May 2013

Please support our community by donating healthy non-perishable food such as canned vegetables and fruits, tuna fish, peanut butter, rice, dry beans and pasta at the drop off locations below or by making a monetary donation via the virtual food drive at . You can place donations in an Alameda County Community Food Bank bin in your Dublin Library from May 20th to July 31st.


Fado, meaning “destiny” or “fate,”  is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or life of the poor and conveys a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.  As a musical genre, it can be traced back to the 1820s in Portugal.  Unfortunately for American fans of the centuries-old music style, opportunities to hear Fado performed live onstage are few and far between.

Join us on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, for a rare opportunity to hear traditional Portuguese Fado music performed by one of the country’s premier ensembles.  Ramana Vieira has been described as “The New Voice of Portuguese World Music.”  Born in San Leandro to Portuguese immigrant parents, she has achieved international acclaim.  Her music has been featured in Olympics opening ceremonies and she has performed at the Grammy Awards Ceremony honoring Aretha Franklin.

The Ensemble Fado typically includes guitar, percussion and a cello and combines haunting traditional ballads and those with a modern spin.

This performance will be held in the Dublin Library Community Room, beginning at 2:00 PM.

Contact Dublin Library at 925-828-1315 for more details.


The Worldcrunch database has been added to Alameda County Library’s A to Z guide. It is a beta-test until May 31st.   Please take a look and see what you think.  This database is being brought to you by Recorded Books and you can use the same email/password as you do on Zinio or Indieflix, if you choose.

Worldcrunch has newspapers from around the world translated into English by human translators. It does not translate the whole paper, only the top headlines and information. From Recorded Books.

  • “Worldcrunch delivers the best global journalism previously shut off from English language readers: selecting, translating and editing content from top foreign-language outlets.
  • The most relevant foreign-language stories are produced in English by Worldcrunch staff and contributors around the globe, deployed to react quickly to breaking events and find the best content in the international media. We are also creating a platform, Crunch It!, to build a community of newshounds who will flag and help translate interesting stories from both mainstream media outlets and blogs, as well as produce stories of their own.
  • With Worldcrunch, the great untapped resource of foreign-language news and information is hereby available. By combining professional journalistic standards with the energy of the web’s flock of curious readers, writers and translators — and building a framework for copyright access and distribution — we create a whole new well of top-shelf news content from the best sources covering the world today. And our vision for the future? Worldcrunch will be the virtual square where language barriers fade, and a new brand of global journalism is born.”


Did you know that Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes—single-use disposable bags that we throw away.

But where is “away?”   Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? This thought-provoking documentary runs 65 minutes. Join us for a free showing.

The movie is being shown twice:  first on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7 :00 PM in the Dublin City Hall Regional Meeting Room at 100 Civic Plaza, and then at Dublin Library on Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 PM in the Library Community Room at 200 Civic Plaza.  After the movie, we’ll have a conversation.