April 2012

One of the several language learning series available to Alameda County Library members is the Pimsleur Language series, developed according to the findings of Dr. Paul Pimsleur (1928-1976), who taught French phonetics and phonemics at UCLA . After leaving UCLA, Dr. Pimsleur went on to faculty positions at Ohio State and SUNY at Albany, where he held dual professorships in Education and French. 

Many of the Pimsleur Language series, including English as a Second Language, are now available on OneClick Audiobooks database.   

To find Pimsleur language courses online on OneClick Audiobooks, search for “Pimsleur” in the Author field. 

Pimsleur foreign-language courses currently available on OneClick Audiobooks include Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, French, Farsi, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Latin American Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. 

Pimsleur ESL classes available on OneClick Audiobooks include courses for speakers of Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

There are some great local history programs about Camp Parks and the San Francisco Bay Area during World War II that are happening in Dublin beginning this weekend.

The  We Build We Fight special exhibit runs from April 29 – July 31, 2012 @ the City of Dublin Heritage Park & Museums located @ 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, Ca. 94568

Hours- Wednesday – Sunday

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For more information



free admission


If that wasn’t enough, please join us @ the Dublin Library for The Legacy of World War II in the Bay Area program.  Join National Park historian Stephen Haller for a discussion of the Bay Area during World War II and a virtual tour of great places to visit that will bring you back in time and evoke the history and feeling of the period.

The program will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dublin Library Program Room

200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, Ca.  94568

Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis starting @ 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th.

For more information, please contact the Dublin Libary @ 925.803.7252


I came across the website CurbSF and found an interesting series titled Hidden History by Alex Bevk.  The first Hidden History segment spotlights Fleishhacker Pool in San Francisco. Originally located where the current San Francisco Zoo parking lot sits, the public pool operated from 1925 – 1971.

Click on the following for the complete article : Fleishhacker Pool-Hidden History


April is National Poetry Month. 

Dublin Library’s multi-tiered “wedding cake” display has a sampling of poetry books for you to enjoy.  (Be sure to check out our paper quilts displayed on the column just to the right of the poetry book display.)

Not only can you check out traditional books of poetry, poetry recorded on cd books, and electronic books of poetry, but you can also celebrate National Poetry Month  by carrying a poem in your pocket.

Do you need a poem?  Go to the Teen Area and choose a poem from one of our colorful pockets designed by teen volunteers and  posted by our Teen Services Librarian Donna Leach on our Teen Area bulletin board.

The procedure is simple:

  • Pick One!
  • Read it!
  • Share it with co-workers, family and friends!  Be a “Poetry Ambassador”.
  • Text it to a friend.  You can even share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
  • Post a poem on your blog or Facebook page.
  • Add a poem to your email footer.

Let your Dublin Library help you celebrate poetry throughout the month of April.

The World According to Humphrey Book JacketJoin us for a fun new program this Spring. It’s called “My Family Reads,” and is especially for kids age 7 – 11 and their families. We’ll be reading The World According to Humphrey by Betty J. Birney!

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy is it true! There are always adventures in the classroom and each weekend he gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up Sayeh. Humphrey learns to read, write, shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course), and much more. With a lock-that-doesn’t-lock and an adventurous spirit, Humphrey’s life would be perfect if only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him?

Sign up starting Monday April 16 to join other families in reading this delightful book and to attend the following special events.

Kickoff Event Monday April 23 6:30 pm
Hear librarians read aloud from the first chapter of the book, receive a
Humphrey notebook and check out a copy of the book for your family to read aloud.

Then return for…

Humphrey Hullabaloo! Monday May 7 6:30 pm
Families come together to enjoy an “everything Humphrey” evening! There will be a book discussion, a craft, games and snacks.

Families must attend both programs.

The program is limited to 30 families.

Come to the Dublin Library Program Room from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, and hear Afghan-American journalist and local author Fariba Nawa talk about her book, “Opium Nation : Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan,”  a  revealing and deeply personal exploration of Afghanistan and the drug trade that rules the country .

Fariba Nawa grew up in both Herat and Lashgargah in Afghanistan as well as Fremont, California. She was born in Herat, Afghanistan to a native Afghan family. Her family fled the country during the Soviet invasion in the 1980s. She is trilingual in Farsi/Persian, Arabic, and English.
Fariba Nawa has written for leading publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor, the Sunday Times Magazine (London),  and  Newsday.   She has been a guest on NPR, the BBC,  NBC, and CBS’s 48 Hours

There is a limit of 46 participants for this program due to Fire Department restrictions. This limit will be strictly enforced. Free tickets will be handed out 10 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Materials available through your Alameda County Library System dealing with social conditions and the history of Afghanistan are:

Opium nation : child brides, drug lords, and one woman’s journey through Afghanistan / Fariba Nawa

New York : Harper Perennial, c2011          958.1047 NAWA

Drinking arak off an ayatollah’s beard : a journey through the inside-out worlds of Iran and Afghanistan / Nicholas Jubber

Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2010                     915.50454 JUBBER

Forbidden lessons in a Kabul guesthouse : the true story of a woman who risked everything to bring hope to Afghanistan / Suraya Sadeed with Damien Lewis

New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2011                             B SADEED,S

Greetings from Afghanistan, send more ammo : dispatches from Taliban country / Benjamin Tupper

New York : NAL Caliber, c2010                              958.1047 TUPPER

My forbidden face : growing up under the Taliban : a young woman’s story / Latifa ; written with the collaboration of Shékéba Hachemi ; translated by Linda Coverdale

New York : Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion, c2001                        B LATIFA

Afghanistan : a cultural and political history / Thomas Barfield

Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010                         958.1 BARFIELD

Afghanistan : a military history from Alexander the Great to the fall of the Taliban / Stephen Tanner

New York : Da Capo Press, c2002                            958.1 TANNER

Afghanistan : a short history of its people and politics / Martin Ewans

New York : HarperCollins, 2002, c2001                       958.1 EWANS

Behind Taliban lines [videorecording] / a Clover Films production for WGBH/Frontline ; written and produced by Jamie Doran

[Arlington, Va.] : PBS Distribution, c2010                  DVD 958.1046 BEHIND

A brief history of Afghanistan / Shaista Wahab and Barry Youngerman

New York : Facts On File, c2007                                  958.1 WAHAB