Dublin Reads



Dublin Reads is a one city, one book program inviting the community to read and discuss the same book.  This July we will be reading The Boys in the Boat:  The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown.  This best selling book celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic rowing team – nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport , and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.

Much of this book tells of the impact the Great Depression had upon the United States and its people.  But what was happening in and around Dublin, California in the 1930s?  Come listen to Steve Minniear, President of the Dublin Historical Preservation Association, as he describes the Great Depression in Dublin and the story of an unlikely person who wanted to make a difference for the poor in San Francisco:  Lois “White Angel” Jordan.  A widow, Mrs. Jordan on her own initiative set up a soup kitchen on a junk-filled lot, bounded by the Embarcadero and Battery Street, between Filbert and Greenwich Streets.  Relying solely on donations, she managed to supply over one million meals over a three-year period. Exhausted from her work, but determined to do more, she started a farm near Dublin and Pleasanton to grow food for the poor and give them a place to work.

This free program will be presented on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.



Senior Couple At Home With Many Bills

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Alameda County Public Libraries are pleased to present a free informational workshop for seniors on avoiding identity theft in the Dublin Library Program Room.  Topics will include prescription drug scams, Medicare scams, Internet scams, and keeping your personal identifying information safe.   This program  will be presented on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.

Presenters may include representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, the US Food & Drug Administration, and Legal Assistance for Seniors.  For more information, contact DDA Cheryl Poncini:  cheryl.poncini@acgov.org .

These presentations are a component of the outreach and awareness program organized by the District Attorney’s Office.
Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252.

Stoney Ridge Bluegrass Band


Soloist Mothion Picture
Come to the musical kick-off to the Adult Summer Reading Game and “Dublin Reads – One City, One Book” on Thursday, June 25th, at 2:00 PM in the Dublin Library with music from the Stoney Ridge Bluegrass Band!

Copies of the Dublin Reads book for July 2015, The Soloist, by Steve Lopez, will be available at the Dublin Library on June 25th. The Soloist is the story of the friendship between Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers, a former Juilliard School student suffering from schizophrenia living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. At times gripping, moving and inspiring, this is a story about commitment, artistic devotion, and the transformative power of music. Copies will also be available at the Dublin Heritage Museum, the Senior Center and Civic Center. This book is also available as an e-book on Overdrive database and as an audio book on CD.

Read and watch for our postings about the book on the Library’s Facebook page all during the month of July: www.facebook.com/DublinLibrary.

Earn extra entry forms for the Adult Summer Reading Game drawing by joining us in conversation on Facebook by attending this program or seeing the movie, The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, in the Library Program on Wednesday, July 29th, at 2:00 PM.

9780545417648_xlgTender to the Bone

The Dublin Library once again invites the community to read, discuss, share and experience the same book by participating in the Library’s annual one city, one book program, Dublin Reads. The book selected for this year is Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl.

Dublin Reads is scheduled for April 2013 and includes book discussions and special events all month. This year Dublin Reads coincides with the Library’s tenth anniversary at its Civic Center location.

Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl’s memoir, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Spiced with humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is the compelling coming-of-age story of one of our most popular food writers.

In addition to reading Tender at the Bone, Dublin Reads includes a book selected for children. Close to Famous by Joan Bauer is the story of eleven year old Foster McFee and her mother, Rayka, who flee Memphis, escaping from an abusive boyfriend, ending up in the small town of Culpepper in the mountains of West Virginia.

Here they meet some memorable characters with big dreams including Miss Charleena, a Hollywood movie star living in seclusion. Foster has dreams too – she’d like to have her own cooking show like celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Foster’s specialty is cupcakes and her ambition is no less than making the world a better place…one cupcake at a time. Together these characters aren’t even close to famous until events challenge them, and they come to realize you don’t know the power of a cupcake until your life depends on it.

Both tales feature delicious food writing, quirky characters, good storytelling and a strong dose of humor.

Readers are invited to attend a program or book discussion at the Library to share their experience of these books. Highlights include special guest hosts at community book discussions. Mayor Tim Sbranti will lead a discussion of Close to Famous on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM. And Dublin High School’s culinary arts instructor, Jackie Lawson, will host a discussion of Tender at the Bone on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM.

Special events include author Stephanie Lucianovic discussing her book Suffering Succotash : a Picky Eater’s Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, on April 1 at 6:30 PM and on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 PM, an appearance by Ying Chang Compestine, author of Secrets of a Healthy Asian Kitchen (2002) and Ying’s Best One-dish Meals : Quick and Healthy Recipes for the Entire Family (2011).

Copies of the books are available at the Dublin Library. Read and release copies of Tender at the Bone are available at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, Shannon Community Center and the Dublin Senior Center. Close to Famous is also available at Fallon and Wells Middle School Libraries.

Funding for Dublin Reads is provided by the Friends of the Dublin Library. A full schedule of events is online at http://guides.aclibrary.org/Dublin or you may pick up a schedule of events at the library. For information contact the Library at 925-803-7252.

Dublin Reads month has started and local author, Kathryn Reiss, will be speaking at the library on Wednesday October 19 at 7:00 pm. Kathryn’s visit is one of our Dublin Reads Special Events and you certainly won’t want to miss it.
Author Kathryn Reiss

Kathryn is the author of many children’s and young adult books, including Time Windows, Paint by Magic, Paperquake, and more recently, several American Girl mysteries. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Mills College and counts A Wrinkle in Time author, Madeline L’Engle, as one of the authors who have influenced her writing.

Time Windows Book Jacket Paperquake Book Jacket Silver Guitat Book Jacket Paint by Magic Book Jacket

Dublin Reads is culminating tonight with a visit from our author, Anchee Min.  She will appear tonight in the Community Room at 7:00 p.m.  The Friends of the Library are sponsoring her visit and will provide cake and punch; Towne Center Books will be here selling Min’s books.

 This month we have been reading her latest book Pearl of China.  But Min is an accomplished author with books that include her well received memoir Red Azalea, which was a New York Times Notable Book in 1994, and five novels.  Pearl of China explores the life of Pearl Buck, juxtaposing the experience of this transplanted westerner embracing all things Chinese, against the fictional character of Willow, Pearl’s Chinese friend who becomes more westernized as the book progresses. Their friendship is tested by personal hardship and rivalries as well as the impact of  the social and political backdrop in China, from the Boxer Rebellion, invasion by the Japanese and World War II, Civil War, and the cruel and repressive regime of Mao Tse Tung.

Min  grew up in China, coming to the United States when she was 27 years old to study in Chicago.  The soundtrack of her youth was the operas championed by Madame Mao — operas described in a New York Times Book Review feature on Anchee Min as “loud, long, and bombastic celebrations of China’s triumphant revolutionary proletariat, four hour extravaganzas…”[ NYTBook Review, June 18, 2000]

One of the threads of Min’s life is grappling with intellectual repression.  As a third grader she walked 4 miles and stood in line for 3 hours to wait for the doors of a new children’s library to open.  It became so crowded that children could only gain entrance if they successfullyanswered a question posed by the adults in charge.  Min did not answer correctly and was turned away. Min’s mother said “Mao’s books don’t count.  Dictatiors keep us away from asking questions, getting information.”   Min herself has said “I want my reader to experience what its like not to have books, no library, but you have the willingness to struggle in the darkness and make it as far as you can.”

Min’s journey has been from being what she calls “a bolt in the communist machine” to becoming herself, becoming an American and through this experience finding her true self as  Chinese.  Her story is riveting and we hope you will join us tonight for what promises to be a very special evening.


If you have ever seen programs on art appreciation, such as those by Sister Wendy Beckett, you know that there is more to art than what immediately meets the eye.  Our understanding of art is definitely enriched by a basic understanding of the culture and society in which a particular artist lived.   

Those of us who are not of Chinese-American ancestry or have not studied the art traditions of China,  often miss hidden meanings in various works of art that are readily understood by those raised in a Chinese culture.   

As part of the “Dublin Reads – One City, One Book” program,  Dublin Library is pleased to host the talk and slideshow “Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese”  presented by docent Pauline Tsui of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum on Saturday, October 16th, 2010.  This program will be held in the Community Room and begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Ms. Tsui will talk about plays on words and cultural associations which connect bats and money, many fish with many children, Mandarin ducks with happy marriages, elephants with peace, and other images and themes in Chinese art. 

We hope you will be able to come to this informative and fascinating program. 

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