July 2012

If you are currently looking for work, you now have another useful tool in your search for a new job.  JobScout is a new online learning and social media platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job.   You can find JobSearch on the Alameda County Library webpage under “Job Search” in the dropdown menu under the heading “Research”. 

JobScout will help you learn practical Internet search skills, how to network to learn about suitable job openings, and how to create a resume and cover letter than will help you get more job interviews.   JobScout is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Grant money for the JobScout program was provided by the California State Library, through the Link Americas Foundation.

Alameda County Library System is pleased to join many other library systems in California (including County of Los Angeles Public Library, Los Gatos Public Library, Palo Alto City Library, and San Jose Public Library) which offer JobScout to their users.

The City of Dublin has a rich history dating back to 1772 when Pedro Fages led an expedition through the Amador Valley. In between that period and now, some historical highlights include:

  • In 1835, Jose Maria Amador received a land grant of 16,517 acres in present day Dublin.
  • In 1867, Alameda County was created from parts of Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties.
  • In 1982, Dublin, California becomes a city after two tries at incorporation in 1967 and 1979.

(1982 – First City Council – Peter Snyder, Linda Jeffrey, Dave Burton, Paul Moffatt, Pete Hegarty Credit Elizabeth Isles)

Click on the links to ‘check out’ what is happening locally:

Being a history buff, I was pleasantly surprised today when I noticed one of Alameda County Library’s newest databases.  Besides the subject of history, there are videos available in all types of catagories such as anthropology, crime & law, geography, and music & dance to name a few.  What is Access Video powered by Film on Demand?

“Films On Demand is a state-of-the -art streaming video platform that makes it easierthan ever to incorporate outstanding educational programs from Films media Group into your content managemnet systems, online lesson plans, distance learning courseware, or electronic card catalog system.”

Here is a brief discription by Access Video on what video programs and films are available.

“Film On Demand combines our newest videos with many of our best-selling programs programs to provide you with an up-to-date, cross-curricular digital library that spans high school, advance placement, and college needs.  Select one video or 1,000 programs – the choice is yours! With more than 6,000 available titles, Films On Demand allows you to customize your school or library’s video collection to meet your specicfic needs.”

For more information, please go to Alameda County Library’s Entertainment Guide and Look for the Access Video icon in the Movie section.  If your are trying to connect to the website remotely, one will have to log in with an Alameda County library card.  Click on the following link to Apply for AC Library Card .

Come this Saturday, July 14th, to the Dublin Library Program Room, and learn about many of the birds which can be found on or near San Francisco Bay, one of the most important natural habitats on the Pacific Coast – and right at our doorstep.  

Bob Lewis is a board member of the Golden Fate Audubon Society and a well-known speaker on a variety of bird subjects.  He has frequently spoken at Audubon Societies, Benevolent Societies, Conservation groups, etc. and has taught bird-related classes for 18 years at adult schools, museums and Audubon Societies.  He has traveled and photographed birds in most of North America, South America, Western Europe, southern Africa, and Australia.  Learn more about Bob at:  www.wingbeats.org

This free program, to be held in the Library Program Room, Saturday, July 14th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.,  is generously funded by the Friends of the Dublin Library.

Due to the size of the Program Room, attendance is limited to 46 persons.  Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis starting at 12:50 p.m.  Space is limited to 46 persons.


      Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

 Sir Francis Bacon, English author and philosopher (1561 – 1626)

Dublin Library is pleased to announce its first Edible Cook Contest.  If you want to show off your cooking skills (and your taste in books), create an edible book and enter it in this contest. 

Entry forms for the Edible Book Contest are available at the Dublin Library Information Desk. 

Contest Rules: 

Ages:  Teen to Adult, 13 to Infinity.

(Group entries are welcome, too!  These can be book groups, service clubs, etc.) 

Each entry must be at least 95% edible (made of food or foodstuffs).  Refrigeration will NOT be available.  Please do not use extremely perishable ingredients. 

Entries can be based on a book title, character in a book, or pun of a book title; can look like a book; can be an interpretation of a cover or character. 

Actual books displayed with the entry are encouraged, but not required. 

One entry per person.  The base of the entry can be no larger than 18 inches wide. 

You must be present to win.  

Submit entry forms by Thursday, July 19, 2012.  Turn in your entry form (filling in both sides) at the Dublin Library Information Desk. 

Entries must have a tent card with entrant’s name & entry title.  (We will not be tasting or serving entries at this event.)  The tent card is on the back of your contest entry form.

 Prizes will be awarded for:

 Best Book Theme

Funniest / “Pun”-iest

People’s Choice

 Schedule for Contest Day: 

1:00 – 2:00 pm    Contestants drop off entries

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    Public viewing and judging

3:00 p.m.    Prizes announced and awarded

 Entries must be picked up by 3:30 pm