Dublin Library is hosting its second meeting of a monthly photography discussion group! Join us at  this group discussion to learn about exposure techniques and how your camera meter works. This meeting will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.

Local photography enthusiast Ed Pavlu will speak about the basics of exposure and shutter and aperture control to consistently capture good images the way you envisioned them. His work has been published in New Jersey Outdoor Nature magazine and Photographer’s Forum. He has won many awards for his nature images in photography competitions.

Bring along your camera. This class will be limited to 36 students. Please sign up at the Information Desk, call 510-608-1102 or email emarangoni@aclibrary.org.

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Come and enjoy a movie showing of the classic comedy Turner & Hooch in the Dublin Library Community Room on Saturday, July 19th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM!

Tom Hanks plays Turner, a meticulously groomed, well-organized detective working in a small California coastal town. When a local “character” Amos Reed (played by John McIngtire) is murdered by drug smugglers, the only witness is Reed’s smelly, slobbery mutt, Hooch. Turner, who hates dogs in general and Hooch in particular, is forced to put the dog up as his house guest, while investigating the crime. This film is rated PG.

We will also show the best in short videos submitted for the Adult Summer Reading Game Paws to Read Film Fest!

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What better time to learn a new language with summer in full swing?  Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Mango also includes learning English for Spanish speakers. Free registration for a separate Mango account is not required but will allow you to keep track of your progress and use other tools. Android and iPad apps are available.

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There are over 63  foreign languages, English and specialty language courses to chose from. Mango Languages is completely self-paced and the time it takes to build fluency is different from person to person. Mango courses provide an introduction to language and culture through the acquisition of simple conversational skills. They focus on practical conversations while increasing vocabulary and grammar skills.

Here’s how to access Mango Languages Databases: 

 

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Then you will see the following screen : 

 

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

Do you want to grow some of your own food, but don’t have much space? Come to the Dublin Library Program Room on Saturday, July 12th, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM and learn about container gardening from sustainable gardening educator and master composter Lori Caldwell how to maintain soil fertility, which plants to select for container gardens and how to rotate your crops. Growing in containers is a great way to start a garden or add on to maximize your already existing garden possibilities.

Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007. Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

For further details, contact Eugene at (510) 608-1117 or email emarangoni@ACLibrary.org

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When you log in to either Zinio, WorldCrunch or Indieflix database, you will now also see FastPencil for Libraries database.

FastPencil for Libraries is a self-publishing platform for new or established authors to develop and edit works, along with the tools needed to publish the final result. FastPencil lets you make your eBook available to thousands of libraries worldwide on OneClickdigital.

FastPencil allows you to create your own writing project:
• Write, organize, and edit your book using the online interface.
• Choose from a variety of templates and designs.
• Write a novel, play, poetry, short story or fan fiction.
• Compose your memoirs.
• Write a book to record your family history.

FastPencil allows you to collaborate with friends on your online work:
• Share progress and get feedback from the FastPencil for Libraries community, friends, and family.
• Partner with friends or colleagues on a writing project.

FastPencil allows you to publish and distribute your work:
• Prepare projects for publication and distribution as eBooks.
• Post your project as a free eBook on the OneClickdigital platform.

If you have questions, you can email the FastPencil for Libraries support team directly at rbdigital@recordedbooks.com. Customer support is available from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM Eastern Time (4:30 AM to 3:30 PM Pacific Time) Monday through Friday.

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Come hear local author Margaret Zhao talk about her intimate memoir, “Really Enough.” This memoir charts her struggle for survival, freedom and forbidden love while exposing the lives of the Enemies of the State under the tumultuous rule of Chairman Mao. Set against the backdrop of a China in chaos, “Really Enough” is a touching celebration of struggling to succeed against all odds. Readers interested in true-life accounts of survival, freedom, strong mothers, immigrants rising, and interracial romance will be enthralled by this story of determination and hope.

This free program will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the Dublin Library Program Room from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Come this Saturday, June 14th, to the Dublin Library Community Room, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and learn from the Alameda County Master Gardeners about Edible Gardening: the use of food plants as design features in a landscape. In this program, you will learn about planning and design, planting and maintenance, harvest and storage, and food safety when growing an edible garden.

Handout materials will be available and a follow-up event with Edible Landscape Garden Tours will also be discussed.

Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.

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