March 2008


The Friends of the Dublin Library have been a vital component to the development of a fantastic DVD collection at our library. In 2007 the Friends donated 632 DVD’s to the library’s collection and they have not slowed down in their enthusiasm to enhance our collection. Many of the titles they have purchased are new titles, but most of these listed here are replacements for DVD’s that have been sent to DVD retirement. In the past month the Friends purchased the following DVD’s for our library:

Transformers (2 copies)

Night at the Museum (2 copies)

Simpson’s Movie (2 copies)

TMNT (2 copies)

Spiderman 3 (2 copies)

Ratatouille (2 copies)

Shrek the Third (2 copies)

Aquamarine (2 copies)

Last Unicorn (2 copies)

Madagascar (2 copies)

Beautiful Mind (2 copies)

Million Dollar Baby (2 copies)

Crash (1 copy)

Hotel Rwanda (1 copy)

French Connection (2 copies)

Almost Famous (1 copy)

Girl Interrupted (2 copies)

Flags of our Fathers (2 copies)

Gladiator (1 copy)

Walk the Line (2 copies)

Pirates of the Carribean: The curse of the black pearl (2 copies)

Patton (1 copy)

Schindler’s list (1 copy)

Good Shepard (2 copies)

Little Miss Sunshine (1 copy)

Philadelphia (2 copies)

The English Patient (1 copy)

Se7en (1 copy)

Wedding Singer (2 copies)

Runaway Bride (2 copies)

Wimbledon (2 copies)

Patch Adams (3 copies)

French Kiss (2 copies)

Say Anything (2 copies)

Working Girl (2 copies)

For Love of the Game (2 copies)

City of Angels (2 copies)

Don Juan DeMarco(2 copies)

Great Expectations (2 copies)

Bad Boys II (2 copies)

Family Man (2 copies)

Sleeping With the Enemy (4 copies)

Man of the House (4 copies)

Breakfast at Tiffanys (2 copies)

Hitch (2 copies)

Riding in Cars With Boys (2 copies)

The Break Up (2 copies)

Love Actually (2 copies)

Before Sunrise (2 copies)

Unconditional Love (2 copies)

American Wedding (2 copies)

Legally Blonde (2 copies)

Wedding Date (2 copies)

Meet the Fockers (2 copies)

Meet the Parents (2 copies)

America’s Sweethearts (2 copies)

Bewitched (2 copies)

Just Like Heaven (2 copies)

Holiday (3 copies)

Charlotte’s Web (2 copies)

Five People You meet in Heaven (2 copies)

Night at the Museum (4 copies)

Goonies (4 copies)

Black Hawk Down (2 copies)

XXX (3 copies)

Hotel Rwanda (2 copies)

What Women Want (1 copy)

Sideways (2 copies)

In Her Shoes (1 copy)

Zoolander (2 copies)

Why Did I Get Married? (3 copies)

Big Momma’s House (3 copies)

Fools Rush In (2 copies)

All of these titles can be reserved online at www.aclibrary.org or just look for them the next time that you stop by!

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The National Coalition for History (NCH) reports the following:  http://historycoalition.org/2008/02/29/nara-makes-some-passenger-arrival-records-available-online/  “This week, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced that it has made available for the first time online more than 5.2 million records of some passengers who arrived during the last half of the 19th century at the ports of Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. The records can be accessed through NARA’s online Access to Archival Databases (AAD).The records were transcribed from original ship manifests into electronic databases by Temple University’s Center for Immigration Research at The Balch Institute. The Center donated the digital records to the National Archives. The records are known as Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the United States, 1850-1897; Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Italians to the United States, 1855-1900; and Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Russians to the United States, 1834-1897.”

 Besides the passenger lists, the NARA website also includes a “What’s New?” section. There are Central Policy files that consist of telegrams, and indexes to air grams, memoranda, correspondence, reports, diplomatic notes and related material of historical significance.                                              

The “AAD Highlights” section includes the records of the use of ammunition by the 527th Military Police Company in the defense of the U.S. embassy in Saigon during the Tet offensive, Jan 31, 1968.

Some of the more popular documents are WWII Army Enlistment Records, Records for passengers who arrived at the Port of New York during the Irish famine, and records with unit information on military personnel who died during the Vietnam War. 

Hollywood came to the Dublin Library on March 1 as we hosted our first ever Directors’ Showcase. We screened 9 original films produced by local area teens before an audience of 40! Sandra Myers, a film instructor from Las Positas College, provided comments and insights on each film along with tips on how to improve. Prizes were awarded to the audience favorites. Check out some of the films and see what you think.

“Walk the Dog” by Mike Deagen

“Heart Disease” by Jennifer Meredith

“Dr. Feel Good, Ph.D., Hill Giant” by Morgan King

“White and Nerdy” by Griffin Lewis

Tune In @ Your Library, March 2-8 during Teen Tech Week 2008, a national initiative to raise awareness that libraries offer all kinds of different formats from dvds to music cds and online homework help.

Think the library is all about books? Think again. We’ve got lots of ways to get “tuned in”. Did you know that each month the library gets about 10 new CDs for the Teen Collection? These include Top 40, Alternative, Rap, top Billboard hits of the month. These hot titles might be in demand so place a hold and be notified when they’re available. Some recent acquisitions include Growing Pains by Mary Blige, Sawdust by Killers and American Gangster by Jay-Z, Simple Minds by Simple Minds.

DVDs with teen appeal are also part of our collection, everything from anime favorites to teen classics like the Breakfast Club, 16 Candles or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Studying for the SATs.? Need test practice for your AP courses? Go to our Learning Express Library and get access to practice tests online. Help you earn the score you want. Doing a term paper on social issues, such as abortion, immigration, global warming? Check out another of our online resources, Opposing Viewpoints.

And don’t forget our Live Homework Help that is available daily from 1-10. Connect with live tutors from the comfort of your home and get help with that sticky algebra problem.

IM Reference is also available from 3-5 pm, Mon-Thurs.

All this and more is FREE. So Tune In @ Your Library today!

ranmaI’m continuing my review of the Dublin Library’s anime and manga collection this week with Ranma 1/2, a classic comedy anime series by the creator of Inuyasha.Ranma 1/2 skillfully combines appealing characters, fantasy, slapstick adventure and romantic comedy.

The series revolves around Ranma Saotome, a teen-aged boy and lifelong martial arts student. While on a training mission with his father, Genma, in China, Ranma and Genma fall into a set of cursed springs. As a result, Ranma turns into an attractive girl whenever cold water touches him, and Genma turns into a giant panda.ranma5

As the series opens, Ranma and Genma show up as surprise houseguests at a martial arts dojo owned by Genma’s old friend, Mr. Tendo. Mr. Tendo’s youngest daughter, Akane, is a tomboy and skilled martial artist. Poor Ranma and Akane both get the shock of their lives when their fathers announce that the two teenagers are betrothed.

Not at all ready to settle down, but also unwilling to defy their fathers, Akane and Ranma reluctantly agree to try being engaged. Thus paired off, the two of them begin to spend time together, a rough road considering that Ranma is frequently rude and arrogant, and Akane has a hair-trigger temper.Their relationship is both strengthened and made more difficult by the challenges of enrolling Ranma at Akane’s high school.

With a childhood spent following his father from place to place in search of martial arts training, Ranma is anything but a well-behaved student, and he quickly becomes notorious at school for pulling pranks and getting into brawls.Although he’s initially horrified by his tendancy to turn into a girl whenever he gets wet, the cunning Ranma quickly learns to use his gender-switching powers to play tricks and manipulate the other boys at the school. Akane is usually mortified by her fiance’s antics, but she soon comes to realize that life with Ranma, while noisy and frequently aggravating, is also a lot of fun.Slowly, they become friends and then even more slowly, they begin to develop deeper feelings for one another.

ranma3In addition to Ranma, Akane, and their family members, the series has a well-rounded cast of secondary characters: the panty-stealing, old scoundrel of a martial arts master Happosai; the rich, handsome, and extremely pompous high school athlete Tatewaki Kuno (who falls in love with Ranma’s female alter-ego, leading to many comic complications); the Chinese Amazon warrior Shampoo, who swore to wed Ranma after he beat her in a martial arts contest; and Ryoga Hibiki, Ranma’s rival in both martial arts and romance.

ranma4Ryoga also fell into one of the cursed springs, and is cursed to turn into a cute little piglet when wet. Directionally-challenged, tongue-tied around girls, and head-over-heels in love with Akane, Ryoga is humiliated at first by having such an unmanly alter ego. But, like Ranma, Ryoga soon finds ways of turning his situation to his advantage. To Ranma’s displeasure (and jealousy), Ryoga’s piglet form is adopted as a pet by an unwitting Akane and named P-chan. This situation of course leads to more hilarious complications as Ryoga tries to keep Akane from discovering his secret, and Ranma tries to keep P-chan out of Akane’s room and bed.

ranma6All in all, Ranma 1/2 is a light-hearted romp with some hysterically funny scenes (including a martial arts figure skating competition that left me howling with laughter). Unlike many anime series, including Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2 is episodic, with continuing characters and situations, but no real season-long story arcs.

So, is Ranma 1/2 appropriate for your child? The series was originally intended for pre-teens and teens, and it’s got bloodless slapstick violence, some tastefully-done nudity in non-sexual contexts, occasional references to sex, and panty raids.