Castro Valley Library


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.

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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/



May Programs for Tweens @ The Castro Valley Library by librarianmama
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Children, Libraries, Programs, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

We have two programs for tweens this week and later this month:

There’s still room in the Manga for Tweens class this Thursday May 10th @ 3:30pm.  The secrets of Manga faces and expressions, basic character design and comics are revealed.

Coming Thursday May 24th @ 3:30pm is a Memory Wire Bracelet Class.  Using glass beads and wire you can create a masterpiece for yourself or to give as a gift. 

All Library Programs are FREE!

                                                    You can register @ the Children’s Desk or call @ 667-7931.



Friends of the Castro Valley Library Spring Book Sale, April 20-22, 2012. by library1.5
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Libraries, News, Programs, Senior, Teen

Find bargains galore this weekend, hardbacks, paperbacks, music and books on CD, DVD’s and select VHS. In the Library Chabot Room.

 

Friday, April 20,  6-8 pmImage
Members Preview Sale (join or renew at the door)

Saturday, April 21, 10 am-4 pm Open to all

Sunday, April 22, 1-4 pm
Bag Sale $3.00 per bag (provided)

All proceeds directly benefit the Castro Valley Library!




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