Seniors



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:

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So what are you waiting for? Register now!

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Dublin Library is pleased to host “Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Summer Olympics,” a talk with slide show by Andrea Rocha de Souza Moreira, Trade Promotion and Investments Officer at the General Consulate of Brazil in San Francisco.   She will speak about the history of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, and preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  The program will be presented in the Dublin Library Program Room from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

This program is suitable for adults and seniors.  It is graciously being presented free of charge by the General Consulate of Brazil in San Francisco.

 

Playland In San Francisco

Playland at the Beach (also known as Whitney’s Playland beginning in 1928) was a 10-acre seaside amusement park next to the north end of Ocean Beach, in the Richmond District at the western edge of San Francisco, where Cabrillo and Balboa streets are now. It began as a collection of amusement rides and concessions in the late 19th century and was known as Chutes At The Beach as early as 1913. It closed Labor Day weekend in 1972.

Many older residents of the San Francisco Bay Area – including three of the staff of Dublin Library – remember Playland-at-the-Beach fondly.   If you’ve seen the carousel located in Yerba Buena Gardens off Fourth Street in downtown San Francisco, perhaps you know that it was originally located at Playland-at-the-Beach.  Have you eaten an It’s-It ice cream sandwich?  The It’s-It ice cream sandwich was invented in 1928 by George Whitney and sold only at Playland-at-the-Beach for 40 years.  After the closure and demolition of Playland, the ice cream sandwich was made and sold elsewhere and can now be purchased in 15 states.

Presenter Frank Biafore, Master of Fabulous Fun at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito, will show slides and discuss this bit of San Francisco history on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, in the Dublin Library Program Room.  The program will be from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.

 

 

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Free Tax Assistance will be available at the Dublin Library every Saturday, beginning Saturday, February 6, 2016 through Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room.

This program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and AARP. Trained volunteers will assist with U.S. Federal and California State income tax and e-filing.

Appointments will be available for morning sessions. The Library will begin accepting appointments on Monday, February 1st, 2016. You may call the Library at (925) 803-7252 during normal open hours or sign up in person at the Reference Desk.

Drop-ins with no appointment are welcome at any time, from 10:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of volunteer staff.

There will be no Tax Assistance offered on Saturday, March 12, 2016, due to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center.

 

 

 

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.

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Do you enjoy discussing fiction and non-fiction books?  Dublin Library currently offers three book discussion groups for adults. All the book discussion groups read and discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books and discuss the same book titles at different times.

The Second Thursday Book Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of every month from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.  On February 11th, 2016, Second Thursday Book Discussion Group will discuss  the novel “March”  by Geraldine Brooks.   The novel recounts the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. An idealistic New England cleric, March becomes a Union chaplain and later finds himself assigned to be a teacher on a cotton plantation that employs freed slaves.  His narrative begins with cheerful letters home, but March gradually reveals to the reader the horrors of war that he does not write about to his family.

Adult book discussion groups at Dublin Library are limited to a maximum of 10 participants per group.  The Second Thursday Book Discussion Group welcomes new members.  If you’d like to participate, come to the Adult Information Desk and pick up a copy of the book to read and come ready to have a lively and thought-provoking discussion with group members on February 11th, 2016.

The Wednesday Evening Adult Book Discussion Group, which usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM, is also open to new members.  Come to the Adult Information Desk for more information if you’d like to come to this book discussion group.  This book club will be discussing “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson on February 3rd, 2016 in the Dublin Library Program Room.

The Third Thursday Book Discussion Group is not looking for new members at this time.

 

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Now that we’re in the year 2016, many of us have made resolutions.  One of the best resolutions one can make is to maintain mental fitness.  Just as the body needs exercise, your mind requires  social and mental engagement for proper maintenance.  Activate your brain with fun activities.

Board and number games help stimulate your brain.  It’s no wonder that  Bingo is popular in retirement and nursing homes, as those who play the game experience fewer memory problems and have better hand-eye coordination than those who don’t.  Brain teasers like crossword puzzles, word searches, Rubik’s cubes, playing Scrabble® or chess are all great for keeping your mind in good working condition.

Stimulate your synapses  by undertaking new activities. Take up a new hobby or craft.  Take an online course.  Learn a new foreign language or brush up your skills in one you’ve nearly forgotten. Walk or drive a new way to work. Visit local museums and other attractions in the area using Discover and Go.  Learn to play an instrument like drums or piano, which requires performing different actions with your hands and feet.  Use your opposite hand to brush your teeth, eat, dial a telephone or move a computer mouse. This switch will force your brain to invent new pathways for  controlling physical movement.

Stimulate your senses!  Brush your teeth or get dressed while keeping your eyes closed – you are allowed to cheat and open your eyes to make sure you are putting on the right garments and that your outfit is color-coordinated!  Multi-tasking doesn’t have to be stressful – use several senses at the same time; for example, take a hike while listening to an audio book or music, or explore the texture of leaves and tree bark while listening to bird songs.

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