Filed under: Children, Technology | Tags: Chabot Space and Science, Children, science, Space, volunteer
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,
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.
Filed under: Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs | Tags: dance, holidays, magic, music, puppets, science
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)
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Senior, Teen
The Friends of the Castro Valley Library will be holding their book sale in the Library’s meeting room this weekend, November 30-December 2.
Friday is the Members Only preview sale from 6-8pm. Did your membership lapse? Do you want to join? Memberships are sold at the door!
The book sale is open to everyone on Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. On Sunday you can buy books for $3 per bag (bags will be provided).
With all of the donations they’ve been receiving, you’re sure to find some great gifts and things for yourself as well!
All proceeds support the Castro Valley Library. For more information call the Friends at 510-733-3285
Filed under: Books, Children, Libraries | Tags: Alameda County Library, book club, book review, Castro Valley Library, Erskine, Libraries, Mockingbird, Program
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Imagine seeing the world in black and white and trying to navigate yourself through an unbelievable loss. Caitlyn tries to do just that after losing her brother in a middle school shooting. She struggles with Aspergers Syndrome and seeks the definition of closure as a way to recover from such a devastating loss. Read a review below from a member of the Castro Valley Library’s Parent/Child Book Club:
I’d rate Mockingbird a 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book was touching, but it was very depressing for me to see what Caitlyn and her dad were going through. It’s nice to know how an autistic child actually feels and thinks. It is much different from the way I think and do things everyday. It was a good book and I learned that I should change the way I think about autistic people around me.
-Shaeli, 6th grade
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alameda County Library, cupcakes
The sweet smells of cupcakes, candy, and frosting permeated the air of the meeting room as about 20 teens participated in our cupcake decorating workshop. Each teen designed 3 different types of cupcakes, with designs that ranged from a candied apple, to flowers, to ants at a picnic. Designs for the cupcakes were inspired from the book Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack (available at your local library). Check out some of the creations from our talented decorators