December 2012


Tax season is here again and the Dublin Library will be offering Free Tax Assistance every Saturday, beginning February 2, 2013 and continuing until April 13, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room. There will be NO appointments on Saturday, March 16, 2013 due to the St. Patrick’s day Festival.
This program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and AARP. Trained volunteers assist with U.S. Federal and California State income tax and e-filing.

Appointments are available for morning sessions. Starting January 22, 2013, call the Dublin Library at 925-803-7275 during normal open hours or sign up at the Reference Desk. Drop-ins with no appointment are welcome at any time from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of volunteer staff.


Attention to the following: IRS and California tax forms and products have not arrived as of yet.  If you need tax forms asap, please go to the following:

The following links will give you more information on general information about taxes and tax assistance sites near you:

If you received a new eBook for the holidays or bought yourself one, and you don’t feel comfortable yet using it, you’ll want to come to “An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBooks,” a class with Colby Nelson on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in the Dublin Library Program Room, beginning at 1:30 pm.

In this class you will learn how to download eBooks for free from your Alameda County Library.

Colby Nelson is a current iPhone app developer with a passion for technology and teaching people how best to use it.  Class size is limited to 35, please sign up at the Dublin Library Information Desk.

Bring your eBook device to this class!

Your Alameda County Library’s Government libguide , which deals with local government, California government, Federal, and Census / Statistic websites, now has a Benefits section  as well. This Benefits section provides links to , the official government guide to benefits, providing you with an online eligibility prescreening to help you find government benefits that you may be eligible to receive, and to Videos on Government Benefits on YouTube to help you understand how to apply for government benefits for which you may be eligible. does not allow you to apply for benefits and cannot guarantee your eligibility for any program. In addition, is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all programs for which you may be eligible. Its purpose is to provide you with a list of benefits you may be eligible to receive, as well as information on how to apply for those programs. is a free service, so it is recommend that you visit as time passes or after major life events. In addition to new benefit program eligibility criteria and/or your own life changes, your eligibility to receive certain assistance may have changed. Additionally, new benefit programs are created over time that you might also be eligible for.


Do you know that roughly 22% of the energy used by California homes goes to lighting and up to 20% goes to refrigerators and freezers? Did you know that most electronic devices draw electricity even when turned off or in standby mode?

The more you know about your home’s energy use, the better equipped you are to save energy and lower your electricity bills. The Kill-A-Watt Meter helps determine which appliances and electronics are the biggest energy users.

The City of Dublin has kindly given two Kill-A-Watt Meters to Dublin Library for loaning to the public. These devices were given to the City by East Bay Energy Watch, a nonprofit collaboration between PG&E and local governments to reduce energy consumption.

The Kill-A-Watt Meter is an electronic device that you plug into a power outlet, and then connect your appliance to the meter in order to get a reading of how much electricity that particular appliance is consuming. A Kill-A-Watt Meter can be borrowed for a period of 7 days, and comes in a plastic packet with full usage instructions. You could discover that some electronics around your home use a lot of power even when turned off or that some older appliances are so inefficient that they cost you more in electricity than they are worth.

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I listened to the webinar “Hot eBook Devices for the Holidays,” presented by OverDrive trainers Tammi Cascone and Beau Livengood.  Their webinar recommendations form the documentation for this article.

You might be considering buying a new eReader this holiday season for yourself or a loved one.

You’ll want to think about these things first before buying an e-reader:

  • Price
  • Screen size
  • Actual device size
  • What will you use if for?  (e-books, audiobooks, Internet, viewing videos)
  • Keyword capability
  • Ease of use

A complete list of eReader devices compatible with OverDrive books can be found here

New eBook readers and portable devices that support OverDrive books this holiday season are:

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (compatible for US libraries only).  This device has a 6-inch lighted screen, weighs 7.5 ounces, has Wi-Fi access, 2 GB of internal storage and a long battery life.  The device’s profile is literally pencil-thin.  Tape on the light0-bulb icon on the top edge of the display to adjust the light.

Apple iPad® 4th generation with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 for the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  It has a great screen (264 pixels per inch resolution), it’s fast, and has a long  battery life.

Apple iPad® mini with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  It has a 7.9-inch screen, gibber than an iPhone, smaller than an iPad.  163 pixels per inch resolution, Wi-Fi and cellular service options available via AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon giving you portable Internet access.

Apple iPod touch®, 5th generation with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.

Barnes & Noble NOOK® Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™ (transfer titles to your device using Adobe Digital Editions).

Google Nexus 7 with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  For roughly $200, you get a good screen, 16 gigabytes of memory, 216 pixels per inch resolution, easy to hold and store in a pocket.

Google Nexus 10 with the OverDrive Media Console v2.6 (or newer) installed on the device.   For roughly $400, it has a 300 pixels per inch density screen image, and would be good for users who prefer a bigger screen.

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  This device has a nice screen, and quick response time when searching.  It’s a big big for eading an eBook in bed, but good for the office.

New child-friendly eReader devices this season you can use to access OverDrive books are:

Fuhu Nabi 2 with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  This device has a raised, plastic grid on the back, which kids can personalize with decorative tiles called KINABIs.  It comes loaded with many educational apps.  A chore calendar lets parents assign vlues to tasks.  By completing tasks, kids earn coins they can spend on games.  Mommy mode enables parents to creat a list of acceptable sites the child can visit.  It supports eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Media Console for Android app.

Oregon Scientific MEEP! With OverDrive Media Console v2.6 (or newer) installed on the device.  This e-reader has good parental control options, allowing parents to monitor activity remotely and block access to Google Play Store.   It supports eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Media Console for Android app.

Beginning today, teachers can easily notify the Library of upcoming assignments, so that we can better help your students.  We have a new online-notification function on our website.  On the Library website click on the KIDS link on the blue bar near the top of the page, then click on the Teachers tab. On the right side of the page you will find a box, outlined in pink, Assignment Alert with a link at the bottom, Use this form .

Or you can run your cursor over TEENS on the website, and then click Teachers’ Resources on the menu. On the center top of the page you will find Assignment Alert with a link Use this form.


Here’s one of Alameda County Libraries brand-spanking new databases to research history and genealogy.  The easiest way to access the database is to click on the following FOLD3+ .  This will take you to the A-Z Resource List.  This guide contains a full list of Alameda County Library resources organized by name and subject. The A-Z Resource List guide is catalogued in alphabetical order and the Fold3+ archive is located towards the middle of the this webpage.

Here’s a brief discription of what Fold3+ is: “Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.” 


There is the POPULAR US HISTORY RESOURCES section that covers the Civil War, historical newspapers, milestone documents, and the Vietnam War topics to name a few.   There is also a POPULAR GENEALOGY RESOURCES section that has information on census, naturalizations, and older city directories.  One section that some of you might find interesting is the MISCELLANEOUS section which has a section titled: Project Blue Book- UFO investigations.  I typed in the name of my hometown “Hayward, Ca.” in this section and found a report of a UFO sighting in 1953!


Do you want to know why Facebook is so popular?  Do you have a Facebook account but use it only for basic communication?  If so, you’ll enjoy the class “An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Facebook,” which will be offered this coming Saturday, December 15, 2012, in the Dublin Library Program Room, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Instructor Colby Nelson has 3 years of social media experience and has been giving classes on how to use Facebook since 2006.  Come to this free class and learn about finding friends, Timeline, News Feed, status updates, the “Like” button, tagging and other features.

Class size is limited to 35 students and registration is required.  Please sign up at the Information Desk or call (925) 803-7275.

Together with the release of the American Community Survey five-year estimates, the U.S. Census Bureau will release “Easy Stats,”an online tool developed to make statistics quicker and easier to access. The interactive tool provides selected demographic and economic statistics from the American Community Survey. “Easy Stats” allows searching by geography down to the local level, including incorporated places like cities and towns and census designated places. “Easy Stats” will allow researchers to view detailed race, age and gender breakdowns, and compare communities.

The new web tool will be available beginning Thursday, December 5, 2012 at:

The Census Bureau also says the QuickFacts site will also be updated tomorrow with the new American Community Survey statistics.  QuickFacts includes statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people.

Census information at the state and federal level and United Nations World Statistics can be accessed through your library using the Reference Libguide.

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:

Ixquick, the world’s most powerful search engine employing metasearch technology, offers capabilities including an Advanced Search, a global search and power refinement capabilities.  When you search with Ixquick search engine, you are searching many popular search engines simultaneously and anonymously. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine alone.

Websites Like helps you find similar, related or alternative websites. It comes in handy whenever you’re looking for alternatives for a website.   Simply type in URL of the website and we will provide you with up to 50 alternatives of the website. Our search engine generates a list of websites based on the similarity of topics and categories. 

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.  Free easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work (photos, course work, blog posts, songs, etc.) — on conditions of your choice.

SymbolHound is a search engine that doesn’t ignore special characters and symbols such as &, !,@,,#,^, %, and π. SymbolHound helps programmers find information about their chosen languages and frameworks more easily.

Quixey was founded in 2009 to solve a problem – millions of apps were being created, but there was no simple way to find them. App discovery was limited to categories, top ten lists, directories and basic keyword search. Quixey was created to help people easily find apps simply by describing what they want to do.

Polymeta is a multi-search engine tool using Ask, Google, Bing, Exalead and Yahoo search engines.

HealthMash is a new knowledge base that bills its mission as promoting health and well-being by providing relevant information of high quality from trusted health sources on the Web.

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