The Concord Mobile Veterans Center (MVC) provides readjustment counseling and information resources to veterans. Outreach specialists offer referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and service, including employment, education, healthcare and housing, Veteran CAID or Driver’s License, and Proof of Service Form DD-214

Have you written and independently or professionally published a book, and do you live in the Dublin or Tri-Valley area? If so, then the Dublin Library and the California Writer’s Club Tri-Valley Branch invite you to apply for our 2nd Annual Local Author Showcase!

We are looking for 12 published East Bay authors to join us for our free mixer-style event. Meet readers and possibly sell your books! Each author that is accepted into the showcase will have a table to display their work and have the option to do a short reading during the first hour of the event.

Applications to be included in the Showcase are available here and at the Information Desk at the Dublin Library between July 1st and July 31st. Applications are due by Thursday, August 1st. You can turn in your application at the Information Desk, or mail it to:

Local Author Showcase
Dublin Library
200 Civic Plaza
Dublin, CA 94568

Please see the terms and conditions on the reverse of the application form for more information.

Applicants will be notified by mid-August. The Local Author Showcase will take place in the Community Room at the Dublin Library on Saturday, October 12, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Good luck, and happy reading (and writing)!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a great time for children (an adults) to practice seven skills to help a friend.

Palo Alto VA Mobile Medical Van for FB

The Palo Alto VA Mobile Medical Outreach van will be at Dublin Library on Tuesday, May 28 from 10 am – 2 pm to offer medical services to veterans and their families. Staff will also be available to talk about housing, education and employment benefits.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in Blind Date with a Book last month. The winner of the prize drawing has been notified. For the rest of you, how about a consolation read? Here are two books readers discovered through a Bind Date that were given a top rating of 5 stars.


Review by Valerie:

One of Us, by Tawni O’Dell

I give this book: 5 stars

What I liked about it:
Absolutely masterful, rich storytelling packing an emotional punch. Great look into a mental illness, class struggles and what evil really means. I have been recommending this book to my friends and coworkers.

Three adjectives that describe this book:
Captivating
Psychological
Poignant


Review by Roberta:

The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? A Philosophical Conundrum,
by Thomas Cathcart

I give this book: 5 stars!

What I liked about it:
This little book is a crash course in philosophy 101 presented in an easy-to-read delightful style using the classic “runaway trolley” scenario: would you pull a switch and divert the trolley to a different track thus avoiding killing 5 people, but killing one person on the second track? Is it the morally right thing to do, or is it manslaughter? Read the moral, ethical, philosophical and legal opinions of ancient and modern philosophers. Lawyers, jurors, journalists, educators, clergy, etc. Then YOU decide!

Three adjectives that describe this book:
Fun
Philosophical
Ethically challenging!

Did you pick up one of our specially wrapped books this year? If so, don’t forget to turn in your blind date book review! And if you haven’t yet gone on a Blind Date with a Book, then hurry now into the library. We’ll be taking down the display this Thursday night, February 21.

For the uninitiated, every February the Dublin Library wraps up some of our adult books, both fiction and non-fiction, where you can’t see the author or the title. Short descriptions or teasers are written on the books to help you decide if a book is right for you. You take it home, unwrap it, read it, and rate the book. Reviews turned in to the Information Desk by March 7th will be entered into a drawing for a gift card good for a movie night for two.

Even if you don’t win a prize, you can discover a new favorite author by participating in Blind Date with a Book. Here are two reviews that came in recently:

Review by Jeanne:

A Small Indiscretion, by Jan Ellison

I give this book: 5 stars!

What I liked about it:
Well-written with flashbacks carefully weaving all characters in the story mysteriously together. I also liked the description of Paris & London.

Three adjectives that describe this book:
Compelling
Emotional
Reflection
Impossible to describe in only 3 adjectives. A very good book.




Review by Misha:

The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy,
by Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon

I give this book: 4 stars

What I liked about it:
This book offers a thorough and impressive introduction to philosophy, which is an interesting and complex subject. Although I found some terms and explanations difficult to understand at times, I definitely enjoyed the clever and funny illustrations in the book along with the exceptional details about well-known philosophers. I recommend this book to everyone!

Three adjectives that describe this book:
Entertaining
Informative
Complex

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Have a research question or want to learn more about downloading eBooks or using the library’s streaming video services? Then try out Dublin Library’s new adult service: Book a Librarian!

Apply to get twenty minutes of one-on-one assistance from a librarian with your technology or research question. Appointments are on the 1st Tuesday of the month, starting February 5th, between 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Fill out an appointment request and submit it at the Information Desk, or call us at 925-803-7252.

What can the librarian help me with?

  • Computer basics (setting up email, Word basics, etc.)
  • Downloading/streaming eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and videos
  • Job search help (online application help)
  • Library tips & tricks (using our catalog, making lists, saving reading history & more)
  • Library resources (finding journal articles, museum passes, online test prep, etc.)
  • Research on a topic

Sorry, but some things we are unable to help with include:

  • Medical, legal, financial or tax advice. We can refer you to other resources, though.
  • Technical support/maintenance on your personal devices
  • Typing or inputting data, or creating documents for you
  • In-depth genealogy beyond using the library’s version of Ancestry.com

Who can use this service?
Any Alameda County Library cardholders ages 18 and up may use this service.

Where do I go for my appointment?
Please arrive at least 5 minutes early for your appointment, and check in at the Information Desk.

How do I make an appointment?
Fill out an appointment request and return it at the Information Desk, or call 925-803-7252. An appointment request is not a guarantee of an appointment. Your request will be reviewed by a librarian and you will be contacted within 3-5 days of your application to confirm your appointment. A request may be denied if a topic is outside the expertise or comfort of the librarian, but every effort will be made to refer you to an appropriate resource for additional help.