Castro Valley Library


Join one of our book clubs! by crselig2014
Monday, December 29, 2014, 11:51 am
Filed under: Books, Programs

Need a good New Year’s resolution? Join one of the great book clubs at the Castro Valley Library.

When you join a book club you’ll get to know people in your community and be exposed to new books and perspectives. Take it from a librarian, reading provides mental stimulation by expanding your vocabulary, increasing your analytical skills, and improving your focus and concentration. Plus our book clubs are fun!

The Library has four free book clubs to choose from.

If you love a good mystery, join the Mystery Book Club for a lively discussion of classic and current crime fiction. The club is facilitated by best-selling mystery writer, Camille Minichino, a Castro Valley resident, on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Drop in or contact Ms. Minichino at camille@minichino.com.

Our eBestseller Book Club is for adults interested in getting a taste of reading eBooks on a Library-owned NOOK tablet. Attend the first meeting on February 10th to receive your NOOK tablet and learn how to use it. Then on March 10th, April 14th, and May 14th at 6:30 pm the group will meet to discuss a bestselling book preloaded on the NOOKs. Advance registration is required, so come to the Library to sign up and learn about the requirements for participation. This book club is limited to 12 people. Contact Chris Selig at cselig@aclibrary.org for more information.

In the Parent-Child Book Club, parents read and discuss the same books as their sons and daughters. The conversations can bring families closer together and foster community with other families. The club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 pm and is recommended for ages 9 to 12. Stop by the Library to sign up and learn about upcoming dates and titles.

Lastly there’s the original Castro Valley Library Book Club for adults who want to read and discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction selected by club members and librarians. This book club meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At the next meeting on Tuesday, January 27th we’ll be discussing A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Stop by the Library to sign up or just drop in. Contact Chris Selig at cselig@aclibrary.org for more information.

The Library is located at 3600 Norbridge Avenue. Call us at 510-667-7900 for more information.

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The Best Christmas Ever by librarianmama
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 9:44 am
Filed under: Books, Children | Tags: , , , ,

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Cookies and Books

There are few nicer things to do in winter, at least to this Librarian’s mind, then curling up with cookies you made with family, a warm drink, and a good book. So let’s all bake some cookies together and find some perfect books for the season!

The Book:

The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a hilarious story about finding new perspectives on familiar events and people. The Herdman kids are famous in town for their rudeness, bad behavior, and roughness and now they’re the stars of the nativity play. Can the small town survive a little girl angel who likes to beat people up, three wise brothers with their own ideas of proper gifts, and the toughest meanest girl 5th grade has ever seen as Mary? The book will certainly turn conceptions on their ears. At times uproariously funny and other times sincerely sweet this book makes a wonderful book to read as a family or a great book for fourth and fifth graders to read alone. This is a treat for the holiday season.

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The Cookies:

A book about bad kids doing good things deserves a perfectly dark and sweet cookie that’s so good it is bad for those kids who act bad but are good. This is a great treat for using up extra nuts, dried fruit or chips from other recipes and fitting personal tastes.

Coal Cookies (with all regards to King Arthur Flour)

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Prepare two baking sheets or trays for the oven.

1/2 cup unsalted butter (make sure to take it out the night before so it is easier to work with) 1 1/3 cups brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour (Do NOT pack it down) 2 cups (12 ounces) of filler which can be dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, crushed candy canes or a mixture of all the above.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Slowly to avoid spraying the material stir in the cocoa powder, then the flour; the dough will be stiff. When fully integrated mix in the filler.

Drop the dough in tablespoon blobs onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes they’ll look not-quite-done in the center. That’s what makes them coal. Remove them from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes. Gently squeeze and shape the cookies into uneven balls, to resemble chunks of coal.

Makes a delightful 3 dozen to have with milk or coffee and an excellent book.

Note: Cookies stay fresh at room temperature no longer than a week.  For extended storage, bake & freeze immediately to serve later.

CSV_Children’s Services Staff_DF



Castro Valley Library e-best seller Book Club off to a great start! by library1.5
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Libraries, News, Programs, Technology, Uncategorized

The Castro Valley Library e-bestseller book club is up and running! Sponsored entirely by the Friends of the Castro Valley Library, we bought Nook Tablets from Barnes & Noble and loaded them with a variety of recent and current New York Times bestsellers. The e-book club program, which is among the first of its kind in public libraries, is made up of 15 members who join for a 4 month session.  The first session ran September 2012-December 2012. The current book club runs through April 2013, when we will collect the Nook Tablets and start again with a spring/ summer group.

 

At the first meeting members are issued the Nook and receive training on its use, followed by 3 monthly book club meeting discussions of selected titles.  Besides the discussion titles, everyone is free to read as many of the other books as they can manage in the 3 months. Without exception readers have enjoyed the e-book experience. Association of American Publishers just released figures showing a 35% increase in e-book sales last year and that amounted to a billion dollars in sales! Looks like electronic format is here for good. If you are interested in taking part of the next session (April-July, 2013), or for more information or to sign up go to the Library Information Desk.



Winter Holiday fun for Children & Families by library1.5
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs | Tags: , , , , ,

snowmanSchool winter holidays begin later this year, with Castro Valley Unified winter vacation December 24-January 7. We’ve planned a full line-up of activites begining the middle of the month.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 pm, Winter Concert Hillside Woodwind Quintet & Montecito Brass Ensemble, Seasonal & Classical Music

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10:30 am Preschool Storytime with Sulphur Creek Nature Center in the Chabot Room

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 am Santa Claus Prechool Storytime (bring your camera!)

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4 pm, Holiday Puppet Show Frosty’s Magic Hat with Tony Borders

Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:30 am Music Together for children birth to 5 years old

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2 pm Extreme Science, Science Magic for all ages

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2pm Spectrum of Science, States of Matter, for grades k-5

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1 pm Movie, BRAVE Rated PG

Thursday, Jan. 3, 1 pm, LEGO Club (Leave your own LEGOs at home. We have enough for everyone…and DUPLOs for younger kids)



Fall Book Sale this Weekend, November 30-December 2 by library1.5
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Senior, Teen

The Friends of the Castro Valley Library will be holding their book sale in the Library’s meeting room this weekend, November 30-December 2.
 
Friday is the Members Only preview sale from 6-8pm.  Did your membership lapse?  Do you want to join?  Memberships are sold at the door!

The book sale is open to everyone on Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm.  On Sunday you can buy books for $3 per bag (bags will be provided).

With all of the donations they’ve been receiving, you’re sure to find some great gifts and things for yourself as well!

All proceeds support the Castro Valley Library.  For more information call the Friends at 510-733-3285



Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine by librarianmama

   Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Imagine seeing the world in black and white and trying to navigate yourself through an unbelievable loss.  Caitlyn tries to do just that after losing her brother in a middle school shooting.  She struggles with Aspergers Syndrome and seeks the definition of closure as a way to recover from such a devastating loss.  Read a review below from a member of the Castro Valley Library’s Parent/Child Book Club:

I’d rate Mockingbird a 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book was touching, but it was very depressing for me to see what Caitlyn and her dad were going through. It’s nice to know how an autistic child actually feels and thinks. It is much different from the way I think and do things everyday. It was a good book and I learned that I should change the way I think about autistic people around me.

-Shaeli, 6th grade



The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by librarianmama

ImageLooking for a good summer read?  We read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly for our Parent/Child book club and this is what one member had to say:

The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, is a great historical fiction novel. This novel is about an eleven-year-old girl, living in the hot summer of an 1899 Texas town. Through the hot summer days, “Callie Vee” finds out how exciting it is to hang around with her naturalist grandfather, while possibly finding a new species of “vetch”. During her scientific experiments, Callie finds out that, sometime or another, will depend on her to cook, clean, and sew. At the turn of the century, Calpurnia Tate is about to have the best year of her life.

I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars, since the book is overall amazing, but there’s no action or big conflict in this book. It just ends with a thud. The small conflicts of the book are great and very interesting, and the book tells about Callie’s life throughout the days. It includes much of science and conversations with Callie and her friends and family.

I would recommend this book if you are willing to sit down and read. I’ve tried to read this book in fifth grade, but was never interested, and didn’t finish it. Now, a year later, just reading a few chapters in, and I’m hooked. This is a great novel, and I would recommend it to any age able to sit down and read.  Kristen, 7th Grader

You can get more information @ http://www.jacquelinekelly.com/




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