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: Books, Children, Libraries, Uncategorized | Tags: Alameda County Library, Book, book club, Book recommendation, Castro Valley Library, Children, Summer Reading, tween
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/
Filed under: Children, Displays, Libraries, Programs, Public Art, Teen | Tags: Alameda County Library, art, Art is Education, Castro Valley Library, Children, free
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.
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs | Tags: Alameda County Library, animals, Castro Valley Library, Kids for The Bay, programs, storytime, Sulphur Creek, worm composting
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!
Filed under: Children, Programs | Tags: Alameda County Library, Castro Valley Library, Children, Play, storytime
There’s one week remaining of Playtime (11/10) @ 10 am. It’s been a blast and our group has grown from about 25 to more than 75 today! We listen to stories told by a retired Children’s Librarian, enjoy a craft and play! Come play with us next week and look for more Playtimes after the new year.
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Uncategorized | Tags: Alameda County Library, Castro Valley Library, Children, Sulphur Creek
We enjoyed a great visit from Sulphur Creek this morning. Deb and Carol brought a skunk, bat, barn owl and gopher. The kids learned about echolocation and the wonderful services Sulphur Creek provides to injured animals. Check out their website @ http://www.haywardrec.org/sulphurcreek.html.
Filed under: Books, Children, News, Programs, Uncategorized | Tags: Alameda County Library, Castro Valley Library, Daffy Dave, Gary Lapow, Library, music, Music Together, preschool, Program
You still have a few more weeks to read, read, read and win prizes in the Summer Reading Game. This Monday, we will have Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat, and our final performers for the summer will be the Fratello Marionettes with their “Carnival of the Animals” puppet show on Monday August 8th. Both programs start at 2pm.
We have had some fun performers in the past week or so, including Gary Lapow, Daffy Dave, and a special storytime visit from Theresa from Music Together. Watch this four minute highlight of their shows!
Filed under: Children, Programs | Tags: Alameda County Library, Build, Castro Valley Library, Children, Legos, Play, theatre, workshop
We enjoyed our last Berkeley Repertory Theatre Workshop this week with a Castro Valley version of Lemony Snicket’s, The Composer is Dead. The kids had fun playing dead, violas, and their grand finale of the walking dead. We hope to have Berkeley Repertory Theatre back for more workshops in the Fall.
We built em’ and raced em’ at the last Lego Club Play Date, and will meet again for free play on Thursday, June 23rd from 1:00-2:30pm.
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs, Teen | Tags: Alameda County Library, animals, Castro Valley Library, Children, free, Legos, Play, storytime, Sulphur Creek, workshop
We had a great Spring Break at the Castro Valley Library! We started off the week with a visit from Sulphur Creeek, and a hands on Drummm program. Monday we offered a Baby Sitting Workshop, had two movies later in the week, a Berkeley Rep Theatre Workshop for aspiring actors, a Preschool Storytime, Lego Club Play Day, and finished the week off with a Teen+Senior Video Gaming program. We hope you had a great Spring Break, and were able to participate in some of the programs we offered. Back to school next week, but summer is right around the corner and so is our Summer Reading Game. The Summer Reading Game begins June 13th and the theme is One World, Many Stories. Check out our Event Keeper for more information on the Summer Reading Game and other upcoming events. You can also subscribe to our Event Keeper by using the RSS feed button in the middle of the Event Keeper page.