Castro Valley Library


Lego Club at the Castro Valley Library, Saturday May 17th @ 1pm by librarianmama
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:11 pm
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IMG_0410Join us for some building fun this Saturday @ 1pm!

All ages welcome.  See link below for more information.

 

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Sulphur Creek @ the Castro Valley Library by librarianmama
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:02 pm
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Sulphur Creek will be at this Castro Valley Library       Amphitheater this Saturday, May 17th @ 10:30am!

See link below for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/popevent.cfm?curOrg=ACL&curKey1=Castro%20Valley%20Branch&eID=3609978&thisDate=NO_DATE

 

 

 

 

 

 



Wanted: Kid Power Volunteers! by librarianmama
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:34 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

kidpowerHow to sign up for Kid Power at the Castro Valley Library

 Anyone going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in the fall may be a

Kid Power Volunteer at the Castro Valley Library

Sign up at the Children’s Desk or at our Yahoo Groups page below.  From the Yahoo Groups page, request to be a member and indicate which orientation date you can attend (all Kid Power volunteers are required to attend one orientation meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 3rd from 7:00 to 8:00pm, or Wednesday, June 4th from 4:00 to 5:00pm, or Saturday June 1st from 11:00am to noon).  Once you have been approved for membership, you’ll have access to the paperwork that must be brought to the orientation.

Contact the library with questions:  (510) 667-7931.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kidpowercvlibrary

 



The Best Christmas Ever by librarianmama
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 9:44 am
Filed under: Books, Children | Tags: , , , ,

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Cookies and Books

There are few nicer things to do in winter, at least to this Librarian’s mind, then curling up with cookies you made with family, a warm drink, and a good book. So let’s all bake some cookies together and find some perfect books for the season!

The Book:

The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a hilarious story about finding new perspectives on familiar events and people. The Herdman kids are famous in town for their rudeness, bad behavior, and roughness and now they’re the stars of the nativity play. Can the small town survive a little girl angel who likes to beat people up, three wise brothers with their own ideas of proper gifts, and the toughest meanest girl 5th grade has ever seen as Mary? The book will certainly turn conceptions on their ears. At times uproariously funny and other times sincerely sweet this book makes a wonderful book to read as a family or a great book for fourth and fifth graders to read alone. This is a treat for the holiday season.

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The Cookies:

A book about bad kids doing good things deserves a perfectly dark and sweet cookie that’s so good it is bad for those kids who act bad but are good. This is a great treat for using up extra nuts, dried fruit or chips from other recipes and fitting personal tastes.

Coal Cookies (with all regards to King Arthur Flour)

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Prepare two baking sheets or trays for the oven.

1/2 cup unsalted butter (make sure to take it out the night before so it is easier to work with) 1 1/3 cups brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour (Do NOT pack it down) 2 cups (12 ounces) of filler which can be dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, crushed candy canes or a mixture of all the above.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Slowly to avoid spraying the material stir in the cocoa powder, then the flour; the dough will be stiff. When fully integrated mix in the filler.

Drop the dough in tablespoon blobs onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes they’ll look not-quite-done in the center. That’s what makes them coal. Remove them from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes. Gently squeeze and shape the cookies into uneven balls, to resemble chunks of coal.

Makes a delightful 3 dozen to have with milk or coffee and an excellent book.

Note: Cookies stay fresh at room temperature no longer than a week.  For extended storage, bake & freeze immediately to serve later.

CSV_Children’s Services Staff_DF



by librarianmama
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 3:25 pm
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Chabot Space and Science Center Wants to Hear What You Think ~ About a Fantastic Upcoming Exhibition

SPACETIME will be a 25,000 sq foot, multi-level playground located in the outdoor courtyard at Chabot Space & Science Center. The space will be a one-of-a-kind experience, appearing in multiple iterations, accompanied by a narrative that unfolds over time via various local and international media. It will engage kids age 6-12 in active, imaginative play; spark excitement and interest in space exploration; and evoke the spirit of wonder at discovering worlds unknown.

Chabot is seeking families to volunteer an hour of their time to help us determine what you, our communities, would like to see in this new exhibition. We invite you to join us for an hour-long session on Saturday June 1, 2013, at either 2pm or 4pm. There will be an engaging conversation for adults, while our experienced educators entertain the kids with fun, related activities (plus, there will be thank you gifts!). We will be video-taping the sessions.

To sign up (registration ends May 29), contact Camie Bontaites, Creative Content Producer,

Chabot Space & Science Center: 510-336-7312 or cbontaites@chabotspace.org. ChabotST image barnacles (2)



Castro Valley Library e-best seller Book Club off to a great start! by library1.5
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Libraries, News, Programs, Technology, Uncategorized

The Castro Valley Library e-bestseller book club is up and running! Sponsored entirely by the Friends of the Castro Valley Library, we bought Nook Tablets from Barnes & Noble and loaded them with a variety of recent and current New York Times bestsellers. The e-book club program, which is among the first of its kind in public libraries, is made up of 15 members who join for a 4 month session.  The first session ran September 2012-December 2012. The current book club runs through April 2013, when we will collect the Nook Tablets and start again with a spring/ summer group.

 

At the first meeting members are issued the Nook and receive training on its use, followed by 3 monthly book club meeting discussions of selected titles.  Besides the discussion titles, everyone is free to read as many of the other books as they can manage in the 3 months. Without exception readers have enjoyed the e-book experience. Association of American Publishers just released figures showing a 35% increase in e-book sales last year and that amounted to a billion dollars in sales! Looks like electronic format is here for good. If you are interested in taking part of the next session (April-July, 2013), or for more information or to sign up go to the Library Information Desk.



Winter Holiday fun for Children & Families by library1.5
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:18 pm
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snowmanSchool winter holidays begin later this year, with Castro Valley Unified winter vacation December 24-January 7. We’ve planned a full line-up of activites begining the middle of the month.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 pm, Winter Concert Hillside Woodwind Quintet & Montecito Brass Ensemble, Seasonal & Classical Music

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10:30 am Preschool Storytime with Sulphur Creek Nature Center in the Chabot Room

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 am Santa Claus Prechool Storytime (bring your camera!)

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4 pm, Holiday Puppet Show Frosty’s Magic Hat with Tony Borders

Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:30 am Music Together for children birth to 5 years old

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2 pm Extreme Science, Science Magic for all ages

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2pm Spectrum of Science, States of Matter, for grades k-5

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1 pm Movie, BRAVE Rated PG

Thursday, Jan. 3, 1 pm, LEGO Club (Leave your own LEGOs at home. We have enough for everyone…and DUPLOs for younger kids)




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