Castro Valley Library

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.

Covered California Open Enrollment by crselig2014
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10:58 am
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CoveredCaliforniaLogoThe Alameda County Library will once again be offering an opportunity for people to enroll in a health insurance program with the help of representatives from Covered California.

Covered California helps Californians get brand-name health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It’s the only place to get federal premium assistance to help you buy private insurance. You may qualify for a discount on private insurance, or get health insurance through the state’s Medi-Cal program.

Castro Valley Library will host representatives on the following Saturdays:

–November 21, 11 am to 2 pm

–December 5, 11 am to 2 pm

–December 19, 11 am to 2 pm

–January 16, 11 am to 2 pm

All are welcome on a first come, first served basis.

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

–Proof of citizenship (naturalization certificate or green card if applicable)

–Proof of address (ID card or utility bill)

–Proof of household income (tax form or pay stubs)

–Social Security numbers

Assistance will be available at other library branches as well. Contact each branch individually for specific dates and times.

Click here for more information about Covered California.

Price Your Antiques for Free Online! by crselig2014
Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:59 pm
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The Alameda County Library has added a valuable new resource for our patrons. It’s called Price It! Antiques and Collectibles. It’s the ultimate online resource for pricing antiques and collectibles, and it’s free with with your library card.

Price It! is a comprehensive database for identifying, researching, and pricing art, jewelry, antiques and collectibles of all kinds. It contains more than 23 million records and more than 10 million images. It’s updated regularly, with new sales records added each month. Sources include online auctions such as eBay, online retail sites such as GoAntiques and TIAS, and information from auction houses.

It’s easy to use. All you need are search terms that describe your item. You can limit your search criteria as desired.

There also are hundreds of articles on topics related to the field as well as a directory of collecting clubs based around the world. It’s an excellent resource for collectors.

Join the eBestseller Book Club! by crselig2014
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 12:43 pm
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Enjoy the use of a Nook eReader for three months! This is your chance to join a book club that reads only recent bestsellers and experience reading on a library owned tablet all for free!

ereaderAttend the first meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 pm to receive and learn about the Nook.

The group will meet on November 10, December 8, and January 12 from 7 pm to 8 pm to discuss a best-selling digital book preloaded on the Nook.

At the last meeting, after the book discussion, the Nooks are returned to the library.

Participation is limited to 12 people per session and advance registration is required. Please come to the Library’s information desk to sign up today!

Staff Favorites I by crselig2014
Thursday, September 3, 2015, 12:45 pm
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I asked some of our staff members to tell me the names of their favorite books to help inspire our patrons. First up is our teen services librarian, Nathan. He enjoys historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure. Click on the photos to see the books in our catalog. Happy Reading!

lordofsilverbow kingsgambitgatesoffire

Gatsby_1925_jacket atlantisfoundcurseoftreasureThreeMusketeers


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