February 2018

Come hear the Civil War story of David Brainard Griffin, a corporal in the 2nd Minnesota Regiment of Volunteers, and of the family he left behind as they struggled to survive without him. It is all told through the letters he wrote from the battlefront while he fought to preserve the Union.

Join us for this entertaining and educational event, as author and storyteller Nick K. Adams reads excerpts from his great-grandfather’s letters in full period dress.

Thursday, March 1
2:00 pm
Dublin Library, Bennett Room

Are you a local author living in the Bay Area? Have you published a book? If you answered yes to both questions, you can apply for the Local Author’s Showcase! Co-sponsored by the Dublin Library and the California Writer’s Club, Tri-Valley Branch, the local author showcase will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1 pm in the Community Room of the Dublin Library.

Authors may apply for a table at the showcase beginning March 1st and through April 5th. Applications are available at the Dublin Library or can be found here: Application

We have space for 12 local authors at this first showcase. Applicants will be chosen based on location (Tri-Valley residents will be be given first priority), and the intended audience of their book. We would like a good mix of audience appeal so that all ages can come to meet the authors. All applicants will be notified of their status for the showcase by mid-April. Authors are responsible for bringing copies of their book(s) to sell at the showcase, as well as any promotional material they wish to hand out. This will be a mixer style event, where each author has a table, and is free to speak to as many people as they wish at the event. The library and California Writer’s Club will handle publicity for the event.

For more information, please look at pages 3 and 4 of the application. If you have any further questions, please contact Mary Ayers-Hughes at mcayers@aclibrary.org or call (510) 608-1108.




With increasing taxes, mounting debts, the tightening of government regulations, and the ever- increasing complexity of our financial system, today’s retirees face more of the financial challenges than ever before. At this free workshop, Surviving the Retirement Perfect Storm, CPA and Certified Financial Planner John Lau will show you how to navigate through today’s financial challenges to properly plan for your retirement.  This workshop will be offered on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, in the Virginia S. Bennett Room a Dublin Library.


Come to see principal singers perform excerpts from the Livermore Valley Opera’s forthcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Un Ballo in Maschera.  This free program will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Dublin Library Community Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA.

This popular opera contains a tragic love triangle, a sinister conspiracy, jealousy, betrayal, guilt, and forgiveness wove together with lighter moments that provide some relief in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy.  Musically, this is one of Verdi’s most lyrically sophisticated operas.

Tenor Christopher Bengochea will be singing the role of “Riccardo.”  Soprano Sarah Cambidge will be singing the role of “Amelia.”

Tomorrow, February 14 is the last day to pick up a Blind Date with a Book! Don’t forget to turn in your reviews by March 7. Even if the date was a dud, you can still win a tasty treat (courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes). Luckily, our first two submitted blind dates were rave reviews. Come by the library to pick up these books or for help in finding your next 5-star read.

Jeanne’s review:

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Dancing Fish and Ammonites, by Penelope Lively
I give this book: 5+ stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I liked everything about this book. I can relate to reminiscing about the past (I am 71 – Penelope was 80 when she wrote the book). We both appreciate passions of childhood — the love of literature, gardening. There is an awareness of how times have changed in the last 50 years.  This book was pure pleasure to read. I can’t give it enough kudos.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:
sentimental, historic, attitude – reflection, age/metamorphosis


Tiffany’s review:

Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
I give this book: 5 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I love the pace of the story & the dynamic between the two main characters. The writing is very engaging & the story full of humor. ♥ this book! What a romp!

Three adjectives that describe this book are:
quirky, fun, good


Thanks Jeanne and Tiffany for your reviews! They are now eligible for our prize drawing, and you can be to, if you turn in your Rate-the-Date review card by Wednesday, March 7, 2018.



Did you know that the library has free adult computer classes every month? This month our technical trainer extraordinaire, Dave Jennings, will be giving a two-part class to help you improve your Microsoft Word skills.

Tuesday, February 6  – Microsoft Word, Part I
Tuesday, February 13 – Microsoft Word, Part II
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Bennett Room

Learn the basics of word processing by creating, editing, modifying, and saving documents. In the second class, you’ll learn more advanced Word skills. Be ready to be amazed by what you can do!

These classes are taught on the library’s laptops. Participants must have basic laptop PC skills, including how to use a touchpad or trackpoint for navigation instead of a mouse.

No registration is necessary, just come on by.  Save the date for our March classes, too:

Thursday, March 22 – Facebook 101

Thursday, March 29 – Google Basics & Beyond

Was one of your new year’s resolutions to get more tech savvy?  Then get to the library for one of our adult computer classes!

Let the library set you up with your next read…  Try a blind date with a book!

Up until February 14th,  you can pick out a specially wrapped book from our display at the library. And don’t forget to tell us how it went! You can win a prize even if your date was a flop. There’s nothing to lose, and so much to gain.

Sure, it may be hard to pick a book when you can’t even see it’s cover, but we’ve provided some profile information to help you find a good match. Here are three eligible books waiting for the right reader.  Is one of these books just what you were looking for?

See what catches your eye. Check out the book and take it home. Unwrap. Read. Enjoy!  Introduce it to your friends. Show it your favorite places to read. If you don’t like the book, simply return it to the library and pick another, its feelings won’t be hurt.

In addition to potentially finding your next reading love affair, inside each wrapped book is a Rate-the-Date Book Review form. Fill it out and return the form to the Information Desk by March 7th, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a sweet gift card, courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes! Stay tuned, and we’ll share some of our favorite reviews here on this blog.

So take a chance. Stop by the library and grab a book. Who knows? Maybe there’s a bright future for the two of you!

(This program is intended for consenting adults only, but teens can participate too.)

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