Join us for a fun-filled flashback for adults! In 1967, thousands converged on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Whether you want to recapture your counterculture past or find out what it was really like, the library has something for everyone!

Come watch a legendary rock concert film, learn about psychedelic art and hippie fashion, make your own tie-dye T-shirt and more! Our free adult programs kick off on Thursday, June 1 and continue through July 2017. (Print a copy of the event flier.)

Adult Program Descriptions
All programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 1 – Screening of Monterey Pop
The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival featured performances by Janis Joplin, the Who, Ravi Shankar, Simon & Garfunkel, and more. This incredible concert film captures it all, including Jimi Hendrix infamously lighting his guitar on fire!

Sunday, June 25 – When Art Rocked: Posters from the ‘60s
Come see a far out collection of rock posters, handbills and other 1960s memorabilia! Members of the Rock Poster Society will display items from their collections and describe some of the more memorable shows and dances they attended.

Thursday, July 6 – Summer of Love Art Talk
Join us for a lecture highlighting the de Young museum’s exhibit “The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.” See exhilarating examples of costumes and textiles, photography, rock posters, and more. This presentation will be by Jim Kohn, Docent for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
(Image on left: minidress by Candace King; Image on above right: Fillmore poster, 1967, by Bonnie MacLean)

Thursday, July 13 –  Make a Tie Dye T-shirt
Bring a 100% cotton t-shirt and we’ll provide everything else you’ll need to make your own tie-dye creation. Be prepared to get a little messy and have a lot of fun! For adults only. Space is limited. Sign-ups start June 13. Visit the library’s Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.

Thursday, July 27 – Poster Lettering Workshop
Learn how to make artistic lettering by hand that will add a groovy touch to whatever you are making!  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided. This class is being led by artist and teacher, Karen Wardell. Space is limited. Sign-ups for this class start June 27. Visit the library’s Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.



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 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017.  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 .





Are you looking for a new job?  Do you want to make sure your resume is getting you the most interviews possible?  Are you considering switching careers?  If so, you’ll want to take advantage of two free programs presented by the Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center in partnership with Dublin Library.

In the One-on-One Resume Critique, offered on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Dublin Library Program Room, 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 to prospective employers.

In the One-on-One Job Counseling session, offered on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job career options for you.

You must call the Dublin Library at 9250-803-7252 or come to the Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20-minute session.

Teen Book Talk features reviews by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of a movie, Beauty and the Beast. This is a review of the newly-released live action film, not the animated version.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Siri P., Teen Reviewer

Name of Movie: Beauty and the Beast 2017

Release Date: March 17, 2017

MPAA Rating: PG

My Rating: 5 Stars

Beauty and the Beast 2017, starring Emma Watson, is the latest version of the previous Disney movie. It was released on March 17 and I watched it the day it was released. It is rated is PG, recommending parental guidance. The movie setting takes place in a small village and a large castle. In short words, Beauty and the Beast is about a young and alluring women who has a heart that is made of kindness and how she gets in the hands of a beast. I would like to recognize Dan Stevens (the beast) for his acting skills. This movie is full of humor, suspense, romance, and galore! I give it 5 stars!

The plot has a shocking twist to it so if you are a Disney fan, you should still see this version, even after viewing the animated versions. Unlike some other movies, it is not predictable at all!

If you are completely new to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I very much suggest you watch it. This movie is well-written and you do not need to watch the previous version to understand it.

This movie is interesting for adults, teens, and younger children, so feel free to bring your family! I want to let you know that it has some violence, but overall, it contributes to the suspense and intensity of the plot. The beast may look frightening at first to your younger siblings. However, I took my younger sister and her friends (aged 5-8) to watch the movie at the theater and they simply loved it.

Is this a typical “Happily Ever After” movie? Many people in the audience were in tears – and no, I will not tell you if it was tears in sadness or happiness…

If you are the type of person who stays up all night watching Disney movies, Moana is another PG movie that is also highly recommended.







Transfixed by the hulu series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale? Of course you’ll want to read the original book, but why not also try some of these books that hit some of the same notes as the series and the book? Dark yet compelling, these novels are frightening plausible dystopias and/or are literary speculative fiction with philosophical themes. Give one a try and tell us what you think!

Handmaids Reads

Dystopias and Post-Apocalypse Stories:

Atwood created another grim tale of the future with Oryx and Crake, a title that with dark humor explores a world devastated by bioengineering and ecological disasters. It is the first in a trilogy, alongside The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Another dystopic tale that slowly reveals its disturbing truths, Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro is a haunting novel about coming to terms with one’s pre-ordained role in society.

In Children of Men, P.D. James imagines the societal upheavals brought on by the human race’s unexpected sterility. It is 2021, no babies have been born since 1995, and an Oxford historian is drawn into a revolutionary movement.  Or, for a more straightforward end-of-the-world title, try Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. While not really tackling heavy issues like The Handmaid’s Tale, it is one of more lyrical and memorable entries in the growing field of dystopian and post-apocalyptic tales.

Feminism in Speculative Fiction:

If it’s the feminist edge in The Handmaid’s Tale that intrigues you, try When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan. A speculative riff on The Scarlet Letter, this novel follows Hannah Payne, a woman whose skin is dyed red for the crime of having an abortion. Or, for a thought-provoking exploration of gender wrapped into a science fiction story, look no further than Ursula K. Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness, in which a human ambassador is sent to a world where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose.

Octavia Butler’s science fiction often tackle issues of race, class, and gender. For readers who don’t really want the world-building and futuristic settings of the previous titles, you might like Butler’s time-traveling story Kindred. It tells the story of Dana, a black woman, who is repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must protect her white ancestor.

Described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Mean Girls, Only Ever Yours, by Louise O’Neill, is a Young Adult title set in a future world where girls are created and raised solely to please men.  With few good options, young women find themselves competing against one another for prized positions.

Class Oppression & Rebellion:

More action-packed and less literary than Atwood’s books, Pierce Brown’s trilogy may appeal to those who want a tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions, but also want to see the oppressed rise up in revolt. The first title in the series is Red Rising.

For a somewhat out there suggestion, try The Bees, by Laline Paull. Yes, this book is literally about bees.  But it’s also about a strictly hierarchical society where Flora 717, a sanitation worker and a member of the lowest caste in her hive, gets woke to her status and the inequities inherent in her society.

You can find the titles discussed in this post in the library’s catalog by searching for “handmaid’s reads”.

Have a title you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.

Also of interest: Check out the book covers for Handmaid’s Tale from various editions around the world.


This week, for Teen Book Talk, we’re sharing a review of a local event, The Mount Diablo Rose Society’s annual Rose Show, which took place at the Dublin Library on April 22, 2017.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, (or write a review of a local event that they attended) and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Siri P., Teen Reviewer (photos taken and owned by Siri P.)

The Memorable Rose Show

The rose show at the Dublin Library on April 22nd featured the winning contestants and their award-winning roses. There were many different colors of flowers including golden honey, multi-colored, tie-dye, deep purple, bright yellow – you name it. The roses came in all shapes starting with tiny little bundle of petals while some were even bigger than my fist. The number of petals ranged from five to thirty or more. These pictures that I took are only few of the many roses displayed at the show. The flowers filled the place with pleasant aroma and if you closed your eyes, you could feel as if you were in a colossal garden. The contestants arranged the flowers in a creative and stunning manner, leaving the viewers delighted. It takes a lot of dedication and love to grow the roses. You are never too young or old to share the love for nature and what it brings to our lives. Mount Diablo Rose Society hosted an enchanting presentation of roses.

Teen Book Talk features reviews by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of the book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Jiwon H., Teen Reviewer

Book Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1988

Who will book appeal to?: Adults

Rating: 5 stars

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is one of the very famous books throughout the world as it has been translated into at least sixty-nine languages getting into many different readers’ hands. The book begins with a man named Santiago who believes that the recurring dream he has is prophetic. He decides to travel to meet a Romani fortune-teller to figure out what this dream is trying to tell him. Throughout his journey, Santiago meets different people and learns about various values in one’s life. Following what his dream has shown him, his ultimate goal in the journey is to find the treasure at the pyramids, which is based on the interpretation of his dream by a gypsy woman. In the desert, Santiago meets an alchemist who teaches him about alchemy, helps him cross the desert to reach the pyramids, and talks about his wisdom about the Soul of the World.

The story tells the readers many values in our lives, such as wealth, fame, security, and health. Santiago sees how individuals prioritizing the values in different ways. Then, he looks at himself and finds what is most important in his life by the end of his journey. Paulo Coelho introduces philosophical concepts and the manner each reader perceives these varies.  In order to truly understand the message of this book and learn from it, the readers should be able to connect their own conceptions of different values in life to those of Santiago in the book. Thus, I would like to recommend this book to adults who are interested in reading inspirational books. I rated this book with five stars, because I believe that the lessons or the main message of the story is very meaningful regardless of whether or not each reader could fully understand it or get inspired by it after reading.