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