Castro Valley Library

Public Art Photos by Susan
Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 12:55 am
Filed under: Public Art

Click here to view CSV Public Art ProposalsProposals for public artwork at the future library are now on display.

We are working in collaboration with the Alameda County Arts Commission (ACAC) on the new library’s  Library Public Art Program. Stop by the library to talk a look at the 26 semi-finalists’ proposals. After you’ve had a chance to see them you are welcome to submit comments at the Reference desk in person or through our blog. Click here to preview the proposals. The photos are arranged in five collections. Each collection has one set for each artist.

It would be most helpful to us is you focused your comments around the following:

Describe why this artist may or may not be a good match for the project.

Consider the theme, the artistic style, and materials, the larger community, and the specific location of the artwork in or around the library.

Your comments will be considered by the Art Selection Panel when they reconvene this summer. The collection of comments is not a vote, but will be taken into consideration by the panels.

As with all comments on our blog, we expect comments about the artwork to be given with courtesy and respect of others. The last day to submit comments through the blog is July 4.

Homework Help! by deniseqbaker
Monday, May 21, 2007, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Children

While our Homework Assistance Center will be closing soon for the summer, Live Homework Help never takes a day off! You can get free help from real, live tutors right from the library via the Internet!  Live Homework Help is available for 4th – 12th grade and college introductory level students from 1:00-10:00pm every day, even during the summer!  This program connects students to a real live tutor.  Children and young adults visiting the library simply log in via a link on the Alameda County website homepage. Those at home will have to log in with their library card number first, and then enter their grade level and the subject they need help in. They will be connected to an expert tutor within a few minutes. Students can receive help in math, science, social studies or English.  If you’d like to learn more about the program, please call the library at 510-670-6280. We will be able to expand the Homework Center at our new library, where we will have 1,000 square feet devoted to a Learning Center!

Digging up the creek by carolynhope
Saturday, May 19, 2007, 5:40 pm
Filed under: Building site

creek-05-07.jpgHere is a the lastest photo of the daylighting of the creek next to the new library.  The work continues and should be completed in August.  When the new library opens there will be views of the creek from window seats in the children’s area and from the outside terrace off of the meeting room.  An amphitheater at the base of the creek will be available for educational activities and children’s programs.

Computer Guts! by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs

j0401976.jpgHave you ever wondered what is really inside your computer? Come to the “Computer Guts” workshop and find out. You will learn what makes a computer tick. See the inside of a hard drive. Help deconstruct a computer and put it back together. This hands-on learning experience recommended for kids 8-12 will be conducted by computer technician Tracy Baker of Hidden Connections on Saturday, May 19th at 2pm. Space is limited, so call now to register at 510-670-6280.

Mystery Authors Night coming May 22 by library1.5
Monday, May 14, 2007, 6:37 pm
Filed under: Books, Programs

mystery-display-05-07.jpgCastro Valley patrons check out well over a thousand mysteries each month. We mystery readers eagerly anticipate the next installment from our favorite mystery writers.  We like these predictable stories combining character, crime and geography that wrap up in a tidy ending where ( most of the time) all is resolved. Check out our current display of mystery titles including those by the three authors who will be appearing May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Friends of the Library Mystery Author’s Night: Ann Parker, Simon Wood and Hailey Lind. The popular annual program will be moderated by Camille Minichino, past president of  Northern California Sisters in Crime, and author of Oxygen Murder (2006) and others in the periodic table series. If you need advice about that mystery manuscript you’d like to publish or if you just love reading mysteries, join us next Tuesday evening. The authors will talk about their own works and the creative process, and give insider tips in dealing with the high stakes publishing world

Did we break ground? by carolynhope
Thursday, May 10, 2007, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries

bulldozer-05-07.jpg you’ve Have you seen bulldozers, trucks, and workers at the new library site, and wondered if we broke ground without alerting the Castro Valley community?  We haven’t.  The daylighting of the creek next to the library has begun. We are expecting the creek construction to be completed by the end of summer.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, drive by and take a look.

Self Checkout Machines by carolynhope
Thursday, May 10, 2007, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Libraries

self-checkout-machine.jpgDid you know that last month 55% of customers at the Castro Valley Libary chose to use the Library’s self-check out machines to check-out their materials? Kids especially appreciate the high tech user friendly machines. You can choose to read instructions to help guide you through the process in English, Chinese or Spanish.  And when you are through you’ll get a printed receipt that lists the materials checked out to you,  and the dates they are due back at the library.  Of course our staff are available to all who prefer the human touch.  They can check-out your materials, or help you to use the self-checkout machine.  The current library has 2 self-checkout machines,  and the new library will have at least 3 to help with the increased circulation we are expecting.

Orchids: Everything about them! by library1.5
Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Programs

orchids.jpgProfessor Steve Klitzing brought his orchid program to an appreciative roomful of experienced and would-be orchid growers last night. The computer engineer, game designer, and former college professor has turned an orchid growing pastime into an entertaining workshop that has been held at venues all over the Bay Area.  We learned  growing techniques and troubleshooting. (They like to be slightly pot bound, don’t want to be soggy, and should be fertilized reguarly with half strength solution, among other things). Professor Steve, who has also flirted with a career in stand-up comedy, brought with him  an array of beautiful and interesting plants to illustrate his points. At the end of the program, he delighted the audience when he spread newspaper on a large table in the meeting room,  broke open an overgrown 5 gallon pot of cymbidiums,  flared up his torch to sterilize his cutting tools, and began to demonstrate the proper techniques for dividing the plant. Soon everyone was involved and had an opportunity to try a little hands- on orchid propagation. Nearly everyone went home with a starter plant!

by deniseqbaker
Monday, May 7, 2007, 11:22 pm
Filed under: Children

Omar and EdmondOur high school volunteers lend a hand in many ways—getting books and videos back on the shelves and assisting in the Homework
Center after school. We will also need many volunteers this summer to help with the Summer Reading Game. Kids going into the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades who want to volunteer should attend an orientation session on Tuesday, June 5th, Thursday, June 7th or Monday, June 11th from 3:30 to 4:30 to find out how to get involved. Their reward for helping will be an end of summer party—and a lot of fun along the way!

Wireless Internet by carolynhope
Thursday, May 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Libraries

joseoh-wilson-wireless-internet.jpgThe Castro Valley Library has free wireless internet available to anyone with an Alameda County Library card.  Joseph Wilson is taking advantage of it.  Unfortunately we have very few electrical outlets in our old building.  The new library will have wireless internet throughout and plenty of electrical outlets!

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