March 2011

In addition to family passes to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum, most branches of your Alameda County Library System now have free family passes available for a visit to the Oakland Museum of California. 

Each pass gives free admission to 2 adults and 2 children.  Dublin Library has 2 passes, which are available to be checked out for seven calendar days before being returned to the library information desk.  Alameda County Library card holders may check out the pass at the Information Desk on a first-come basis.  After use, a museum pass in its packet is to be returned directly to the Information Desk.   (Due to the popularity of these museum passes, Dublin Library does not take reservations for a museum pass.) 

Established in 1969, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. With more than 1.8 million objects, Oakland Museum of California is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s cultural and environmental heritage.

The Oakland Museum is located at 1000 Oak Street, in downtown Oakland, only one block from the Lake Merritt BART station.  The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open on Friday nights until 9 p.m. 

Visit the Oakland Museum’s website  for information on exhibits and programs.

Are you fascinated with Dublin’s and the sorrounding areas local history? Ever wonder who in the heck  Jose Maria Amador was?  Where the original location of the Kolb barn was? Or, if the historic Green Store still exists?  The answers to all these questions and much more are located at the Dublin Library.  The library has materials such as the following available for checkout that brings the past to life. 

Californio voices : the oral memoirs of José María Amador and Lorenzo Asisara ;
translated and edited by Gregorio Mora-Torres
Amador, José Mariá, 1794-1883   
Dublin reflections and bits of valley history / Virginia Smith Bennett
Dublin, Calif. : Dublin Historical Preservation Association, c1991
Bennett, Virginia Smith, 1909-
 Dublin reflections and bits of valley history
Dublin / Mike Lynch and the Dublin Heritage Center
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2007
Lynch, Mike
Besides the local resources and materials mentioned above, there are also many historical museums in Dublin and the sorrounding area.  Here are a few of these hidden gems as follows:

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I just want to take a quick moment to extend a very personal thank you and “shout out” to the people who participated with the Library in the parade this year: Anne Reilly, our Homework Center Coordinator, “Cat in the Hat” Donna Leach, Teen Services Librarian, “Mother Goose” Phyllis Libbe, Library Page, Monica Ten Eyck, retired librarian and storyteller for Mother Goose on the Loose, Fritz Welss representing the Friends of the Library and 3 really great teens, Jessica, Julie and Katie. We had a great time passing out goodies and bookmarks to the bystanders.

More pictures are at Flickr: