August 2014


“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, September 2nd, 2014

September’s class will focus on Basic Statistics Part 2 (Data Analysis).  Classes are 12:30 – 2:30 PM Dublin Library Program Room Reserve your space in person at the reference Desk or by calling 510-608-1102.

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.

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Here is one of Alameda County Library’s newest databases for anyone interested in their family history, and/or genealogy.  World Vital Records offers records of over 1 billion names from vital records, census records, court records, directory lists, family histories, family trees, immigration records, military records, newspapers and reference materials.

Here are some other unique features found on World Vital Records :

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Besides that, one can access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections.

*If you are trying to access the World Vital Records database remotely, you will need an Alameda County Library card, or and eCard.

You now can access National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids through your Alameda County Library System.

National Geographic Virtual Library covers the iconic National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to the present and National Geographic Traveler currently from January-February 2010 to May 2014. You can search by topic, and limit by month and year range. Once you click on the cover of an issue you wish to view, you can click on a search arrow to move forward or backward through the magazine or type in the number of the desired page and press the “GO” button.

Dropdown menu options for National Geographic Virtual Library include the topics of Animals, Environment, History, People and Cultures, Science and Technology, and Travel. The Image Search feature allows you to search for an image description and limit your results to a specific image type.

National Geographic Kids database currently covers this magazine from February 2009 to April 2014. Young readers can use the Explore Topics dropdown menu to search on Animals, Environment, History, Peoples & Cultures, Places and Science & Tech. There are 24 Kids Guides topics and 25 General Audience Guides.

Both databases are listed in the A-Z Resource List of databases on your Alameda County Library website.


Come to the Dublin Library Community Room at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 23, 2014, and hear author Rosemary Gong, author of Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture, as she speaks about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival is a holiday of thanksgiving, when wishes are sent to the Moon Goddess, moon cakes are shared following a family dinner, and the year’s brightest moon is worshiped. This holiday is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, and usually falls in September in the Western calendar.

Admission is limited to the first 100 people.

For further information, contact Eugene at (510) 608-1117 or email .


Do you want to grow some of your own food, but need advice on how to grow fall crops? Come to the Dublin Library Program Room on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, and learn about how to transition your fall garden from Sustainable Gardening Educator and Master Composter Lori Caldwell!  She will discuss cool-weather edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching, and planting native plants.

Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007. Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

For further details, contact Eugene at (510) 608-1117 or email