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.

 

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, Black Panther.

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**

Janice L., teen reviewer

Name of Movie: Black Panther

Release Date: February 16, 2018

Rating: PG-13

Your rating: 5/5

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction film

Brief Summary:

The movie follows T’Challa, the recently throned King of Wakanda and Black Panther. Wakanda is a mythical, prosperous African nation that replies on its own self-sufficiency to defend its people. Wakanda is introduced as the world’s most advanced civilization that thrives off of the indestructible alien metal vibranium found only in Wakanda that gives people superhuman abilities. The movie begins with T’Challa seeking vengeance by taking down Ulysses Klaue, who infiltrated the isolated nation, resulting in many deaths of the Wakanda people, and stole vibranium. The plot thickens as T’Challa discovers the truth behind how Klaue managed to infiltrate Wakanda and meets the man at the heart of this truth. T’Challa is challenged by this man who has a different perspective on the future of Wakanda’s relations with other countries. T’Challa must reconsider his values and the future of Wakanda as he seeks to defeat the man.

Review:

Although the movie was felt rushed towards the end, I feel that the producers still managed to wrap up the movie well. Overall, I loved the plotline of this movie because it was different from the movies that I’ve watched. This is most likely because Black Panther is my first Marvel movie, so I was surprised by the incredible cinematography in the movie. I was encouraged to watch the movie by my English teacher because we were learning about the Civil Rights Movement and the various civil rights activists during that time period. In addition, almost everyone in my class were impressed by the movie, so I didn’t want to miss out on watching this film!

As my English teacher pointed out, I also found it interesting how Black Panther alludes to the ideological struggle between black activists in the Civil Rights Movement. The perspectives of two main characters in the movie mirror the perspectives black activists held on the most effective method to liberate oppressed people of African descent around the world, more specifically in the USA.

Overall, Black Panther presents an interesting portrayal of conflicting perspectives in the Civil Rights Movement. I would highly recommend watching this movie from this perspective if you haven’t thought about how the movie related to the Civil Rights Movement before. The incredible cinematography and fast-paced nature of the movie made this movie a memorable one.

If you would like free help filling out either the FAFSA* or CADAA* form (*Free Application for Federal Student Aid / CA Dream Act Application), there is a free workshop at Granada High School (Livermore) on December 5, 2018 (Wednesday), 5–8 P.M. This workshop is for high school seniors and their parent(s)/guardian. All information can be found here:  FAFSA Flyer English. This free workshop is sponsored by Pedrozzi Foundation and requests for information should be directed to the group: (925) 456-3700.

FAFSA Flyer Spanish

 

Dublin Library is not affiliated with the Pedrozzi Foundation, and does not endorse the program in any way. This is simply an informational announcement for our community.

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, Lady Bird.

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**

Collette L., teen reviewer

Name of Movie: Lady Bird
Release Date: November 3, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
My rating: 5/5
Genre: comedy, drama, coming-of-age

With the Oscars coming up in about a month, a bunch of great films have been gaining recognition in the media recently. Among these critically-acclaimed films is Lady Bird , Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut detailing the senior year of a Catholic school student who goes by the name of “Lady Bird”. The film mainly focuses on the complicated yet tender mother-daughter relationship between Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and Marion (Laurie Metcalf).

Through luscious cinematography and a bittersweet Jon Brion-composed score, Lady Bird characterizes early-2000’s Sacramento with a unique sense of love and warmth. The conversations that Lady Bird has with both her classmates and her family are similar to the ones I have with my own, proving just how realistic the dialogue in this movie is. Additionally, Gerwig handles every character, even the small ones, with such care that every plotline in the film feels important.

This movie made my heart swell twice its size. I’ve seen it twice in theaters and I cried both times. What’s interesting is that Lady Bird is not a particularly sad film, and yet it made me feel emotional in ways that I’ve never felt when watching a movie before. I identified with Lady Bird’s specific brand of adolescent confusion, as well as with her interactions with her mother. Hollywood doesn’t usually give love and attention to mother-daughter relationships in the way that Lady Bird does, so I think that it’s wonderful to see a female-directed film that is able to capture this complex female relationship is such a truthful fashion.

All in all, Lady Bird is a beautifully shot film with a splendid screenplay and talented actors. If you’re still unsure about whether or not you’d like to go see this film, I’d like to note that I geeked out over this movie with my English teacher, so you know it has to be good!