November 2008

On his Facebook account, President Elect Barack Obama lists his favorite movies and books.

If you have not seen any of these films, or have not yet read any of these books, you can view these movies and books through your Alameda County Library branch libraries. 

His favorite movies are:



Lawrence of Arabia   DVD FICTION LAWRENCE

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest   DVD FICTION ONE

Among his favorite books are:

Song of Solomon (by Toni Morrison)  FICTION MORRISON

Moby Dick (by Herman Melville)   FICTION MELVILLE, H

Parting the Waters:  America in the King Years, 1954-1963  (by Taylor Branch) 973.0496 BRANCH

Gilead (by Marilynne Robinson)  ROBINSON, M.

Self-Reliance and Other Essays (by Ralph Waldo Emerson)  814.3 EMERSON

Abraham Lincoln’s Collected Writings   973.7092 LINCOLN

You can find the book Team of Rivals:  the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (by Doris Kearns Goodwin) under call number 973.7092 GOODWIN.  You may need to place a hold!

wicked-trees1In recognition of the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, the Dublin Library invites you to particpate in our Thanks + Giving Tree celebration. In the library, you will find two pillars transformed into trees. At the base of the Giving Tree is a table full of leaves. Please stop by and write on 2 leaves; on one leaf write something you are thankful for in your life, on the other write something generous you’ve done for someone else, ie. smiling at a sad faced stranger, playing with your pesky little brother or writing a note to grandma. Bring your leaves to the information desk and we can help you secure them to the trees. There is also a table of leaves in the children’s area for this purpose.

Won’t you join us in celebrating this most American of holidays?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

family-story-night-41105Dublin Library is once again having Family Story Night, this time in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. We’ll gather in the Children’s Picture Book Area at 6:30 pm. on Wednesday, November 19th. Won’t you join Glen Walder, Debby Laird, Susan Rodriquez and Monica Ten Eyck and maybe a special guest or two as we share stories and play a few games. We always have a ball, you will too. Pajamas are appropriate attire so the little ones can slip into bed after some stories.


The Dublin Library has set up several displays on the theme of Thanksgiving and on the theme of immigration and the foundation of this country.

We invite you to peruse and borrow books from the “All Hail America!  The Ultimate Immigrant Experience” display in the children’s area, and from the “Play Your Feast” display in the public computer area of the library.  You are also invited to write down one of the reasons you are giving thanks this year on a paper leaf, and it will be placed on one of our Thanks + Giving trees.

Americans have a reputation for liking statistics.  The U.S. Census Bureau has a site with enough statistics to satisfy your hunger for anything you might want to know about the number of turkeys raised this year in the country, how many million pounds of cranberries will be raised, how many bushels of wheat, etc.  Did you know that there are three cities in the U.S. with the name Turkey, not to mention nine townships?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled its own numbers, such as the average price per pound of whole, frozen turkeys for the years 2004 – 2007, and the average hours spent per day on selected activities by Americans during the Thanksgiving weekend:

We hope you all have a very pleasant Thanksgiving holiday with friends and loved ones!


 Bella & Edward invite you to a Twilight Party on Saturday, November 15 from 6-8 pm in our Program Room.  Join us after hours for a fun evening as we celebrate the opening of Twilight at theatres on November 21.  Come dressed as your favorite character. Activities will include :
All this and more for FREE!  TEENS ONLY, ages 13 -19.

Since this is an after hours event, you must register to attend.  Space is limited. Call the Information Desk (925)803-7275 or email by November 13th to make a reservation.