October 2008

The Great Pumpkin would have felt right at home at home at the Dublin Library on the 29th. A small but very sincere audience had a ball listening to tales funny & spooky and singing the Five Little Pumpkins song and looking for Dracula. The readers all agreed that no matter how small the crowd, it’s always worth it and very fun. We’ll be sharing stories for another Family Story Night November 19th, at 6:30 pm. won’t you come be part of our very select audience?

Halloween is definitely one of the most popular of our holidays, with activities such as trick-or-treating, ghost tours, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses”, carving jack-o-lanterns, and watching horror movies. 

I asked my colleagues how they plan to celebrate Halloween.

Young adult librarian Donna replied:  “We usually stay home so we can answer the door for trick-or-treaters.  We dress up in simple costumes and always have the house and yard decorated.  We carve pumpkins (often in interesting designs), line the walk with luminaries and put out a witch and ghost windsocks.”

Library page Fredericka replied:  “My mother never purchased costumes, she made everything while we were young.  As we became older, she made us decide and create our own costumes (she would sometimes suggest ideas and help).  As much as I might try to ignore these holidays, somehow I spring into action and enjoy the adrenaline of making foods, decoration, and making my own costume.”

Circulation clerk Carmin said:  “This is the first Halloween in a while that I don’t have clas at night, so I am getting dressed up and going to a party!  All of my friends are going and there will be a costume contest and a lot of good food, and of course, we’ll be giving out candy!”

Library page Bill said:  “We normally make an early dinner and wait for the kids to show up at the door.  We don’t have to make up the house or anything, as there is a large tree in front that is pretty scary itself, and it hides the light from the street light on the corner.  We do make a great deal out of the kids that do get to come out, and if there are known neighbors, they get more than their share of treats at the door.”

As for me, I like to help my husband hand out candies to neighborhood children, after making sure that the cat is indoors for the evening.  Between answering the door, we watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

Some of the movies available through the Alameda County Library system that I think are good for Halloween watching are:

Time Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas

The Exorcist



The Shining

The Birds

Silence of the Lambs

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)


Rosemary’s Baby

No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween, you are continuing a very old tradition of what was originally viewed as the start of a new year.  Happy Halloween!

Family Story Nights are a grand tradition at the Dublin Library.  Featuring stories of Fall, including a shiver or two, the tales will be sure to appeal to the young at heart. Won’t you join us Wednesday evening, 10/29, around 6:30pm in the picturebook area of the library? We’d love to see your smiling faces.

 Books with Bite @ your library®! October 12-18. Stop by Dublin Library during Teen Read Week to indulge your biting curiosity and check out books and graphic novels on animals, technology, cooking and even vampires. Pick up a page turner that you can read or listen to, just for the fun of it!







 Voter Registration Information for Alameda County






Where To Register To Vote


 Voter registration forms are available at the Registrar of Voters Office located in the Alameda County Courthouse at 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, Oakland, California 94612. Forms are also available at all offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, all city clerks offices, public libraries and post offices. Persons may also call the Registrar of Voters at 510-267-8683 or the Secretary of State at 1-800-345-VOTE and a registration form will be mailed to you.



Online Voter Registration 

 You can complete a voter registration form online. This form will be printed and mailed to you for verification. When you verify that the information is correct the form must be signed and mailed to your county election official for the registration to be processed. To complete the online form go to www.ss.ca.gov/elections/votereg1.html .



 Qualifications To Register And Vote In California


A person entitled to register to vote must be:

·     A U.S. citizen,

·     A resident of California,

·     Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony,

·     At least 18 years of age on the date of the next election.
(A person may register to vote at age 17 if he or she will be 18 on or before the next election.)

·     California law denies the right to vote to persons who have been determined mentally incompetent.



The Voter Registration Deadline 


The voter registration deadline is always 15 days before an election. However, please be advised that voters who register after the 29th day before an election may not receive a sample ballot due to the short turn around time for mailing. However voters should receive notice of the location of their polling place in the mail.

 For more information about the 2008 election and voting in Alameda County, please go to the Registrar of Voters website at http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/rov/index.htm


For more information on the 2008 elections, state and local propositions, here are the following websites:


·     The League of Women Voters Smart Vote at http://www.smartvoter.org/


·     The Easy Voter Guide at http://lwvc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=easyvoter_home


·     The California Voter Foundation at http://www.calvoter.org/


If you need information about voter registration, and live in Contra Costa County, go the the Contra Costa Elections Division website at http://www.cocovote.us/

What do you think it would be like to grow up and live in a tiny village in East Africa?  On Friday we have a unique opportunity to find out and experience the culture of the Maasai Tribe of Kenya.  The Asante Africa Foundation and their Maasai partners are sponsoring a visit from Elder Sabore Ole Oiye and educator Hellen Nkuraiya throughout the Bay Area.  On Friday they come to Dublin Library at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.

Hellen and Elder Sabore tell stories about growing up in their village singing some of the songs, telling the stories and showing off the games and colorful traditional clothing of the Maasai.  Elder Sabore lives in the traditional ways, including always wearing the attire of a Maasai warrior, and carrying hand-made weapons for self-defense and hunting. He lives in a hut made of sticks and cow dung and trains young warriors to carry out the traditions.  Hellen is a former school Principal and current teacher who is committed to advocating for education, especially for young women.

This program is free and sponsored for the Library by the Dublin Friends of the Library.  It is suitable for school-aged children and adults.  For more information check out the Asante Africa Foundation at http://www.asanteafrica.org.  We hope you will join us Friday for what should be an amazing event!

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