Alameda County Library Kicks Off a New Reading Program: Alameda County Reads
Beginning Monday, January 11, the Dublin Library will participate in the Alameda County Library's new literary program, Alameda County Reads. This county-wide literary event asks residents to read and discuss the same book together. The first selection for 2021 is Eat Joy, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett. is a collection of intimate essays by many diverse and celebrated authors who share how comfort food has flavored challenging moments in their lives.
Natalie Eve Garrett and County Librarian Cindy Chadwick will open the program with a video that residents can stream anytime. Online library discussion groups are also available. Residents may also form their own discussion group. All participants will receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last. Additionally, participants will hear about the many other special programs, like a Spice Challenge, story time, a discussion with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and much more. The finale event, featuring two authors from the book, will be held at the end of March.
Dublin Library Expands "No Contact" Service
Dublin Library has expanded its "no contact" service, where patrons can pick up materials from the library by appointment. "No contact" service will now be available:
- Monday, Noon to 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The process works in five easy steps. Visit https://guides.aclibrary.org/NoContactPickup for more information.
Staff is available to answer phones, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Monday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 925-803-7252 for assistance or to request for items to be put on hold.
Looking for Book Recommendations? Find Your Library "Matchmaker"
Did you know that the Alameda County Library system has 11 "matchmakers" on staff who can make book recommendations for you based on your favorite genres? Just complete an online Book Match Questionnaire and you’ll soon get a list of books to your liking.
At this time, with the libraries currently closed, your matchmaker will recommend e-books until the libraries reopen. Visit: https://guides.aclibrary.org/blog/Searching-for-that-Next-Great-Read-Our-Matchmakers-Can-Help
Library Offers New Online Chat Service
The Alameda County libraries are closed but they are ready to help you online with their new live chat service!
You can live chat with library stafff online for reference questions, research help, assistance with online resources, and more! Simply type your question into the AC Library Live Chat box on the Ask Us page to connect with them.
The new chat service is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., six days a week, Monday through Saturday.
Friends of the Dublin LibraryThe Library has a thriving Friends organization offering financial and volunteer support. The Friends sponsor two book sales a year, publish a newsletter, sell promotional items, and promote the library during community events. The Friends always welcome new members. For more information, see their website at Friends of the Dublin Library.
Center for the 21st Century Skills and Learning:
Virginia S. Bennett Room
In partnership with Alameda County Library, the City of Dublin has renovated space in the Dublin Library to create a multipurpose learning center where the library can offer digital story time, gaming, coding classes, music and movement, arts programs, and classes for all ages. The 1850-square foot workspace, the Virginia S. Bennett Room, features wi-fi, wireless laptops, presentation equipment, and other high-tech amenities in order to feature traditional and cutting-edge Library programs.
For more information, visit Center for 21st Century Skills and Learning.