January 2012


We are so happy to announce the arrival of 3 brand new early literacy learning stations funded by grants from the local community. The Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) community gift program contributed $3,500 which was combined with a Target store grant of $5,000 to make it possible to buy not just one, but three new computer learning stations from AWE,  Inc. With a large, bright, color monitor, and touch screen navigation, little hands have been delighting in exploring the over 50 different educational programs specially chosen to foster a love of reading, math and science. This current version boasts 12 new educational programs from the previous version, enhanced graphics and more multimedia. These software titles are carefully chosen to support school readiness, motivate children to learn to read, and cultivate a love of learning. All programs are top-rated by Children’s Technology Review and include Reader Rabbit, Dora’s World Adventure, Space and the Universe, Math Blaster, My Amazing Human Body, Sammy’s Science House and so many more. The programs are suitable for children ages 2 to 8 years old. We thank both the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, LLC and Target for their generous donations which will benefit so many young children in the Dublin community.

JhankarLive, a local Indian music group, was formed in 2006 by a group of passionate music enthusiasts. JhankarLive focuses on the music of Bollywood and excels in presenting soft, melodious songs as well as fast-paced numbers. This free program will be held in the Dublin Library Community Room on Saturday, January 28th, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Books 24x7IT™ Pro is our new tech ebook service. Books 24×7 will replace Safari Tech as our main technology ebook source. 

It offers the complete, unabridged contents of thousands of books, documents and other reference materials that span the spectrum of technology topics, including:

  • Business & Culture
  • Certification & Compliance
  • Computer Science
  • Databases
  • Desktop & Office Applications
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia
  • Hardware 
  • Networks & Protocols
  • Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages
  • Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Internet & Web Development

Books 24x7IT™ Pro also offers books on well-being, including: 

  • Being Green
  • Daily Living
  • Family & Caregiving
  • Health & Wellness
  • Live Healthy
  • Nutrition & Weight Loss
  • Working Smarter 

The ebooks are read on your computer.

You can create notes quickly and easily without leaving the page. To make notes, click on the notes tool and enter text into the popover window that appears on the page. When viewing a content page, you can attach notes to the page at the paragraph level by selecting any of the anchors shown at the beginning of every paragraph or line.

Books24x7 offers the ability to easily cite resources. On each content page, you will notice a citation link near the title information. Simply click and select a citation style to generate the reference, then copy and paste it into your document. Individuals with a RefWorks account can also export a citation by clicking the “Export to RefWorks” link.

As you type into the search box, the Books24x7 search engine anticipates what you’re typing and offers suggestions in real time. You can choose one of the suggestions offered, or simply continue typing your search terms.

 A virtual tour is available for Books 24x7IT™ Pro so you can familiarize yourself with this new service.  

 

 

 

 

Free Tax Assistance will be available at the Dublin Library every Saturday, beginning February 4, 2012 through April 14, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room.

This program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and AARP. Trained volunteers assist with U.S. Federal and California State income tax and e-filing.

Appointments will be available for morning sessions. The Library will begin accepting appointments on January 23, 2012. You may call the Library at 925-803-7275 during normal open hours or sign up in person at the Reference Desk. Drop-ins with no appointment are welcome at any time, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of volunteer staff. 

There will be no Tax Assistance offered on Saturday, March 17, 2012, due to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center.

Now that the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board have stopped mailing out tax forms to households, what are we suppose to do?  You need to look no further than the Dublin Library.  The Dublin Library carries the basic federal and California state instructions and forms.  If we do not carry a particular one, you can download them directly at:

*Please make a note that the Instructions 1040, 1040(a), 1040ez, and the California State forms and instruction booklets all have not arrived as of yet.  These forms and instruction booklets are scheduled to arrive in late January, or early February*

If you are currently looking for a new job, you will be pleased to know that your Alameda County Library has added Cypress Resume to its list of databases. World Trade Press, which also produces Global Road Warrior, A-Z USA and Maps Online, produces Cypress Resume.

Cypress Resume enables you to create your resume in 3 steps. You need only:

1. Enter your name, contact information, work history and education.

2. Choose the title of your desired job or simply the skill set you wish to highlight.

3. Finally, choose from a collection of concise and professional job statements to ensure your resume will stand out. In a few minutes you will have a great-looking, well-written resume that will give you the edge in today’s ultra-competitive job market.

Remote access is provided. Internet Explorer version 7 or later is required. For all browsers JavaScript and cookies need to be enabled. Cypress Resume is regularly updated. Over 100,000 professions are represented in Cypress Resume by over 1,100 core task groups. There are no limits to the number of concurrent users who access this database. Cypress Resumes database is listed under “Jobs” in Library Research/Subject Guides and alphabetically in A-Z Resources.