June 2012

The Alameda County Fair celebrates its 100th birthday from June 20 to July 8, 2012. This year’s Centennial celebration marks the return of the downtown Pleasanton parade, new distinctive memorabilia chronicling its history, and a new concert series format. The first Alameda County Fair ran from October 23 to October 27, 1912.  Who would have ever thought that what began as  Augustin Bernal’s Sunday pastime of horse racing, would give way to the Alameda County Fair as we know today.  Attendance grows every year.  From June 23 through July 9, 2010, there were over 400,000 fair guests!  Another tidbit of information is that the fair recently celebrated its 150th year of horse racing, and making it the oldest continuous racing venue in the state.

If you want more information, please check out the  Images of America book series titled Alameda County Fair by Victoria Christian.  This book includes great historical photographs and information about the fair.  More materials located in the Alameda County Library system include the following :

If you want to find out more, please go to the Alameda Conty fair website found at http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/2012fair/index.php .

For over 30 years, the The Dublin Historical Preservation Association Foundation (DHPA) has dedicated itself to the preservation and enhancement of historical sites, buildings, photographs, ephemera and so much more in the Dublin area.  Together with the business community, local service organizations, and citizen volunteers, DHPA have funded and preserved local treasures such as the Old St. Raymond’s Church, Dublin Pioneer Cemetery, the Murray School House, and the Kolb house to name a few.

Some of  the DHPA website highlights inlude past and more recent accomplishments, a gallery of historical photographshow to become a member, and a “contact us” feature.

Alameda County Library’s Summer Reading Game has begun, running from June 11th to August 11th, 2012, and summer itself will soon officially begin, too. 

The theme for the Summer Reading Game is “Reading is So Delicious!”  Your library is encouraging participants to read both fiction and nonfiction books about eating, cooks, restaurants, agriculture, basically anything connected with the pleasures of food.  Some suggestions are on display at your Dublin library.  You are strongly encouraged to help yourself to this buffet of tasty reading. 

Adults and teens are also eligible to play in the Summer Reading Game.  The first prize for adults and teens is a book bag, the final prize is a free book, and anyone who has completed the game can enter a raffle for a free e-Reader.  Sign up and pick up your game board at the Reference Desk.

Your Alameda County Library System will also be hosting a program called “Healthy Eating for Older Adults: My Neighbor’s Kitchen Table.”    In this program, speakers Mary Collett, MPH, RD and Mary Louise Zernicke, MS,  MPH, RD, CSG will present information on what constitutes a healthy eating plan, how your traditional cultural foods can fit into a healthy eating plan, special nutritional needs of older adults, what kinds of physical activities would be of particular benefit, and if you should take vitamins and other supplements. 

Dublin Library will be hosting this program on Thursday, July 26th, in the Dublin Library Community Room, beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

I enjoy trying new foods and keeping up to date with new information on nutrition.  Some recent additions to your library collection that you might want to read are:

The quintessential quinoa cookbook : eat great, lose weight, feel healthy / Wendy Polisi

641.631 POLISI

Salad for dinner : simple recipes for salads that make a meal / Tasha DeSerio     641.83 DESERIO

American Dietetic Association complete food and nutrition guide / Roberta Larson Duyff

613.2 DUYFF

Feed yourself, feed your family : good nutrition and healthy cooking for new moms and growing families / La Leche League International                        641.302 FEED

The no-cry picky eater solution : gentle ways to encourage your child to eat–and eat healthy / Elizabeth Pantley                                                          618.92 PANTLEY

Eat this, not that! : supermarket survival guide / by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding


The Alzheimer’s prevention program : keep your brain healthy for the rest of your life / Gary Small & Gigi Vorgan                                                             616.831 SMALL

Ray Bradbury, by many estimations the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream, passed away on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.

Raymond Douglas Bradbury was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois.  As a child, he read the tales of the Brothers Grimm and the Oz stories of L. Frank Baum, and collected the comic-strip adventures of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.  In 1934, Ray’s family moved to Los Angeles, where he go to know writers at the Los Angeles chapter of the Science Fiction League.

Mr. Bradbury started his literary career as the self-publisher of the fanzine “Futuria Fantasia” when he was 18.  In 1947 the short story “Homecoming,” earned him an O. Henry Award as one of the best American short stories of the year.

With 26 other stories, “Homecoming” appeared in Mr. Bradbury’s first book, “Dark Carnival,”  in 1947. From 1946 to 1950, Ray Bradbury produced most of the stories later collected in “The Martian Chronicles” and “The Illustrated Man” and the novella that formed the basis of “Fahrenheit 451.”

“Fahrenheit 451” is perhaps his most successful book. It portrays a book-burning America of the near future, its central character a so-called fireman, whose job is to light the bonfires. François Truffaut adapted the book for a movie in 1966 starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. 

In his career, Bradbury wrote more than 30 books, hundreds of short stories, plus poetry, plays and books for children. He is credited as a writer on dozens of movie and television projects and worked with John Huston on the screenplay of the 1956 film version of “Moby Dick.”

Bradbury received numerous awards, including a National Medal of Arts, a special citation from the Pulitzer board, a medal for distinguished contribution to American letters from the National Book Foundation and an Emmy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A crater on the moon was named for one of his works and an asteroid is named in his honor.