Castro Valley Library

World eBook Fair by library1.5
Thursday, June 28, 2007, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Books, Libraries

worldebooks2.jpgThere seems to be no real danger of print books becoming obsolete any time soon, but each year more and more books are available full text somewhere online. The Alameda County Library includes thousands of e-books from Net Library in the Library catalog, Safari Tech computer books are available for all the latest computer applications and operations, and last year ACL joined with other California libraries in a consortium that offers downloadable audio books. Click here to find out more about these services from the Library.  From July 4-August 4, over half a million titles in 100 languages will be offered free on line at the World e-book Fair. You may not want to curl up with your laptop to read the next hot bestseller, but check out this e-book extravaganza and get a glimpse of the future of publishing.

Reading Buddies! by deniseqbaker
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs

Kayla and Gianna

“Reading Buddies” can help you improve your reading skills this summer. Or if you are not reading yet, a Kid Power Reading Buddy will read you a fun story. The time spent reading with them counts toward your Summer Reading Game progress, too! Stop by the library this Thursday between 2pm and 4pm while our volunteers are there.  They have made a commitment to help you read better!

Wow! by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 2:59 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs

Castro Valley kids are signing up for Summer Reading–so far, 675 have registered for “Get a Clue”! We have 105 Kid Power volunteers who are helping out with the signups, spinning and stamping and with a new Reading Buddies program. Reading Buddies volunteers are sharing their love of reading with younger children. They either listen to children practice their reading or read aloud to younger kids. Reading Buddies read together every Thursday this summer from 2:00-4:00pm.

We have an outstanding lineup of entertainers every Monday afternoon at 2pm. Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat were here this week. Their magic show was fun-filled with juggling, acrobatics, mind-reading and the baffling rope escape in the photo. They are also training their dog, Papillon, who is only four months old, to do tricks. He showed us that he can already “high five” and jump through a hoop. Dan and Kat stayed after the show to teach some magic tricks to the kids who attended.  Funny man Bob Kann brings his “The Amazing Library” show here on Monday, June 25th. Be there!

Dan & Kat’s rope escape

Summer Reading Game has begun! by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs


Registration has started for the “Get a Clue!” summer reading game, so come in and get a game board, check out some books, and get reading! Our Kid Power volunteers are ready to sign you up, explain how to play the game, and help with the spinning and stamping that gets you to the prize levels. In addition to the County-wide prizes, Castro Valley Library game players have a special additional prize, thanks to the generosity of Aran’s Colour and Glaze Studio at 3330 Village Drive. And check our Eventkeeper for fun and free summer events on Mondays at 2pm.

by carolynhope
Monday, June 11, 2007, 8:27 pm
Filed under: Libraries

Cossette Sun has been a leader in the effort to replace the Castro Valley Library facility for many years.   As a member of the Castro Valley Library Advisory Committee she has played an active role in advising the County Librarian, and the County Board of Supervisors on everything from the purchase of the land, to the submission of the grant that is providing a major portion of our funding.

Now Cossette will be honored.  She has been named as the recipient of the Marion Gould Gallagher Award, which is given by the American  Association of Law Librarians in recognition of outstanding acheivement.  Congratulations Cossette, and thanks for all you have done.

by carolynhope
Thursday, June 7, 2007, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Libraries


We are pleased to announce that Nathan Silva has joined our staff.  Nathan will be working as our Teen Services and Senior Services Library Assistant.  He has already come up with a number of good ideas for Teen programming and will be working with our Kid Power volunteers this summer.  Nathan was born in Castro Valley at Eden Hospital.  He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Cal State East Bay and is a diehard A’s fan.  You can stop by the Reference Desk and meet him most days.

Castro Valley General Plan 2007 Draft Report by library1.5
Monday, June 4, 2007, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Documents


Did you know? The Alameda County Planning Department is working on its first new General Plan for Castro Valley since 1985? The Library has 2 copies of  the 2007 Castro Valley General Plan Draft Report available for you to read and study. Our copies are “for Library use only,” however, you may download or read the complete Report online at the Planning Department website

The Library also keeps agendas for all Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council meetings and receives Staff Reports for conditional use permits, variances and zoning changes. If you receive a “Notice of Public Hearing” for matters in your neighborhood or just want to know what’s going on in town, come to the Library Information Desk .

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