May 2016



Dublin Library’s First Thursdays programming continues with Nature Calls – Walking Your Local Parks.  This program will identify the many beautiful parks and trails in the Tri-Valley area which provide opportunities to improve your physical and mental health while enjoying natural surroundings.  We know that we need regular exercise to maintain our health, and some of us walk regularly from our house to work or to do some light shopping. But are we aware of the many city and regional parks and trails available to us?

Walking in a place removed from the rush of everyday life can help reduce stress and assist the healing process of recovery from the death of a loved one or another significant event.

Our presenter is Richard Guarienti, a long-time volunteer for the City of Dublin and the East Bay Regional Park District.  He is the founder of the Tri-Valley Trail Trekkers hiking group and the Dublin Path Wanderers walking group.

Handout materials and some maps of the parks and trails covered in the program will be provided.

This free program will be presented on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:00 Pm in the Dublin Library Program Room.  For further details, call 925-803-7252.



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 June 9th, 2016, Second Thursday Book Discussion Group will discuss the New York Times bestselling novel “City of Women” by David R. Gillham.   The novel recounts the experiences of Sigrid Schröder, a German soldier’s wife.  On the surface, she is everything the régime wants a German woman to be:  she works part-time for the patent office, manages to survive on rations, cares for her unpleasant mother-in-law, and ignores the horrific behavior of the government.  Behind this façade, she dreams of her former Jewish lover, and finds herself almost accidentally helping people gone underground to escape capture and almost certain death at the hands of the Gestapo and SS.

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 June 9th, 2016.

The Third Thursday Book Discussion Group and the Wednesday Evening Adult Book Discussion Group are not looking for new members at this time.

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On Friday, we will celebrate the 79th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed on May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has long been an important symbol of San Francisco and an unmistakable sight with its iconic “international orange” color.

Constructed over the course of four years, building the bridge was a massive team effort. It was by no means an easy task; the people who dedicated these years to the project risked high wind, fog, and of course treacherous heights every day. Some even lost their lives. Though the Golden Gate Bridge is used by thousands of cars and pedestrians every day as a commute path or a tourist destination, it is important to think about its history and remember the people who brought it to life.

Aside from seeing the Golden Gate Bridge up close, there are a million and one things to do in San Francisco. Log into our Discover & Go page to find discounted admission prices to a variety of museums and places of interest. To learn more about the Golden Gate Bridge itself, visit

Above and below are some books at our library that are about or take place in San Francisco. Click the images for availability!



Pop’s Bridge

By Eve Bunting

Robert is very proud of his dad, who is a high-iron man building the “impossible bridge.” He learns an important lesson while watching his dad work.



Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective

By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great and his partner Sludge arrive in San Francisco to solve a case involving a morose young man, pancakes, and a lost book.



Earthquake, San Francisco, 1906
By Kathleen Duey and Karen A. Bale

Two young strangers  struggle to survive the terror of crumbling buildings, fire, looting, and chaos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.



This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
By Dave Eggers

Ever wonder how the Golden Gate Bridge got its iconic look?



Do you need to improve your resume to attract more job interviews?  Are you considering a new career?  Come to free One-on-One Job Seeker Counseling Sessions at Dublin Library!

The Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center, in partnership with Dublin Library, is presenting these individualized job counseling programs:

One-on-One Resume Critique, Tuesday, May 17, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

In the Resume Critique session you will have a 20-minutes with a job search specialist who will read your resume, and give you sound advice on how to make it more attractive and appealing to prospective employers.

One-on-One Job Counseling, Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

In the Job Counseling session you will have a 20-minutes with a job search specialist who will read your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job career options for you.

You must call Dublin Library at 925-803-7252 or come to the Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20-minute session.



Staff from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters will manage a table in the lobby of Dublin Library on Saturday, May 14th from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM to register people to vote.

If you have already registered to vote, you do not need to re-register unless you change your name, home address, mailing address or if you want to change or select a political party.

You can register to vote online at Or call the Secretary of State’s free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) to get a form mailed to you.  May 23, 2016 is the last day to register to vote.

Voter registration forms can be found at most post offices, libraries, city and county government offices, county elections offices, and the California Secretary of State’s Office.  Voter registration forms are available in the Dublin Library on the counter to the right of the Adult Information Desk.

Voting for President depends on the party you are registered with.

If you are registered with a political party, you can vote for a candidate running for President in that party.

If you registered with no party preference, you can vote in the Presidential primary for the following parties:

  • Democratic
  • American Independent
  • Libertarian

You can select the party ballot at your polling place. If you vote-by-mail, you were sent a postcard to select a party ballot.

If you registered with no party preference and want to vote in the Presidential primary for one of the following political parties:

  • Republican
  • Green
  • Peace & Freedom

You must re-register to vote with that party by May 23, 2016.

The California Presidential Election Primary will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016.  Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.



Gerry Mooney Parade EventsSchool House


Learn how to create great photo stories in this Narrating Events with Pictures class.  You will discover how to capture events in photographs and present them in a logical manner.  Subjects covered will be family events, vacations, sports, social occasions and ordinary activities.

This free program will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in the Dublin Library Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  For more information, call Eugene at 510-608-1117 or email .

Instructor Gerry Mooney is a professional photographer who taught at Ohlone College for 25 years.

There is a maximum of 36 adult students.  Registration is required.  Go to the Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.

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Last month we read and thoroughly enjoyed Miss Peggy’s and Miss Rebecca’s favorite children’s books. Now we’re going to feature a similar list from the children’s library assistant, Miss Katie!

It’d be awkward if I wrote this in the third person perspective, so let me introduce myself by saying that I work with the children’s librarians to make our programs and collections great. If you’ve ever participated in our S.M.A.R.T. program, you’ve probably seen me take your tickets before entering the room. Of course, I also bring you these blog posts that feature different parts of our children’s collection. I hope you’re enjoying them!

After careful deliberation, I’ve chosen my favorite children’s books. Some of them have been published more recently or are ongoing series, and some are older because they’ll never stop being awesome books. Just like Miss Peggy’s and Miss Rebecca’s entries, I’ve picked my top three in five different categories: picture book, Early Reader, Moving Up, fiction, and non-fiction. Click the images above and below for availability!


I Don’t Like Koala
By Sean Ferrell

Adam really doesn’t like his stuffed koala and tries his best to get rid of it. Will he ever learn to love Koala?


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Mouse Tales

By Arnold Lobel

A series of (very) short stories that a father mouse tells his children before they sleep. My favorite story is “The Journey.”



The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

A touching story about a tree’s unconditional love for a child that never changes, even when that boy becomes an old man.



The Giver

By Lois Lowry

Jonas is shocked to learn that he’s going to be the next Receiver…but what does that mean? This has been my favorite book for many years.


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You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Cell Phones!

By Jim Pipe

Do you remember when cell phones weren’t a thing yet? I sure do.



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