June 2011

Three cheers for the great folks at the City of Dublin Heritage Park & Museum for such a really cool event happening this weekend in our own little backyard!


Heritage Park & Museums Grand Opening

Start your Independence Day weekend early with the
of the

Saturday, July 2, 2011
12:00 – 4:00pm
6600 Donlon Way, Dublin


Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon, beginning with presentations
by the City Historian, the Poet Laureate, the Poet Laureate Emerita, and the Kolb family.

In recognition of the Bavarian heritage of the Kolb family, German music by the Karl Lebherz Band
will be featured at the outdoor stage, and free refreshments, including root beer, hot dogs, brats, German
potato salad, soft pretzels and German chocolate cupcakes will be served.

During the event the public is invited to tour the facilities and enjoy various activities throughout
the park, including:
Kolb House: tours; “Back Porch Gift Shop”
Outdoor Stage: music concert featuring German music by Karl Lebherz Band
Picnic Area: free refreshments at the Bavarian “Root” Biergarten—root beer, soft pretzels,
hot dogs, brats, German potato salad, German chocolate cupcakes
Information Booth: plus commemorative mugs and promotional information

New books; The Kolbs of Dublin(by Claudia McCormick), Kolb Family Genealogy (by Gary Myer) and

a Kolb Coloring Book (sponsored by the DHPA)


Grounds: wagon rides around the park on the restored wagon and Kolb tractor
Sunday School Barn: Dublin’s local Bluegrass and Irish Jam performances
Kolb Hay Barn: outdoor arts and crafts project for youth
St. Raymond Church: film about the Kolb Family and the relocation of the farm buildings
Murray Schoolhouse: “Journey Museum” exhibit on display
Murray Classroom: four Oral Histories videos produced by the Oral History Committee
Pioneer Cemetery: tours of the Cemetery




As the second film in the Novel Destinations Summer Film Series, Dublin Library will be showing “Bride & Prejudice” at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room, on Saturday, July 2nd. 

Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” gets a Bollywood treatment in director Gurinder Chadha’s film “Bride & Prejudice”.   When the rich single London barrister Balraj and his American friend William Darcy come to visit the Bakshi family in Amritsar, India, the Bakshis have high hopes of marrying off their four daughters, Jaya, Lalita, Lakhi, and Maya, though circumstance and boorish opinions voiced by suitors threaten to get in the way of romance.

Unlike Jane Austen’s novel, where the action takes place in Bath and the surrounding English countryside, the action in this film takes place in several nations; in India, the United Kingdom, and in the United States. 

Some trivia about this film:

Aishwarya Rai (who played Lalita Bakshi) gained about 20 pounds for this film because she felt it was more suitable for her character to not look like a fashion model and to give her a more realistic appearance.  Before filming had started, Ms. Rai didn’t want to read the novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen because she didn’t want the character of Elizabeth to influence her. 

Many of the background dancers and extras in “A Marriage Has Come To Town” were cast from the local Sikh temple.  Director Gurinder Chadha didn’t care if extras could dance as long as they looked like they were having fun.

The Novel Destinations Summer Film Series are all free of charge and are being shown in conjunction with the “Novel Destinations – Read Your Way Around the World” adult summer reading game.    Instructions and game forms are available on the display table right next to the adult public access computer terminals in the library.

Every week we will be posting patrons’ book reviews for the Adult Summer Reading Game.  Here are a couple which were submitted this week.

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

“On January 28. 1945, 121 U.S. Army Rangers, aided by  Filipino guerillas, liberated the 500+ American and British POW’s from the Cabanatuan prison camp.  Most of the POW’s were survivors of the Bataan Death March and their numbers were further decimated by disease, starvation, and the brutality of their captors.  This account of  the 3 year incarceration and liberation is both heartbreaking and thrilling.  The heroism of both POW’s and Rangers abounds and the power of the “instinct to survive” overcame unbelievable physical and mental problems. These men were truly the Greatest Generation.” 

Would you recommend this book to somebody? Yes

Submitted by Eileen


The Athena Project by Brad Thore

 “The story begins in France in 1944 with the abduction of an SS officer from an airplane.  It continues into present-day Paraguay and Europe with the pursuit of some “horrible weapon” initially built by the SS and now being used by some unknown country or organization.  The Athena Project is tasked with identifying the would be killer/killers and “taking them out”.  The four members of the Athena Project are females who are Delta Force operatives, and like their male counterparts, are trained to kill.  Interesting concept.  The book was a fast read.

Would you recommend this book to somebody? Yes

Submitted by Eileen






The Alameda County Board of Supervisors and


 Susan S. Muranishi, County Administrator,

 encourage County employees to

participate in the

 2011 Alameda County

 Summer Food Drive

 June 6th – July 31st

 Please Support Our Community By Donating:

 canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats and fish,       

 pasta and tomato sauce, beans, rice, peanut butter,

 cereal/oatmeal, powdered milk, and

 nutritional beverages and snacks

 Drop Off Locations:

Dublin Library – 200 Civic Terrace Plaza, Dublin

Castro Valley Library – 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

Clerk-Recorder’s Building – 1106 Madison Street, Oakland

Community Development Agency – 224 West Winton, Room 110, Hayward

County Administration Building – 1221 Oak Street, Oakland

Department of Child Support Services – 5669 Gibraltar Drive, Pleasanton

Emergency Medical Services – 1000 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro

Environmental Health Department – 1131 Harbor Bay Pkwy, Alameda

Fremont Main Library – 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont

Lakeside Plaza Building – 1401 Lakeside, Oakland

Law Library – 125 – 12th Street, Oakland

Library Administration – 2450 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont

Public Works – 951 Turner Court, Hayward

Public Works Annex – 399 Elmhurst, Hayward

Rene Davidson Courthouse – 1225 Fallon Street (and basement), Oakland

SSA-EBD Medi-Cal Center – 8477 Enterprise Way, Oakland

SSA-EMC Building – 24100 Amador Street, Hayward

Union City Library – 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City


This Saturday, June 25th, at 2:00 p.m., Dublin Library will present the first in its series of Novel Destinations Summer Films, “Roman Holiday,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, in the Library Program Room.  

The film begins as Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) embarks on a highly publicized tour of European capitals.  When she and her royal entourage arrive in Rome, she begins to rebel against her regimented schedule.  One night Anne sneaks out of her room, hops into the back of a delivery truck and escapes her confinement. However, a sedative she was forced to take earlier takes effect, and she is soon asleep on a public bench.  She is found by Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), an American newspaper reporter.  He takes her back to his apartment.  The next morning Joe dashes off to cover the Princess Anne press conference, unaware that she is sleeping on his couch!  Once he realizes who his guest is, Joe promises his editor an exclusive interview with the princess.  And that’s just the start! 

This charming comedy is famous as the film that made the whole world fall in love with Audrey Hepburn and half the world want to run out and buy a Vespa scooter.

This 1953 film directed by William Wyler won 3 Oscars:  Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Costume Design in a Black-and-White Film (Edith Head), and Best Writing for a Motion Picture Story (Dalton Trumbo).  Due to blacklisting, the screen credit and award were originally credited to Ian McLellan Hunter, who fronted for Dalton Trumbo.  In December 1992 the Academy decided to change the records and to credit Mr. Trumbo with the achievement.   Ian McLellan Hunter was removed from the Motion Picture Story category and the Oscar was posthumously presented to Trumbo’s widow on May 10th, 1993.

We hope to see you this Saturday for “Roman Holiday”!  This movie, and all others in the Novel Destinations Summer Film Series, begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Dublin Library Program Room.

As part of the “Novel Destinations” adult summer reading game, which allows adults to get prizes based on the number of books they read set in different countries on different continents, Dublin Library is pleased to screen the following movie favorites from different world locales:

June 25 – Roman Holiday (1953)  (118 minutes)

A princess (Audrey Hepburn) travels incognito in Rome to experience a normal life.  A reporter (Gregory Peck) discovers her ruse, but falls in love with her before his exclusive story about the duble life of the princess can go to press.  Audrey Hepburn wonan Academy Award for her role in this romantic drama.

July 2 – Bride & Prejudice (2004) (112 minutes)

A Bollywood update on the classic Jane Austen story.  Starring Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, and Nadira Babbar.

July 9 – Notorious (1946) (102 minutes)

Alfred Hitchcock directed this thriller starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.  A beautiful woman with a tainted past is asked to spy on her late father’s Nazi friends in World War II Rio de Janeiro. 

July 16  – The Joy Luck Club (1993) (139 minutes)

The story of four remarkable Chinese mothers and their American daughters, whose lives are filled with love, tragedy, richness and magic.  This epic film is based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan.

July 23 – Gigi (1958) (115 minutes)

Based on the novel by French novelist Collette,  Gigi is the story of a girl on the edge of womanhood (Leslie Caron) and the bored young playboy (Louis Jourdan) who falls in love with her.   in Paris during  the last years of the 1800s.     Maurice Chevalier sings the Lerner-Lowe songs “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore”.  Winner of nine Academy Awards,  including Best Picture.

Are you a fan of armchair travel?  Do you enjoy reading books set in other countries?  You can travel anywhere this summer by participating in Dublin Library’s summer reading program for adults, “Novel Destinations”.  Pick up your “passport” reading log at Dublin Library and keep track of the books you enjoy this summer.

Local Dublin merchants are generously supporting the program by donating gift cards for goods and services through Dublin.  Prizes include free pizzas and other restaurant gift meals; free bicycle tire repair from Dublin Cyclery,  free open- play bowling games at Dublin Bowl, and many more wonderful gifts offered by our own Dublin merchants. 

In “Novel Destinations,” your itinerary is to read or listen to 9 books whose plots are set in countries on at

 least 3 continents.  There are prizes for completing different stages of your journey.   The program begins June 13th and continues until August 13th

Read 3 books and win a  $3.00 OFF coupon for the next Friends of Dublin Library Book Sale, September 16 – 18.

Read 6 books and win a chance to spin the game prize spinner for a gift card from a local merchant.

Read 9 books or more and you will qualify to enter the  Grand Prize Drawing for a free e-Reader purchased by the Dublin Friends of the Library.

To participate in the “Novel Destinations” adult summer reading game, come to Dublin Library and check out the display of suggested titles featuring exotic locales and then:

1)      Pick up your game form at the Information Desk. 

2)      Write the title and author of each book on the game form. 

3)      Take your game form passport to the Information Desk to get checked and win prizes.

4)      When you have read 9 books, enter the Grand Prize Drawing!

Summer reading fun isn’t limited to children only.  Adults can play and win free stuff, too!

Please join in thanking and patronizing these local Dublin merchants who generously donated prizes to this program:

Amakara Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Amici’s Pizzeria


Dublin Cyclery

Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl

Extreme Pizza

Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi, Too!

Get Fit Yoga

Nothing Bundt Cake

Renu LaserSpa

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