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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!
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]
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!
School is almost out, Summer is almost here! Time to think about being a KidPower volunteer and playing the Summer Reading Game, Reading 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.
Some fun reads for the end of summer:
Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie by Bill Doyle
“After Keats and Henry lose their bikes, they need money — fast. So the help-wanted ad at the supermarket seems ideal for them. All they have to do is weed Hallway House’s garden, find some lightbulbs in the attic, sweep the garage . . . and battle a shark-headed zombie. But no one told them about the giant bookworms in the library, the toe-biting carpet in the halls, and the kitchen sinkhole!”
Junonia by Kevin Henkes
“Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.
“Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
“Alice’s friends are all returning, too. And she’s certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can’t wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?” [J HENKES]
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
“The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes… just a bit obnoxious.
But as seventh grade progresses, Addie’s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough and that doesn’t help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up.”
It’s not too late to take a vacation, or have fun locally visiting parks and museums. In fact, you can borrow free passes to several area museums just by having a Library card! Call your local Library branch for availability. The Union City Library currently has passes for the Asian Art Museum and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, and the Oakland Museum. The passes are available on a first-come-first-served basis; you can call the Library [510-745-1464 ext. 7] and if it’s available that day we can hold it for a short time.
Family movie night can be inexpensive fun. Plan ahead to get your favorite films at the Library. You might have to wait until our copy is returned or we get one sent from another branch. Don’t forget — it doesn’t cost anything to request Library materials! Just don’t forget come and get it, or let us know you won’t be able to pick it up.
So relax, borrow a good book from the Library, find a shady place outdoors, and read! Play and win the Summer Reading Game, and plan a fun day at MOCHA, the Charles Schulz Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, or the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Before you know it, the back-to-school shopping will begin!