February 2016

Job Fair clip art

Looking for a job this summer? Interested in practicing your interview skills? Come to the Teen Job and Career Fair this Saturday! 

Dublin High School Video Promo

When: Saturday, March 5th, 12-4 pm

Where: Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin CA 94568

Local businesses will have representatives on site to pass out applications and talk to potential employees. There will also be groups to talk with teens about volunteering opportunities. Teens can sign up for a variety of workshops, on resume skills, interview practice, career guidance and more! For more information, please call 925.556.4500 or email glentheguide@dublin.ca.gov.

Job fair flyer 2016


Half Moon Bay

Dublin Library’s T.A.G. is hosting a teen art contest, as part of Alameda County Library’s partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission, during the month of March. The contest is open to teens ages 13-19 years, who reside in Dublin, Pleasanton, or San Ramon. Each student may submit 1-2 completed artworks, and the 2D pieces must be no more than 9″x 12″ when completed. Entry forms and complete rules can be obtained at the Dublin Library. Stop by the Information Desk to turn in artwork.

Art work may be entered into the contest under one of three categories: digital art/graphic design, photography, and fine art. Each category will have one winner, selected by the community (votes will be tallied after the voting closes on April 2nd). In addition to the three winners, a panel of three Bay Area artists will select one art work as a best in show piece. Each of the four winners will receive a gift card to a local art store, and a winner’s certificate for the contest.

Timeline for Art Contest:

March 1st – March 22nd: Turn in all artwork, with a completed entry form taped to the back of each art piece, to the Information Desk.

March 24th – April 28th: Art will be displayed in the library

March 24th – April 2nd: Community Voting open for all art entries.

April 4th: Winners will be notified and announced on the library’s facebook page.

May 14th: Last day to pick up artwork. The library will discard  any unclaimed pieces after this date.




Playland In San Francisco

Playland at the Beach (also known as Whitney’s Playland beginning in 1928) was a 10-acre seaside amusement park next to the north end of Ocean Beach, in the Richmond District at the western edge of San Francisco, where Cabrillo and Balboa streets are now. It began as a collection of amusement rides and concessions in the late 19th century and was known as Chutes At The Beach as early as 1913. It closed Labor Day weekend in 1972.

Many older residents of the San Francisco Bay Area – including three of the staff of Dublin Library – remember Playland-at-the-Beach fondly.   If you’ve seen the carousel located in Yerba Buena Gardens off Fourth Street in downtown San Francisco, perhaps you know that it was originally located at Playland-at-the-Beach.  Have you eaten an It’s-It ice cream sandwich?  The It’s-It ice cream sandwich was invented in 1928 by George Whitney and sold only at Playland-at-the-Beach for 40 years.  After the closure and demolition of Playland, the ice cream sandwich was made and sold elsewhere and can now be purchased in 15 states.

Presenter Frank Biafore, Master of Fabulous Fun at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito, will show slides and discuss this bit of San Francisco history on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, in the Dublin Library Program Room.  The program will be from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.


We’ve been getting a ton of them! Here’s just a slice of what we now have in our library:



Just Like Daddy

By Ovi Nedelcu

A little boy wants to be just like Daddy, and is very excited to get through the day. Daddy, however, isn’t quite so enthusiastic.



Danger in Ancient Rome

By Kate Messner

Time travelling search-and-rescue dog  Ranger has been transported back to ancient Rome, where the lives of two boys are in serious danger.



A Blind Guide to Stinkville

By Beth Vrabel

Alice’s perception of herself changes when she and her family move to Sinkville, SC. Suddenly her albinism and blindness become a big deal…




The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

By Mike Berenstain

Do you like the Berenstain Bears? Do you like cooking? Why not have both? Grab an adult and make some of these tasty dishes!


Feb16 - NEW books - JPB Feb16 - NEW books - J JE and MU

Feb16 - NEW books - J FIC Feb16 - NEW books - J NF

This week for Teen Book Talk our reviewer talks about a classic war story, Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, set in Europe during World War I.

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**

Natlie L., Teen Reviewer, Grade 11

all quietBook Title: All Quiet on the Western Front

Author: Erich Maria Remarque

Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1929

Will appeal to fans of: history (WWI), nonfiction, tragedy

Rating: 4.5 Stars

The story follows the life of a young German soldier by the name of Paul Baumer. The patriotic spiels of his school teacher, the urges of his schoolmates, and his wish to bring some excitement into his mundane life convinced him to enlist in the German army at the start of World War I, but he soon realizes that everything he thought he knew about war was a lie. There was no excitement in war; all it does to a man is cause him to cast away his humanity for the sake of survival. What’s the point of surviving if all he can do afterwards is wait for the next battle to rip away what’s left of him? The tragic story of Paul and his comrades as they are toyed with by this inescapable cycle of horror is detailed in the moving novel All Quiet on the Western Front.

Unlike most contemporary works of literature, this novel does not romanticize war. It does the exact opposite. It punches the reader with an endless barrage of tragedies that real soldiers have experienced. Nothing is held back—from the descriptions of horrendous deaths of comrades out in the fields to the unbelievable thoughts of disillusioned soldiers. The brutal honesty that Remarque packs into the book touches people from all walks of life and forever eliminates even the slightest trace of a belief that war is “cool.”

This honesty is the reason why I treasure All Quiet on the Western Front. Never before have I read a book with so many memorable lines that stir up such strong feelings of sympathy and sadness within me. One of the many quotes is, “We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing from ourselves, from our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.” With this particular quote, Remarque simultaneously gives arguably the best description of the mental state of Paul and his comrades throughout the whole book and captures the pained hearts of the readers. The combination of his honesty and artful way with words creates an unforgettable work of literature that provides a truthful insight into the minds of those from the Lost Generation.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to read such a stirring novel, but it saddens me to realize that most teens, myself included, would not have read this book had it not been a part of the current high school English curriculum. That being said, I highly recommend All Quiet on the Western Front to every person in this world who can down some vivid descriptions of battlefields and is prepared to take a peek into the minds of those that war destroyed.

nimonaDublin 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 in that each participant reads a different book each month, and then prepares a short book talk to present to the group. The group also discusses other books they’ve recently read and enjoyed. Teens get to keep the paperback book that they chose from the library’s offerings each month. Teen Book Chat is also a great space to practice public speaking and interview skills, while in a more informal setting with peers.

The next meeting is Wednesday, March 9th from 4-4:45 pm.

For questions or more information, please contact Mary Ayers Hughes at: mcayers@aclibrary.org



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