Castro Valley Library


The Best Christmas Ever by librarianmama
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 9:44 am
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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)



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)



Fall Book Sale this Weekend, November 30-December 2 by library1.5
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



Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine by librarianmama

   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



The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by librarianmama

ImageLooking for a good summer read?  We read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly for our Parent/Child book club and this is what one member had to say:

The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, is a great historical fiction novel. This novel is about an eleven-year-old girl, living in the hot summer of an 1899 Texas town. Through the hot summer days, “Callie Vee” finds out how exciting it is to hang around with her naturalist grandfather, while possibly finding a new species of “vetch”. During her scientific experiments, Callie finds out that, sometime or another, will depend on her to cook, clean, and sew. At the turn of the century, Calpurnia Tate is about to have the best year of her life.

I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars, since the book is overall amazing, but there’s no action or big conflict in this book. It just ends with a thud. The small conflicts of the book are great and very interesting, and the book tells about Callie’s life throughout the days. It includes much of science and conversations with Callie and her friends and family.

I would recommend this book if you are willing to sit down and read. I’ve tried to read this book in fifth grade, but was never interested, and didn’t finish it. Now, a year later, just reading a few chapters in, and I’m hooked. This is a great novel, and I would recommend it to any age able to sit down and read.  Kristen, 7th Grader

You can get more information @ http://www.jacquelinekelly.com/



May Programs for Tweens @ The Castro Valley Library by librarianmama
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

We have two programs for tweens this week and later this month:

There’s still room in the Manga for Tweens class this Thursday May 10th @ 3:30pm.  The secrets of Manga faces and expressions, basic character design and comics are revealed.

Coming Thursday May 24th @ 3:30pm is a Memory Wire Bracelet Class.  Using glass beads and wire you can create a masterpiece for yourself or to give as a gift. 

All Library Programs are FREE!

                                                    You can register @ the Children’s Desk or call @ 667-7931.



ART IS EDUCATION MONTH! by librarianmama

It’s March and that means it’s officially Art is Education Month presented by the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership.  The goal of this year’s theme, “Creating a Better Future Together,” is to inspire and share student visions of how we can make positive change for ourselves, our communities and our world through the arts.  You can find out more about Art is Education at their website:  http://www.artiseducation.org/10/

The Castro Valley Library is offering several programs in celebration of Art is Education.  A pre-school quilt, Bollywood Music Concert, Duct Tape wallet program and more!  See all event on our calendar below.

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Winding Down Winter Programs by librarianmama

We have our final program of the season today @ 1pm.  Kung Fu Panda 2 will play in the Chabot/Canyon Room.

Sulphur Creek brought critters yesterday to share.  An owl, mouse and rabbit were part of the program and we had a crowd (photo below).  Thanks to Sulphur Creek for their wonderful programming.

In January we have a new program coming to the library, Kids for the Bay will bring their worm composting program to the Castro Valley Library.  This program is suitable for children in 1st-5th.  We have limited availability and registration is required.   You can register @ the Children’s Desk.  Here’s hoping you all have a safe and Happy New Year! 



Winter Break Festivities: Week One by librarianmama
Thursday, December 22, 2011, 3:15 pm
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This week we enjoyed the Nutcracker puppet show by The Puppet Company.  All ages truly enjoyed this wonderful show by Fairyland’s Puppeteer, Randal Metz.  We hope to have The Puppet Company back again soon.

Wednesday, Santa came calling after storytime.  At least a hundred children sat on Santa’s lap and left with a gift.  Special thanks to Santa for his bottomless sack!  I thought for certain he would run out!

Next week we are showing two movies (Cars 2, and Kung Fu Panda 2) and Sulphur Creek will be here for a winter storytime complete with live animals.  Check out our calendar for more information and have a wonderful holiday season!

The Lego Club met for the last time today.  We’ll meet again next year on January 28th.  I hope you all get all the Lego sets you dream of this holiday! 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE CASTRO VALLEY LIBRARY!

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