January 2016


 

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Free Tax Assistance will be available at the Dublin Library every Saturday, beginning Saturday, February 6, 2016 through Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room.

This program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and AARP. Trained volunteers will assist with U.S. Federal and California State income tax and e-filing.

Appointments will be available for morning sessions. The Library will begin accepting appointments on Monday, February 1st, 2016. You may call the Library at (925) 803-7252 during normal open hours or sign up in person at the Reference Desk.

Drop-ins with no appointment are welcome at any time, from 10:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of volunteer staff.

There will be no Tax Assistance offered on Saturday, March 12, 2016, due to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center.

 

 

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Dublin Library has a new book discussion group for teens, grades 9-12. Teens can sign up at the Information Desk, and pick up a book. Teen Book Chat is different than the traditional book discussion group. Each participant reads a different book each month, and then prepares a short book talk to present to the group. Teens also get to keep the paperback book that they chose from the library’s offerings each month.

The first meeting is Wednesday, February 10th from 4-4:45 pm.

Book Chat Flyer

 

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Alameda County Public Libraries are pleased to present a free informational workshop for seniors on avoiding identity theft in the Dublin Library Program Room.  Topics will include prescription drug scams, Medicare scams, Internet scams, and keeping your personal identifying information safe.   This program  will be presented on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.

Presenters may include representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, the US Food & Drug Administration, and Legal Assistance for Seniors.  For more information, contact DDA Cheryl Poncini:  cheryl.poncini@acgov.org .

These presentations are a component of the outreach and awareness program organized by the District Attorney’s Office.
Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252.

Today we’re sharing two reviews of the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. I’m sure a majority of you have seen the film, so let us know how your review compares to our teens’s reviews!

All movies and books reviewed are chosen by our teen reviewers, and all opinions are their own.**Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews** 

(Please note that the link to the photo below goes to a novelization of the movie, not the dvd. The dvd is not available in our catalog at this time.)

star wars book coverTeen Reviewer, Neha H., Grade 9

Release Date: December 18, 2015

Rating: PG13

Your rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, science fiction

Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, is set thirty years after the events that took place in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and features a wonderfully diverse new cast, as well as some familiar faces. The stars of the original trilogy – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, respectively. The film centers on a strong female heroine – Rey (Daisy Ridley), a talented and tough scavenger strong with the Force.

The Galaxy is facing a new threat in the form of the First Order, an organization that can be traced back to the remnants of Darth Vader’s empire. General Leia Organa Solo has founded the Resistance movement, in order to destroy the First Order’s new weapon capable of obliterating entire star systems. On the desert planet Jakku, Rey discovers a BB-8 droid that contains an important clue to the whereabouts of the missing Jedi Luke Skywalker. Rey, along with former Stormtrooper Finn, embark on a perilous mission to deliver BB-8 to Resistance headquarters, whilst being pursued by the evil Kylo Ren from the First Order.

Abrams leans toward an older era of filmmaking in The Force Awakens. He is less dependent on computer generated imagery than on concrete sets, contributing to the authenticity and classic feel of the film. Many of the scenes were shot on location in Abu Dhabi, heightening the viewer’s feeling of experiencing the action firsthand.

With rave reviews and a hardcore fanbase, it comes as no surprise that The Force Awakens is such a success. The film calls to mind all of the glorious moments from the original trilogy, while bringing in new energy and a modern update.

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Teen Reviewer, Jessie H., Grade 11

Name: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18th, 2015

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Personal Rating: 4/5

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first movie of the sequel trilogy to the Star Wars franchise. It follows a new trio of main characters approximately 30 years after the Battle of Endor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. An organization risen from the ashes of the Empire threatens peace in the galaxy, and the new main characters (I won’t mention any names for the sake of keeping this spoiler free) band together with some familiar faces from the original trilogy to combat them.

The Force Awakens mirrors A New Hope perhaps a bit too much, and some viewers who have seen the originals may feel like quite a bit of the movie is recycled plot. However, in and of itself, The Force Awakens is a wonderful movie, and it’s especially great for new Star Wars fans. The cast is unique and diverse, bringing to life dynamic characters. None of the new main characters fit very easily into cliché archetypes, and they are not in any way rigid characters. They leave room for character development, which I’m sure will be shown in future movies of the sequel trilogy.

In my personal opinion, The Force Awakens is not as good as any of the movies from the original trilogy, however, it is better than all of the movies from the prequel trilogy. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone, whether they have been watching Star Wars for as long as they can remember or have never seen any of the movies.

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Do you enjoy discussing fiction and non-fiction books?  Dublin Library currently offers three book discussion groups for adults. All the book discussion groups read and discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books and discuss the same book titles at different times.

The Second Thursday Book Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of every month from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.  On February 11th, 2016, Second Thursday Book Discussion Group will discuss  the novel “March”  by Geraldine Brooks.   The novel recounts the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. An idealistic New England cleric, March becomes a Union chaplain and later finds himself assigned to be a teacher on a cotton plantation that employs freed slaves.  His narrative begins with cheerful letters home, but March gradually reveals to the reader the horrors of war that he does not write about to his family.

Adult book discussion groups at Dublin Library are limited to a maximum of 10 participants per group.  The Second Thursday Book Discussion Group welcomes new members.  If you’d like to participate, come to the Adult Information Desk and pick up a copy of the book to read and come ready to have a lively and thought-provoking discussion with group members on February 11th, 2016.

The Wednesday Evening Adult Book Discussion Group, which usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM, is also open to new members.  Come to the Adult Information Desk for more information if you’d like to come to this book discussion group.  This book club will be discussing “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson on February 3rd, 2016 in the Dublin Library Program Room.

The Third Thursday Book Discussion Group is not looking for new members at this time.

 

As a follow-up to our list of new picture, Early Reader and Moving Up books, these are some new general fiction and non-fiction books up to the junior high reading level. Click the images below to check availability in our catalog.

Highlights:

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The Way Home Looks Now

By Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Peter’s family is broken after the death of his brother. Despite their grief, he strives to revive them through sharing a love for baseball.

 

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The Odds of Getting Even

By Sheila Turnage

Mo and Dale are back in this Tupelo Landing tale that almost literally hits home for Dale when her dad disappears before his court trial.

 

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You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Cell Phones!
By Jim Pipe

Discusses a brief history of telephones, what life was like without cell phones, and how cell phones are used today.

 

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The Most Amazing Creature In the Sea
By Brenda Z. Guiberson

Did you know that the whale shark can grow as long as a school bus? Learn about some of the incredible animals that live in our oceans!

 

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This week for Teen Book Talk, we’re stepping back to a classic tale, Gulliver’s Travels. Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own.

**Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Yidan Y., teen reviewer

gulliversBook Title: Gulliver’s Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift

Book Format: book

Year of Publication: 1726

Who will book appeal to: All people

Rating: 4 stars

This book is appeal to all the people because it has two levels of meaning. In the book, there are many fantastic and unpredictable imaginations, almost like fairy tales. Kids and teens can read the book as entertainment or for learning English. In fact, this book is a satire on human nature. Swift reveals the evil of human world by writing this traveling story. For those who study human, this book can tell them the human society where Swift lived.  Also, it is a great literature work.

  • Would you recommend this title to someone else?

Yes. I would like to recommend this title to my friends.

  • Is there any content in the book that might make someone uncomfortable or unwilling to read the book?

There is no content in the book that might make someone uncomfortable or unwilling to read the book.

  • Preview: Lemuel Gulliver is a professional sailor, but he always meets with shipwreck or pirates or some other misfortunes in his voyages. He has to deal with all different kinds of extraordinary adventures on some remote and spooky islands.
  • Similar titles that people might enjoy: Robinson CrusoeBoth books are about sailing and shipwreck, and both the narrators are on remote islands and have to figure out a way to get home.

People’s imaginations are unlimited. The book, Gulliver’s Travels thoroughly shows the creativity of the author, Jonathan Swift. By imagining many fantastic and magic places, he conveys his message. He criticizes the society by sarcasm which makes the book unique from other criticisms. Jonathan Swift relished the simplicity of humanity and the defense of human nature. Some of the places that he “travels” are the utopia that he was looking forward. The characters in the book are unique and stand for different statues or levels of people. Jonathan Swift discerns the adversaries and friends in those places. Every experience is revealing what he thought a society should be.

When I read this book, I was amazed by the detail descriptions of those places and characters. For a long time, I had thought the story was true. I am totally impressed by Jonathan Swift’s imaginations. I read this book, when I was young, so I did not understand the deeper meaning of this book, the sarcasm. I was reading it merely as a kid book. It turned out that I liked this book so much, and I even imagined that I would travel those places one day until I learned the sarcasm and the criticism in the story. After I knew the purpose of this book, I dipped into the book. Every travel can be referred to the reality. Those huge or tiny creatures in the book and the floating island are no longer just a place; they are the subjects for Jonathan Swift to express his criticism about the society. Also, they helped me to understand the situation people are facing and the shortcoming of human nature.

To my opinion, this book is perfect for both kids and teenagers. Not only it has the pure imaginations, it also conveys deeper information. It can be very fun if you can read it as entertaining. When you read the book, you can easily form the images in your brain. They can help kids to understand the society critically. I highly recommend this book to kids and teenagers and I hope they will like it.

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