October 2009

International harpist Dominique Piana has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.  She will be presenting a concert of harp music featuring music from the Baroque to the Late-Romantic Masters, including Preludes by Handel, Bach, Krumpholtz, Romances by Parish Alvars, and the brilliant “Schubert-Fantasie” by Hans Trnecek, on Saturday, November 14th, 2009, 2 – 3 p.m.,  in the Dublin Library Community Room.

Dominique Piana studied harp at the Brussels Conservatory of Music, and earned an M.A. in harp performance at Claremont Graduate University.  A faculty member of Holy Names University in Oakland, she is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music. 

This concert is free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Dublin Library.

Do you need help setting up e-mail?  Do you feel awkward using Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel?  Do you need help with searching the Internet? 

If any of these situations apply to you, come and use the services of our teen volunteers on Monday through Thursday between 4 to 6 p.m. from now until December 17th.  We will also be offering this service during the winter and spring high school quarters. 

Our volunteers  Ryan, Shyam, Natasha, Jega, Justin J, Justin D, Shine, and Thomas will be very glad to help you.  They will be seated at the table directly in front of the adult reference desk.  They can help you at that table, or if you are already logged on to a computer terminal elsewhere in the library, they can help you at your terminal.

It was a truly a family affair last Sunday with many members of author Eva Rutland’s family joining us for a wonderful program.   40 people attended the program and reception for Eva; pictures of the event are to your right under the header “Alameda County Library photos.”   First to arrive that day was grandson John under orders to help with the technology.  He hooked up Ginger’s laptop and we got it working with the library’s LCD projector so that Ginger and her daughter Eva Fields could present a slide show on the family.  Next up we met Ginger’s twin Patty Jo who drove Eva in, followed by Ginger and her daughter, Eva Fields.  Last to arrive was Elsie and her husband.  The only sibling not in attendance was Billy who, we were told, was at his daughter’s high school play in Sacramento.

What a fabulous family!  We had such a good time.  A reprint edition of Eva’s book No Crystal Stair which is a novelization of her memoir, had just come in last week , so people were able to get signed copies.  One woman in the audience was originally from Atlanta and had attended Spelman College just as Eva had, and was so happy to meet Eva.  The slide show was  compelling; I was struck by the way Ginger integrated historical family pictures with text images of things like the wording in a real estate contract that prohibited selling to blacks, and other minorities, or the text from the 16th edition of the Encylopedia Britannica of the early 1900s, declaring the Negro race as an inferior race at a time when her ancestors, the first generation removed from slavery, were going to college and building their lives.

Eva herself was so charming and so humble really thanking us for having her. The Friends of the Library brought cake and punch and altogether we had a lovely time.

The pictures in the photostream on your left include one of Ginger and Eva when they appeared on Channel 30 as well as a couple of pictures from Kirk Waller’s storytelling program on October 10 (we raffled off  copies of Eva’s book and Kirk Waller’s book); click on any one of them to get to Dublin Library’s photo set in Flickr.

Thanks to everyone who came to the programs, participated and read the book — Dublin Reads gets better every year! And our heartfelt thanks to Eva and her family for sharing their story with us!


Law and legal forms are now available online at  www.aclibrary.org .  At the click of the mouse, one can access the most popular legal forms dealing with contracts, wills, real estate, premarital agreements, divorce, bankruptcy and much more through the Gale legal forms database. 

 gale law formsHere is a link below to access the most extensive selection of legal forms and information below: http://www.aclibrary.org/research/articlesDataBases/default.asp?topic=ArticlesDataBases&cat=LawLegalForms  (IF YOU ARE ACCESSING THE SITE FROM OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY, YOU MUST LOG IN WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD @ www.aclibrary.org FIRST.)

More information incuded in the website:

* A search feature that allows one to browse by title or catagory

*  Look at catagories by alphabet (An A-Z search)

*  Browse by sample searches, and or by “most popular” forms

*  Legal forms from other states

Other information available include links to federal and state tax forms, an attorney directory, and a section on legal definitions. 

“Warning public users should consult an attorney in your state for serious matters”


If you are currently searching for a new job, it’s definitely worth noting that Jerry Simerman, job search specialist at the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center, will be holding a One-to-One Résumé Critique program in the Dublin Library Program Room on Thursday, October 29th, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.  This is your opportunity to have a free individual critique of your job résumé.  

Sign up for your 20-minute individual critique time by calling the Dublin Library Information Desk at (925) 803-7275.