Calling all teens! Did you know that there are weekly book-related contests at the Dublin Library this summer? Stop by the teen area each week (Monday afternoon through the following Monday morning) and fill out an entry form with your answers to the week’s contest. Last week we had book title anagrams up on the board, and this week (June 19th – June 26th in the morning) we have a character matching game. Match the character names to the book cover to which the characters’ belong. We’ll pick on lucky entry from those that guess all the characters correctly.

In addition, we will save all correct entry forms each week to enter into a grand prize drawing. The grand prize winner will be announced the first week of August. These contests are open for teens ages 13-18. These programs are sponsored with the generous support of the Dublin Friends of the Library.

Teen Book Talk features reviews by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of another movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The DVD is now available to place on hold at the library (there is currently quite a long hold list!)

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

Name of Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release Date: November 18, 2016

MPAA Rating : PG-13

My rating : 4 stars

Genre : Fantasy, action, thriller

Set roughly seventy years before the timeline of the Ha rry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first entry in a five-part series of prequels that will focus on the events leading up to the climactic duel between Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore. With a screenplay penned by J.K. Rowling, F anta stic Beasts is directed by David Yates, and produced by David Heyman and Steve Kloves — all of whom worked on the original Harry Potter film ser ies. The film follows the adventures of British magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), after he arrives in 1920s New York City with a briefcase filled with magical creatures.

Newt finds himself directly in the midst of the sudden chaos and turmoil that wreak havoc on New York streets; the mayhem gradually reveals the longstanding tension and deep distrust between the American magical community and the “No-Majs” (non-magical people, the equivalent of Muggles). Although Newt evidently prefers the company of the beloved creatures he carries with him, he encounters demoted Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), her Legilimens sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj (Dan Fogler), all of whom help him in his quest to save the American Wizarding World from total anarchy.

Each of the actors deliver superb performances; Oscar-winner Redmayne, in particular, perfectly captures the charisma and charm of Newt. While not quite as emotionally powerful and gripping as on the page, Rowling’s talent still shines through her screenwriting; she expertly conveys the developing relationships between the characters through memorable lines of dialogue.

The thrilling, fast-paced action sequences are supplemented by a lilting score courtesy of James Newton Howard ( The Hunger Games, T he Dark Knight, Maleficent), who incorporates snippets of John Williams’ classic “Hedwig’s Theme” along with refreshingly original elements. However, a few scenes in the middle of the film seem a bit too drawn out, and the magical creatures — which were promoted as the core of Fantastic Beasts — are quickly forgotten in the midst of the action. Nevertheless, Fantastic Beasts makes for an entertaining fantasy adventure sure to enchant audiences; moreover, its underlying commentary about the dangers of intolerance and paranoia is just as riveting as it is deeply unsettling.

Looking for a fun art activity to entertain your kids? This project is easy, requires only a few supplies, and will entertain kids for quite a while.

You will need:

paper (we used construction paper, but cardstock would work as well)

an aluminum tray (like a disposable roasting pan) that is slightly larger than your paper

craft sand in various colors (you can buy online or at some craft stores; call first to ensure they have it in stock)

white glue

newspaper (or something to cover your work surface)

optional: glitter, a pencil, paper plates or empty salt shakers

Project Notes: this project is a lot of fun, but it can get very messy! You may want to try this outside, if there’s a sheltered spot that’s not too windy. If you choose to try it inside, you might want to cover your work surface with newspaper or place mats of some kind.


Step 1: Start with one piece of paper. You can draw out a pattern, picture or just random lines using your pencil. (Or you can skip this step altogether and just use the glue to draw patterns.)

Step 2: Place the paper into the tray. Take out your sand and either pour a little bit of each color onto a paper plate (I’ve found that it is easier for little hands to have one plate for each color of sand, instead of sharing plates with multiple colors of sand), or adding colored sand to salt shakers (I would use cheap and small salt shakers from a dollar store, if you choose to go this route).

Step 3: Trace over the pencil lines with the glue. If you skipped drawing on the paper, use the glue to create patterns or random lines directly onto the paper.

Step 3: While the glue is still wet, sprinkle craft sand over the glue. You can mix the colors together, or you can cover different areas of the glue with one particular color (for example, if you drew a flower, you might add pink sand to the petals, and green sand to the stem/leaves). If your kids are using the sand off of the plates, this is a good exercise for practicing fine motor skills (pinching the sand between fingers is great practice!) Salt shakers work will for little hands too, and can help with hand/eye coordination in using the salt shakers to add sand to the paper.

Step 4: Once you’ve covered all of your glue with sand, shake the excess sand off of the paper and into the tray. You’ll end up with all the sand colors mixed together, but you can always use the rainbow sand to decorate a new glue picture (this looks really pretty on random abstract glue lines!) If you really want the colors of sand to stay separated, you can dump the excess sand off of the paper before adding a new color. Store sand in ziplock bags for limited mess. Optional: Use glitter in place of one color of sand to add a sparkly pop to your artwork!

Step 5: Set aside to dry. This type of art project will not last for a long time, unless you want to seal it. You’d need to buy Modge Podge or another type of sealant in order to keep the sand from drying out and falling off of the page. They do look pretty while they last, and kids have a blast working on their art. This project kept my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for more than 30 minutes at a time. A great way to “save” these types of projects is to take a photograph.



Teen Book Talk features reviews by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of a movie, Beauty and the Beast. This is a review of the newly-released live action film, not the animated version.

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**

Siri P., Teen Reviewer

Name of Movie: Beauty and the Beast 2017

Release Date: March 17, 2017

MPAA Rating: PG

My Rating: 5 Stars

Beauty and the Beast 2017, starring Emma Watson, is the latest version of the previous Disney movie. It was released on March 17 and I watched it the day it was released. It is rated is PG, recommending parental guidance. The movie setting takes place in a small village and a large castle. In short words, Beauty and the Beast is about a young and alluring women who has a heart that is made of kindness and how she gets in the hands of a beast. I would like to recognize Dan Stevens (the beast) for his acting skills. This movie is full of humor, suspense, romance, and galore! I give it 5 stars!

The plot has a shocking twist to it so if you are a Disney fan, you should still see this version, even after viewing the animated versions. Unlike some other movies, it is not predictable at all!

If you are completely new to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I very much suggest you watch it. This movie is well-written and you do not need to watch the previous version to understand it.

This movie is interesting for adults, teens, and younger children, so feel free to bring your family! I want to let you know that it has some violence, but overall, it contributes to the suspense and intensity of the plot. The beast may look frightening at first to your younger siblings. However, I took my younger sister and her friends (aged 5-8) to watch the movie at the theater and they simply loved it.

Is this a typical “Happily Ever After” movie? Many people in the audience were in tears – and no, I will not tell you if it was tears in sadness or happiness…

If you are the type of person who stays up all night watching Disney movies, Moana is another PG movie that is also highly recommended.






This week, for Teen Book Talk, we’re sharing a review of a local event, The Mount Diablo Rose Society’s annual Rose Show, which took place at the Dublin Library on April 22, 2017.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, (or write a review of a local event that they attended) 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**

Siri P., Teen Reviewer (photos taken and owned by Siri P.)

The Memorable Rose Show

The rose show at the Dublin Library on April 22nd featured the winning contestants and their award-winning roses. There were many different colors of flowers including golden honey, multi-colored, tie-dye, deep purple, bright yellow – you name it. The roses came in all shapes starting with tiny little bundle of petals while some were even bigger than my fist. The number of petals ranged from five to thirty or more. These pictures that I took are only few of the many roses displayed at the show. The flowers filled the place with pleasant aroma and if you closed your eyes, you could feel as if you were in a colossal garden. The contestants arranged the flowers in a creative and stunning manner, leaving the viewers delighted. It takes a lot of dedication and love to grow the roses. You are never too young or old to share the love for nature and what it brings to our lives. Mount Diablo Rose Society hosted an enchanting presentation of roses.

Calling all teens! Are you looking for a job this summer? Need career advice, practice with your interview skills, or ideas for career choices? You’re in luck, because the Teen Job and Career Fair is happening this weekend, Saturday, March 4th at the Alcosta Senior & Community Center in San Ramon. This is a free event, and geared towards teens ages 14-18. Come dressed for an interview and bring a resume in case you decide to speak to a potential employer. There will be workshops throughout the day, both for students and parents. Admission and lunch are free to all attendees. The Teen Job and Career Fair runs from 12-4 pm.

Alcosta Senior & Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583


For more information about the event, call 925-973-3200.


Do you need advice on planning for your financial future?  Then come to this free Financial Education Workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at 2:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568.

Habitat for Humanity East Bay / Silicon Valley has received funding from the City of Dublin to provide free financial education workshops to the Dublin community.

In this workshop, Housing Counselor Peggy Green will cover:

  • Managing Income & Expenses:  Planning for the future
  • Savings Strategies
  • Credit & Credit Scores:  How to maximize your borrowing power.

There will also be an opportunity to meet briefly with a Counselor for one-on-one financial counseling services.

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