Dublin Library Entrance

Dublin Library needs you!  Join us for a conversation about the future of library service here in Dublin. Residents and patrons are cordially invited to a community meeting, on Monday, March 14 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Dublin Library Community Room. Come and express your ideas, hopes and vision.

 The Dublin Library is currently engaged in a Master Planning process under the guidance of Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning.  This process involves all the branches of the Alameda County Library, including Dublin, and will be a planning tool for many years to come.

 Patrons may also stop by the library on March 14 between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 P.M. to meet the architects personally and provide input into the Master Plan.

Group 4 engages communities in an interactive process to help them define and create vibrant public spaces. The Facilities’ Master Plan will express the values and needs of the community and serve as a guide for the continued growth and expansion of library services to Dublin as well as the broader Alameda County Library service area.



Halloween, the most popular non-official holiday in the United States, has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).  The festival was a celebration of the end of the harvest season.  Samhain was a time used to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter.  The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31st, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and could cause sickness or damage crops.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has these Halloween safety tips for children and their adult companions.    The most important tips are:

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups.  Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.  Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.  Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

In addition to going trick-or-treating, you might want to see Ghosts of Dublin: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Dublin Heritage Park and Museum, 6600 Donlon Way, Kolb Sunday School Barn. A glimpse into Dublin’s past. Author historian Rita Szollos shares pictures and stories of local people and places. Follow lighted path to Kolb House and peek inside the family parlor. Or venture into the cemetery for a flashlight tour. $5 Residents, $6 Non-Residents Activity #40043. 925-452-2100.

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Dublin Pride Week is an annual event that seeks to engage individuals, families and groups in action-based activities that help build a healthy community with “Our Hands, Our Future.” Its events encourage people to improve our world through environmental awareness and volunteerism.

The City of Dublin sponsors Volunteer Day as part of Dublin Pride Week. Volunteer Day will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Volunteers are needed to help with senior assistance, school beautification, creek clean-ups, and City park projects. Your Dublin Library is also one of the sites designated for special cleaning on Volunteer Day!

Volunteers will check in at 8:00 am at Heritage Park & Museums (6600 Donlon Way). Volunteers will be invited to a barbecue at the Dublin Heritage Park & Museums following the volunteer activities.

If you would like to participate in Dublin Pride Volunteer Day, visit the City’s website at http://www.dublinprideweek.com or call (925) 833-6650 to signup. The website also has information on all events occurring during Dublin Pride Week, which runs from Saturday, April 27th through Saturday, May 4th, 2013.

The City of Dublin has a rich history dating back to 1772 when Pedro Fages led an expedition through the Amador Valley. In between that period and now, some historical highlights include:

  • In 1835, Jose Maria Amador received a land grant of 16,517 acres in present day Dublin.
  • In 1867, Alameda County was created from parts of Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties.
  • In 1982, Dublin, California becomes a city after two tries at incorporation in 1967 and 1979.

(1982 – First City Council – Peter Snyder, Linda Jeffrey, Dave Burton, Paul Moffatt, Pete Hegarty Credit Elizabeth Isles)

Click on the links to ‘check out’ what is happening locally:

When I was ‘weeding’ or going through the local history section at the Dublin library, I came across a very interesting book. Its title is Sheriff Harry Morse and Murray Township Desperadoes (1850 – 1870)  by John S. Sandoval.  Here’s the following excerpt that gives a glimpse into a wild and woolly bygone era:

Murieta Legend

The outburst of lawlessness in Alameda County in the 1860’s paralleled the wave of banditry and terror in the 1850 – 1856 period which created the folk-lore legend of Joaquin Murieta.  During the placer-mining days in the Sierra dozens of bands of outlaws preyed on the gold-camps and stage coaches carrying gold-dust to San Francisco and Sacramento.

As Joseph Henry Jackson points out in his “Bad Company,” since most of these outlaws were Mexican or Chilean they were given the name in the newspaper accounts as being led by a “Joaquin.”  There was Joaquin Botilleras, Joaquin Ocomorenia, and of course, Joaquin Murieta.

In 1853 the State Legislature approved an act which empowered California Ranger Harry Love to raise a company of 20 mounted men for three months to capture the “party or gang of robbers commanded by the five Joaquins.”

Ranger Love rode up and down the mountain ranges of the Coast Range from Diablo to El Tejon and finally captured a band of Mexicans in camp west of Tulare Lake.  The rangers killed most of the leaders of the band—among them Manuel Garcia, called “Three-Fingered Jack.”  Also the rangers cut the head of one of the leaders and pickled it in alcohol and brought it to Sacramento and claimed his reward of $1,000 posted by Governor Biglar.

The hand of “Three-Fingered Jack” and the head of “Joaquin” were exhibited for a fee all through the northern part of the state.”

Will the real “Joaquin” please stand up!  Here’s another intriguing passage in Mr. Sandoval’s book:

“Illusive Facts

From these illusive facts in 1854 a San Francisco journalist by the name of John Rollin Ridge, also known as “Yellow Bird’ from his Cherokee blood heritage, wrote a paper-back sensational best seller called the “Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta.”  Thus the legend on Joaquin Murieta was created. 

The sheriff of Alameda County ran into one of these “Joaquins” in the early sixties in the Livermore Valley.  Halley says:  “The individual arrested was one Joaquin, charged with grand larceny in stealing cattle from the ranch of S.B. Martin in Murray Township.”

“The Sheriff was accompanied by Officer Richardson, of Oakland, and Deputy Sheriff Hall of Santa Clara.  They found the object of their search in a small cabin near the mines (Almaden).  Joaquin was in bed, fighting sickness.

“Richardson covered the man with a double-barrelled shot-gun, while the Sheriff tumbled him out of bed. It was found that the ruffian, although nabbed, was vigilant, and concealed beneath the bed-clothes a navy revolver, full cocked and ready for use.

“The dangerous appearance of the host-gun, however, prevented any attempted on the part of the prisoner to use his arms.”

 Here are some other local history books available @ the Alameda County library that one might enjoy:

Lawman : the life and times of Harry Morse, 1835-1912 by John Boessenecker

The grizzly bear in the land of the Ohlone Indians  by Ray Chapin

The rancho of Don Guillermo : history of San Lorenzo, Hayward, and Castro Valley ; Alameda County, California by John S. Sandoval

California, 1850 : a snapshot in time by Janice Marschner

There are some great local history programs about Camp Parks and the San Francisco Bay Area during World War II that are happening in Dublin beginning this weekend.

The  We Build We Fight special exhibit runs from April 29 – July 31, 2012 @ the City of Dublin Heritage Park & Museums located @ 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, Ca. 94568

Hours- Wednesday – Sunday

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For more information



free admission


If that wasn’t enough, please join us @ the Dublin Library for The Legacy of World War II in the Bay Area program.  Join National Park historian Stephen Haller for a discussion of the Bay Area during World War II and a virtual tour of great places to visit that will bring you back in time and evoke the history and feeling of the period.

The program will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dublin Library Program Room

200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, Ca.  94568

Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis starting @ 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th.

For more information, please contact the Dublin Libary @ 925.803.7252


Are you fascinated with Dublin’s and the sorrounding areas local history? Ever wonder who in the heck  Jose Maria Amador was?  Where the original location of the Kolb barn was? Or, if the historic Green Store still exists?  The answers to all these questions and much more are located at the Dublin Library.  The library has materials such as the following available for checkout that brings the past to life. 

Californio voices : the oral memoirs of José María Amador and Lorenzo Asisara ;
translated and edited by Gregorio Mora-Torres
Dublin reflections and bits of valley history / Virginia Smith Bennett
Dublin, Calif. : Dublin Historical Preservation Association, c1991
 Dublin reflections and bits of valley history
Dublin / Mike Lynch and the Dublin Heritage Center
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2007
Besides the local resources and materials mentioned above, there are also many historical museums in Dublin and the sorrounding area.  Here are a few of these hidden gems as follows:

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