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Do you need advice on planning for your financial future?  Then come to this free Financial Education Workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at 2:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568.

Habitat for Humanity East Bay / Silicon Valley has received funding from the City of Dublin to provide free financial education workshops to the Dublin community.

In this workshop, Housing Counselor Peggy Green will cover:

  • Managing Income & Expenses:  Planning for the future
  • Savings Strategies
  • Credit & Credit Scores:  How to maximize your borrowing power.

There will also be an opportunity to meet briefly with a Counselor for one-on-one financial counseling services.

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The New York Times’ book critic Michiko Kakutani recently sat down with President Obama to talk about his reading habits and reflect on what particular titles, and books in general, have meant to him during his time in office. It’s a fascinating read, both the article and the transcript of the interview.

We’ve collected the books mentioned by title in these articles here for your convenience.

 

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Some highlights from the interview:

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson: “I loved her writing in part because I saw those people every day. And the interior life she was describing that connected them—the people I was shaking hands with and making speeches to—it connected them with my grandparents.”

The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin: “The scope of it was immense.  So that was fun to read, partly because my day-to-day problems with Congress seem fairly petty—not something to worry about. Aliens are about to invade.”

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison: “[It] is a book I think of when I imagine people going through hardship. That it’s not just pain, but there’s joy and glory and mystery.”

In addition to the books listed by title, Obama gained insight from presidential biographies, the writings of Gandhi, Mandela, Churchill, and others.

Read the full article, “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books,” on the New York Times website.

Also see the White House posting about Obama’s summer reading lists from 2016 and 2015.

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If you are searching for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of free job seeker’s counseling sessions offered at Dublin Library.  Dublin Library will be hosting two different job seeker’s counseling sessions in January 2017.

One-on-One Resume Critique will be given on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program  Room.  In the One-on-One Resume Critique you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume and give you sound advice on how to make it more attractive and appealing to prospective employers.

One-on-One Job Counseling will be given on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00  PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.    In the One-on-One Job Counseling session, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, as about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job  career options for  you.

These programs will be presented by the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center in partnership with the Dublin Library.  You must call the Dublin Library at 925-803-7252 or come to the Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20—minute session.

 

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Consumers who need health care coverage starting February 1, 2017, must complete and submit their applications under a Coverage California plan by January 15th.

More than 260,000 Californians have enrolled in Covered California during the current enrollment period.

For information on enrollment, contact Axis Community Services at 925-462-1755 for free appointments in English or Spanish at any of their medical clinics in Pleasanton or Livermore.

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Ever wonder what your librarians were reading, but were too shy to ask? Well, here’s a list of the top ten books tweeted by librarians and library staff as their favorites from 2016 (#libfaves16). There’s a good mix of literary fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, and even a couple young adult titles to try!

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Highlights include:

Dark Matters by Blake Crouch – A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious–and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – A moving and powerful teen novel featuring Natasha, a scientifically minded girl whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations.

None of these titles tickle your fancy? There were a ton of other Best of 2016 lists that came out at the end of the year. One blog has attempted to compile all the online year-end book lists in one spot. They helpfully describe each list, from the generic “top books” to the more precise “top women’s fiction on audio.”

Or, for those who want an interactive “Best of” list, try NPR’s Book Concierge. Not only can you browse through picks by select NPR critics, but you can combine appeal factors to dial down to specific interests. It not only includes traditional categories like “Mysteries” and “Historical Fiction,” but also more unique traits like “Ladies First” or “It’s All Geek to Me.” So, if you’re looking for a literary, international book, that’s not too long you can select “Rather Short,” “Seriously Great Writing,” and “Tales From Around the World,” and boom… you’ve got three great titles to try!

Librarian Tip: Are the titles you’re interested in all checked out? Try looking at last year’s lists! Going back to previous year’s award-winners and best of lists are a great way to find quality reads available now. Here are the Librarian Faves from 2015 and 2014, and NPR’s Book Concierge from past years.

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Do you enjoy discussing fiction and non-fiction books?  Dublin Library currently offers three book discussion groups for adults. All the book discussion groups read and discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books and discuss the same book titles at different times.

The Second Thursday Book Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of every month from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.  On January 12th, 2017, Second Thursday Book Discussion Group will discuss “Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist,” by George D. Morgan. This is the true story of America’s first female rocket scientist, who is credited with the invention of the liquid fuel Hydyne in 1957, which powered the Jupiter-C rocket that boosted the United States’ first satellite, Explorer 1.  Written by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan’s vital contribution to launching America’s first satellite and the author’s own journey to uncover his mother’s lost legacy, which was buried under a lifetime of personal, political, and technological secrets.

Adult book discussion groups at Dublin Library are limited to a maximum of 10 participants per group.  The Second Thursday Book Discussion Group welcomes new members.  If you’d like to participate, come to the Adult Information Desk and pick up a copy of the book to read and come ready to have a lively and thought-provoking discussion with group members on January 12th, 2017.

The Third Thursday Book Discussion Group and the Wednesday Evening Adult Book Discussion Group are not looking for new members at this time.

 

 

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Excited about the new movie Hidden Figures, about African-American women mathematicians who helped NASA win the Space Race? You should also check out the book that inspired the movie and these other biographies of women in the sciences.

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Some highlights from our list:

Lab Girl by Hope Jaren – A paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father’s laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.

The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel – The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

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Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers
who changed the world
, by Rachel Ignotofsky-
A charmingly illustrated book profiling women scientists
around the world and throughout history, from the
ancient Greek mathematician, philosopher, and
astronomer, Hypatia, to Marie Curie, physicist and chemist.

 

Or, if you want more movies with female scientists in the lead, we’ve got you covered there, too!

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Bletchley Circle | Contact | Ghostbusters | Gorillas in the mist | Gravity

Don’t see your favorite female scientist book or movie on our list? Let us know in the comments!