If you’ve been to the library in the past week, you will have seen books on holiday cooking on display by the public access terminals.

In addition to the books in the Alameda County Library collection, you can find recipes in the Food and Drink LibGuide online.

At times it seems that the holiday season entails putting on more weight.  However, that isn’t inevitable.   The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions recommends the following if you wish to do yourself and your guests a favor and make heart-healthier meals:

  • Start with healthy appetizers, such as whole-grain crackers, cut vegetables, hummus, low-fat dressings or unsalted nuts.
  • Cut or eliminate salt from your recipes, flavoring with other seasonings instead. Make your own gravy, using low-sodium broth.
  • Make mashed potatoes with low-sodium chicken broth, roasted garlic and fat-free evaporated milk.
  • Use whole-wheat bread crumbs, onions and celery, dried fruit and less butter for healthier stuffing.
  • Bake your own desserts to avoid trans fats.

Here are some more books about popular Fall sports, this time for the older kids! To see these books in our catalog, click HERE then click the cover of the book you’d like to read.

Nov15 - J FIC, J NF (1)Nov15 - J FIC, J NF (2) (Library Edition) database has added more than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s.  These records are now available on the Ancestry site, many of them important historical records never before available online.

These newly loaded records will help Mexican nationals and the estimated 34 million Mexican-Americans research their family history.  Note that civil registration births and civil registration deaths records for individual Mexican states can list names of parents and spouses as well as the names of the deceased.


Are you currently without health insurance?  Are you confused about Covered California?  Do you want to pay less for coverage?  Then come and get your questions answered by Alex Garcia, a Covered California Certified Enrollment Counselor with Axis Community Health.  He’ll be available to answer your questions and sign you up from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the lobby of the Dublin Library on the following Mondays:  November 2, 17, December 7, 21, and January 4.

For each family member being insured, bring:

  • Proof of Citizenship (Naturalization certificate /gren card if applicable)
  • Proof of address (ID card, utility bill)
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of household income (Tax form, pay stubs)

For enrollment requirements and other information, visit

You can play a sport all year round if you’d like, but here are some children’s books about popular sports played in Fall. To see if we have these at the library today, click HERE then click the cover of the book you’d like to read.

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Halloween, the most popular non-official holiday in the United States, has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).  The festival was a celebration of the end of the harvest season.  Samhain was a time used to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter.  The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31st, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and could cause sickness or damage crops.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has these Halloween safety tips for children and their adult companions.    The most important tips are:

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups.  Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.  Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.  Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

In addition to going trick-or-treating, you might want to see Ghosts of Dublin: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Dublin Heritage Park and Museum, 6600 Donlon Way, Kolb Sunday School Barn. A glimpse into Dublin’s past. Author historian Rita Szollos shares pictures and stories of local people and places. Follow lighted path to Kolb House and peek inside the family parlor. Or venture into the cemetery for a flashlight tour. $5 Residents, $6 Non-Residents Activity #40043. 925-452-2100.


There is a new combined OneClickdigital app, which has been very well-received by users.  Note  that the previous OneClickdigital eReader app will no longer allow logins as of 11/2/15.  Any users who have been using the original OneClickdigital eReader app for eBooks only will need to install and use the new OneClickdigital combined app.  There is messaging to indicate the shut-off date within the existing eReader app, as well as links to the new app in the app store.  (NOTE – users of the original OneClickdigital app for eAudio/downloadable audiobooks have already received the required update for the new, combined app, and they will not need to delete anything or make any additional modifications). 


For a brief video on how to use the new combined OneClickdigital app, click here.


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