Castro Valley Library

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!

SJSU Intern Serenity Dean by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Libraries


serenity-dean.jpgSerenity Dean has been an intern here at the Castro Valley Library for the past four months, getting an opportunity to see what librarians really do before she graduates from Library School. She has been an invaluable help at the children’s reference desk, especially with our instant messaging online questions, and assisting with tasks and ideas for our many projects. Here is Serernity’s take on the experience!



My Internship at Castro Valley Library


As a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, one of the class options is an internship.  Since most traditional classes offer lots of theory and discussion but not much hands-on experience, internships are an excellent way to learn the real ins and outs of the library profession.  Students are responsible for defining their own learning objectives and setting up their internships based on those objectives.  A supervisor at the chosen location is required to help guide the student and report on his or her progress.


I was lucky enough to set up a 180 hour internship with Denise Baker, the Children’s Librarian at Castro Valley Library.  Denise has been a great mentor, allowing me to have a part in all aspects of her job.  Some of the things I’ve done include answering questions at the reference desk, supervising the volunteer-staffed Homework Center, helping with special programs, and providing reference services online through the “Ask Us!” feature on the library’s website. I have also spent lots of time weeding the worn and outdated items from the collection and reviewing new items for purchase.  I’ve attended lots of meetings for Children’s Services, Teen Services, and the Summer Reading Game Committee.  I even attended a Performer’s Showcase where magicians, clowns, storytellers, and other performers audition for spots in the summer event lineup at Alameda County libraries. 


I began my experience in January, and am now entering the home stretch of my time at Castro Valley, having clocked 165 hours to date.  I can’t say enough about how helpful this experience has been.  My other classes have taught me the ideas, ethics, and skills of librarianship, but my internship has helped solidify all that into real life experience.  I graduate in just two weeks, so keep an eye out for me – someday I might be your librarian!

Hand Painted Porcelain Display by carolynhope
Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Programs

Porcelain DisplayThe library is currently hosting a display of hand painted porcelain provided by the East Bay Porcelain Artists.  The display will be in the library’s display case until Saturday May 19th. 

The display case in the library is available to individuals and groups who want to display their art, hobbies, collections or other material.   Anyone wishing to reserve the case should contact the library.

The new library will have two display cases in the lobby each of which will be larger than the one we have now. 

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