This Saturday, the Dublin Library and the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, are co-sponsoring our first local author showcase! The public is invited to this free event, which will be held in the Dublin Library’s Community Room on Saturday, June 9th from 1-3 pm. 15 local authors will be here to mingle and talk about their book(s) with our community members. This event is appropriate for all age levels, as the authors write on a variety of topics, cover many different genres and audience ranges (from children – adults).

Many of the authors will be selling copies of their book(s) during the showcase, should anyone wish to purchase a copy of a particular title. Payment will be made directly to the individual authors (not the library). The California Writers Club will also have a table for anyone interested in learning more about the group. We hope that you will join us and come meet some of our local authors!

 

The following authors will be at the showcase this Saturday:

Christine Volker

John Bluck

Eloise Hamann

Steve Minniear

Mary Anderson Parks

Moyra Rasheed

B. Lynn Goodwin

Sheryl Bize-Boutte

Ophelia Sexton

Yvonne Carder

Shannon Brown

Jordan Bernal

Constance Handstedt

Maya Poghosyan

Judy Lussie

 

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Today is the first day of winter, formally called the winter solstice. It is also known as the shortest day of the year, when the sun is in the sky for the shortest amount of time…at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere! For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, such as those in southern Africa, Australia, and most of South America, it is the longest day of the year and the beginning of the summer solstice. It all depends on how far the Earth’s axis leans away from the sun. In December, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted furthest away from the sun, which is why we tend to get rain, snow, and all the other good stuff that comes with colder weather.

Regardless of the scientific explanation for why the seasons change the way they do, kids love all things related to winter. Take a look at all the winter-related children’s books the library has to offer!

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Highlights:

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Snow Day! : Frosty the Snowman

Adapted by Courtney B. Carbone

A magic hat brings Frosty the Snowman to life! Can Frosty’s friends help him get to the North Pole before he melts?

 

 

 

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10-Minute Seasonal Crafts for Winter
By Annalees Lim

You can do so many things with twigs, pinecones, and rocks. You can even use yogurt containers to make your own penguin bowling set!

If you’ve ever been in a long car ride, you might have played “I spy” with your fellow passengers (if you managed not to annoy each other to the point of tears). If you’re not familiar with this game, you play “I spy” by describing something that you see to the opposite player. However, you cannot give the actual name of the object away; it’s up to your partner to guess which object you have picked. So instead of “cloud,” you might say “something white” or “shaped like a porcupine” instead.

One of the greatest things about “I spy” is that you can play it anywhere. The best time to play would be at a place where you’d normally spend an inordinate amount of time waiting, such as at the doctor’s office, in the kitchen while cookies are baking, or in line for a ride at Disneyland.

If you’d rather not find your own objects to “spy,” we have plenty of “I spy” types of books at the library. You can search for them on your own through the library’s catalog by typing “picture puzzles” as a keyword search. Of course, we’ve already pulled a sample for you – see below!

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Highlights:

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The Art Treasure Hunt
By Doris Kutschbach
What sorts of things can you find in famous artworks?

 

 

 

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Where’s the Princess?
By Chuck Whelon

This magical books features scenes from twelve favorite fairy tales, from “Sleeping Beauty” to “Pinocchio,” with search-and-find fun on every page.

Are you doing anything for Thanksgiving? Some people get together with family members and have a huge feast. There are the standard, traditional foods that you can typically find at a Thanksgiving meal – turkey, ham, green beans, pumpkin pie, and something involving cranberries. But who says that Thanksgiving is limited to just these dishes? If it’s a time for feasting, fill your table with whatever you’d like!

If your child likes to help out in the kitchen, this is the perfect opportunity to let them create a dish all on their own…with just a little bit of adult assistance. We have some great cookbooks for kids at the library. Take a look below!

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Highlights:

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Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)
By Deanna F. Cook

Explains basic cooking techniques in kid-friendly language and offers recipes using fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations.

 

 

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Easy Desserts From Around the World
By Heather Alexander

Learn to cook a variety of different desserts, plus information about the countries they come from, and the special ingredients in each dish.

International Games Day is this Saturday! You can celebrate anywhere, with anyone, and with any kind of game. See below for some ideas!

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Highlights:

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Games: Learn to Play, Play to Win
By Daniel King

Provides instructions on how to play a range of card and board games, as well as strategy and history of the games.

 

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Crazy Eights and Other Card Games

By Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson

Explains how to hold, shuffle, and deal cards, and provides instructions for such games as Aces Up, Go Fish, and Spit.

 

Unicorns are fascinating. At the library, it’s common to hear requests from kids in particular for books on this specific creature of legend.

What is it about unicorns that is so appealing to us? Some people like horses, and unicorns certainly fit the form with the added bonus of having a magical horn. Unicorns are also mysterious, elusive, and otherworldly…and nothing stokes curiosity like the unknown!

At the library, we have books starring a variety of unicorns from gentle and ethereal to silly and spunky. See below for a sample!

 

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Highlights:

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Uni the Unicorn
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real.

 

 

 

 

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The Prophecy
By Hilari Bell

Guided by the words of a prophecy, Prince Perryn, who loves books more than swords, sets out to slay the black dragon that is destroying his kingdom.

One of your fondest memories of childhood might include someone reading to you before you went to sleep. Provided that the book isn’t overly exciting, reading stories at bedtime can be a nice and relaxing way to close out the day.

Of course, the library is the perfect place to try out stories of any kind. Below are some of the bedtime stories (or at least stories about bedtime) you can find in our collection:

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Highlights:

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I Dare You Not to Yawn
By Hélène Boudreau

A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning.

 

 

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Switching On the Moon

Collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters

A collection of bedtime poems.