February 2015

Sarita Gabato, Outreach Event Coordinator for the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, will be in the lobby of Dublin Library on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. She will staff a table with information about the upcoming Seventh State Senate District Special Primary Election, which will take place on March 17th, 2015, to fill the vacancy of State Senator.

The 7th Senate District covers the communities of Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pleasanton, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

The certified list of candidates for this special election can be found here.


The Legal Resource Collection is available  to visitors during the library’s normal business hours. For more information about the Legal Resource Collection @ Dublin Public Library, please visit our website at Alameda County Library Legal Information LibGuide  and/or the Alameda County Law Library’s  http://calcountylawlib.libguides.com/dpl.


Besides databases, the Legal Resources Collection includes: FIND A BOOK/eBOOK 

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Rising Sun Energy Center will be at Dublin Library to sign up Dublin residents for free energy audits next summer. Rising Sun is partnering with the City of Dublin, PG&E and the Dublin-San Ramon Services District to offer free energy audits to residents of Dublin. Rising Sun will hire and train teens to visit people’s homes and help them evaluate and emplement energy saving strategies.

Rising Sun will staff a table in the entrance to Dublin Library on:

Monday, February 9, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, February 17, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 22, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Further details about Rising Sun Energy are available here.


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WebMD has created an organization that it believes fulfills the promise of health information on the Internet. They provide credible information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects that matter to you. WebMD is a source for original and timely health information as well as material from well known content providers.

WebMD provides interactive features such as the



Here’s how to access the WebMD database through http://www.aclibrary.org: 

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



“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


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Dublin Library Program Room Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February’s class will be Introduction to Algebra.  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.

Chinese Yankee

Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), was an orphan brought to America for schooling in the mid-1850s, but enslaved in Baltimore. Only sixteen at the outbreak of war, Thomas ran north, joined the Freedom Army, and was blinded in the first major campaign. He failed to fully recover his sight and, deemed incapable of performing the duties of a soldier, was discharged. Yet he reenlisted twice, saved his regiment’s colors during the bloodbath of Spotsylvania, was lamed at Cold Harbor, and survived 9 months imprisonment in the dreaded Andersonville stockade. His health broken, but his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his family and himself until his death in 1891. He was, as the New York Times noted, “singular.”

Local author Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of the award-winning “Thousand Pieces of Gold: A Biographical Novel,” will talk about Thomas Sylvanus and how she came to write this historical novel on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call 510-608-1117 or email emarangoni@aclibrary.org.

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Dublin Library is very pleased to host the Livermore Valley Opera, as it presents excerpts from its forthcoming production of Lucia de Lammermoor on Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room. Lead singers Eileen Meredith and Christopher Bengochea, from the Livermore Valley Opera’s forthcoming production, will be performing at this program. Danielle Naler will accompany on piano. Karen Veca, principal flutist in the Livermore Opera orchestra will perform, and Gary Sears will perform on the clarinet.

Lucia de Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

In Lucia di Lammermoor, an emotionally fragile woman (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and the Ravenswood family. Though deeply in love with Edgardo, a member of the Ravenswood family, she is forced into a political marriage by her villainous brother Enrico, who uses lies and forgery for his own benefit. Though the story ends in tragedy for everyone, the music is considered to be among the glorious in opera.

Eileen Meredith (Lucia) is a Washington, D.C. native, who co-founded Island City Opera, where she recently performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor last month. In March, she will perform the role of Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro. Previously, she co-founded Virago Theatre Company, where she sang lead roles in Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata. She has appeared with West Edge Opera, Verismo Opera, and more, and is a winner of first prize awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Concert work includes solos in Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Handel’s Messiah at Davies Symphony Hall.

Christopher Bengochea (Edgardo) has been heralded as having “power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of natural sound.” A resident artist of Opera San Jose (2005-2008) he played the role of Rodolfo in La bohème, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role of Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Other roles include Ruggero in La Rondine, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Erik in Henderson’s, Nosferatu, and Cavarodossi in Tosca. Awards include winner at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and third prize at the Internationale Societa Concertistica Vocal Competition in Santa Margherita-Ligure, Italy.

Read about this opera!  The winner of a contest about the history of Lucia di Lammermoor will receive two free tickets to a performance of this opera at the Bankhead Theater on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM.