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.

Tonight’s yoga session has unfortunately been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. The next session is on February 19th.

Did you resolve to get fit or to stress less this 2019? The library can help with that!

Learn easy yoga postures and mindfulness techniques to help you manage stress:

Evening Yoga 
6:00 – 7:30 pm. in the Virginia Bennett Room
January 15, February 19, and March 18

No registration required, and beginners are welcome. Adults only, please. To get the most out of the yoga practice, come with an empty stomach wearing comfortable, loose clothing. Attendees must sign a waiver at the start of the class in order to participate. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Madhavi Nadendla is a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor who has been teaching yoga for over two years. She trained at the reputed Mt. Madonna Center.

Teen Book Talk features book, movie, and local event reviews written by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of a movie, The Upside of Unrequited.

Teen reviewers select which books and movies they’d like to review, and also which local events to attend and review. All opinions are those of the reviewers. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Sahana N., teen reviewer

Book Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2017

Appeal: Young Adult

Rating: 5/5

 

At 17, Molly Peskin-Suso is filled with love, as unrequited as it may be, its still love. She’s had 26 crushes but never tried anything because of her insecurities of being fat. Her twin sister on the other hand, Cassie is the complete opposite. She’s stunning, looks amazing in whatever she decides to throw on, and is talented in the field of love.

One day, Cassie meets a girl named Mina. She’s immediately smitten and admittedly has trouble confessing to her crush. After she gets a bit more comfortable, Mina and Cassie start to date, making Molly feel lonelier, and more unwanted than ever.

Fortunately, Cassie has an idea and wants to set up Mina’s best friend, “hipster Will” with Molly. Anxious to spend more time with Cassie and maybe even receive her first kiss, Molly wills herself to like the cute redhead that keeps popping up.

When Molly starts her summer job, she meets Reid, a chubby Tolkien super fan with his interesting love for Cadbury mini eggs, and a dorky laugh. Suddenly she finds herself wishing to spend more and more time with this cute guy who seemingly occupies most of her mind. Could this be once more unrequited love? Could this be “Molly crush” number 28? Or could this maybe be true?

I enjoyed this book because it explored many characters. The differences between each were vivid and easily spotted. The main theme of this book was also that different is okay. We see characters of different body weights and accepting that they are beautiful as well. We see characters who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and are proud to be so. Most importantly we see characters confident in being themselves, teaching readers a good lesson.

Love, Simon fans will enjoy this book very much because it’s written by the same author. Molly is Abby’s cousin and in this book we explore her background. This book doesn’t incorporate any aspects of fantasy but takes you on a journey through real life. That being said, I would still recommend it to any fans of The Selection, Red Queen, An Ember in the Ashes, or YA series with action, just because it’s an easy read and a great story! I would especially recommend it to John Green fans because the two have similar writing styles.

Another reason I enjoyed this story is the way it is told. Molly’s perspective is fresh, new, and unheard of previously. Most books we read with female main characters talk about how beautiful they are. Take Red Queen, the book isn’t centered on beauty but we do understand how beautiful Mare is. In The Selection, America’s beauty is unrefined and unique, making Maxon fall for her from the start. Finally, in The Ember in the Ashes, Laia catches Elias’ eye even as a servant just because of her looks. On the other hand, Molly is a girl who is chubby, a characteristic our modern world doesn’t encourage. We see as she finds herself and who she really is as well as becomes comfortable in her own skin.