reading challenge

Ever get overwhelmed with all the books on your to-be-read list? Or are you the type who goes into the library with no clue what you want to read next? This year, the Dublin Library is helping you focus your reading strategy for the year. Welcome to the 2018 Reading Challenge!

Our reading challenge offers up twelve categories to diversify your reading and expand your horizons. It’s meant to be inspiring, not stifling. You decide what qualifies for what category, we won’t judge. You have the whole year to finish, so there’s room for you to read outside the list, too.

Throughout the year we’ll be highlighting books that fit the categories in the Challenge. Stay tuned for more blog posts to help you complete the task. We also want to hear from you about what books you are excited to read this year, or what types of books you’d like to try but want help finding. The library is here to help!

Below is a sneak peek at our 2018 Reading Challenge. You can download the full pdf document to print, or pick up a copy at the library. Happy reading everyone!




Start off the new year with some calm, creative fun!

Join us for a relaxing session of adult coloring. We will provide all the supplies, including fanciful postcards for you to color and send to a loved one.

Feel free to bring your own projects or pencil supplies, too.  Soothing music will help set the mood.

This free adult program is part of our First Thursdays series of programs for adults held on the first Thursday of the month. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 4 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

in the Bennett Room of the Dublin Library


Looking for something new, but familiar, too? Try a reworked classic!

There are tons of books that are inspired by classic novels. Sometimes it’s a sequel in the same time period that follow beloved characters after the original ends. Or it could be a modern retelling of the same or similar plot, but with a contemporary setting and updated sensibilities. How much these reimagined stories adhere to the original varies widely, but they all begin with a love of the original source.

Read a revamped classic today! Here’s a Classical Remakes book list to get you started.

While you’re at it, why not read (or re-read) a classic, too? Here’s the Modern Library’s list of classics, and the Radcliffe Student’s top picks for best novels.

We’ll be discussing classics and reworked classics at our next Readers’ Round Table on Tuesday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. As always, you can also discuss a different good book you’ve read that does not meet our monthly theme. The themes are just there to help you when you are feeling uninspired.

At the last Readers Roundtable, the theme was International Mysteries. Here’s a handy online list of first-in-a-series mysteries set outside the U.S. and England available at the library. Happy Reading!

180sCovered California

It is time to  sign-up for Covered California if you don’t currently have health insurance.  The Open Enrollment sign-up period will be from November 1, 2017 until January 31, 2018.    Covered California will be in place for 2018, despite recent healthcare-related news.  Other than within this time period, enrollment may only occur after a qualifying life event (you’ve lost your health coverage, you’ve gotten married, you’ve moved outside your plan’s coverage area, had a baby or turned 26).

Axis Enrollment Counselors are at the ready to assist, offering free enrollment assistance in English and Spanish. They can answer questions about coverage eligibility, guide clients through the application process, and help ensure families have the medical care they need in the coming year. Appointments can be made by calling (925)-462-1755.

Carrie King, Community Relations Manager at Axis Community Health, will be present in the Virginia S. Bennett Room on Monday, November 27, 2017, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, to answer questions about enrolling in Covered California or Medi-Cal, renewing your current health plan,  and on important changes and options available for 2018 health plans.


Admit it. You like to read stories about families more dysfunctional than your own. There’s nothing wrong with that.

As holiday family dinners loom over you, we’ve got some titles to remind you that your family is probably not as bad as you think. It’s all relative (sorry).


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The House We Grew Up In, by Lisa Jewell

In Between Days, by Andrew Porter

The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper

The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates

You can find these titles and more in this booklist on our library catalog.



If you prefer real life stories, then try these memoirs instead:

The Autumn Balloon, by Kenny Porpora

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, by Roz Chast

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson


And lastly, two books that are also movies available on DVD at the library:

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts


Did we forget your favorite fractious family? Let us know!


The holiday season is almost here! Before you get bogged down in the Thanksgiving and Christmas crunch, join us for an inspiring talk on…

Leading with Kinditude: Experiments in
Grateful Living & Giving

Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m.


Gratitude has been shown to improve our happiness, health, and relationships. Sages and scientists tell us that each act of kindness, no matter how small, helps quiet the mind and foster interconnectedness.

In this talk, ServiceSpace Coordinators Audrey Lin and Anne Veh will dive into the expansive nature of gratitude, share personal and collective experiments in kindness, and ultimately unleash a worldview in which priceless gifts— like gratitude, generosity, and compassion— can be put into greater circulation.

ServiceSpace is an all volunteer-run incubator of generosity-driven projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. To learn more, visit

Can’t make our event? Get inspired by this list of books on kindness, gratitude, and generosity.

First Thursdays are free programs for adults held every first Thursday of the month.



If you are searching for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of free job seeker’s workshops offered at Dublin Library.  Dublin Library will be hosting two job seeker’s workshops in October 2017.

Effective Resumes and Cover Letters will be given on Tuesday, October 24th, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.    In this workshop, a job search specialist will tell you how to write a resume and cover letter that will get you more interviews and a suitable job faster.

Effective Interview Skills will be given on Tuesday, October 31st, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room. In this workshop, a job search specialist will show you how to prepare for a successful job interview in which you will confidently present your previous job background, education, experience and skills you can bring to your desired position.

These programs will be presented by the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center in partnership with the Dublin Library.  No appointment is needed, but please arrive by 1:00 PM.