Try on a new perspective! Do you tend to read books written by people surprisingly similar to yourself? Well now’s as good a time as any to expand your circle. One of the challenges we set out for you during our 2018 Reading Challenge was to read a “Memoir by an author of a different race or ethnicity than you.” If you haven’t yet marked this challenge off your list, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few diverse memoirs to try:

What recent memoirs would you recommend? Here are a few that made our list…

The best we could do: an illustrated memoir, by Thi Bui
In this powerful graphic novel, author/artist Bui describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family’s move from their war-torn home to the United States. 

Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood, by Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. (Especially good as an audiobook, narrated by Trevor Noah!)

In the country we love: my family divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
Guerrero, an actress from Orange is the New Black, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in.

Give a diverse memoir a try and tell us what you think. Find our list here. Be aware that there may be more than one format for each title, so if you prefer eBook or audiobook, search again for the title to see the library’s full holdings. Did your favorite memoir not make our list? Let us know in the comments.

If you don’t know about our 2018 Reading Challenge: Read Outside the Box, then download our challenge list and get started now. The year’s not yet half over, so there’s still plenty of time to try and finish the challenge!



Congratulations to our winners in the Teen Art Contest!

Best in Show was awarded to Courtney for her piece, Shiloh (the blue painting with the silhouettes).

Winner of the Fine Art category was awarded to Susanna for her piece, Splash, (a colored pencil piece depicting water splashing out of a glass).

Winner of the Photography category was awarded to Ekansh for his piece, A Window on the Hill (the photo within a photo).

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Aarthi for Portrait of an Old Man, and to June, for Studying.

Thank you to all of our teen artists who participated. The artwork was lovely, and was a wonderful display at the library. (Cash prizes were provided by the Friends of the Dublin Library.


Boys Jumping (2)

Natalie with Cat


Explore the principals of photographing people in a free two-hour workshop in the Dublin Library Program Room, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Learn how to create pictures that capture the essence of your subject.  Learn how to use natural light, creative backgrounds, and interesting locations.  Family, children, group and candid photos will be discussed.  This program is for adult students.

The instructor, Gerry Mooney, is a professional photographer who taught photography at Ohlone College for over 25 years.

Attendance is limited to 36 students.  Please sign up for this class at the Adult Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 or contact Eugene at .



Forget marshmallow chickens, the true sign of spring is the Friends of Dublin Library’s Spring Semi-Annual Used Book Sale, and it’s happening this weekend, Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1, 2018! Yes, the library is open on Easter Sunday, and while you’re here, you can pick up a bag-o-books at the used book sale (see details below). Don’t be an April Fool and miss out on the great deals. As always, proceeds from the sale go towards funding library programs and purchasing library materials.

Saturday, March 31, Members only:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   

Membership applications available at 8:30 a.m.

  • Annual membership:  $10 / individual (18 & over)
  • Family membership:  $20 / household
  • Lifetime membership:  $100

Saturday, March 31, Open to all: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 1:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bag Day:  $4.00 / bag of books (bag supplied).

Bag Day Special:  1/2 off on selected audio-visual and specially priced items!

Sale features:

  • Specially priced items of extra value
  • Teacher materials section
  • Book collections


If you don’t find what you want at the sale at Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, please check out the Friends’ online book store:


Here are the last of the Blind Date with a Book reviews for this year. The winners of our prize drawing have been notified. Over 90 wrapped books were checked out, but only 16 reviews were submitted. We had three Nothing Bundt Cake gift cards to give away. Your chances were way better than the odds in the lottery; so next year, don’t forget to fill out a review!

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to win one of our gift certificates, we hope you all had fun choosing a wrapped up book and reading it. If the book you chose didn’t tickle your fancy, try one of these books enjoyed by other Dublin residents, or come by and ask a librarian for a suggestion!


Here’s JonMichelle’s review:


Finding Casey, by Jo-Ann Mapson

I give this book: 4 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I enjoyed how much the setting was like another character.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:



Monica shared this review:

Countdown City, by Ben H. Winters
(book 2 in the Last Policeman series)

I give this book: 4 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I liked how descriptive and detailed the writer is. He wasn’t too wordy but got to the point. I was able to picture the scenes very easily, and the people. Can’t wait the read the other books by this author.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:




Dublin readers found all types of books when they went on a Blind Date with a Book this year. Here are a few of them.

This Wednesday, March 7, is the last day to turn in your Rate-the-Date book review to be eligible for our prize drawing. So don’t dally any longer!

Alyssa’s review is for…


The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb,
by Melanie Benjamin

What did you like/not like about the book?
I liked that it was from the perspective of a little person, which is rare even today.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Xiaoyu sent in a Rate-the-Date for…



The Spinoza Problem, by Irvin D. Yalom

What did you like/not like about the book?
Psychiatrist wrote about philosopher in novel format, combining the two fields that have always interested me. Better yet, the writing is very good. I want to read other novels by the author.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Amy picked up this mystery novel…



Died in the Wool
, by Rett MacPherson

What did you like/not like about the book?
I enjoyed the historical information and the sense of community established with all the longtime residents. It was a quick and enjoyable mystery.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Ushaben found the following memoir…



Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

What did you like/not like about the book?
“Things happen when you leave the house!” and “Be awake to the possibilities,” are two quotes that sum up the book and what I liked about it.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Thanks for your reviews everyone!  Want to see more reader reviews? Look back at our past Adult and Teen book review blog posts.

We all know that the book is better than the film, in most cases. But sometimes the powers that be get it right. Here are some books that were made into Oscar-nominated, or even Oscar-winning, Best Picture movies! Go back and read the originals, or watch the films on DVD.

Here’s a sampling of some of the Oscar Picture titles available at the Dublin Library…

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier (Best Picture winner, 1940)

Double Indemnity, by James Cain (Best Picture nominee, 1944)

Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (Best Picture nominee, 1965)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey (Best Picture winner, 1975)

A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster (Best Picture nominee, 1984)

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler (Best Picture nominee, 1988)

The English Patient, by Michael (Best Picture winner, 1996)

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand (Best Picture nominee, 2003)

Atonement, by Ian McEwan (Best Picture nominee, 2007)

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis (Best Picture nominee, 2011)

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (Best Picture nominee, 2012)

Bridge of Spies, by Giles Whittell (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

The Martian, by Andy Weir (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Room, by Emma Donoghue (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Arrival, by Ted Chiang (Best Picture nominee, 2016)

Are you playing along with our 2018 Reading Challenge? There’s a category for “Book made into a film or television show,” so you can get one book closer to finishing!

Need help finding a book? Drop by the library and ask us. We’re always happy to help you find your next great read.