Castro Valley Library

Cupcake Extravaganza
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 12:53 pm
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The sweet smells of cupcakes, candy, and frosting permeated the air of the meeting room as about 20 teens participated in our cupcake decorating workshop.  Each teen designed 3 different types of cupcakes, with designs that ranged from a candied apple, to flowers, to ants at a picnic.  Designs for the cupcakes were inspired from the book Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack (available at your local library).  Check out some of the creations from our talented decorators



Hooray for Hollywood
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?

Beads, Beads, and more Beads
Monday, August 15, 2011, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Programs, Teen

Saturday marked the last day of our system wide jewelry making program, and all the positive buzz I had been hearing about it from the other libraries, proved to be true. As the doors opened at 1:00 our Learning Center filled up quickly as the teens huddled around the U-shaped table. Before them, a bevy of beads awaited, all waiting to be transformed into beautiful jewelry…and transformed they were. The teens spent the next hour and a half crafting their own earrings, bracelets, little charms, or whatever ever else they could think up. Thanks to the help of our great instructor, Chelsee Robinson, and the teens own amazing creativity, it was a fantastic program that was enjoyed by instructor and participants alike

Duct Tape Spectacular
Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 11:28 am
Filed under: Programs, Teen

On an overcast afternoon, teens descended to the library in droves in anticipation for our Duct Tape Wallet program. Funneling into the Learning Center they were met with a cornucopia of color of the tactile tape, all ready to use for their own creation. We had anywhere from 30-35 people during the entire 1 1/2 hours program.

The host of the program, Annie, was running around like crazy for the entire the duration of the program helping teens out. To say she was busy is a huge understatement, but she persevered and was fantastic with the teens

There were a lot of really cool designs and some really creative color combinations that the teens came up with. Some even put little pockets and containers inside their wallet for extra storage

If you missed out on the fun, no need to worry, you’ll be able to make a duct tape wallet at the following libraries:

Albany Library
1247 Marin Ave.
Saturday, 2/5, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

San Lorenzo Library
395 Paseo Grande
Saturday, 2/19, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave.
Saturday, 2/26, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
Saturday, 3/12, 11 – 12:30 p.m.

Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
Saturday, 3/12, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Centerville Library
3801 Nicolet Ave.
Tuesday, 3/15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dublin Library
200 Civic Plaza
Saturday, 3/26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Henna at the Library
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 10:26 am
Filed under: Programs, Teen

This past Saturday our systemwide Henna program kicked off at our branch and judging by the turn out, it looks like we have a winner on our hands. Over 20 people braved a wintery, wet day, and enjoyed 2 hours of henna fun.

We had a fantastic teacher, Rachel, who did a great job of balancing the educational aspects of the program (explaining the cultural importance of henna, how henna is made, etc.) and the really fun, hands on part. The participants got to practice their own henna design skills on themselves or a piece of paper before Rachel went around and put her skillful hands to work…you can see the fruits of their labor.

Click on the link to see when the next henna program by you will be

Click to access henna_2010.pdf

And Away We Go…
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 10:31 am
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs

Our first Summer Reading Game Program at the new library looked very similar to ones we’ve had at the old place…packed with kids and families, laughing and having a lot of fun . Randel McGee and his puppet Groark stopped by to entertain over 200 people with his unique brand of music and stories. Gone are the days of cramming everybody into a tiny space in the children’s area. Now, people got to kick back, spread out, and enjoy a great show in our new (and spacious) meeting room.

Speaking of great shows, this Summer is packed with them. Every Monday from here until August 16th, we will be having weekly entertainment aimed for kids. These fun and free events start at 2:00 pm and will include such exciting things as magic shows, puppet shows, crafts, and even a circus act!!! Coming up next week on June 28th is Puppet Art Theater which will be performing “Tommy’s Pirate Adventure”

The fun stuff doesn’t stop there. Other programs going on during the Summer will be our afternoon theater every Tuesday in July. Unleash your inner child and join us for our gamedays the last 2 Wednesday’s in July. Career oriented adults might want to join us for our online social networking class. There promises to be something for everybody this Summer at the Castro Valley Library, so take a look at our calendar of events and come on down and join the fun.

Paws to Read
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:30 am
Filed under: Children, Programs

 Our inaugural Paws to Read program kicked off on Monday and judging by the excitement of the kids, the adults, and the dogs themselves, it looks like we’ll have a pretty popular program on our hand.  Festivities started at 6:30 when we matched up eager younger readers with their canine companion.  For 25 minutes the kids got to read dog themed books to their new four legged friend.  Afterwards, families were invited in to take pictures with their child and the dog.

Our next Paws to Read Program will be Monday, June 7th.  Sign ups for this session start on Thursday, May 6th

A Howl of a Good Time.
Monday, April 19, 2010, 6:46 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Libraries, Programs

In just 2 weeks we will be starting our exciting, new program called “Paws to Read” 

Paws to Read is a program that is designed to help young readers gain self-confidence and improve their reading skills.  They do this by reading to a very attentive, non judgemental audience…a fluffy, slobbering  dog!!!  This program begins on Monday, May 3rd at 6:30 and is open for children in grades K-6

Registration is required.  There are a limited number of spots available,  so, hurry up and join the fun and be part of our inaugural “Paws to Read” program

Life After the Booksale
Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 9:29 am
Filed under: Books, Displays, Libraries


Coming off the heels of a very successful book sale last month, the Friends of the Castro Valley are finding more ways to get books into the hands of the public.  For the entire month of April, the Friends will be shuffling rare and unique books in and out of our display case for a month long auction.   Whether you’re into literary rarities, breathtaking art books, or stunning architectural tomes, the Friends of the Library auction promises something of interest for everybody.  The bidding is sure to be fast and furious so hurry on in and get in on the action.

A Sweet Treat on the Weekend
Thursday, February 19, 2009, 5:37 pm
Filed under: Programs, Teen


This past Saturday, not only was love in the air, but so was the smell of  chocolate.  Our 5 confectioner’s (from left to right, Ryan, Chris, Jeremy, Catey, Jessica), channeled the imaginary spirit of  Willy Wonka, and conjured up many scrumptious goodies.

Using dark, white, red and even purple chocolate, the teens  spent a little over an hour melting down and pouring their chocolate in lollipop and individual  pieces molds.  They all exhibited a real talent in candymaking, and most importantly, everybody went home with a bunch of tasty treats.

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