Castro Valley Library

SimplyE Makes eBooks Simple! by crselig2014
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:17 pm
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If you like reading eBooks on your phone or tablet, we’ve got a great new app for you called SimplyE!

We’re proud to be the first Bay Area Library to provide the SimplyE App to our patrons. SimplyE gives Alameda County Library card holders one interface to Browse, Borrow, and Read our entire collection of eBooks. The app brings together titles from our eBook providers, including OverDrive, Cloud Library, RBdigital, and Enki.

With one login and as few as 3 clicks, you can start discovering and reading our entire collection of nearly 100,000 eBooks.

With the SimplyE app you can:

  • Find eBooks in one place
  • Borrow eBooks instantly
  • Read eBooks on the app

SimplyE works for Apple iOS and Android devices. And while it does not include our large collection of eAudioBooks, it greatly simplifies the eBook experience.

More information about getting started with SimplyE can by found by clicking here.

Enjoy! And please call us at the reference desk if you have more questions, 510-667-7900.


Join the Summer Reading Game Today! by crselig2014
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 3:40 pm
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SRGLogoReading Takes You Everywhere at the Library this summer! The Alameda County Library’s Summer Reading Game begins on Monday, June 11.

You can play online or play on paper. For the online game click here. To play the game the old-school way and log your reading on our fun paper game board, visit your nearest branch library.

You’ll be earning points for reading and participating in activities. You can earn great prizes and be entered into weekly and grand prize drawings!

We have reading games for everyone, ages 0 to 100 plus! Please join us!

Just Jazz: A Spring/Summer Jazz Series by crselig2014
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:42 pm
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A afternoon of jazz at the Library! Make that two. How about four!?!

Join us! All programs are free and require no tickets.

Swing Into Spring, Saturday, May 5, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

In Full Swing is a 20-piece big band under the direction of Milt Bowerman. You’ll want to get up and dance!

Cole Swings Cole, Sunday, May 20, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Enjoy the music of Nat King Cole with the George Cole Trio featuring vocalist/guitarist George Cole, pianist Richard Nelson Hall, and bassist Carla Kaufman.

Magic of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Sunday, June 10, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Accomplished jazz vocalist and Castro Valley resident Mitch Green teams up with The Benny Watson Trio for a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Dave Rocha Trio, Sunday, July 8, 2 pm to 3 pm

Local trumpet player Dave Rocha and his band play an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and original compositions including up-tempo bebop, swing, blues, Latin jazz, and ballads.



Bookleggers make magic! by crselig2014
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:20 am
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BookleggingThirdGradeIf you love kids and books and you’re looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity, consider becoming at Castro Valley Booklegger.

Bookleggers make magic! They are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting independent reading by children. Bookleggers visit K to 5 classrooms in the Castro Valley Unified School District to share great books, including exciting adventures, suspenseful mysteries, hilarious comedies and eye-popping nonfiction.

In the past year, Bookleggers have presented in more than 60 classrooms across the District. The teachers and students love it when the Bookleggers come to visit.

The Orientation Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. At the meeting you will meet library staff, get a demonstration of Booklegging, learn about the training program, and understand the commitment necessary to be an outstanding Booklegger.

During the training, which starts the following week on April 17, you’ll learn booktalking and storytelling skills. You’ll pair those skills with your talents and passion to connect kids and books.

Please RSVP for the Orientation Meeting by emailing


Join us at the Kick Off for Castro Valley Reads! by crselig2014
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 1:56 pm
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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.

Castro Valley Reads! It’s Coming! by crselig2014
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:11 pm
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CV Reads Teaser 1

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