who will have the last laugh? ‘The Hare and the Tortoise‘ has been a favorite with generations of children around the world. Bernadette Watts’s lovable animals and sumptuous settings bring great warmth and charm to this timeless tale. Little listeners will celebrate anew with all the animals at the finish line!”                                 [J398.2452 WATTS]

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KidPower – Volunteer at the Union City Library this Summer!

The Union City Library is looking for volunteers to help with our summer program            

         Paws to Read!                                                                                           

If you are entering grades five and up in the fall, and are interested in helping us, ask at the Reference Desk or come to one of the Orientations at the Union City Library. Earn community service hours while having fun!

Two orientations scheduled:

Friday, May 30, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 12 noon

The Union City Library is located at  34007 Alvarado-Niles Road    Union City, CA  94587                      510-745-1464 ext. 5

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 27, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013 is Memorial Day

“The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.” http://www.timeforkids.com/news/meaning-memorial-day/40391

Observe this important commemoration at one of many local events.


Summer is quickly approaching, and there are only one and a half weeks of school left. If you are looking for something fun to do, and you are going to be in grades 5 through 12 next year, consider being a KidPower volunteer at the Union City Library! We ask you to commit to working at least eight hours – although you are definitely welcome to put in many more! Have fun while earning community service hours, and help out the Library at the same time.

Two orientations meetings are scheduled:

  • Friday, May 31, 4-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8, 1-2 p.m.

You only need to attend one, so come and join KidPower and help with our summer programming and with this year’s Summer Reading Game

Have Book, Will Travel!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 30, 2012

It’s not too late! There’s still time to read and play the Alameda County Library Summer Reading Game, Reading is SO Delicious! Come in to any branch of the Library to pick up a game board. If you already have one but forgot about the game, well, look around and find it!

Think about how much time you’ve spent reading already! It’s a cinch! Mark your board then bring it in to the Library to spin and stamp and WIN!

There are still great programs planned for you to enjoy. And be sure to check out the Reading Game blog – it’s full of jokes, crafts, videos, recipes, book suggestions, and places to go and have fun.

Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s passing quickly. ENJOY!

And you might want to read Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

“‘My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn’t freckled, and eyes like summer storms.’

“Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of Everything on a Waffle is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose’s parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive, somewhere.”   A Newbery Honor Book         [J HORVATH]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 11, 2012

Today we forego the book reviews and talk about SUMMER!

Alameda County’s 2012 Summer Reading Game is “Reading is So Delicious“. Sign up starting Monday, June 11, take your game board home, and start reading!

Sign up for the FIRST EVER Build-Your-Own Musical Instrument Summer Day Camp! The camp, for kids aged 6 – 12, will run 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25-29 at the Union City Library. You will make and play a REAL musical instrument. This is for school-age children, registration is required, and you must commit to attend each day of the program. As with all Library programs, this is FREE and all materials and instruction are supplied.

Entering grades 5 – 9 next school year? Become a KidPower volunteer! Help with programs and the Summer Reading Game, and get Community Service credit. If you missed the KidPower orientations, come in to the Library anyway; it’s not too late!

Traditionally we do not present our usual Toddler and Preschool Story time programs during the summer as we concentrate on the Reading Game and family programming. However we do have a four-week Toddler-Preschool Stories and Blocks series scheduled Wednesday mornings, 10:30-11:30 a.m.July 11 – August 1. A half-hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays will precede a Duplo Lego block play period. No registration required, just come in and have fun! For kids five and under and their families.

We have some wonderful, exciting Saturday programs planned for the entire family!

  • June 23               2 p.m.          Ventriloquist Steve Chaney
  • July 7                   2 p.m.          Drummmmm
  • July 21                 1 p.m.           Carnival of Chaos
  • August 4             2 p.m.           Puppet Art Theater

All programs are funded in part by the Friends of the Union City Library and the Alameda County Library Foundation. No registration, just come and enjoy!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 4, 2012

School is almost out, Summer is almost here! Time to think about being a KidPower volunteer and playing the Summer Reading GameReading is SO Delicious!

Entering grades 5 – 9 next school year? Become a KidPower volunteer at the Union City Library! Help with programs and the Summer Reading Game, and get Community Service credit.

Two KidPower orientations are scheduled:

  • Friday, June 1, 3-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 7, 7-8 p.m.

If you miss the orientations, come in to the Library anyway; it’s not too late to volunteer! Each Library organizes their own KidPower program, and Union City would love to have YOU be a volunteer. Call 510-745-1464 ext. 7 for more information, or come to the Library at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.

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