Castro Valley Library

Still a few more weeks of fun, fun, fun!

You still have a few more weeks to read, read, read and win prizes in the Summer Reading Game. This Monday, we will have Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat, and our final performers for the summer will be the Fratello Marionettes with their “Carnival of the Animals” puppet show on Monday August 8th. Both programs start at 2pm.

We have had some fun performers in the past week or so, including Gary Lapow, Daffy Dave, and a special storytime visit from Theresa from Music Together. Watch this four minute highlight of their shows!

Events for Kids Every Week Day!
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 4:58 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, News, Programs, Teen, Uncategorized

We have something going on for kids every week day this summer. Performers on Mondays, movies on Tuesdays, storytimes on Wednesdays and game days and Reading Buddies on Thursdays. Plus we had a LEGO club play day today!

Kids can sign up and play the summer reading game any time that we are open. We have a couple of special prizes just for Castro Valley library participants that include a free kids’ meal from Togo’s at the first prize level, and a free pass for kids to LEGOland! Click on this link to watch a youtube video of some of the activities from this week !

Summer at the Library!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Displays, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized

Summer activities have started at the Castro Valley Library. We have had classes here for library tours.  Kid Power kids are ready to sign you up for the Summer Reading Game. They will help you spin and win prizes from our many wonderful sponsors including The Charles M. Schulz Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, MOCHA, The Lawrence Hall of Science, LEGOland, Oracle/San Francisco Giants, the Alameda Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Castro Valley Library.

Check our Eventkeeper listing. We will have performers and movies, storytimes and Reading Buddies, game days and nature programs–too much to list here!

Click here to see our video

Book Sale Bargains!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 1:10 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized

The Friends of the Castro Valley Library had a roaring success with their book sale over the weekend. The Friday evening preview sale, the Saturday sale, and the Sunday Three Bucks a Bag super deal were all well attended by bargain shoppers and library supporters.

Money raised from the sale of books provides the library with wonderful “extras”–special programs, new Early Literacy touch screen computers, items for our preschool storytimes and much else. The Friends volunteers work hard to turn donations into added benefits for our members.

And in response to our most frequently asked question about the Friends, “When is the next book sale?”, the answer is August 19th (member preview), 20th and 21st. Mark your calendar now. Exact times and other sale information will be announced later. Until then, enjoy this short highlight from last Saturday.

Amphitheater Programs
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 8:33 am
Filed under: Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized

Naturalists and docents from Sulphur Creek Nature Center have begun presenting a series of programs at the amphitheater at the Castro Valley Library. Saturday’s theme was Wonderous Watersheds. Participants got to scout our beautiful creek for wildlife and test the waters.

Sign up now for upcoming programs about our Urban Wilderness and Animal Warnings. Check our Eventkeeper for details.

Music Together!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, News, Programs, Uncategorized

Theresa leads the groupTheresa Jones of Music Together got the place jumping with a preview of the classes she offers through the Hayward Area Recreation Department for preschoolers and those who love them.

She always says that “reading and music are friends” and explains to parents how music can improve their child’s reading readiness. She even sang us a lullaby based on a Jim Gill book, “May there always be sunshine”. We hope she will come back to visit us in the fall for more dancing and singing fun!

Visit the library on Saturday, April 16th at 1:00pm for DRUMMM!–a musical event for all ages.

Circle left, circle right

Martin Yan really cooks!
Monday, March 21, 2011, 10:31 am
Filed under: Books, News, Programs, Uncategorized


Slicing technique demo










Nearly three hundred people enjoyed watching Martin Yan wok his magic at two shows here at the library on Saturday. Among the things the TV chef and cookbook author discussed with the audience were the proper type of knife to use, how to chop artistically, how to get children to eat their vegetables, and how to bone a chicken in 18 seconds. He made two stir fry dishes to share.

Yan and fans







He also donated some of his cookbooks to add to the library’s collection. The Daily Review had an article today that tells more about his appearance. Here is the link:

Check these out!


Mesmerizing Magic Alex
Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:29 am
Filed under: Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized | Tags: ,


Magic Alex thanked the Friends of the Library too!


Magic Alex came back to the Castro Valley Library on Saturday after his two-year stint as the “Magical Zingmaster” for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He told the audience about how books helped him learn his first magic. Some of his first shows were in libraries, and that is why he loves coming back home to do library shows between his other commitments.

Alex will be appearing in his own show at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Saturday April 16. He is also working on a new library show especially for grownups who want to learn more about the mysteries of magic! This 25-year-old master magician will demonstrate his best magic and then audience members will have an opportunity to participate in the show, and to ask questions like “What was it like living on the circus train?” or  “How did you learn your lines in Japanese and other languages when you were traveling all over the world with Disney Live! “Mickey’s Magic Show?” So if you want to really know how he does it, check with the library to find out when he will be visiting us again!

Santa loves books too!
Friday, December 10, 2010, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Programs

Kids (and kids at heart) were surprised when Santa popped in to our Ho-ho-Holiday storytime on Wednesday to read one of his favorite books, Bear Stays Up. Then he thrilled the kids by opening his pack and giving each child in attendance a toy. He said that Mrs. Claus was too busy to come along, but he would be in the neighborhood again on Saturday at Knudsen’s Ice Creamery.

Afterward families enjoyed selecting picture books, playing on the AWE computers, coloring, or playing with puzzles, games and the special “Stay & Play” toy selection.  We will be having lots of fun programs throughout the holidays. Check Eventkeeper for details. Storytimes will start up again on Wednesday, January 19th at 10:30am. Join us!

Turkey Time!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Programs

Kids of all ages got ready for Thanksgiving by making a turkey decoration for their table this morning in the Children’s Room. The next children’s programming event will be the “HO-HO-Holiday” storytime on Wednesday, December 8th at 10:30am. We expect to have a special guest from waaaay up North to read us a favorite story of his. Be sure to join us!

Remember that the library and the bookdrops will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the day after. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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