July 2016



Dublin Reads is a one city, one book program inviting the community to read and discuss the same book.  This July we will be reading The Boys in the Boat:  The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown.  This best selling book celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic rowing team – nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport , and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.

Much of this book tells of the impact the Great Depression had upon the United States and its people.  But what was happening in and around Dublin, California in the 1930s?  Come listen to Steve Minniear, President of the Dublin Historical Preservation Association, as he describes the Great Depression in Dublin and the story of an unlikely person who wanted to make a difference for the poor in San Francisco:  Lois “White Angel” Jordan.  A widow, Mrs. Jordan on her own initiative set up a soup kitchen on a junk-filled lot, bounded by the Embarcadero and Battery Street, between Filbert and Greenwich Streets.  Relying solely on donations, she managed to supply over one million meals over a three-year period. Exhausted from her work, but determined to do more, she started a farm near Dublin and Pleasanton to grow food for the poor and give them a place to work.

This free program will be presented on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.


The Summer Olympics start August 5th! Prepare yourself by reading up on the history of this international athletic event.

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wildest race

The Wildest Race Ever

By Meghan McCarthy

The exciting and bizarre true story of the 1904 Olympic marathon, which took place at the St. Louis World’s Fair.


Olympic Trivia
By Marty Gitlin

Test your knowledge about the history of the Summer and Winter Games and the amazing athletes who have participated in them.

Summer is a great time to go camping and explore the great outdoors. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of camping themed books we hope will inspire you to find your own outdoor adventure this summer. We hope you enjoy them!

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scaredy squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

By Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel wants to try camping, but he’s afraid of skunks, quicksand, mosquitoes…and zippers. Will he enjoy camping?


week woods

A Week in the Woods

By Andrew Clements

The fifth grade’s annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark’s survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.



Axis Community Health is a community health center that provides medical care, mental health counseling and addiction counseling services for everyone in the community through their clinics located in Pleasanton and Livermore.  They serve low-income clients who have no other access to health care.

A representative from Axis will be at the Dublin Library once a month, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, offering information and assistance on Covered California and Medi-Cal.  In July, a representative from Axis Community Health, will be present on Monday, July 18th, at a table in the lobby for an informal drop-in and chat from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  No appointment is necessary.   Find out more about them at their website, www.axishealth.org.

Dublin Library Entrance

The City of Dublin is constructing improvements in partnership with Alameda County Library to create a unique multi-function space.  The construction period will be from July 2016 through late-fall 2016 and during that time the City will make every effort with its contractor to minimize the impact on adjacent spaces and public uses.  The improvements will occur in the Dublin Library’s expansion space which is adjacent to the Children’s Area and Program Room.

Once complete, the newly renovated space will become a multipurpose learning center where the library can offer digital story times, gaming, coding classes, music and movement, arts programs and classes for all ages.

Fast Facts

Size:  1, 432 SF (square feet)

Total Library Space:  Currently the Dublin Library occupies 29,945 SF; at completion of this project, total occupied spaced will be 31,409 SF.

Technology:   A video wall, and sound system will enable the library to offer virtual Town Halls, live streaming of current events, and multi-media programs including movies, music and virtual classrooms.

Furnishings:  New furniture includes lightweight tables and chairs, easily reconfigured to accommodate different needs from small group learning to assembly style for special events.

Construction Cost:  $424,000

Funding:  Architectural Services, Project Management and Construction is funded by the City of Dublin.  Furnishings and technology are funded by the Alameda County Library.

Architect:  Marana Chow, Bull Stockwell Allen

Contractor:  A&E Emaar Company

The City and Library look forward to the completion of this project and appreciate the public’s patience while the project is under construction.  If you have any further questions, please contact Rosemary Alex, Parks and Facilities Development Coordinator at 925-833-6646 or via email at rosemary.alex@dublin.ca.gov .






Discover & Go is proud to announce two new venue partners!  Starting July 5th, the de Young and the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco are offering Family Passes (good for one adult and one youth, aged 17 and under).  This offer will be provided to all partner libraries in Northern California.  The de Young and the Legion of Honor are among the largest art museums in the United States with approximately 150,000 objects in their permanent collection.

Discover & Go provides instant online access to free and low-cost tickets to museums, science centers, zoos, theaters, and other fun local cultural venues.

  • You must live in Alameda County and have an Alameda County Library card.
  • You must be at least 15 years old.
  • You may not use an e-card or institutional card.
  • You may have up to 2 reservations at a time.
  • You may cancel a reservation only if you have not already printed the admission pass.
  • The pass is for use only by the person named and only on the date specified. No photocopies are allowed. Valid ID  is required.
  • Not all venues are available for all zip codes. This is determined by the partners. Once logged in, you will see only those venues that are available to your area.
  • Some venues are very popular and we have limited numbers of passes. There is no guarantee that a pass will be available for the day/time you may want.
  • Go to the Discover & Go home to view all available venues for your area.
  • Venues are subject to change and there is no guarantee that tickets will be available.

Ice cream is a wonderful summer treat! In honor of this delicious dessert, we decided to focus this week’s booklist on stories that feature ice cream. We hope you enjoy!

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ice cream summer
Ice Cream Summer
By Peter Sís

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer–but all his activities revolve around ice cream.



rocky road
Rocky Road
By Rose Kent

Fashion-loving Tess moves with her deaf younger brother and impulsive single mother to New York, where they open an ice-cream shop.


Dublin Library will resume offering Job Search Workshops in August 2016, after a hiatus in June and July, 2016.

Job Search from A to Z will be offered on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 in the Dublin Library  Program Room from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing will be offered on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 in the Dublin Library Program Room from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Myths are powerful stories that have traveled through ancient times to the present. In fact, myths and legends of gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and spirits serve as inspiration for many books that are published today. Check out these books to read myths from around the world, and let yourself get swept away in adventure!

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Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters
By Margaret Dilloway

Xander discovers and learns to use the fantastic powers that are his birthright in order to save his father.




A Pride of African Tales

By Donna L. Washington

Six folktales from across Africa that tell of tricksters, warnings, creation, and the complexity of human relationships.

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer has a review of a children’s book, The Grim Grotto (part of The Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket.

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**

Justin L., Teen Reviewer

grim grottoBook Title: The Grim Grotto

Author: Lemony Snicket

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2004

Targeted Audience: Around ages 9-14; people who have enjoyed other books in the Series of Unfortunate Events (i.e. The Bad Beginning )

Rating: 4 stars

Similar to the other 12 books of the Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket’s The Grim Grotto describes a part of the tragedy of the lives of the three Baudelaire siblings: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Violet, at age 14, is an inventor; Klaus, at age 12, is a researcher; and Sunny, the toddler, is a cook with very sharp teeth. The story begins at the Mortmain Mountains, with the three siblings riding on a toboggan down the treacherous Stricken Stream as the snow and ice melt with the arrival of False Spring. The trio are then rescued by Captain Widdershin’s submarine, the Queequeg , and meet Captain Widdershin and his crew, including his stepdaughter Fiona, a mycologist (mushroom specialist) and Phil, the cook. Together, these six heros track the elusive sugar bowl in search of the secrets of the organization V.F.D. and find themselves in the Gorgonian Grotto, where danger awaits…

Things I enjoy about Snicket’s The Grim Grotto include his unique plot, unique characters, and his unique way of storytelling. The characters, settings, and plot in general are very creative and differ greatly from the average fantasy/young adult book, giving the reader a sense of interest. Examples of his creative characters include a tapdancing ballerina fairy princess veterinarian, a fashioncrazed woman in an octopus suit with a tagliatelle grande (a large noodle used as a whip), and a villain with a villainous laugh composed of sniggles, snaggles, and bizarre vocabulary. Though these characters seem to border the ridiculous, Snicket successfully ties them all together and creates an outoftheordinary plot. I also enjoyed Snicket’s storytelling. While most books stick to a single point of view (first, second, or third), Snicket switches between the three throughout the book many times. He uses the third point of view to narrate the story of the Baudelaires, and the first and second points of view are used to narrate the narrator’s personal history and
to warn the reader of the unpleasantness of the tragedy of the Bauderlaires’ lives. Snicket also ties in other topics into his story, a prominent topic in this one being the water cycle. I enjoyed very much Snicket’s creative characters, plot, and creative narration.

The one thing I did not like, however, was excessive description of relatively unrelated topics (this is the reason I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars). Snicket uses descriptions of subjects such as the water cycle to make the reader “yawn with boredom and forget about the troubles of the Baudelaires’s harrowing journey”. While this certainly is creative, I find it to be rather excessive and detracting from the main storyline. The more times Snicket uses this tactic, the more tedious I find it. This is the only major reason for my disliking the book; overall I still enjoyed this book and would both read it again and recommend it to others.