June 2013


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Freegal Music is one of Alameda County Library’s newest databases.  Freegal is a downloadable music service offered through our library.  “All you need is your library card number.  Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.  In total the collection is comprised from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.  There is no software to download and no Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions.  Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries.”

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How Freegal Music Works:

  • Library users have a weekly download limit. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.
  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs.  Check out our new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices!
  • Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially Artists A to Z (on the “see all genres” page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on see all genres to view dozens of categories.

If you do not have an Alameda County Library card, here’s more information on how to apply for one.

**We are going to push back the dates on this contest. Please continue to vote for the first round and we will update the dates for the bracket and second round votes**

This is the first round of Battle of the Books, summer 2013. Please select your top 3 favorite titles from the list and submit your answer. You may vote once per day. This round starts with 30 titles. The top 16 titles (based on votes here and in person at the library) will move on to the next round. After this round, stop by the library to pick up a copy of a bracket for rounds 2-5 and fill it out for a chance to win a free book! For more information about this contest, please stop by the Dublin Library Information Desk.

The enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons; to share access to more content than any individual library can purchase on its own; to add features and functionality lacking in current third-party vendor models; and to share access to unique local digitized content with other libraries within the Network.

Enki can be accessed by searching the A-Z Resource List and the ebooks guide. Included in the ebooks guide is a FAQ link for Enki books.

Enki users are limited to:

5 checkouts
5 holds
2-week checkout
iPad users will need to use Bluefire Reader
Kindles format is not available.

Califa, a not-for-profit membership cooperative serving libraries in California, and Contra Costa County Library partnered to co-develop this open source eBook Network, shared by, and accessible to multiple library systems in California.

Funding for enki Library is through a Bay Area Library Information Systems (BALIS) Innovation Grant, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies from the California State Library, the State Library of Kansas, and Califa.

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Supervisor Wilma Chan will present “Staying Safe in Our Community.” This free workshop for seniors will be presented throughout the month of June at various branches of the Alameda County Library System and at the Alameda County Law Library.

Your Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, will host “Staying Safe in Our Community” on Thursday, June 6th, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room.

This program will feature speaker Cheryl Poncini, who is the City of Oakland’s Deputy District Attorney in the Elder Protection Unit. Ms. Poncini will be talking about tips and issues that elders could encounter which cause them to become victims of elder financial and physical abuse. She will also cover who to contact if they should become and victim and what that process entails.