Do you know what an Electronic Medical Record is?  If not, come to this free workshop in the Dublin Library Program Room on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM,  presented by Connie Berg, RN, NBA, and find out!

This program is designed for anyone who visits doctors, nurse practitioners, and dentists and for those who work in the healthcare industry (physicians, nurses).  Learn about the HIPAA Compliance law [HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act], which addresses privacy and security of a patient’s medical data associated with the EMR.

At the end of the session, there will be a 30-minute question and answer session,, and an on-the-spot evaluation form to be turned in when each attendee receives their certificate of attendance.


Speaker Connie Berg, RN, MBA, FHIMSS, is Principal of CMB Consulting, which focuses on Information Technology [HCIT], Nursing and Healthcare Informatics projects for Hospitals and Vendors.




Social Security is more complicated than most people realize.  The decisions you make now can affect the amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime.  You’ve paid into the Social Security program for over 30 years and you should learn how to get the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.


Discover your benefits options by attending this free no-obligation workshop presented by financial planner Kinley Wong of the Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation.  This program will bepresented in the Dublin Library Program Room from 2:00 – 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.  

Haji Basim


Haji Basim, an award-winning, passionate artist, performs music that is a unique blend of Folk, Devotional, and World music.  Basim is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, who has mastered guitar, banjo, ukulele and sitar.  He is also a singer-songwriter, and has created a new diverse and spiritually upbeat genre called Urban Folk.

This free program will be held in the Dublin Library Community Room, and is suitable for teens and adults.  This program will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Haji Basim, an award-winning artist, performs a unique blend of Folk, Devotional, and World music.  An accomplished guitar, banjo, ukulele, and sitar instrumentalist, this singer-songwriter has created a new diverse and spiritually upbeat genre called Urban Folk.  This free performance will be given in the Dublin Library Community Room, on Sunday, September 10th, 2017,  from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

For more information on Haji Basim, including samples of his music, please check his website .   This program is suitable for school children and adults.   For further information, call Dublin Library at 925-803-7252 or email

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, An Ember in the Ashes.

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**

Sahana N., Teen Reviewer

Book Title: An Ember in The Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2015

Appeal: 6th – 9th Grade

Rating: 5

Laia of Serra, a slave girl, and Elias Veturius, one of the finest and chief soldiers for the Empire, could not live more different lives. But what they don’t realize is that they could also not lead more special lives, because they are both Embers in the Ashes. Laia of Serra is a 17-year-old Scholar girl, afraid of the Empire and her past. One day, Laia’s brother, Darin, is arrested for treason to the Empire. Frozen in fear, while the “masks” invade her home, Laia runs at Darin’s commands. Escaping, all she can think about is her cowardliness so she sets out to find the Resistance, in hopes that they will help free Darin. But all good things come with a price… Laia is forced to spy for the Resistance within the premises of the dangerous military academy of Blackcliff.

Elias can’t be free from his conscience. Reluctant and hesitant to kill, and unwilling to carry out the Empire’s brutal orders, Elias, isn’t sure what he wants: to follow his orders and become the exact person he hates or rebel against the Empire and be what he has been prepared and instructed to fight. When he finishes his training as a mask, a special announcement is made that pits Elias against his own heart and deepest wishes. When Elias meets Laia, with her gleaming golden eyes and silky hair as black as the night, they are both forced to make choices that could quite easily get them killed or lead them to the future they’ve both always wanted.

The way Sabaa Tahir spins Laia and Elias’s tale takes you for a whirl as you make your way through unexpected and exciting twists and turns, and you never really know what’s lurking around the corner. This book is my current favorite because a world is created that makes you laugh, wonder, and at times feel like crying. The characters are strong people who discover things about themselves and in doing so allow you to learn about yourself too. At first when I was reading the beginning of the book, I honestly thought it was going to be a book that would leave me disappointed, but I have to say that this was not the case. In fact, I was actually jumping to read the sequel. If you’ve ever enjoyed classic well-known books like Divergent, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter or even some of the newest Young Adult series like Red Queen and the Selection, then this book is perfect for you. It has the greatest mix of action, a bit of fantasy, and romance. An Ember in the Ashes is an unforgettable and truly thrilling first installment in the series.


Attention, Book Lovers! The Dublin Library is introducing a new informal group for adult bibliophiles like you. We’re calling it Readers’ Round Table.  Each month, participants will share a bit about a book they’ve read, and fill up their “to-be-read” list with recommendations by peers. We will meet every third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m., beginning September 19, 2017.

A short list of themed books will be provided each month for inspiration, but you can talk about any great book you’ve just read. Briefly describe what your chosen book is about and why people might enjoy it. Remember, don’t give away the ending!

Anyone interested in an informal, fun, and friendly space to express their love of books should attend. The first meeting’s theme is Reader’s Choice: any book in any genre that you’ve enjoyed. Come share your latest book crush with us. For more information, call 925-803-7252.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Well, it’s not exactly dinner, but the winners of our last drawing of Three Good Books prizes did get a Starbucks gift card good for a small treat. Not too shabby.

We drew names from reviews from the past two weeks, as well as another drawing with all the participants over the summer who had not yet won a prize. Congratulations to the winners!

Here are some of the books mentioned in the final group of Three Good Books reviews. (We are only listing the titles and not the reviews due to participants’ request.)

Everything I Never Told You,
by Celeste Ng

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

Growing a Feast, by Kurt Timmermeister

Legend, by Marie Lu



Let’s Pretend this Never Happened,
by Jenny Lawson

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

Rich People Problems, by Kevin Kwan

The Twelve, by Justin Cronin


Three Good Books was a program in conjunction with Alameda County Library’s Summer Reading Program for all ages. If you have not yet claimed your First and Second Prizes you are missing out. We have a limited amount of free books as prizes and the range of titles is getting smaller each day. So don’t dally any longer! You have until September 15, 2017 to redeem your prizes.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our adult reviews program this summer. We hope everyone reading these posts found some good picks for their to-be-read list!