October 2012

The Dublin Library would like to invite you to join us for another program, in our continuing e-series, titled:  An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the iPad: A Class with Colby Nelson. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

1:30 pm

Dublin Library Program Room

200 Civic Plaza – 925-803-7252 – www.aclibrary.org

Bring your iPad and explore basic operations such as navigating with a touch screen and finding and using apps!

Colby Nelson is a current iphone app developer with a strong passion for technology and teaching people how best to use it. 

Class size is limited to 35.

Please Sign up at the Information Desk

Here is some information on ipads available @ our Alameda County Libraries:

  *Go to the following eBook libguide for information and directions on how to access an ebook.  Please note that eBooks cannot be accessed directly from the catalog*


Have you ever wanted to start and finish a novel for fun?  Get those creative juices flowing because November is National Novel Writing month!

Also known as NaNoWriMo, “is an annual internet-based creative writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30. Despite its name it accepts entries from around the world.

The project started in July 1999 with just 21 participants, but by the 2010 event over 200,000 people took part – writing a total of over 2.8 billion words.

Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopsis and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers with one another for holding writing events and to provide encouragement.”

Here’s the following link: http://www.nanowrimo.org/  where more information is available.  Also, here are some materials available through the Alameda County Library system for aspring writers:

The 2012 United States presidential election is scheduled for  Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  It will be the 57th quadrennial  presidential election in which presidential electors of the Electoral College  will officially elect the president and the vice president of the United States on December 17, 2012.

If you do not vote by absentee ballot and need to know where to cast your ballot, you can locate that address here.

If you are still unsure of how to vote on various state propositions and local measures, you can go to the League of Women Voters of California’s Smart Voter site  and type in your address and zip code and you will see all the contests and candidates on your ballot.

Your library has created a display of books and a folding display of information on Food Day at the table next to the public access terminals.  Food Day is nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life.  Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

The foods we eat should bolster our health, but the typical American diet is actually contributing to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer each year.

Unfortunately, the way our food is produced is all too often harmful to farm and food workers, the environment, and farm animals.  As two-thirds of American adults and one-third of children are either overweight or obese, it’s evident that the American food system has created a diet of cheap, overly processed packaged foods, high-calorie sugary drinks, and fast-food made of  fatty grain-fed factory-farmed meat, and French fries.

Food Day believes that all Americans—regardless of  age or race or income or geographic location—should be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related conditions.

Food Day’s goals are to:

  • Promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Be sure to check your library’s online guide to Food!  This libguide will give you many links to sites dealing with healthy eating, eating locally produced foods, diet and nutrition, coupon guides, food recalls, farmers markets, food assistance, and restaurants.

A few recommended books in the Alameda County Library System are:

Vegetarian cooking for dummies / by Suzanne Havala    641.5636 HAVALA

Eat to live : the amazing nutrient-rich program for fast and sustained weight loss / Joel Fuhrman 613.25 FUHRMAN

Vegetarian & more! : versatile vegetarian recipes with optional meat add-ins / Linda Rosensweig  641.5636 ROSENSWEIG

Ayurvedic cooking made easy : 100+ recipes for a healthy you : everyday meals to soothe, refresh, and energize your mind and body, Ayurvedic approach / Kumuda Reddy, Janardhan Reddy, Bonita Pedersen    641.5636 REDDY

Eating local : the cookbook inspired by America’s farmers / Sur La Table with Janet Fletcher ; foreword by Alice Waters ; photography by Sara Remington     641.5 EATING

EatingWell in season:  the farmers’ market cookbook / introduction by Dr. Preston Maring and Peter jaret ; foreword bv Nell Newman ; by Jessie Price and the editors of Eating Well    641.5 PRICE

At the farmers’ market with kids [electronic resource] : recipes and projects for little hands / by Leslie  Leslie Jonath & Ethel Brennan ; photographs by Sheri Giblin    OverDrive, Inc. database

Southern farmers market cookbook [electronic resource] / Holly Herrick ; photographs by Rick McKee   OverDrive, Inc. database

Forks over knives [videorecording] / presented by Monica Beach Media ; producer, John Corry ; written and directed by Lee Fulkerson      DVD 616.39 FORKS

Vegetarian cooking [videorecording] / with Compassionate Cooks    DVD 641.5636 VEGETARIAN

Have you wanted to discover your own family heritage but don’t where to start? Look no further than the Dublin Library! Volunteer genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) will be on hand in the Group Study Room on Saturday, October, 27th, 2012, to assist the public to begin their family history research. Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town, etc. where your grandparents lived in the 1930s and/or 1940s. If a flash drive is available, bring it to save found documents.
Genealogy docents will be available to help you on Saturday, October 27th, in the Library Study Room from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. For more information, please contact the Dublin Library at 925-803-7252.

I’ve enjoyed learning foreign languages since the third grade. From personal experience,  I find that having a little knowledge of the language spoken in the country you visit makes travel  more enjoyable.  For example, being able to visit any restaurant I chose in Athens and being able to order without using English and being able to read plaques in Catalan at the Castle of Ibiza made visits to Greece and Spain more interesting.

Your library now has another language-learning database in its collection.  Pronunciator, our new language learning software,  is now live on your library webpage.    You may find Pronunciator on the A-Z Resource Guide, the Language Guide and the Subject I-Z page.  Pronunciator enables you to learn 60 languages.  There are many less commonly studied languages available to choose from:  Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Catalan, Hungarian, Persian (Farsi), Romanian, Tamil, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese to name just a few.   Choose your native language and the new language you wish to learn.

To start using Pronunciator, go to Pronunciator and REGISTER (email/library card number). Now look in your email, where you will receive an email with a temporary student ID and password. You may change it under your Account once you log in.

The lessons are offered in 5 levels:

Level 1:  Core Vocabulary

Level 2:  Essential Verbs

Level 3:  Simple Sentences

Level 4:  Phrases for Tourists and Travelers

Level 5:  Conversation

Before you start using Pronunciator, it is recommended that you view the Quick Start video


Pronunciator Support is available at:


Beginning today, you can discover 42 new online historical exhibitions on Google which tell the stories behind major events of the last century from 1905 – 2008, including Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust. The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations who have drawn on their archives of letters, manuscripts, first-hand video testimonials and much more. Much of the material is very moving—and some is on the Internet for the first time.

Each exhibition features a narrative which links the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives, nuances and tales behind these events. Among others you’ll see:

  • Tragic      love at Auschwitz – the story of Edek &      Mala, a couple in love who try to escape Auschwitz
  • Jan      Karski, Humanity’s hero – first-hand video testimony      from the man who attempted to inform the world about the existence of the      Holocaust
  • Faith      in the Human Spirit is not Lost – tracing the history of Yad      Vashem’s efforts to honor courageous individuals who attempted to rescue      Jews during the Holocaust
  • Steve      Biko – a 15-year-old’s political awakening in the midst of      the Apartheid movement featuring nine documents never released in the      public domain before
  • D-Day      – details of the famous landings including color photographs, personal      letters and the D-Day order itself from Admiral Ramsay
  • The      Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – an account of the 1953      Coronation including color photographs
  • Years      of the Dolce Vita – a look at the era of the      “good life” in Italy including the fashion, food, cars and culture

As with the other archives that Google Cultural Institute has helped bring onto the Internet, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, you can zoom in to see photos in great detail and search through millions of items for a specific country, person, event or date. Watch this video for some guidance about how to find your way around the exhibitions.

The historical collections are the latest chapter in the work of the Google Cultural Institute, following the Art Project, World Wonders and the Nelson Mandela archives.  Google Cultural Institute is working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world to make more cultural and historical material accessible online and preserve it for future generations.

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