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December 5, 2017 > Library establishes Young Authors section

Library establishes Young Authors section

Submitted By Stories for All

The work of young writers will be getting a special place in their local library with the inauguration of a Young Authors section.

The Stories for All after-school program was started by Shyno Chacko Pandeya in September 2017 to address the need for diversity in childrenÕs books. Children who see themselves in books are more likely to read books. The goal is to inspire young readers and writers to include themselves in the books they read.

Currently offered at Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Stories for All provides programs for children to write, illustrate, and ÒpublishÓ their stories. Stories are made into hardbound books, and selected books are cataloged in the Alameda County Library system and made available to library patrons in the newly created Young Authors section of the Union City Library.

Stories for All in partnership with the Union City Library will be presenting eight young authors from Kitayama Elementary School who will be reading from their books at a special event on Wednesday, December 13. ChildrenÕs Librarian Kris Sandoe is coordinating the program for Union City Library, and the inauguration event will take place as part of the monthly TaraÕs Book Club for children.

Tara's Book Club is a new program for first and second graders that started in September. The group meets once a month at Union City Library where children read and discuss a book. It is led by volunteer Carole Silva, PhD, who has quite a background in early childhood literacy, and about nine children are currently participating.

Join us and hear our young authors read from books including ÒThe Robot DogÓ by Celeste Serrano, ÒProblems Make ProblemsÓ by Sydney Freeman, ÒSparkyÓ by Madelyn Worthing, ÒMinecraft TalesÓ by Nikesh Pandeya, ÒWorld War 3Ó by Timothy Tran, ÒThe Quest for the Lama CornÓ by Juan Pablo Marquez, ÒDoraemonÓ by Jason Woo, and ÒFrench Toast vs WaffleÓ by Anais Serrano.

For more information on Stories for All, visit

Inauguration of Young Authors Program
Wednesday, Dec 13
4:30 p.m. Ð 5:30 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City
(510) 745-1464

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