February 2010

Many library members are currently searching for new or better jobs. Some are not fully aware of what is available at Dublin Library to help them.

Firstly, job searchers should look at the Job Posting Binder, which is kept in the Test and Careers section of the library, right next to the periodicals stacks. This binder is updated weekly and lists openings with Alameda County, the San Ramon Unified School District, public sector jobs, and non-Alameda County library jobs. A copy of the periodical Jobs Available, which lists public sector jobs throughout the USA, is also stored within the binder. The very front of the binder has a list of online resources for job seekers, courtesy of Infopeople Project’s workshop entitled “Helping Your Patrons Thrive During challenging Times”.

Secondly, there is a wealthy of information online on the library website at http://www.aclibrary.org . Alameda County Library reference staff has pulled together a few good books, databases and online resources for use in your job quest. Here is a link to that portion of the Alameda County Library website: http://www.aclibrary.org/jobsearch/default.asp

Lastly, Dublin Library hosts programs aimed at job seekers on a regular basis. Our current series of programs is presented by Jerry Simerman, Jobs Specialist with the One-Stop Career Center in Pleasanton, California. His programs in March will be Job Search A to Z (March 2nd, 1:30 to 3 p.m.), Resume & Cover Letter Writing (March 9th, 1:30 to 3 p.m.), and One-on-One Resume Critique (March 16th from 1 to 3 p.m.). The Resume Critique service is an individual 20-minute session where you and Jerry discuss your resume and how to make it more appealing to prospective employers. You need to schedule an appointment for a session with the Dublin Library Reference Desk Staff at (925) 803-7275.

Be sure to take full advantage of these online databases, books and programs available to you through your local Alameda County Library branch. Always feel free to come by the adult reference desk and ask for help in using these services if you need it.

Twilight and the other vampire books by Stephenie Meyer are everywhere right now, and it seems that even nine and ten year olds are asking to read them. But what if, like many of us, you are uncomfortable handing Twilight to younger readers? Try offering your middle grade kids some of these vampire-ish books instead.

Not strictly a vampire series, the Araminta Spookie books by Angie Sage are populated with ghosts, werewolves and other creepy creatures and are a great bet for younger kids. Ages 7-10.

The Vampirates series by Justin Somper mixes adventure with the vampire lore for action-packed tales that will keep readers hooked. Ages 9-12.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is the first book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. It takes a less stereotypical, more humorous approach to vampires; this one should appeal to boys as well. Ages 10 and up.

In the first book of the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer, pink-loving cheerleader Olivia discovers a strange secret about the twin sister she didn’t even know she had… Ages 8-12

The Vampire Island series by Adele Griffin relates the adventures of three vampire siblings who are living as humans in New York City. Ages 9-11

The first book in the Oliver Nocturne series by Kevin Emerson is a coming of age vampire tale. Oliver isn’t exactly happy about being a vampire or about the fact that he has to attend vampire school; in fact, he isn’t a great vampire at all. But his destiny is about to change. Ages 9-12

Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn. Cynda is staying with her family at the Maine inn run by her father. The inn is supposed to haunted but Cynda may be in more danger from a mysterious stranger she has met than from any ghosts. Ages 11 and up.


Free Tax Assistance is available at the Dublin Library every Saturday, beginning February 6, 2010 and continuing until Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Group Study room.  ***Please make a note that there will be no appointments on Saturday, February 13, 2010 and Saturday, March 13. 2010. ***

This program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and AARP.  Trained volunteers assist with U.S. Federal and California State income tax and e-filing.

Appointments are available for morning, noon, and late afternoon sessions.  Please call the Dublin Library at 925-803-7275 during normal open hours, or sign up at the Reference Desk.  Drop-ins with no appointment are welcome at any time from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ***Drop in appointment will be served on a first come, first served basis, and subject to availability of volunteer staff.***

The following links will give you more information about taxes and tax assistance near you:

Basic federal and state tax forms are available at the Dublin Library.  One can also download forms from the following links: