Castro Valley Library

Programs! We’ve got programs! by deniseqbaker
Sunday, July 29, 2007, 12:06 am
Filed under: Children, Programs

It’s been a busy summer with lots of entertainment, art programs, and Harry Potter fun in the children’s room, thanks largely to the generosity of our Friends of the Library. Click on the link below to watch a Photoshow to see what you have missed! We still have two more programs. On August 6th, Gary Lapow brings us “Get a Clue: the Musical”, and on August 13th, ventriloquist Tony Borders presents “The Mystery of the Missing Mutt”. Join us on these Mondays at 2pm! And it’s not too late to participate in the Summer Reading program or Reading Buddies.

John the Tech Guy by carolynhope
Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 9:52 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

john-d-2007.jpgOur new Castro Valley Library will have more than 80 public use computers, while the current facility has more than 20 available for public use.  We couldn’t  keep our equipment up and running without the wonderful tech support we get from the County Library’s IT unit.

The public use computers get so much use that we have to routinely replace the keyboards. They’ve been typed on so much, that the most popular letters like the “e” and “s” fade out!  100% of our equipment is up and running most of the time.  Without people like “John the Tech Guy” and his colleagues this would never be possible.  A hearty thanks to the IT unit from the Castro Valley Library.

by library1.5
Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 10:41 am
Filed under: Books, Programs

mystery-display.jpgSo far this summer we’ve had over 140 entries for our  5th annual  Adult Summer Reading Game and this year “Mystery in the Big City” is available at all branches of the Alameda County Library. It’s really not much of a “game” but, in the spirit of trying to keep things simple for our busy adult patrons, it is a contest where our readers read books on the theme and enter titles along with their names and phone numbers. We draw a winner’s name each Monday, and he or she may choose gift cards for Pete’s Coffee & Tea or See’s Candies. This year the candy cards are going strong with most winners opting to satisfy their sweet tooth. (In the past our coffee cards have been the prize of choice.) At the end of the game August 18, each Branch Library will draw one winner for the grand prize of a $50.00 book store gift card. Click here for more information about the game, get recommended titles, and tell us what big city mysteries you are reading this summer. Drop by any time before August 18 to find an entry box and forms along with a book display of big city mysteries. There is no limit to number of entries, the more you read the better your chances!

Aran’s Colour & Glaze Summer Reading Prize by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs

Raiden with horse

Raiden with horseRaiden with horseAran’s Colour & Glaze made an incredibly generous donation to the Castro Valley Library’s Summer Reading program. Kids have been telling us how much they enjoyed redeeming their Reading Game first prize coupon there.  They also said that Aran’s has moved. They are still at the Village Shopping Center, but in a new location–3313 Village Drive. When you  use your prize certificate, be sure to thank them for sponsoring “Get a Clue” this year!

Sculpted Gourds by Marilyn Hudson by carolynhope
Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:07 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

gourds2-2007.jpgEven though you might think, as one person did, that this display  features ancient Egyptian pottery, these are actually gourds sculpted by local artist Marilyn Hudson.  The gourds come from her own collection and from the collections of Cheryl Jacinto, Isabel Braunstein and Deb Wiley.  The collection is available to view through August 4th.

Are You A Robot? by nsilva1
Thursday, July 12, 2007, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Libraries


That’s just one of the many questions that has been posed to library staff by way of Alameda County Library instant messaging service.  This service is available county wide from 3:00-5:00, Monday-Thursday.  This unique service allows patrons that have computer access, the opportunity to Instant Message their questions to library staff from the comfort of their own home.  On Mondays, during the  3:00-4:00 hour, patrons will specifically interact with Castro Valley staff as we attempt to answer your queries.  Need to know if we have certain book?  Want help navigating our databases?  Having trouble finding information for a report?  No problem, just hop onto your Yahoo or AOL IM and send us your question.  You can find us at our screen name askaclibrary.  Don’t be shy, send us an IM and we’ll do our best to help you find what you are looking for.

Do we really need a new library? by carolynhope
Monday, July 9, 2007, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs

childrenspuppet2007.jpgThis summer we are averaging 250 participants at each of our Children’s programs.  The crowd here has gathered to see P & T Puppets:  “Adventures of Spider and Fly”. Our hearty staff members  and volunteers moved furniture and rearranged the children’s room  in an attempt to fit it all the kids who showed up for the program.  We can’t wait until we have a large and comfortable meeting room  in our new facility to host our summer programs!

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