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.

 

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

Finding a Job – The Search from A to Z will be given on Tuesday, April 18th, from 100 – 2:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room. In this workshop, a job search specialist will show you how to conduct a successful job search to get more interviews and a suitable job faster.

Effective Resumes and Cover Letters will be given on Tuesday, April 25th, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.    In this workshop, a job search specialist will tell you how to write a resume and cover letter that will get you more interviews and a suitable job faster.

These programs will be presented by the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center in partnership with the Dublin Library.

 

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.  The Dave Rocha Jazz Trio will be performing some ‘straight-ahead’ jazz music for this program in the Dublin Library Program Room on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.  The Trio has some great compositions lined up for this event.  Bring the whole family,  to listen to America’s original art form. Dave Rocha hopes to see

Dave Rocha has performed with his jazz group for more than 20 years in a number of major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.  His band plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards, pop tunes and original compositions.  Audio samples of his works can be heard here.

Dave Rocha will be playing the trumpet and flugelhorn, Brad Buethe will be playing the electric guitar and Chuck Bennett will be playing the upright bass.  The Trio will be playing some great selections, including compositions by Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Richie Beirach and many more.

For more information, call Eugene at 925-803-7286 or email emarangoni@aclibrary.org

The 2017 Pulitzers have been announced. Have you read a Pulitzer lately?

This year’s winners, with the judge’s commentary are:

FICTION:

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.

Previous Fiction Pulitzer winners.

GENERAL NONFICTION:

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond

For a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Previous General Nonfiction Pulitzer winners.

BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar

For a first-person elegy for home and father that examines with controlled emotion the past and present of an embattled region.

Previous Biography or Autobiography Pulitzer winners.

HISTORY:

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson

For a narrative history that sets high standards for scholarly judgment and tenacity of inquiry in seeking the truth about the 1971 Attica prison riots.

Previous History Pulitzer winners.

POETRY:

Olio, by Tyehimba Jess

For a distinctive work that melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.

Previous Poetry Pulitzer winners.

 

Want more award winners? Download our list of Fiction Winners and check out a book today!

Teen Book Talk returns! After a short hiatus, teen book talk is back, with all new reviews, written by local teens. This week, we’re sharing a review of the film, Rogue One: a Star Wars Story.

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**

Neha H., Teen Reviewer

Name of Movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: December 16, 2016

MPAA Rating : PG-13

My rating : 4.5 stars

Genre : Science-fiction, action

The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One serves as a prequel to 1977’s A New Hope, and follows the Rebel Alliance’s mission to steal the plans for the Death Star – crucial to its later destruction by rebel fleets led by Luke Skywalker.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is the estranged daughter of the Empire’s lead engineer for the Death Star, Galen Erso, who holds the key to its destruction. Jyn must join forces with veteran Rebel pilot Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), an Imperial spy, a reprogrammed droid, and other resistance fighters to fulfill the Alliance’s mission. However, things take an unexpected turn when Imperial Commander Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), desperate to please Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader, begins to freely demonstrate the Death Star’s destructive potential.

Although it was an unexpected addition to the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One certainly delivers, filling in the missing pieces from A New Hope. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, boasts stunning visuals and fast-paced action sequences, deftly weaving both together into a compelling narrative with messages of loyalty, bravery, and familial love. It features a diverse yet talented cast, and introduces a new strong female protagonist in the form of Jyn Erso, who joins the ranks formed by Rey and Princess Leia. Missing are the familiar rolling title graphics in the beginning, supplemented by John Williams’ iconic theme; instead, the film features a new score composed by Michael Giacchino (who previously worked on Up, Inside Out, and Jurassic World, to name a few). Rogue One draws upon elements of the original Star Wars trilogy for nostalgia’s sake, but is noticeably darker and grittier; it blends together old and new, with a result that is truly satisfying.

 

 

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.  The Dave Rocha Jazz Trio will be performing some ‘straight-ahead’ jazz music for this program in the Dublin Library Program Room on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.  The Trio has some great compositions lined up for this event.  Bring the whole family to listen to America’s original art form.

Dave Rocha has performed with his jazz group for more than 20 years in a number of major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.  His band plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards, pop tunes and original compositions.

Dave Rocha will be playing the trumpet and flugelhorn, Brad Buethe will be playing the electric guitar and Chuck Bennett will be playing the upright bass.  The Trio will be playing some great selections, including compositions by Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Richie Beirach and many more.

For more information, call Eugene at 925-803-7286 or email emarangoni@aclibrary.org

Looking to explore your creative side? Our next two First Thursday adult programs will feature hands-on crafting projects. Learn something new and walk away with original works of art! These free programs are for adults only. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday, April 6 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Quilted Postcards with Marion Coleman

Textile and mixed media artist Marion Coleman is inspired by memory, family stories, cultural change and a world filled with color. She will guide you in making a personal fabric collage postcard-sized quilt! No experience necessary. All supplies will be provided.

 

Zentangle

Thursday, May 4 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Zentangle Basics

Want to relax, refocus and reconnect to your inner creativity?  This free class will introduce you to the Zentangle philosophy and its fun approach to enhancing creativity. By learning simplified steps to an alphabet of structured patterns, you will be delighted and surprised by your unique and beautiful designs. Supplies provided.

Limited to 20 participants. Call 925-803-7252 to register.

Donna Crum is a Certified Zentangle Teacher. The Zentangle method, envisioned by artist/musician Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, has a world-wide following.

Can’t come to this class? Check out one of our zentangle books and teach yourself!