May 2011


In 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by the United States Congress.  The month was chosen partly because of two significant dates/anniversaries  occurred in United States history.  The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.

Here are some following links to learn more about Asian/Pacific American month, the history, culture, and or events happening near you:

Here are some books and materials on Asian/Pacific Americans available through Alameda County Library:


 Extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by Susan Sinnott  

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 A Different Battle:  stories of Asian Pacific American veterans by Carina A. del Rosario, editor


The Asian Pacific heritage: a companion to literature and arts by George J. Leonard, editor

After a short hiatus, the Lawyer in the Library program is back at the Dublin Library!


Lawyer in the Library is offered on every 3rd Wednesday of the month    from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Free legal assistance is provided by volunteer lawyers from the Alameda County Bar Association. An attorney will consult to define your problem, advise you of your options, get you started with a solution and make a referral when needed.

*Please note that the Dublin Library is changing the way it schedules the appointments due to the high demand to see a lawyer. *

The Dublin Library will start taking sign-ups for appointments on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Sign up at the reference desk or call 925-803-7275

Location: DUBLIN BRANCH – Get Directions

Bookflix is a new online resource for children from Scholastic. It pairs classic children’s stories with true books on related topics. Choose pairs from these exciting categories:

Animals and Nature
Earth and Sky
People and Places
ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s
Family and Community
Music and Rhyme

Each pair gives your child the opportunity to watch a story, read a short book, play related games, explore related websites on the Internet, and learn a bit about the story’s author.

You can access Bookflix at home from the library’s website. Click on A-Z Resources or Subject Guides under the Research tab to find the link. Click on the Bookflix link, enter your library card number, and you’re in business. Watch and listen to as many stories as you like.

Click “Watch the Story” to view an animated children’s storybook from Weston Woods. A closed-captioning option is available: Click the Read Along option to display the audio portion of the story, with word-by-word highlighting, as it plays. Where a Spanish-language version of the video is available, an “Español” icon appears above the player. Click on this icon to go to the Spanish version.

Click “Read the Book” to get to the related nonfiction content. The text is presented in a flipbook format. Pages can be turned by clicking the appropriate buttons. The Read Along option can be activated to hear the text read aloud with word-by-word highlighting. In addition, key content vocabulary words are highlighted in yellow. Placing the cursor on the highlighted word will display its definition. Click on the word, the ear icon, or anywhere on the definition itself to hear the definition read aloud. Where a Spanish-language version of the flipbook is available, an “Español” icon appears above the player. Click on this icon to go to the Spanish version.

Click “Puzzlers” to go to one or more interactive educational games related to the specific pair. Word Match reinforces key vocabulary from the nonfiction text by asking players to match a definition to the correct vocabulary word. Fact or Fiction underscores the differences between fiction and nonfiction by asking players to identify a series of statements as either fact or fiction. Click on the ear icons to hear the game directions, as well as all statements and definitions, read aloud.

Click “Meet the Author” to read a profile of the author of the story on which the video is based. Click on the ear icon to hear the profile read aloud. At the end of each profile is a link to the author’s Web site.

Click “Explore the Web” to access editorially selected, age-appropriate Web links related to the pair topic for additional research, exploration, and inquiry.


Other features of Bookflix, which are designed for teachers and other educators include:

Lesson Plans. Lesson plans with suggested teaching activities have been created specifically for each fiction/nonfiction pair. From any page within a pair, click “Lesson Plan,” located at the top right of the page, to go to its lesson plan. The lesson plan is also available as a printable PDF.

Curriculum Correlations. All lesson plans are aligned to state and national language-arts and content-area standards. From the lesson plan page for any Bookflix pair, click “Curriculum Correlations.” This will open a popup window displaying a list of that lesson plan’s correlations to the standards document selected. The user’s home state is pre-selected as a convenience. The standard may be changed by selecting a different standard from the drop-down menu and clicking “Go.”

Spanish-Language Versions. A number of pairs are available in Spanish. These versions have the same Read Along option, with word-by-word highlighting, as the English versions. Where a Spanish-language version is available, an “Español” icon appears above the flipbook or video player. Click on this icon to go to the Spanish version.

Educator Resources. An educator’s guide to BookFlix is accessible from the top of every page. It contains an overview of the product as well as general activities and best practices for using BookFlix in the classroom and in school and public libraries. Ideas and tips are provided for whole-class or small-group instruction, independent learning, reading groups, and parent-and-child interactions.


I first picked up this book because I was curious as to how a child predator could continue for years to molest youngsters under his care as a Sunday school teacher, and avoid going to jail. 

This first book by veteran journalist and Santa Clara University instructor Lisa Davis, covers the protracted legal battle to hold the Mormon Church (LDS) responsible for sexual abuse of pre-adolescent boys within three different church wards.  In 1997, Seattle attorneys Tim Kosnoff and Joel Salmi took on the case of 18-year-old Jeremiah Scott, who, at age 12, was repeatedly abused by Brother Frank Curtis, an elder in Scott’s Portland, Ore., Mormon community. When Scott’s mother reported the abuse to her Mormon bishop, she was told the church was aware of Curtis’s problem. So though Curtis had since died in 1992 and was buried in an unmarked and unvisited grave, the Scotts wanted to sue the church for failing to protect Scott. Attorneys Kosnoff and Salmi soon discovered Curtis’s pattern of molestation stretched back decades and across state lines.

The account of numerous cases of abuse almost become secondary to the vicious pretrial battles between Kosnoff’s team and the lawyers for the LDS, who said the church’s records were protected by clergy-penitent privilege and the First Amendment freedom-of-religion clause. The million-dollar settlement in 2001 brought an end to the case but not the issue of a large religious organization using its monetary power to cover up criminal behavior on the part of individuals acting in the name of the church.

Frank Curtis was able to prey on pre-adolescent boys from 1977 to 1991 because of a belief within his church that if an individual is excommunicated, then undergoes a period of repentance, and is re-baptized, then previous bad behavior would be forgotten, and this person would start with a “clean slate.”  Curtis was also able to continue his criminal behavior because local church officials were not forthcoming when asked by lay members of the church if he was an individual who was trustworthy around children. 

As Attorney Timothy Kosnoff reflected years later, the church officials forced parents of abused children “to be religious zealots who will place their need to belong to this religious organization over the safety of their children.” 

Books about legal battles would normally put me to sleep, but Lisa Davis wrote in a very descriptive manner about the places and people involved in this case, and it was hard to put this book down. 

I think this book is a strong reminder that parents of young children have to be willing to trust that their children will normally tell the truth about abuse and that parents must not have blind faith in authority figures.

This book and books dealing with preventing child abuse can be found in your Alameda County Library System.  Among them are:


The sins of Brother Curtis : a story of betrayal, conviction, and the Mormon Church / Lisa Davis                                                                261.83272 DAVIS

Betrayal : the crisis in the Catholic Church / by the investigative staff of The Boston Globe

                                                                    253.2 BETRAYAL

Overcoming sexual terrorism : 40 ways to protect your children from sexual predators / Jake Goldenflame                                           362.7672 GOLDENFLAME

Protecting your children from sexual predators / Leigh Baker         649.4 BAKER

Safe passages : a guide for teaching children personal safety / Karla Hull    362.7044 HULL





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Alameda County Library is happy to announce the launch of our FREE online educational classes from Universal Class. With over 500 different courses available, there is something for everyone! Here is just a tiny sample of classes:

  • Accounts Receivable Management
  • Autism 101
  • Book Publishing
  • Childbirth Education and Preparation
  • Contract Law
  • ESL Basic Grammar
  • Fundraising
  • Introduction to Medical Coding
  • Landlord 101
  • Meditation
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Sociology
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Wedding Planning
  • Yoga 101

 Click on the following Alameda County Library’s Online Classes Guide for more information:

Continuing your education is only a click of the mouse away. Sign-up for Universal Class  and learn more About Universal Classes here.