December 2009

The world is sometimes a hard place — we are bombarded every day with news that is often filled with violence, intolerance,  deprivation and alienation.  So this story, forwarded to us by one of our retired librarians, Jackie Beth, comes as a refreshing and inspiring example of the power of one person’s ability to impact their community.  Viva el biblioburrio is the story of one man, a teacher, in Columbia and his effort to bring  books and reading to the children in the very rural community of La Gloria in Colombia.   Watching this amazing man and his  committment to bring books on a burro to children who would otherwise not have any, makes me feel so grateful for what we have here in Dublin and in communities all across America.   It seems a fitting way to welcome the New Year with such an inspiring story!  For more information contact the filmmaker, Valentina Canavesio at

Dublin now has our very own  Wii game system!  The games we have are Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2, Mario Kart with Wii Wheel,  and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.  Different games were purchased for each Alameda County branch library with the idea that we could swap and trade as we plan programs.   Originally purchased for Teen Services last summer, we are about to offer a gaming program for older adults as well.  In fact, Teen Services and Older Adult Services are collaborating to offer something that would introduce seniors to the wii, demonstrate its use and generally assist  seniors in familiarizing themselves with how to use the remotes and the nunchuks.   Teen volunteers will be “wii tutors” for Dublin’s event on Wednesday, December 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  For this event we will have bowling, golf, tennis, gentle yoga and brain fitness programs to experiment with.  The afternoon will be casual and fun with refreshments served.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to get a giggle out of experimenting with the wii one afternoon at the Library, this is a great opportunity! 

Meanwhile, Teen Services is also having a Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament with prizes provided by the Dublin Friends of the Library.  This is for teens between the ages of 12 to 19.  You must register to play!  The deadline for registration is Saturday, January 2nd. The tournament is on Saturday, January 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  Prizes include a $50 Best Buy gift card, a $25  iTunes card and a $15 Regal Cinema gift card.

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Bill:  I just recently re-read the Clan of the Cave Bear series to the end at the Shelters of Stone.  It’s still a very good read and great research and development.  The very last book read was Persuader by Lee Child.  Still a good read for the purpose of getting away from reality for awhile.  Lots of action and the good guys win after giving the bad guys adequate punishment for their actions not seen in the real world.   Fiction Auel.

Daniel:  I am currently reading two books concurrently (trying to keep events somewhat chronologically in order to compare the two versions). Book one is Pride and Prejudice in which I am constantly looking at a dictionary to truly comprehend dialogue in context (who talks like this anymore?). Book two is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I find totally amusing (what a jarring difference to find Elizabeth Bennett to be an accomplished martial artist easily dispatching and decapitating the undead). Both books are available in our system. The second book lists the authors as Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I am of course enjoying both versions.    Fiction Austen,   Fiction Grahame-Smith, S

Eugene:  With official unemployment in California running at over 12%, and with relatives in Oregon looking for jobs, I couldn’t resist reading Paul Krugman’s book “The Return of Depression Economics: The Crisis of 2008”. 

A professor of economics at Princeton University, a columnist for the New York Times, and the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Krugman writes about economic crises in various countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and how lessons learned there should have prepared our own government for a similar crisis in 2008.  The book gave me a better understanding of the regulated banking industry, the non-regulated shadow banking industry, and the effects of financial globalization.  

Krugman’s conclusion is that “anything that has to be rescued during a financial crisis, because it plays an essential role in the financial mechanism, should be regulated when there isn’t a crisis so that it doesn’t take excessive risks.”   330.9 Krugman

This Saturday, December 5, the Dublin Friends are offering a special, one day only,

Volunteer Judith Seilhymer working at the Spring booksale.

 holiday booksale in the Library Program Room.  It’s only for 3 hours from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and features a great selection of gently used, beautiful hardcover books, ideal for gift giving.  The selection includes children’s books, holiday books, gourmet cookbooks, photographic collections, games, dvds and more.  

As an extra treat, the Library’s monthly knitting group will also be on hand offering knitted items for sale.  All proceeds will be donated to the Friends.  

Next week, following the booksale, the Friends invite all the volunteers who have helped both with the September booksale and the holiday sale, for a special dessert buffet in their honor, at their December meeting, Wednesday evening, December 9th.  The meeting itself starts at 6:15; desserts will be served starting at 7:00 p.m.   Both staff and the Officers of the Friends want to specially thank all the volunteers who have made the booksales so successful.  The Fall booksale raised over $7,000 — the best one in several years!  This money funds so many wonderful programs at the Library including Dublin Reads, the Teen Advisory Group,  children’s programs and so much more.  We can’t thank  the volunteers enough for taking the time and energy to support the Library  and the community in this way. 

The Friends have had a great year  and can always use more people to get involved.   Check them out at