January 2014

penguinThe winter sessions of Stories for Me have started at the Dublin Library! The programs are a fun way to foster a love of reading with your little one. Each is tailored to specific age ranges so stories and activities are appropriate to your child’s development.

Ages 10-24 months: Mother Goose on the Loose on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.
We incorporate bells, scarves, rhythm sticks, flannel board stories and books to encouage early literacy.

Ages 24-36 months: Circle Time on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.
Join us for a beginning parent/child story time that features interactive stories, action songs and finger plays.

Ages 3-5 years: Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.
Stories, songs and finger plays in an independent setting to build school readiness skills.

Although some kids may call us “teacher,” these programs aren’t like classes. What we do is share our love of books and reading through storytelling – and before they know it, kids are learning literacy skills, or the things they need to know about reading before they learn to read.

Stories for Me introduce books and print awareness, or the knowledge of how to handle a book and follow the words on a page.

Listening to stories encourages the acquisition of vocabulary and narrative skills, or the ability to describe things and events and tell stories.

Before children can read and write the alphabet, they develop letter knowledge or the sounds and names of letters.

Songs and rhymes promote phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

Parent Patter is a blog series for parents about early literacy, books, and children’s programs at the Dublin Library.

A new Write to Read Adult Literacy Program reading group is starting now at Dublin Library!

Join this group is you want to improve your English language and conversation skills, vocabulary, and reading comprehension! Meet new friends and read a great book! This group is perfect for adults who have English as a second language.

The reading club meets every Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

To register call (510) 745-1480 or ask your librarian for information/referral.


“Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since he who is ignorant
of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of the world.”
Roger Bacon


Improve your math skills ~ Explore secrets and short cuts ~

Veterans/ Unemployed/ College Students/ Parents/ Self Employed

Dublin Library Program Room
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

February’s class will focus on triangles.

Classes are 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Dublin Library Program Room
Reserve your space at the reference Desk or by calling 925-803-7252.

*About the Instructor: With a passion for teaching mathematics to adults and over 20 years teaching experience, Vanessa Mason has taught courses primarily in the 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.

Covered California

Learn about Covered California, the new “online” marketplace that makes it simple and affordable to purchase quality health insurance. Representatives will be available at the library every Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM until March 24th to help answer questions and schedule appointments to enroll participants.

Documents needed:

Proof of Citizenship (Naturalization certificate/green card if applicable)
Proof of address (ID card, utility bill)
Proof of household income (Tax form, pay stubs)
Social Security Numbers

For enrollment, please make an appointment at 925-462-1755.

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“The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where you, the teen, nominate and choose your favorite books of the previous year! Exciting, right?! You can participate as long as you are between the ages twelve to eighteen.”  In the past, Voting is online from August to October 19 of the year. The winners are announced during the week of October 21st. So if you want to participate next year in this exciting event, be sure to check out the YALSA website in April for the 2014 nominees!  Last year winners are listed below.

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2013 Teens’ Top Ten

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion)
  2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books)
  4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)
  5. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Simon & Schuster)
  6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
  7. Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux)
  8. Every Day by David Levithan (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)
  9. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (Egmont)
  10. Butter by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)

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Don’t forget to visit the Teens’ Top Ten tumblr for cool YA related gifs, graphics, info, and summaries of the nominees.


Freegal® Movies and Television is a streaming video service from your Alameda County Library. All you need is your library card number. Freegal offers access to thousands of feature films and television episodes from major content providers. There is no software to download as the service is browser or app based, like popular services you may have used before. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries, while in the United States.

Further details on Freegal are available here.

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Dublin Library currently is highlighting books on improving your health in this new year, including books on exercise, diet, and meditation.

If you are among those who are trying to improve your physical well-being, you will want to check out the LibGuides on a Health and Medical Information, and on Food.

The Health and Medical Information LibGuide includes sections on healthcare providers in southern Alameda County and the Tri-Valley area, links for information on Covered California, general websites on health, consumer health (including drug recalls, Public Citizen’s research on the safety of drugs and medical devices, and the Food and Drug Administration’s Medwatch gateway for finding safety information on and reporting problems with medical products), health news for children, teens, alternative medicine, and diet and nutrition.

The Food LibGuide includes sections on healthy eating, growing local (with recommended books from our catalog), diet and nutrition (with links to sites on nutrients and supplements), weight loss and special diets, cooking and food, cooking videos, farmers’ markets in Alameda County, cuisines of the world (with recommended books from our catalog), food assistance programs for families and older adults, coupon websites, restaurant review websites, FDA food recalls, and wine (with wine apps, wineries in Alameda County, and some recommended books on wine from our catalog).

To your health!