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It’s matchmaking time at the library! From now (Feb. 10) until the end of the month (Feb. 29),  you can pick out a specially wrapped book from our display at the library. We call it Blind Date with a Book.

This year, it’s our First Lines edition, or, You had me at “hello.” We’re giving you a line from the first page of the book (or, in rare cases, from the book blurb on the cover). You still can’t judge these books by their covers, but you can judge them from their opening lines.

Here are two eligible books waiting for the right reader.  Is one of these books just what you were looking for?

blinddate-samples

See what catches your eye. Check out the book and take it home. Unwrap. Read. Enjoy!  Introduce it to your friends. Show it your favorite places to read. If you don’t like the book, simply return it to the library and pick another, its feelings won’t be hurt.

Don’t forget to tell us how your date went! You can win a prize even if your date was a flop. There’s nothing to lose, and so much to gain.

Each wrapped book comes with a Rate-the-Date Book Review form. Fill it out and return the form to the Information Desk by March 15th, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a Regal Cinemas gift card, good for a night out at the movies for two! Stay tuned, and we’ll share some of our favorite reviews here on this blog.

So take a chance. Stop by the library and grab a book. Who knows? Maybe there’s a bright future for the two of you!

blinddate-display

(This program is intended for consenting adults only, but teens can participate, too.)

Ever wonder what the folks who work at your local library like to read/watch/listen to? Well, we’ve assembled some of our favorite things (books, movies and music available at the library) that we consumed last year. These are not necessarily titles that came out in 2019, but that we enjoyed in 2019. Have a look and tell us what you think!

Our 2019 Staff Favorites list was created using the library’s new catalog. We haven’t officially switched catalogs yet, and even after we do switch you will still have access to our Classic Catalog if that is your preferred way to search and place holds, but our new catalog offers a host of new and exciting features!

For one, you can make book lists and see other people’s book lists. Get great ideas about what to read next, and see what people think about new and older releases. You can post comments, rate items, keep track of books you want to read later, and more. If you discover somebody with similar tastes to yours, you can follow them and see what titles they rate or comment upon.

We’re excited about our new catalog, and hope you will be too! Check it out and take it for a spin. We also have tutorials to help you get familiar with the catalog. We may offer in-person tutorials if there is demand for it. Let us know in the comments, or come see us at the Information Desk, if you have questions or comments. We’re happy to help you get started with the new catalog and discover all the new things you can do!

Volunteer applications will be available at the Dublin Public Library from Monday, December 30, 2019 – Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Completed applications are due by January 15th at 8 pm. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for a volunteer position.

Please note that filling out an application does not guarantee you a volunteer position. When you return the application, please sign up for an interview slot.

Mandatory interviews are scheduled for January 21st and 22nd.

Volunteer session runs from January 27, 2020 – May 9, 2020.

Saturday, October 5, 2-4 pm

Take control of your digital camera. Professional photographer Len Cook shares his 25+ years of teaching experience. Learn

  • different digital camera operations,
  • techniques for taking better photos,
  •  storage tips

Class assumes that you are familiar with the basic controls and settings of your camera. 

Registration is required. Go to events.aclibrary.org.

Discover new books, meet friendly local authors, or try your hand at creating a zine! Save the date for our Indie Author Day celebration of small press and self-published authors.

INDIE AUTHOR DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, October 12

Indie Author Panel, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Local Author Showcase, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
DIY Zine Workshop for Teens, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

(event flyer)

Sisters in Crime’s Indie Authors Tell All
12:00 – 1:30 PM in the Virginia Bennett Room
Join us for a panel talk of local crime writers, all of whom are indie authors. Come hear small press and self-published authors talk about why they chose indie/self-publishing, how they did it, and what they learned. See the panel talk flyer to find out more about the authors appearing.

With special thanks to the Northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national organization which promotes the advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.


Local Author Showcase
2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Community Room

Come meet the local talent at our Local Author Showcase!  Hear authors give short readings from their work in a variety of genres aimed at adults, teens, and children. Browse the tables where you can chat with authors and get your books signed. Co-sponsored by the California Writer’s Club Tri-Valley Branch.

For additional information see the event program with author bios and the list of when the authors are speaking.

Featured authors:


DIY Zine Workshop for Teens
2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Virginia Bennett Room

Join San Franciso Zine Fest in this hands-on workshop as they lead us through several zine construction basics. A zine (short for magazine) is any self-published work with a circulation of about 100 copies or less. The form is open-ended, and can accommodate for any number of mediums, from comics to poetry to photography and more, as long as it can be committed to paper. This is why zines have been a popular form of expression for marginalized and disenfranchised voices. For ages 12-18. No registration needed, just drop in. Space is limited to first 15 students.

We hope you can join us for this afternoon of events for book-lovers and aspiring writers! You can print the event flyer as a reminder.

Volunteer applications for high school students who would like to volunteer at the Dublin Public Library will be available at the library and accepted from August 26, 2019 – September 11, 2019. Completed applications are DUE September 11, 2019 at 8pm. When you return the application, please sign up for an interview slot. Mandatory interviews are scheduled for September 16, 2019 and September 18, 2019.

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.