Castro Valley Library

Just Jazz: A Spring/Summer Jazz Series by crselig2014
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:42 pm
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A afternoon of jazz at the Library! Make that two. How about four!?!

Join us! All programs are free and require no tickets.

Swing Into Spring, Saturday, May 5, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

In Full Swing is a 20-piece big band under the direction of Milt Bowerman. You’ll want to get up and dance!

Cole Swings Cole, Sunday, May 20, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Enjoy the music of Nat King Cole with the George Cole Trio featuring vocalist/guitarist George Cole, pianist Richard Nelson Hall, and bassist Carla Kaufman.

Magic of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Sunday, June 10, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Accomplished jazz vocalist and Castro Valley resident Mitch Green teams up with The Benny Watson Trio for a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Dave Rocha Trio, Sunday, July 8, 2 pm to 3 pm

Local trumpet player Dave Rocha and his band play an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and original compositions including up-tempo bebop, swing, blues, Latin jazz, and ballads.




Bookleggers make magic! by crselig2014
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:20 am
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BookleggingThirdGradeIf you love kids and books and you’re looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity, consider becoming at Castro Valley Booklegger.

Bookleggers make magic! They are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting independent reading by children. Bookleggers visit K to 5 classrooms in the Castro Valley Unified School District to share great books, including exciting adventures, suspenseful mysteries, hilarious comedies and eye-popping nonfiction.

In the past year, Bookleggers have presented in more than 60 classrooms across the District. The teachers and students love it when the Bookleggers come to visit.

The Orientation Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. At the meeting you will meet library staff, get a demonstration of Booklegging, learn about the training program, and understand the commitment necessary to be an outstanding Booklegger.

During the training, which starts the following week on April 17, you’ll learn booktalking and storytelling skills. You’ll pair those skills with your talents and passion to connect kids and books.

Please RSVP for the Orientation Meeting by emailing


Join us at the Kick Off for Castro Valley Reads! by crselig2014
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 1:56 pm
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Staff Favorites IV by crselig2014
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:54 pm
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VacationersHere’s another entry in our Staff Favorites series. These recommendations come from Paige Kelly, our newest library employee. Paige is a CV mom and a graduate student working on her degree to become a librarian.

Engaging adult books…

Zero Day by David Balducci (John Puller Series)

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coban (Myron Bolitar Series)

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next Series)

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque

His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Awesome children’s picture books…

The Other Side of Town by Jon Agee (picture book)

Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (picture book)

A great title for parents…

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep by Marc Weissbluth M.D.

Castro Valley Reads! It’s Coming! by crselig2014
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:11 pm
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CV Reads Teaser 1

Happy Anniversary to The Princess Bride by crselig2014
Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:15 pm
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“When I was your age, television was called books!”

September 25, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the beloved movie The Princess Bride. It’s a movie close to many librarians’ hearts because it begins with a grandfather reading to his grandson. The grandson is reluctant to listen to his grandfather; he’s worried there will be too much kissing in the book! But he becomes devoted to the story by the end, proving the power of a good story to engage.

To many of us this swashbuckling tale of love, adventure and heroism is a cult classic with a slew of quotable lines that delight.

Buttercup: You mock my pain!
Man in Black: Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?

The Library has the movie on DVD and copies of the book by William Goldman upon which the movie is based. We also recommend a wonderful web site to help you relive the charm featuring trivia, swag, and games.

Cary Elwes, who plays our hero Westley, has written a great book of insider info called As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. Request it the next time you’re in the Library.

“Have fun storming the castle!”

“Whichbook” to read next? by crselig2014
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:48 pm
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At the Alameda County Library we’re happy to help you find a great book. Don’t hesitate to ask your librarian for help.

But if you like to do your own research, there are many tools that can help.

One of them is Whichbook. Whichbook was created by a British organization focused on Library innovation. It provides a unique online book browsing tool to help you choose your next read.

Whichbook helps you figure out what kind of books are appealing to you. It doesn’t ask about your favorite authors or titles. Instead it asks you to determine what aspects of the story make you love a book.

For example, do you want a book to be funny or sad? Gentle or violent? Easy or demanding? Optimistic or bleak? Expected or unpredictable? These aspects and others are presented as ranges, rather than simply extremes. You can set the tool to find books that are somewhat funny, somewhat gentle, and somewhat unpredictable. It really makes you think about your taste in reading material.

You can also explore books based on different types of plots, characters, and settings.

Whichbook gets our seal of approval!

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