Castro Valley Library

Learning about the Olympic Games by crselig2014
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 10:53 am
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The Summer Olympic Games are coming up! They begin on August 5 and will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whether you’re an Olympics junkie or interested in the games for the first time, the Alameda County Library has some reading for you. Clicking on the titles will lead you to our catalog.

Books for Kids

G is for Gold Medal: an Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog

A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times by Benson Bobrick

What are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman

Olympics Record Breakers by Jo-Ann Barnas

Gymnastics by Allan Morey

Great Moments in Olympic Swimming & Diving by Karen Rosen

Books for Adults

The Olympics’ Strangest Moments: Extraordinary But True Tales from the History of the Olympic Games by Geoff Tibballs

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway

Igniting the Flame: America’s First Olympic Team by Jim Reisler

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap

The 2016 Summer Reading Game Begins! by crselig2014
Monday, June 13, 2016, 11:14 am
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ReadFortheWinBannerAlameda County Library’s annual Summer Reading Game, READ FOR THE WIN, begins June 13. There will be separate games for Pre-readers, Kids, Teens and Adults. And this year patrons can play online by registering at

Library patrons can sign up at any of the Alameda County Library’s branches, including Castro Valley, to play the traditional paper-based Summer Reading Game. Online players can simply visit to register. All players will keep track of time spent reading and completing fun activities.

And of course there will be prizes and free books for finishers, in addition to exciting raffle prizes for Teens and Adults at each branch! Adults who finish the game are automatically entered into a drawing for a FitBit health and fitness tracker and teen finishers will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro camera.

Summer reading programs are an important part of library programming because evidence shows that children typically regress academically over the long summer holiday.  And, youth who practice their reading skills over the summer break return to school better equipped to continue their studies.  Adult participation is critical because research shows the best way to get your children to read is to let them see you reading.

This program is presented by the Alameda County Library, with support from the Alameda County Library Foundation.  Other sponsors include the Chabot Space and Science Center, The Lawrence Hall of Science, LEGOLAND, Oakland Athletics, and GoPro.

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



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