Castro Valley Library


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.

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



Libby by Overdrive by crselig2014
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 12:44 pm
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libby300Many of our patrons have discovered our huge collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can access thousands of titles using a mobile device, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home using your library card. Plus no more late fees! Digital books return themselves.

Now, Overdrive, our biggest vendor for eBooks, has updated their app to make access to these materials even easier. The new app is called Libby. Anyone with an an Android (4.4+) or an Apple iOS device (IOS 9+) or a PC (Windows 10+) or Windows Tablet (10+) can give it a try.

Overdrive has created a helpful video to introduce Libby. Click here to watch it. You can stop by the Information Desk to get detailed instructions to start using Libby or you can download the instructions by clicking here.

 

 

 



Summer Reading Game and Fine Forgiveness! by crselig2014
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:48 am
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Join the Alameda County Summer Reading Game today! All ages are invited. Our brand new game is entirely online and easy to use.

Click here to go to the registration page.

You will earn points by logging the number of minutes you read and by completing activities. Your points will earn you free books and a chance to join our grand prize drawing. The game runs from June 1 to September 15.

We’ll also feature two weeks of Fine Forgiveness! If you have fines for overdue items simply return the items from June 12 to June 25 and we’ll forgive the fines. Or if you have old late fees from items you’ve already returned, just stop by or call us during June 12 to June 25 and ask us to remove those fines. More information can be found here.

We hope this fine forgiveness period will allow many members to reconnect with the library and enjoy all that we have to offer!

 



Reading Without Walls: Challenge Yourself by crselig2014
Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:39 pm
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In April, Gene Luen Yang, a best-selling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, launched Reading Without Walls Month, which will become an annual event.

The aim is to encourage young people to explore the world through books and celebrate diversity in children’s books. The key ways Reading Without Walls does this is by challenging young people to do one of three things:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like them or live like them.
  • Read a book about a topic they don’t know much about.
  • Read a book in a format they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audiobook, a graphic novel or a book in verse.

“We want to use Reading Without Walls as a way of getting kids to read outside of their comfort zone,” Yang comments, emphasizing that most people have a comfort zone whether they realize it or not. This is a long-lasting problem, not something new–even though it seems very topical. Books are a solution to comfort zones and can lead readers to open up to people they might not have otherwise. “One of the primary functions of books is to build empathy between people,” he says. “And empathy is good for you.” He emphasizes, too, that his challenge applies to adults as well as young readers.

Yang notes that early on books helped him get out of his comfort zone, and lately he’s noticed another comfort zone. “I’ve been reading the news that’s fed to me,” Yang explains. “Some algorithm figures out what makes me feel good and makes it so that I have to actively find news outside my comfort zone.”

Se we here at the Castro Valley Library want to challenge all of our patrons from all age groups to read outside of your comfort zones and explore literature from a diverse group of authors. Please let us know if you’d like some book recommendations. We’re here to help.

This post is adapted from the Shelf Awareness newsletter dated March 16, 2017.




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