November 2012


We often rely on the same familiar search engines when conducting an Internet search.  However, there are many other search engines that may be better suited to our information needs.  Some search engines that may be unfamiliar to you and which you may want to try are:

A general search engine, Clusty.com, is part of Yippy, Inc.  Clusty won’t track your activity, store your history in its browser, monitor or record your searches, store copies of your email, or collect any more personal information than you volunteer.   http://www.clusty.com

Blekko is a spam-free search engine focused on delivering high quality, relevant search results. An important part of searching on Blekko is using slashtags.  A slashtag is a tool used to filter search results and helps you to search only high quality sites, without spam or content farms.  http://blekko.com

To find like pages, try SimilarPages, a Search Engine and a Web Discovery Tool based on similarity.  Similar sites on specific topics are difficult to find and many sites are never viewed but are relevant.  You can search SimilarPages using a keyword or by URL.  The SimilarPages search engine works on an index of roughly 3.2 billion pages and roughly 200 million hosts.  http://www.similarpages.com

For legislative information, try using the beta version of Congress.gov contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).   Eventually Congress.gov will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.gov.   http://beta.congress.gov

A general search engine brought to you by Ixquick, the world’s most private search engine, Startpage offers you search results generated by Google. This offers you the search results and search features you may have grown accustomed to.  Startpage does not use identifying cookies or tracking cookies. To allow you to customize your Startpage settings, Startpage does, however, use an anonymous ‘preferences’ cookie that is stored on your computer. This cookie does not pose a risk to your privacy.  http://startpage.com

You’ll notice the book and DVD display “Plan our Feast” just behind the public access terminals in the Dublin Library.  In addition to these materials, which we encourage you to borrow, you’ll find further book, electronic book, audiobook, and DVD suggestions in the library catalog by searching under the Keywords HOLIDAY COOKING, and by searching under the Subject headings THANKSGIVING COOKING and CHRISTMAS COOKING.

You’ll find suggestions in the library guide FOOD & DRINK for your holiday meals.  These include new cookbooks, popular books, online cooking aps, cooking videos, farmers markets locations, Bay Area food co-ops,  and food assistance programs.

Happy Holidays and Bon Appétit!

Homework Center volunteers

 Check out this little article from one of our Homework Center volunteers, Winnie:

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

by Winnie Chan

Community.  School.  Library.  Volunteering.  Hours.  Unity.  Volunteering is one of the many things that students experience in their high school years.  Though many consider the list of how many hours they have volunteered as something necessary for college, they don’t realize that volunteering is also something that they should choose to do because it provides a great sense of satisfaction in the long run.

Volunteering is a way of serving the community.  For instance, volunteering at the Dublin Public Library is an idea that many students follow up on.  At the Dublin Public Library, there are two programs open to teen students for fall 2012, the Lego Club and the Homework Center.  While the Lego Club is considered a rather new program at the Public Library, the Homework Center is a program that has been around for quite some time now.

“Helping others is a great way of learning more about yourself,” senior Noirita Saha points out about her perspective of volunteering at the Homework Center. She has been in the program for three years.

The Homework Center is a tutoring program that allows students to interact with younger students from grade levels three to eight.  It operates four days a week from Mondays to Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm and students volunteer at least one day a week.  Though the fall session has already started, there is plenty of time for students to consider signing up to volunteer for the next two sessions, one being in the winter and the other being in the spring.

To assist at the Dublin Public Library is to assist the community.  Every possible way counts when it comes to helping out and serving the community.  Many students look at volunteering as a way to earn hours counted toward their graduation, but it is best even for these students to consider themselves a helping hand in the Dublin community.