Castro Valley Library

4-H Display at the Library by lduckwal
Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 10:15 am
Filed under: Displays

4-h-display.jpgGet an early head’s up on National 4-H week (October 6-13) by checking out 4-H member Amelia A’s display in the Castro Valley Library Display Case.  The display includes samples of 4-H craft as well as prize winning examples of knitting, stained glass and a dragon sculpture. Amelia’s display will be in the library’s display case until October 6th.   For more information on  4-H go to:


Amphitheater at the site by carolynhope
Monday, September 24, 2007, 10:00 am
Filed under: Building site | Tags: ,

Amphitheater at new library siteOne  One of the more interesting challenges that  we will face when the new library opens is how to best use the amphitheater that has been built into the creek.  This stone structure will be available for educational instruction, children’s programs and even pre-school storytime.  We are hoping that the wonderful and creative Castro Valley community comes through with even more ideas.

Tuesday September 25 @ 7 p.m. Memoir Writing and storytelling with Chuck Nelson by library1.5
Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Books, Programs

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own memoir, come Tuesday to meet  Castro Valley resident  Chuck Nelson who has written Life at the End of a Dirt Road,  a richly detailed account of growing up on a working cattle ranch in Siskiyou County in the 1950’s. The author and published nature photographer included over 100 images in the book and will display some of those original photos at his book talk.
Life Dirt RoadI’ve read this book and can state simply that Chuck is a great storyteller!  It is at times laugh-out-loud funny.  The author will share recollections of unforgettable characters and critters, including the previous owner’s wife, who reportedly motivated her husband to build a new house by burning down the old one, and Shep the ranch dog who had an obsessive and ill advised fascination with porcupines.  
Though he and his family still spend time in the shadows of Mt. Shasta, the bulk of the original ranch is now in the hands of the Nature Conservancy, which is another story in itself!

Wanna Build Electrical Circuits? by nsilva1
Thursday, September 13, 2007, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


          Thanks to Castro Valley resident and retired electrical engineer Frank Neu, library patrons have the opportunity to construct, test, and experiment with up to 10 easy to build electrical circuits.  Neu has graciously provided the library with multiple copies of these mc9 kits (all of which he created).  These kits provide patrons with all the materials they need to embark on the exciting task of circuit building.  In addition to these kits,Neu has designed an incredibly helpful website , that offers those interested in circuit building the chance to download the mc9 kits from the comfort of their own home.  The website also provides detailed illustrated schematics, reference manuals, and should difficulties arise in the construction of these circuits, a link to Frank’s email so that you can ask questions of him.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, feel free to visit to download your kit, or just come  into the library and pick one up at the information desk.

by library1.5
Monday, September 10, 2007, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries

Click here to go to the  Alameda County GSA (General Services Administration) where you will find the Castro Valley Library replacement facility out to bid!  Sort of…It’s right there under “contracting opportunities.” It’s really the call for contractors who may want to bid on the project to complete at 53 page questionnaire and become “pre-qualified”,  before they are eligible to bid on the actual construction.  Contractors must clear this hurdle first.  You’ll also be able to look at detailed construction project drawings.  It is great to see this process moving along!

Art Recommendations Announced by Susan
Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Public Art

View winners hereThe Alameda County Arts Commission has announced the 12 local artists recommended to receive County contracts for the public artwork projects at the future Castro Valley Library.  You can view the winners of the 5 large art projects here:

 Press Release

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