February 2008

On Sunday we have another special Dublin Reads Chautauqua event: storyteller Charlie Chin will be here doing a solo performance as the famous Chinese herbal doctor Yee Fung Cheung.  Charlie Chin

Like so many others, Yee Fung Cheung was lured to California by the discovery of gold. However, after arriving in the gold camps, he found out that his services as an herbal doctor were needed by the Chinese miners.  His original herb shop, Chew Kee Store still exists as a museum in Fiddletown.

Charlie Chin brings Yee Fung Cheung and the Chinese experience during the gold rush to life. Charlie is a musician, historian, author and storyteller who has been in the forefront of Asian American artistic expression since the 70’s.  In 1989, he was named a Community Folklore Scholar by the Smithsonian Insitution. 

Please join us for this fascinating recreation of California history on Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.  This program is funded by the Dublin Friends of the Library.


It’s that time of year again when Dublin Elementary has its annual read-a-thon.  Every year the kids from Dub El come to the library for a library night of stories, while our Children’s Librarian, Monica TenEyck goes to the school to be a guest reader during the school’s read-in day.  kara-and-monica-post-to-blog.jpgIt’s a great cross pollination since we’re both in the business of encouraging the love of reading.  The *star* of the evening is Dub El Principal, Kara Holthe.  The kids just love her and it’s a real joy to watch how patiently they wait for her and then their response as she reads them favorite stories and poems. Here in this picture little Sierra and Rowan occupy themselves while they wait for the stories to start.Dublin Elementary Read-athon



I don’t often get to be a reader for storytimes, but tonight I  read a brand new picture book suggested by Monica, called The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers.  This book is just the ticket to tickle a funny bone and it sure amused the children tonight. It’s about a boy who aims to get smarter by eating books.  “He wasn’t sure at first,” the story goes “and he tried eating a single word, just to test.  Next he tried a whole sentence and then the whole page.”  The artwork of this book is charmingly evocative of collage mixed media with pages of old books forming a backdrop behind the delightful illustrations.  We closed out the evening feeling that quiet satisfaction that comes from knowing the stories we read connected with the kids and they will remember their visit to the public library warmly while looking forward to more books like the ones they heard tonight.  All for the love of reading….

Beginning next Monday, March 3rd, Oprah Winfrey and EckhA New Earthart Tolle are starting an interactive online book club on the book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Higher Purpose.  According to Oprah’s book club  website:

 “For the first time ever, you can join Oprah and Eckhart Tolle, the best-selling author of The Power of Now, as they teach A New Earth in Oprah’s worldwide classroom live Monday nights on Oprah.com.By reserving your seat for this 10-week interactive webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Watch and participate in the live classroom webcasts
  • Ask Oprah and Eckhart Tolle questions before and during class
  • Connect with others who are seeking to become more aware of themselves—and the world around them
  • Download and save your thoughts in an exclusive workbook
  • Access the classroom video archives…and more!

How to Reserve Your Seat:
You’ll need to be a member of Oprah.com and Oprah’s Book Club.”

If you end up registering for this online version of a book club,  let us know what you think of the experience by commenting on this post.  The Library already has 65 holds on this book!

Adam Miller, folksinger and storyteller, Adam Millerwill be here today starting at 2 p.m.  Adam has a repertoire of over 2,000 traditional and contemporary folk songs. Inspired as a child by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, among others, Adam accompanies himself with acoustic guitar and autoharp.  He is, in fact, known as one of the premier autoharpists in the world.

Adam has recorded three CDs of American folksongs, The Orphan Train and Other Reminiscences, Wild Birds and Along Came a Giant – Traditional American Folk Songs for Young Folks. Dublin has a copy of Along Came a Giant so be sure and check it out.

Adam is focusing today on songs of the California Gold Rush and the westward movement. This program is part of a series of Chautauqua events to coincide with Dublin Reads Snow Mountain Passage. Come for a relaxing and fun hour of music and entertainment!  Funds for this program have been provided by the Dublin Friends of the Library.