Castro Valley Library

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!

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Reader Recommendations for August 12 by crselig2014
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:50 pm
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Our summer reading game drew to a close this past weekend. More than 80 people participated and entered book reviews for the prize drawing. Here are a few more recommendations from our patrons. Enjoy the waning days of summer and keep reading!

Debra recommends The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child. “Quite a thriller!” she writes, “Thought it was going to be a ghost story, but it was much more complex. Very interesting read!”

Jim found This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein very informative and writes that the book, “presents the various ways individuals and groups are fighting the fossil fuel companies on many fronts, including fracking, tar sands, and coal.”

Rebecca gave high marks to Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz. She called it “an enlightening book about how colleges have strayed off the path of teaching students to think for themselves and how colleges can find their way back to the true goals of education.”

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Reader Recommendations for August 5 by crselig2014
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 11:11 am
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This is the last week to join our special prize drawing for the adult summer reading program. Please stop by and fill out a review card. You’ll be entered in a drawing for a Trader Joe’s gift card!

Last week’s entrants had some good recommendations:

Cathy liked Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library writing “Wonderful book! Nice plot, several twists, and really funny.” Christie is always great, but really! That’s a bit of an unfortunate title for us here at the Castro Valley Library ;)

Regina gave an excellent review to Wonder by R.J. Palacio. She writes the book is a “well-written and inspiring story of perseverance and ‘not judging a book by its cover.’ The strength of character is amazing and truly shows love conquers all.” Wonder was written for children but many adult readers love this book!

Natasha is recommending Song of the Exile by Kiana Davenport and shares that is a “well-written descriptive book depicting family and romantic relationships before, during, and after World War II in Hawaii. There are grim and graphic descriptions of the horrors of being a ‘comfort girl’ abused by troops.”

Debra gave a good review to Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. The book is about a woman who has a traumatic brain injury. Debra says it’s an “interesting and engaging story about a little known condition and how it affected the character and her family. There are some good lessons to learn.”

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Reader Recommendations for July 29 by crselig2014
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Murder mysteries were popular this week among the contestants in our prize drawing. Check out these recommendations!

Don’t forget: there is still a week and a half left to win gift cards from local merchants in our special summer prize drawing. All you have to do to enter is give us a brief review on one of our special review cards available at the information desk.

Cathy gave a good rating to The Nitrogen Murder by Castro Valley author Camille Minichino. “I bought this book at the library’s local author fair. It was really good and I was able to get it signed. Nice twists!”

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid was reviewed by Debra who writes the book is “part history lesson, part love story, and part mystery with a shocking ending! Good read!”


Reader Recommendations for July 22 by crselig2014
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 1:09 pm
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Read on Castro Valley Library patrons!

Debra gave an excellent rating to Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. She writes the book is “hugely disturbing but an absolute must read. This story engages you in a heartfelt saga of the very horrific times during the 1960s in the deepest South. Graphic and highly charged, it is a chilling and complex story.”

Ann recommends The Private Patient by P.D. James, a prolific writer who passed away in 2014. The Private Patient was the last book in James’ popular series starring detective Adam Dalgliesh. Of the novel Ann writes, “it is complicated enough that I had to keep a list of suspects handy, but not as complicated as a spy or conspiracy novel where you have to follow the twists of the plot so closely. Beautifully written in the British style but set in the present. Satisfying for the detective-story lover.”

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