October 2013


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Veterans – Unemployed – College Students – Parents –

Self Employed – Retired

Improve your math skills – Explore secrets and short cuts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Dublin 

All about Fractions

Library Program Room

Instructor Vanessa Mason*

*About the Instructor: With a passion for teaching mathematics to adults and over 20 years teaching experience, Vanessa Mason has taught courses primarily in areas of mathematics and statistics.  She also teaches test preparation courses for educators and nursing students and is the former Assistant Director for the California High School Exit Exam.  Vanessa currently teaches at California State University, East Bay.


Stay tuned for more Do the Math! Free Workshops for Adults in November and December!


With Halloween nearly here, and Thanksgiving, Hijri Islamic New Year, Ashura, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day in the near future, you’ll want to take advantage of cookbooks, cooking videos and ebooks, and online databases available through your Dublin Library.

In addition to our display, “Plan Your Feast,” Dublin Library wants to draw your attention to our online resources found under the Food and Drink Libguide.

This libguide has links to online resources dealing with healthy eating, growing local, diet and nutrition, cooking and food, cooking videos, farmers markets, cuisines of the world, food assistance programs, a coupon guide with websites and apps, restaurant reviews, apps, and videos, FDA food recalls, and wine sites and apps.

Bon appétit!

The City of Dublin and Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County have launched the Dublin Energy Challenge, a city-wide inititative encouraging residents to monitor and evaluate energy usage while giving back to the local community. From October 23, 2013, through January 31, 2014, Dublin residents can sign up for the free Home Energy Analyzer, and reduce energy use at home. This confidential, online tool analyzes your PG&E bill and gives you customized tips to help you save money at home. Homeowners looking to complete more comprehensive energy-efficient home improvements may be eligible for rebates of up to $4,500 through Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade.

-Join your neighbors and help the Dublin community earn up to $1,000 for Friends of the Dublin Library.

-Win a $25 gift card to Lowe’s or Orchard Supply Hardware in monthly drawings.

Visit HomeEnergyAnalyzer.org and link your PG&E account for a free personalized report today.

The Dublin Energy Challenge Kickoff takes place on Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, in the Dublin Library Community Room, at 200 Civic Center Plaza, Dublin.

RSVP at DublinEnergyWorkshop.eventbrite.com/ or call 510-891-6554. Bring your PG&E bill to the workshop and be entered into a raffle drawing for a prize!


Author Zac Unger will speak about his book, “Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic’s Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows.” This program will take place in the Dublin Library Program Room, on Saturday, October 19th, beginning at 2:00 PM and ending around 3:00 PM.

Churchill, Manitoba, is home to a human population of 943, but is better known as “The Polar Bear Capital of the World.” Visitors come from all around the globe to see polar bears in the wild. For one unforgettable “bear season,” Zac Unger, his wife, and his three children moved from Oakland, California, to make it their temporary home. They discovered that it’s really the polar bears who are at home in Churchill, roaming past the coffee shop on the main drag, peering into garbage cans, and scratching their backs against fence posts and doorways.

In his book, Unger describes his spirited and often funny journey to a place where natives, tourists, scientists, conservationists, and the most ferocious predators on the planet converge. In the process he becomes embroiled in the controversy surrounding “polar bear science,” and finds out that some of what we’ve been led to believe about the bears’ imminent extinction may not be quite the case.

Zac Unger is a firefighter and paramedic with the Oakland Fire Department. He is also the author of “Working Fire: The Making of a Fireman,” and has written for Slate, The Economist, and Men’s Journal.

There will be copies of both books for sale at the end of the program.

“Below are some of the main practical triggers as to why people search for their Ancestors:

  • Validate Family Stories – To determine if family stories about their ancestors are true.
  • Famous People – To find out if they are related to someone famous.
  • Historical Event – To gain a better understanding of an ancestor’s involvement in a famous historical event.
  • Trace Medical Conditions – To assess the risk of getting certain medical conditions that run in families.
  • Trace a Family Inheritance – To determine genealogical proof of a family connection for potential heirs.
  • Trace Land Ownership – To settle questions of land ownership by providing proof of descent.
  • Trace a Family Portrait – To see why someone bears a strong resemblance to an ancestor in an old family portrait.
  • Find Birth Parents – To determine the birth parents of an adopted child.
  • Proof of Paternity – to determine the biological father of a child.
  • Religious Tenet – To satisfy the tenets of the religion. The most notable example is the Mormon Church (Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  • Community History – To document a community history by understanding the families that founded and influenced the community.
  • Historic Studies – To provide insight into history through the scholarly study of a famous family, such as a royal family.
  • Heritage Societies – To provide proof of lineage to qualify for a heritage society.
  • Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy – To learn more about a parent, grandparent or sibling after their death.
  • Preserving Family Traditions – To preserve family knowledge of ancestors who contributed to a family traditions, such as a family recipe book.
  • Preserve Family Culture – To allow families that have migrated to another country the opportunity to preserve some of the culture of their old country.
  • Resolving Family Trees in Bibles – To understand the names written into an old family bible.
  • Understand Family Letters/Diaries – To gain context around an intimate glimpse into an ancestor’s experiences and feelings.
  • Understand a Namesake – To learn more about the person you were named after.
  • Settle Ownership of an Heirloom – To help resolve disputes over the origin of a family heirloom.
  • Reconnect with Family –  To find and reconnect with living relatives.
  • Family Legacy – To fulfill a desire to pass on a legacy to future generations.”

*Source: Why genealogy is important – http://wwwgenealogyintime.com/index.html *


If you have any of the above questions or some that are not listed, volunteer genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) will be at the Dublin Library THIS SATURDAY in the Group Study Room to assist you with your questions.  The Discover Genealogy @ the Dublin Library is free and all ages are invited!  Here is some more information as follows:

Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town, or where your grandparents lived in the years 1920, 1930, and/or 1940. if you have a flash drive, please bring it to save found documents.


October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252
Location: DUBLIN BRANCH – Get Directions

If you are currently searching for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of these free programs for jobseekers that are presented by the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center in partnership with the Dublin Library. These Resume Critique and Job Counseling sessions will be held in the Dublin Library Program Room.

In the One-on-One Resume Critique, offered on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume and give you sound advice on how to make your resume more appealing to prospective employers. The first Critique session begins at 1:00 pm and the last begins at 2:40 pm.

In the One-on-One Job Counseling session you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job career options for you. These Job Counseling sessions are offered on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. The first Job Counseling session begins at 1:00 pm and the last session begins at 2:40 pm.

You must call the Dublin Library Information Desk at 925-803-7275 or come to the Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20-minute Resume Critique or Job Counseling session.