This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares a review of an adult novel, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Neha H., Teen Reviewer

the-alchemistBook Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1988

Likely Appeals to: Ages 14+

Rating: 4 stars

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
― from The Alchemist

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho weaves together an enchanting and compelling tale in The Alchemist, first published in Portuguese in 1988 and later translated in over 67 languages after becoming an international bestseller. The novella chronicles the physical, mental, and spiritual journey of Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd, as he leaves his homeland in Spain to travel to the Egyptian desert in pursuit of an unknown treasure. Along the way, he encounters several symbolic figures who offer him counsel during his journey ‐ including an aged Gypsy woman, the biblical king of Salem, and the titular alchemist.

Coehlo’s writing is simple yet evocative; he expertly conveys Santiago’s conflicted emotions as he embarks upon a quest to fulfill his destiny. The Alchemist is no ordinary coming‐of‐age tale: it is an uplifting fable with a poignant message of fulfilling our so‐called “Personal Legends” ‐ following our dreams and listening to our hearts. As a protagonist, Santiago’s incredible courage, self‐righteousness, and knowledge of the world is the perfect fit for a novella filled with this type of inspirational wisdom.


This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares a newer teen title, The Haters, by Jesse Andrews.

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Esha C., Teen Reviewer



Book Title: The Haters

Author: Jesse Andrews

Format: Book

Year Of Publication: 2016

Who Will This Book Appeal To: Readers who enjoy books by John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Jandy Nelson.

Rating: 4/5 stars


Jesse Andrews’s The Haters is a book about two music lovers, Wes and Corey, who manage to find a way to hate all of the music they like. In the novel the two haters find themselves in an excessively sucky jazz camp, and after meeting the amazing, groundbreaking, and possibly even-bigger-hater, Ash Ramos, the boys decide to leave Jazz camp with Ash to start a band. Throughout the novel the band plays terrible gigs, wonderful gigs, meets some insane people, and most importantly, they find their sound. By the end of the novel Wes, Ash, and Corey have all delved deep into the insecurities of their pasts, and question what made them Haters to begin with.

I personally loved this novel; the plot was easy to follow, the characters and scenes were super funny, and the music/band references made the book really relatable. I would recommend this book to people who have read other Jesse Andrews books or people who like John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Jandy Nelson, etc. (There is no material in the book that would make anyone want to stop reading or uncomfortable.)

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares her take on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

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Natlie L., Teen Reviewer

grapesofwrathBook Title: The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1939

Will appeal to fans of: nonfiction, history (American; Great Depression), classics

Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Great Depression came with more than just economic difficulties, drought, and changes in the agricultural industry; it also came with a figurative boot to kick farmers off of their land and turned them into migrants wandering the country in search of work. The Joads were a family of these farmers-turned-migrants who then set their eyes on California, the golden land of peaches and promises. The Grapes of Wrath chronicles the story of the Joads as they travel from state to state to reach California, encounter people from all walks of life, and receive lemon after undesired lemon from life itself.

All puns and jokes aside, this novel is a bit of a downer. For starters, it’s set in the Great Depression, which, as told throughout the book, was a time of great hardship for pretty much everyone in America. The story is told from the perspective of out-of-work tenant farmers, who arguably had it the worst during that time, and it clearly depicts the struggles of those who were broke in a time when money meant power. It was painful for me to read about people throwing away, if not their dignity, their lives for the sake of earning a few cents to keep their family going for just one more day. What astounds me more than the tragic life led by the people is that, within every single chapter of the book, Steinbeck was able to convey the sense of desperation and turmoil that the migrant families experienced. The approach that Steinbeck took to tell the story was fascinating; he alternated between writing from the perspective of the Joads to writing from the perspective of an omniscient third-person narrator who I assumed was applying each specific situation experienced by the Joads to every migrant at the time by the use of generalization. That’s what kept me engaged with the book.

It took me a while to get into this novel—seven chapters and a quarter to be specific—and I probably would’ve dropped it if it hadn’t been required for school, but ultimately I’m glad I didn’t. It provided me with an insight into the lives of those who struggled to get by in the past and made me realize how appreciative I should be of my current standing. That is why I recommend this book to teens who are ready to get a bit introspective or to people who want to learn about a rather saddening slice of American history.


NIGHTLIFE Big Band is a 16-piece swing band organized by a number of enthusiasts in 1974.   The musicians in NIGHTLIFE are talented amateurs who thrive on Big Band music.   Come and see NIGHTLIFE Big Band perform on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Dublin Library Community Room.

The band plays music in the style of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Les Brown, and Benny Goodman.

NIGHTLIFE has played numerous public performances, including several Livermore Arts Festivals, plus concerts at the Alameda County Fair and various other public and private events.

This free event is funded by the Friends of the Dublin Library.  Call 925-803-7252 for more information.



Do you like orchids, but are afraid that you don’t have a green thumb?  Come join us to learn how to care for common orchids. You’ll understand how orchids grow and how to help them re-bloom year after year. Bring your orchid if you have a specific question.

The program will be held in the Dublin Library Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, California, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 9th, 2016.  This free workshop is presented by Sung Lee, president of the Diablo View Orchid Society. 

Call 925-803-7252 for more information. 

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares his take on Eoin Colfer’s book, Airman. Colfer is well known for his Artemis Fowl series.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Justin L., Teen Reviewer

airmanBook Title: Airman

Author: Eoin Colfer

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2008

Appeals to: Young adults, teens, people who liked the Artemis Fowl series

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Airman , by Eoin Colfer, is set in the late nineteenth century on the Saltee Islands off the coast of Ireland. The story begins in a hot air balloon, a peaceful ride until bullets begin ripping through the cloth balloon. The balloon begins to fall, and only with the masterful steering of the Frenchman Victor Vigny do the passengers survive. The shock, however, causes Catherine Broekhart to give birth prematurely, and her son Conor Broekhart is born in the sky as the balloon falls. Conor is taught by Victor in math, language, fencing, literature, and most importantly to them both, the science of aviation. Conor and Victor are bound together with their love of flying, and together they dream of building a flying machine heavier than air, but still able to soar through the sky. The dream ends, however, when Marshall Bonvilain murders King Duncan and Victor, and blames the murders on Conor. Conor is sent to Little Saltee, a prison mine where the prisoners mine for diamonds underwater. With the death of King Duncan, all prison reforms stop, and the treatment of the prisoners gets much worse. There is no way to escape the island by land (it’s an island) or by sea (the currents are treacherous), so Conor must find a way to escape the island by air and prove his innocence.

What I liked about this book is the unpredictable plotline, and also the dry humor that Colfer incorporates into the story. I liked how the setting of the story is in the Saltee Islands, a very unique setting for any story (I didn’t even know these islands existed and had to look them up online just to confirm their existence). The ingenuity found in this book relating to the topic of aviation I liked as well.

What I didn’t like about this book was that it failed to attract me like the Artemis Fowl books had attracted me before. While parts of this book were intriguing, the book as a whole did not do a very good job in absorbing me, particularly in the several chapters directly after the beginning. While the rest of the book was pretty good, these middle chapters were not, in my opinion, good enough to keep the reader reading to the good parts coming after (which would make the later parts and the end pointless if the reader stopped reading the book altogether in the middle). It should be noted though that my point of view may be slightly biased because of my higher expectations from this author after reading the Artemis Fowl series (the last book I read directly before reading this one), but this book was still pretty good. Similar titles that are a good read are the Artemis Fowl books, also by Colfer.



If you’re currently looking for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of two free programs offered in the Dublin Library Program Room in October 2016.  The first program, Job Search A – Z will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM, and the second program will be Effective Resumes & Cover Letters, offered on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.  These programs are presented by the Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center in partnership with Dublin Library.

No appointment is need to attend these programs, but please arrive by 1:00 PM.