Discover new books, meet friendly local authors, or try your hand at creating a zine! Save the date for our Indie Author Day celebration of small press and self-published authors.

Saturday, October 12

Indie Author Panel, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Local Author Showcase, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
DIY Zine Workshop for Teens, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

(event flyer)

Sisters in Crime’s Indie Authors Tell All
12:00 – 1:30 PM in the Virginia Bennett Room
Join us for a panel talk of local crime writers, all of whom are indie authors. Come hear small press and self-published authors talk about why they chose indie/self-publishing, how they did it, and what they learned. See the panel talk flyer to find out more about the authors appearing.

With special thanks to the Northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national organization which promotes the advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

Local Author Showcase
2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Community Room

Come meet the local talent at our Local Author Showcase!  Hear authors give short readings from their work in a variety of genres aimed at adults, teens, and children. Browse the tables where you can chat with authors and get your books signed. Co-sponsored by the California Writer’s Club Tri-Valley Branch.

For additional information see the event program with author bios and the list of when the authors are speaking.

Featured authors:

DIY Zine Workshop for Teens
2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Virginia Bennett Room

Join San Franciso Zine Fest in this hands-on workshop as they lead us through several zine construction basics. A zine (short for magazine) is any self-published work with a circulation of about 100 copies or less. The form is open-ended, and can accommodate for any number of mediums, from comics to poetry to photography and more, as long as it can be committed to paper. This is why zines have been a popular form of expression for marginalized and disenfranchised voices. For ages 12-18. No registration needed, just drop in. Space is limited to first 15 students.

We hope you can join us for this afternoon of events for book-lovers and aspiring writers! You can print the event flyer as a reminder.

Have you written and independently or professionally published a book, and do you live in the Dublin or Tri-Valley area? If so, then the Dublin Library and the California Writer’s Club Tri-Valley Branch invite you to apply for our 2nd Annual Local Author Showcase!

We are looking for 12 published East Bay authors to join us for our free mixer-style event. Meet readers and possibly sell your books! Each author that is accepted into the showcase will have a table to display their work and have the option to do a short reading during the first hour of the event.

Applications to be included in the Showcase are available here and at the Information Desk at the Dublin Library between July 1st and July 31st. Applications are due by Thursday, August 1st. You can turn in your application at the Information Desk, or mail it to:

Local Author Showcase
Dublin Library
200 Civic Plaza
Dublin, CA 94568

Please see the terms and conditions on the reverse of the application form for more information.

Applicants will be notified by mid-August. The Local Author Showcase will take place in the Community Room at the Dublin Library on Saturday, October 12, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Good luck, and happy reading (and writing)!

If you would like free help filling out either the FAFSA* or CADAA* form (*Free Application for Federal Student Aid / CA Dream Act Application), there is a free workshop at Granada High School (Livermore) on December 5, 2018 (Wednesday), 5–8 P.M. This workshop is for high school seniors and their parent(s)/guardian. All information can be found here:  FAFSA Flyer English. This free workshop is sponsored by Pedrozzi Foundation and requests for information should be directed to the group: (925) 456-3700.

FAFSA Flyer Spanish


Dublin Library is not affiliated with the Pedrozzi Foundation, and does not endorse the program in any way. This is simply an informational announcement for our community.





Last Thursday evening, the Dublin Library hosted a special program as part of United Against Hate Week (November 11-18, 2018). The library held a film screening of Waking in Oak Creek, and then held a community discussion.

One of our teen volunteers attended the event, and wrote the following about the program:

“A few days ago, I attended the “United Against Hate” program that took place here in the Dublin Library. At the event, we watched a film called Waking in Oak Creek, a heartwarming documentary about a community’s effort to support love and peace after a tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The film was very moving. It told the stories of the friendly Sikh worshipers who were horribly attacked, the brave police officers who came to help, and the supportive community that came together in the aftermath. Rather than focusing on the tragedy itself, the film was mainly centered on the people’s uplifting efforts, leaving us all with hope and positivity.

Once the film was over, we all came together and discussed what steps we could take to support the ideas of love and peace throughout the city. Everyone contributed new and meaningful ideas to the discussion. We hoped by that spreading awareness and by making everyone feel like a part of the community, we could prevent future tragedies and create a safe, peaceful environment for everyone.

In the end, the “United Against Hate” event was a great way to bring people together and to support a positive message. It definitely moved me, and I hope that everyone in the community will take action to support the cause.”

Archit K., teen reviewer

Event: “United Against Hate” Program at the Dublin Library

Event Date: November 15, 2018

Film Watched: Waking in Oak Creek

Film Release Date: September 9, 2014

MPAA Rating: N/A

Personal Score: 4/5 stars

Film Genres: Activism, Documentary





How does one cope with senseless violence? Join us for a documentary about how one community worked together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all, after worshipers at a Sikh temple were killed by a white supremacist. A guided discussion afterwards will help people reflect on the film and current events.

Waking in Oak Creek Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, November 15th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Bennett Room

Waking in Oak Creek” depicts the year following a tragic hate crime at a Sikh temple in suburban Wisconsin, as thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.

The documentary is 35 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion led by a representative from Jakara Movement, a grassroots community-building organization. This event is in honor of United Against Hate week, visit their website for more events happening in communities around the Bay Area.


Can’t make the event, but want to know more about strengthening community, teaching tolerance, and respecting diversity? Then check out the following book lists:


Children’s book list for United Against Hate: Children’s books about being kind, accepting, and inclusive towards everyone
come with me

Sample book:

Come with me, by Holly M. McGhee,
illustrated by Pascale Lemaitre

Frightened by news of angry people around the world, a young girl gets her parents’ help in learning to be compassionate and brave a little at a time



Adult book list for United Against Hate: Books about the aftermath of tragedy, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of building community

Sample book:

The Person You Mean to Be: how good people fight bias, by Dolly Chugh

An award-winning social psychologist reveals her research findings in unconscious bias and offers tools for respectfully and effectively talking about politics, being a better colleague to people who don’t look like you and influencing change. 50,000 first printing.



Adult books on Kindness and Gratitude

Sample book:

Triumph of the Heart: forgiveness in an unforgiving world, by Megan Feldman Bettencourt

When Megan Feldman Bettencourt found herself embittered after a breakup and a string of professional setbacks, she met an extraordinary man named Azim. Azim had forgiven the man who killed his beloved only son, and even reached out to the killer’s family. He truly seemed to be at peace.



Immigrant Stories: Adult and Teen fiction and nonfiction about immigrants and refugees


Sample book:

The Newcomers: finding refuge, friendship, and hope in an American Classroom, by Helen Thorpe

Follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers from nations devastated by drought or famine or war, over the course of their first school year in America.



Diverse Memoirs: See a new perspective with these biographies by people of color from the past few years


Sample book:

Heavy: an American memoir, by Kiese Laymon

An essayist and novelist explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies and deception does to a black body, a black family and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.

The library has many free programs each week for people to enjoy. Here are a few of our upcoming events:

Saturday, October 13th:

eBook Help, 11 am -12 pm Teen volunteers are available to assist with questions about the library’s eBook collections, downloading eBooks to a phone or tablet, etc.  eBook Help is available most Tuesdays from 6-7 pm, and most Saturdays, from 11 am -12 pm.

Cyber Ed Presents: Phishing Scams and Cybersecurity, 2-3:30 pm A free workshop for adults interested in learning about phishing, how to prevent being a victim of online scams, and tips for creating strong passwords.

Thursday, October 25th:

Escape the Brig! An Escape Room adventure for adults, 6-8 pm Registration is required for this free event. Join with a group of friends and race against the clock to see if you can solve the puzzles, and escape the brig!

Saturday, October 27th:

Family Board Games, 1-2:30 pm Join us for our monthly afternoon of board game play. The library has a selection of games available for play, including Uno, Checkers, Connect 4, Sorry!, Candyland, and more.

Monday, November 5th:

Author Visit with Meg Fleming, 4-5 pm Local author Meg Fleming will be at the library to talk about her writing and her newest picture book, Sometimes Rain. She will also be signing books (copies will be available for purchase at the event). Program sponsored by Towne Center Books.

We’ve all heard the term “phishing” but not everyone knows what it is, or how to avoid online scams. If you are interested in learning more about phishing, what it means, how to detect a phony email, and tips for creating strong passwords and security measures, this class is for you!

Saturday, October 13th, 2-3:30 pm in the Virginia Bennett Room at the Dublin Library.

This is a free workshop, and open to teens and adults. No registration required – just drop in!

This workshop is presented by Cyber-Ed, a student group at Dublin High School whose members are interested in promoting computer literacy and cyber safety for everyone.


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