September 2009

Ginger Rutland and her mother, author Eva Rutland appear on Channel 30 book discussion program "In a Word."

Ginger Rutland and her mother, author Eva Rutland, appear on Channel 30s' book discussion program "In a Word."

Dublin Reads was officially launched at the Day on the Glen, the weekend of Sept 19 & 20th and we are off to a great start.  We have lots of copies of the book out there in circulation, including “read and release” copies at Shannon Community Center, the Heritage Center and the Senior Center to make it more convenient for people to find copies.  “Read and release” copies do not have to be checked out with a library card; they are meant to be passed along to neighbors, friends, or co-workers to keep the book moving through the community.  Each book is labeled with a abbreviation “code” so if we come across it, we can tell where it’s been:  HC for heritage center, for example.

A couple of people have asked how to go about making a comment on the book at this blog; here is how to do it:  notice on the right side of the blog, close to the top, there is a heading labeled “Categories.” Underneath that, it says “select categories” with a drop down menu.  Open the menu by clicking on the tiny “down” arrow and select “Dublin Reads.”  This will bring up all the postings we have made about Dublin Reads; pick any posting you want, and notice that underneath the date on the left side is a link that says “leave a comment.”  Simply click on this and tell us what you think!

Take note, that Kathy Cordova, one of the hosts for the Channel 30 book discussion program, In a Word has her own blog called A Few More Words.  She has written a wonderful review of When We Were Colored, be sure and check it out.  She writes, “Eva Rutland is a hero—not just for her courage, good sense and elegance in speaking out and finding common ground in a time of racial divide and fear—but for giving us all an example of how powerful the written word can be. To make us understand, to make us feel, and bring us, as readers, into a world that we would have otherwise never known—leaving us the wiser and richer and, maybe even kinder for the experience.”

Special events for Dublin Reads start this week!  Saturday,  October 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room, filmmaker Leah Mahan will join us to view and discuss her award winning film Sweet Old Song.  This film was recommended to us by Bingo Schmingo’s Kathleen Rushing (who also plays in the band Extended Roots.) Kathleen said this is a wonderful film on love, aging, generational gaps, black history and music. 

Also coming soon — a community book discussion led by Dublin’s Mayor, Tim Sbranti.  Save the date, Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.!


BANNED BOOKS WEEK:  Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 26 – October 3, 2009

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  Banned Books Week stresses the importance of making available unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. 

A list of frequently challenged books is available from the American Library Association at:

Come and see the display at Dublin Library of books that have been the subject of proposed banning!  This display is located  by the large type books by the public access computer terminals.


Thinking of starting your own business?  Be sure to search Small Business Resource Center database from GALE CENGAGE Learning to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Small Business Resource Center is one of many online business databases available to members of the Alameda County Library System.  Resources in this database include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.  Small Business Resource Center offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides you with all the information you need to succeed.


You can conduct a search based on subject or keyword, or by searching the entire document.  You can also link directly to pre-compiled information based on popular business topics and types, sample business plans, and answers to frequently asked questions from a “How To” menu.  In addition to a basic search, an advanced search, a subject guide search, or a search by publication can be performed.   Results from your search are delivered in an HTML-based text and graphics format designed for quick display and readability.


Small Business Resource Center is home to the best business resources Thomson Gale has to offer, including the entire Business Plans Handbook Series, containing hundreds of sample business plans created by working entrepreneurs.

Also included are the Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, Encyclopedia of Management and Small Business Management — A Framework for Success. Small Business Resource Center also features dozens of titles from John Wiley & Sons — best known for the popular and easy-to-understand “For Dummies” series — such as Entrepreneurship For Dummies, Business Contracts For Dummies, Home-Based Business For Dummies, Portable MBA Strategy, 2nd Ed., The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth and Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Small Business Resource Center also includes nearly 200 business journals — both specialty/vertical market and general business — including titles like:

  • Better Asset Management
  • Black Enterprise
  • Consumer Comments
  • Cosmetics International
  • Direct Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Family Business Review
  • The Tax Adviser









I recently finished reading “Dewey : A Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World”.  This book, co-written by former Spencer Iowa Librarian Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, is the story of a cat, the librarian herself, and a small town in northwest Iowa during difficult economic times.  

The book cover hooked me, as it featured a portrait of an orange cat confidently looking straight at the camera.  If you change the color of the eyes from gold to green and add freckles on the nose, then you have a portrait of my own cat Rufus, who fortuitously turned up at the side entrance to the Newark Library on a Sunday afternoon in May 2007, scampering after a teenager on a bike who vociferously made clear that he wasn’t his owner.    

Dewey’s entrance into the Spencer Library was much more perilous.  Dewey was found in the library drop box on a bone-chilling morning in January 1988.  The librarian and another staff member gave the nearly frozen kitten a warm bath and gradually introduced him to library visitors.  

Dewey was remarkable in that he seemed to have a knack for knowing who could use some cheering up – physically and mentally challenged children, older library visitors, farmers and other workers coming in to fill out employment application forms online perhaps for the first time in their lives.    

Though the position was never advertised, the library soon found itself with a goodwill ambassador who greeted library users as they entered in the door in the morning, entertained visitors by jumping from shelf to shelf, and greeted every visitor to the program room by jumping on the large round table and rubbing against the hands of all those present.   The number of visitors to the library rose from 60,000 yearly to 100,000 during Dewey’s first year at the library. 

The author of the book, Vicki Myron, is very candid about why she felt such a strong bond to Dewey.  Both had serious lifelong health problems.  Dewey also served as a go-between to facilitate conversation between Vicki and her daughter Jodi during those difficult years when teenagers think that their parents are the enemy.   

Visitors would come in from different states and even from other countries to see the famous library cat.  Dewey became famous worldwide, getting fan mail from several countries, and was even featured on a Japanese television program.  Dewey died at the age of 19 and his ashes are buried in the lawn outside the library.  A granite marker was placed on the site. 

 New Line Cinema is working on a film adaptation of the book that may reach the screen in 2010 or 2011.  Meryl Streep is reportedly very interested in playing the role of Vicki Myron.  

I would heartily recommend this book to teenagers and adults.  Call Number:  636.80929 MYRON.

If you andReadgrl2 your child attended preschool storytime in the spring you will notice that we’re doing things a bit differently this time. For the Fall preschool storytime session (8 weeks) we will be taking registration; you will register just once for the entire session. Your child will then be able to attend each Monday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. for the duration of the Fall session. Registration begins on Tuesday September 8th. Only children 3 – 5 years old will be able to register and attend preschool storytime. Storytime will take place in the Library Program Room, down the hallway to your right as you enter the library building.

 You are probably wondering why we are making these changes. Children ages 3 – 5 years old have reached an exciting time in their development. Preschool storytime plays an important role in enriching your child’s literacy and social skills through programs designed specifically for this special age. The librarian is delighted to share the benefits of age-appropriate books, stories, songs and fingerplays with your child.

 To help make each storytime session a success, please remember:

 Storytime will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to collect your child’s nametag and help your child get settled.

 Parents and younger siblings are encouraged to spend time together in the picture book area of the library while their preschooler is in storytime. We understand that this arrangement may cause some separation anxiety in the beginning. In this case, a corner of the Program Room will be set aside for parent’s and younger siblings.

 At the end of the storytime, the librarian will walk the children to the picture book area to meet their parents.

 What if your child is younger than 3 years old? Not to worry, we have storytimes for younger children as well.

If your child is age 24 months to 35 months, they and a parent are invited to attend Toddler Time. Toddler Time will be on Thursdays at 10 a.m. October 8 – October 29 (4 weeks). Registration will be required for this program.

If your child is age 10 – 24 months, they and a parent are welcome to attend the Mother Goose on the Loose program. There are two Mother Goose sessions this Fall. One will be on Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. September 9 – November 18. The second session will be Fridays from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. September 11 – November 13. No registration is required to attend Mother Goose.

Posted by Rebecca Maher, Children’s Librarian, and storyteller

According to federal statistics compiled as of July 2009, the unemployment rate in California is 11.9% and the national unemployment rate is 9.4%.  

In addition to hosting job seeker’s workshops in partnership with the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center (October 1st, 8th, and 29th), Dublin Library is eager to provide other job seeker’s information resources online and in print.  

Online job seeker resources available to Alameda County Library System users can be explored by clicking on this link:

 I recently attended a workshop presented by InfoPeople.  This workshop was entitled “Helping Your Patrons Thrive During Challenging Times:  An InfoPeople Workshop”.  The instructor, Jeffrey Lambert, had compiled an excellent list of online resources for job seekers.  The bookmark for this list is: . I cannot urge strongly enough for all job seekers to look at this list of online resources.   

One social networking resource that I had not known about before attending this workshop was LinkedIn, available online at .  LinkedIn has over 45 million members and is another great tool to use in your job search. 

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job – Or Have a Job Find You

Create a Profile. Create a detailed profile on LinkedIn, including employment (current and past), education, industry, and web sites.

Consider a Photo. You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended or upload a larger photo and edit it) to your LinkedIn profile. Note that it must be a small photo – no larger than 80×80 pixels.

Keywords and Skills. Include all your resume keywords and skills in your profile, so your profile will be found.

Build Your Network. Connect with other members and build your network. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you have. Be sure to only connect to people you know and trust or have a business relationship with.

Get Recommendations. Recommendations from people you have worked with carry a lot of weight.

Search Jobs. Use the job search section to find job listings.

Use Answers. The Answers section of LinkedIn is a good way to increase your visibility. Respond to questions, and ask a question if you need information or assistance.

Stay Connected. Use LinkedIn Mobile ( to view profiles, invite new connections, and access to LinkedIn Answers from your phone.

With the high costs of prescription drugs going through the roof,  Alameda County is offering its residents a free discount prescription card.  One might say “What’s the catch?”  There is no catch or gimmicks.  This is a benefit provided by Alameda County and participating pharmacies to help people save on their prescriptions.  Here are some of the benefits:

  • Save up to 65% on individual brand name  and generic drugs not covered by other plans
  • Everyone is accepted
  • There are no limits on usage
  • There is no paperwork or fee for enrolling
  • There are 59,000+ participating pharmacies including all major chains and most independents
  • 20 -40% savings on an annual basis










To learn more about the FREE DISCOUNT Rx CARD for Alameda County call 1-800-931-8872, or go to to start saving.  The following information can be found on the above mentioned website:

  • Provides a pharmacy locater with a list of partial list of participating pharmacy chains
  • Gives one the ability to check online for drug pricing
  • Prints a free discount Rx card
  • Includes a Frequently Asked Questions section at 

Just remember that everyone qualifies, it’s easy to use, and savings is the name of the game in this day and age.  Free Rx discount cards are available at Alameda County Library branches.  To see a list and location of branches, go to: .