February 2013


Here is a picture of Dublin’s first library.  It was established in 1914, closed in 1948, and was reestablished in 1966 in a portable building on Vomac Road.

Local Historian, Virginia Smith Bennett, states in her book “Dublin Reflections and bits of Valley History” the following:  “The first Dublin Library was on Dublin Blvd in the one story addition to the General Store.  It was in operation from 1914 to 1948.”  Ms. Smith-Bennett continues, “W.S. Lawrence was operating the general store at the intersection of Dublin Blvd and Donlon Way.  This is the same store that John Green had built.  Mr. Lawrence agreed to build a one- story addition to the two- story building for the use of the County Library.  His wife was the first library attendant in Dublin.  That set a kind of pattern so that in the years to come the library attendant was usually related to the owner of the store.  The library section had two big windows that flanked the front door and a big shaded porch that faced Dublin Blvd.  The  day of the opening a newspaper reporter commented with some surprise at the number of people in attendance and wondered from whence they all had come.”

This photograph is part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LJDRP) grant received by the Dublin Library to scan and digitize historical photographs and documents.

More than 40 public, academic, and special libraries have participated in the LHDRP.  These historic items are now viewable over the Internet through the research Web portals Calisphere and the Online Archive of California.


Is English a second language for you?  Would you like to read a good book in a small group?  Would you like to improve your conversational skills in English?  Then you’ll want to find out  about Frederique’s Reading Club at Dublin Library, which meets Wednesday evenings in the Group Study Room between 6:00 and 7:30 PM.

For more information, call Write to Read Adult Literacy Program at 510-745-1480.


Your Alameda County Library System is pleased to announce that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) is now part of the Discover & Go system, which allows library card holders free or reduced-price tickets to museums and cultural institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SF MOMA now offers Alameda County Library card holders  a  discount pass, which is good for group admission:

Adult ticket price of $14.00 per ticket per adult (regular adult admission $18.00).

Youth ticket price of $8.00 per ticket per youth (regular youth admission $11.00).

The discount pass is valid for all adults and youth in the group. Children 12 and under are free.  Please present the discount pass at the museum’s box office.

The following conditions apply for use of Discover & Go passes:

  • You must live in Alameda County.
  • You must be at least 15 years old.
  • You may not use an e-card or institutional card, you must have a physical library card.
  • You may have up to 2 reservations at a time.
  • You may cancel a reservation only if you have not already printed the admission pass.
  • The pass is for use only by the person named and only on the date specified. No photocopies are allowed. Valid ID is required.

Discover & Go passes can be obtained online by going to the Alameda County Library website at http://www.aclibrary.org/ and then clicking on the orange Discover & Go icon in the center of the main library webpage.

Discover & Go can also be accessed at http://guides.aclibrary.org/discover and at http://discover.aclibrary.org/

Nature class

Do you enjoy taking nature photographs, but would like to make even better photos?  Then you will  want to come to “Introduction to Nature Photography” this Saturday, February 9, 2013, in the Dublin Library Program Room, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

In this workshop, professional photographer Gerry Mooney, who taught at Ohlone College for 25 years, will teach you how to take great outdoor photographs.  He will cover landscapes, animals and birds, sunrises and sunsets, wildflowers, and other natural scenes.

There will be a maximum of 36 students for this workshop.  Registration is required.  Go to the Information Desk or call 925-803-7275 to register.


AARP/TCE Free Tax Assistance will be available at the Dublin Library every Saturday, beginning February 2, 2013 to April 13, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room.

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 will be available for morning sessions. The Library will begin accepting appointments on January 22, 2013. You may call the Library at 925-803-7275 during normal open hours or sign up in person 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.

There will be no Tax Assistance offered on Saturday, March 16, 2013, due to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Civic Center.

Alameda County Social Services agency is also offering free tax assistance at the following locations:

This is a message from the Alameda County Social Services Agency.


SSA No-Cost Tax Preparation Services

Re-Opens Wednesday, Jan. 30


                        This is a reminder that the Social Services Agency will be re-opening the 2012-2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Earned Income Tax Credit (VITA/EITC) program Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30pm, following IRS-imposed delays. No-Cost Tax Preparation services are available to any Alameda County resident whose 2012 income was less than $51,000. This includes clients receiving county services, community based organization employees and their clients, and eligible County employees (with 2012 income less than $51,000.00.)


Dates, locations and hours of operation are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wednesdays:  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm  •  Saturdays:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm

North Oakland Office:   2000 San Pablo Ave • Oakland CA 94612

Enterprise Office:          8477 Enterprise Way • Oakland CA 94621

Eden Office:                   24100 Amador St • Hayward, CA 94544

Besides the Dublin Library, here are some other locations that offer free tax assistance in the sorrounding area:

  • SAN RAMON SENIOR CENTER: 9300 Alcosta Blvd * San Ramon CA 94612 * (925) 973-3250
  • PLEASANTON SENIOR CENTER: 5353 Sunol Blvd * Pleasanton CA 94566-7607 * (925) 931-5365
  • LIVERMORE LIBRARY-CIVIC CENTER:  1188 S. Livermore Ave * Livermore CA 94550-9315 * (925) 373-5500
  • LIVERMORE SENIOR CENTER:  4444 East Ave * Livermore CA 94550-5053 * (925) 373-5760

For exact time and locations, please click on the folowing AARP locations near Dublin CA .