Castro Valley Library

Hooray for Hollywood by nsilva1
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:46 pm
Filed under: Books, Building site, Displays, Libraries

With the Academy Awards right around the corner, everybody has their guess or opinion of what movie or actor should take home the golden statue. While many people are planning parties and festivities for that one special night that Tinseltown sparkles, the library’s festivities will last all month long. Want to read about the salacious details of your favorite celebrity? Interested in learning about techniques and tips aimed towards helping you create your own film? Well, we have all that on display and readily available to check out. Besides being awash in books detailing the Hollywood lifestyle, we are also offering a chance to win prizes. Have some fun and fill out our “Guess the Celebrity challenge. Get the most correct answers and you could win cool prizes. How many can you get?

Book Clubs and Book Kits at the Library by library1.5
Sunday, February 5, 2012, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Books, Libraries | Tags: ,

The Alameda County Library has about 100 book kits available to check out. Kits are available to both Library sponsored book groups and may be checked out on any member’s card for use by community book groups. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book and suggested discussion questions, all packaged in a sturdy canvas tote. The book kits check out for six weeks. Most branch libraries sponsor one or more active book clubs. The Castro Valley Library hosts three clubs, one a mystery book club facilitated by local Sisters In Crime favorite, Camille Minichino, a Parent-Child Book Club and the Library Book Group that reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction.
The proliferation of book clubs in recent years has been a pleasant surprise to lovers of good books and publishers alike. The idea of like minded people getting together once a month or so to discuss books is not new, but the boom in their popularity can be traced almost directly to…you guessed it, Oprah! Based on her model, community reading groups began to form at an amazing pace; some followed Oprah title suggestions and many others branched out in a variety of literary directions.
Based on our conversations with library members, there are dozens of reading groups in our community. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, enjoy stimulating conversation (sometimes straying from the book!), and have the chance to read something new and different from your usual fare.
To find book kit titles for your group go to the ACL classic catalog, and select “call number” from the drop down menu, enter book kit; our entire selection will appear, A-Z by author.

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