May 2010

Did you know that identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America?  Victims of identity theft can and do suffer both mentally and physically. 

Do you know how to protect yourself in public from robbery and assault? 

If you don’t feel you are well informed on preventing identity theft and maintaining your personal safety, you will want to attend two workshops presented by Val Ridad, Community Safety Assistant with the Dublin Police Services. 

Val Ridad’s workshop on Identity Theft, on Saturday, June 12th from 2 – 4 p.m., will tell you how to minimize your chances of being a victim of identity theft, and what you should do if you are a victim. 

Her workshop on Personal Safety, on Saturday, June 19th from 2 – 4 p.m., will cover personal safety, home security, safety in your vehicle, Internet safety, sex offender awareness, and personal self-defense. 

Both workshops will be free of charge and held in the Community Room of the Dublin Library.  We hope you’ll take advantage of these informative workshops.

I just read about a 10-year old Sacramento boy,  Theoren Hanks, who is learning glassblowing at a nonprofit studio in San Francisco.  This fourth-grader discovered his passion for this art two years ago and informed his parents that he was determined to become a glassblower.

No matter how unusual your hobby is, there’s probably something you can borrow in print or access online from your Alameda County Libraries. 

Searching under the subject heading “Glass blowing and working”, I found 7 items available at your branch libraries.    Here are a few of them:

Creative glass techniques : fusing, painting, lampwork / Bettina Eberle

Asheville, N,C. : Lark Books, c1997                   748 EBERLE

Glass blowing : a technical manual / Ed Burke

Ramsbury : Crowood Press, c2005                   748.20282 BURKE

Glassforming; glassmaking for the craftsman / Frederic and Lilli Schuler

Philadelphia, Chilton Book Co. 1970                   748 SCHULER

Kiln-fired glass / Harriette Anderson

Philadelphia, Chilton Book Co. [1970]                748 ANDERSON

Though not specific to glassblowing, this book piqued my curiosity:

Get a hobby! : 101 all-consuming diversions for any lifestyle / Tina Barseghian

New York : Collins, c2006                               790.13 BARSEGHIAN

Have fun exploring your libraries for ideas for your established hobbies and suggestions for new hobbies!


Summer will soon be here and international travel is always more interesting if you have an idea of what you want to see and can communicate a bit with the people of the country you are visiting. 

For example, when my spouse and I took a cruise to the major islands in Greece, having a good guide book made each port of call more interesting, and knowing a bit of the language helped us when our luggage arrived late, a taxi driver tried to overcharge us, when we wanted to buy groceries, and even got us lower prices a few times when we visited souvenir shops. 

Your Alameda County Libraries offer you travel books, travel DVDs, and books, CDs, and DVDs for learning foreign languages.  For travel books and DVDs, you only need for look for call numbers beginning with 914 for European countries, 915 for Asian countries, 916 for African countries, 917 for North American countries, and 918 for South American countries. 

Resources for language learning that are available to you at any time if you have a computer at home and a library card are: 

BBC Languages – Free online language learning from the British Broadcasting Company. Languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Chinese and more.

Livemocha – Livemocha is a language learning community with over 2 million members. Designed for all language goals and skill levels, Livemocha offers free and plus learning options that actually work – and make learning languages social and fun!

Mango Languages – is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Mango also includes complete learning English courses for speakers of Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Polish, as well as basic English for social situations for speakers of  languages such as Japanese, Arabic, Russian and French.  Free registration for a separate Mango account is not required but will allow you to keep track of your progress and use other tools. 

Some items that caught my own attention are:

Barcelona & Catalonia / by Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls

Northhampton, MA : Cadogan Guides, 2010       914.6704 FACAROS

Country driving : a journey through China from farm to factory / by Peter Hessler

New York : Harper, c2010             303.4832 HESSLER

Japanese language learning DVD game / TOPICS Entertainment, Incl ; Euro Talk Interactive 

Renton, WA : TOPICS Entertainment, c2008     DVD 495.68342 JAPANESE

Italian language learning DVD game [videorecording] / TOPICS Entertainment, Inc. ; Euro Talk Interactive

Renton, WA : TOPICS Entertainment, c2008                       DVD 458.3421 ITALIAN

All the month of May is “National Physical Fitness and Sports Month”.  This is to encourages individuals and organizations to promote fitness activities and programs.  Popularly known as “May Month,” National Physical Fitness and Sports Month was established by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1983.

There is a display of books and DVDs dealing with health and exercise on the table near the public access computers and the library rotunda.    Some of these will probably interest you. 

There two databases available to Alameda County Library users which specialize in sports and sports medicine.   They are: 

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection – This predominantly full-text collection includes over 60 titles in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Topics include proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more. Coverage begins in 1980.

Sports Illustrated – Search, review, and read more than 54 years of Sports Illustrated content including full text stories, images (including covers), video, and more. Search by keyword then refine a search by date and/or date range. You can also click to refine by type of content (articles, photos, galleries, video, and covers). Finally, you can also refine results to material from Sports Illustrated (the magazine), (the web site) and/or both publications. It’s also possible to sort results by date or relevance.

For further information on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, refer to:   President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Dept W, 200 Independence Ave SW, Room 738H, Washington, DC 20201-0004. Phone: (202) 690-9000. Fax: (202) 690-5211. Web: or


Your Dublin Library has Voter Registration forms on the counter outside the Photocopy Room behind the automatic checkout machines.

If you want to vote in the June 8, 2010 California Primary Election, your registration form must be postmarked no later than May 24, 2010

You may register to vote in California if:   You are a United States citizen,  you are a resident of California,  you are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election), and  uou are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction. 

You will need to re-register to vote when:   You move to a new permanent address, or you change your name, or you change your political party choice.

Dublin Library also has Easy Voter Guides produced as a collaboration of the California Secretary of State’s Office, the California State Library, and the league of Women Voters of California Education Fund.  We have Easy Voter Guides in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. 




 I often get good suggestions for films to watch and books to read from my co-workers.  Perhaps you’d like these as well.

Lynda Ferrill reports:  I recently watched “Pirate Radio” on DVD.  It was a cute movie but I especially liked some of the music from the late 60’s.            DVD Fiction PIRATE  

Donna Koppa reports:  I recently finished a book titled “Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq” by Dan Mills. While you can imagine that the subject is not lighthearted it is interesting to read about some of the happenings early in the Iraq war, 2004, from a different view point. The sniper team that Dan Mills was with is British and so it is from an English view point that you see the events. His sense of English humor keeps it an easy and informative book.            B MILLS,D

I myself have just read ”A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence” by Ray Raphael.  Unlike most scholars researching the American Revolution, California-based writer Ray Raphael, has concentrated on the lives of ordinary people. He cites original documents showing how citizens protested British abuses by refusing to consume tea and other British luxury items, how women supported the Revolution by spinning their own cloth and working the farms their husbands left behind when they went to war. Most American Indian tribes favored the British, while others, such as the Abenaki, were paid to fight alongside the rebels. Many slaves tried to gain their own independence via insurrections, and escape from their masters.                                                         973.3092 RAPHAEL