This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer talks about Eleanor and Park, a novel by the very popular Rainbow Rowell.

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**

Jessie H., 10th Grade, Teen Reviewer

e&pTitle: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: book, novel

Year of Publication: 2012

Who will the book appeal to?: ages 14-17, people who liked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and The Selection by Kiera Cass

Rating: 4/5

Eleanor & Park is a touching story about two teenagers finding first love in the 1980s. The book follows Eleanor, an eccentric, red-haired girl and Park a boy whose life was never very exciting before Eleanor. Love at first sight couldn’t be farther from reality for them, as it takes a while for the two to even exchange a few words, let alone fall in love. Their romance is anything but predictable, and is almost bittersweet.

As someone who usually avoids romances in young adult novels because of their cliche nature, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Both Eleanor and Park are complex characters and have so much more to them other than their relationship with each other. They both have realistic flaws which lend themselves to a less than perfect romance.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels and even to those who don’t, because this is one that is truly unique. The book does have some strong language, mentions of sex, and it deals with some heavier topics, so I would be careful if you’re not comfortable with any of those things. Overall, I think Rowell did a wonderful job with this book, crafting realistic characters and an engaging plot.

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Do you have a digital camera and want to know how to use it to take better photographs?  If so, then you’ll want to attend “Introduction to Digital Photography,” taught by professional photographer Gerry Mooney, who taught photography at Ohlone College for 25 years.  The class will be offered on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, in the Dublin Library Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568.

In this class, suitable for beginning and intermediate-level photographers, you will learn to go beyond point-and-shoot photography.  Mr. Mooney will speak about basic digital camera operations, custom setting, and editing and storing digital pictures.  You are encouraged to bring your own digital camera and instruction manual for hands-on practice.

There is a maximum of 36 students for this workshop.  Registration is required.  Go to the Information Desk in the Dublin Library or call 925-803-7252 to register.  For more information, call Eugene at (510) 608-1117 or e-mail emarangoni@aclibrary.org.

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Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 each year. People of all ages look forward to this day when candy, flowers, balloons, gifts, and special cards called valentines are exchanged among those who love each other. By “love,” we don’t just mean romantic feelings between two people – love is shared among family members and friends as well! How will you show your appreciation for these people on Valentine’s Day?

Below are just some of our picture, Early Reader, and Moving Up books about Valentine’s Day and the many forms of love we feel towards others. Click on the images below or in the PDF to see if these books are at the Dublin Library today!

Highlights:

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Love Monster

By Rachel Bright

The Monster is lonely in a world full of cute, cuddly things. Can he find a monster companion?

 

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No Valentines for Katie

By Fran Manushkin

Everyone in Katie’s class gets a valentine…except for Katie.

 

 

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It’s Valentine’s Day!

By Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky writes poems for all sorts of occasions. See what he has written for Valentine’s Day!

 

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Attack of the 50-ft. Cupid

By Jim Benton

What’s an unwanted, bumbling lab assistant and a giant, terrifying cupid on the loose? Just another day in the life of Franny K. Stein.

 

 

This week for Teen Book Talk, we’re looking at a non-fiction work, Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers. 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**

Anooshka G., Teen Reviewer

Book zeitounTitle: Zeitoun

Author: Dave Eggers

Book Format: book

Year of Publication: 2009

Who will book appeal to?: Both fiction and non-fiction readers

Rating: 4

Zeitoun is a non-fiction novel written by Dave Eggers about a Syrian immigrant’s experience after Hurricane Katrina in a post 9/11 world. Zeitoun, the main character, is a construction company owner living in New Orleans. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children together. Zeitoun decides to remain in New Orleans for the hurricane while Kathy and the children flee to her sister’s house. Zeitoun owns various rental properties and a misconception leads him to be arrested. The government denies Zeitoun basic human rights and his family believes him to be dead. This book follows Zeitoun’s experience dealing with unjust laws and Kathy’s emotions as she struggles with these events.

As a reader who doesn’t particularly enjoy non-fiction, I was hesitant at first, but by using various literary devices and backstories, Eggers has made this book a story that reads like fiction. Not once did I think that I was reading a textbook. The book was split into parts so that we got both Zeitoun and Kathy’s points of view creating suspense and allowing for breaks from particular stretches—something I enjoyed. The main issue I had with the book was Zeitoun’s portrayal. He’s given a heroic status when in reality he is a much different man. The couple has been married for multiple years and Kathy claims that Zeitoun has been abusive since 1994. Eggers doesn’t give us any insight to this side of Zeitoun and as a reader I almost felt betrayed when I searched up his story and was introduced to the horrors he has inflicted upon his family. Overall, I found this to be a great book with the only downside being information that was never covered.

 

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Free Tax Assistance will be available at the Dublin Library every Saturday, beginning Saturday, February 6, 2016 through Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room.

This program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and AARP. Trained volunteers will assist with U.S. Federal and California State income tax and e-filing.

Appointments will be available for morning sessions. The Library will begin accepting appointments on Monday, February 1st, 2016. You may call the Library at (925) 803-7252 during normal open hours or sign up in person at the Reference Desk.

Drop-ins with no appointment are welcome at any time, from 10:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of volunteer staff.

There will be no Tax Assistance offered on Saturday, March 12, 2016, due to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center.

 

 

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Dublin Library has a new book discussion group for teens, grades 9-12. Teens can sign up at the Information Desk, and pick up a book. Teen Book Chat is different than the traditional book discussion group. Each participant reads a different book each month, and then prepares a short book talk to present to the group. Teens also get to keep the paperback book that they chose from the library’s offerings each month.

The first meeting is Wednesday, February 10th from 4-4:45 pm.

Book Chat Flyer

 

Senior Couple At Home With Many Bills

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Alameda County Public Libraries are pleased to present a free informational workshop for seniors on avoiding identity theft in the Dublin Library Program Room.  Topics will include prescription drug scams, Medicare scams, Internet scams, and keeping your personal identifying information safe.   This program  will be presented on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.

Presenters may include representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, the US Food & Drug Administration, and Legal Assistance for Seniors.  For more information, contact DDA Cheryl Poncini:  cheryl.poncini@acgov.org .

These presentations are a component of the outreach and awareness program organized by the District Attorney’s Office.
Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252.

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