Castro Valley Library

ART IS EDUCATION MONTH! by librarianmama

It’s March and that means it’s officially Art is Education Month presented by the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership.  The goal of this year’s theme, “Creating a Better Future Together,” is to inspire and share student visions of how we can make positive change for ourselves, our communities and our world through the arts.  You can find out more about Art is Education at their website:

The Castro Valley Library is offering several programs in celebration of Art is Education.  A pre-school quilt, Bollywood Music Concert, Duct Tape wallet program and more!  See all event on our calendar below. Valley Branch&setRef=new

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?

Summer at the Library! by deniseqbaker
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

Celebrate Corita by library1.5
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 10:28 am
Filed under: Displays, Libraries, News, Programs, Public Art

The Castro Valley was one of the venues for the Corita Celebration, February and March of this year. In partnership with Hayward Arts Council and Art Inc, we showed the award winning documentary film, Primary Colors: the Story of Corita, hosted a gallery show and lobby case display of her works.
Corita Kent, also known as Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs (silk screens) during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968. Corita’s art reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, her hope for peace, and her delight in the world around us.
She was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941 and then taught grade school to Native North American children in British Columbia where she was inspired by their vivid art and imagery. In 1946 she returned to teach art at Immaculate Heart College . In 1951, she received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California; it is also the year she exhibited her first silkscreen print.
Corita’s earliest works borrowed phrases and depicted images from the Bible, but the early 1960’s, she was using popular culture (such as song lyrics and advertising slogans) as raw material for her meaning-filled bursts of text and color. One story told is that she took early inspiration from a bold billboard advertising a Los Angeles car wash. Corita’s cries for peace in the era of Vietnam were not always welcome. In 1965 her “Peace on Earth” Christmas exhibit in IBM’s New York show room was seen as too subversive and Corita had to amend it.
She left the order in 1968 for personal reasons during a time of change in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. She continued to create bold serigraphs, helping to establish it as a fine art process. Her work is in private collections and museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her “Love” stamp issued in 1985 sold 700,000,000. It remains one of the top selling stamps of all time. The Rainbow Swash, a painted water tower just outside Boston is the largest piece of copyrighted art in the world. She lived and worked in Boston the rest of her life. She died of cancer in 1986. The Castro Valley Library exhibit has closed but her work may still be seen at Galleria at the Hayward City Hall.

April is National Poetry Month by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Children, Displays, Programs, Uncategorized

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we have many popular poetry books on display in the Marketplace area of the library. You can also create your own haiku or free verse at our interactive magnetic poetry board.

And don’t forget to observe national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 29, 2010! The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month and carry it with you to share with family, friends and acquaintences.

Poetry display

magnetic poetry

Express Yourself

Happiness is–Peanuts on display! by deniseqbaker
Monday, April 12, 2010, 10:25 am
Filed under: Children, Displays, Programs, Uncategorized

Check out the fun collection of both recent and vintage Peanuts items in our lobby display case. It will be certain to make you smile!

The Charles M. Schulz Museum has generously agreed to provide a prize for our Summer Reading Game again this year. Signups for the game and Kid Power training will both start on Monday, June 7th. Watch this space for more information about summer programs, the game, and its sponsors.

Snoopy "Read" Poster

Holidays in the Holy Land by library1.5
Saturday, December 5, 2009, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Displays, Libraries

“Holidays in the Holy Land,” is a display created by Castro Valley Citizens for Middle East Awareness. In the days following 9/11, a group of Muslim, Jewish and Christian women from Castro Valley, who had been casual acquaintances, forged a friendship and created a network to foster tolerance through education. They have made presentations in local schools and at the Library. It’s the ninth year the Library has hosted the display. Among the original members are several who were born in Jordan, Syria, and Israel. A number of beautiful sacred and decorative objects are included in the display case in the Library Lobby, including a wooden creche that was hand carved in Bethlehem, antique Muslim prayer beads, and Hanukkah decorations created by the children of Congregation Shir Ami in Castro Valley.

Bead Dazzled! by library1.5
Thursday, June 18, 2009, 9:09 am
Filed under: Displays, Libraries

bead displayCastro Valley resident artist Cheryl  Archer displays some of her beautiful original beadwork creations in the large display case in the Library lobby through the end June.

Beading is one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S. and the fastest growing craft for the those under 35 (Interweave Press)  The hobby requires wire, wire cutters, an assortment of beads and closures to create an endless assortment of  jewelry and decorative pieces. Bead stores are scattered throughout the Bay Area, including right here in Castro Valley. The Library’s assorted books about beading enjoy a brisk circulation. Cheryl’s display shows the work of a seasoned hobbyist.  The turquoise creation in the top right corner has 14 components, including shell, bone and Austrian crystals.

Life After the Booksale by nsilva1
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.

From Page to Screen by nsilva1
Monday, December 1, 2008, 6:08 pm
Filed under: Displays


We all have our favorites…beloved books that Hollywood has decided to adapt to the big screen.  There have been plenty of well received adaptations (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Jaws, etc.) while others (The Scarlet Letter, Congo ) have been widely criticized.  If you stop on by the Castro Valley Library, you’ll see our newest display that highlights all of the wonderful book to screen adaptations.  Are you more inclined to experience the swashbuckling adventure of The Three Musketeers as  told by Dumas, or the version constructed by Walt Disney Studios?  Does Tim Burton’s unique vision of  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hold more appeal to you than that of Roald Dahl?  Regardless of format, stop on by and grab some your favorite page to screen titles.

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