March 2009

Recently we were so grateful to be the recipient of a very generous donation from library patron, Barbara Brazil.  Barbara was the  winner of the Dublin Sister City Association’s Limerick contest during at the last St. Patrick’s Day festivities. She won $250.00 and promptly donated it to the Alameda County Library Foundation, explicitly requesting that it be used to benefit the Dublin Library.

In her letter Barbara writes, “I am a frequent patron of the Dublin Library and consider it one of our most valuable community services.  I’m sure the Alameda County Library has felt the effect of the current economic recession and that donations are appreciated now more than ever.  Ironically it is these times which make a library’s resources even more valuable. There are many worthy organizations needing extra assistance today. I hope those individuals who can still give, will remember that your Foundation is definitely one of them.” 

I called Barbara to thank her and she is delightful to talk with.  She said she is in the Library all the time and just loves it.  I told her I wanted to post her winning limerick as well as make sure she received my personal thanks.  Here is her winning limerick (also available on the City’s website):

Come Be Irish

The leprechauns have gathered to play
At the parade for St. Patrick’s Day.
There will be lots of green,
Including the cuisine.
Come be Irish in Dublin today!


Many, many thanks to you Barbara, for your incredible generosity! 

Posted by Lee Jouthas 



In 1776, the Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza, and his chaplain, Fr. Pedro Font scouted the San Francisco Bay Area for a site to establish a presidio and mission, and hoped for passage north across the Sacramento River. They had just completed a five month long journey leading 250 people across deserts and mountains from Tubac, Arizona to Monterey, California.
Come join us for an author talk titled “Tracing Anza’s Trail: a photographer’s journey”. This free event features anthropologist and award winning photographer Nina Egert, Ph.D., on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Dublin Library Program Room. Ms. Egert, Ph.D., combines her stunning images of the trail today with excerpts from the explorers’ diaries to convey the story of the Anza expedition.


“In all my travels I’ve never seen such a glorious land. I think that if this could become populated as in Europe, there would be no more beautiful spot in the world…”
Fr. Pedro Font, March 28, 1776

This program is funded by the Dublin Friends of the Library. The Dublin Library is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will be made available with seven days notice. This program is free and suitable for all ages.
Contact: Hector Villasenor (925) 828-1315
Location: DUBLIN BRANCH – <>Get Directions











I asked my colleagues recently what they were reading for pleasure. 


I myself recently read The Adventures of Eddie Fung : Chinatown kid, Texas cowboy, prisoner of war / edited by Judy Yung.  Eddie Fung was the only Chinese American soldier captured by the Japanese during World War II.  He survived working on the Burma-Siam railroad.  After the war, he became a researcher at Livermore Laboratory.  Mr. Fung’s attitude toward life can be summed up in his own words:  “Basically, I’m not greedy, but I would love to hang around just to see what other interesting changes are in store for us.  I’m still curious, but other than that, as long as I’m healthy, that’s as much as I can ask.”  I’d recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s and in the Second World War. 

Call Number:  B FUNG, E


Library page Nicholas Smetana is reading Jim Butchers fantasy series’ The Dresden Files and Codex Alera.  “The Dresden Files are detective novels set in present day Chicago but there’s a twist, Harry Dresden is a wizard and he only takes on cases of the supernatural variety.  With great writing, likable characters, funny dialogue, and lots of action it’s hard to put these books down once you start.  The latest in the series was the Small Favor.  In this story Dresden’s favor to Queen Mab, the fairy queen of winter and an all round scary lady, is called in and he has to work a case for her and ends up being pitted against  some very deadly adversaries and has to work with some of his most dubious of allies.  If the sample chapters are any indication the next book, Turn Coat, will be following the usual Dresden standard of excellence and will be available in April. ”




Nick remarks about Codex Alera:  “Codex Alera is set in a fantasy world where everybody has control over elemental beings of power except for the main character, Tavi, who is the only child in the realm without one.  Since he’s had to adapt to life without the aid of a “Fury” he’s become quite the clever lad.  With lots of twists in the story and epic battles that would put most fantasy authors to shame these books are great for those who are looking for an alternative to your more mainstream fantasy stories.  The latest book in the series, Princeps’s Fury, Tavi has to cross the sea to a land of wolf-creatures who have a society that rivals Tavi’s own.  Only problem is that they seem to see Tavi’s people as weak prey but when they arrive in the land, things are not as they had hoped and hasty alliances are made and broken.  If you’re looking for a great fantasy book with truly epic battles and a great story then these books are a great choice.”



Circulation Desk Clerk Carmin Cerullo reports about a book that Alameda County Library System has not yet purchased:  “I’m currently reading a book called The First Queen of England: The Myth of Bloody Mary by Linda Porter.  This is the first biography of Mary that has been published in a long time.  I particularly enjoy it because it gives insight into her childhood and the relationship with her father, Henry VIII.  This biography gives so much information that the reader is able to understand why she was so passionate about Catholicism and her reasoning behind changing the religion back to Catholicism.”   










In this troubled economy, most of us are more than a little bewildered about how to invest our savings.  In three workshop programs sponsored by the Friends of the Dublin Library, you will get investment advice from financial planning specialists.   These programs are all free of charge and will be held in the Dublin Library Program Room, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, March 7th:  Retirement:  Dream or Delusion?  Learn how to protect your asets for retirement with independent financial services professional Kit Batina.  Ms. Batina will discuss strategies to ensure that you do not outlive your income, protection against long-term care expenses without paying an ongoing premium, new rules for Medi-Cal coverage for nursing home care, when to start taking Social Security, reverse mortgaes and more. 

Saturday, April 25th:  Risk & Volatility:  Investing in Turbulent Times.  Financial planner Kapil Bhatnagar offers a clear and straightforward discussion of the risks and volatility of various types of investment and strategies for managing risk in today’s turbulent times.   He will also review the performance of different classes of investment in past economic and market downturns and recoveries. 

May 9th:  Managing Your Money.  Financial literacy consultant Otis Ward discusses managing personal finance, budgeting and credit.  Mr. Ward will focus on financial planning, self-sufficiency and the responsible use of credit.  Following the workshop, you can sign up for a free one-on-one counseling session between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Hayward (Monday through Thursday) or at the Fremont Family Resource Center on Fridays.