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?

Solar Panel Installation to begin this week! by library1.5
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:19 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries, News, Technology

The newest of Alameda County’s onsite solar power systems is being installed on the roof of the Castro Valley Library. This ambitious solar deployment, performed in conjunction with the many energy efficiency features at the Library is expected to provide nearly 100% of the energy used by the Library and will virtually eliminate Library’s cost of electricity from PG&E.
Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors awarded this project’s $1.7 million dollar contract to Sun Light and Power Corporation of Berkeley earlier this year. The project is being funded by a 1% loan from the California Energy Commission. These loan funds were made available under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition, over the next five years, the County will receive $500,000 from PG&E under their California Solar Initiative Incentive Program. The loan will be paid back over the next 15 years with savings from the solar generated electricity.
The 270 watt system will consist of 880 modules manufactured by SunPower Corporation. The modules maximize the solar generation capacity of the library’s south-facing sloped roof. In fact, during most days, the system will produce more power than needed and will export excess renewable electricity to the surrounding neighborhoods. This electricity will credited back to the County by spinning its electric meter backwards.

A monitoring system that will display the solar array’s performance on a flat screened monitor will be installed in the Library lobby.

GEARING UP by library1.5
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Building site, Children, Libraries, News, Public Art, Teen, Uncategorized

Preparations are underway for the The Great Book Pass & Grand Opening of the new Castro Valley Library on Saturday, October 31, 2009. We have more than 1,100 participants registered for The Great Book Pass. Come out and take part in this historic Castro Valley event!


There will be NO PARKING available at the new library for either the Grand Opening or The Great Book Pass.


For more information about The Great Book Pass visit:
Please remember to bring the waiver if you are participating in The Great Book Pass.

Below is a sneak peak of the interior space of the new library. See you at The Great Book Pass and Grand Opening of the fabulous new Castro Valley Library!

While we move… by library1.5
Thursday, August 20, 2009, 1:43 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries, News

children's from deskThe Castro Valley Library will be closed September 14 – October 30, 2009 during its move into the new building.  Most tems checked out from the Castro Valley Branch beginning August 20, 2009 will have a due date of November 9, 2009. Link+ items and items from other branches will not have an extended due date.  Please read your check out receipts carefully. Returned items will not be accepted at the new or old buildings while the library is moving.  Items may be returned to other branches of the Alameda County Library. 

Holds that are requested for pickup at the Castro Valley Library will be unavailable while the library is closed. Please choose another pickup location for your holds.  If you have already placed a hold, you may change your pickup location by logging into “My Account” at the Library’s website ( or by asking a staff member for assistance in person or by phone at 510-670-6280. Staff at all other branches will be available to help Castro Valley residents manage their library accounts while we are closed.

The nearest branches are:
San Lorenzo Library                             Dublin Library
395 Paseo Grande                        200 Civic Plaza
San Lorenzo, CA  94580                       Dublin, CA  94568
510-670-6283                                       925-828-1315


Raise the roof by carolynhope
Monday, November 10, 2008, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Building site | Tags:

Castro Valley Library RoofIf you take a drive by the new library you’ll see that the roof is being attached this week. This is great news, especially if we can beat the rain!

Fall Fest Fun by deniseqbaker
Monday, September 15, 2008, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries, Programs, Uncategorized

Did you stop  at the Library’s booth at the Fall Fest on Saturday or  Sunday? Library staff, Friends of the Library, and members of the Alameda County Foundation were there to talk to those who stopped by to chat about the new Library and our upcoming library programs. There was even a scale model of the library, which is scheduled to open in the fall  of 2009. Everybody was a winner too at our “Wheel of Chance”! Prizes were donated by Gilroy Gardens, Merrill-Lynch, the Friends of the Library, and various individuals. It was great to see so many familiar faces among those who stopped at the booth.  Hope to see you at the Library soon!

Construction Update by carolynhope
Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 11:30 am
Filed under: Building site

Construction is going full steam ahead.  June activities included completion of layout and footing evacuation, beginning work on foundation rebar, and installation of foundation embeds for steel.  July construction activities will include ongoing pouring of concrete foundations, continuation of underground electrical and plumbing work and continued excavation  of 11,000 tons of soil from the building pad.   And soon you will be able to watch ongoing progress through a webcam link from the Castro Valley Library website.

Moving Dirt by carolynhope
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 10:19 am
Filed under: Building site

After the groundbreaking, many people asked us when construction would really get started.  People would tell us they drove by the site and didn’t see very much going on.  All that has changed.  Last Thursday, on May 15th construction began in earnest.  There are many workers, and much equipment leveling and digging.  Drive by Norbridge Ave. and take a look.


Groundbreaking!! by carolynhope
Monday, April 21, 2008, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Building site | Tags:

On a bright and sunny Friday, over 200 people gathered on the site where the new Castro Valley Library will be built, to eat cookies, get a close look at the creek and ampitheater, listen to speeches and finally watch the shovels go into the earth as we broke ground on the new Castro Valley Library.  The enthusiastic crowd was all smiles.  The new building’s perimeter is marked, and a portable office has been located on to the lot.


Groundbreaking!!! by carolynhope
Thursday, March 6, 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries

csv_model3.jpg  What do the Castro Valley Library and Paul Revere have in common?  APRIL 18th.

The poem goes “on the eighteenth of April, in seventy-five, Hardly a man is still alive who remembers that famous day and year”. 

That date is about to be famous for another reason here in Castro Valley.  We are finally breaking ground on our new library on Friday April 18th 2008!!

You are invited to join the  Alameda County Board of   Supervisors, and the Alameda County Library at the Ground Breaking for the New Castro Valley Library. 

Please join us at 3:30 pm, 3600 Norbridge Ave. Castro Valley for this long awaited community triumph.

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