Castro Valley Library


Castro Valley Library e-best seller Book Club off to a great start!
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
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs | Tags: , , , , ,

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)



Fall Book Sale this Weekend, November 30-December 2
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:48 pm
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



Friends of the Castro Valley Library Spring Book Sale, April 20-22, 2012.
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Libraries, News, Programs, Senior, Teen

Find bargains galore this weekend, hardbacks, paperbacks, music and books on CD, DVD’s and select VHS. In the Library Chabot Room.

 

Friday, April 20,  6-8 pmImage
Members Preview Sale (join or renew at the door)

Saturday, April 21, 10 am-4 pm Open to all

Sunday, April 22, 1-4 pm
Bag Sale $3.00 per bag (provided)

All proceeds directly benefit the Castro Valley Library!



Book Clubs and Book Kits at the Library
Sunday, February 5, 2012, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Books, Libraries | Tags: ,

The Alameda County Library has about 100 book kits available to check out. Kits are available to both Library sponsored book groups and may be checked out on any member’s card for use by community book groups. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book and suggested discussion questions, all packaged in a sturdy canvas tote. The book kits check out for six weeks. Most branch libraries sponsor one or more active book clubs. The Castro Valley Library hosts three clubs, one a mystery book club facilitated by local Sisters In Crime favorite, Camille Minichino, a Parent-Child Book Club and the Library Book Group that reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction.
The proliferation of book clubs in recent years has been a pleasant surprise to lovers of good books and publishers alike. The idea of like minded people getting together once a month or so to discuss books is not new, but the boom in their popularity can be traced almost directly to…you guessed it, Oprah! Based on her model, community reading groups began to form at an amazing pace; some followed Oprah title suggestions and many others branched out in a variety of literary directions.
Based on our conversations with library members, there are dozens of reading groups in our community. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, enjoy stimulating conversation (sometimes straying from the book!), and have the chance to read something new and different from your usual fare.
To find book kit titles for your group go to the ACL classic catalog http://alam1.aclibrary.org, and select “call number” from the drop down menu, enter book kit; our entire selection will appear, A-Z by author.



Discover Taiwan at the Castro Valley Library
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs | Tags: ,

Floating Lanterns
Our friends at the Fremont Taiwan School aim to introduce Taiwanese Culture to the
local community by offering monthly presentations for children 6-12 years old the second Saturday of each month through May 2012. Each session will end with children taking home a hand-crafted treasure as a reminder of the presentation. First program, October 8, will feature Floating Lanterns; followed by November 12, Origins of Paper and Papermaking; December 10, Aboriginal Culture, Janurary 14, 2012 Lunar New Year, February 11, Lantern Festival; March 10, Traditional Foods; April 14, Puppets and Puppetmaking; May 12, Traditional Toys. Programs are in the Learning Center, 2-3:30pm.
Space is limited and sign ups will be taken the month before each program. All supplies are provided. Thanks to our Friends at the Fremont Taiwan School for bringing this rich cultural experience to the Library!



Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 2:00 pm
Filed under: News, Public Art

Miriam Klein Stahl, in collaboration with Pippa Murray Mosaics, has been chosen to create the artwork for Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project. The Alameda County Arts Commission has voted approval for the proposal, and the artist’s contract will go before the Board of Supervisors in late March.

The project will consist of 35 seat blocks and two gateway markers on the Boulevard. The long awaited enhancement should be completed by early next year, finishing a five-year project funded by the County Redevelopment Agency.

Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist and educator. She teaches drawing, printmaking and photography at Berkeley High School and is currently co-director of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High. Pippa Murray, whose studio is located in Sausalito, is a mosaic artist who specializes in large scale installations.

Images in the proposal include Castro Valley native plants, silhouettes of the surrounding hills and canyons, local landmarks, and community activities. Images will be transformed into marble mosaics within granite slabs.

Artist selection was a long and careful process that started last fall. After narrowing the artist pool, the selection panel met in early January to interview the six finalists. The selection committee included seven Castro Valley residents, County staff and arts professionals. The artists presented samples of their proposals and described their plans for the benches and gateway markers.

Samples of the proposals were displayed on view at the Bank of the West and the Castro Valley Library where they were seem by more than a thousand community members who had an opportunity to give feedback to the Arts Commission.
Learn more about the winning proposal



Celebrate Corita
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 10:28 am
Filed under: Displays, Libraries, News, Programs, Public Art

The Castro Valley was one of the venues for the Corita Celebration, February and March of this year. In partnership with Hayward Arts Council and Art Inc, we showed the award winning documentary film, Primary Colors: the Story of Corita, hosted a gallery show and lobby case display of her works.
Corita Kent, also known as Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs (silk screens) during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968. Corita’s art reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, her hope for peace, and her delight in the world around us.
She was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941 and then taught grade school to Native North American children in British Columbia where she was inspired by their vivid art and imagery. In 1946 she returned to teach art at Immaculate Heart College . In 1951, she received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California; it is also the year she exhibited her first silkscreen print.
Corita’s earliest works borrowed phrases and depicted images from the Bible, but the early 1960’s, she was using popular culture (such as song lyrics and advertising slogans) as raw material for her meaning-filled bursts of text and color. One story told is that she took early inspiration from a bold billboard advertising a Los Angeles car wash. Corita’s cries for peace in the era of Vietnam were not always welcome. In 1965 her “Peace on Earth” Christmas exhibit in IBM’s New York show room was seen as too subversive and Corita had to amend it.
She left the order in 1968 for personal reasons during a time of change in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. She continued to create bold serigraphs, helping to establish it as a fine art process. Her work is in private collections and museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her “Love” stamp issued in 1985 sold 700,000,000. It remains one of the top selling stamps of all time. The Rainbow Swash, a painted water tower just outside Boston is the largest piece of copyrighted art in the world. She lived and worked in Boston the rest of her life. She died of cancer in 1986. The Castro Valley Library exhibit has closed but her work may still be seen at Galleria at the Hayward City Hall.



Chinese New Year Lunar Year of the Rabbit 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs | Tags: , ,

The Castro Valley community helped usher in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday afternoon, January 30. Multicultural Educational Research Center (M.E.R.C.) partnered with the Library to bring the event to Chabot & Canyon Rooms. Patty Chu’s
folkdance class provided lively entertainment, members the Chinese Youth Symphony gave performances on the traditional Chinese Harp (Gu-Zheng), and Henry Li offered a dazzling martial arts demonstration, including wushu, where he wielded a sword.
Participants practiced paper cutting crafts and traditional calligraphy, while snacking on traditional treats.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract

Thank you to the staff and parents from M.E.R.C. school for bringing this beautifully organized event to the Library.



Solar Panel Installation to begin this week!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:19 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries, News, Technology

The newest of Alameda County’s onsite solar power systems is being installed on the roof of the Castro Valley Library. This ambitious solar deployment, performed in conjunction with the many energy efficiency features at the Library is expected to provide nearly 100% of the energy used by the Library and will virtually eliminate Library’s cost of electricity from PG&E.
Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors awarded this project’s $1.7 million dollar contract to Sun Light and Power Corporation of Berkeley earlier this year. The project is being funded by a 1% loan from the California Energy Commission. These loan funds were made available under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition, over the next five years, the County will receive $500,000 from PG&E under their California Solar Initiative Incentive Program. The loan will be paid back over the next 15 years with savings from the solar generated electricity.
The 270 watt system will consist of 880 modules manufactured by SunPower Corporation. The modules maximize the solar generation capacity of the library’s south-facing sloped roof. In fact, during most days, the system will produce more power than needed and will export excess renewable electricity to the surrounding neighborhoods. This electricity will credited back to the County by spinning its electric meter backwards.

A monitoring system that will display the solar array’s performance on a flat screened monitor will be installed in the Library lobby.




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