September 2011

This summer, the library brought back the Newcott-Caldebery contest. Children in first to eighth grade were invited to submit an original written and/or illustrated book, the book that they would like to see in the library. Winners were chosen in each of four categories: 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, 5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade. We had 29 total entries, 3 in the 1st/2nd grade category, 10 in the 3rd/4th category, 14 in the 5th/6th category, and 2 in the 7th/8th category. The Newcott is awarded for the best story and the Caldebery for the best illustrations. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on September 14.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who submitted an original story. Everyone who entered received a certificate of participation and a small prize; however, the biggest honor is having your book added to the library’s collection. That’s right, everyone who entered a book in the contest will be able to find their book in the library catalog and check it out. ***Please keep in mind, that the books all need to be cataloged and processed, so they will not be available for check out until later this year.***

In the meantime, you can take a look at the covers of the winning books. We hope you enjoy them!

1st/2nd grade Newcott Award
The Brave Princess and the Terrible Winlock
Nayara 2nd grade
1st/2nd grade Caldebery Award
Mahika’s Crying Feeling:
Based on a True Experience

Mahika 1st grade

3rd/4th grade Newcott Award
Beanstalk and the Jack
Nicole 3rd grade
3rd/4th grade Caldebery Award
Lilly and Puppy’s Merry Christmas
Darla 3rd grade

5th/6th grade Newcott Award
More than a Summer Job
Melanie 5th grade
7th/8th grade Newcott Award
Alexandra 7th grade

The 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States is an annual factbook containing more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts about our nation and the world. Among the broad topics covered are marriage and divorce, health, education, law enforcement, national security, social insurance, business, science and technology, agriculture, natural resources, energy, information and communications, banking and international statistics. The source of the data is not limited to the Census Bureau — statistics are also derived from other federal agencies and private sources. Data in this edition are generally for the most recent year or period available by spring 2011 in both Excel and PDF formats. 

The 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States is available through your Alameda County Library within the Business, Genealogy, and Reference Research/Subject Guides databases.

Kindle eBook borrowing is here! Nook and iPad too!

Check out this webpage on Overdrive  and click on instruction titles in the Getting Started box in the upper left corner of the page to view a “Quick Start Guide,” a “Digital Help — FAQ,” a “Guided Tour,”  “Check Out Assistance,” “Supported Audio Devices,” and “Supported eBook Devices”.

It is possible to return a Kindle eBook early:

  1. An eBook checked out on the Kindle is returned through Amazon. Go to, and from the Kindle menu on the right, select “Manage Your Kindle”.
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account.
  3. Select the “Actions” dropdown menu next to the book you want to return. (Tip: the words “public library” will appear next to any library eBooks)
  4. From the menu, select “Return this book”.
  5. Select “Yes” to return the book.
  6. After you return the book, it will still show in Your Kindle Library list. To remove it from the list, select Actions again, and from the dropdown menu select “Delete from library”.


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1.

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.

According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury which was first published in a shorter form as “The Fireman” (Galaxy Science Fiction, Vol. 1 No. 5, February 1951).  The short novel presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed to protect the elite of a government afraid of an independent-thinking public.  The central character, Guy Montag, is employed as a “fireman” (which, in this nightmarish future, means “bookburner”).  The novel’s title refers to the supposed temperature at which book paper combusts.

Bradbury’s novel, which has sold more than 5 million copies, was the basis for the film of the same name directed by François Truffaut.  This film was released in 1966 and starred Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. 

Dublin Library is pleased to show the film “Fahrenheit 451” as part of  “Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read,” which runs from September 24 to October 1, 2011.  Banned Books Week  is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

“Fahrenheit 451” will be shown on Saturday, September 24th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Dublin Library Program  Room.  The film lasts 112 minutes. 

Many people would like to think that book burning is a thing of the past, a relic of totalitarian governments.  How do you feel about people trying to ban or rewrite “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” because of the name given to the escaping slave Jim?  Though you may not like the viewpoints of certain writers or publications, would you favor the library removing or not purchasing works that you disliked?  

You are strongly encouraged to view this film and think about what features of our present-day society seem uncomfortably similar to the society portrayed in this movie and in Ray Bradbury’s novel. 

The Friends of the Dublin Library will be presenting its semi-annual Used Book Sale in the Dublin Library during the weekend of September 16th – 18th, 2011.

Here is an excellent opportunity to shop for bargains in gently used hardbacks and paperbacks, children’s books, audio and video tapes, DVDs, books on tape and music CDs and help provide funding for library programs. Canvas tote bags labeled “Friends of the Dublin Library” will be on sale for $10 each.

Friday, Sept. 16, 6:00-9:00pm. Members-only night.  Join or renew your membership at the door. Applications are available starting at 5:30 p.m.  Annual membership: $10 individual; $20 family; $100 lifetime.

The booksale continues on Saturday, Sept. 17   from  10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on  Sunday, Sept. 18  from  1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday is  BAG DAY when you pay $4.00 for a bag of books (bag supplied) OR buy and fill a new tote bag for a total cost of $13.

Sale Extras at this sale:  Specially Priced Items (new and/or of extra value), Teacher Materials , and the Tote Bag Special ($5 each on Friday and Saturday only).