Castro Valley Library

Reader Recommendations for June 30 by crselig2014
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 4:29 pm
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MrsPoeart-of-racing-in-the-rainthe-count-of-monte-cristoHere are a few more recommendations from our library patrons who have joined our Summer Reading Prize Drawing. Click on the tiles for more information.

Jennifer is a fan of Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. She says this story of Frances Osgood’s ill-fated relationship with Edgar Allen Poe is rich in detail and full of suspense.

Melissa loved The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein so much, she bought it after checking it out from the library!

Margaret went back to the classics and reviewed The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. She appreciated the way Dumas intertwined the characters’ lives and how the plot kept her hooked. “This is a great book,” she wrote, “much better than the movie.”

Reader Recommendations for June 23 by crselig2014
Monday, June 22, 2015, 5:54 pm
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Don’t forget! You can join our Summer Reading Game for adults. If you give us a book review, we will enter you in a prize drawing for gift cards from local merchants. We got some great reviews this week from our frequent patrons. Click on each book title to learn more.

LanguageOfFlowersHaileysWar3Pearl gave an excellent rating to The Blood of Flowers by Iranian author Anita Amirrezvani, writing “I found it hard to put down.”

June highly recommends Caroline Lazo’s Freedom Writer, which tells about the personal life of prolific author Alice Walker.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh earned an excellent rating from Melissa. She writes that it brought tears to her eyes.

FreedomWriterBloodOfFlowersLastly, Ann wants to recommend Hailey’s War by Jodi Compton. It’s a detective thriller set in California. “Light enough to read at the gym; intriguing enough to keep you wanting more,” says Ann.

Reader Recommendations for June 17 by crselig2014
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 4:38 pm
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As part of our Summer Reading Game for adults we are asking participants to share book reviews with us.

TimeKeeper_cover_frontAvineet gave an excellent rating to The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. She writes, “it makes you think about things you normally wouldn’t think about, such as how man is the only creature on this planet that counts time.”

scarletletterMichelle reviewed the classic The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. She actually listened to the audiobook version and writes that it gave the story a “whole new flair!”

Summer Reading Program Prize Drawing for Adults! by crselig2014
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 3:57 pm
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We have a summer reading program for adults too! Beginning June 8 adults can pick up book review cards at the Castro Valley Library Information Desk. By giving us a brief review of any book or audiobook you will be entered in a prize drawing for great gift cards from local merchants.

You can enter one card per week from June 8 to August 9 for a total of 9 chances to win! The prizes are $20 gift cards from Chipotle, Lucca Italian Delicatessen, Loard’s Ice Cream, Cafe Rumi, Swiss Delices, Knudsen’s Ice Creamery, Top Thai, Karin Johnson Specialty Cakes, and Trader Joe’s. Plus the winner each week will get a $10 gift card from the Friends of the Library Book Store. This prize drawing and all of our summer programs are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Library!

Please stop by the Information Desk beginning June 8 for complete details.

Use “Novelist” to Find Your Next Great Read by crselig2014
Monday, May 4, 2015, 1:42 pm
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Not sure what to read next? We have a great online tool that will help you find your next book. It’s called “Novelist,” and it’s a powerful database of books and authors with many ways to search for what you want.

You can find Novelist in our A to Z Resource List. For children’s books choose Novelist K-8. For young adult and adult titles click on Novelist+. You’ll need to have your library card handy if you are accessing Novelist from your home computer.

Once you are logged in you have a lot of great choices.

Search for a book title and you can find a description of the plot plus book reviews. The description will also tell you about the themes covered in the book plus its tone and writing style.

Let’s say you loved the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and you want to read something similar. You can type Gone Girl in the Novelist search field. Below the title Gone Girl in the results list you will see choices for “Title Read-alikes” for books similar to Gone Girl and “Author Read-alikes” for writers similar to Gillian Flynn. If something in the list appeals to you, check our library catalog for availability.

Novelist also has many lists of recommended titles in many specific genres such as Historical Mysteries, Holiday Romances, and Humorous Fantasy just to name a few. You can access these genre lists on the left side of Novelist web page or by clicking on “Spotlight On…Genres” at the top of the page. Plus you can see dozens of lists of award winning books if you click on “Spotlight On…Awards” at the top of the web page.

Please take advantage of Novelist. It’s a book lover’s dream.

Read On! A New Podcast from Your Alameda County Librarians! by crselig2014
Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:05 pm
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Surprise! Librarians love books and love to talk about books! So a few of your local librarians at the Alameda County Library have created a new podcast: Read On!

The first episode has just hit the airwaves. Click here to find it.

In Episode 1, we answer the burning questions. Is it possible to rewrite Jane Austen? Can you turn an edgy memoir into a network sitcom? And just what is so great about Hemingway, anyway?

Bill of Fare

  • Forthcoming Books: Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith, published 4/7/15. Reviewed by Christianne Selig and Kate Eppler
  • Book to Screen: Fresh Off the Boat, by Eddie Huang – and Fresh Off the Boat, ABC. Reviewed by Natalie McCall and Kate Eppler
  • Killing the Classics: Hemingway, reviewed by Natalie McCall and Christianne Selig
  • 5 Facts for April: presented by Elisa Collacott

So please listen on to “Read On.”RecordingPic

Reader Recommendations by crselig2014
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 12:48 pm
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I asked two of our frequent patrons what books they would recommend to others. Here’s what they told me…

CL said, “I can’t choose favorites, but three authors whose stories seem to stick with me are John Irving, Nick Hornby, and Charles Dickens.”

Ann said, “Insane City by Dave Barry is the funniest book I ever read.”



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