Library Programs


Teen Book Talk features book, movie, and local event reviews written by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of an older teen book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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**

Jiwon H., Teen Reviewer

Book Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1999

Who will book appeal to?: Teenagers

Rating: 3 stars

The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old boy named Charlie. He is currently coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael, and in order to lessen his anxiety of starting high school without Michael, Charlie starts to write letters to a stranger that he heard was nice but has never actually met in his real life. The letters mainly talks about his daily life at school and how he feels about other people around him. At school, his English teacher, Bill, becomes both Charlie’s friend and mentor. Charlie overcomes his shyness and approaches one of his classmates named Patrick who eventually becomes Charlie’s best friend along with his stepsister, Sam. Throughout the school year, Charlie has his first date and first kiss, deals with bullies, and experiments with drugs and drinking. He makes more friends, loses them, and gains them back again. He also makes his own soundtrack using mixtapes. At home, Charlie has a relatively stable life with his supportive parents. However, a disturbing family secret that Charlie has repressed for his whole life appears at the end of the school year. Charlie goes through several mental breakdowns and ends up being hospitalized.

The letters continue on despite these various incidents that Charlie experiences. I recommend this book to teenagers, especially the ones in high school, because the protagonist with the similar age as themselves will make the story more relatable and understandable, and they can put themselves in Charlie’s shoes. Some readers might not be interested in this story because it covers the dramas in school and they might assume that it would be a story that is too common. However, I think that this story shows the conflicts to its readers in a rather unique way. The format – letters – makes the plot sound more realistic and every book will talk about high school dramas in a different way, so I believe that it is worth reading.

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


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.

 

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Lawyer in the Library will be offered on the fourth Wednesday of the month, on June 28th, 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 21st, 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.

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.

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