Castro Valley Library

Commemorating Shakespeare by crselig2014
Monday, May 23, 2016, 1:02 pm
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William Shakespeare, a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely thought to be the greatest writer in the English language, died 400 years ago April 23, 1616 at the age of 52. ShakespearePicHis vast collection of works include 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and a few longer poems. Performed more than those of any other playwright, his plays have been translated into every major language.

Theater companies and other organizations from all over the world have planned special commemorations during 2016.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon is commissioning 36 playwrights to translate his plays into contemporary modern English between now and December 31, 2018.

If you’re up for a trip to Great Britain, Shakespeare’s England will play host to a range of new openings and exhibitions to celebrate the Bard’s lasting legacy. These include a new immersive theatrical exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Company and a reimagining of Shakespeare’s final home at New Place.

And Castro Valley Library is getting in on the action.

We’ve invited the Livermore Shakespeare Festival to preview their 2016 season here at the Library. Join us Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm when actors from Livermore Shakes will give you an inside look at the preparations for the outdoor production of The Tempest. The preview will also include their production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion adapted by Jennifer Le Blanc.

Scenes, insights, and a Q&A will prepare you for the shows at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room in Livermore running July 7 to August 7.

Please join us!

Meet 30 Authors at Our Book Fair by crselig2014
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:50 am
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Thirty writers will showcase their books at the Castro Valley Library’s Book Fair on Saturday, May 21 from 1 pm to 4 pm. This event will feature writers of fiction and nonfiction books in a wide variety of genres and topics. Patrons can chat with authors, buy signed books, enter a prize drawing, and enjoy light refreshments. No tickets are required for this free library event.

In addition to CVBookFair2015-1shopping for books, you’ll have a chance to learn about writing and publishing. Some of the authors also will be forming panels to discuss their experiences:

1 pm to 1:45 pm: “A Many-Splendored Thing: Romance Writing in All Its Variety”

2 pm to 2:45 pm: “The Independent Path: Lessons in Self-Publishing from Local Authors”

3 pm to 3:45 pm: “Creating Your Self-Help Book with Passion and Purpose”

Both professionally and independently published authors will be on hand. You could meet Camille Minichino, author of a series of mysteries based on the periodic table of elements. Felicia Quijano-Beck, a local high school student, will be offering her young adult fiction book. Jessica Okui will be selling her books about origami and crafting with Washi tape. Mark Vaz is the author of books on film history and popular culture. And C’Anna Bergman-Hill will be here with a memoir about her time as a special education teacher. Chris Guillory will offer a sci-fi thriller. And that’s just a sample!

The ever-expanding variety of ways for writers to get their work published in print and online means more people can put their stories out into the world. With this event the Castro Valley Library has become part of the pipeline from local authors to their readers. Please plan on stopping by to learn about the writers in our midst and be inspired by our vibrant literary community.

Staff Favorites II by crselig2014
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 3:39 pm
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Here’s another entry in our series of posts highlighting our staff members’ favorite books. Jessica is one of the Pages at the Library, and she makes sure the books are well organized on the shelves. As you can see from her selections below she’s got a soft spot for contemporary and classic fiction.


Guilty or Not? by crselig2014
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 11:15 am
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anatomyofinjusticePeople love controversial murder cases. You need to look no further than our fascination with the Serial podcast about Adnan Syed, the new television series on the OJ Simpson trial, and Netflix’s hit docu-drama Making a Murderer.

If you are looking for more such stories, check out these books. Click on the link for more information. They won’t disappoint!

Anatomy of Injustice: a Murder Case Gone Wrong by Raymond Bonner

Devil’s Knot: the True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt

Echoes in the Darkness by Joseph Wambaugh

Echoes of My Soul by Robert Tanenbaum

Getting Life: an Innocent Man’s 25-year Journey from Prison to Peace by Michael Morton

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham

Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Want Him Freed by Barry Siegel

Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald by Errol Morris

Book Trailers: Love ’em or hate ’em? by crselig2014
Monday, February 1, 2016, 3:57 pm
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Have you ever watched a book trailer? Like a movie trailer, a book trailer is designed to inform and excite us about an upcoming book release. And like movie trailers, some do a better job than others.

There has been a bit of controversy among bookish types about the whole idea of book trailers. A book trailer is built on images and sounds that we readers are supposed to be supplying with our imaginations, some say. Others think book trailers are fun and could generate interest in books and reading.

We’re not taking sides, but we thought it would be interesting to put together a few of our favorite book trailers. What do you think about the concept of book trailers? Click on the images to view the videos.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton


Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown


One More Thing by B.J. Novak


Crazy for Downton Abbey! by crselig2014
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 3:14 pm
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DowntonCastDownton Abbey, the runaway hit television series from Masterpiece Theatre, is now in its sixth and final season on PBS.

If you’ve never heard of Downton visit the Masterpiece web site for a synopsis and videos. But if you’re one of the show’s many fans, you might be looking for a book or two to get you through some lonely Sunday nights when the show bids us farewell on March 6.

Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator, recently wrote that his initial inspiration for the show came from To Marry an English Lord by Carol McD Wallace and Gail MacColl, which details the history of American heiresses who, like the fictional Cora Crawley, came to England to financially prop up landed gentry and earn titles such as countess or baroness.

The Alameda County Library has other Downtonesque titles, be they about the aristocracy upstairs or the servants downstairs, for your enjoyment. Click the links for more information.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Aristocrats: Power, Grace, and Decadence by Lawrence James

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir that Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell

English Country House Interiors by Jeremy Musson

Habits of the House by Fay Weldon (book 1 of the Love and Inheritance Trilogy)

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison

And for fans of Mr. Carson…The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Great Resources You Can Access from Home by crselig2014
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 4:19 pm
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Let’s say you’re a student who needs to do a report about alternative energy or write a persuasive speech about adoption or prepare for a classroom debate on capital punishment. Or let’s say you are an adult who needs ideas for the business plan for a new café or you want to learn more about child development. The Alameda County Library has excellent electronic books and electronic encyclopedias you can access from any computer to learn about all of these topics and more. It’s all available in our Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

The GVRL has more than 3500 books and encyclopedia volumes all online and easy to view from your home computer. You never have to wait to use them and more than one library patron can use these books at the same time.Gale-Virtual-Reference-Library-Pic

To access the GVRL you can click on the links on this page or start from the A-Z Resources list on our web page Once you are in the virtual library use the search box to enter key words or you can browse the books and encyclopedias by subject.

If you are completing a school assignment that requires print resources the GVRL is a great tool because everything in the GVRL is a book or encyclopedia. And if you need help creating a bibliography you can click on “citation tools” for each book and find the complete citation for that book in both APA and MLA style.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is just one of dozens of high quality online resources offered by the Alameda County Library. To see a full list of what we have available click here.


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