September 2016

Dublin Library Entrance


Friends of Dublin Library, Inc. proudly presents its Fall Semi-Annual Used Book Sale on October 1 – 2, 2016.  Proceeds from this sale go towards funding library programs and purchasing library materials.

Note that the book sale will be held on two days only, Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd.

Mass Market Paperbacks:  $.50 each

Oversize & Trade Paperbacks:  $1.00 each

Hardbacks:  Most $1.00 each

Children’s Books:  $.50 each

DVDs & CDs:  $1.00 / disc or set

Audio Books:  Priced as marked

Saturday, October 1:  Members only from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Membership applications will be available from 8:30 AM.

  •  Annual Membership:  $10 / individual (18 year of age and over)
  • Family Membership:  $20 / household
  • Lifetime Membership:  $100

Saturday, October 1, 2016:  Open to all, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, October 2, 2016:  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bag Day:  $4.00 / bag of books (bag supplied)

Bag Day Special:  1/2 off on selected audio-visual, vintage, and specially priced items.

Sale features:

  • Specially Priced Iitems of extra value
  • Teacher Materials section
  • Vintage Books
  • Book Collections

Note:  If you don’t find what you want at our sale, check out the Friends’ online book store:




It’s apple season! Apples can be eaten in all sorts of ways – whole, cut into slices, dried, baked into pastries, stewed into applesauce, and drunk as juice or cider. There are many different types of apples as well, all of which are tasty in their own ways.

There may be a farm near you that hosts apple picking events, so be sure to keep an eye on your local community’s calendar. In the meantime, Dublin Library has plenty of children’s books about apples. Check below for availability!



The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
By Lauren Thompson

When a father decides to make an apple pie for his daughter, an enjoyable day is had by all.



An Apple’s Life

By Nancy Dickmann

From seed to seedling, tree to blossom, flower to fruit, the life cycle of an apple is beautiful to see.

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares his take on Rick Riordan’s, The Red Pyramid, book one in the Kane Chronicles Trilogy.

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**

Rishabh L., Teen Reviewer

redpyramidBook Title: The Red Pyramid

Author: Rick Riordan

Year of Publication: 2011

My Rating: 4.5/5

The Red Pyramid, the first book of the Kane Chronicles Trilogy, is the latest stunning series by author Rick Riordan, who is also known for his Percy Jackson books. Despite incorporating a completely new mythology from his previous works, Riordan still manages to deliver those humorous one-liners and stunning twists which make his books so wildly popular. In this story, twins Carter and Sadie Kane discover their heritage as the most powerful Egyptian magicians born in centuries. They must immediately embark on a globe trotting mission to rescue their father, who has been kidnapped by an evil Egyptian God, with nothing but a rudimentary knowledge of magic, their cat and a host of pursuers.

Riordan’s fantasy novel is fast-paced and filled with excitement. The novel also incorporates parts of Egyptian history (such as hieroglyphs) and how it has impacted every civilization today. However, the story may become confusing at times, and may require a re-read to fully understand the plot. The novel offers insights into many life lessons, such as sacrifice, the idea of home, and the importance of family. In addition, it touches on the issue of race (the Kane siblings’ father is African American and their mother is British) and how it affects the characters. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 overall for its high-paced action and plot, as well as the messages that it delivers.

When you were a child, what was your favorite book? This is what I asked my colleagues at our library today, and was pleased at the amount of conversation it generated. For some there was a clear favorite, and others had to stop and think about it. Many of the responses were surprising. When I posed this question to a couple of clerks and pages, their answers included To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, The Iliad, and The Inferno. Of course I loved their answers, but had to ask them to modify their choices to something that could be found in the children’s section.

The librarians had great responses as well. One not only gave me the book’s title, but also provided an insightful reason as to why it was included among his favorites. The Children’s Librarian, who has experienced a lifelong passion for children’s literature, stared at me as if I had just asked her the meaning of life.

So the next time you want to learn more about a person, ask what his or her favorite book is. No doubt you will find out something about this person that you didn’t know before.

Check below for availability!


This week for Teen Book Talk, we’re sharing a double review! One for the original book, The BFG, by Roald Dahl, and the other a review of the recent movie release by the same name.

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**

Neha H., Teen Reviewer

BFGName of Movie: The BFG
Release Date: July 1, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
My rating: 4 stars
Genre: Fantasy, adventure
Celebrated director Steven Spielberg teamed up with Disney to bring Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s classic to life with The BFG , released July 1, 2016. Ten-year-old Sophie is understandably frightened when she is plucked away from her dormitory in a London orphanage to Giant Country in the darkness of night, during the “witching hour”. But when she discovers that her twenty-four foot tall captor is in fact benevolent, Sophie dubs him the “BFG”, or “Big Friendly Giant”. She gradually learns that he is a dream-catcher, who captures pleasant dreams in glass jars and gives them to children. However, Sophie’s presence in Giant Country does not go undetected; her scent attracts the vicious Fleshlumpeater and eight other giants, who, unlike the BFG, eat small children. Together, Sophie and the BFG formulate a plan to travel to London and inform the Queen of the evil giants before any more children are eaten.

The BFG is undeniably filled with dazzling imagery and heartwarming humor. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill, as Sophie, gives a lovable and endearing performance. Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance wonderfully brings the beloved character of the BFG to life, through his emotive facial expressions and state-of-the-art motion capture technology. The audience is presented with several meaningful interactions between the two unlikely friends. Spielberg’s longtime collaborator John Williams provides a musical score as wonderfully riveting as the film itself.

However, Spielberg and Mathison have significantly toned down the macabre darkness characteristic of Dahl’s works, in favor of focusing more on the friendship between Sophie and the BFG. Though Spielberg’s adaptation diverged from the original storyline in many instances, the deviation from the book’s classic ending was by far the most disappointing. Despite the outstanding performances by Rylance and Barnhill, The BFG falls a bit short of expectations by keeping it too nice. It never quite rises to its full potential, and fails to truly capture the impish charm of Roald Dahl’s book.

Jiwon H., Teen Reviewer

bfg bookBook Title: The BFG

Author: Roald Dahl

Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1982

Who will book appeal to?: Young Kids

Rating: 4 stars

The BFG (short for The Big Friendly Giant) is a children’s book written by Roald Dahl in 1982. The main characters are a girl named Sophie, who lives in an orphanage, and a giant. One night, Sophie hears a noise from the street and goes out to the balcony. In the balcony, she sees the giant walking in the street with a suitcase and something that looks like a long trumpet. The giant takes Sophie with him to a place where many giants live, because his existence should not be revealed to people. Later, the giant explains what he does with the suitcase and the trumpet – he blows various dreams he has collected into people while they are sleeping. He tells Sophie that he is called BFG, because he is friendly, and also mentions that there are some giants who are not friendly at all – they are dangerous to people. They go to the Dream Country together and Sophie sees many dreams that BFG has collected. Will she be able to return to the orphanage or will she decide to stay with BFG?

This book is written as a children’s book, so obviously I recommend this book to young kids; the plot is easy to understand and not very long. However, I also recommend this book to readers other than children who like reading fantasy stories. I think readers who like fantasy stories, or young children can try reading this book. Also, the movie, which is based on this book, will give a good representation of overall story line, even though it does not include all the details from the actual book. So, I recommend watching the movie after reading this book if readers think this book is interesting.




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 October 13th, 2016, Second Thursday Book Discussion Group will discuss “Two Old Woman: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival,” by Velma Wallis.  Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations in the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.  Velma Wallis was born in the vast fur-trapping country of Fort Yukon, Alaska and was raised with traditional Athabascan values.  A writer and avid reader, she lives in Fairbanks.

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 October 13th, 2016.

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


The Teen Librarian popping in with a special post about all of the new teen books being published this fall and winter! I have a long list on Goodreads, but I thought I’d share the 10 books that I am eagerly awaiting! Listed in no particular order, and linked to Goodreads, or the Alameda County Library website, if we have the book on

  1. Crooked Kingdom – Leah Bardugo. Sequel to Six of Crows and very highly anticipated!
  2. And I Darken – Kiersten White. This is technically a cheat since it has already been published, but I have a copy on my desk and I can’t wait to start reading!
  3. Empire of Storms – Sarah Maas. Book 5 in the Throne of Glass series. Readers who are invested in the series will be eagerly awaiting this installment.
  4. Ghostly Echoes – William Ritter. The third in the Jackaby novels; paranormal detective Jackaby and his assistant, Abigail Rook investigate a cold case involving a ghost.
  5. Iron Cast – Destiny Soria. Con artists. Illusionists. Gangsters. Set in 1920’s Boston. Sounds fabulous.
  6. Like a River Glorious – Rae Carson. Book two in The Gold Seer Trilogy. Book 1, Walk on Earth a Stranger, starts off this intended trilogy, set during the historic California Gold Rush.
  7. The Midnight Star – Marie Lu. Final installment in the Young Elites Trilogy.
  8. Scythe – Neal Shusterman. In a world where disease no longer exists, how do people die? That’s where the reapers come in.
  9. When the Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore. “McLemore mesmerizes once against with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion” – Kirkus Reviews.
  10. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire – Rosamund Hodge. Loved her two previous works, Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound. This title is book one of a duology, and is a take on Romeo and Juliet.

What books are you looking forward to this fall? We’d love to see some suggestions for our to-be-read piles!

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