December 2008

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. – Oscar Wilde

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. – Benjamin Franklin

With the year 2009 fast upon us, Dublin Library is displaying a mix of books on stress management, getting organized, fitness, creativity, and other topics felated to starting major changes in your life in the new year.  In keeping with this display, I’ve asked my co-workers about their resolutions for the new year. 

Hector – My New Year’s resolution is to shed the extra weight I picked up during the holidays.

Daniel – My resolution is to stop making jokes about recovery groups.  For instance, I used to say: “Hi, I’m Dan.  I’ve been sober for 30 days… well, not in a row!”  I want to be more serious abou the problems of people in recovery.

Rosemary – I’ve made the same resolution for the past several years.  I resolve to not make any of the resolutions I didn’t make the year before.  It’s worked out quite well – no disappointments!

My own resolution is to keep on walking a mile daily on my way to work, whenever possible.  I also resolve to have the patio overhang repaired this year.  (That second resolution should make my spouse happy!)


A grand time was had by all as the children and parents created lovely holiday ornaments with Christie Innocencia. We are all looking forward to February 2nd when Christie will be back to assist children making dragons to celebrate the coming of Chinese New Year.  Be sure to check out the events portion of the Alameda Coutny website for details on this upcoming program.

Christie will unpack her crafting cupboard here at the Dublin Library on Friday, December 19th between 4:00 and 5:00pm to help you make a beautiful ornament, using model magic!

This free program is open to all children.  Parents, the youngest ones  will need your assistance!

Come make a holiday treasure for yourself or for a loved one.

  • clapperLights, Camera, Action!  Teens! Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Creative?  Enjoy making films? Have you made one for a school project?  For fun? For friends? Interested?  Get those cameras  rolling so your original film is ready to submit to our 2nd annual Dublin Directors’  Showcase  in March.  Winter break is the perfect time to work on your film. 

Submit your film February 1-7,2009

Guidelines:  Open to all teens.  Content must be PG appropriate and produced soley by teens without adult help.

Format: Entries must be on DVD. (Must be able to play on DVD player, not just a computer)

Running Time: 10 minutes or less.

Fill out entry form available at the Dublin Library Information Desk or print out the form here and bring to the library. Drop off labeled disc with entry form attached at our Information Desk, February 1 -7.

Need more information or have questions? Contact Donna Leach, (925) 803-7272 or

In this time of holiday joy and happiness, there are many people in Alameda County that cannot afford well balanced meals for themselves and their families.  Due to the economic downturn, many never imagined they would be struggling to put food on their tables.  Many are desperate and calling for our help to put food in empty cupboards across Alameda County.

What can we do?                         

The employees of Alameda County Library would like to invite the public to join us in our fight against hunger by donating to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  By going to  and clicking on the Free2Fight hunger link, one will be redirected to the Alameda County Library virtual food drive page. 

The Dublin Library has teamed up with the city of Dublin and the Alameda County Fire Department, the Open Heart Kitchen, and the Alameda County Community Food Bank to have three different donation barrels on our lobby.

More information on can be found at:

Some of the most interesting books I’ve read have often been those books that were recommended to me by friends and acquaintances.  One of the side benefits of working in a library is hearing about what my colleagues are reading.

Peggy Tollefson has recently read:

Letters to the Valley:  A Harvest of Memories by David Mas Masumoto  B MASUMOTO, D

This is a collection of letters written for the Fresno Bee by our Dublin Reads author.  He muses on various subjects such as memories, higher education and philanthropy. 

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson  FICTION LAWSON, M

This is the story of farmer Arthur Dunn and his struggle with his brother Jake.  No two brothers could be more different, and theirs is story that you’ll never forget.

Bill Moore is currently reading:

The Night Visitor: A Shaman Mystery by James D. Doss MYSTERY DOSS, J

This mystery shows some insight into the beliefs of the Utes and other Native American peoples.  The character could be real, whereas the belief system might be somewhat stretched for reality.  This is an easy read and travels well in my daily routine.

Monica Ten Eyck is now reading:

A children’s series called Gideon’s Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer, though only Gideon the Cutpurse (J BUCKLEY-ARCHER, L) and the Time Thief (J BUCKLEY-ARCHER, L) are currently in print.  Peter’s father is disappointing him again by being too busy to celebrate his birthday, but his nanny has an idea for some fun, he can join her friends at their farm for a weekend.  A quick trip to a friend’s laboratory turns that weekend into a century or so for Peter, and a nightmare for his folks and for his host family, as they battle the government to get Peter back into the 20th century.  Just as things look like they’ll be solved, the villains use the time machine and they are now gallivanting, creating havoc in Peter’s property century.  I can’t wait for volume 3!

Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Garnder (J GARDNER, S), involves a magician, a crippled girl, and her cruel marquis father, a gypsy boy who can read minds, a positively Dickensian plot, and a revolution. Will any of them make it out alive?

I, your blogger,  am currently reading:

Renegade for Peace and Justice:  Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaks for me (B LEE, B), which is her autobiography.  Congresswoman Lee represents California’s Ninth Congressional Distict, which stretches from Albany to Oakland and Castro Valley.  She was the only member of Congress to vote against giving President Bush basically unlimited authority to wage war against nations he deemed capable of terrorism.  In this book, Barbara Lee tells of the challenges she overcame to become one of the most progressive and respected members of Congress. 

Since we are now in the holiday season, and holidays mean eating special foods, I asked Dublin Library staff to pass on some of their favorite holiday-season recipes.

My own favorite recipe comes from Christmas potluck parties hosted by Mrs. Tuula Beals, whose Finnish language classes I attended for several years.  My favorite dish was riisipuuro – rice pudding.  The cook puts at least one onnenmanteli (a blanched “good luck almond”) in the pudding.  Whoever finds an almond in a serving is expected to have good luck throughout the coming year. 



1 quart water

1 1/2 cups white rice (short- or medium-grain)

3 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

1 blanched almond (or more to spread the luck around)


Place the rice in hot water, bring to boil and let simmer.  Add milk and bring to boil, then let simmer till very soft and sticky, at least 40 minutes.  Stir often to avoid scorching.  Add salt.  Serve warm or cold with fruit syrup or with cinnamon, sugar, and milk.


Peggy Tollefson sent me this recipe:



3/4 cup soft shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup applesauce

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1 cup raisins


Preheat over to 375 degrees.  Mix shortening, sugar and egg. Stir in applesauce.  Blend dry ingredients and mix in.  Stir in raisins.  Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes. 

Carmin Cerullo gave me this recipe:


This is a recipe for Norwegian Potate Lefse.  I actually just made it with my grandmother 3 weeks ago when I was in Seattle.


3 cups mashed or diced potatoes

1/2 cup margarine

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup half & half. Can go up to 1/3 cup if mixture is dry.  Add while potatoes are warm.


Add all these ingredients and mix well; we usually use our CLEAN hands!

Cool the potato mixture!

Add 1 1/2 cups flour

Each batch should make about 12 equal portions.

Roll thin and banke on a hot griddle.

Store in the refrigerator.

I like to put cinnamon and sugar on mine, but you can fill them with anything, sweet or savory.  Many people put tuna salad inside; you can basically put anything in the lefse.



Some books for the holiday season that you might want to borrow are:

Christmas with Paula Deen:  Recipes and Stories from my Favorite Holiday by Paula Deen   641.5686 DEEN

Al Roker’s Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook:  More than 125 Recipes for Family Celebrations All Year Long by Al Roker   641.568 ROKER

Some books for children who enjoy cooking are:

Holiday Cooking Around the World:  Revised and Expanded to Include New Low-Fat and Vegetarian Recipes compiled by Kari A. Cornell J641.568 HOLIDAY

A Kwanzaa Holiday Cookbook by Emily Raabe   J641.59296 RAABE

Here comes Diwali:  the Festival of Lights by Meenal Pandya   J294.536 PANDYA

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