Castro Valley Library

“50 Shades” Read Alikes by crselig2014
Monday, February 23, 2015, 10:26 am
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British author E. L. James probably didn’t know she would hit the jackpot with her 2011 self-published ebook Fifty Shades of Grey. The erotic romance novel tells the story of the relationship between a college graduate, Anatasia Steele, and a successful businessman, Christian Grey, and includes explicit sex scenes featuring bondage, dominance, and sadism/masochism.

Though an unknown author without the backing of a publisher, James and her early fans used book blogs and word of mouth recommendations to grow readership. By 2012 the story had become popular enough to draw the attention of Vintage Books, which then published the Fifty Shades trilogy. A film adaptation of the first book was released earlier this month.

While critics have generally panned the book for poor writing, its popularity is undeniable. It has been a best-seller in the U.S. and around the world, selling more than 100 million copies. So if you’re one of those millions of fans, and you’re looking for a similar book to read, consider these titles that are available at the Alameda County Library:

  • The Age of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal
  • Belinda by Anne Rampling (Anne Rice)
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • Belong to Me by Shayla Black
  • Be Mine by Laura Kasischke
  • Chemical Pink by Kate Arnoldi
  • Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission by Alison Tyler
  • Diary of a Submissive: A Modern True Tale of Sexual Awakening by Sophie Morgan
  • The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
  • Exit to Eden by Anne Rampling (Anne Rice)
  • His to Command by Opal Carew
  • Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning
  • In the Cut by Susanna Moore
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
  • Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  • Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh
  • Never the Face: A Story of Desire by Ariel Sands
  • Never Too Much by Lori Foster
  • Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Sleeping Beauty trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  • Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks

New Adult Novels by crselig2014
Monday, February 9, 2015, 10:27 am
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Many publishers have added a new category of books to their offerings over the past few years. The so-called New Adult (NA) line is a category of books written about the experiences of 18- to 25-year-olds joining the adult world.

According to an article on NA books in the Library Journal by Jane Jorgensen, NA books are often super dramatic, emotionally powerful, and contain strong sexual content.

Some of these books, such as those by Jamie McGuire and Tammara Webber, were first self-published online. Their success drew the attention of publishing houses and the new category was born. There are still more NA titles offered as digital books than there are print books.

While readers in this age group are reading Young Adult novels and novels with older protagonists, the growing popularity of the NA line shows that these readers want stories they can call their own.

If you are interested in reading titles in this category, here are a few that the Alameda County Library system has to offer…

  • Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack
  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  • When We Met by A.L. Jackson and others
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  • Frigid by J. Lynn Virgin by Radhika Sanghani
  • Easy by Tammara Webber
  • Deeper by Robin York

Get to Know Authors with “Foreword” by crselig2014
Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:21 pm
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There are many ways to get to know your favorite authors, from interviews in magazines and on television to personal web sites and author events at book stores. Now the blogging platform Medium is offering author interviews that they hope will be unique.

In Medium’s new digital series “Foreword” author Kelly Corrigan (The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter & Glue) conducts interviews with authors that typically focus on everything but their books and the craft of writing. In a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Corrigan said Foreword “is like if Comedy Central was crossed with TED talks—and they served drinks.” She adds that she doesn’t want this show to simply be another stop in the author’s book tour.

In the first “webisode” B. J. Novak, writer for the “The Office” and author of One More thing: Stories and Other Stories and the children’s book The Book With No Pictures, deeply explores the connection between humor and the dark side. Touching only briefly on his own books, the show allows viewers get to know Novak through his philosophy on comedy. The resulting interview is thoughtful, poignant, and, of course, funny.

Corrigan is an insightful and playful interviewer, which lends a lively tone to the show. New episodes will appear weekly through March. Upcoming guests include Mary Roach, John Cleese, and Margaret Atwood.

In Memoriam: Authors We Lost in 2014 by crselig2014
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 4:28 pm
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As another year passes, let’s take a moment to remember some of the amazing authors who died in 2014.

Norman Bridwell (February 15, 1928 – December 12, 2014)

The American author and cartoonist best known for the Clifford the Big Read Dog children’s series.

P.D. James (August 3, 1920 – November 27, 2014)

The British crime writer who rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.

Nadine Gordimer (November 20, 1923 – July 13, 2014)

The South African writer, political activist, and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Walter Dean Myers (August 12, 1937 – July 1, 2014)

An award-winning American writer of books for children and teens including Fallen Angels and Sunrise Over Fallujah.

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

An award-winning American author of autobiographies,essays, poetry, and plays, perhaps best known for her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 6, 1927 – April 17, 2014)

The Colombian novelist, journalist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature best known for his books Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude.







Join one of our book clubs! by crselig2014
Monday, December 29, 2014, 11:51 am
Filed under: Books, Programs

Need a good New Year’s resolution? Join one of the great book clubs at the Castro Valley Library.

When you join a book club you’ll get to know people in your community and be exposed to new books and perspectives. Take it from a librarian, reading provides mental stimulation by expanding your vocabulary, increasing your analytical skills, and improving your focus and concentration. Plus our book clubs are fun!

The Library has four free book clubs to choose from.

If you love a good mystery, join the Mystery Book Club for a lively discussion of classic and current crime fiction. The club is facilitated by best-selling mystery writer, Camille Minichino, a Castro Valley resident, on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Drop in or contact Ms. Minichino at

Our eBestseller Book Club is for adults interested in getting a taste of reading eBooks on a Library-owned NOOK tablet. Attend the first meeting on February 10th to receive your NOOK tablet and learn how to use it. Then on March 10th, April 14th, and May 14th at 6:30 pm the group will meet to discuss a bestselling book preloaded on the NOOKs. Advance registration is required, so come to the Library to sign up and learn about the requirements for participation. This book club is limited to 12 people. Contact Chris Selig at for more information.

In the Parent-Child Book Club, parents read and discuss the same books as their sons and daughters. The conversations can bring families closer together and foster community with other families. The club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 pm and is recommended for ages 9 to 12. Stop by the Library to sign up and learn about upcoming dates and titles.

Lastly there’s the original Castro Valley Library Book Club for adults who want to read and discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction selected by club members and librarians. This book club meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At the next meeting on Tuesday, January 27th we’ll be discussing A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Stop by the Library to sign up or just drop in. Contact Chris Selig at for more information.

The Library is located at 3600 Norbridge Avenue. Call us at 510-667-7900 for more information.

International Games Day by librarianmama
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:06 pm
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International-Games-Day-LogoINTERNATIONAL GAMES DAY

@ the Castro Valley Library

Saturday, November 15th

Noon – 2pm

All kinds of games will be available to try out, including video and board games.

This is a family event, all ages welcome.

No registration necessary

Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley.

Children 7yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult

CV Game Library is a local organization that provides access to games at a small lifetime fee:

Lego Club at the Castro Valley Library, Saturday May 17th @ 1pm by librarianmama
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:11 pm
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IMG_0410Join us for some building fun this Saturday @ 1pm!

All ages welcome.  See link below for more information.



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