Were you unable take a trip this summer? Then why not travel by book! As our summer reading program nears its end (pick up your prizes by August 11th, y’all), here are some books to remind you that Reading Takes You Everywhere:

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For non-fiction readers, try one of these travelogues. From the icy Antarctica to the world’s densest jungle, vicariously travel to fascinating and sometimes dangerous locales from the safety of your favorite reading chair!

For those who prefer fiction, here are some mysteries set outside the U.S.  Since there are so many mysteries set in modern and historical England, we’ve purposely excluded British mysteries to help you mix it up a bit. Did we miss your favorite international mystery series? Let us know in the comments.

Want fiction set in a specific place? Then search our catalog for the destination name and “fiction,” such as Paris fiction, Italy fiction, or India fiction. Try it the next time you are planning a trip abroad to familiarize yourself with a place.

Want to stay on more familiar grounds? Then try some road trip fiction. Lots of drama flows when folks are stuck together in a car. Or sometimes an individual’s road trip can be a catalyst for a larger emotional journey.

Lastly, try some books in translation. Originally published in a different language, these books often take place in a different country and provide a unique and worldly perspective. (As an added bonus, you may also use these books to fill some 2018 Reading Challenge categories, like “Book set somewhere you’ve never been, but would like to visit” or “Book translated from a different language.”)

So, where are you traveling to next?

 

 

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Looking for a job? Whether or not you have an interview lined up, it can’t hurt to be prepared! Lucky for you the library has free job-seeker classes, and this month our topic is interviewing:

Effective Interview Skills
Tuesday, July 17 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Bennett Room
In this workshop lecture, a job search specialist will show you how to prepare for a successful job interview.  Learn to confidently present yourself, your job background, education, experience and the special skills you can bring to your desired position.

This program is presented by the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center in partnership with the Dublin Library.  No appointment is needed, but please arrive on time.

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If you haven’t yet signed up for Alameda County’s Summer Reading Game, well, where have you been?! Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to sign up and start reading or doing activities to earn prizes (including a free book!).

This year, back by popular demand, is our paper bingo game for kids. For every thirty minutes children read, they can color in a circle. For each colored-in circle, they can come in to the library and spin a spinner and mark their gameboard. A bingo earns children their first prize: a nifty canvas bag to decorate, passes to two local science centers plus Lego Land, and a puzzle eraser. They will also automatically be entered in our weekly drawings for an extra prize.  When they fill in the whole bingo card, they earn their final prize: a free book from our prize cart!

We also have a different paper game for pre-readers that includes fun age-appropriate activities, and a “passport” reading log for teens and adults inspired by this year’s theme, “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” Come in to the library to find out more.

Out of town and can’t come in to the library? No worries, you can do a different summer program fully online. Just register at summer.aclibrary.org and track the amount of time you read. Pre-readers get their final prize after logging 5 hours of reading, and all other ages can get their final prizes after logging 30 hours of reading. You can only do one game (paper OR online) per person. The Dublin Library’s summer reading game ends on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

But wait, there’s more… we also have fun activities at the library during the summer including:

A puppet show for pre-schoolers on Wednesday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Family Board Game night for all ages on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m.
A ‘tween art program on Tuesday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Stamp Carving for adults on Thursday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m.

All of these events have limited space available. There are no pre-registrations, so come early to secure your spot. Check the Events link on the Dublin website or call the library at 925-803-7252 for more information.

One last tip: Our prize book selection gets slimmer as the summer goes on, so if you’ve been sitting on your completed gameboard then now’s the time to get up, come visit us, and redeem your prizes!  Hope to see you here soon, and Happy Reading everyone!

This Saturday, the Dublin Library and the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, are co-sponsoring our first local author showcase! The public is invited to this free event, which will be held in the Dublin Library’s Community Room on Saturday, June 9th from 1-3 pm. 15 local authors will be here to mingle and talk about their book(s) with our community members. This event is appropriate for all age levels, as the authors write on a variety of topics, cover many different genres and audience ranges (from children – adults).

Many of the authors will be selling copies of their book(s) during the showcase, should anyone wish to purchase a copy of a particular title. Payment will be made directly to the individual authors (not the library). The California Writers Club will also have a table for anyone interested in learning more about the group. We hope that you will join us and come meet some of our local authors!

 

The following authors will be at the showcase this Saturday:

Christine Volker

John Bluck

Eloise Hamann

Steve Minniear

Mary Anderson Parks

Moyra Rasheed

B. Lynn Goodwin

Sheryl Bize-Boutte

Ophelia Sexton

Yvonne Carder

Shannon Brown

Jordan Bernal

Constance Handstedt

Maya Poghosyan

Judy Lussie

 

Try on a new perspective! Do you tend to read books written by people surprisingly similar to yourself? Well now’s as good a time as any to expand your circle. One of the challenges we set out for you during our 2018 Reading Challenge was to read a “Memoir by an author of a different race or ethnicity than you.” If you haven’t yet marked this challenge off your list, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few diverse memoirs to try:

What recent memoirs would you recommend? Here are a few that made our list…

The best we could do: an illustrated memoir, by Thi Bui
In this powerful graphic novel, author/artist Bui describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family’s move from their war-torn home to the United States. 

Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood, by Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. (Especially good as an audiobook, narrated by Trevor Noah!)

In the country we love: my family divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
Guerrero, an actress from Orange is the New Black, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in.

Give a diverse memoir a try and tell us what you think. Find our list here. Be aware that there may be more than one format for each title, so if you prefer eBook or audiobook, search again for the title to see the library’s full holdings. Did your favorite memoir not make our list? Let us know in the comments.

If you don’t know about our 2018 Reading Challenge: Read Outside the Box, then download our challenge list and get started now. The year’s not yet half over, so there’s still plenty of time to try and finish the challenge!

 

Congratulations to our winners in the Teen Art Contest!

Best in Show was awarded to Courtney for her piece, Shiloh (the blue painting with the silhouettes).

Winner of the Fine Art category was awarded to Susanna for her piece, Splash, (a colored pencil piece depicting water splashing out of a glass).

Winner of the Photography category was awarded to Ekansh for his piece, A Window on the Hill (the photo within a photo).

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Aarthi for Portrait of an Old Man, and to June, for Studying.

Thank you to all of our teen artists who participated. The artwork was lovely, and was a wonderful display at the library. (Cash prizes were provided by the Friends of the Dublin Library.

 

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Explore the principals of photographing people in a free two-hour workshop in the Dublin Library Program Room, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Learn how to create pictures that capture the essence of your subject.  Learn how to use natural light, creative backgrounds, and interesting locations.  Family, children, group and candid photos will be discussed.  This program is for adult students.

The instructor, Gerry Mooney, is a professional photographer who taught photography at Ohlone College for over 25 years.

Attendance is limited to 36 students.  Please sign up for this class at the Adult Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 or contact Eugene at EMarangoni@ACLibrary.org .