April 2008

I learn at least three new facts each day while working at the Dublin Library’s Information Desk.  Last week, a library customer told me how you can grow sunflowers for free  by participating in The Great Sunflower Project.  You’ll not only have beautiful flowers in your yard, but you’ll provide pollen to the Bay Area’s bee population.

Sunflowers are easy to grow and are great for wildlife.  Bees and other pollinators love the sunflower’s center and squirrels and birds snack on the seeds as the sunflower matures.

The Great Sunflower Project is looking for citizen scientists to plant sunflowers around the country and then observe how many and what kind of bees buzz by them. You’ll observe the bees for 30 minutes twice a month and record what you see.  Participants can be any age.

When all the data is in, San Francisco State University scientists will use it to make a coast-to-coast pollination map, showing where bees are and aren’t throughout the United States.

Kits with seeds for native sunflowers are free and are being mailed out now. Join by visiting The Great Sunflower Project’s Web site, or call (415) 847-1716.

For more information about gardening, landscaping and botany, visit the Dublin Library!

To mark the 38th anniversary of Earth Day 2008, there are many events planned through out the greater San Francisco Bay AreaTo find an event nearby, click on the following links:



For more information on the history and origins of Earth Day, go to: 



On April 22,1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day.  This year the world celebrates the 38th annual Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22nd. Through the combined efforts of world governments, organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a global campaign to protect our environment.  Here are some Earth Day resources available from the Dublin Library and the Internet for your review:


Green Building and Remodeling by Eric Corey Freed, 2008.

True Green at Work : 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business  by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, with Tim Wallace, 2008.  

Earth Day Web Sites:

    Alamada County Library offers GreenFILE , a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.  Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.  To access GreenFILE, go to aclibrary.org, under the heading Research Guide, click on Articles and Databases, then click on the heading Science and Technology, and then GreenFILE.

    Celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers during the 50th anniversary of National Library Week,  April 13th – 19th.  This year’s theme is Join the Circle of Knowledge @ your library.  Entertainer and author Julie Andrews (Edwards) is this year’s honorary chair.  Ms. Andrews is known for her movies Sound of Music and The Princess Diaries.   Some of her books include Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother and Child and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.   Her autobiography, Home:  A Memoir of My Early Years, was recently released and added to the Dublin Library’s collection.

     The Dublin Library has a display of children’s books about libraries and librarians next to the Information Desk.  You can also share some of the reasons why you love to use the Dublin Library by writing on the display table’s cover.

    Please stop by and celebrate National Library Week at the Dublin Library!



    DUBLIN READS Hosts Author    


    You’ve read the book, now meet the author!  DUBLIN READS concludes with a visit from James D. Houston, author of the highly respected novel, Snow Mountain Passage, and seven other novels including his newest book, Bird of Another Heaven

    book jacket

    Date: Sunday, April 13th

    Time: 2:00 p.m.                        

    Location: Dublin Library Community Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA

    His appearance is graciously sponsored by the Dublin Historical Preservation Association.

    For more information, contact  Peggy Tollefson at (925) 803-7269.


    The Friends of the Dublin Library purchased the following DVD’s for our collection.  You can reserve material on-line using our catalog at www.aclibrary.org or look for them in the branch the next time that you’re in. Purchase suggestions can also be done on-line at https://alam1.aclibrary.org/acquire~S2  


    Because I Said So

    Road to Perdition (2 copies)

    The Birdcage (2 copies)

    Finding Neverland (2 copies)

    Black Dahlia (2 copies)

    From Hell (2 copies)

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2 copies)


    A Fish Called Wanda (2 copies)

    Monster’s Ball (2 copies)

    Men of Honor (2 copies)


    The Dublin Library is located near the intersection of 580 and 680 at:

    200 Civic Plaza

    Dublin, CA  94568


    2008 Pulitzers Announced


    The 2008 Pulitzers were announced on Monday, April 7th.


    Awarded by Columbia University annually since 1917, 

    the Pulitzer Prize is considered to be our nation’s highest achievement

    in print journalism and literature.  This year’s recipients continue a

    strong tradition of excellence.


    Former U.S. poet laureate and UC Berkeley English professor,

    Robert Hass adds to his 2007 National Book Award in Poetry.  


    He will be appearing tomorrow at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum

    in Walnut Creek.



    WHO: Robert Hass

    WHERE: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek

    WHEN: 7 p.m. April 10

    HOW MUCH: Free

    CONTACT: 925-935-5395


    Junot Diaz collects another award to share shelf-space with his

    2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction


    The following Pulitzer Prize winning books are available from the

    Alameda County Library. 


    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)



    What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

    (Daniel Walker Howe)


    Time and Materials (Robert Haas)


    The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

    (Saul Friedlander)



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