July 2017


How much do you know about the nature just beyond your back yard?

Join us for a talk by the East Bay Regional Park District
this Thursday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m.!

There are over 654 acres in the Dublin Hills Regional Park just waiting to be explored. A Park District naturalist will share her tips about scenic walking trails, where to spot the local wildlife, and the free and low-cost activities happening at the various parks throughout the year.

You will also learn how you can become a park docent. If you enjoy working with children and teaching others about natural and cultural history then being a docent is perfect for you. The East Bay Regional Park District is looking for assistance with their school programs at Del Valle and Shadow Cliffs, and special events at Sunol.  You can find more information on being a docent and the upcoming Sunol/Del Valle docent trainings on the Parks website.

 

Image from flickr.com by John Krzesinski

Congratulations to Abby, the latest winner in our adult summer book review drawing! Abby let us know about three books that she recommends and she won herself a Starbucks gift card. A good book and a cup of tea, what more could you ask for? Adult readers in Dublin have until Saturday, August 13 to submit their Three Good Books review and qualify for the next prize drawing.

Three Good Books is a program in conjunction with Alameda County Library’s Summer Reading Program for all ages. If you have not yet logged your reading times and activities, be sure to do so by August 24. While participants have until September 15 to claim their First and Second Prizes (free books y’all!), the Grand Prize drawing for participants who have earned 500 points or more will be held on August 25! Those who have made it to 500 points by that date will automatically be eligible, no need for an extra registration.

If you’re still searching for something good to read as you rack up your reading minutes, come and check out our Three Good Books display in the library, see our previous posts, or try some of these patron picks…

Abby chose:

 

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, by Mike Massimino
(autobiography)
riveting, inspiring, fascinating

Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line, by Michael Gibney
(non-fiction)
interesting, humorous, high-brow

Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
(fiction)
gripping, edge-of-your-seat action, thrilling

 

 

 

Elena recommends:

Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease, by Jon Palfreman (bio-medical non-fiction)
poignant, timely, understandable

Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, by Steve Sheinkin
(historical children’s non-fiction, WWII era)
African-American literature, Local History, Sadness

The Resurrection Fields, by Brian Keaney
(science fiction)
Young Adult, Horror, Absorbing


Did you already get your two free books this summer? Earn up to two prize books by participating in Alameda County Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Ready for Tomorrow.” If you haven’t yet signed up for Summer Reading, then there’s no time like the present! Simply visit http://summer.aclibrary.org and register yourself and/or the children in your family. It’s going on now through September 15.

How do you get free books? By earning points. It’s easy. Just go back to http://summer.aclibrary.org and log the minutes or hours that you’ve spent reading. You will get points based on how much time you read. Or, check out our fun list of activities and choose a few to go out and do. You can, for example, “Plant a seed and watch it grow,” or “Try a new food from a different country.” Mark off online the activity you’ve completed and you earn points.

You can also earn points by doing one of our weekly activities and getting a secret code to enter online. Past challenges included matching up animal tracks with the animal that made them, or deciding whether certain objects would sink or float when placed in water. Come in to the library Monday – Thursday, Noon – 4:00 pm, now through July 27 to earn your secret code.

All ages from kids to adults can participate! When you reach 250 points and 500 points you can pick out a free book from our prize book cart. Children and teens will also receive a museum pass at the 250 point level.  At 500 points you will also be automatically entered in the end of summer Grand Prize Drawing (you must have entered an email or phone number at registration to qualify).

Grand Prize Drawing Prize for Kids:

SRG kids prize

Grand Prize Drawing Prize for Teens and for Adults:

SRG teen prize

So what are you waiting for? Register now!

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Lawyer in the Library will be offered on the fourth Wednesday of the month, on July 26th, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (This is a change from our usual practice of offering Lawyer in the Library on the third Wednesday of the month.)  The Dublin Library will start taking sign-ups one week before the lawyer’s appearance on June 19th, 2017.  Sign up at the reference desk or call 925-803-7252.

Free legal assistance is provided by volunteer lawyers from the Alameda County Bar Association. An attorney will consult to define your problem, advise you of your options, get you started with a solution and make a referral when needed. PLEASE NOTE: This free consultation is not intended to, and does not, establish a continuing attorney/client relationship.  The volunteer attorney can only provide brief consultation and referrals (as necessary). The volunteer will not represent you in any matter.

 

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If you’re currently looking for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of one-on-one sessions with a job counselor from the Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center for either a resume critique or a job counseling session.

One-on -One Resume Critique sessions will be held on Tuesday,  July 18th, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the Dublin Library Program Room.  For a resume critique, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume and give you sound advice on how to make it more appealing to prospective employers.

One-on-One Job Counseling sessions will be held on Tuesday, July 25th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Dublin Library Program Room.  During a job counseling session, you will have 20 minutes with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job career options for you.

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

 

What three words/phrases would you choose to describe that great book you just read? Library patron Steve, who recently won our latest drawing in Dublin’s Three Good Books program, chose “timely,” “thought-provoking,” and “chilling” to entice readers to try the book Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid.

Sure, we could tell you the plot of a book, but sometimes it’s more fun and  informative to talk about how a book makes you feel, or what the experience of reading a particular book is like.  That’s what inspired this summer program for adults and I hope you’re finding it as interesting as I am.

There’s still time to submit your Three Good Books. You can reply to this post or come in to the library and pick up the form at our display. The last day to submit your entry is Sunday, August 14.

Here are Steve’s three books and two more submitted recently. Happy reading…

 

Steve’s Three Reads:

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid, (dystopian fiction)
timely, thought-provoking, chilling

When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II,
by Molly Guptill Manning, (nonfiction)
touching, unexpected, evocative

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing,
by Melissa Mohr, (nonfiction)
bawdy, clever, surprising

 

 

Alex recommends:

 

 

Ukridge, by P. G. Wodehouse (fiction)
entertaining, quick-witted, enjoyable

Leave it to Psmith, by P. G. Wodehouse (fiction)
gripping, fast, hilarious

The Clothes They Stood Up In,
by Alan Bennett (fiction)
thought-provoking, unusual, uncanny

 

 

 

 

Bethany’s picks:

Relativity, by Antonia Hayes (fiction)
intriguing, realistic, scientific

Dear Ijeawele,
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (non-fiction)
feminist, supportive, open-minded

The Martian, by Andy Weir (science fiction)
funny, futuristic, scientific

Teen Book Talk features book, movie, and local event reviews written by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of a new movie, currently out in theaters: Marvel’s Spider-man: Homecoming. As mentioned, the movie is still currently in theaters, so there are no copies available at the library at this time.

Teen reviewers select which books and movies they’d like to review, and also which local events to attend and review. All opinions are those of the reviewers. **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

Name of Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Release Date: July 7, 2017

MPAA Rating: PG-13

My rating: 4 stars

Genre: Action, superhero, fantasy

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a surprisingly refreshing reboot of one of Marvel’s most enduringly popular characters. Set a few months after his debut in Captain America: Civil War, 15-year-old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) struggles to navigate the challenges of high school in his hometown of Queens, New York, as he gradually comes to terms with his newfound identity as Spider-Man. Ever-convinced of his abilities, Peter is desperate to prove himself to be more than just your “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man”, much to the chagrin of his hawk-eyed mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). His opportunity finally arrives in the form of the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton), who threatens everything Peter holds dear.

The film actively avoids delving into Spider-Man’s traditional origin story; it focuses on achieving a balance between fast-paced CGI action sequences and warm-hearted scenes of regular high school life. Director Jon Watts manages to breathe new life into a franchise on the verge of exhaustion, shifting towards a primarily teenage demographic in an effort to make Spider-Man more relatable to that age group. The cast brings diversity and incredible charisma to the narrative. Newcomer Tom Holland, in particular, delivers a breakout performance in his double identity as the awkward adolescent turned crime-fighting webslinger, Peter Parker. The film isn’t altogether perfect: there are a few weak points in the plot, especially during the exposition. However, despite initially being met with skepticism, Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds in recapturing the youthful appeal of this beloved character, making it an enjoyable and entertaining film.