Alameda County Library is pleased to announce that a new version of the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 8 is now available.

This update eliminates the Adobe Authorization step from the app installation process. This change provides benefits such as syncing reading progress across multiple devices and saving libraries and common searches.

First-time users will now be prompted to create an OverDrive account. There is no change if you already have an Adobe ID or OverDrive account associated with your OverDrive app, even after you update to the newest version.

Users under the age of 13 can anonymously authorize the OverDrive app without creating an OverDrive account.

OverDrive v3.2 also includes the following updates: The app name has been shortened from “OverDrive Media Console” to “OverDrive.” To support the new name, the app website has moved to You will now be able to return Open EPUB titles before the end of your lending period. All formats that the app supports can now be returned before expiration.

OverDrive Help articles and videos have been updated to reflect the updates in OverDrive v3.2.

If you have any questions, please contact OverDrive Front Line Tech Support .



Dublin Library is pleased to host local author Javy Galindo, who will speak about his book, “Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A Philosopher’s Simple Guide to the Psychology of Joy, Satisfaction, and a Meaningful Life.”  He  is a professor of philosophy, humanities, and psychology at De Anza College & John F. Kennedy University.  In his book he addresses the question, “How can I be happier?”  Through seven emails to a student, Professor Galindo shares key concepts and critical skills for living a happy life.

This program will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.  Books will be available for sale and signing.

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The Friends of the Dublin Library. Inc. is back in action after successfully incorporating its organization.  The Friends will be presenting its semi-annual Used Book Sale in the Dublin Library during the weekend of September 12th – 14th, 2014.

Here is an excellent opportunity to shop for bargains in gently-used hardbacks and paperbacks, children’s books, audio and video tapes, DVDs, books on tape and music CDs and help provide funding for library programs.

Friday, Sept. 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Members-only night.  Join or renew your membership at the door. Applications are available starting at 5:30 p.m.  Annual membership: $10 individual (18 and over);  family (including children of school age) for $20; Lifetime membership for $100.

The booksale continues on Saturday, Sept. 13   from  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on  Sunday, Sept. 14  from  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday is  BAG DAY when you pay $4.00 for a bag of books (bag supplied).  Bag Day Special:  1/2 off on selected audio-visual, vintage, and specially-priced items.

Sale Extras at this sale:  Specially Priced Items (new and/or of extra value), Teacher Materials, vintage books, and book collections.

Incorporation Celebration Special:  One free (regular price) book with your purchase of any other books!

New:  If you don’t find what you want at our sale, check out the new Friends’ online bookstore: .


“Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since he who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of the world.” Roger Bacon


Improve your math skills ~ Explore secrets and short cuts ~

Veterans/ Unemployed/ College Students/ Parents/ Self Employed

Dublin Library Program Room Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

September’s class will focus on Basic Statistics Part 2 (Data Analysis).  Classes are 12:30 – 2:30 PM Dublin Library Program Room Reserve your space in person at the reference Desk or by calling 510-608-1102.

About the Instructor: With a passion for teaching mathematics to adults and over 20 years teaching experience, Vanessa Mason has taught courses primarily in the areas of mathematics and statistics. She also teaches test preparation courses for educators and nursing students and is the former Assistant Director for the California High School Exit Exam. Vanessa currently teaches at California State University, East Bay.

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Here is one of Alameda County Library’s newest databases for anyone interested in their family history, and/or genealogy.  World Vital Records offers records of over 1 billion names from vital records, census records, court records, directory lists, family histories, family trees, immigration records, military records, newspapers and reference materials.

Here are some other unique features found on World Vital Records :

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Besides that, one can access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections.

*If you are trying to access the World Vital Records database remotely, you will need an Alameda County Library card, or and eCard.

You now can access National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids through your Alameda County Library System.

National Geographic Virtual Library covers the iconic National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to the present and National Geographic Traveler currently from January-February 2010 to May 2014. You can search by topic, and limit by month and year range. Once you click on the cover of an issue you wish to view, you can click on a search arrow to move forward or backward through the magazine or type in the number of the desired page and press the “GO” button.

Dropdown menu options for National Geographic Virtual Library include the topics of Animals, Environment, History, People and Cultures, Science and Technology, and Travel. The Image Search feature allows you to search for an image description and limit your results to a specific image type.

National Geographic Kids database currently covers this magazine from February 2009 to April 2014. Young readers can use the Explore Topics dropdown menu to search on Animals, Environment, History, Peoples & Cultures, Places and Science & Tech. There are 24 Kids Guides topics and 25 General Audience Guides.

Both databases are listed in the A-Z Resource List of databases on your Alameda County Library website.


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